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Interview with Katarina
Photography (for me) “means capturing & immortalizing moments in time”
What inspires you?
People, colours, movement, emotions, love, and quirky spaces.
What made you realize that you had a passion for photography?
My husband and I travelled & lived in Asia. It was an adventure every day. Even going to the grocery store was something exciting and new. We picked up a Nikon DSLR to capture our adventures and we never looked back. It became more than just documenting our travels and lives, it became a staple in our lives.
How did you learn the art of photography?
We are still learning LOL! But a lot of it was through trial and error. Technically-speaking Hugh (my husband) has a keen ability and talent to research everything so he taught me a lot of the technical and mechanical things. We also mentored under a photographer when we lived in Ottawa. He really paved the way for us in Wedding and portrait photography. He remains our close friend to this very day!
How long have you been a photographer?
Technically since 2006 but professionally since 2010.
What has your journey as a photographer been like?
AWESOME! I’ve been so lucky to work with really amazing people in several different fields of photography. I’ve learned so much and I am constantly learning. It’s been a huge blessing in my life!
What are your plans for the future in reference to your career?
I would love to focus more on Personal Brand Photography. I absolutely love meeting inspiring entrepreneurs, especially women in business. Every single client I’ve been lucky to photograph has inspired me in one way or another and I would love to continue that work. I am also enjoying the direction that weddings have gone this year. The small intimate elopements are so lovely to capture. They also allow me to be more creative and risky with my couples and my photography. Something that big traditional weddings don’t always allow for because of time constraints.
How would you describe your photography style?
Organic, personal, cinematic & honest. (OMG that sounds a bit pretentious! But honestly, I just capture moments as they unfold. Of course there is direction but I am more about capturing the essence of the moment than the perfect shot).
What were some of the challenges that you came across as a photographer?
Oh man this is a loaded question especially during Covid! But for the most part, I have been lucky to work with really amazing clients who trust me to do me! Right now, though, it’s getting work because of all the restrictions and the fear around living in a pandemic. That would have been the biggest challenge this year!
What is the most rewarding part about being a photographer?
Seeing my clients happy with their photos. That is, at the end of the day, my ultimate goal! Oh and being happy with my own work too – which, to be honest, is probably more rare! We are our worst critics, right?
What does photography mean to you?
It means capturing & immortalizing moments in time. It means seeing the world through a different, more creative, lens. I know this may sound strange but as soon as I pick up my camera I start to see the world in a very different way. I notice more, such as the smallest details, the little-lest movements. All the things that otherwise may seem insignificant and boring become beautiful & captivating!