Find your own original style that will set you apart. Force yourself to take many photos of something that’s not typically interesting and the creativity will be constant.
I recently did an interview with the talented photographer Kristin Milani who will be featured during RAW Kitchener/Waterloo: http://rawartists.org/kitchener/magnify. She is inspired by people who make an impact on the world and people who express themselves powerfully through their art. She believes when you are truly authentic to who you are magic happens. Read the interview to find out more.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do
I’m turning 28 years old and I was born and raised here in Kitchener. I’ve always been into the more artistic aspects of life. I never embraced being an arts person growing up. I wanted to be a dancer or an athlete so I fought against my true talents relentlessly. I learned that I love to write when I was in high school and I later discovered my love for photography when I took a four month course at Conestoga College. I currently work as a photographer and a fine dining server. I married my high school sweetheart Rob and we’ve been together 12 years in July. When it comes to photography, I love to try and take simple things and make them interesting by finding creative ways to capture the subject. Nature is my absolute favourite to photograph because everyday is different for weather and there’s beauty in every season. You really learn to appreciate having four seasons once you see them behind a camera. I have experience with many kinds of photography including family, maternity, newborn, engagement, weddings, real estate, events and performance. I love every part of it.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My close friends and family inspire me because they believe in my work and say the most amazing things about my photos. It pushes me to keep going when people want to see more of them. I’m also inspired by people who do what they love for a living, people who embrace everything that makes them who they are, people who treat others with respect and people who aren’t worried about what others think. Other photographers and artists inspire me to be better.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
So far, being asked to be a part of RAW because it was being recognized in the art community in a big way. I’ve been dreaming of that for a very long time so it’s an incredible feeling.
Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
Find your own original style that will set you apart. Force yourself to take many photos of something that’s not typically interesting and the creativity will be constant. Learn from others but also teach yourself and trust your instincts.
What do you have planned for the upcoming RAW K/W Magnify showcase on June 14th at Maxwell’s?
I went through all of my work and selected a handful of eye catching photos to frame and display. I hope to appeal to people looking for photography to display in their homes, offices, hotels, etc. I will also have smaller prints to show people the other kinds of photography I do. I’m looking forward to meeting and connecting with people who love art.