photographer Magdalena Kernan
Born: New Jersey! Camden actually…
Resides: Ocean City, a small island in South Jersey.
Shoots with: Canon 5d Mark III and I use Aquatech in the water! My favorite lens in my fifty 🙂
RESiN: Me too… I Love my 50mm. I was so excited to finally buy my 100-400 and went a head and got a 50mm at the same time and I have been loving it…. So Fun!!
RESiN: How old were you when you realized you had talent as a photographer?
Magdalena Kernan: I don’t know if I still believe I have an artistic talent! I think over the last year I’ve become confident enough to call myself an artist and photographer.
RESiN: What were some of your practice subjects when you were starting out?
Magdalena Kernan: I used to take photos of bike wheels and my dog. Haha.
RESiN: Is that when you knew that is what you wanted to do with your life?
Magdalena Kernan: I still don’t know what I want to do with my life! I change my mind all the time.
RESiN: Can you describe your overall style of photography?
Magdalena Kernan: Hmm I would say my style can be described as light and bright, and capturing life moments. I really try to capture candid emotion and certain catalytic feelings.
RESiN: How would you describe your own work in a sentence?
Magdalena Kernan: Organic photos featuring light + love
RESiN: What does your family think of your photography?
Magdalena Kernan: They are so supportive! My mom is a state judge and my dad went to Princeton and owns his own civil engineering company. I was supposed to start law school last year, but they’ve fully supported my artistic career! I couldn’t do it without them. They supplied me with my first cameras. And they’ve helped me a lot on the business end of things.
RESiN: Who as a photographer do you admire?
Magdalena Kernan: Morgan Maassen. I think he is incredible at marketing himself and a good businessman, which is a whole other important aspect of being a successful photographer.
RESiN: What kind of photography schooling have you had?
Magdalena Kernan: None! I took extra math and science instead of art classes in high school. I never let myself full invest in art until recently! I now teach myself by looking at other photographer’s works and through online classes and forums.
RESiN: Do you get nervous before a gallery opening?
Magdalena Kernan: No! I get so excited. I think I get the most nervous about spending all that money printing my images and framing them, because they are so hard to sell. But I absolutely love having my friends and family together, and meeting people who support my art work.
RESiN: Do you need to be inspired to shoot?
Magdalena Kernan: Definitely
RESiN: What or who inspires you to shoot?
Magdalena Kernan: Other artists! When I see something incredible, I feel so inspired to get out there and do something inspiring of my own.
RESiN: From the looks of your portfolio, you get to do some traveling. Is that correct?
Magdalena Kernan: I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit this last year. I’ve been to Barbados, Hawaii, Australia, Tahiti, Costa Rica, and Mexico this past year, all for photography!
RESiN: Where will MK as a photographer be in 5 yrs?
Magdalena Kernan: I have no idea! My dream job is to work for National Geographic capturing human rights photo documentary work.
RESiN: How do you want your art to be seen or described by other people?
Magdalena Kernan: I want it to impact people. I want it to be beautiful, and a piece of art, but also something that can’t be recreated or captured the same by someone else. I think photography has a lot to do with how you interact with your subjects, and if I can make them feel beautiful and make a beautiful piece of work, I think I’ve done my job the way I want.
RESiN: Are you presently making your living as a photographer? Do you have any advice for young photographers who would like to travel and make a living with their camera?
Magdalena Kernan: I am! I shoot weddings and I make a good income from doing that. I think there are ways to mold your talents and art into ways to make money, even if it’s not your focal point and long term goal. I don’t know if I would like to shoot weddings forever, but it’s made an income for me! Maybe if you like to sing opera, but for now you can only sing local gigs at bars and restaurants, I think it’s a way of constantly working towards your higher goal.
RESiN: Well said… Keep working and learning in any way possible, on way to a long term goal..
RESiN: I follow you on instgram @Magsymooo and I see you have been shooting the women’s surf tour. How did that transpire for you?
Magnalena Kernan: I think I got started by just having fun with it. I have always had an interest in photography, and I have been shooting weddings and portraits for awhile. Since I grew up near the ocean, I always was drawn towards being in it and near it. After shooting for 7th Street Surf Shop last summer and working with yoga teachers doing portraits in the ocean, I really felt a love for it and it took my photography to a new level! I have so much fun working with the girls and supporting female athletes. It’s more than just being a photographer. It’s having fun and making friends, and connecting in the ocean doing something we both love.
RESiN: If you were not doing photography what would you be doing?
Magdalena Kernan: Law school!
RESiN: How has your work evolved over the years?
Magdalena Kernan: It has MAJORLY evolved! Even in the past few months I have seen a difference. I think the more you practice, the better you get. I’ve watched my work improve over the years for sure.
RESiN: Do you have any advice or wise words for up and coming artists?
Magdalena Kernan: Yes! 1. Say YES. I am such a yes person. I have taken every opportunity I get and fully invested myself in them. 2. DON’T UNDER VALUE yourself. Stick to your worth and value your time and everything that has made you into the artist you are now. Too often we sell ourselves short and under price ourselves. … and 3. Just warning you, sometimes rule 1 and rule 2 can completely contradict themselves. So in that case, follow your heart.
RESiN: What are you working on right now?
Magdalena Kernan: I don’t have any current projects, but in two weeks I will be going to Bolivia with Bright Light Yoga Project to do a photo documentary on the work they are doing at a battered women’s shelter.
RESiN: AWESOME! Send us some pics and I will do a re-post and share your story..
RESiN: If you could spend the weekend hanging out with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Magdalena Kernan: Hm. I’d have to say Winnie the Pooh because.. How good would that be??
See A Semester in Africa by Magdalena Kernan