Photog Friday: Meet Katrina, Nicole, and Makayla

Katrina Lat – @thekatalysts

Amyl and the Sniffers
Amyl and the Sniffers – Photo Credit: Katrina Lat
Rosalia – Photo Credit: Katrina Lat
Dodie – Photo Credit: Katrina Lat

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
The first time I picked up a proper camera was during the photography unit of my Grade 10 art class. I ended up failing the unit (someone kept messing with the chemicals in our darkroom, and none of my exposures developed properly!), and thought I would never touch a camera again. Fast forward a few years… My first job after uni was in business development for Canon. One month, I hit max commission, and decided to treat myself by taking advantage of our employee discount. The day I received my camera, I shot my first show.

If you could shoot any band/artist, who would it be?
I’m itching to cross Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Sara Bareilles off my bucket list! Those artists were very important to my teenaged self.

Words of advice:
Hustle for it! Go to shows, message artists, build that portfolio. But, once you’ve built it – know your worth, and what you want to accomplish by shooting.

Nicole DiBenedetto – @nicoledibphotography

RIVALS – Photo Credit: Nicole DiBenedetto
August Burns Red
August Burns Red: Nicole DiBenedetto
Marina – Photo Credit: Nicole DiBenedetto

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
Right after I shot my first show. It was so exciting and to me it was set in stone in my mind that this was something I wanted to pursue.

What are some photography goals of yours?
I want to go out and tour as a show photographer, as well as open up my own studio to do portrait work.

Words of advice:
Never be afraid to experiment and try things you haven’t done before, and don’t let others get in your head and shame you about your gear if you’re producing work you’re proud of.

Makayla Corfield – @kayla_joell_

Satellite Citi
Satellite Citi – Photo Credit: Makayla Corfield
Crimson Apple
Crimson Apple – Photo Credit: Makayla Corfield
Crash 45
Crash 45 – Photo Credit: Makayla Corfield

What inspired you to pick up a camera?
My honorary grandpa back when I was six years old. Then I picked it up again sophomore year of highschool because I realized how fleeting life is, and that If I could just make moments that I can capture and keep forever, I would always hold them dear to my heart.

What is the most important thing about photography that you have learned since you started?
That everyone’s style is different and it’s more fun to do your own thing and own it than try and do what other people do.

Words of advice:
Just go for it and take every opportunity as a chance to learn something new about everything. Shoot for the stars and if you land hard on your butt, get back up, ask for help and try again and again.