Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Rixon.
Katie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started with photography during my first trip to Europe followed by my first breakup. My mom had bought me my first camera, a really crappy point, and shoot, for the trip to London. At 15, I came back to Dallas, Georgia completely enthralled with photography and newly single. After getting fed up with seeing me mope around the house over a boy I’d only been for a few months, my Mom, who had always loved to snap photos of me and my twin brother, suggested we get out of the house and explore this new found love.
I’ve been shooting ever since.
It started with taking pictures of friends for fun and then my neighbors giving me some pocket money to take their Christmas card photos. Word of my budding photography business spread and by 20 I was shooting anything I could get my hands on; weddings, high school senior photos, babies, couples. You name it. I shot it.
I always enjoyed getting to know people and capturing a part of their life, but I had a passion for shooting what I would call ‘fashion photos’. Looking back, it was really just photos of my friends in their old prom dresses. I decided I needed to move to Los Angeles to learn, advance my skills, and pursue my photography dreams. I moved out to Los Angeles in 2010, got a certificate in cinematography, and started shooting.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s never easy, transitioning from a small town surrounded by family and friends who support and believe in you to a big city full of people with a lot of the same dreams or goals as you. Most of my struggles have been self-inflicted. Finding your voice and where you fit isn’t easy and doubt is a constant companion. I’ve held myself back because of fear more times than I can count, but I never let it stop me. I am by no means where I’d like to be, but I feel like I am headed in the right direction.
What are your plans for the future?
I have a lot of fun ideas and things I would like to do, but my main goal is to live a full life. We are given a finite amount of time and I want to live each day to the fullest. I want to do work that I am passionate about and share my time with people that inspire and encourage me and throw in as many adventures as I can. I want to make this life a good one.
I’ve been working toward getting official representation.
I’ve really been enjoying travel photography and am trying to fit that into my work and personal life.
I’d like to focus my efforts on making the right investments of time and money.
I’ve also been playing with some underwater photography that has allowed me to start thinking differently about my shoots.
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
The hardest time for me was my initial move to Los Angeles. I was 20 and headstrong, without a fear in the world. I moved to the city and was definitely brought down a few pegs. It’s difficult to be in a new place looking around and EVERYONE’S work is better than yours, not to mention the sheer volume of other photographers and you start to feel really small; insignificant. Your bubble bursts and you have to get real. After the initial shock to your system and a serious downgrade in your confidence, all you can do is start building yourself back from the ground up. You’re better for it, though I still feel the twinge of fear and have thoughts of inefficiency but you can’t let that stop you.
Do you ever feel like “Wow, I’ve arrived” or “I’ve made it” or do you feel like the bulk of the story is still unwritten?
I think every shoot has a little ‘wow’ moment. The process is so organic that even I’m surprised sometimes by the images at the end of the day.
- Portrait Session: $300
- Portfolio Build Session: $500
- Website: www.katieparkerphotography.com
- Phone: 770-596-9854
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @ktparkerphoto