There is more to being a photographer than just taking great photos. Have a read through today’s Q&A feature and find out all about the talent behind the lens.
Edwina Kate Photography, Brisbane QLD
How did you get started as a photographer?
At the age of 12 my parents gave me my first camera and I loved taking photos of everything I could, fast forward to senior college where I studied photography, developing my own negatives and photographs.
After school I put the camera down for a while but soon picked it up again after I had my son, from there I found my love for photography again and over the years went to college to study the art and create my business.
What did life look like before photography?
I started my working career as a hairdresser and moved into sales & marketing for a few years. Post children I went into administration in health until establishing my own business as full time.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
Wake early to get some exercise, get the family up and ready for their day before sitting at the computer to do all the back of house stuff (most of which is editing), I take time to connect with my team and make sure everyone is ok. My days leading up to shooting are filled with prep of equipment, checking sunset times and weather, scoping the location and communicating with my team to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Do you have a special story to share?
With Covid19 hitting the world last year many of my clients had to reschedule, postpone or cancel their shoots. One of my wedding clients decided to do a Re-Save the Date session with a fun twist on the restraints of Covid19. The three images consisted of masks, gloves, limes and Corona beers. This was a fun way for them to share their new date with their guests.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If there was only 1 thing I could capture it would be people, I love moments of engagement, tenderness, and communication as well as the raw emotions that show the true heart. Everyone has a story and it’s amazing how a face can tell you so much about a person.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing for me about being a professional photographer is the ability to create life balance with my family while helping my clients capture their memories.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
Something not commonly known about professional photographers is the time it all takes in back of house, especially as a sole trader. We are every part of business operation from admin & marketing to finance and editing, our job outside of taking the photos is potentially 10 times longer than the actual shoot.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a photographer I would be managing a team of specialists to provide a unique experience in the wedding photography and venue area. Possibly having a little hobby farm too.
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
Oooh a blank cheque, I would update all my equipment and establish a venue for boutique weddings that has a beautiful garden and studio attached for all the other photography.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
I would love to photograph Reese Witherspoon, I find her down to earth personality combined with her powerhouse attitude and loving family traits admirable. I believe her beauty is not just surface deep and I think I could learn a thing or two from a simple conversation with her.
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