1000 posts celebration giveaway - Capturing Childhood

How are you this Saturday?  Did you celebrate Solstice where you are?  Mid Summer or Mid Winter?  I hope it was good.

Do you dream of taking great photos?  To document the everyday lives of your kids?  Well I might have just the thing... I am absolutely over the moon to introduce my next giveaway in my 1000 post celebrations.  Coming from dear friends, the Kats, at Capturing Childhood. Here's a little about the amazing duo behind the camera ...  

Please can you introduce yourselves and tell us a little about what you do?
We are Kat Goldin and Kat Molesworth, friends, bloggers and business partners. We run Capturing Childhood the online film and photography school. As well as running classes to help people take great pictures of their children we have courses for learning to use your DLSR on manual and creating films.

This year we have started teaching workshops and following a superb first DSLR workshop we’re about to announce dates for Product Photography, DSLR Photography and Video Workshops in the autumn – dates will be going out to our mailing list soon!

Apart from Capturing Childhood what else do you like doing?
KG: Sleeping, crochet and drinking wine!
KM: I have been making an effort to take evenings off and go out with my friends – there is nothing better than belly laughs.

What was the inspiration behind starting your business?
KM: I have a passion for family photos and used to spend ages sending email tutorials to friends and readers. Kat and I talked a lot about photos and one day the idea just popped into my head and Kat said yes right away.
KG: We really love to inspire people and see them develop.

What piece of advice would you give to a novice photographer?
KG: Read your camera manual.
KM: Start thinking about how the photos you love are composed and then pick up your camera to try it for yourself.

Describe your studio/workspace?
KG: I have a room on our first floor filled to the brim with yarn and camera equipment.
KM: I flit between a tiny desk in my bedroom and a corner of the sofa. I dream of having space to spread out!

Please tell us about your current loves...
KG: VSCO – I love what they are doing at the moment and the community they are building.
KM: Alain Laboile – his photos of his six children are full of joy and chaos. He inspires me to let go and think about the long game.
KG: Ted & Agnes  and Ashley Ann Photography 
KM: I have so many blogs I love! Every time I see a post from my friends at Sisters Guild my heart skips, love their recent 122 things every child should do before they’re 5. 
KG: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
KM: Ooh, that’s on my wishlist; is it good?
KG: Yes, I haven’t read much of it yet.
KM: I loved The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared recently. Like a cross between Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Forrest Gump.
KG: Pom Pom Quarterly
KM: I’m not much of a magazine reader these days but I do love digital magazines like 91 magazine and Sweet Paul.
KG: Sisters Guild
KM: I adore The Hambledon

What is a typical work day for you?
KG: I start work at five and work until midnight. Be it answering emails, checking in on our students or working on my latest crochet design I pack a lot in as I only get three days a week.
KM: I spend a lot of my time snatching a few minutes here and there before getting to work when the children go to bed.

What do you love most about what you do?
KG: Seeing students learn things and click with the material.
KM: I love how many people it connects us to; it’s a great privilege to know so many amazing women.

What camera do you use?
KG: We both shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, we bought them as an investment into the business last year.
KM: I love the 5D Mark II and working with it has been great for my films.

What camera do you most desire?
KG: Canon 5D Mark III!
KM: I waver between the Mark III and the Canon 6D. An upgrade is a way off so who knows what will happen before then…

If you were stranded on a desert island what item would you need with you?
KG: iPhone & solar charger
KM: My children, I would be devastated without them.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
KG: On a desert island!
KM: I dream of a house where everyone has a bedroom of their own and the parents have a workspace. It is going to take a lot of work to get there.

Thanks for having us Lou!

I told you right?  I don't know how they manage to fit all this in and raise such beautiful happy kids too.  They are just a bit awesome.

The Kats are offering one lucky Littlegreenshed reader a £55 voucher to be spent on any of their on-line courses - this is open to Worldwide and can be used at any time.  Amazing isn't it?  Winner will be announced next Saturday.  Good luck!

all images via Capturing Childhood

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