Chasing Light & Styling Spaces with Katie Charlotte Photography
Interiors Photographer Spotlight: Katie Charlotte Fiedler of Katie Charlotte Photography
How did you get where you are today?
Since I was a kid, polaroids and disposable cameras were a staple in my back pack. I’m from Charleston, SC, but moved to Santa Barbara, CA in search of something different. I decided that I wanted freedom from the 9-5 and had always loved photography. I took a few photography classes for fun just to see what I could learn and started seriously immersing myself into all things photography, however, I wasn’t sure which direction to go in. After about 5 years of living out on the West Cost, I left everything behind and traveled across the country with my dog Bam-Bam to come back home to Charleston. I faced new challenges and began to feel as though photography wasn’t going to get me where I wanted, so I started dabbling in other career choices. Six months later, I woke up and realized that the only way I was going to be happy was if I followed my passion. I quit the job I was in and worked as an intern for Charleston Magazine where I met so many talented people and made a ton of connections. After the internship, I finally started to build my foundation in Charleston as a photographer and can happily say that my business keeps me super busy and I am incredibly grateful!
Bright, airy and soft. A client of mine has described my work as “happy” which is fitting I think. I try to embrace the muted Low Country hues of my surroundings to bring a softness to my work and I always focus on where the light plays with the contrast in color palettes. I’m a sucker for directional light!
There’s a lot that goes on in the business end of photography. Marketing is very important but I think the most successful marketing strategy for me is keeping a strong presence on Instagram. It’s a great platform to showcase my work and make connections with other creatives and leaders in the industry.
I always say I treat every shoot as if it will be my last, meaning, I work as hard as possible to translate each individual client’s vision through my lens. Also, consistency is key! Keeping a consistent photographic style in your portfolio allows the aesthetic to flow without any distraction, especially when you’re viewing a designer’s website; it holds a somewhat engaging tune to the portfolio.
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