#186 – Photography & Train Tracks with Kat Forder

Kat Forder

Kat is a newborn and child photographer who also speaks for Operation Lifesaver sharing the dangers of photographing on train tracks.  In addition, she volunters for the charity “Now I lay Me Down to Sleep” and “Red Thread Sessions”.

Kat Forder

(go here for her About Me page,  selected info below.)

Kat Forder
Kat ForderChild & Newborn Photographer
Kat is a both a storyteller and a child at heart. She tells stories of life, love and make believe which allows her to be a pirate one day and a princess the next. Sometimes she’ll work with a team, who also appreciate the finer things in life; like a well-stocked dress-up box, goldfish crackers and juice boxes.

Kat is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and she graduated with a certificate from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. She volunteers her camera and skills with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and Red Thread Sessions.

She works primarily with newborns in the studio and children on location for our fantastical Make Believe child sessions.

Show Notes:

(paraphrased responses)

  • Intro Questions:

    • Tell us about your background
      • Studio photographer these days…children and babies.  Started as a photojournalist and wedding photographer.
    • Your Studio
      • Former B&O Railroad officer…historic location
    • Tell us about “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
      • Provides the gift of remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby
    • Tell us about “Red Thread Sessions
      • Celebration of adoption through photography


  • Interview

    • Tell us about Operation Lifesaver
      • Educating people on rail safety.  Signage, crossings ,etc.
      • Connected with every rail company US as well as International
      • Not currently a OLAV, Operation Lifesaver Authorized / Approved Volunteer…have applied but not yet certified
    • How did you get involved in Operation Lifesaver
      • Started with getting studio near the railroad tracks.  Clients wanted to take photos on the tracks and I needed to determine what I was allowed to do.  One of the top tracks in the country…Washington to New York.
      • Need a permit to photograph just about everywhere in Maryland…found out it is illegal to photograph on any tracks…especially an active track.  
    • How can someone possibly get run over by a train?  They are huge and loud!
      • Literally have no chance of outrunning a train…
      • Being at track level messes with depth perception
      • Sound waves of the train can’t be heard when train is moving
      • Slipstream of train can pull you back toward the train
    • Do people really get arrested for being on train tracks?  Do photographers and/or their clients?
      • Depending on the law enforcement…fines in my area are around $5,000
      • Railroad police are sworn law officers
    • If someone get hurt while I am on the train tracks taking photos, will my insurance cover it?
      • As business owners we wouldn’t be covered…it is illegal to be on the track
    • Can railroads force me to take down photos?
      • Yes…the photos were taken in an illegal area
    • How many people die on an annual basis from photography?
      • Hard to track…usually indicates someone was struck while on a track
    • Train tracks are so appealing for a photographer, do I have any options?
      • Rail museum
    • What if I believe the tracks are dormant?
      • Casual observer can not tell if a track is dormant
      • Only tracks that are not connected on either end
      • Rail museums have dormant tracks…maybe a caboose on the track
  • Wrap Up:

    • What’s in your bag?

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By | 2017-11-18T17:28:03+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Podcast, Podcast - jpeg2RAW|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Mike Howard is the creator, producer and host of the jpeg2RAW Photography Podcast. To Mike photography is a hobby, a passion and never something he wants to feel like "work".Through the podcasts, social groups and forums, Mike wants share his knowledge of photography with others while at the same time learning new things from them!

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