Photos by Katherine Squier

Katherine was born with her sister on June 23, 1988 in Austin, Texas and she currently resides in Austin. She tries to live with awareness and with her handy point and shoot always in her purse, photography allows her to capture moments that inspire her as she lives them.

When did you start to think about photography?
about three years ago, when i randomly decided i would get a nice camera and have photography be a little side hobby. For a long time I didn’t even think about what I was shooting, I just took lots of pictures of everything. It wasn’t until I found my dad’s old Canon AE-1 up in the attic that I slowly started to fall deeper and deeper in love with photography.

What does photography mean to you?
photography is a way for me to capture and hold on to the beautiful moments i constantly see as i live my life. it’s a way for me to express myself and share with other people the beauty that i see. i like to think that because so many of my photos are so ordinary and candid, maybe one person can be touched by my work and become more awake to the beauty in their everyday lives.

Which kind of photography do you like more?
FILM! it’s insanely more expensive but there’s no comparing it to digital. at the same time though, i’m not one of those “digital-photography-isn’t-real-photography” people–so i have nothing against digital, i just think that film feels much more visually beautiful. and there’s something very real about film…the fact that you can hold a moment in your hand (the negative) is unlike anything else, unlike digital photos, which exist on a chip.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
hmmm…well, i don’t really ever have someone sit down to take their portrait, or premeditate one. it’s just important for me that the portrait feels natural, which translates into making sure they feel comfortable.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
no. i think that you can learn a lot from studying photography, and it can maybe help good photographs grow and hone their vision, but i don’t think it’s necessary at all for someone to be a good photographer. i think that making good photographs is more based on instinct and something inside you, rather than anything you can ever learn.

What’s the photo you want to take and never did?
too many to remember!

What’s your photo mission?
i think quality of life is everything, and i know my life is much richer because of my awareness and appreciation for the beauty i see all around me. so i guess my mission is to capture life with as much heart as i can, and share that love and the happiness it gives me in hopes that other people can begin to see, appreciate and find happiness in the beauty in their own lives. (sounds cheesy, but you get the point! )

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