Sunday, August 16, 2015

Featured Artist | Bird's Eye View Photography by Katie Reints

Tell us about yourself and your business.

When I was 18 my father handed me a Nikon and told me to get in the car. We drove through sleepy little Iowa towns and down winding gravel roads. He started me on what will be a life long journey of seeing the world through the lens of my camera. 

17 years later, (WHAT!?) I have a family of my own and I still love finding that random gravel road. My boys and I often go on 'adventures' to find the undiscovered field, random one lane bridge, or just to follow a sunset.

My father gave me a piece of advice a long time ago that was made easy with the advent of camera phones... he said, Always have your camera with you.' So often I have made the decision to NOT bring my DSLR and kicked myself later. I see the beauty in things that most people find mundane. It is so easy to click that shutter and capture that moment. Why not do it? 

The name of my business comes from my nickname (given to me at birth) 'Bird'

What do you love most about photography?

My favorite quote is by Ansel Adams, 'Sometimes I arrive just when God is ready to have someone click the shutter.' I feel that way every day.

Describe your style in 2 words.

Describe my style in two words??? Still Evolving. Yup -- that is the best way to describe it. I would hate to put myself into a box. I love trying new things and shooting in new environments.

My first love is nature photography, 2nd is children. I love Senior, and Maternity as well. I have decided that weddings will be reserved for family and close friends only. No amount of money is worth the work that it takes to shoot a wedding. I would rather gift that to my loved ones than feel like the work was not worth the money.

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it’s running low?

When creativity is running low I just pick up my camera. Go outside and take pictures. Even in my back yard. Nature is ever-changing...

What’s in your camera bag?

I shoot with two Nikon D90 Cameras. One has a 35mm lens on it and the other a 18-105mm lens.

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers.

I like to shoot fast and hate to miss a moment so stopping to change lenses is not a favorite thing of mine to do. Its Much easier to pull out a different camera.

Natural light or artificial?

I am a natural light photographer. Shooting with artificial light is an art that I never learned. Definitely on my list of things I want to learn.

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would he/she be?

I can't say that I am dying to photograph any one person -- at this moment in time I would love to photograph a dancer, a ballerina in particular. I will find one to photograph and check that off my list soon and move on to something else that sparks my imagination.

What impact does photography have on your family life?

Photography has a way of consuming my life. Most recently I have had to reel in the amount of photography I do for others in order to re-focus and make my family life go-round. My camera is never to far and I am always mentally taking pictures. Every day... all day long. I see pictures every where I look....

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since started photography?

The most important thing I have learned is that every artist has a different vision and stage at which they are learning. Everyone wants to be better and do better... There is no true right or wrong vision. I love following other photographers and encouraging them. I love being a cheer leader for other artists. There are no two moments alike in this world - and there is no room to feel less than, or inferior because of another artists work. Be YOU.


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