“Under no circumstances allow yourself to fall into the self pitying trap of comparing yourself to others. Take everything one step at a time”
Meet GirlCrew Dublin and Meath member, photographer Katya Koliban
Born in Moldova, with Russian heritage, and raised in Ireland GirlCrew Meath member, Katya Koliban, has always made her own path. Now an accomplished wedding photographer her love of the art stems back to her childhood. “I’ve always been interested in photography. It started when my dad gave me his old camera as he was getting an upgrade. I took photos of water droplets from a tap in a bathtub.” While the bathtub held her focus for a while, it was clear that she would soon need new subjects so she enrolled in Communication Studies at Dublin City University. This course held a lot of promise as upon completion students would be able to specialise in photography, video, or radio; but things weren’t going to be that simple. “After my first year of studies, I loved it by the way, I dropped out. I felt like it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. It felt like the course didn’t teach me how to become a professional, how to own my photography business. So I said I’d defer for a year and then come back. Which I never did, of course!”
Leaving Dublin behind Katya moved to Moscow where she spent two and a half years “connecting with all sorts of people, taking shots of aspiring models”, and working at a water park. It was here she learned the core aspects of communications and running a business, plus “all of it was practical and paid! So when I moved back home, I consider Ireland my home at this stage, I hope you don’t blame me ☺, I never saw any point of going back to college.” With college given the snub, Katya began second shooting on weddings and recently opened her own business. “Photography was all I wanted to do… Being a professional wedding photographer is a battle of many struggles every day. But I wouldn’t be doing anything else for a living. I’m so blessed to have all the support I need for it from the people around me that despite all of the hardship, it makes me who I want to be!”
1. What is the best thing about your role?
The best thing about being a photographer is that I get to meet people, learn about their stories, and connect with them on different levels of my personality. This makes me more open and more sensitive to the world.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
Letting people look at my photography, at my blogging, them hearing me speak on the phone – all of this requires confidence and a decent self esteem. Overcoming all of those fears is still challenging for me at times.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
I was working my way up to be recognised by a fabulous wedding directory. This is a whole new creative market for me and I was wishing to be on it since I started out. I shot an Inspirational Wedding shoot to showcase what I can do, how I can push my business to be more creative. As a result I was accepted as one of their proud members. They are very picky, to me its huge at this stage of my business!
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
To have an idea of what you want. It doesn’t have to be big, it can be small compared to others. This leads me to say that under no circumstances allow yourself to fall into the self pittying trap of comparing yourself to others. Take everything one step at a time and be consistent with everything that you do. Consistency is not only credibility; consistency is key to everything!
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
Just be you.
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