This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Katie McMenamin Photography
Areas of the world you Serve:
Philadelphia and surrounding region
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I live in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a suburb just outside of Philadelphia, with my husband, four year old daughter, one year old daughter, and three dogs. There is rarely a quiet moment in my house. I have been a family photographer for the last nine years and I love what I do more and more every day.
How did you get started in photography?
I took my first photography class when I was a junior in college and I immediately fell in love. I would spend hours in the darkroom developing my photos, getting home in the early hours of the morning. I still miss watching my prints appear in the developer. As much as I love my current camera, nothing in digital photography quite compares.
What genre do you shoot?
Documentary and lifestyle family sessions. I am always trying to capture as many authentic moments as possible. Even during a lifestyle session, I’m always looking for those unposed moments.
Who or what inspires you?
Pretty light and interesting people.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
I use either this backpack, https://www.amazon.com/Lowepro-Fastpack-DSLR-Camera-Backpack/dp/B000YIWR8G or a Shootsac. I shoot with a Canon 5d mark iii and primarily use my 24-70mm 2.8, 50mm 1.2 and 35mm 1.4.
What are some of your favorite photography products?
I have gotten a lot of use out of the Moirai Compositor in creating blog posts: https://www.moiraitools.com/products/compositor. I love this set of VSCO presets for lightroom, with some tweaks, http://vsco.co/store/film/01. I also love my thinktank memory card holder, https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C%7Bcreative%7D%2C%7Bkeyword%7D&gclid=CjwKEAjwgZrJBRDS38GH1Kv_vGYSJAD8j4DfD-kxJ4Dt5QasIBq0Jxj7rreihlrJUTtBqpHSArdT9RoCZG3w_wcB&is=REG&m=Y&sku=847371
Three random things about yourself:
I currently have a very intense podcast listening addiction. When I have time, I love sewing for my daughters. I would eat every meal outside if I could. It’s a strange little obsession.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Pick your camera up and shoot every day.
Any advice you’d like to share?
I love to learn and I have taken many photography workshops and absolutely never regret it. But I think it’s important to take what you learn and apply it to what you already do and are passionate about. Don’t try to be anyone else. Just because someone else does it differently, doesn’t mean your way is wrong.
I also think it’s great to be inspired by other photographers but don’t believe in getting bogged down in comparing yourself to them. I spent way too much time doing that in the beginning of my photo career and it never made me feel good. In fact, let’s be honest, it made me feel bad. Just be you and do your own thing and don’t worry about anyone else.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
Mac and Photoshop and Lightroom
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