Meet Karina, of Goldenview Photography. Karina focuses on weddings and portraits with a little bit of commercial work sometimes thrown in. She shoots Nikon with her right eye. She shoots JPEG with aperture priority. She loves the MCP Actions and onOne software… particularly their Magic Portrait Fixer.
Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
Do you ever have that feeling where you love something so badly that you get an ache in your chest? Well that’s the way I felt about photography. I just LOVED it so much. I knew this was my calling in life. I had gone to school for Interior Design and didn’t feel this was where I was being led. I had always had a passion for photography but never thought to make it my career. Until one day that ache in my chest was so real and wouldn’t go away until I started my own business.
What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Communication is key with your clients! Also to be myself as a photographer and not compare myself to others. I am realizing that if I am myself my creativeness will shine through and set me apart.
What makes you as a business person different from everyone else?
I am not rigid in my structure and I am very accommodating to my clients needs.
One item you can’t live without?
50mm, 50mm, 400iso, 1/1000, f/1.6
I just LOVE the colours and how much the rings stand out among the branches they were placed on. It adds such depth to the photo.
Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
I thought it would be a great way to put myself out there and meet other new photographers. It awesome to hear other photographers stories and share learning experiences to better help each other.
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
Favorite songs to work to?
hmmm… I LOVE music. anything. but I love my country!!
Where do you find inspiration?
I love to sit on the computer researching other photographers! It gets me totally pumped and ready to shoot. Looking through bridal magazines as well.
Aside from yourself, what do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
My Camera and my attitude. I try to make a wedding day fun, relaxed and not worrisome for the bride and groom. I can be laid back and very accommodating so clients find that very appealing.
Do you use a second shooter?
Sometimes. When a couple asks for 2 photographers I will. Sometimes I have an assistant (my husband) with me to help out with other things such as driving, ideas and anything else that may come up unexpectedly.
How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Just email me! I love to help others out especially starting out in the business.
If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Have you won any awards?
Does the Rockton Worlds Fair Count? Then yes!
What did you have to do to actually take the leap? Did you have any hoops to jump through?
Well I guess I am still in the middle of my leap. I am currently working another full time job. But I have set some goals for my future in photography. I have a number in mind of how many weddings I want in a year before I can manage to do just photography! I absolutely love photography and I am super excited for what the future holds.
Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Don’t let other people discourage you. If you love this then go for it!! I know I had so many questions about how to do things or questions about my camera and everyone I asked for help were very rude and really put a bad taste in my mouth about photography. But then I came across a group of wedding photographers and vendors in my area and then were soooo giving and helpful. So find other local people to talk to and encourage you. It makes a huge difference!!
oh and just take your camera with you everywhere and take pictures!! Practice.
What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Just be ME! I draw in clients through word of mouth.
Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)? If for, who have you had the most success with?
I am kinda on the fence about this one. I have done one paid advertisement for the year and haven’t got much out of it. So I was willing to give it another chance and tried a magazine. We will see if that works better. However, I get all my business from word of mouth and Facebook!! It honestly works the best. If you do well with a couple they will pass your name out time and time again!!
How do you go about networking with other wedding vendors?
Through Facebook. There is a group for our area and we pass along all kinds of info to each other.
What does an overview of your typical workflow look like?
Download all pictures and burn a dvd of originals and back them up on a second hard drive
Start going through a few photos to edit for a preview
Then upload them to my blog & facebook
Email the clients to let them know they have a few photos to look at -usually about 7-10 images
Then begins editing all of the images
How do you stay organized?
Notes!! I love my notebooks and sharpies. A little obsessed actually. But I really just write to do lists all the time!! It feels so good to cross an item off the list! Very rewarding. My husband also makes up excel spreadsheets for me.
What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Well first all going for coffee to Starbucks!! Hang out there for a bit talking/taking pictures. No time constraints.
Then continuing to a photo shoot together with some models to take photos of! Maybe somewhere downtown or in the country. Just a gorgeous sunny summer day.