Photographer Kerstin Rothkopf talks self confidence and motherhood
Whether it's the next exhibition she's planning or a campaign she's shooting: Kerstin is always being creative. We talked to Kerstin about her life, work and being a mom.
Kerstin Rothkopf is a true powerwoman. Her photos have been featured in well-established publications like Sueddeutsche Zeitung and she is always working on her next project, whether it’s the next exhibition she’s planning or a campaign she’s shooting. As a mom herself, she also founded the super cool womens- and momswear label WOMOM.
How did it all start? When did you know that you wanted to be a photographer?
I started taking photos of people (like my little sister) when I was 14 years old. At this time, I wanted to be a photographer. But growing up on the country side — there were only those boring classy photography studios.
So I gave this dream up very early and made my way to be a graphic designer. When in Munich, motivated by friends I started taking photos again and after a while I had exhibitions, followed by jobs. So the truth is, I actually never thought that I will work as a photographer someday.
What type of photography do you most identify with?
Difficult to say. I never thought about the kind of photography I want to do. I just started with doing something. Maybe it’s portraiture, but all in all it’s still more arty.
You are founder of the womenswearlabel WOMOM. How did it all start?
Everything started with my final exams and when I became unplanned pregnant. I was totally annoyed about being pregnant and the thoughts of motherhood. It felt so old-fashioned. And at the same time, I was stressed by all those super perfect mommy blogger, with their super happy perfect family life. Also that fashion industry separated „woman“ and „maternity“ — just like being a mother means being less of a woman and wearing something totally different like you did before. So I started to illustrate and design prints for shirts about my feelings. After my child was born, it still felt like there is so much wrong with the image of motherhood, so I asked Annette if she wants to start a Fashion Label with me.
What is the message behind WOMOM?
Summed up it’s about bringing women together. To show that mom topics aren’t only mom topics. To show some honesty and most of all that a woman is a woman. No matter what size, age or in which situation of life she is. We love to say our clothes are „uniwoman“ (but also men like to wear our shirts now) WOMOM — inspired by moms, worn by everyone.
Being a mother and working on your career – would you say it’s possible?
Of course it’s possible. It’s just about time management. I would lie if i would say it’s super easy. I mean, I am working every evening and nearly every weekend. But it was my decision and I am happy with it. That is what counts.
Which are your favorite 5 accounts on Instagram and why should we follow them, too?
WOMOM of course haha, no here you go:
1. I love @cakemagazine — super nice gallery of photos
2. @illusorysuperiority — because its fun
3. Check @oystermagazine if you’re into fashion, beauty, music and culture
4. @kein — I don’t know why someone shouldn’t follow KEIN
5. and the last one: I love @herz.und.blut — follow her if you like interior photography
How do you inspire yourself when there’s nothing on your mind?
Make a pause, just do something else and work later on it again.
What’s your best piece of advice for new moms?
Honestly — I don’t know! I think it’s just about finding your own way to be a parent — no books will help, don’t listen to other peoples opinion if you don’t want them. Just follow your gut.
Do you have any advice for freelancers?
For me it’s time management and trying not to say „yes“ to every project/job.