Friday, May 13, 2011

Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher

I am just going to give you a little feast for your eyes for a second.
I think her pictures can introduce Kellie so much better than any words I could ever use.





















Couldn't you keep looking all day?
Me too.
Thank you Kellie for this wonderful chance to learn from you.
We are blessed.

You live in Hawaii! WOW. Have you always lived there?



Only the last year and a half, but I have certainly become accustomed to the weather!






Tell us about yourself.


Wife. Mom of two girls. Fun loving. Grateful. Blunt. Laughs easily. Cries easily. Passionate. Emotional. Hungry. Spontaneous. Adventurous. Crafty.




How long have you been shooting and when did you start your business?


I purchased my first DSLR (Nikon D70) for a wedding gift for myself and my husband in 2004. For a long time I made myself the unofficial photographer at any event I attended, thinking I could catch what the official photographer missed (oh, how annoying that must have been for the person hired).


It wasn't until 2008 when my second daughter was born that I really dedicated myself to learning how to use my camera. I purchased a 50mm 1.8 and started realizing how light affected my images. I shot anyone that would let me practice, friends' children, newborns and any family with the patience. I started my business almost a year later in Sept of 2009.






What do you shoot with now?


I shoot with a Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, and 50mm f/1.4






Have you had any schooling for photography?


Not really, I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, which required some photography classes. I absolutely loved photography during school, but never even considered it for a career. I was much too insecure about the technicality of getting everything right on film (there was no digital) and then the darkroom processing at home just didn't even seem attainable. I have spent most of my freetime in the last few years reading photography forums, blogs, flickring, and pouring over the work of my peers. 


I have taken webinars and found anything I wanted to do on Youtube. It hasn't been until the last 8 months or so that I started to lay off on the constant learning and really feel more comfortable with my own process. That was definitely spurred by attending a Wallflower retreat last fall.






You won that Wallflower workshop last year for answering the question: What makes your heart sing, (I will add the link to that post because WOW it is so good) was that your first workshop?


Yes, it was taught by Deb Schwedhelm and Leah Zawadski, and it was amazing.






How vital do you think it is for photographers to go to workshops?


After attending only that one, I can't wait to go to another. There is something about being surrounded with this craft that you love and people that are filled with the same passion. It just fuels you and makes you better. 


I am thinking about attending Jonathan Canlas' Film Is Not Dead this fall on Oahu...even though I don't shoot film these days, he is awesome.






I know you like to capture real life moments, just as our interview last week, Molly Flanagan, likes to capture. How do you deal with people that seek your services that specifically want posed pictures? Do you ever turn anyone away because your styles don't mesh?


I think one of the hardest things about being an artist is to find your style. I have tried to shoot like other people, but the outcome never looked as good as the photo I was trying to copy. I want someone to hire me because they love MY work. Someone who gets what I am trying to accomplish. So, when people want something different than what I think I can give them, I gladly help them find someone who can. 


I think there are SO many talented people in this business and I am not about to try to sell myself to someone who doesn't want what I'm selling.






You have an amazing preset collection for Lightroom. My friend Susan Keller just ADORES them! What made you decide to start that collection and then market it?

 After a year of having people email and ask how I processed my black and white, I decided to bottle them up and put them out there. It has been pretty cool and the feedback has been wonderful.






Have you loved that aspect of your photography business?


It's been really fun and rewarding to donate much of the money I have made from the presets to some really great causes.






Did you ever think you were going to be a business woman when you were in high school?


Wait, am I a business woman now? The tantrum throwing 2 year old and super engergized 4 year old keep me in my place. No, I thought I was going to be a nurse, nutritionist, digital animator and lastly graphic designer (what I graduated in, even though you would never be able to tell).






Do you take a picture every day?


I try.






Are you reading any good books right now?


Just finished two fantastic ones! Still Alice by Lisa Genova, excellent read, although I was totally convinced I had Alzheimers by the end of the book. Read it and you will know what I am talking about. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, I never wanted it to end.






Any great shows that you are totally sucked into?


Ohhh, Friday Night Lights, it makes my heart palpitate just typing it.






Do you ever worry that you will run out of ideas for pictures?


I don't typically start with an idea. I know it sounds weird, but I am totally an observer...I don't think of something until I see the light. And when I say see the light, I don't mean when the heavens open and everything becomes glorious. I am talking about actual light, like the sun. It moves me to shoot what I do.








Do you have a favorite photographer or 2 you can share?


It's funny, I am inspired the most by artists that aren't selling a package, they are true aritists....it's a way I would love to see my work headed in the future. Jessica Todd Harper and the way she uses light and emotion is truly magnificent. Benjamin Krain's photojournalism is truly awesome storytelling. Of course, I also love Sarah Rhoads....who doesn't, right?





When you were learning how to shoot, what was something that helped you become better and grow more?


Shoot. Observe. Look for the light. Shoot. Learn to perfectly expose your image. Try a 365. I only made it through 150 days last year and I learned more in those 150 days than I had in my last 10 sessions. 


If you are having problems with exposing correctly, I still play a simple game when I run to get my camera. I say outloud what I think my exposure should be, 400 ISO, f/2.8, 150 s/s, it's always fun to see how close I am with my exposure. Many times, I can tell you where I need to be more accurately than my camera....but I still try to find something nuetral to meter if it's not working. Learn your camera, inside and out....then shoot from your heart.





Do you have a network of photographers you can turn to when you have questions?


I have an awesome group of girls that I communicate with on a daily basis. They are the first people I go to when I have questions about anything.





What song are you listening to right now that you can share with all of us?


I love music, don't get me wrong. But, man I love the quiet more.


For those of you looking for your next fave, try Kalai...he's awesome....I saw him play in a friend's backyard.






What avenue has been the best for helping grow your business? Facebook? Your blog? Flickr?


All of the above. I don't really focus too much on growing and happily take the work that comes my way. I really am no business woman...not until my girls are in school, at least.





Do your girls ever tire of being photographed?


Um, yes, they look my way maybe once a month. But usually, this is great for my style as I am trying not to disrupt whatever they are in the middle of.





Do you have any parting words of wisdom for someone who is just starting out in the photography business?


Be who you are. Don't compare your work to others. Shoot how you love to shoot. Be confident in yourself and your style. Grow.



Kellie Hatcher Photography on facebook


75 comments:

Tracy P. said...

Whoa! I have never heard anyone say, "It's the light!" I mean I get that's what photography is, but that just made me realize I don't always see it. I see the people and the things. I must look for it! I might have seen it sooner if I had a little girl with curls though. Just to be fair. ;-)

The flip flop shot. WOW!

Christina said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures!! It makes me want to be a better photographer. What if you live in a place where the light isn't so great?! I have trouble with the light. Sigh.

Heidi said...

Becky! This is my favorite interview yet! Love Kellie's work.

Tamar SB said...

Beautiful! Thank you for introducing her to us!!

Tamar

molly said...

love kellie! fabulous interview!!!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Amazing interview I love her style and her advice is awesome!

photography by anika alonzo said...

*sigh*
I just ♥ her so much... :)

sherri lynn said...

beautiful photos!! Great interview, too!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Her photographs are magical, beautiful and inspiring!!!!!

Gretchen Johnson Photography said...

Her work s so beautiful and inspiring. I feel as though I know Kelly already! Great interview Becky!!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Amazing. What a true talent. I love what she does. Her photos really evoke emotion and thought and beauty.

Brooke said...

i'm sure there is a technical term for it, but i love how her photos are all so crisp.

American Mum said...

Love the girls and the curls! Lovely photos and great interview!

Sarah said...

Gosh her photos are gorgeous!

TOLIVER FAMILY said...

this is my absolute favorite of your interviews.

so real.
so authentic.

im a new fan. off to find her blog.

thx becky.

Kelly said...

Gorgeous!

Buckeroomama said...

Her photos just blew my mind! SO, so beautiful. I wonder if I can be like her when I grow up... Seriously, I'm so inspired.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wow! I think this might have been your best interview yet! Kelli seems warm and engaging, and so very confident in her gift. This was inspiring! And such beautiful images, too. Thanks for introducing us, Becky!

Caroline said...

Ohhhhh a feast for my eyes!!! I love the interview...so real. And the photos are just so beautiful...and soulful. Thank you for the introduction!

Stacy said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work... and too a lucky wallflower attendant.... was one of the first at the march 2010 retreat! keep up the great work Kelli!!

Wanda said...

I feel like I was just sitting on her couch (or yours)and listening to a friend talk. So simple and inspiring.

Another great one Becky!
xoxo

Casey said...

This is truely a feast for the eyes!! I love the documentary style... the composition... the light! Ah... just beautiful.

Elaine A. said...

Yet another amazing photographer! I love her eye, WOW! Such everyday beauty in her photos.

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

What an awesome interview!!!! Wow!!! I am so inspired by her photography!!! It's gorgeous!!!!!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

okay first the hawaii drew me in and then the amazing life pics she gets. i love that she just observes. those are always the best pictures. great interview. now i need to get some new books.

I'm just the MOM said...

Natural Hawaiian light! Just seeing those pics makes me homesick! Great interview Becky!

Sharon said...

I think I'm in love! It's true!

Danyelle said...

I love this series you do with photographers, seeing their different styles, what inspires them, and how they got to where they are.

Becca said...

Oh wow what gorgeous work! :-) I love her style so so much!

kellie said...

oh becky! thanks so much for this interview....you've made me feel so important. and wow, i can't believe all these comments. overwhelmingly humbled! xx, kellie

Skeller said...

Becky - you rock!!! these questions are AWESOME!!! And Kellie - your answers are AWESOME! Nevermind, your pictures, your glorious home location and the fact that you attended Wall Flowers...!!! I really truly enjoyed this interview. :-)

Laura D said...

I just love how she captures moments without being intrusive so to speak...I love her style and she really has found the light...I would love to become really skilled at just seeing the light...I definitely find myself looking for it no matter where I am or if I have my camera on me...she is definitely inspiring..

Life with Kaishon said...

Dear Kellie! I republished your post since it was missing! I am so sorry that all of the comments are gone!

Maybe tonight I will have time to go through emails so I can redo them for you : )

April said...

Blogger is really on my nerves today! My post from yesterday is missing, too! Sure hope they get everything back to normal SOON! Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this interview! Wow...how wonderful to live in Hawaii! I'm with Kellie...I love music, but there's just 'something' about the quiet. I'm off to meet her now!

debi9kids said...

wow. Her photography is GORGEOUS!
Thanks for sharing.

ps I am loving this series!

Jessica Deane said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Kellie's work. She never ceases to amaze me with the most perfect everyday moments she captures.. and turns it into art.

Caseybumpinalong said...

I think I read that blogger only temporarily removed the most recent posts - maybe they'll be back up later (my latest just magically reappeared (but not the one before it, so I don't know...) Anyway, another wonderfully inspiring interview! My favorites are the ones with the 2 girls and the dandelions - too precious! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Another great interview, and oh my...she is amazing!!!

Thanks so much♥

Unknown Mami said...

Wonderful interview and gorgeous photography. So sorry about the lost comments. I hope they reappear.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great interview! I love her style, her pictures are so beautiful! And her little girls omg....so sweet!

The Animator's Wife said...

XOXOXO love that Kellie Hatcher!

Anonymous said...

Her work is incredible!!! This was a fabulous interview and I couldn't stop looking at her pictures...she is so talented!!

Jess said...

Ohmygoodness! I am in love with her style. I'm just gonna drool over these photos for awhile.

Erin W said...

Love, love, love!! I am so jealous she lives in Hawaii-- seriously Hawaii has the most amazing light! Awesome interview- I just adore her work- so inspiring!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

Tracy P. has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Whoa! I have never heard anyone say, "It's the light!" I mean I get that's what photography is, but that just made me realize I don't always see it. I see the people and the things. I must look for it! I might have seen it sooner if I had a little girl with curls though. Just to be fair. ;-)

The flip flop shot. WOW!



Posted by Tracy P. to Life with Kaishon at Wed May 11, 09:00:00 PM

Life with Kaishon said...

Christina has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Wow, what beautiful pictures!! It makes me want to be a better photographer. What if you live in a place where the light isn't so great?! I have trouble with the light. Sigh.



Posted by Christina to Life with Kaishon at Wed May 11, 09:28:00 PM

Life with Kaishon said...

Heidi has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Becky! This is my favorite interview yet! Love Kellie's work.



Posted by Heidi to Life with Kaishon at Wed May 11, 11:54:00 PM

Life with Kaishon said...

Tamar SB has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Beautiful! Thank you for introducing her to us!!

Tamar



Posted by Tamar SB to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 04:05:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

molly has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

love kellie! fabulous interview!!!



Posted by molly to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 04:06:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Kathy has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Amazing interview I love her style and her advice is awesome!



Posted by Kathy to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 04:19:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

photography by anika alonzo has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

*sigh*
I just ♥ her so much... :)



Posted by photography by anika alonzo to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 04:38:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Busy Bee Suz has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Her photographs are magical, beautiful and inspiring!!!!!



Posted by Busy Bee Suz to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 06:42:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Gretchen Johnson Photography has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Her work s so beautiful and inspiring. I feel as though I know Kelly already! Great interview Becky!!



Posted by Gretchen Johnson Photography to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 06:49:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Texan Mama has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Amazing. What a true talent. I love what she does. Her photos really evoke emotion and thought and beauty.



Posted by Texan Mama to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 06:58:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Brooke has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

i'm sure there is a technical term for it, but i love how her photos are all so crisp.



Posted by Brooke to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 07:23:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

American Mum has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Love the girls and the curls! Lovely photos and great interview!



Posted by American Mum to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 07:26:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Sarah has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Gosh her photos are gorgeous!



Posted by Sarah to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 07:42:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

TOLIVER FAMILY has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

this is my absolute favorite of your interviews.

so real.
so authentic.

im a new fan. off to find her blog.

thx becky.

Life with Kaishon said...

Kelly @ MillerMix has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Gorgeous!

Life with Kaishon said...

Buckeroomama has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Her photos just blew my mind! SO, so beautiful. I wonder if I can be like her when I grow up... Seriously, I'm so inspired.



Posted by Buckeroomama to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 08:01:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Adrienne in Ohio has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Wow! I think this might have been your best interview yet! Kelli seems warm and engaging, and so very confident in her gift. This was inspiring! And such beautiful images, too. Thanks for introducing us, Becky!



Posted by Adrienne in Ohio to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 08:06:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Caroline has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Ohhhhh a feast for my eyes!!! I love the interview...so real. And the photos are just so beautiful...and soulful. Thank you for the introduction!



Posted by Caroline to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 08:32:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Stacy has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous work... and too a lucky wallflower attendant.... was one of the first at the march 2010 retreat! keep up the great work Kelli!!



Posted by Stacy to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 08:33:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Wanda has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

I feel like I was just sitting on her couch (or yours)and listening to a friend talk. So simple and inspiring.

Another great one Becky!
xoxo



Posted by Wanda to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 08:39:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Elaine A has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Yet another amazing photographer! I love her eye, WOW! Such everyday beauty in her photos.



Posted by Elaine A to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 09:09:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Colleen has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

What an awesome interview!!!! Wow!!! I am so inspired by her photography!!! It's gorgeous!!!!!!!



Posted by Colleen to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 09:41:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Rebecca has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

okay first the hawaii drew me in and then the amazing life pics she gets. i love that she just observes. those are always the best pictures. great interview. now i need to get some new books.



Posted by Rebecca to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 09:59:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Locker Room Mom has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Natural Hawaiian light! Just seeing those pics makes me homesick! Great interview Becky!



Posted by Locker Room Mom to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 10:15:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Locker Room Mom has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Natural Hawaiian light! Just seeing those pics makes me homesick! Great interview Becky!



Posted by Locker Room Mom to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 10:15:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Sharon has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

I think I'm in love! It's true!



Posted by Sharon to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 10:42:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Danyelle has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

I love this series you do with photographers, seeing their different styles, what inspires them, and how they got to where they are.



Posted by Danyelle to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 10:59:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

kellie has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

oh becky! thanks so much for this interview....you've made me feel so important. and wow, i can't believe all these comments. overwhelmingly humbled! xx, kellie



Posted by kellie to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 11:46:00 AM

Life with Kaishon said...

Skeller has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

Becky - you rock!!! these questions are AWESOME!!! And Kellie - your answers are AWESOME! Nevermind, your pictures, your glorious home location and the fact that you attended Wall Flowers...!!! I really truly enjoyed this interview. :-)



Posted by Skeller to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 12:03:00 PM

Life with Kaishon said...

Laura D has left a new comment on your post "Photogapher Interview: Kellie Hatcher":

I just love how she captures moments without being intrusive so to speak...I love her style and she really has found the light...I would love to become really skilled at just seeing the light...I definitely find myself looking for it no matter where I am or if I have my camera on me...she is definitely inspiring..



Posted by Laura D to Life with Kaishon at Thu May 12, 12:33:00 PM

Life with Kaishon said...

Jessica Deane5:22pm May 12th
Subject: <3
And now you go and feature another AMAZING photographer.. and another FAV of mine.. Kellie ♥ Enjoying your interviews VERY much ♥