Photog Life September Featured Photographer ~ Kate Gansneder
Tell us a little about you and your personal life. Married, kids, fur babies? We want to know it all!
I'm a married mom of 5 plus a bonus daughter. We have one cat named Potter. I spend a lot of my time helping other wedding vendors grow their businesses and the rest of my time at the gym, as one of my daughters is a competitive gymnast.
What made you decide to get in to photography and when did you first start?
I always loved creating. Writing, reading, music, dance. I never really considered photography as a career - marketing & business were my passion. During the 2007 recession I got a job at a portrait studio and fell on love with the art.
What type of photography do you shoot? What are you most passionate about?
Weddings. Funny enough I avoided them at first even though my husband wanted to do them. Thanks to a friend I finally caved and then became addicted.
Not that this really matters, but what do you shoot with?
Canon 5dmkiii (2), 6dmkii and way too many lenses to count.
What makes your passion shine? What are you most passionate about when you are holding your camera?
Love. I love serving couples and helping one of the most important days of their life feel like it was perfect. Oddly enough, it's truly less photography related and more people and heart related.
During your journey as a photographer, what has been the hardest part?
Knowing what to charge and feeling like I am worth enough to charge what I need to. Also, the judgement from other photographers. Our business model is mid-range rates and high volume. We shoot 60 weddings a year, and a lot of photographers get mad at me for "doing it wrong". It makes the industry feel really lonely.
If you were to go back in time, is there anything you would change?
Listen to my husband and shoot weddings sooner.
If you could photography anyone, alive or not, who would it be and why?
The Obama's. I love the way they love and respect each other.
What kind of legacy do you wan to leave behind as a photographer?
Care and service that made our clients feel like family... And more than just clients.
What advice do you have for a photographer that is just starting out?
Run your numbers, learn as much as you can about business and marketing in equal measure to photography, connect with others, don't do it for the money and start with the business you want to have in 5 years.
Thank you Kate for taking the time to let us all get to know more about you and offering some amazing advice to other photographers. If you would like to follow Kate, you can do so here:
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