Q&A with Kathleen Kipper of Captured by Kathleen, Sydney Newborn Photographer

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.

Captured by Kathleen, Randwick Sydney NSW

How did you get started as a photographer?

The purchase of my first professional camera coincided with the birth of my oldest daughter.

As any expectant or new parent knows, this is such a joyous and busy time; and the desire to document every smile, sleep and snuggle is powerful! It was this simple chance of timing that put me on the path to where I find myself today.

What did life look like before photography?

I worked as a professional hair and make-up artist within the film, editorial and commercial industry – and it was through this valuable and enriching experience that I learnt the art of aesthetics in creating, and importantly capturing beauty.

The early exposure to photography in my career fueled a passion for discovery within myself, and I have been studying & shooting ever since.

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

I would start by carefully selecting the props and materials and to prepare the different setsI have planned for the session.
Once my clients arrive I make sure they are comfortable before I talk them through the process and answer any questions they still might have.

I then start the session that would last for about 2-3 hours.
After the session, I would select and edit my work so that its ready to be uploaded for the gallery.

Any memorable moments?

I once got the privilege to photograph a little boy that underwent a very complicated surgery only days after the session.
I know that the mum was eager to book the session prior to it, in case something were to happen.
Mum and bub are healthy and the surgery went well,but it was a very emotional session for the both of us.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Newborns and Babies

What is the best thing about your job?

What I enjoy most about being a newborn/baby photographer is the carefully crafted creative process, that starts with choosing props and finishes with editing.
This process reminds me of drawing an artwork, which I used to do a lot when I was younger.
But also the privilege to document and preserve moments of my clients life, that will otherwise never come and to create memories that last them a lifetime.

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

When I started my business, what surprised me most, is how much more there is to it than meets the eye.
I remember how long it took me to understand my camera alone. There is a lot of technical aspects in the process of studying the art of photography as a camera reacts very differently to how we perceive imagery. It is the same with editing. One must understand and study these aspects. It is not enough to just be an artist.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

I loved being a hair and make-up artist, working in the movie industry.
If I wasn’t a photographer, I would be doing that.

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

A bigger studio, and lots of backdrops from Graceland design. I looove their products.

If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?

Daniel Johns from Silverchair, although I would faint in the process.
I had a crush on him since I was 16.










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