We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Nazif and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business began twelve years ago when I was living in London as an expatriate. Because I was there for only one year and staying home with my one year old daughter, I could not work outside the home. I photographed her incessantly with my small four megapixel Canon point and shoot camera. I soon purchased a Nikon D40 with a kit lens, took a photography class and, from there on out, began to teach myself more complex composition, lighting scenarios and technical skills. With practice, I moved beyond simple photographs and utilized these more advanced skills and an experienced creative eye to realize my artistic voice. During my time in London and subsequent stint in Dubai, friends and neighbors began asking me to photograph their children and families. As the years continued and I moved back to California, Katherine Eve Photography was born and is now a successful business built upon a foundation of years of practice and an unexpected passion. It is now the ideal business for me as a mom, as I can create a nice balance of work with a family of three children.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
When I first began photography twelve years ago, I practiced the same skills over and over again. I would place my subject in bright, shady light every single time. Everything then was clean and simple and ultimately not creatively fulfilling. But even from the early days during sessions, and in my own practice, I would play with techniques out of instinct. I would see an image unraveling before me, and I would snap it, even though it did not fit inside my toolbox or, then, style. Because of this I would often have a few unique photos in each gallery, and these were often the photographs my clients loved the most. These creative hunches were like little whispers pointing me in the direction of where I am today. I would describe my style as documentary and often “intense” or “moody”, although I do appreciate joyfulness and color. I absolutely love playing with light and movement for a dynamic image. I tend to edit not for perfection, but to highlight the meaning and feeling of the photograph. When I document the daily life of my children (ages 10, 12 and 14) I capture candid and active images set in the often dramatic landscapes and waters of San Diego.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a fun question, but a difficult one because there are so many wonderful things to do in San Diego! I tend to gravitate towards the natural beauty here- I’m not sure in exactly which order we would do these activities but they would definitely be on the list! Surfing at Del Mar beach Moonlight beach trip with a quick trip to Raul’s taco stand and then, of course, Cali Cream (used to be Handels) Yoga class at Y6 Hike at Annies in Solana Beach La Jolla Tidepools- I LOVE the tide pools. Low tide at 6am if we could- this is when all the little creatures come out! this is also an amazing time for photographs. Then we would ride a Bird scooter over to the seals If we wanted some high end dining I’d choose Herringbone in La Jolla and Market in Del Mar For meals at breweries- Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch and Stone in Escondido At some point we’d hit Cedros soles on Cedros street and perhaps grab an IPA at Culture Brewing Comany next door.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Working as a sole business owner and creative can, at times, feel a bit lonely. When I connected a few years ago with Katelyn Viveiros of Rosy Made Photography all of that changed. Not only does she relieve the feeling of aloneness in all of this, she has been an amazing mentor. Her photo editing skills are truly like nothing I have ever seen, so I feel so very lucky to have her teach me some of her thought processes of editing and also the inner workings of editing programs. Although our styles are very different from each other, she is able to offer another set of eyes on my work with helpful feedback and encouragement. She understands the various photography competitions, other famous photographers, various styles, groups and so on, making her an incredible outlet for conversations about the ongoings in the photography world. Most treasured in all of this is her steadfast friendship and the humor she can bring to almost any situation. She deserves a shoutout a thousand times over.
Rosy Made Photography (ONLY for the self portrait- me in hat)