Kejt Wegrzyniak

Kejt was born in Poland and graduated with a degree in sociology from her hometown, Katowice, PL. Her passions include her family and her work as a portrait and lifestyle photographer. Kejt has recently discovered a love for studio lighting and fashion photography.

She is devoted to documenting the unique, common, exciting and peaceful moments of life. Kejt takes inspiration from the beauty that surrounds her every day including people, city and nature (especially the sky). Out of all of those, she finds people the most inspiring.

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What inspired you to become a photographer?
Photographs were always an important part of my life. I loved the boxes with hundreds of black and white photographs from my grandparents’ and parents’ lives. Those image gave me a glimpse into my parents’ life before I was born and then with a little baby (me). I remember I loved to look at those tiny prints when I was young.

I picked up my first camera when I was 12. It was an old 35mm ZENITH from my dad. He was always taking pictures and our bathroom was turned into a dark room pretty often! I wasn't very interested in it back then. In 2002, I bought my first "real" camera here in the US. I shoot in manual mode and always had my camera with me.

I first started thinking more seriously about photography when my first child was born. I thought about it even more when my second child came along. A few years later I knew I found my passion, something I will do for the rest of my life. 

What's your favorite photo that you've taken?
I have so many favorites, but I don't think I have taken my best photograph yet. The possibility is still waiting around the corner! 

What's your favorite subject to photograph?
My favorite subject to photograph is people. That is what inspires me the most. You can see a lot of emotion in someone's eyes. There are so many things that eyes can show you; happiness, fear, boredom, shyness, excitement, love, sadness, etc.

Whether you're self-taught or have formal education in photography, what's been the best source of information for you as you grow as an artist?
I think the best source of information is the Internet!  I read other photographers’ blogs, view their websites for inspiration and watch educational You Tube tutorials. I'm trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. It’s so important to take on a challenge and try something new and unknown.

What's your favorite photography accessory (other than your camera)?
For my portrait work, I shoot with prime lenses exclusively.  I love my Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 50 mm 1.8, 35mm 1.4 Sigma Art and Canon 135mm 2.0.