Katch Silva is a photographer, living a simple life with her man in their Van. Thanks for taking the time and answering our questions Katch!
1. When and how did you start with Photography?
I was a pretty artistic child growing up, but I never tried photography until college. I took an Intro to Film Photography class my junior year of college and fell in love with it, and then pursued it from there.
2. What inspires you the most?
I have found that one of the best things I can do if I’m in a rut and need to get inspired is to just take time off and be in nature. Taking time off from photography and business to enjoy another life passion is the best refresher for me, so I often take a few days to go rock climbing, camping, or anything else that involves being away from crowds and into the wild.
3. What do you like to do, if you are not behind the camera?
Rock climbing. I spend as much of my free time as possible climbing and bouldering, indoor and outdoors. I live in a van, so I’m the road constantly and it’s pretty great to be able to access remote climbing locations in our home!
4. Where was the best location you’ve been so far?
One of my favorite places in the US is the high desert, mainly Joshua Tree. One of my favorite countries I’ve visited is Norway!
5. Which equipment do you use mainly?
I shoot with a Canon 5D MIV and all prime lenses (the 24L, 35L, 50L, 85L and 135L)
6. Do you have any tips to direct your couples how to pose?
I have a whole class on this so there’s a ton you can do, but the best quick tip I can give is to get to know your couple before you shoot, so they’re comfortable, you’re comfortable, and it feels like friends hanging out, as opposed to a photographer shooting an engaged couple. Ask questions, and let them and their dynamic set the pace and vibe of the shoot.
7. What is your favourite lifequote?
This isn’t a life quote, but a favorite photo quote: “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like” – David Alan Harvey
8. What would you do now, if you hadn‘t become a photographer?
I would have either followed my original college plan and become an engineer, or I would have found art and climbing at a later point and just been an artist and climber living in a van traveling the states. Which I guess is pretty much what I do now!