A fan of fresh coffee beans, beach walks and the tiny house movement, Matakana-based photographer Kate Little talks us through what she does and why she loves it.
“What I love most about photography is the way it makes me feel and connects me to others,” says Kate.
“It squeezes your heart, makes you smile and transports you to another time. I love how it connects me to people. Looking through that little window in the camera I see narratives that are so authentic and wonderfully human.”
And along with portraits and commercial work, wedding photography is Kate’s speciality.
“I strive to connect and create authentic images that are a reflection of you as a couple and this incredible adventure you’re on. Your wedding is your story. It’s beautiful, it’s messy and it’s totally unique to you. I’m wild about capturing every part of it. That’s what it’s all about – love, family and friends.”
What first inspired her to pick up a camera?
“In 1931, a huge earthquake hit Napier. My grandfather, a young man at the time, was working in a bank. With bravery and courage in his heart he ventured outside with his box Brownie camera.
“What he saw could only be described as devastating – heavy smoke clouding the streets, broken buildings and giant crevices cutting up the pavements, power lines falling around him. A lone fireman walked amongst the rubble aimlessly towards him.
“I’m proud to say this photo now graces the walls of Te Papa. All I can think about is how crazy scared he must have been. I grew up knowing my grandad had captured history and ever since learning of his story I was inspired to be just like him.”
“I value what I do and feel pretty damn lucky to be doing something I love,”
says Kate. “Something that helps me to change and grow not just in business but in my life.”
For more information, visit katelittlephotography.com