Photographer Interview: Kate Harrison

No one seems to capture joy and blissful happiness as well as wedding photographer, Kate Harrison. We’ve tracked her down and had her spill the beans about how she got into wedding photography and where she finds inspiration for all her stunning wedding photos. Kate Harrison is a Minted partner photographer.

How and when did you first get into photography?
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager. My family still talks about how I burst into tears on my 16th birthday when I opened up an incredibly thoughtful and generous present: my first 35mm. I had coveted my sister’s for years.

Why did you choose to focus on wedding photography?
I didn’t know what to do with my camera for a long time. I worked in news, on landscapes, still life but none of it filled my soul. Years later I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and brought my camera. That day was one huge ah-ha moment. Weddings! I never thought I’d be interested in photographing weddings but I loved it! Wedding photography had always seemed so cheesy and staged to me, but I realized it didn’t have to be formulaic. Weddings are full of organic beauty, glamour, laughter, originality, art and the full range of our beautiful emotions. Weekly exposure to all that human goodness is such a gift and being able to capture it in my camera always astounds me.

Do you prefer traditional film photography or digital photography?
I shoot digitally but I love the look of film. I fiddle with my camera and lenses to give my images a film-eque quality.

Do you have a camera with you pretty much at all times of the day, even when you are not on the job?
The camera in my iPhone is what I use when I’m out and about in the world. I love to snap shots of things that inspire me. I have quite the catalog!

Do you have a favorite camera?
I love my Canon 5D Mark II.

From looking at your portfolio on your site, your wedding photographs often have specific themes and motifs. Where do you find inspiration for your ideas?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Films, magazines, commercials, hikes, dreams, even when I take a drive in the car…inspiration is everywhere.

What magazines and blogs do you follow?
I will forever love Domino magazine and miss it dearly. There are a bunch of great new magazines that are filling that void for me like Anthology (and they are local!), Rue (local!) and Lonny. I also love Sunset, Dwell, Vanity Fair, New Yorker and Lucky.

Favorite Minted Design?
That is too tough! I love so many Minted designs. I really like Boardwalk Stencil Save the Date by Alex Elko Design and what my clients Kym & Will did with it.

(Kate, we don’t blame you for having a tough time picking out a favorite design. Check out all the other fabulous Minted Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations designs!)

Boardwalk Stencil Save the Date Card by Alex Elko Designs

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being surrounded by beauty, excitement, love, creativity, originality, laughter. My job brings me that almost daily.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing instead? Do you have any other hobbies?
I don’t know what I’d do if I weren’t a photographer. I love my work so much. I do love watching Man Shops Globe. It’s so inspiring to watch the artist’s process and Keith Johnson’s discoveries.

Do you look up to any other photographers?
All of them. We all contribute.

Henri Cartier-Bresson once said that “your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”, suggesting all the hard work, time and practice it takes to master taking good photographs. What is your take on that?
Agreed! Style, technique, perspective, and knowledge is always evolving. I’m all about growth.

Is there any advice you would give to budding photographers or people who want to take up photography as a hobby?
Get out there and shoot. Push yourself. Look at your images right away and then keep going back to them because each time you look at them, they will tell you something different. Be critical and compassionate. Then get out there again and shoot.

  1. great interview. Inspiring. I love photography, but I’m so intimidated. Thx for saying, “get out there and shoot”!

  2. Mary Harrison

    wonderful interview…