We had the good fortune of connecting with Ketchup / Kristin Kohl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ketchup / Kristin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Well… I graduated with a photography degree in 2008 from CU Colorado… and then moved to Vail with no idea what I wanted to do. I worked the restaurant industry off the bat for about five years until a good friend of mine convinced me to bring my old camera out to the dunes in Moab to take some motorsports photos… and that was it. It not only re-sparked my interest in taking photos but from that trip on I began to invest in new camera equipment – teach myself new techniques – and book paid photography jobs. Being able to book photo jobs that are based off of my creative control and getting paid to do it??? That’s heaven for me – and I’ve made so many new friends / clients along the way the last few years. I only want this photography career to get bigger and bigger… especially the motorsports genre aspect of it all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I do a wide range of photography work but my focus is on motorsports – Dirtbikes and snowmobiles. I taught myself how to find the perfect camera settings to catch that epic photo (at least in my opinion lol). I am proud of myself for the hours of research I did to learn how to get my camera settings just right to capture THE moment. It took many many sessions of trials – believe me. I want to produce eye opening photography art with my pictures – make and maintain new and old friendships because of them – and I want to continue adventuring through life and documenting all the sick moments along the way! 🙂
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?
If I had some good friends come visit me here in the Vail Valley (specifically where I live here in Gypsum)… I would absolutely tell them to visit me in the summer. We’d go floating from Rancho to State Bridge… ride the bike path to the Stoneyard Distillery up near Dotsero… go hiking up Vail mountain… get some beers at VBC in Eagle Vail… there is a lot to do here both in the summer and winter!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can definitely say thank you to my good friend, Nick, for being the person to originally re-ignite the flame for my photography passion. He is the one that convinced me to dust off my old camera from college and start using it again… and if he hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been so driven to get all new gear and start taking this seriously. Other than that… I can thank friends, family, and even strangers in my local valley for supporting my art and spreading the word about my work by word of mouth.
Facebook: Kristin Kohl Photography