As we kick off a new week, we bring you the superbly talented Kate Anfinson. Residing in Austin, TX with her husband and two littles, Kate has a talent for capturing the love her couples share. Today she shares her small town roots, love for weddings and passion for capturing memories.
Heirloom: What about weddings inspires you?
Kate: I’m always really inspired by seeing so much love in one space. Not only the love between the bride and groom, but also the love shared by their family and friends surrounding them, young and old. Toasts are one of my favorite parts of the wedding because it’s a chance for some of that love to be voiced out loud and the emotion in the room becomes almost tangible.
Heirloom: How did you find your love for photography?
Kate: Growing up, I always loved playing with cameras. When I was in college I took a fine art film class and became genuinely obsessed. Film is such a delicate medium and a tedious process, and working in a darkroom made me feel proud to be creating something beautiful with my own hands. Even though I shoot primarily digital now, my appreciation for photography still stems from the days I worked with film and I’ve recently started incorporating it into my work again.
Heirloom: Tell us a fun fact about you!
Kate: I grew up in Eastern Washington, in a very small town of less than 400 people. There are no gas stations and no traffic lights. A lot of people in Texas talk about being from small towns, but so far I have yet to meet anyone who has me beat.
Heirloom: Tell me more about your vision towards weddings & photography.
Kate: When I first started photographing weddings, I thought it was really important to get all the trendy posed shots you see on Pinterest. But over the years I’ve realized that the images I’m most drawn to are often very simple and candid in nature and evoke the most emotion. I’m continually trying to achieve a timeless style in my work so that when couples look back at their photos, they remember the way they felt, not just what their flowers looked like.
Heirloom: After a long day of shooting or editing, what inspires you to keep going & do things with excellence?
Kate: Getting outside really keeps me feeling inspired and creative. I love going on family walks in the evening with my husband and our two little ones. At the end of a long day I like to put on my sweatpants and just be a mom. Being a mother has made me think deeply about life and love in ways I hadn’t before, and reminds me how important it is to document moments not because they look pretty, but because of the way they make you feel when you remember them.