We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Van Amringe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance is what we’re all trying to achieve; the perfect cadence between a successful career and a fulfilling personal life. I think in the beginning stages of starting my own business the scale was definitely tipped towards the business side of things as I was hungry to have any and all experiences I could. Now that I am more established, I am more intentional about the work I take on. I love my job and my clients and I feel so incredibly lucky to have this job but having a fulfilling life outside of work is equally important to me and that is always at the forefront of my brain when I make business decisions. In an industry that loves the hustle it has been a growing experience to learn what success means to me as an individual, not in relation to my peers. I think once you define what success means to you, the balance will naturally come.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What drew me to photographer in the beginning was the story telling. Although I loved photography from a young age, it wasn’t until I went traveling in college that my love for it took off. It was so fulfilling to capture humans in their everyday lives and have that image invoke a feeling. I think that is something I bring to my wedding and branding photography now – that human element. I want my images to feel organic and to evoke emotion and I do that through my relationships with my clients. Connection is so important to me in all aspects of life but especially my work. I dont think you can fully bring a moment to life until you have a connection to it, even if its fleeting moment. That was my first goal as a photographer but being a business owner has been a complete separate journey. When you’re in a creative industry its easy to put your Artist hat on first, but with no solid business foundation there can be no art and that is something I have had to learn. My biggest lesson has been in doing what is right for me. My biggest piece of advice to anyone starting out is to define what success means to you and make every business decision based on that realization. If you don’t, its easy to get swept up in what everyone else is doing even if it doesn’t align with your personal values or goals. It sounds cheesy. but go after what makes your heart skip a beat – thats how you know you’re on the right path. That’s what Ive started to do in my own business and its already been a game changer. Go with what flows and forget the rest.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
OH this is my favorite question so far. I LIVE for visitors and showing them around our beautiful city. If they arrived in the morning i’d start by taking them to the South Park Communal Coffee. It’s one of my all time favorite spots and to me screams SoCal living. We’d then head up to coast and hike Torrey Pines for the views and maybe stop at Oscars in Pacific Beach after for some fish Tacos. Madison’s in University Heights is my favorite meal in the city so that would also be a must. We’d probably go to WindandSea the next day for some beach time and stop for a California Burrito from the Taco Stand on the way. Becuase Mexican food is a way of life here, we’d go to Cantina Mayuel in North Park for dinner – one of my all time favorite margaritas in town. Kate Sessions in Pacific Beach is a staple to bring guests for the views and people watching with a stop at Board and Brew before for the yummy sandwiches. Georges at the Cove is a favorite for a boujie La Jolla cocktail, as is Coasterra’s for their downtown skyline views and coconut margs. I love going for morning walks in Kensington after picking up a brew from Dark Horse and Blackmarket Bakery is arguably one of my favorite little hangouts to drink coffee and read a book in their “backyard”. As you can see, food, drink and views are the staples when friends come to town and luckily San Diego is teeming with all three!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We can all agree that our successes are never solely our own. I for sure would not be here doing what I do without the unwavering support from my family and friends. They are the people that believed in me from the start and knew I could what I didnt think I could.
Kate Van Amringe Photography