For me working as a photographer is a selfish act. Even though it means many lonely nights far away from my family the rush from catching a teardrop of joy, a little too loud of a laughter or lingering hug always makes me long for the next wedding.
If you enjoy something and are capable of building good life around it, there’s not need to ask why. Photography for me is as much about art, as it is about business. As long as my head is filled with imaginary frames and different business ideas, the only way to look is forward. The question is, how do you find time?
I’ve been practicing photography and videography since the age of 13. My dad is a full time photographer in Atlanta GA and I pursued photography full time with his help. I’m now a full time photography instructor living in Dubai UAE.
Ultimately we photograph weddings because we love people + connecting with the story behind what makes every couple special and unique. Beyond just taking photos we view what we do as an opportunity to help our couples have the best day ever. We are living the life we are today thanks to an army of people who impacted our lives. Photography for us is an avenue to pay it forward. There is so much life to live and we want to spend the time we have been given with the people we love, doing things that bring us joy + fulfillment.
It's here!! My new website 😮✨😍www.raisazwart.com // I am SO, SO excited to finally share this with you: my new website is finally live! It's all about the beach, adventures, travels, new work to discover ofcourse ánd next to the print shop, now also a shop for photographers. Go check it out! (Best to be viewed on desktop / PC but mobile ofourse works as well 😜). For those who are curious about the video I made with The Dreamers - Wedding Cinema - be sure to check it out in this post!Oh and btw: next to the excitement, I'm kind of nervous and soo curious what you all think of it. So be sure to drop a comment down below! 🙌.x RaisaPosted by Raisa Zwart Photography on Sunday, 8 July 2018
Quitting law school was one of the best decisions I have ever made… I kind of struggled with ‘choosing’ what I wanted to as a career but when I picked up my first camera right after my 19th birthday, I rapidly fell head over heels in love with photography and entrepreneurship. Photography is my tool to show people how I see the world. Full of amazing places, filled with the most loving people and with details telling real stories. My Inspiration comes from nature, traveling and the most important of all: all these stories I get to hear and see day in day out.
I came from a humble background and taught myself what I needed to know to become one of the world’s top 10 wedding photographers. Once I achieved my dream, my dream changed, and it became my dream to help other creatives achieve their dream – through community, connection, and wellness.
Hello, I’m Kara! My friends call me Kare-Bear. I am a wedding & commercial photographer plus art director living in Seattle, WA. I specialize in developing content for fashion, travel, and lifestyle brands. Most known for my usage in light, I love to create strong concepts and storylines utilizing techniques I have learned over 12 years of holding a camera.
I’ve done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks. I worked at the flag ship Taco John’s in my home town – Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world’s weirdest town – Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on that movie, Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courrier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope!
I’ve stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I’ve shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I’ve spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers, and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name “Brant”. It’s all in a days work.
I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. We shot 130 weddings this year. And our recent commercial clients include: UGG, Canon, Delta, Kingsford, and FedEx to name drop a little. That’s bragging, but in all honesty – my hair is going grey from all this work.
When I was a little kid I had 4 part time jobs and ran several small businesses to afford records. Things haven’t changed much. The Flashdance houses 6 companies and covers nearly every aspect of event production.