We had the good fortune of connecting with Korina Opgenorth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Korina, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a parent, I love my children and sacrifice many things for them. I think one of the most impactful things I have done for them is show them how to take care of each other as well as teaching them the importance of emotional awareness and healthy living. Recently when my personal life became overwhelming, I took up running as an outlet and worked towards long distance races. My kids could be part of my training workouts, and I made and still make it a family outing – them on their bikes, and me pushing the jogging stroller. I think this has created a healthy view of activity and goal setting. Emotionally, we acknowledge emotions and discuss healthy ways we can express them. I think that having those two practical practices in life will impact my kids in a positive way for a lifetime.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a life style and wedding photographer, I am all about capturing the little moments, expressions, and emotions that my subjects share – especially their joy. This means that I create a fun and memorable experience that allows my clients to relax and enjoy each other rather then be stressed about the photo session. At a wedding I am looking for the emotions of the bride and groom and family along with the traditional moments of the ceremony and surrounding events. I learned a lot from Amy and Jordan Demos and their education they provide for photographers. I am proud of the improvement I have seen in my work and the consistency of my posing and experience of for my clients as a result. When I face challenges, I seek the assistance of other professionals in my field to gain more knowledge or insight.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When someone comes to an out of town guest, I choose to take them to the scenic mountains or parks in the area. Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Red Rocks, Breckenridge, Woodland Park, Estes Park are some of my go too locations. I also will probably surely take them to Chipotle and probably a coffee shop.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I could not be where I am without the support of my extended family, specifically my sister in law and small business owner/artist Hannah Beimborn and my mom, Gynine. The past year, not only was covid happening, but devastation in my marriage was part of my reality that resulted in divorce. Yet I had to continue on for my kids, and push on to continue the growth of my business to create an income for us. Without the the support of their time watching my kids and their encouragement to continue on in my dream of this business.
I also want to thank my friends Holly, Kathleen, and Bridget for all the love, encouragement, support, and time they have given to me when I needed advise, wisdom, discernment. I am stronger because of them.
Linkedin: Korina Opgenorth
My work from Rinaro Photo