Q&A with freelance photographer Kate Davies

posted by Ed Beukes June 30, 2017 0 comments

FCT: When did you start working as a freelancer?

Kate: Officially I became a full-time freelancer in November last year. I was freelancing before that, but I had a day job too.

FCT: Sum up your skills in 7 words.

Kate: Creative. Particular. Passionate. Knowledgable. Approachable. Strong. Non judgemental.

FCT: What do you enjoy most about being able to freelance?

Kate: I love the different jobs, the variety of briefs, dealing with totally different people, juggling many balls in the air at the same time. I’ve always loved being busy with many projects at the same time so freelancing is perfect for me.

FCT: Do you think freelancing is unconventional?

Kate: Not at all. On the contrary, I feel that staying in one job your entire life is quite unconventional.

The idea that you can work with many different people, within a variety of parameters, on a day to day basis is the best life/skill education one could ask for. I would never have learned a quarter of what I know now if I was in one place all day, everyday.

FCT: Describe the verb to freelance in the dictionary according to you.

Kate: free·lance | ˈfrēˌlans/ verb: the trading of one’s skill/s for reimbursement

FCT: Tell us about your work ethic.

Kate: I am an incredibly hard worker, I am obsessive about photography and I am super anal when it comes to quality. This is a trait you either like or dislike in me. Oh, and I also hate laziness. Hate it.

FCT: What do you believe makes you stand out from the crowd?

Kate: I look for solutions, rather than dwelling in possible problems.

I am a creative as well as an academic so I understand a lot more than just what is put in front of me on paper.

I am very rarely late, and I am able to flip between many different genres of my craft very easily, as I have spent an incredibly large amount of time perfecting each one, and I am a fairly easy person to be around.

FCT: Describe the space where you work at?

Kate: My own personal space would best be described as organized chaos. I am always busy with at least 10 projects and there are bits of each intertwined with my regular life. I like it this way- I know exactly where everything is and I can see my work unfolding. I feel I need to physically see my work to be inspired to continue.

FCT: How have you benefited from Freelance Cape Town?

Kate: I have been booked on a few jobs through Freelance Cape Town, through direct messages on the site or through clients who have seen my work on the site.

On top of just the work side of things, it is great to share space with other freelancers in your own industry.

We don’t often meet in person, so to read up on what others are doing is really informative.

FCT: What are your words of wisdom/encouragement for those who are thinking of embarking on the freelance journey?


  • Make sure you are 100% invested in your skill and that you are willing to work hard.
  • Be open to all kinds of work and every job will teach you something you didn’t know before.
  • Also, there is no shame in saying “I don’t know”, this will get you far in the world. Too many people want to be seen as masters of their craft early on, and don’t want to get their hands dirty or admit they are unsure.
  • Be honest.
  • Head into each job with enthusiasm.
  • Remember that every person you work with is your equal, hierarchy among creatives is boring and quite a turn off.

Follow this link to view Kate’s online profile.