Muse : Gold Coast Photographer Kim Akrigg
We sat down to talk to one of our muses Kim Akrigg about her photography business, vegan lifestyle and what makes her live her best life . Originally from Canada, she has found home in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and you can see her work grace the pages of many fashion labels and brides on one of their biggest days! The natural, soft hues you can see running through her imagery are a reflection of her glowing beauty and personality!
She recently took a handful of Liar bikini’s and worked her magic with Model Lily Goodare on the Gold Coast - scroll to the end of the interview to see this extraordinary shoot.
But first - read all about Kim’s experience and aspirations to date.
How does a typical day pan out for you?
Usually during the week I’ll try to start the morning going to the gym, a coffee and a quick look at the beach, then start work with whatever needs doing, usually editing or answering emails or planning whatever else is happening that week!
How did you get into photography?
I never know how to answer this question! As a kid I always had a disposable camera or something that I’d use, but I didn’t really start focussing on it seriously until I bought my first DSLR at 18!
You photography images are so beautiful and sun-kissed - how would you describe your style?
For me it’s always about a story or a moment. I always think of the saying we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. And for me I am always inspired by golden sun kissed afternoons at the beach. I think the world is so beautiful and moments are so fleeting and I want to bring people into the beauty of appreciating that moment.
Fave shoot to date?
This is tough! I think whenever you and the model and team (or couple at weddings and engagement sessions) connect and are on the same page and trust each other to create magic, those are the ones I most treasure!
You are a bit of a fitness junkie - tell me about how you fit and healthy?
Since I moved to the Gold Coast I’ve joined a calisthenics gym, AMPM. I looove being active! I feel like when I feel strong in my body I feel strong in my mind, and the effect of exercise on my mental health is unparalleled. I also feel like moving your body just feels like a mental switch off and you always feel better afterward.
We love that you are vegan - can you share your experience and any tips for anyone who is struggling to make the move over veggie or vegan?
I went Vego at 15 because I’ve always loved animals and it never felt right to me eating them. At 20 I went vegan after watching Food Inc, and realising the impact that consuming dairy had on cows. I never really struggled because I felt like I had clarity around my reasons and was never a huge meat eater anyways! I think to anyone starting out I would recommend reading some books and cookbooks to get an idea of what your nutritional needs are (something I think people could be more aware of anyways, meat eaters included!). I think also the idea of not beating yourself up for ‘slipping’. Taking slow gradual steps to change is usually preferable for forming new habits! Even just forming an awareness of where your food comes from and how it was raised is a huge beginning step!
Fave Vegan spot?
In the world I would have to say Pure Food and Wine in NYC! It’s a fine dining raw vegan restaurant and I think I ate the best food of my life there! Sadly it’s closed now, but it was amazing and they have cookbooks out if you want to try and recreate it at home! Closer to home I would say the LC in the Gold Coast, it’s an all vegan restaurant with 5 different kinds of cuisine from dessert to burgers and pizza and ramen!
You are a bit of a vegan baker, what are you experimenting on right now?
At the moment I’ve been on a cookie binge! Nothing overly innovative or new, but definitely delicious!
You are originally from Canada - what made you move to Australia?
I got a gig photographing a wedding in New Zealand in 2012, decided to visit Australia along the way, and just absolutely fell in love! I went home and packed up all my stuff and came back and just haven’t left!
Tell us something we would never know about you?
Growing up I wanted to be a marine biologist!
Who or what are your biggest inspirations?
Anyone who is going for their dreams, is passionate about what they are doing, and follows their heart completely!
If you could be anywhere in the world tomorrow - where would you go?
I’m writing this from the airport while I’m waiting for a flight to Hawaii, so I’m on my way there now! Aside from Australia it’s my favourite place to be.
What are your plans for 2019?
Do everything bigger and better, streamline operations and systems in my business, try to build on my client experience, and add value to other’s lives. Graduate from school with my sanity hopefully! Surf a lot, live, love, and appreciate every moment!
I have so many, but I love this one:
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
Or this one from Steve Jobs:
‘Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.‘
What beliefs and aspirations do you live every day by?
I think the driving factor behind everything I do is that I want to live an extraordinary life. Over time what this means has changed for me, but I have realised life is too short and too precious not to do what you want. You have to follow your heart because it’s better to fail at something you love than try to play it safe and you could just as easily fail at that. I think deep down everyone knows the thing that they would love to pursue or be doing, and it’s denying that calling, that creates so much unhappiness. Without trying to sound overly pessimistic, none of us are getting out of here alive so I think you owe it to yourself and the world to do the most you can with what you have while you are here!
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