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What is unique about me is that I am creative in a very diverse sense of the word. I don't only do photography, but I also write, design, paint, mix audio and make films. This allows me to pull from other disciplines and make my photography dynamic and I will be able to tell your story from multiple platforms.
Katie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
One of my biggest passions is film and theatre. I grew up on musicals and classic Hollywood films. I love the drama, the glamour and the theatricality of that era. I also grew up acting myself, so I think that my sense of drama when it comes to composition stems from that as well.
Who is your inspiration in life Katie? How do you keep inspired?
My parents. They are two of the hardest working people I know. We talk on the phone almost, and I always know they have my back whether I need an honest opinion about a shoot or just someone to talk to.
We all make mistakes Katie; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Back when I was acting a lot more, I was in a show called A Chorus Line. It is a heavy dance show, and I hadn't danced much since I was a kid. I had a bunch of acting and singing experience, and I felt comfortable leaving the dance-heavy numbers to the professionals. However, when one of the dancers got hurt, our director asked for a volunteer to fill in. I raised my hand as a joke, knowing that he would know I was kidding. Unfortunately, he didn't think it was funny because he told me to get on stage and learn the part. Long story short I probably should have kept my mouth shut, but it all turned out fine in the end. Let's say we sold out the show every night to a standing ovation.
Katie, 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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
I usually take a few minutes to talk to everyone simply. I don't take forever but I think people do appreciate it and it makes it easier to keep everyone focused and under control when they feel like they know you.
Please tell us, Katie, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I started my photography business while still working my full-time job. That meant that I had to work from 8 to 5, then go to the gym, make dinner then from 7-10:30 I had to work my second job, which was my photography. I also was giving up almost every weekend for shoots and meetings. While this great because I was able to start my business finally, I had to be very strategic about how I got my work done so that I was able to give 100% to all my clients without getting burned out.
Katie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I had one client that was extremely self-conscious. She was so worried about how she was going to look in her photos and couldn't relax. So to loosen her up and make her laugh, I took her out to one of the empty fields where we were shooting and told her to spin around and shout as loud as she could. It took a few tries, but before long, she was laughing and smiling and looked so happy! Those are some of my favourite pictures, and even though we got a few strange looks in the process, she ended up relaxing and having a great time!
Katie, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I think my proudest professional moment so far was taking the leap and starting my own business. For so long I doubted myself and thought that my creative side would always be a hobby that could never support me. Now I know that's not true and I love the fact that I am able to make my passion my work.
Katie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I was getting my master's degree, the majority of my stories were a combination of writing and photography. I really loved that specific combination because it enabled me to be creative in my storytelling and expand the view for my readers. It was really exciting because I felt that each component brought the other to life and complimented each other so that the story was multifaceted.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be the same thing I tell myself every day. Be exactly who you are and do not try to compare your work, your personality, your body or your success to others. It is ok to get inspiration from others but comparing yourself will only inspire doubt. If that doubt starts to creep in, I always say keep learning, keep growing and keep being kind and everything else will fall into place. Also, not everyone is going to like you. And that's ok.
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, I am always looking to do styled shoots with other creatives or vendors.
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