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Meet Katie Chavarin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Chavarin.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My photography journey began the when I was in fourth grade when my father gave me my first point and shoot camera, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I eventually attended the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Cal State University of Northridge where I further solidified my love and passion for documenting the world around me.

Celebrating people and what they hold close to their heart is the reason why I love what I do as a photographer.
I was born in Hollywood and now currently live in The Valley of Los Angeles, California. I’m an animal lover, coffee obsessed, light chaser, and relationship builder with a curious mind.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a Lifestyle, Wedding and Portrait Photographer. My style is natural, fun, bold and photo journalistic. I believe my gift is my ability to see light not only in the literal sense, but also figuratively in people. Being able to see their inner flame and bring it to the surface where I can photograph them in their most natural state for not only others to see, but for themselves to see as well. My Why is my family. Family is my immediate family, but it is also my significant other, my friends and those deeply rooted in my community.

I think it’s important to have visibility within different cultures, backgrounds, and within the LGBTQ+ community. Coming from a bi-racial background, culture is very important to me and my upbringing, as well as being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. If I can shed some light to create impact within these cultures and visibility where it is so deeply needed, I can say I am living my life well. My hope is that others will see the beauty that is around us every single day, whether it’s in a photograph of a loved one who has passed, their hometown, or within themselves.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Everyone says that the comparison game is the killer of all dreams, and this couldn’t be truer. I used to compare my work to others: colors, tones, feeling and style. I used to avoid bold colors, used so many muted tones, while everything felt light and airy. It worked for a few “Likes” and “Follows”, but at the end of the day, it didn’t ring true for me and it started to show in my work. As much as I think this style and feeling is stunning, this is not my particular style. I will I wish I would’ve sat in my truth and see what it was that worked for me when it was so obvious.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on my website at I post a weekly blog post where I write tips to help my clients (and future clients), display photo galleries from my most recent sessions, wedding and events, and create and curate downloadable How-To guides, as well as write personal stories.

I’m on Facebook @KatieChavarinPhotography, I mostly hang out on Instagram @iamkcphotog. You can check out my Instagram Stories where I sometimes host photo session giveaways and you can see the backstage version of what goes on day-to-day in my business and life.

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Katie Chavarin Photography

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