Girl’s crush : Katrina Parker
It was through Instagram that we first found Kat Parker’s photographs. With camera in hand and surfboards on the roof, Kat and her fiancé Dave wander along the ocean capturing mind-blowing landscapes on their travels between work. Kat creates such delicate photographs that immerse you in the Aussie surf culture. With a minimalistic feel, Kat’s photos capture such a beautiful sense of mood - it makes it impossible to turn away. They both hit the French west coast a few weeks ago and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to work with them.
Keep reading to learn more about this talented woman and see all of her images from the shoot in France.
Where are you originally from and how has that shaped who you are today ?
I grew up on the Gold Coast in Queensland. A small coastal town known for its relaxed vibe, amazing waves and warm sunshine all year round. I guess growing up in a beautiful place such as that has shaped my love and appreciation for not only surfing, but the ocean and the importance of being humble and kind.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Relaxed + Happy + Ambitious
Does living in Australia influence your work? What are the top three places you would recommend to visit ?
I guess a huge part of the Aussie lifestyle for me is the surf and beach culture, which has definetely influenced my work and some of the brands that I have been lucky enought to work with.
There are so many beautiful places to visit in Australia, I really can’t narrow it down to just three. One of my favourite places is the whole stretch of coastline on the South Coast of NSW.
What first prompted you to pick up a camera ?
I have always mucked around here and there with old film cameras while growing up. I didn’t seriously get into it until I graduated uni and worked in PR and Marketing. I realised that I had a passion for the way brands tell their stories visually and it really inspired me to take a more creative direction with what I was doing for work. So, I went and learnt everything I could about photography and the rest is history.
What do you love shooting? Where do you find inspirations?
I don’t have one particular genre I like to shoot more than the other. If anything I really enjoy shooting across lots of genres and I like to challenge myself with whatever brief I may receive from a client. It helps me progress and keeps me inspired to get better at what I do.
I find inspiration from the ocean, magazines, pinterest, traveling and most of all the people I meet along the way.
How important are the ocean and the surf culture to your creative process ?
The ocean and surfing are a huge part of who I am. It’s the one place where I switch off entirely or am able to gather my thoughts on a project or shoot I may be working on which helps me process any creative ideas with clarity. Overall, the ocean makes me happy, it teaches me patience and you get to connect with so many awesome poeple who have the same interests as you. Most of my closest friends I have met through the ocean some way or another. I really can’t imagine what life would be like if I didn’t live by the sea.
How would you describe your photography style?
It’s always hard to describe your own style because every brief that comes through is different.
When it comes to my personal work the common thread in my work is all about simplicity, symmetry and muted tones.
If you could pick any location in the world to shoot, where would it be ?
Anywhere that has fun waves and I can combine both work with surfing or hanging by the ocean is the dream for me.
What does a typical day off look like for you?
I normally start my day by taking my dog for a walk. I stop off and get a take away coffee at my local coffee shop and walk down the beach to check the waves. If the waves are fun I’d go for a surf (whether that be at my local beach or up / down the coast). In Bondi, we tend to walk everywhere so we might catch up with friends at the Farmers Markets or bump into some friends in the street and see where the day goes from there. Bondi is a really a small little coastal town but we also have the city less then a 15 minute drive away so there is always lots to do. Then I normally finish the day with a good meal with my fiance and watch a TV series on Netflix.
…And an ideal evening?
Having good conversation, good food and a few drinks with friends is my ideal evening.
What are your essentials for travelling?
This really depends where I’m going… I always travel with my camera, laptop and iPhone.
How did you like your trip in Europe? Where was your favourite place ?
I absolutely loved France and especially Biarritz. There are so many fun waves and cute little seaside villages. Oh and the food… so so good !
At our shoot, we noticed how well you and David work together. How long have you been working together? Why do you think you vibe so well?
We have been working together for about 5 years now. He shoots motion and I shoot stills and I assist him and he assists me depending on what the job is. We also shoot together a lot as well. We completely ignore the stereotypes of working with your partner and actually think it makes your relationship even stronger. We are both set out to achieve the same goals and our main mission is do good work that we are proud of. We trust eachother and I think we bring out the best in one another. It really is awesome !
Any cool projects that you’re working on ?
Besides the usual commercial work we do, we are also working on a couple of long form documentartries which is super exciting.
Behind the lens : Katrina Parker
Assistant : David Child / Make up : Samira / Model : Margaux Féron / Behind the scenes : Sandrine