About

ABOUT ME

My name is Kate Beard. I’m from the lovely town of Auburn, Alabama and currently live in London.

Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for three things in particular: photography, writing, and travel. Other hobbies and interests have come and gone, but wanderlust and the itch to capture the world in front of me (through words and images) have always been my constant companions.

Now I balance my time between my studies (attending University of Greenwich and pursuing a BA Hons English & English Language Teaching) and being a freelance photographer and writer.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Even though my blog is currently called “A Southern Belle in London”, you may notice that the URL only says “A Southern Belle In…” There is a reason for that – I wasn’t just forgetful the day I signed up for my domain name! The answer is that I am currently living in London, but I don’t plan (and have never planned) to make it my permanent home. What’s next? Not even I’m sure of that yet, but the possibilities excite me.

A Southern Belle in London is powered by WordPress and the domain is hosted by Vidahost. I’d recommend them both to anyone looking to start a blog.

PHOTOGRAPHY

I’ve had a few people ask me about the photo gear that I use, so I though I’d do a little write up on what I use and why.

In the world of cameras, there are almost endless choices of products. When it comes to high-end DSLRs, though, the only two choices are really Canon or Nikon. I’m a Nikon user simply because that’s what my dad grew up using – so I guess I inherited his preference.  But Nikon has always provided me with the perfect camera to suit my needs, from my very first D40x I bought after high school graduation, to my current kit that keeps my business going. So what kit do I use?

I currently shoot on a Nikon D700 (sadly discontinued) using one of three lenses: the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED; the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8; and the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G.

For a few months, from September 2012 to March 2013, I briefly used a Nikon D5100. It was an upgrade from my chunky, much-outdated D200, which was so heavy I found myself yearning for a lighter camera. While the D5100 was a brilliant little camera, it was not right for my needs – I shoot in a lot of low-light situations, and it didn’t cope very well. Someone described the D700 as a “low-light beast”, so I bit the bullet and got one. If you can find one, I can’t recommend it enough.

WORKING WITH A SOUTHERN BELLE IN LONDON

If you would like to work with me or have an event you think I might be interested in, please feel free to email me (details can be found on the Contact page).