Today, we have photographer and visual designer, Krys Maiorca! She takes author photos, and has done cover design in the past. Here’s a bit about her in her own words.
My name is Kristian Maiorca and I was a reader before I was a photographer. I started writing in middle school and have been writing on and off since then. I actually used to get in trouble during high school for staying up too late writing. When I graduated high school I turned my interests into other things, like graphic design and photography. It was very natural for me to turn my interests for reading, writing, and NaNo into wanting to help others, be it my fellow classmates for my degree, or authors. Korca Designs has been a while in the making, just getting its name in December.
K.M.- Definitely both. I’m such a coffee person though, my day job is at a college cafeteria where I mostly run food or coffee.
D.R.- What is your favorite color?
K.M.- Serious answer is purple. The joke answer, also known as the real answer, is middle gray because that’s what the light meter for a camera reads.
K.M.- I love winter. I love snow, I don’t mind the cold as long as it’s not 5:30 am and I’m walking to work. There’s just something about the snow that makes me happy. I started dreaming about snow in July. And when I woke up on my birthday, in August, I was very disappointed to find no snow. So, yes, I love snow.
D.R.- Where’d you get the idea for your business?
K.M.- This has been about 4 years in the making, it originally started as just book covers since at the time I was a graphic designer and I thought I just wanted to design book covers for the rest of my life. Then I switched over to photography and got really busy and had to stop with the book covers. The idea of doing this was always in the back of my mind though. So, when I started my portfolio class I had the genius idea of starting up a design author stop business again. I’ve expanded it to be character shoots (those are my favorite), to book shoots, to marketing materials, and book covers.
D.R.- What genres do you feel comfortable supporting?
K.M.- I feel comfortable supporting any genre. There are some subject matters that I would not be keen on taking on but there’s nothing that I would not flat out not support. For me personally, if I wasn’t willing to support all genres then it wouldn’t feel right to me. What do you have to offer authors? I have a large variety of services to offer since my goal is to be able to support them art wise whatever way they need. Whether that be with a character shoot or product shoot for their book, marketing materials, a personal logo, etc, I hope to be able to provide. I have a background in design and photography and I love combining the two, and I hope to really be able to offer that combination.
D.R.- Do you have any services that might benefit readers or other artists?
K.M.- Not yet, but one of the things that I really hope to be able to do with Korca Designs is to offer some classes for things like a crash course in design basics to help you better talk with designers, how to take a decent product shoot with natural light, and other things like that. I also hope to be able to really start delving into the stock area of photography and offering my photography services for book cover art. Finding the right stocks, especially if they’re models, is one of the crucial steps to getting a good cover, and if I can take the photography for it and find the models than that would take out a lot of the stress of getting the cover right and not breaking copyright.
D.R.- Where can we find your services on the internet?
K.M.- My photography business will be at K Maiorca Photography. The design business already lives here at Korka. Any design or author related photography can be found at Korca.
D.R.- Do you do live events?
K.M.- At this moment, no. If this takes off then I may consider it. I do also have to think about time considerations because I want to also work as an automotive photographer, so I may not be able to do live events because of that. We’re really going to just have to play this by ear and see what happens. I’m not opposed to doing live events and I think that could be really cool.
D.R.- Tell us about your assistant.
K.M.- I have three assistants actually, the main one is my black and white cat Bella who likes to help me set up my lights. She also loves helping people put on makeup. I also have my best friend who has made appearances in my photography before. She’s been my best friend since high school and is one of the reasons I got into photography actually. She helps me out from time to time. And the last assistant is my boyfriend, who has also made appearances in my photography. We’ve been together for four years and he encourages me every day to grow and learn.