Featured Photog: Kattrina Holt

Kattrina Holt

Sassafrass Photography

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself in just two sentences and include a picture of yourself.

A. I am a mommy of two Kylie 7 and Ethan 4, they are my little muses.  I am a pretty vibrant individual and definitely think that carries over to my job….. which I LOVE!

Q. What do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens and why?

A. I am a Nikon girl and the 85 mm 1.8 is my favorite outdoor lens.   It gives some  beautiful bokeh and lets face it I love to shoot wide open!  I love my 50 mm 1.4 for all my indoor stuff.  If you can’t tell I am a bit of a prime junkie.

Q. When did you start shooting for fun and then move to shooting professionally?

A.  I have always loved taking pictures,  but I got my first DSLR camera for Christmas in 2008.  I wanted something to take nicer pictures of the kids.  People started asking me how much I would charge to do their pictures and it kind of snowballed from there.  I started my business in 2010.

Q.  Are you formally taught or self taught?

A. Totally self taught.  I love it and am lucky to have two wonderful models at my disposal all of the time;)

Q. What is your specialty and how did you decide to specialize in that area of photography?

A.  I do a variety of shoots, but I tend to do kids most.  My kids were the reason why I got involved in photography in the first place, so I think it naturally went that direction.  I love shooting kids the most so it’s nice.

Q. How many sessions are you shooting a month?

A.  Well, I definitely have my down months here in good old Utah.  On a normal “warmer” month it ranges from 10-15 sessions per month.  I actually like to keep it on the lower end.  I don’t like to slam myself with so much editing that I can’t enjoy time with my family.  Balance for me is key.

Q.  On average how long to do you spend editing each session and do you listen to music while editing or just enjoy the quiet?

A. I spend 3-4 hours editing a typical shoot.  I ALWAYS have to be listening to some tunes, and it definitely varies by my mood of the day.

Q. What is your favorite part of the process? Shooting, editing, etc.

A. I love all of it really, but I really do love editing the images and giving my unique spin.

Q. What is the best marketing tool that works for you or was a total waste of time?  Do you advertise in print?  Do you offer referral bonuses?  If yes, please share a little.

A.  My business is mostly word of mouth.  Of course I have a Facebook, Twitter, and all that jazz.  This may be bad of me, but I don’t do referrals.  Do you want to know why?  I don’t want to keep track of it all (shhh.. please don’t tell on me).  I do give my clients from the year a discount code at the end of the year (Christmas) for a percentage off of next years sitting fee.  That’s about it really.

Q. What do you do to “stand out” from surrounding photographers that you’re competing with?

A.  Truthfully I don’t try to stand out.  I just focus on doing what I do and trying to continually improve myself.  Clients will find their way if you continue to give out a good product.  You don’t want to be the same as the other kids on the block, just focus on what works for you.  Plus my name is a mouthful, you try spelling out Sassafrass to everyone who asks your business name;)

Q.  What do you do to help a client come out of their “shell” during a session?

A.  I try to talk to them as I would a friend.  I make jokes and ask them questions about themselves mostly.  One of my favorites when shooting a family is “Pretend like you like each other!”  I have yet to have even Dads not lighten up a bit to that.

Q.What do you struggle with the most?

A.  The business side of things.  If I could take and edit photos and that was it like would be wonderful, but that’s not reality.  I am not a numbers person:(

Q. How did you find your style? Any advice to new photographers on how to find their own style?

A.  I knew from the moment I started taking pictures what I really wanted to see in a final picture.  I am naturally the girl who likes wearing color so bold and vibrant with a bit of contrast just kind of happened.  It is easier to progress with your editing once you find what you like.  You have a more specific goal and you can test what does and what doesn’t work to achieve it.  It won’t come without practice.

Q. Please share your favorite image and tell us what makes this your favorite?

A. This is one of my favorite images because it just depicts my kids to a T!  Kylie is always so good and does whatever is asked of her, whereas Ethan is my little comedian and likes to ham things up.  It just makes my heart happy!

Q. Can you show us your shooting space?  If you are shooting inside can you show a simple pull back shot or lots of images if you have a large studio.  If you shoot on location please share an image of you favorite location.

A.  My space is really small in my house, but I only do newborns and a few small children every once in awhile.  I mostly shoot outdoors, and I love either downtown images or open fields.

Q. Is there anything you would like to promote?  Maybe a mentoring you offer or any side projects.

A. Not at the moment…… I have been considering Mentoring, but I always second guess myself and think no one would want to do it.  We shall see if I get the better of myself;)

Q. Please share an image of your Prop stash!  This doesn’t have to be an organized space just an image showing off your addiction.

A. LOL,  here is a bit of it!  I have a few backdrops and an old wood pallet as well.  Not to mention a billion flowers, hats, and leg warmers that are a little hard to display.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you would give to a new photographer?

A. Practice as much as you can!  You won’t improve just hoping it or even just reading about things.  Also, here is my cheesy quote for the day…… “Be yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.”  It is so easy to see what someone else is doing and get discouraged.  Don’t, if you love what you do and want to grow and do better you will.  It just takes time and PRACTICE!


More of Kattrina’s gorgeous images:

Thank you again for sharing with us, Kattrina! Your work is breathtaking!


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