Kat Rizza – Canadian Top 30 Wedding Photographer

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Kat Rizza is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.

Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:

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Tell us how you got started in photography.
I went to school for photojournalism which I loved because the program was taught by passionate professors who were part of a golden age of news photography. There were no shortcuts, no easy critiques and praise was earned. I didn’t actually graduate because in the summer before second-year, I was offered a photography-related job that I couldn’t pass up. For two years, I worked with a non-profit organization; running a photography & digital media after school program for undeserved kids in Toronto. It was such a blast! I have a history of wacky jobs so this was my first job with real responsibility. While I was doing that during the day, I was freelancing all over the place – doing any kind of photo gig that came my way and shooting creatives with friends. Eventually a friend asked me to shoot her wedding and as soon as I showed up at the venue, I knew I had found something special.

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Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Hmm. I’m going to keep shooting tons of weddings! Both locally and internationally. I have lots of things on my to do list(s) and one is to get better at networking/staying in touch but I have myself on a demanding schedule and it’s hard to cram more in.

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How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
My first photography conference was CPC2013 in Vancouver and it changed my life. There were great speakers that year and they confirmed what I was starting to suspect – that there is no right way to do things but when you find a way that works for you, work/life can be so good. I was very inspired when I returned to Toronto and after that, everything seemed to fall into place.

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What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I feel extremely lucky to be a young, full-time wedding photographer in Canada. I feel like I’m part of a very talented, motivated and savvy group and even though I don’t know too many Canadian (wedding) photographers personally (mostly just through Instagram), I somehow feel like we’re all supporting each other silently.

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Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
My goal has always been to shoot destination weddings and the moment I booked my first one I wanted to tell everybody I knew. I shared the good news on Facebook and said that it was my “first of many” and I am proud to say that it actually turned out to be true! :)

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What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
If you’re just starting with photography: shoot a lot a lot a lot.

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If you’re just starting in a photography business: learn some business skills.

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To see more of Kat’s work, check out her website here.

 

 

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