August 02, 2016

I'm not sure if you are aware of my obsession with Instagram, but it runs deep. For me the best part is seeing how women from all walks of life, from all around the World, capture their life. It is a beautiful thing to see a Mother in Ireland waking up with her two boys in a sunlit bedroom, or a twenty something entrepeneur open a café in New York, or even a mama-to-be document her growing belly in Vancouver. No matter who or where they are, I find inspiration seeing life through another woman's eyes everyday. So I am starting a new post series called ''Through her eyes...'' where I will feature a different woman and her beautiful photos every week. I can't wait to share these amazing women with you all, so without further adieu, here is my first feature.

I am thrilled to introduce you to the ever so talented Kat Schultz. No joke she was the first person that popped into my head when I was cooking up this series idea, because she is too good not to share. We have been following each other for almost a year now, and I'm not sure if it was me who found her or her who found me, but either way I am so happy to follow along on her visually stunning life.

She gives you a double dose of her gorgeous photos with not one, but two Instagram accounts! One capturing her daily life, her travels, the delicious food she eats, and her hobbies & the other capturing her professional life as a family and wedding photographer. This girl has got the eye! What I love about her wedding photographs is she has a way of documenting love. Nothing posed or perfect, just true and real moments between two people who clearly love one another. She makes me want to marry James all over again! 

She has that kind of account that takes hold of you and pulls you in. Next thing you know you have been scrolling and clicking through her thousand photos for an hour, living vicariously through her life in beautiful Adelaide, Australia. So I wanted to selfishly reach out to her to also pick her photography brain and get some tips on how to make my own Instagram account pop like hers. 

What inspired you to become a wedding and family photographer?

It’s not really a straight answer! Bear with me. When I was around fifteen, I found a beautiful blog run by a lady called Sheye Rosemeyer. There was definitely a night where I spent 4-5 hours reading post after post after post and marvelling at her whimsical photography of her four children. Sadly, Sheye lost one of her children to a tragic accident, so much of the blog was an open journal on grief & life after loss. However, despite the unimaginable grief, Sheye’s photography captured happiness and love and I will never not be moved by the strength that radiated from it. At the same time as this blog discovery, my family had broken in two - with my parent’s divorcing and leaving our family home. While this could not even be compared to Sheye’s loss, it was after reading her blog through and through that I was inspired to capture happiness & love in the depth of a dark time, too. My siblings at the time were around 10, 9 & 5 and they were my subjects. It’s very sweet to look back on now, but I used to photograph them after school in the last light of the day and almost always to this tune ( I truly fell in love with faces and expressions and capturing happiness. I began blogging the photographs I took and then started planning bigger shoots with hired clothes from companies and models. While this was an incredible creative outlet, I found my way back to families eventually which quickly became weddings…and here I am.  

What do you love to capture in your daily life, when you aren't taking gorgeous photos of babies & couples?

If you were to scroll through my camera roll on my iPhone right now you would find a lot baked goods I’ve been making, breakfasts I’ve had at lovely cafes and travel photos I can’t part with yet. You might also find extreme close ups of my dogs. My phone is just a day to day journal of things that I’ve liked, really. How it should be!

How do you stay creative even on the days when you don't feel so?

I listen to ridiculous music (aka certified bangers,) very loud. At the moment Drake’s ‘One Dance’ and Skee Lo’s “ I Wish’ are on rotation. I actually feel sorry for my two dogs who are out to have a peaceful day. I get cabin fever so easily, and when I’m not being productive I get loopy. On days that I am working from home, it will be just me from 9-5pm, not that I ever sit still for that long. But the point is that a one woman office can be really lonely, and that affects my productivity. In the past couple of months, I’ve made a big point of taking my work into a cafe on my laptop, or breaking up my work day into blocks and getting out in between.  I also love yoga & walking. Adelaide has some beautiful tracks and sometimes a sweaty walk is the best way for me to get rid of the itches and pull me from a lull.  In terms of creativity, if I’m having a quiet period, my favourite thing to do is plan for more exciting times. That might be work related or it might not. For instance, at the moment, my spare time is being spent planning a trip to Hong Kong. Finally, connecting with others - especially those who are in a creative field - is super beneficial. I love to chat all things business/creativity over coffee and/or lunch to get me back on track. 

What are three Instagram accounts we should all be following?

Heidi Apples - @heidiapples (Heidi has hugely influenced the way I think about and prepare my food. She’s a gorgeous dietician with a no bullshit approach to food and wellness. Plus her banana bread recipe is off the charts. Among others.)

Naomi Davis - @taza (Naomi has three incredibly cute children and lives in NYC. She also travels a lot. Do I need to say more?) 

Etta Store - @etta_store (bit of shameless plug to my a new business that myself & my partner will be launching in around 2-3 months time. We’re pretty excited about it.)

Any words of wisdom from a professional to an amateur on how to better ourselves as photographers?

Take more photographs of the things you are personally drawn to. That’s all there is to it. It’s almost sickly how cliche what I’m about to say next is but: there is no right or wrong way to document something you like. The point is simply doing it. On the technical side, a steady hand & good exposure is paramount. If you are using an iPhone, download VSCO. They have wonderful presets. Sometimes I like them better than my own editing hehe. 

You're hooked already aren't you? For more beautiful and inspiring photos on the daily check out her Instagram accounts @katshultz & @katherineschultzphotography. If you want even more babies, weddings, and all that good stuff then check out her website here.

Thank you so much Kat for your incredible insight into photography and creativity. I can't wait to see what you post next!

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  1. Chloe OrganAugust 02, 2016

    So gorgeous! Off to check out Kat's accounts now! You're really inspiring me to kick-start my instagramming again, after an un-successful attempt throughout my maternity leave to build more interactions. Your photographs are wonderful and oh so good for the soul! Chloe xx

    1. Aw that's so nice to read Chloe, thank you so much! I love what you posted during your mat leave. Keep it up! xx

  2. Love this Jules, what a brill post - such gorgeous photos and some great tips! Xx