Archive for 2010
I’m incredibly honored that the International Aperture Awards selected me to be a judge for their 2010 photography competition! It is one of the world’s most prestigious online photography competitions and awards handsome cash prizes to the winners.
In order to introduce their panel of international judges to the photography community, they have been conducting a series of interviews. It was my pleasure to chat with their fabulous team, and I thought you might enjoy reading our Q&A, entitled Tenacity, Passion, & Self Belief.
We discuss entry submissions, judging criteria, novice photographers, and more! Enjoy!
How long have you been picking up a camera?
I enrolled in my first photography class, a course offered by my high school arts department, when I was sixteen-years-old. The first image I ever shot and developed was a close-up of a horse’s marble-black eye, with several green farm flies buzzing within the frame in soft focus. At the time, I thought I was a renegade! Looking back, I blush at my naiveté.
Once, for an open house event, my instructor offered me the opportunity to curate a small exhibition of my own work–my first-ever solo show! At the event that night, I overheard a parent ask my instructor what he thought of my photography. “She’s gifted, but she’ll never make it as a professional,” he said. My reaction? I’ll show you, I thought.
And, ultimately, I did.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a photographer?
As a teenager, I always had an inkling that I might become a professional photographer. I didn’t realize it was possible, though,
until I dove headlong intro transforming my passion into a commercially-viable undertaking. Negotiating that first commission
requires courage–you have to believe in your gifts enough to place a worth value on them.
At the end of the day, photography is a labor of love for me. I’ve heard people say that they could never transform their passion into their business, as it would ruin their joy for the art form. I don’t find that to be true. I only fall more and more in love with every day that I spend honing my craft and growing my business. I wake up every morning excited to do what I love.
What is your specialty as a photographer?
I’m attracted to complex, diverse imagery. My editorial work exhibits an inclination towards a dark beauty. My professional wedding photography allows me to find psychological and aesthetic balance in sensual, wrapping light and the female form. It allows me to document the extreme fantasies of beauty.
When you’re not shooting for clients, what kind of images do you like to shoot?
To date, my photography has taken me to over 30 countries. Photography gives me the impetus–indeed, the license–that I need to immerse myself in another culture, learn through experience, and forge relationships I wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
Dear Blog Readers, there’s much, much more! For the full, in-depth interview, please visit International Aperture Award’s blog to finish reading Tenacity, Passion, & Self Belief.
In an article about seasonal planning for wine country weddings, The Knot magazine featured one of my favorite images of a couple embracing. Its playful caption reads: “Fall is equally lovely in wine country; grab your photographer and sneak away for a private photo op among the grapevines.” Magnifique!
As a side note, this issue of The Knot also lists me as one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2010. Happiness.
- The size of the source.
- The distance from the source to the subject.
A Chimera softbox increases the source size of a concentrated, artificial light source such a strobe head. It offers a controlled, diffused light that provides visual radiance and a balanced gradient of all 256 nuances of gray. Softer lighting produces flattering luminosity and subtle wrapping of light around your subjects.
Not convinced? There is a host of reasons to include Chimera’s in your gear bag. For instance, harsh lighting leaves distinct marks on imperfect skin, whereas soft lighting minimizes unevenness.
Positioning a grid accessory on a softbox allows you to ensure that the subject, and not the background or other extraneous objects, is lit. Directional, soft light achieves a slimming effect, as graded shadow and highlights optically shave off excess.
In short, softboxes afford photographers maximal control over a shoot, and Chimera’s lightweight, portable, and durable equipment is an industry-standard product that has been an essential component in my gear bag for years.
Good morning, friends! I’m back, after a rollicking and inspiring week on The Playa, where I premiered a metal-print solo exhibition at Burning Man–America’s most creatively-radical arts and culture festival, which attracted 50,000+ visitors. Wow. I cannot overstate just how moving others’ responses to the exhibition were. I’ll provide a comprehensive recap of my time at Black Rock Desert in a few days. Until then, I have great news to share!
For the third year in a row, I have been selected as a judge for the International Aperture Awards. Photographers from countries as diverse as Malaysia, Australia, and South Africa comprise the panel, and I am honored to participate alongside them. Better Photography Magazine publisher Peter Eastway will preside over the judging, and it will be a pleasure to learn from his expertise.Have a beautiful week, and I look forward to catching up with you all. Love, Catherine