We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It all has started with one movie about Linda Eastman McCartney, one of the best music photographers that have ever lived. As a young teenager, I fell in love with the rush of being cool and simultaneously finding an outlet for my bursting creativity. My mother Alena is a painter, my father Jiri was a musician. My guess is that I have become a perfect blend of those two, which lead me to all this, to capture what Linda had, one’s soul, one’s light. In the world of photography art, it is never (financially) easy, especially when technology is always at least one step ahead. The need to keep up with it can cost a lot, so it was a no-brainer to start an official business.
There is no secret, there is no drive to become the best photographer out there (the competition is real!), it is only to feed my passion and still be happy doing what I love. I have always thought that if a person has a true talent for something then s/he might as well get paid, now, am I wrong?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have two words: Music Photography. That is where I fully found myself, however, ever since new cell phones started to hit the market, that incredibly adventurous road closed for me, and for good. The need for concert pictures dropped massively because apparently art and quality are not required anymore. So I had to steer myself from that and follow the path of portrait photography instead. I think that the biggest challenge for me was to focus on what is important to me and if I have learned anything throughout the years, and mainly from the 2008 crash, it would be that doing something only for the income can ruin it all.
I closed my business for a few years only to figure out that the more I focus on my art, the rest just keeps coming in without even asking. I am not forced to look for clients, and even though I do post an occasional shout-out, it is only to take advantage of great weather or have fun with some new equipment. I guess I am very lucky that way.
Nonetheless, I still keep the one dream to become a photographer on Guns N’ Roses tour one day 🙂
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely Sobo 151, a Czech Sports Bar close to Downtown Denver. I cannot even count how many great memories I have from that place. Oh, I should mention, I come from the Czech Republic, so if I had to show someone good times, it would be a party at that place. The food, the beer, the company… YES!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The endless support comes to me from all directions, it is incredible how many people in my life believe that I am good at what I do. I owe them so much for their continuous cheer. However, if I would have to pick, I believe the best person I owe my dedication to photography to, is Lenka DiNozzi. She is a wonderful mother, photographer, and traveller. Just last summer, she and her family sold everything only to travel the world, to take pictures and document their adventures on YouTube. Thanks to her, knowing that everything is possible, keeps me going.
First image (me) credit to Lada Vlcek, the rest were taken by me.