“Get as much experience as you can before going solo.”
Meet GirlCrewDublin member and photographer Katie Kavanagh
We are finally starting to see some promising glimpses of sunshine here in Ireland, which can only mean one thing, wedding season. Many of us will be guests, so we’ll have the easy job of rocking up and enjoying the day but for those getting wed the to do list is a mammoth task. One member of GirlCrew Dublin who can help to lighten that load is Katie Kavanagh. An experienced wedding photographer with an extensive portfolio and a great eye, Katie photographs weddings as they happen. “I catch all those candid moments and real encounters with your guests. I will arrive as you are getting ready and leave when all the formalities are over.”
By seeing the whole day unfold, Katie gets a real understanding of the couple, and their guests, and provides a service that helps to capture the special moments. This intimate, personal, approach is something that Katie prides herself on “I love wedding photography. Not your typical posed and staged wedding photography. I want to tell how your special day rolls out, focused on real emotions and relationships with each other and with your guests. Most of my couples say they forgot I was even there. I’ll take that as a compliment!” Although she usually leaves after the traditional first dance, working in this field has its perks as she likes “…to stay for a couple of songs to get my boogie on after.” If all that wasn’t enough, it’s clear that Katie is also a bit of romantic, so who better to have capture your day – “I believe in marriage. Whatever way you chose to do it and whoever you chose to do it with me is fine with me. I believe in marriage equality and all the beautiful things it brings with. I don’t do this to get featured in wedding blogs or magazines. Every wedding I shoot is for each couple”
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Being a wedding photographer allows me to combine my three loves in life; photography, weddings, and travel. It has given me the opportunity to photograph weddings all over Ireland, throughout Europe and Australia.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
In this price conscious society, it’s hard to find clients who see value in the price you charge for your work. I find a lot of people are looking for a ‘deal’ or a ‘bargain’. That’s not what I’m about. Thankfully, I have met so many couples who get what I’m about and trust me to capture their story on their big day.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
In 2014 I was voted the Mrs2Be.ie Bride’s Choice Photographer of the year. This was great as I was nominated by and voted for by my real brides. The award was judged based on reviews by real people who I had the pleasure of working with.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Second shoot! Get as much experience as you can before going solo.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
In the words of my mother ‘Worrying changes nothing’.