We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathy Spanski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have a passion for documenting relationships, especially parent/child relationships, and wanted to share that skill with others. Our days are filled with little moments of big impact. My boys are teens now, but just today I was thinking about when they were toddlers and would cuddle with me at naptime. Photos can transport you back to that time in an instant. After I lost my own father, photos became the way I could transport myself back and keep my memories fresh. He would often play with my brother and I while my mom got dinner together. Dad would get on the floor and let me ride on his back like a horse. Thankfully I have a photo of one of those moments. My decision to start a business really was spurred on by my passion for photography, capturing moments in the family, and wanting everyone to have documentation of the love that is in their home.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I strive to tell a story with my photos that show what it actually felt like to be there in the moment. I want my clients and their family and friends to be able to look at their photos and feel the joy and love in their relationships. I also shoot high school seniors and I really try to get to know them so their personalities shine in the images I make. Relationships are important to me and I have built that into my business. I spend time getting to know my clients before the shoot so I can truly design a session that is unique to them. I want to know upfront what kinds of things are important to them and their family so I can create images with impact. My relationship doesn’t end with the photoshoot. I go through all the images and cull them down to the best of the best. I then hand edit each one to finish their pieces of art. I am also passionate about people having prints in their hands. Each of my packages includes a print credit because no matter what, I want my clients to have archival, museum-quality prints in their hands. Many clients say they just want the digitals with the best intentions to print them at some point. Usually, those digitals just end up sitting on a hard drive and never getting printed. Your children and their children aren’t going to get on your computer and flip through photos. There is just something about having the tactile experience of holding the photos in your hands that can’t be replaced by a digital file.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love museums so I would definitely include the Denver Art Museum and possibly a special exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science. Other than that I would probably spend most of our time outdoors hiking, going up in the mountains, enjoying Colorado’s outdoor playground.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Definitely my sisters. I have four older sisters and they have always been my biggest cheerleaders.