Why I do what I do (and why it's good for YOU!)
One day, in the spring of 2016, I was scrolling down Facebook, through several of the photography groups that I am a member of. As I scrolled, I saw gorgeous photo after gorgeous photo of couples together in love. Some were dating, and a few were taken before Prom. Some were from engagement shoots, others were from weddings. There were "just-because-I-love-you" sessions and maternity images. All these people were couples in love who had wanted to capture some special time in their lives through photographs. It struck me -- I am also one of these people! I am in love, happily married to the man of my dreams. I have some beautiful engagement photographs taken several years ago. I also have some special wedding images, as well as some self-portraits that I took of us together over the past years during our travels... -- I felt warm and happy, thinking about the love between my husband and I, and I smiled... Then I continued to scroll.
I saw a cell-phone snap of a random FB user's living room. And held within the grainy pic, above her couch on the wall, was a fantastic cluster layout of photographs of her and her husband over what looked like, maybe a decade. It was really a work of art. She wrote something like: "I am crying. I am so glad that I finally finally, after so many years, took the time and energy to have these photographs printed!!! I am IN LOVE with these!"
I scrolled through the comments, and other women were voicing the same thoughts: "Yes, I need to print some images so badly!!" "Wow, that layout looks incredible -- how special. I need to do this. Like now." "I have so many photographs that I have been wanting to get printed for years, and I just can't seem to find the time." "I don't have one photograph from my wedding day printed." I was hit with the sudden realization that I was one of those people. Although I have so many beautiful images from throughout our lives together, I had ONE on display. One. Printed on cheap canvas. Hanging in my kitchen. That I got as a GIFT. And it wasn't even one of my favorites. I felt sick. How could I have been married for over two years and not have one wedding photo on our wall? How could we have gone through so many adventures together and not have one image on display reminding us of those times?
I thought of my grandmother -- one of my favorite things to do when I visit her is to look at the tens of well-kept photographs lining the walls of her hallway, hearing stories about who each person was and what their lives were like. There is a photo of my great-grandparents, and I have heard the story of how they met. There is one of my grandparents on their wedding day, and I see a twinkle in my grandmother's eye when she tells the story of when she learned that her husband was younger than her - several years later! There is an image of when my grandfather met his daughter, my aunt, for the first time upon returning from the navy. And the list goes on and on.
I thought, "what will happen when my grandkids ask me about my life? What photos will I show them? Will I pull out some ancient iPad, hope that it still works, and start scrolling through years and years and hundreds of folders of similar-looking not-so-organized cell-phone pics, trying to find that one favorite image of mine from when Amir and I were dating?"
I had been doing photography as a profession for a little over a year at this point. And it was the day I decided I would help keep others from having that same sick feeling that I had. That I would help others, not only to capture the precious moments in their life, but to design & plan how they would display that artwork in their home. That I would help them, not only to share their images on social media (just to have them be forgotten a few days or weeks later,) but to share their memories every time someone stepped into their homes - over and over. And, I decided I want to help others to carefully and correctly preserve their memories and photographs to be safe and loved for generations to come.
This is why I do what I do.
Who I am
Here is a little about me, the artist! My name is Kate Giryes and I am from all over. :) I was born in Portland, Oregon, then lived for a few years in Orlando, Florida, and then for most of my life I lived in the countryside of Indiana, on a beautiful farm. I moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2013, after meeting, falling in love with, and marrying my wonderful husband, Amir Giryes.
My background is in retail management, but my passion is photographic art and design. I fell in love with photography when I bought my first point-and-shoot camera at the age of 14. I couldn't put it down. I very quickly upgraded cameras -- not once, not twice, but three times within the course of a few years until I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D60. Then I was really in love. I slowly taught myself the art of photography through reading many books, following blogs, taking short courses, and non-stop practicing.
I started my business shooting portraits upon moving to Israel. It was something I could do with my limited knowledge of the local language. And here we are today. :)
What I offer
What to expect
- Nikon D610
- Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4
- Sigma ART 24-35mm f/2
- Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
- And many other various lenses