Kathryn Fell is an experienced photographer based in Sonning Common, near Henley on Thames in South Oxfordshire. Read on to find out a little more…
When did you first pick up a camera?
I’ve been taking photos since I was a teenager when I was first inspired on holiday in Cornwall.
Ahhh, gotta love the West Country…What inspired you to take photos in Cornwall?
It was the light, Cornwall has the most amazing light I guess that’s why so many artists live and work in their studios there. Also the abundance of nature I began to take notice of my surroundings, light and nature, and started excitedly snapping away on my disposable camera.
Wow! A disposable camera – I guess you have to start somewhere! When did you get your first proper camera?
Well, this didn’t happen until much later, as I studied Art and Design at College and went on to do even more studying with the Professional Diploma the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Then followed a successful career in marketing and Branding at Bidfood, Weight Watchers UK and Ella’s Kitchen. However, I never stopped dreaming about becoming a professional photographer.
So what happened to turn the dream into a reality?
A few wise words from a dear friend and suddenly I took the plunge! I enrolled onto a Professional Portrait course, passed with flying colours and haven’t looked back since! I love to continually learn and still go on workshops and invest back into the business be in Techie things or photography styles.
Do you mostly do shoots in Oxfordshire?
I have a lot of clients in Henley-on-Thames and Reading. However, I also travel all over Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Surrey, but I am happy to travel further afield for a project.
When are you most content?
Oooh that’s a toughy, I guess I am at my most content behind a camera, but when I am not working, I love being by water, be it the River Thames, or by the coast. Sea air is such a tonic and love the rustic South West coastline. Catching up with a friend over afternoon tea, would also be my ideal way to spend an afternoon.
What are your proudest achievements as a photographer?
My role as a photographer has given me many exclusive opportunities that I have to pinch myself about, but I think it would be when I was lucky enough to be nominated and shortlisted for the Sue Ryder Southern Women of Achievement in Business Category. I was absolutely delighted and over the moon! I really do enjoy what I do, whether it is capturing memories or helping businesses and it is fabulous to be acknowledged for that.
What makes you happy?
When I haven’t got both cameras around my neck – I am being kept on my toes by my 6 year old and baby son. I love to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings near Henley-on-Thames, taking long walks with my family along the river, that never fails to inspire me, in the woods and visit the many local National Trust properties, throughout all seasons.
Wow you are a busy lady! What do you like to do to relax?
I like pottering in our small garden or being in the kitchen, whether it’s helping my son to bake a cake or preparing a feast for friends, helps me relax and gives me a great sense of satisfaction. I love making a huge pot of tea and getting the nice crockery out. I think I am a feeder, I love hosting.
I enjoy (well not exactly enjoy) Bootcamp style exercise classes, I have to as one of my other great loves is food: eating it, cooking it, reading recipe books and taking photographs of it. I am looking forward to trying my hand at a Paddle board lesson soon, I will let you know how I get on!
Do you specialise in a particular area of photography?
I photograph a variety of genres, Personal branding, events, food, Families – outdoor or at home, and weddings. I’m experienced at taking portraits and understand the importance of making people feel at ease so they can be relaxed in front of the camera. I think most of us have unpleasant memories of ‘the school photos’ so I use humour and distraction to avoid that bunny in a head light look. Although the commonly repeated advice is never to work with children or animals, I love working with both!
I am equally comfortable with my corporate clients, where my marketing experience helps me to create strong images for brands and businesses.
When you find a job you love, you never work a day of your life again.