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.


10 Juli 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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