We caught up with cool AF photographer Kate Bellm, the babe behind the BARBIE X MISSGUIDED campaign to find out what it takes to make it as a photographer, what inspires her and who she’d love to collab with…
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I was born in London and after years of travelling the world looking for the right way of life, I moved to a small mountain village called Deia and live in a self-built house between the ocean and forest
How would you describe the style of your work?
Psychedelic, naked and colourful
How did you first get into photography?
I’ve been into it since I can remember… It all started at school photographing my friends where I also had a darkroom so was able to develop my own rolls and make endless contact sheets… We used all this cool stuff like liquid light where you could print a photo on anything, like wood or a mug…
What does a typical day look like?
Hang out with my little baby boy called Sage, and we go swim in the ocean and eat melon on the rocks
Talk us through your creative process. How do you go from an idea to the final product?
I just see it in my head and go for it…make it happen with the right team
Who or what inspires you most?
My current muse is my friend Tiger Geldof – she is the perfect mixture of innocence and sexy
How did you start out your career?
I started shooting all the girls in my school, dressing them up with my cousin, doing their make up and from then it all just started rolling and I started shooting for magazines and fashion brands.
What advice do you have for photographers trying to break into the industry?
Shoot what you love and find the camera that works for you and master it so you can shoot and change settings without even thinking about it…
Describe yourself in 3 words…
Collector, wildling, mother
Who are you currently stalking on Instagram?
Rat and boa
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever done a shoot?
In the red rocks of Utah
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year?
I have a show coming up at The Slow Bali, followed by a few months on the road in Mexico and all that comes in-between
Wanna know more about Kate? Follow her on Insta @katebellm.
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