We had the good fortune of connecting with Kari Geha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kari, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have worked many corporate jobs and even while working those full time, I always found a time to do photography. I could be exhausted, but I still always made room for it because I love it! I didn’t think it would ever become my full time career. After doing both a corporate job, and photography gigs on the side simultaneously for years, I finally decided to risk it all. I quit my full time job, and decided to give 100% to what I loved. I’m SO happy I did and it was the best decision I’ve ever made!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’d like to think that what sets me apart from others is how much love and passion I put into every single shoot I do. I want my clients/friends to feel how appreciative I am for them, in trusting me to capture their wedding, family photos, their products. When I arrive on site for photos, my hope is that each client feels comfortable and excited to have fun, knowing they are in good hands. My goal when we are done with their photos, is that they had a great time (even if they tell me they are very uncomfortable getting their photo taken). Lastly, when I deliver their photos, I want them to feel those emotions from the day all over again! While setting yourself apart from others is very difficult, you have to figure out what about your work differs from others. There are a lot of amazing photographers out there, so marketing yourself as a person is huge! While I don’t necessarily like social media, it truly is a game changer. These are platforms where you can display your personality, and what you love. You can show your work process, behind the scenes and put up lots of videos of your huskies haha Doing this helps people to get to know you, and feel comfortable with your personality before you even meet! Some lessons I’ve learned along the way are that you MUST have a solid contract. It not only protects you, but it also protects your clients! I always tell my clients to fully read through it and let me know if they have any questions before signing. This helps put their mind at ease as well in knowing that I will follow through with what they have paid for. I’ve also learned that unfortunately not every client is a good fit, and that’s ok! There are a lot of different photography styles, and if a client wants a light and airy photographer, then I’m not the photographer for them. Finding a photographer that shoots and edits in the style you want is important, and if you are not a good fit, send them to one of your colleagues that you love!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is tough, because Colorado is so beautiful and has many different landscapes! If I had to choose a few, here is where I would take my friend as far as locations, and some of my favorite eateries! Locations: Colorado National Monument, Garden of the Gods, St. Mary’s Glacier, snowshoeing (Probably Golden Gate Canyon Park), Tour around Downtown Denver, Red Rocks, Piney River Ranch (some hiking and kayaking) to name a few! Favorite eateries: Watercourse, Parsley’s, anywhere on Larimer Square, Larimer Uprooted (rooftop garden!), Konjo, El Noa Noa.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people that deserves credit for pushing me to get where I wanted to be! My boyfriend Eric, for the last 10 years, has always asked me when I was quitting my day job to pursue this. He always believed I could and that support has meant so much to me! My friend Jenna, who is also a photographer colleague. We always have a “co-worker” to lean on, bounce ideas off of, and support in being our own bosses. Finally, my family, Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister. They have always backed me in doing what I love and are my biggest cheerleaders in life. I appreciate everyone of of them! 🙂