R: When you aren't shooting for clients, what do you LOVE to photograph?
CK: If I am not photographing clients, I am coordinating editorial, stylized photoshoots. Photographing real wedding can be chaotic—events happen at a hectic pace. The opportunity to photograph events and details the way I envision is not always an option. Editorial photoshoots, on the other hand, allow for my complete vision to be realized. I have more control over the timeframe, details, and artistic concepts. The struggle between reality and creativity is real (and I think most photographers would agree)!
R: How do you find a balance between being creatively fulfilled and being able to pay the bills?
CK: The balance between creativity and financial freedom is a constant struggle. Creativity costs money. Film is not cheap! However, it is important for me as a film photographer to know my self worth. Clients are not only purchasing my esthetic, they are purchasing art. Sometimes, I have to sacrifice money for creative opportunities. But, I do my best to find a balance between the two!
R: What is your favorite camera and why?
CK: My Contax 645 with 80mm Zeiss lens has been the only camera I’ve wanted to pick up for the past two years. I’m convinced that the sound of the shutter is actually my heart going pitter-patter. I’m in love with the dreamy depth of field it captures and the way it feels in my hands. I know, I know, that’s not at all technical! I just know the visceral response I get from shooting with it, and it’s unlike any other camera for me.
When it’s time to put the Contax away, I adore all of the technical aspects and low-light capabilities of my trusted Nikon D4 partnered with a variety of prime lenses.