Introduce Yourself

That’s what they said. Just, introduce yourself.

“Like…what do I say?” I asked.

“Tell the people who you are. Why they should hire you. What your qualifications are. Kind of like a mini bio.” they said.

“Mini bio?” I asked.

“Yeah. Like when you were in class and you’d have to stand up and tell people who you are, where you’re from, and why you’re there.” they said.

“And people care about this? I mean…why? Really. If I can do the job, why does anyone care that I’ve been doing this for 30 years? Or that I took training through the New York Institute of Photography? Or that I worked as a Medical Photographer? I just love photography. I love old photos. I love all the social history that photos represent. I love the treasure hunt of digging into a bunch of slides to see what memories I can bring back to life. And when I’m restoring old prints I almost feel like I’m letting that person know I won’t let them be forgotten.” I said.

“What about teaching?” they said. “Why do you teach?”

“Oh, well, that’s because I love to see the lightbulbs go on.” I told them. “I’ve taught so many people and so many kids…the kids…my kids. They were the ones who made me love teaching. To see someone struggle with communication and to be able to put a tool into their hand that will instantly let them show you their thoughts and feelings. What an incredible thing that is to see!”

“And the adults. Oh, they love to learn. The first time they get that beautiful shallow smokey background in a photo, or catch the sunset the way it actually looks to them, or capture a flower so beautifully you can almost smell it, or shoot at exactly the right moment to see the wonder in their child’s eyes when they get their first present from Santa. How could anyone not want to be a part of that?” I told them.

“It’s so basic.” I said. “I don’t think I need to introduce myself. I don’t think anyone really reads those things anyway.”

Self portrait long exposure

Kat’s proficiency with design and editing software, added to her belief that the preservation of photos is key to retaining our own personal, cultural and global history, led to her work in the retouching and restoration field. Kat has also been a design and editing software Instructor (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom) in both the public and private sectors.

Whether behind a camera or in front of her students, Kat loves sharing her passion for photography with others. She has taught photography at the college and adult education level (Cambrian College, City of Sudbury Leisure Services, Rodenas Photography), inspiring beginners to expand their knowledge, and their enjoyment of photography.

Kat is an experienced portrait, medical, and commercial photographer with a background in graphic design and marketing. Clients include international corporations; local, provincial, and federal levels of government; non-profit organizations, and the medical industry (e.g. Atlas Copco, City of Greater Sudbury, MNDM GeoLabs, and Health Sciences North).

  • Diploma, New York Institute of Photography (NYIP), New York City, New York, USA 
  • Honours Diploma, Interior Decorating, Stratford Career Institute, Stratford, ON, Canada 
  • Honours B.A., English and Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada