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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

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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. 

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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.

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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 

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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 Jul 2018 · neubau eyewear