Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Weekly Feature | Kate Densmore Photography

This is a really special week (and month) for us here at The Snappy Mama. We have Kate, from Kate Densmore Photography, as our guest judge. Kate is a rocking documentary photographer and one incredible mentor. She recently announced the details of a new small group mentorship -- "The Art of an Ordinary Day," that looks like an amazing opportunity to grow as an artist and photographer.  She is devoted, kind and caring and if you haven't picked up a copy of her inspirational and beautiful magazine, One Twenty-Five. Hop to! We really are so lucky to have her join us this week. Kate has picked {golden hour} for the week's theme in support the the The Gold Hope Project -- a project where photographers are going 'gold' to show support in the fight against childhood cancer. 

Now our favorite part --- grab a cup of coffee, cozy up and let's get to know Kate better.

If you were going to venture into a genre you currently don't photograph, what would it be and why? 
Birth photography. It seems like it would be the perfect mix of the things and themes I like to photograph. 

When did your photography journey begin? 
I started with film in high school, shooting with my parent's hand me down Minolta, which was old and prone to awful light leaks. In 2007, I finally bought my first dSLR which I had been dreaming about for years. I was accepted into a fully funded teacher travel opportunity to South Korea, and I figured there wasn't a better time to make that big purchase! I started a business two years later, in 2009. In the 6 years since, I've gone back and forth between being in business and being strictly a hobbyist, as my life, location,  and family commitments have changed. I'm currently in a really happy place of being able to balance my business commitments with my personal shooting. 

What is your favorite piece of gear you own, or what are you lusting after? 
My favorite piece of gear is my 35L, but I've had my eye on a 24L and I might just have to give it a try this fall. 

What are the biggest challenges you have overcome in your photography?
My biggest challenge has always been myself. I feel like I am often my own worst enemy - I try to stay confident and upbeat, but when the ruts, challenges, and dark days come it's always my own negative self talk that I have to tune out. I put a lot of pressure on myself, and its a double edge sword. It gives me the drive and motivation to accomplish things, but its also relentless and often makes me feel like I am not doing enough. 

What is your best advice you would give yourself if you could go back to the beginning? 

 Have some faith, and don't ever give up. You're capable of more than you could possibly imagine, and nothing worth doing ever came easily. 

Keep those gorgeous {golden hour} images coming in, don't forget to check out The Gold Hope Project. Have a fantastic week, Mama's!

XOXO, Allison and the Mama's

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