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Behind the Lens With Fathom 24 Best Travel Photographer Kate Ballis

by Kate Ballis

All photos by Kate Ballis. 

We're thrilled to introduce you to the work of Kate Ballis, one of Fathom's 24 Best Travel Photographers. The spunky Australian takes us through her fun work process and crazy upcoming travel schedule.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a portrait, travel, and lifestyle photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. I started photographing as an amateur while traveling the world in 2005. When I met my partner and fellow-photographer, Tom Blachford, in 2010, he taught me the ins and outs of photography. I loved it. I was a media and entertainment lawyer at the time, but in 2013, after shooting professionally for a number of years, I finally took the leap and went into photography full time. I travel with Tom about four months a year — we live to travel!

How would you describe your photography style?

I like soft, natural light. I enjoy telling stories through my photography and piquing peoples' curiosity.

What do you love most about photographing on the road?

I love the spontaneity and adventure of it all. When Tom and I plan a trip, the most we do is vaguely decide on the countries we'd like to visit; we leave our plans open and don't book accommodations. Sounds scary, but that way we can say yes to anything and everything that sounds photographically interesting, and we get to act off tips from locals and fellow travelers. Useful tip: The SunSeeker app helps me track the sunlight so I know where it will be at a certain time. When I'm shooting, sometimes I like to frame up and wait for a moment to happen in front of me.

Where are you headed next?

Palm Springs, Massachusetts, New York, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, and Hong Kong. We're also toying with the idea of Switzerland and Greece — we're open to suggestions!


 Man and Dog

Play Ball


Window View

Drive Through




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