Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaitlin Bauld.
Kaitlin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After receiving my degrees in Dance and Theater from Western Oregon University, I moved to LA to pursue acting. While attending acting schools in LA, I also began to venture into producing films, directing and writing. I figured that I would make a better and more holistic actor knowing other parts of the entertainment industry. After doing this for a couple years, I began, unconsciously, doing more on the creative side rather than being the talent. After looking back at this, it’s not entirely surprising because my background, especially in college, was choreography and directing. So, I guess this was a natural progression.
Eventually, I felt that acting wasn’t really for me anymore, I wanted to be the creator and work the whole process, not just be in front of the camera. So, I started an online dance company called OMNIA. I wanted to collide my two passions, dance and film and create content for people to enjoy on their screens. Social Media has become such a large aspect of life and business now, I figured using it as a platform for a dance company was a way to go. I held regular dance rehearsals with the company members and choreographed dances on them. When the dances were ready, I would get a whole crew together and we would film it “music video style,” edit it and then launch it on YouTube. Since I was never in the dances themselves, eventually, I wanted to be the one to take the scene photos so that we would have more content for people to get to know the company. I realized I really enjoyed this process. I loved taking the photos of the dancers, I wasn’t technically sound at all but I had a good eye for composition and I barely knew what to do in the editing room but I was very happy doing this.
I ended up getting 5 dance films out there before this really started taking a toll on me financially. Films, no matter how small always cost a good amount of money. As hard as it still is to swallow, I had to put OMNIA on the back burner, I couldn’t afford it. As sad as I was, I was also excited to start a new adventure. I wanted to take everything I’ve learned in the last 5 years and put it towards photography. I knew I had an eye for capturing moments, I know how to talk to people from my directorial background, I would just need to educate myself more on the technical side of photography. So, I went for it. I was surrounded by talent, aka all my friends, and just started shooting. I learned so much from every shoot, and I got better with every shoot. And I realized, very quickly, I love the entire process. Planning the shoot, being on location, talking and directing the talent and then being in the editing room. I truly found my spot. And I have met some pretty incredible people, from all around the world, already within my first year of officially being a photographer.
I know I still have a lot to do and learn to really make this a career. But I’m ready because I love it and I can’t wait to meet and work with more people.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been the easiest mainly because I work full time with another job. And like all artists who are starting a career, not every job is paid so having that old regular one to pay the bills is necessary. It’s time-consuming, yes, but it’s technically the lifeline so you have to appreciate that it keeps you afloat while you tackle your career.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kaitlin Bauld Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
My photography is people. Mainly women and dancers at this point. And while I’m still exploring “my style” I mainly lean towards more dance, fashion/editorial styles of photography. I think what sets me apart is my background in dance and theater as well as my communication skills. Yes, the job is to get a good photo, however, creating a good experience for the client is of utmost importance. Making sure they’re comfortable with you and enjoying their time on location and being in front of the camera is also such a joy for me to be a part of. I think I put people at ease and they appreciate the amount of effort I put into each shoot. I just love working with people, so it makes sense that I capture them in photos.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Honestly, very little to none. I’ve always been a hard worker, I don’t know another way of working.
- Every shoot is a custom package, but my minimum rate right now is $200.00
- Website: www.kaitlinbauldphotography.com
- Phone: 626-414-7071
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @kaitlinbauldphotography
- Facebook: @kaitlinbauldphotography
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