Kate Burkhardt

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Kate Burkhardt
kateliseburkhardt@gmail.com
@kateburkhardt
http://kateburkhardtphotography.squarespace.com
Country
United States
State / Region
Oregon
Photographer


I am a 23 year old visual artist and writer from Portland Oregon. I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Emerging Media and Digital Art. I am proficient with both film and digital mediums and I have excellent skills with Lightroom. I have been practicing my craft for over a decade.I make photographs that are at once surreal and jarring, generally depicting real moments in stark vibrance and clarity. I am to capture the terror, joy, and humor that is found in all kinds of relationships. I am notably inspired by the times of day when light dramatically acts as a backdrop for the most lively and vulnerable parts of human nature. I am drawn to both the city and the natural untamed parts of my state, and how these settings affect the way people feel and act. Additionally, I photograph clothing in a way that is indicative of the personality of my subjects. I find clothing very expressive and it is something that is often an integral and deliberate part of my work. I typically work with my friends but have branched out in the past few years and made an effort to contact people I don't know well to shoot them. First and foremost, I want to truly see the person that I am working with. I talk to them, get to know them. I direct loosely and with confidence and I am very adaptable. I believe that commercial photography must have some emotional core, even if that core differs from what is found in art that is not trying to sell something monetary. Recently, I was featured in i-D magazine for a book I self-published with my photographs, prose, and poetry.

ABOUT
I am a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. I make photographs that are at once surreal and jarring, generally depicting real moments in stark vibrance and clarity. I am to capture the terror, joy, and humor that is found in all kinds of relationships. I am notably inspired by the times of day when light dramatically acts as a backdrop for the most lively and vulnerable parts of human nature. I am drawn to both the city and the natural untamed parts of my state, and how these settings affect the way people feel and act.

Additionally, I document clothing in a way that is representative of personality. The clothes that people wear are an extension of themselves, and in my staged shoots, I style my friends in ways that I believe are true to their most authentic selves.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Kate Burkhardt. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I am a 23 year old visual artist and writer from Portland Oregon. I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Emerging Media and Digital Art. I am proficient with both film and digital mediums and I have excellent skills with Lightroom. I have been practicing my craft for over a decade.I make photographs that are at once surreal and jarring, generally depicting real moments in stark vibrance and clarity. I am to capture the terror, joy, and humor that is found in all kinds of relationships. I am notably inspired by the times of day when light dramatically acts as a backdrop for the most lively and vulnerable parts of human nature. I am drawn to both the city and the natural untamed parts of my state, and how these settings affect the way people feel and act. Additionally, I photograph clothing in a way that is indicative of the personality of my subjects. I find clothing very expressive and it is something that is often an integral and deliberate part of my work. I typically work with my friends but have branched out in the past few years and made an effort to contact people I don't know well to shoot them. First and foremost, I want to truly see the person that I am working with. I talk to them, get to know them. I direct loosely and with confidence and I am very adaptable. I believe that commercial photography must have some emotional core, even if that core differs from what is found in art that is not trying to sell something monetary. Recently, I was featured in i-D magazine for a book I self-published with my photographs, prose, and poetry.

Kate Burkhardt, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I am passionate about making art that connects to my experience as a human connecting with myself and with other humans. I think you can feel when a photograph is striking and good and from an early age I discovered I had that talent and that I wanted to nurture that. I started using an old analogue camera my dad gave me when I was in middle school and began obsessively photographing from there. I photographed myself in my backyard, I photographed my friends.

Who is your inspiration in life Kate Burkhardt? How do you keep inspired?

I am inspired my photographers that have a strong vision, whose work speaks to me on an emotional level. I have found this in both professional, commercial work and in more personal work that is purely created for artistic purposes. I look at a lot of work on Instagram and Annie Leibovitz' photographs and her philosophy on photography are hugely inspiring to me. I love Sandy Kim. She got her start by just creating brash edgy, intimate and heartfelt photographs that represented who she is, unequivocally. On Instagram, I've been really digging Somewhere Magazine, i-D, Maya Beano, Edie Sunday, and Louis Dazy.

We all make mistakes Kate Burkhardt, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I've never worked professionally as a professional photographer beyond senior portraits and headshots as favors for friends so that was never really an issue. I think when I started taking photographs of people that I didn't know I would get frustrated internally directing them because I didn't feel comfortable communicating with them and they were pretty unsure of themselves in front of the camera. The results were pretty mediocre. I didn't get where I wanted to be and neither did they and it showed. I felt a lot of anxiety and would cut photoshoots short. Now, I take my time, I ask questions, I even try to get to know people more before a shoot. I am not afraid of telling people what I want them to do but I am gentle about it. If it doesn't work, we try something else to get where we need to be.

Kate Burkhardt ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I have never worked with clients before but I think if I were to do so, I would make sure I know everything they want prior to the shoot. I would write it down and memorize that. That way, when I am getting my creative gears churning, I can take a step back and work dynamically with the client's desires. I think communication and collaboration is key. When you are truly listening and seeing what someone else wants, then it is easier to work towards a really striking result.

Please tell us Kate Burkhardt, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

You know, I honestly can't answer this question fully, since I've never worked professionally. All of my shoots have been purely for me and the people who model for me, about 75% of which are my friends. This has give me time to build my confidence as an artist and a director.

Kate Burkhardt, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
One of the models I work with is a very close friend. She used to model professionally so she has this way of wanting to do these very cheesy model poses that don't really suit my work. I am good at nudging her into a different direction. Every time she poses in a way that I don't see working with my aesthetic, I ask her to show herself to me, for who she is. I gently move her into a more open vulnerable and real place. I show her that she can look beautiful and seductive without trying so hard to do it. We've made some beautiful pictures from that. 

Kate Burkhardt please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
I'd say my proudest moment that gave me some exposure was getting published and interviewed with i-D magazine. I respect and admire i-D so much so it was a huge huge honor to be featured there. It felt like a really good step...Like it has the ability to get me somewhere. I feel seen. I feel strong. My work keeps getting stronger.

Kate Burkhardt, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am creative with my work every time I work which is often. I pour myself into every project and every moment I choose to photograph. Into every person I work with. I am all in.

What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?

Care about what you do and the people that you do it with. Keep an open mind. Pay attention to the things that catch your eye in your daily life. To clothing, to facial expressions, lighting, the way people move. Everything. Pay attention, learn, communicate. Work hard. Love hard.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. To all of those things. I just want to work and collaborate and grow! 

Photo Credits:
Photographer: Kate Burkhardt @kateburkhardt

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