34 RANGEFINDER FEBRUARY 2017
î KRISTI ODOM
THE ROAMING PHOTOGRAPHER—
HOW TO FUND YOUR LUST FOR TRAVEL
february 8, 1 - 3 p.m.
How do you balance your wedding and
nature photography? In what ways do they
complement each other?
KO: When I book an international wedding,
I take some extra time in the area and give
myself a personal project. For example, I
booked a wedding in Thailand, then took an
extra week and went to Borneo to photograph
monkeys. In a way, my brides are funding me
as a nature artist and conservationist.
Weddings are when I get to tell others’
stories and my nature work is when I get
to tell my story. Being able to explore
my own story helps me add a voice to
my photographic style. The work is very
different, but at the same time, it is all about
capturing moments in life. Photographing
animals has made me more passionate
about photographing people. I have learned
to see emotion in gesture, body language
and interaction. Whether the subject is an
orangutan holding her child or a person
embracing the love of their life, emotion is
all around. These small glimpses of life are
what inspire me. Through this class, I hope
to give photographers the tools to find these
Give us one or two top travel and
KO: Make sure your gear doesn’t limit
you. I like to be mobile so I can be at the
right place at the right time, however, it’s
important to find a balance so you don’t
sacrifice quality. While I pack light, I always
bring my good cameras and lenses. When
it comes to travel, I am signed up to get
daily flight deals on theflightdeal.com and I
am constantly checking out deals on airline
websites. Another helpful bit of advice is to
look at other trip itineraries, such as those
posted by National Geographic Expeditions,
to get ideas on where to go and what to
look for. Asking for tips from locals (even on
Facebook) has been really beneficial for me.
People are always excited to help someone
have an adventure!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would
KO: I went to Georgia Tech for electrical
engineering because I wanted to be a
photovoltaic engineer. I guess I am still
turning photons into electrons…just in a
completely different way.
Kristi Odom is a photographer based in
Washington, D.C., who has built a strong
business photographing destination
weddings as well as her personal passions:
nature and conservation.
MASTER CLASS: HOW CAN WE FIND
OUR OWN STYLE?
february 8, 10: 30 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.
What can attendees learn from you?
SD: In my presentation, I will explain how
we as photographers can be different from
each other, and how we can each create
our own unique, personal approach. I am
going to play behind-the-scenes videos
that show me working real weddings.
This will give all the attendees a chance
to get inspired by my way of shooting.
Plus, I am going to give attendees new
ideas to create fresh images in all types
of locations, whether it be indoors or
outdoors, to use as a foundation to create
their own style.
PHOTO © KRIS TI ODOM
animals has made me
more passionate about
I have learned to see
emotion in gesture, body
language and interaction.”