Local photographer Katie Gast has been posting some pretty amazing photo’s on social media lately and that inspired us to meet up with her and find out more about her and her pictures. Katie has worked as a photographer for the past 15 years, starting out in a mall store and winding up branching out on her own. Her primary subjects are children, seniors, families, and weddings.
- When I was in high school, around 1999, I chose photography as my 4-H project. At judging, I was asked what kind of film I used. I had no clue and I think I failed the project because I couldn’t answer that basic question (the correct answer was 35mm). Duh!
- The first time I was paid to take pictures was at a little store in the Mall at Fairfield Commons…you remember the place…the employees had to wear beanies. I loved that job. Medium format film.
- I bought my first digital camera in 2009 (Nikon D40) and haven’t looked back.
- Everything from facial expressions, how and where the light hits, colors, shadows, shapes, details, and the occasion. You’re only limited by your imagination.
- I’m a second guesser by nature so I’m never totally satisfied with the way things look, but when an image matches the vision in my head…that’s a pretty cool feeling. Sometimes I sit there for a few minutes and smile and nod at my computer like a crazy person.
- I photograph people 99% of the time so that’s always been my favorite. But lately I’ve been shooting architecture and nighttime scenes which are my current favorite.
- I don’t have a least favorite, but I have the least experience with newborns. I’ve tried doing model calls and complimentary shoots in the past but there hasn’t been quite enough interest to fully explore that facet.
- If we aren’t able to work together this time, please know that I will help you to the best of my ability to find the right person for the job.
- Don’t feel obligated to hire me just because we know each other. I’d rather be hired because you like my work rather than because we are Facebook friends.
- Even though I like volunteering, this is my job and I cannot afford to work for free all the time. Exposure is always appreciated, but so is gas in my car, food on my plate, and a roof over my head!
Katie is so passionate about photography she’s launching a new venture- teaching others how to get more out of their camera. Her first class is Friday, March 6th and will focus on capturing night time sights. Katie will lead a night walk around Dayton’s historic Oregon District and the surrounding area.
She’ll teach you to use manual settings for low light and talk a little about the history of downtown Dayton. This event is only for beginner DSLR owners who want to feel more comfortable with their cameras – point and shoot cameras won’t work for this event, sorry! You can reserve you spot for this two hour class by purchasing your $20 ticket online.