We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Ambrose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
You know that quote that goes something like “If you love what you do you will never have to work a day in your life.?”
That’s why I started my business, because I truly love what I do. Yes, the runnings of a business is hard work and isn’t as easy as it appears (especially if you started your business during this pandemic) but when I have a camera in hand I really feel in my element and enjoy creating images and documenting moments. I want people to have beautiful images of moments in their life that they keep as heirlooms and pass down through the generations. That’s what sparked my love for photography to begin with. As a child I would sit and turn each page of my families photo albums that dated back to way before I was even born, from when they lived in India and Malaysia and be transported back to a time where in each moment that was captured, I felt like I was there. It was then when I became enamored by making moments stand in time for an eternity. Creating images pushes my mind and forces me to problem solve so when I deliver a final product to a client knowing how much an image will mean to them is rewarding in itself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As cheesy as this may sound, Love! It is a really beautiful thing that I love to capture. The emotions, the passion, the realness and I believe everyone has a beautiful story that deserves to be documented and told to have it as keepsake and not just weddings and engagements, newborns and families too. That’s what was most exciting about starting my own company after working under other photographers and freelancing capturing love and seeing how my studio will grow. It’s scary and exciting especially in world of Covid which has really impacted the wedding and event industry but love makes me feel hopeful.
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?
Houston has so many great places to eat and visit. Some favorite breakfast spots are Brasil, Emmaline, Brother’s Tacos and Pondi Cherri. Picnic lunches with some wine from Light Years at the Menil are always a good idea! Dinner at Nancy’s Hustle or night cap at Camerata . If they wanted to go dancing we’d end up at Barbarella’s.and just to hangout I’d definitely take them to the butterfly museum. It’s one of my favorite places to go in Houston.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mentor Morgan Razi. I’m thankful to her for taking my me under her wing as a fresh college student and encouraging me in being more confident in my skill and believing in me when I don’t. Also all my friends who’d arm’s I have twisted to let me photograph them because I had an idea or lighting that I wanted to play around with and perfect. Mostly, though my clients, who trust, believe, value and appreciate my art, I really couldn’t do this with out them!
My Headshot – J. Andrade Visual Arts