Photographer Karin Jerez

Vancouver, Canada
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Photographer Karin Jerez
@fotogratopia
PRO
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achievements
No wins in MyWed Award
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1 series in the Best of the Week
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1 photo in Editors' Choice
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Phone number
+1 236-975-0375
Charge per hour
260 USD
2 hours minimum
  • First and foremost – whom can you name as the best photographer in Vancouver? :)

    This is a terrible question lol! My clients would say I am, my husband and my mom would also say I am. But let's be real. There are some incredible talents to be found – but I do believe I'm among them. I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't have the skill and talent. I'd never want to be responsible for ruining some of the most important memories of a lifetime.

  • Are you photogenic?

    Not even a little bit. I'm a great director, terrible actor :)

  • How did you get in the photography industry?

    By accident. In 2011 a friend asked me to take her family photos, something I had never done. She loved them! I was surprised when she handed me money for our photography "play day". Days after I delivered her photos, I started getting numerious requests for family portraits. People loved my work. Who knew that would happen?! Within 6 weeks I was so busy that I left my career and took on photography full time. I'm a people person, I already had the photography skills and it just fell into my lap. About 6 months later, the same friend's mom was having her second wedding, and asked me to shoot it. I said "NO WAY". There are no do-overs on the wedding day and I had never even considered wedding photography. But she insisted. It turns out I'm REALLY GOOD at shooting weddings. I knew all the moments to look for, I'm a good director, catch great candids, I'm a great party planner so keeping the day on time and things orgazined was a breeze. It was so much fun, and it just came naturally.

  • What are the most important components of a good photo in your opinion?

    Of course there are the things every photographer should know. How to use and create light, knowing your gear, etc. The technical stuff. That goes without saying and should be mastered before photographing a wedding at all.But wedding photography is not just a techinal excercise. It's not about fitting a couple into landscape photography. Wedding photography is about two people. After the techinical stuff, the most important component in wedding photography is the human compoment. Drawing out personalities, capturing how a couple interacts naturally, teaching and guiding them how to pose individually, and together so they get comfortable in front of the camera. I ask about hobbies, shared activies and watch how they interact to get a sense of what will be the best way to direct them and help them feel confident and look awesome. Once we have the all-important human component down, then the rest is getting creative and working with the environment around us. That's the fun part!

  • Do you love traveling?

    I'm perpertually packed and ready to go. I just need 7 minutes to get out the door.

  • What do you like most about your profession?

    Weddings are a major milestone in people's lives. They are full of emotion, love, joy, family, friends, and cake. I love cake. I could probably be persuaded to take payment in cake. Seriously though, there's something really special in being able to capture memories that are so meaningful. It's freezing love at it's peak in a beautiful frame. I get to be around people on one of their happiest days, week after week. It's creative, challenging, fun and rewarding. What's not to love? I really enjoy the creative and mental challenges, and I get to eat cake.

  • What do you like least about your profession?

    The accounting part. Ugh. Thank goodness for my accountant.

  • What will be the future of photography?

    I think the changes will be mostly advancing technology. People get that it's a once in a lifetime thing, and that cell phone pictures are not the best way to keep the memories of the day they put the most effort and money into. I see some really cool techincal advances. 3D photos? Holograms? Who knows. It's exciting to ponder.

  • What is special in the photography genre you specialise at?

    In my opinion, the most special thing about it is that it's the ONLY day in their lives that a couple will have all their most important people together in the same room. The love, effort and time that a couple pours into planning their wedding makes each wedding shoot unique, challenging and wonderful.

  • How do you handle criticism?

    Criticism isn't a bad thing. I listen to it, and see where I can apply changes to improve. I'm very open and try to be approachable, because feedback and suggestions are an important part in improving my craft.

  • Are there any trends in photography?

    Yes. Couples are trending toward being more individual with their styles and preferences. They're leaning less toward too many traditional photos, though I firmly believe you still need just a few of the traditionals so grandma can place one on the mantle. But I find couples are more adventurous in their photogrpahy tastes now, which suits me just fine. Also, I find photobooks have exploded in the past few years. It's great to have a coffee table book of your best day ever, instead of a tired traditional album. I thought with digital technology the printed photo would fade away, but not so for wedding photos.

  • What should be the criteria for a customer to choose a photographer?

    Remember that having a nice camera does not make one a photographer. I have really nice paint brushes, but I'm no VanGogh. Weddings are a different beast, so finding a wedding photographer, not just a photographer who does weddings on the side, will make a big difference to the end result. And you have to feel comfortable with your photographer so you can really have fun and relax in front of the camera, or your photos won't be all they can be.

  • What things are to be avoided when shooting?

    Other than bad lighting and obnoxious wardrobe, nothing. Embrace it and make it work for you.

  • What details that usually pass unnoticed can a photographer notice?

    Moments about to happen. A glance, a touch. How to frame a photo so the garbage can that you can't move won't show. Stray hair that needs to be tamed. Where to stand so the light is flattering. Small things, like don't grip your bouqet like a baseball bat, and don't hold your brides' hand so tight because her fingers are swelling and won't look nice in the shot. An ugly background can always be faked to look great with a little creativity. Lots of things.

  • What influences the value of a photo? What are its elements?

    The emotion attached to it, or the emotion it causes.If one can capture emotion and deliver it in a beautiful photograph, nothing beats that.

  • What person can be the symbol of the 21st century in your opinion?

    I can't think of a sincere answer to this.

  • Who do you want to take photos of?

    People with a story to tell.

  • Do you have any professional taboos?

    I wont' work with bridezillas. You can always tell lol. Don't wear jeans or white to a wedding. Other than that, no.

  • Who would you like to shoot with?

    Felix Hernandez. He's not a wedding photographer, but is unbelivably awesome. If you're not familiar with his work, you need to check it out.
    www.hernandezdreamphogr…
    Also Ben VonWong. If you don't know him, Google him.

  • What do you worry about, and why?

    I presume this in the context of a wedding day? I don't really. I make sure I'm as prepared as possible for all the worst case scenarios that can happen, and take it from there.

  • What is the most impressive moment in your life?

    Just one? Sitting in the mouth of a cave high up on a mountain with my kids when they were little and looking out at our great big planet. Driving through a double rainbow. Did you know a rainbow disappears when you're in it? Holding my newborn's teeny, tiny feet in my hand. Coming face to face with wolves and bears and once, a wolverine (unintentionally!) on my hiking adventures. The mountains painted with spectacular light in the early mornings. The one storm I was caught in driving through Wyoming that I thought I was going to die in. People I've met in my travels who changed my life in a matter of minutes. Lucking out with my timing and having the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Belize to MYSELF, sitting at the top of the pyramid with the howler monkeys in the trees. Coming face to face with a owl exploring an abandoned property. Making friends with a young bald eagle who I'd go photograph every day until it got its white head and flew away never to be seen again. And many more.

  • If you were a cartoon, book or movie character, who would you be and why?

    Ok, my kids got asked this about 10 years ago on a quiz about their mom. My son said Tigger, and my daughter said Brain from Pinky and the Brain, but less sinister.

  • Who inspires you in your life and why?

    This is a very introspective interview about wedding photography haha.
    There are a handful of people in my life that inspire me daily as a person. I'm very blessed to have the people in my life that I have.On a professinal level, I'm a huge fan of Cristiano Ostilleni, Cliff Mautner, Lindsay Adler, Eugene Caasi, Paul Nicklen, my dear friend Ajay Thomas, and my unbeliveably talented and beautiful childhood friend Amy Kay (rawandrealbyamyk.com if you want to check out her soul stirring work) just to name a few.

  • How do you define success? How do you measure it?

    In experiences. Sure, money helps. But at the end of the day, I count my experiences. The ones I have and the ones I can help create.

  • Would you rather be liked or respected?

    Well, no one wants to be not liked or not respected. So both. But I'm sure I'm not everyone's cup of tea.

  • What is the biggest mistake you have ever made at work?

    It was in a former corporate life, but I'm not sharing!

  • When you're going to travel, what do you take with you and why?

    Whatever fits in my day pack, one camera, 2 lenses, flip flops, sunscreen, tweezers and a razor. I never take anything more than what fits in my day pack to anywhere for any length of time.

  • Is there anything among your gadgets that you wish you haven't bought? Why?

    Not really. I buy wisely! This stuff's expensive, yo.

  • How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

    I'm always reading, asking, taking workshops, creating personal challenges and projects. I try to shoot for myself at least a couple of times a month. It's ongoing. There is always more to learn.

  • Whose work has influenced you most as a photographer?

    I already mentioned him. Ben VonWong. He's not a wedding photographer, but he's so creative that I find it inspires me to think bigger and bolder. It pushes me out of my comfort zone. That's the best place to grow, outside your comfort zone.

  • What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

    Photoshop is not magic.

  • What do you want to say with your photographs?

    I want to be silent. I want the person in the shot to be the one doing the telling.

  • What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

    It's never the same thing twice. It's always a new story. And when I'm feeling that life is a little heavy, I pick up my camera because it forces me to find the beauty around me.

  • Should your parents have been more or less strict?

    Both.

  • If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

    On a professinal level, I think I would have been less hesitant to invest in myself sooner.

  • What do you do in your spare time?

    Read. Adventure. Vagabond. Catch up with friends. Colour (it's therapeutic, don't judge). All sorts of things. Trying to learn how to play guitar currently.

  • What's the side of you that the public never sees?

    I'm pretty much an open book. What you see is what you get.

  • When are you completely satisfied with your work?

    Never.

  • Do you believe in the traditional roles for men and women?

    To a point. We are equal but there has to be balance. By nature, men and women have different strengths, abilities and needs – and that's a good thing. It's how we can match up and be a compliment to each other. I can change the spark plugs, but it makes my husband feel loved and needed when I ask him, so I ask. I love to cook for him because it makes him feel loved. But if I don't want to cook, I say "take me for dinner", and he's cool with that. The traditional roles, when played out in a loving, balanced way tend to enhance a relationship. They meet emotinal and psychological needs. But I run a business, and take solo trips. My husband cooks and helps around the house. So I would categorize it as modern-traditional.

  • Do you make friends easily?

    Yes.

  • Where would you like to live?

    A new city every 3 years.

  • What's the stupidest thing you've ever agreed to do?

    Believe it or not, I have never agreed to anything that stupid.

  • Is there life after marriage?

    Of course. Life gets better if you do it right.

  • Do you have a favourite joke? Tell us.

    Why does Snoop Dog use an umbrella?Fo' drizzle. hahahahahahahaha

  • Do you like dogs or cats?

    Dogs. Big ones.

  • The best thing in life is:

    Life.

  • The most annoying thing in life is:

    not having enough travel time/money.

  • Is there anything around you that you would like to change?

    Where to begin? Look at the world!

  • Can you give a few tips for photographers who are just starting out?

    Invest in educating yourself, find a mentor, and don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't do it because you have no experience. Those telling you that also had to no experience at one point. You got this!

  • If aliens come to the Earth and you are the first person they meet, what will you tell them?

    Let me introduce you to coffee.

  • If you are called to shoot a movie, what genre will it be?

    Adventure.

  • Tomorrow I will go and do...

    Remains to be seen! I'm still living today.