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Meet Kat Monk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kat Monk.

Kat, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always loved photography but I did not take a typical path towards the creative world of the arts. While attending CSULB, I backpacked through Europe each summer thinking I eventually wanted to work for the State Department. In reality, I started to realize my passion for photography.

Growing up I always enjoyed taking photos of all my friends and now I was enjoying taking scenic picturesque photos. I loved music and soon I was taking live performance photos of musicians appearing in magazines such as Rolling Stone, People and Guitar World, It wasn’t until I had my son in 1992 though that I discovered taking photos of babies and children. For the last 25 years, I have been very successful children and family photographer with clients from all over the United States.

Has it been a smooth road?
The minute I decided to focus on photography my business took an unimaginable trajectory and provided me a career that I will always love and treasure. If we are being honest – probably the biggest challenge was the transition from film to digital. Although I embraced the change and moved with the times – I miss true film photography. Nowadays it is hard to find an image that hasn’t been altered in some fashion – I miss the honesty and the straightforwardness of film images.

Over the years my business has shifted, for my private clients, I focus a lot more on high school senior portraits now. It is a fun and fabulous day wherein the student is a model for a short time. It is great for any student about to embark upon College to capture their youth in a high school senior portrait.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I love editorial photography and I combine that style with my photography of newborns, babies, children, families and high school seniors. I am mostly known for shooting images of families that could be on the cover of publications such as Vanity Fair. Now, that my children are older, I have started doing a lot more editorial work for magazines and combining photography with writing the articles. I shoot and write a lot for South Bay Magazine.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe it is going to become more and more rare for individuals to own cameras – now and in the future – with the high tech cameras that are being included with cellular phones these days. But in my opinion, phone photos still do not even compare to a professional photographer.

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