Meet Katrina Christ — O & E L’s November Woman of the Month
Evernwalked into a friend’s house and seen gorgeous black, white andncoloured photographs of their family posing naturally and lookingngorgeous together? Chances are, those photographs were taken by Katrina.nPhotographer extroadinaire, business owner, wife and mother — shendefinitely has plenty to share with us about how she is Organisednand Elegant!
Our last email to our subscribers found that this is the segmentnthat you look forward to the most every month in our newsletter. Andnwe’re so pleased to continue to bring this wonderful series to you.nSo without further “ado” let us delve into what makes this O & E Woman tick.….
What inspires you to get up each morning?
Another day! Each day is so different and I love this. I might benshooting all day or on phone for meetings or flying to eithernSydney or Melbourne to visit my franchisees. Or i can be takingnkids to dancing, playing hockey, or trying to cook for the one nightna week when my parents come over. I know this sounds pathetic,nbut my husband is a fabulous cook. If I am busy and with peoplenthen I am happy.
How did you end up in the photography world? Was it always something that you were passionate about, or did you come by it via another career first?
I was working as a nanny saving to travel, in the hope thatnwhile I did I would figure out what I wanted to do. The beautifulnfamily I looked after in Brisbane gave me a camera as a going awayngift. I shot so much during those 2 years, and no real surprise Inloved to photograph people. Upon my return I enrolled in Uninand 4 years later I graduated having worked fulltime withnuniversity most nights and I also got married in my last year!
Didnyou know that you wanted to focus on everyday families andnpeople, rather than editorial, fashion, scenic photography?nOr did this love evolve?
Inloooved fashion to start with! The first few years I was in business Inwas shooting anything and everything really. However, in 2001 Inchose to specialise on the advice of a marketing consultantnand it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I donstill love to photograph fashion and will very soon benlaunching a new range so will keep you posted!!!!!!
Howndid you go about growing your business from an individualnphotographer to a studio in Brisbane, to now a multi studio,nnational business?
I kind of always wanted to be a bitnfamous! As my business grew I wanted to keep challenging myself,nand it was a matter of why not? It was always in the back of mynmind to “go big” and I have always surrounded myself with great peoplenand often get advice. I tend to research new ideas extensivelynand really mull over, however once my decision is made it is fullnsteam ahead. I have always been incredibly aware of where my strengthsnlie. I am a big picture person, (not so good with small detail) andnso constantly have new ideas running through my head , which mightnexplain my sleep patterns.
As with most womennforging ahead there are usually multiple “balls” or parts ofnlife that are juggled, could you share some of these things that you’renjuggling with us– life, love, home, business, friends, family?
Thisnis definitely everyone’s challenge now isn’t it? A big part ofnhow I make things work is due to a very supportive husband. Andynhas been the main carer of our 3 daughters for these last 8 years andnsometimes I need to start as early as 6am. As time has gone on andnnow our oldest is 13, I realise she/they need me now more than ever. Inhave always taken Wednesdays off and now this year I also don’t worknon Tuesdays. This enables me to have that precious time before andnafter school to “chat” and make sure everything in their world is good.n This time off is also really important as the fact is that just asnimportantly I need them. I am also, for the first time, making time tonsimply have coffee with girlfriends. I have tended to be a bit of anworkaholic, but I have recognized that I needed to slow down andnjust enjoy.
Have any of the balls ever dropped from your juggling act?
For sure, about 2 years ago, I sort of had a mini meltdown.nEverything got a bit much, my Sydney franchisees had just walkednout and after a hard year I had had enough and really was not myself. Inhave to say full credit goes to my manager Lani who had thencourage to speak with me and in fact she suggested a break . Atnthe end of that week I was so excited to take 3months off. I reallynhadn’t realised that I was stressed as I just do not ever seenmyself that way. I am so much better now at being ok with notnworking like a demon and had to relearn to relax.
Did dropping any of these parts every give you a turning point in your life, or an “aha” moment?
As mentioned above, I needed to find some balance, but it hasncome about in so many ways. I am always interested in and amazednat how in a relationship you are so good for one another. Andy isnthe first to encourage and support me. Things I haven’t donenforever I’ve now gotten back into. I now play hockey one night a week,nplay tennis one morning and I am back reading every nightnplaying Uno with the kids. As a mother that works there is thisnconstant guilt that when you are not working you must be withnthem. I am slowly becoming ok with the fact that if I need my hairndone for example that is it ok if they can only fit me in, inntheir time . I know this sounds ridiculous but true.
What helps you pick upnthe pieces when something hasn’t worked? Any mantras, self helpntips, ice cream flavour preferences etc.
I amnso fine if something doesn’t work, I learn so much from thenexperience and truly can look at it positively. Talking is anbig key for me , I tend to talk and talk and this helps. I amnconstantly saying to my staff that being good communicatorsnis the key and I believe this is a big reason why we are such a tightnlittle team and why my girls and I get along so well.
If it was all gone tomorrow and you had to start again, you would
….be a photographer
What/ Who inspires you?
People , I love being surrounded by happy happy .
What is your definition of being organised?
The calendar in my iphone and my ability to remember lots of things( and yet forget lots of things-weird)
How do you create and/ What helps you create your organised and elegant lifestyle?
Oh my gosh I am absolutely hopeless at interior design, so I anhave had some wonderful advise and help from a few people.nRecently Melissa Healy from Futari Design with the studioninterior . I do like a clean house and so along with mynlovely cleaners, my girls are at an age where they want to earnnpocket money so they have set chores. Being visual I love to look atnhome mags etc
What keeps you grounded?
My kids , and family and interestingly my hockey girlfriendsn, because when you play no-one cares who you are and what you donand I can just be me.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time– and doing what?
Still doing what I love, but I would imagine another 3 or so franchises within Australia, and throughout America.
Describe your personal style?
I am such a dag at heart, having been a little bush kidnwearing no shoes, to now. I do love to accessorize. I am a fan ofnlong skirts , I have an eclectic mix of scarves and big bignflowers. I wear jewellery most days, my biggest love is my range ofnrings. Love a beautiful ring.
And your life style?
Hmmm most people who know me would say I am cruisy. I like to be busy and love catching up with friends.
And finally, if we could buy you a ticket to anywhere in the world right now, your destination would be……. (and why)
Well Inwould have said the Uk where my brother lives , but we are going fornxmas , yay, so instead I am thinking New York– the tennis at flushingnmeadows, walking and shooting around the city, Martha’s Vineyardnjust sounds great doesn’t it?