Today we're chatting with the lovely Kat of Kat Braman Photography. Website: katbraman.com Specialty & Location: Weddings in Jupiter, Florida DA: Tell us a little about yourself... KB: I was born in the Czech Republic and my family moved to Colorado when I was 10. I met my husband during one of my first days at the University of Colorado and moved to his native Fort Lauderdale when he graduated. I am self taught in photography on the original digital Rebel but now shoot primarily with a medium format film camera. DA: What has been your most memorable image and why? KB: My most memorable image has to be from the elopement I shot in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was such an incredibly intimate day to document. The bride and groom dressed each other (outside in the winter!) and this photo was taken just before they said their vows to each with The Remarkables in the background. DA: If you could tell photographers that are just starting out one thing you wish you had known before starting a business, what would it be and why? KB: When your passion is your business, it's difficult to find a balance between family and work. Traveling a lot for photography jobs sounds amazing (and it is) but when you have a family, it takes a huge toll on them for you to be gone 3, 4 or 5 days at a time. Sometimes it's okay to say no. DA: Where do you find inspiration? KB: Movies and music, for the most part. I'm probably the most annoying person ever to watch a movie with because I'm paying more attention to the cinematography and the use of light to convey mood and emotion than I am to the actual movie. DA: If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? KB: New Zealand. Definitely the South Island. It's easily the most beautiful country I've ever been to. I loved everything about it. DA: What is your favorite film of all time? KB: I have a lot of favorite movies but I think if I had to pick one it would have to be Gone With the Wind. There's just something about it. I love the book too. *See more of Kat's work in our new book, The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography, available for pre-order on Amazon!
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.