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Interview with Katie Andelman – Judge at B&W Child Photo Competition 2015

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Q: Dear Katie, we are so happy to do this interview with you. Can you please tell us more about you? Where you were born and raised?

A: I was born in Ukraine and my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 7 years old, I grew up in Denver, Colorado.However, my grandparents remained in Ukraine, so to see them, I spent my childhood summers traveling to different European countries with my grandma and grandpa.

Q: When did you move to USA? How much transition from Eastern Europe to Western America influenced you as a person?

A:When my family Immigrated I was only seven. I didn’t have siblings and I couldn’t speak English, so I lived in a world of my imagination.


Q: What did you enjoy doing as a child? Were you drawn to photography back then? What made you decide you wanted to be a photographer?

A: As a child, I was completely immersed in a word fairy tales. I owned countess storybooks. They were my companions. Dressing up as a ballerina, princess or fairy was a daily must for me.

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Q: You photograph mostly children. Why you are drawn to this genre of photography?

A: I think when I started photographing children I was instantly taken back to the magic of my own childhood, when I wanted to create what I saw in my mind. The way the characters leaped off their fairytale pages.


Q: How would you describe your style? How did you develop your style?

A: I would describe my style as whimsical, ethereal and magical. I think my style found me; maybe we were in each other all along.


Q: You are one of the photographers who managed to nail the business side of photography. How do you balance art, creativity and business? Do you find it challenging?

A: There are so many talented artists and unfortunately a lot of them will never be seen because they struggle with business. At first, I found it challenging to balance being an artist and a businessperson.  However, when I finally realized the value in my work, and treated it as art, my clients did as well. It was very natural and quick progression.


Q: There are many highly talented photographers and trough our contest we are doing our best to provide them exposure and recognition they deserve, but can you tell us what worked for you personally? What advices would you give to photographers when it comes to self-promotion and “getting your name out”?

A: In terms of getting recognition and your name out there, I have three pieces of advice:

  1. Fearlessness (Rejection is temporary but regret is permanent).
  2. Tenacity (Never, never, never give up)
  3. Constantly grow (As you become a stronger shooter, people will take notice, keep putting your best work out there).


Q: What inspires you as a person and as a photographer?

A: I am inspired by so many things: music, art, nature, fashion, books, fairytales, dreams, other incredible people, I could go on forever. I’m inspired by life.


Q:  You have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, right? Both psychology and photography deal with human souls. How do you combine these 2 loves in your work? Does a degree in psychology help you in connecting with your clients?

A: I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in educational psychology. I studied photography at the University of London while I studying abroad. I absolutely believe that my background in psychology enables me to understand and connect with my little models and clients on a more spiritual level. I am also fortunate because I get the opportunity to apply my experience in education when I teach workshops for my fellow photographers.

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Q:  Your work seems very natural, so we assume you are not spending too much time in Photoshop? When you do, which part of postproduction includes Photoshop?

A: I always aim to get a perfect SOOC (straight out of the camera) shot, of course this does not always happen, however I’m a huge proponent of proper technique. I believe that being an expert on your camera is the building block for any successful photographer.  When you master manual technique, whatever your vision is, you can bring it to life.  I do have a refined style with my editing, so Photoshop is an important part of the process. I edit completely by hand, without using actions or plug-ins. I feel this gives me total control over my images.


Q: Can you tell us what’s in your camera bag?

A: Sure, Canon 5DMiii, 85mm f/1.2L, 200mm f/2L


Q: Who are photographers you admire and why?

A: This is a tough question because there are many people I admire for different reasons. The list would be too long to name them all. There are just so many talented artists out there.


Q: What’s your favorite photography quote?

A:“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”-Alfred Stieglitz


Q: This year you are one of the Judges on our 2nd Annual International Photo Contest in B&W Child Photography. Can you tell us more about this experience?

A: I absolutely love judging the Annual International Photo Contest in B&W Child Photography and feel so honored to have this position. Judging art is a demanding task because so much if it is the viewer’s connection with the piece. There are so many incredibly gifted photographers from all around the world, and I feel humbled by the opportunity to admire and judge their work.


You can see more of Katie’s work on her website and follow her on Social media websites:


2nd Half Of B&W Child Photo Competition 2015 is open for submission. You can enter it here.


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