We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Kathleen Amelia to the Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful wedding and portrait photography, and be sure to visit her website Kathleen Amelia Photography. Thank you so much Kathleen for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
When I was in the 8th grade I was part of the yearbook class. We were working with photographs on the computers all day. While every one of my classmates were bored, I was intrigued. I loved looking at all the memories that were captured on film, and the fact that they could be remembered forever. Shortly after yearbook class started, my father bought me my first camera. A Canon. I was hooked, taking photos of everything in sight. It was so fun for me, and thats when my passion started for photography.
How would you describe your photography style?
I wouldn’t say I have a particular photography style, per say. I just enjoy watching the scene unfold in front of my eyes, and be the one who captures the sweet moments that happen. I enjoy photographing real moments.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
I wish I could say that I went to photography school. I would still love to! There is always so much to learn. Maybe someday. =]
What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
I am still a Canon fan, even from the beginning. My digital camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, and my film camera is a Canon 1v. I have a few different L series lenses that are my favorite, but if I had to choose, I’d have to go with the 35mm 1.4L & the 85mm 1.2L.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Lighting was always an intimidation for me. I was only ever comfortable in shooting in open shade. However with more and more experimentation and practice, I learned to love shooting in different lighting situations. My advice would be to practice shooting at different times of day in different locations. An open field at sunset with the beautiful backlighting, or through a window during mid-day. Its so fun to try out new shooting techniques with different lighting. And be confident! Confidence is key to taking beautifully lit photographs.
What is most challenging thing about photographing weddings?
From a personal standpoint, my favorite subject is my daughters! I just had another baby in August, and I love watching my 6 year old and now five month old interact together. Also, street art and graffiti. I love the creative mind process that goes behind it. From a professional standpoint it would have to be love. Either between a newly married couple, or a family. I just love love.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
I have learned to encourage your fellow photographer. I have made so many amazing friends in the photography community and it really is an incredible thing! I love helping other photographers with questions that they might have, taking photos together, or even grabbing a cup of coffee and chatting about our photography inspiration. Its fun and I encourage everyone who is in this industry to make friends who are in the same job field.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
To photograph what your heart desires. It took me many years to only photograph what I wanted to photograph. When I first started out in photography back in 2007, I shot anything that would come my way! From birthday parties, to newborns, to dinner parties and weddings. But I wasn’t happy. Now I only photograph what makes me happy as a photographer and as a human. I think it also makes my clients happier, knowing that I am shooting from my heart and soul.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
I love being able to watch love unfold behind my lens. A newly engaged couple is an incredible thing to witness behind a camera. A family that is so in love with each other and their kids is amazing to watch. I love being able to watch it, capture it, and keep it forever.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself more steadily employed. My goal is 30-40 weddings a year, and hopefully I can make it happen! =]
About the Artist: Kathleen Amelia was born and raised in Humboldt County, CA. She fell in love with photography after her father had given her the first camera she would ever own as a young teenager. She married her Marine Corps husband at 18, while soon after started her own photography business in the state of North Carolina. Kathleen became a mother at age 20 to their daughter Allyson, and age 26 to their second daughter, Pyper. They now reside back home in Humboldt County, CA where Kathleen is a full-time wedding & portrait photographer.