How to make a living from your art with Kara Rosenlund

kara rosenlundIt is always so impressive when someone is able to make a living from their creative pursuits. It takes courage and a great eye for beauty — especially if your medium of choice is photography — but I think most importantly it takes an unwavering belief in your own abilities. Kara Rosenlund is one of those creative people who manages to find beauty all around her and this has helped her to have a successful career as an artist. We had a quick chat with her about how she got to where she is and the advice she’d give to those following in her footsteps.

1. How did you get started in photography?
I’ve always been a very visual and observant person growing up. The immediacy of photography really struck a chord with me. I immediately fell in love with the medium.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Generally from nature and the landscape. I absorb a lot of inspiration from being out on location within the landscape. The light, the colour palettes, the atmosphere. It really doesn’t get much better than that for me.

3. What is your favourite thing about being a photographer?
What I love most about being a photographer is being able to share my visual storytelling and engage with people. Having a camera gives you a reason to be capturing what’s around you. It really is such a privilege to be able to look in on life and document it.

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4. What are your favourite types of photos to take?
Travel. I love the authenticity and free-spirited nature of travel. I love being about to capture something rather ordinary and turn it into something rather extraordinary — a moment in time. Nothing beats the simple things.

5. What’s one piece of advice you’ve been given that really resonates with you?
Just do it. The faster you start, the faster you will find creative happiness. It really is that simple. Get off Pinterest and start creating!

6. What advice would you give to budding creatives?
Be true to yourself. Always always always listen to your instincts.

7. What’s one mistake most amateur photographers make when they take photos?
Perhaps trying to be something they are not. Be true to who you are and what you see and what your eye is attracted to.

8. What’s your next big photography goal? 
I’d like to expand on my online print shop and be able to travel extensively documenting culture all around the world.

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9. If you could get one of your prints into the home or hands of one person, who would it be?
The home of Ilse Crawford. I just adore her eye and style.

10. If you could go back and give teenage-you one piece of advice, what would it be?
Everything will work out. Stop worrying! … And stay away from the blue hair dye. It’s not such a great colour for your complexion.

Be sure to head to Kara Rosenlund’s online print shop to check out the amazing work she has for sale!

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Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

When I'm not working on getting my first novel finished you'll find me buried under the great wall of credit card debt that I've collected over the years. I am a hoarder of shoes, jewellery, books and Disney DVDs and am physically incapable of restricting my chocolate intake.