For today's interview we took a long ride out to Colorado Springs to sit down with Amy Kachel of Amy K Photography. No one told me it was going to be a balmy 55 there, so I felt way overdressed in my snowmobile pants and parka.
SeniorInspire Nice to meet you Amy! How long have you been in business?
Amy Kachel I started my business in 2013, so about 8 years.
SI Is there something you wish you could go back and tell your younger self when you were first starting your photography business?
AK I wish I had been more assertive and able to say no at times, so I guess I’d go back and tell myself “you don’t have to take every session/opportunity that comes your way”. I took on every type of session in the beginning and it wasn’t until I decided to specialize in seniors that I really found my passion.
SI Colorado seems like an idyllic place to photograph seniors. Are there any downfalls to photographing in Colorado?
AK Colorado is a beautiful state, so I am definitely lucky to have such gorgeous scenery as the backdrop for my photos. But, there are certainly some downfalls! The biggest one for me is when the bluebonnets start blooming in Texas, and spring flowers start popping up across the country, we are usually still covered in snow here in Colorado Springs. Some of our biggest snow storms every year are during the months of March through May. It even snowed last year on June 9th! So for that reason, we really don’t have much of a spring season around here. The spring blooms don’t last long as it usually snows and freezes right after the trees have bloomed out. I’m always so jealous when I see other photographer’s post their beautiful spring photos when we still have snow on the ground! And while our mountains are majestic, and our sunsets stunning, they only seem to last about 5 seconds…so you have to work fast when the sun starts to drop.
SI When I think of Colorado I think of skiing and the Sundance film festival. Any broken bones? Ever been to the film festival?
AK Honestly, I’ve only been skiing a couple of times in my life. So no broken bones! I don’t love being out in the extreme cold for long periods of time. My husband and I do love outdoor activities though, and we hiked our first 14er last summer and plan to hike another one this year. And, I’ve never been to Sundance but I’d love to go someday.
SI Your work is so consistently great! Have you ever had a session where you thought to yourself, 'this just ain't working'?
AK Thank you, I appreciate that so much! Sometimes I can’t believe that this is my job, and that I get paid to photograph people because it’s just so much fun for me. But there have been times during my very busy season of photographing seniors when I feel like I’m stuck in a rut. Sometimes it can feel like you’re going to the same locations, using the same spots and poses and nothing feels fresh and new. That’s when I know it’s time to change things up…go location scouting, test out a new spot, or maybe plan a styled shoot just to get the creativity flowing again.
SI Which would you rather photograph, a thirty-year high school reunion or a two-year old throwing a temper tantrum?
AK A thirty- year high school reunion…ALL DAY, ANY DAY! I don’t have the patience to photograph young children with tempers. Plus, I’d fit right in at that 30 year reunion, so it would probably be a good time!
SI When you were younger, what did you wish you could become famous for?
AK I can’t remember really ever wanting to be famous for anything when I was younger. But, I do wish I could sing well. I love music and love singing out loud, but I can’t carry a tune to save my life! So if I could trade places with let’s say, Adele, for a day that would be fun!
SI You have the power to rid the world of either cats or dogs. If you don't choose, they both go. Which are you saving?
AK Well that’s easy! I’m most definitely saving dogs! Dogs have so much personality. I’m not a cat person AT ALL.
SI Poor kitties. Is there a song you can't get out of your heads.
AK I’m Good…by Hilltop Hoods! It’s a very catchy and honest song about the pandemic
we’ve all been living though. Check it out!
SI I will definitely be checking that one out. Thanks for the tip and thanks for sitting down with us today!