We had the good fortune of connecting with Katja Snyder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katja, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I grew up in an artistic environment. early years in Germany and then California. I had a turbulent relationship with my mother that resulted in an early entrance into adulthood.. I knew that I wanted to become a painter early on and some how be able to express myself . Unfortunately, things got in the way . In my twenties I started to paint hoping it would fill the void but quickly realized that it didn’t. Photography seemed a bit more forgiving. I felt that when I was behind the camera I was in control of the story and how I could tell it . I have been in love with it ever since.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My photography is similar to my approach with cooking. In order to create a great meal, I feel love needs to be involved. If you don’t connect with food and the people you are cooking for, you’ll likely end up with a bad meal. For me photography is the same. I need to connect with my subject and if successful, the art resonates. My business has grown organically thru people seeing photos I’d taken of my family and trips. It has been a slow but steady journey which I don’t mind due to also having two teenagers to manage as well as running the business side of a small architectural firm. I love staying busy and while everyday is full of challenges, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have so many favorite spots. I have a few friends that are chefs and I love to bring my guests to their restaurants. We love to hike in Topanga and eat Sushi at Hama in Venice . Bergamot station is my go to gallery spot along with visiting museums.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, my children and Gretchen Goetz ( lifelong friend )