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Life and Work with Kate Berry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Berry.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got into photography when I went traveling in 2008 – I bought my first DSLR, taught myself how to use it and became totally inspired by color and light in countries like India and Brasil. I continued shooting as a hobby whilst working for a big London design agency as a Trend Researcher. The agency recognized I had talent and encouraged me to shoot in-house for them a little but I didn’t see a future for myself working in strategy and somewhere along the way I was encouraged by friends to take a chance and leave to pursue photography full-time. I’ve been shooting professionally for eight years and in 2017, I made the move from London to Los Angeles. I love the light here and I’ve always been inspired by American landscapes and the open road, it’s incredibly cinematic here and my style of work suits LA.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve always struggled with confidence issues, I think being self-taught and feeling my way through everything as opposed to having a great deal of technical knowledge has caused me to feel insecure at times. Not to mention the advent of social media where it’s incredibly hard not to compare yourself to others. But, it’s a learning curve for everyone. You’re never going to be top of your game, there is room for so many different styles of work, so just keep at it, stay true to yourself and stay passionate. And dip in and out of social media. It can be inspiring and motivating but you’ve got to have blinkers on to an extent and develop your own style and way of doing things.

Please tell us about your work.
Photography is very much about a gut feeling and instinct, it’s also a moment in time. I’ve always been interested in detail and the shots that aren’t immediately obvious to others. My commercial work has been focused around interiors photography and lifestyle but I’m moving more into travel (which has always been my main passion/ambition) and portraiture. I work predominantly with natural light and am drawn to color and texture. I like to think my work has soul, tells a story and transports you somewhere. I increasingly enjoy shooting people as I’m interested in human connection, and I want to capture people’s soul.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
I’m a bit of a technology-phobe so I’m sure there are apps that could help me out but I don’t use them! I’m pretty old-school in that sense. I love reading artist memoirs and biographies – learning about others’ journeys and the creative process (and struggle!) is fascinating to me. Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘The Spiritual Journey’ was probably the most impactful book I’ve read in recent years. I also listen to a lot of music via internet radio channels which keeps me sane and I meditate daily.

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