International celebrity photographer and travel journalist.
An economist by education, a photographer by profession and a traveller by passion
I run my own studio Kat Piwecka Photography in Poznań / Poland. In 2009 I started my photographing business with family photography. The last years I was mostly occupied with business and commercial photography. In private photoshoots I specialize in portrait, glamour and sensual photography as well as in showing close relations and emotions between people (parents and children, couples, friends).
I take a special interest in social photography. I strongly believe my mission as a photographer is to show with a picture important issues and problems affecting other people, to get people used to those things, which are not talked about enough. I am the author of the controversial exhibition of the portraits of breast cancer survivors called “The Beauty and The Breast” which was displayed at the European Parliament in Brussels.
But my real passion is travelling and travel photography. In years 2014-2020 I shared my impressions on my travel blog www.travelphotographer.pl. As a travel journalist I worked for magazines: Business Insider Poland, Onet.pl, Imperium Kobiet, Law Business Quality, Oh!Me, Matka Polka and ONTV. My exhibition “A Travelling Photographer” was displayed for many years in the terminals of polish airports. Because I found my second home in Portugal, in 2020 I published my first travel book – a photo album “In Love With Portugal”.
At the turn of the year 2019 and 2020, I celebrated 10 years of my artistic work with my latest exhibition #photographedbyKatPiwecka. On that occasion a big event with celebrities and media was organized in Warsaw and next the exhibition went on 2 years’ tour of events and galas. Continuing the celebration, the first album with portraits #photographedbyKatPiwecka 2020 was also published in 2020.
I am a happy wife and mother of two children, two cats and one dog. Because of my love and empathy for animals, I am vegan almost all my life. I haven’t been drinking alcohol for a decade and I live a very healthy lifestyle. I am deeply involved in finding eco solutions in everyday life. I am a horrible bookoholic with a big interest in self development. I am also addicted to yoga and meditation and love to run, bike and swim. I am absolutely passionate about life and completely dedicated to my photographing profession.
I share my business and private life between Poland and Portugal. I speak Polish, English, Portuguese and German.
Everywhere I look, I see the light and the shadow. Always together. The shadow follows every gleam of light. I accept all the shadows that I see. I don’t fight with the shadows trying to deliver the perfect lighting. I let the shadow stay in my pictures in the same way as I welcome the light. I take all my photographs with the light and the shadow I already have.Kat Piwecka
While my travel photography is always full of colours, I totally don’t need the colour in photographing people. I can say that I see the world in colours and I see the people in black and white. In portraiture I focus on the eyes (which are the windows of the soul), emotions, smile, the gaze, the expressions, the feelings. The issue is to stay as close as possible with my camera. That is why all my portraits are close-up compositions with the eyes on the foreground. My style is simplicity and minimalism both with the composition and the lighting. I use the natural daylight caught in the shadow area while taking photos outside and the same natural daylight from the window while taking photos inside. Very rarely I need a little help from the continuous lighting.
Every photoshoot is a meeting. It’s a beautiful time of getting to know eachother, talking about life, exchanging experiences and most of all lots of laughs and good energy. It is simply a time of meeting another human being and having a life talk – and the photoshoot itself is always secondary, the photographs are being taken in between. What you can see on the portrait is the unique connection developed between a photographer and a model. I am so greatful to have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and inspiring people in my work.