Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine ‘Kat’ De Barros.
Katherine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
So it all started when I graduated high school and decided to find what I was passionate about before starting college. I considered all my interests– art and music were the two that stood out above all others. Being a music lover, I had been to several concerts before. Seeing Paramore live in 2017, I remember feeling a connection with everyone else in the crowd as well as the band. It was a soul-filling experience and one that has stuck with me to this day. I saw their touring photographer running around in the venue capturing every moment and it hit me.
After deciding, I wanted to give music photography a try, “how to be a concert photographer” became my number one search on my browser history. I taught myself how to use a camera and all the settings within a short amount of time. Only thing left for me to do was to go out and practice. I searched Instagram for local bands their upcoming gigs and finally found one. I reached out to a band named Supergold, explaining that I was trying to build a portfolio in music photography and wanted to take photos of their set. Spoiler alert, they said yes! Coincidentally, the band was seeking a photographer to come with them to all of their shows and that immediately sparked my interest. Doing so gave me the opportunity to practice every weekend. Luckily, I eventually started to see growth in the quality of my photos.
Flash forward to 2019, I reached out to several publications with a portfolio asking to become a contributing photographer. I got several rejections and no replies, but it only took that one publication that admired my work to give me a chance– thanks Sunlight Magazine. I shot for artists I never imagined I’d get to photograph. My first concert in the photo pit was Hozier. As time went on, I applied to more concerts and several doors kept opening for me and gave me the chance to meet and connect with so many incredible people that I’m now blessed to call my friends within the process. I’m a huge believer in positive thinking and that having fun with what you do will create a clear path for growth and success. By November, I was able to shoot Riptide Music Festival which was a huge goal of mine when I started my journey.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Overall, yes it has been a smooth road. There will always be bumps here and there but hey, that’s life. At the beginning, I was very unsure of myself and constantly comparing my work to other amazing photographers who had already been doing this for years. There was a time where I wasn’t having as much fun shooting because I had lost sight of why I had started in the first place. I had to remind myself to relax and not take everything so seriously and just have fun! I have found that the photos that help me see my growth throughout the process are from the concerts that I had the most fun.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a photographer specializing in music/concert photography. I also shoot portraits and whatever catches my eye or tells a story. It can range from tour photography, travel photos, engagement shoots, etc. I remember always seeing photos by a photographer from the concert I had gone to the night before and feeling happy or nostalgic. That has always been my goal with photography– make the audience feel some type of emotion. I also like to try and find a unique angle or edit the photo in a way that gives it more life.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
At the moment, my goals and plans for the future are to 1) photograph a concert held at an arena for the first time. Since I have never photographed an artist performing in an arena before, I think it would be a captivating experience to capture. 2) To go on tour with a band. Tour photography is my favorite area in photography since it combines taking photos of concerts and other forms like portraiture and photojournalism. It gives the audience a sneak peek into what happens behind the scenes and on the road.
- Website: www.katdebarros.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kat.deba
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/debarros_kat
Personal Photo taken by: Valerie Chaparro