Alex and Kate is a couple in love as well as wedding and family photographers from Kyiv, Ukraine. Photography is a part of their lives. Moreover, it is their passion, which they have been involved in for more than six years and they definitely cannot imagine their lives without this passion. The experience of shooting abroad gave them an idea to make a portfolio across Europe. Therefore, their long-term ambition is to conquer the European market.
AP: Alex and Kate, thank you so much for finding a time to give us an interview. It’s a big pleasure for us to feature your story on Astrum People, and we hope you will enjoy the list of questions we have prepared for you today. So let’s begin our journey. What got you started?
The First Steps in Photography
Alex & Kate: Our first step in photography was to take pictures of each other as well as our relatives and friends. Perhaps, almost all photographers start with this. The very first wedding ceremony that we had to shoot was the wedding ceremony of our friends. It may seem a little bit funny, but we were worried about this proposal, and we were not sure whether we had to take it down or not. Nevertheless, thanks to our friends, they gave us a so much needed confidence in ourselves and reassured us that everything would be OK. Thus, it was the beginning.
AP: What a lovely start! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Alex & Kate: We are completely self-taught. We believe that the best way to take a picture is to take a picture from one’s heart. We have read a lot of information about photography techniques, we have followed pieces of work of well-known photographers from all over the globe, and we were inspired by their work. We try, at least once a year, to attend master classes of famous photographers, as well as conferences dedicated to the photography.
AP: That’s great that you are continually improving your professional skills. What genre are your photos?
Alex & Kate: Currently, our main genre is a wedding and family photography. But we also have experience in portrait photography, photographing in the studio, interior photography, fashion photography and travel photography.
AP: How would you describe your artwork?
Alex & Kate: We try to make our photos emotional, alive and real. We really like to do reportage photography. Catching people’s real emotions is the most delightful thing to do.
AP: We absolutely love your photographs. You are very talented photographers. What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take such pictures?
Alex & Kate: We always take two full-frame Nikon’s D700 with us, and also have a more compact Nikon D3100 as a backup. We use several lenses with fixed focal length of 24mm with diaphragm f/1.4, a 28mm f/1.8 and our personal favorites, a 35mm f/1.4, a 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8. For post-processing, we mainly use Adobe Lightroom and occasionally Adobe Photoshop.
The Most Exciting Wedding Ceremony
AP: Please tell us about your most exciting wedding ceremony you worked on so far. Why did you enjoy it?
Alex & Kate: The most exciting wedding ceremony for us was one of the latest weddings, which took place in the city of Nurnberg in Germany. We decided to combine work with pleasure. We photographed not only the wedding day but also enjoyed a little bit of Germany as well as neighboring countries.
The wedding ceremony was very unusual for us because it was different from a traditional Ukrainian wedding ceremony. The wedding day started with us going on foot early in the morning through the empty city with enormously huge backpacks filled with equipment to the groom’s place. There were no tourists in the streets; there was nobody at all – it was fantastic! We did not order a taxi because Nurnberg is quite a small town, in which you can easily get around on foot.
After we had photographed the newlyweds at home, we had a little walk in the city center with them, and then the wedding ceremony took place at a church, and after we moved to another city – Regensburg. There we boarded on a booked ship, on which we sailed on the Danube-river all night long.The most interesting fact about the wedding is that it was attended by guests from more than 20 countries! So we had a lot of fun!
The Formula for Success
AP: That is an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it with our readers. I’m sure that will find it inspiring. What is the formula for success in your activity?
Alex & Kate: In order to succeed, we always work hard, we take not only commercial but also non-commercial photoshoots, and participate in master classes, conferences, and competitions. We have an active social life, make friends and communicate with a variety of photographers. We keep abreast of the latest fashion trends, but we do not blindly copy them; we create a unique author’s style. We want to do something special for our customers more than just an ordinary photo; we want to surprise them constantly.
AP: That is an excellent approach! Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Alex & Kate: We support each other very much – it is one of the advantages of working in tandem with a loved one. Mutual support is very important. Of course, our families and close friends also give us support.
AP: Please tell us three lessons you believe are vital for every photographer?
Alex & Kate: In our opinion, it is important for every photographer to do the job from one’s heart, try to do more emotional and real stuff, and not be afraid to deviate from the standard angles and poses; to experiment more and look for something unusual. That is the way when the real creativity will come!
Guys, it has been a great pleasure for us to take an interview with you. Thank you very much for sharing such an inspiring and beautiful story with us. We wish you continued success, brilliant ideas, and endless inspiration. To learn more about Alex and Kate photography feel free to visit their personal website.
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