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The Narrative Society: Educator Interview with Kate Oman

Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

I’m one of those people with too many hobbies and a project list a mile long, but I think I found out photography was meant to be a big part of my life once my daughter was born and I felt the strong urge to capture her at every stage of her life. Over the years I fell more and more in love with photography and its ability to help me remember those fleeting moments.

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Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?

Being a military spouse, my life is usually anything but boring. Life seems to move pretty fast when we are always on the go, so I try to really make sure I document every step of the way. Getting out and experiencing new things helps to keep it fresh and interesting.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

First thing in the morning when my daughter runs into our room, jumps on our bed and then squeezes in between us.

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Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?

My inspiration definitely comes from our many adventures. We love going to national and state parks, hiking, visiting the city, or even just driving around and I love documenting all of it!

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We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

Sometimes I will put down the camera for a few days and sometimes I will keep shooting. If it’s a situation where I feel like my shooting is getting monotonous and boring then I’ll keep shooting looking for something to spark my interest again. Sometimes though, I need a hard reset and I’ll put the camera down for a few days.

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Who in your life inspires your art the most?

My daughter, 99% of the time she is the one in front of my lens.

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What inspires you more - light or movement?

Both light and movement inspire me in different ways. When I’m shooting I look for movement because I love the life-like quality movement gives to a photograph. When I’m culling images to edit, I find that I’m drawn more to light. If I can get both then I am really happy!

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Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?

Lifestyle, in my opinion, is a little more cleaned up. Documentary can be pretty as well, but in my case it’s usually raw and real. There are times where I am trying to capture a moment of my daughter and I run to pick up the pillows or quickly push a basket of laundry out of the way because in that moment it’s not aesthetically pleasing to my inner perfectionist. Then there are times where I see the leaves on the floor that the dogs have dragged in or the folded laundry knocked over because it’s been sitting there all day and I think, “It is what it is and this is how I want to remember it,” so I just go with it.

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Would you rather continue with your life or restart it?

Continue! 100%

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Would you rather reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?

Stop time for 10 seconds.

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Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?

Never speak again. I’m not much of a talker anyways!

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Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

Can I have internet on my cell phone?! Hmm…probably no cell phone.

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Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a debit or credit card?

I would definitely pick GPS over a debit or credit card any day. My husband and daughter joke that even with my GPS I can’t find my way around!

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Would you rather have eyes that can film everything or ears that can record everything?

Eyes that can film everything. I’d miss the sound, but I think I’d miss the sight more.

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Would you rather have unlimited storage space on your iPhone or unlimited storage space in real-life?

Unlimited storage space on my iPhone. I’m still trying to minimize the amount of ‘things’ we haul with us from place to place.

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Would you rather walk the Great Wall of China or Amazon River?

Great Wall of China – creepy water critters aren’t my thing.

Would you rather win an Academy Award or an Olympic Gold Medal?

Olympic Gold Medal

Would you rather be fabulously famous and poor or unknown and rich?

Unknown and rich

  • juliefeola@gmail.com

    Proud of you, love mom😘

  • Debbie Oman

    You are AMAZING on soooo many levels that this interview didn’t begin to touch. Love you so very much and proud of you! While I miss seeing you, I love that your gifted Photography has made it that we can continue being part of your life, regardless of where you live!

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