We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Kmetko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eva, why did you pursue a creative career?
You can design your life. One of the most valuable aspects of pursuing a creative career is the ability to create your own path. Unlike some professions, there is no limit to the ideas you develop, the people you meet, and the places you go. Creativity is one of the most sought-after traits by employers today as it leads to innovative thinking so that people can think out-of-the-box and come up with new solutions. It takes dedication, time and discipline. The work hours seem never ending sometimes, but they are rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been doing photography for over ten years now. I started in the Europe, now I live in US. I travelled frequently and thanks to my globetrotter lifestyle I realized that the best way to use my knowledge, skills, creative thinking and experience is to create a potion and from that potion to create a personalized product in form of an image, a photograph or a graphic. Each person I shoot is different, each client has various demands. I think photography and graphic design is very personalized service. Our market is highly saturated.
There are soo many various photographers out there it can be difficult to find the right fit. What really makes you stand out is the way you brand yourself. Branding is basically forming your identity as a professional. I’ve learned this the hard way. And I’m grateful for that. It makes me who I am today.
My work is highly influenced by my own perspective, what I love about the subject, how I see them. I think camera will be my companion, my go to friend for the rest of my life. It’s always there when I need to say or express something. It only says no, when the battery is dead :)). I always carry a spare one.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it would be a week long trip, we would start in the California vineyards. Summer is Cali is a gift that keeps on giving. The weather is perfect and never ending vineyards make you feel like a flying bee. Then we would hit the Europe. Scotland has one of the most impressive highlands I’ve ever seen. The land is raw, unforgivable, leaves you speechless. Then we would drive to Lake District in England. I would show you little villages that look like they jumped right from the Beatrix Potter fairytale books. We would definitely try local ploughman’s with crispy fresh apple cider. English countryside makes wanna live in the countryside. Then we would jump for a quick couple of days to Prague. We would eat local food with locals, drink beer and Slivovica, explore the architecture. The light in Prague is different than light in London or Berlin. It makes you stare (in a good way). We will walk and explore the both sides of the Vltava river. We will sample all the ice cream by the Astronomical Clock right after the walk on the Charles Bridge. Prague makes you walk, look, talk and definitely eat :)). Then we would head to Florence Italy for two reasons. One is that Florence is pure cultural beauty and the second one is that I’ve never been to Florence and would really love to go :)). So the end of our itinerary is still unwritten. A week would be just enough to enrich your perspective on landscape and culture in Europe and US.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Actress Palatisa Laurel
Models: Katlyn Stansbury, Cassie Koonz, Gary House