This week we are interviewing Katie of Katie Rivers Photography. Katie not only takes photos of weddings, she also shoots babies, families, and portraits. She is based out of Georgia and is very inspiring to us here at tinysea. Be sure to check out her website and look at her portfolio for more fantastic work!
Did you grow up wanting to be a photographer or did it just sort of happen? Growing up, I wanted to be everything from a singer to a veterinarian. I never thought I could be a photographer. I even remember once in college joking with a friend that we'd be wedding photographers one day and then immediately thinking in my private thoughts "no... I could never do that, I wouldn't have a clue where to begin." I attended college in a study of English Literature and graphic design. Even though being a photographer just happened, I have always enjoyed art of all kinds and have always had an inclination for stories and beauty. Looking back, everything seems to have been planned all along to support my career in photography. God works in mysterious ways!
Editing photographs can be a tedious process. What gets you in through it? Editing photographs is very, very time consuming. I watch a lot of "The Office" reruns and rely on iTunes to get me through the long hours. Oh, and I also consume ridiculous amounts of coffee. I love coffee.
Would you be interested in shoots outside of Georgia? How far would you go to take a photo? Yes, of course! I enjoy meeting new people and seeing new places—I dream of someday traveling abroad to photograph a wedding. So far, the furthest I've traveled for a job was to Jekkyll Island Georgia. It was fabulous!
Give us a sentence or two of insight into the world of Katie. Look around at everything ordinary and realize it isn't that ordinary at all. Beauty is everywhere.
Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring photographers? I wish I could go back in time just a year or so and give myself this advice: Don't be afraid to take charge in all aspects of what you set out to do. Don't feel like you have to be perfect. Treat everyone equally. Be humble and honest and helpful. Challenge yourself continually but also don't beat yourself up for not being where you want to be. Success takes time. Most of all, follow your own path and as cliché as it may sound... be true to yourself. No one else sees the world the exact same way you do. This is your strength... use it!