Award winning photographer Khara Pringle, from Blackrock, is celebrating an exciting collaboration with make-up artist Paddy McGurgan as they moved into a fabulous new studio in the centre of Belfast.
The Dundalk Democrat spoke exclusively to Khara last week to ask her about how she first got into her photography and her career to date.
“My grandfather James Pringle was a photographer for the Associated Press in Italy,” revealed Khara, “so I became interested in it from there.
“When I was 17 and still at St. Vincents secondary school, I used to love art classes and had a good eye for colour. My art teacher Mr. Hogan encouraged me to get a camera and start taking photos.
“After moving to Dublin I was taken on as an assistant by fashion photographer Barry McCall, who introduced me to the world of fashion.”
Not long after Khara moved to Belfast to study visual communications and began working for photographer Christopher Hill who she worked with for almost ten years before branching out and starting her own business in 2003.
Now she is delighted to be opening her new studio in the heart of Belfast with Paddy McGurgan.
“It is a beautiful studio and we are delighted to be moving in together. We work together all the time and it is perfect to have a make-up shop and photography studio all under one roof.
“My old studio was 20 miles outside of Belfast and I was beginning to feel very secluded. The new studio opens up so many more opportunities for me such as family portraits.”
Along with running her new studio Khara is also mother to her six month old daughter Ayria, who is the first grand-child in the family.
Khara has shot a number of celebrities over the years including chef Paul Rankin who she covered in fake blood, however one of her favourite shoots was with Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt.
“James was so much fun to work with. He came to the shoot ten minutes late and asked me had I a gun to shoot him with as he had been out all night and was very hungover.
“He ended up being brilliant and we were done in ten minutes!”
Khara is looking forward to Christmas this year and she will come home to Dundalk to her parents which she says she does every year.
“I always like to get home to Dundalk for Christmas. I remember not too long ago that I would be out every St Stephens night in the Rugby Club for their fancy dress night but I think I might be a little bit too old for that now!” See www.kharapringlephotographic.com or visit her new studio at 108-112 Royal Avenue, Belfast.
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