I never planned to be a photographer.
My story begins well before I was born. My parents immigrated to Canada from Greece in the 1970’s with nothing more than a suitcase and a work ethic. Not knowing a word of English, their transition to Canadian life was one built on hard work and resolve.
Determination and a relentless work ethic are some of my first lessons from my amazing parents. Like most parents, their dream was for me to find a good job and for me to be happy. And as most will tell you, finding a balance of both is no easy task. Thankfully, I was able to find my passion, and make a career out of it.
As I said, I never planned to be a photographer. A friend had landed me a job as an official photographer for the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, SK. Despite not knowing anything about photography, or even that cameras could look any different than the disposable Kodak 35mm cameras you find at the drug store, I showed up with my point-and-shoot and did the best I could having no experience or training. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. I was fired that day.
Instead of licking the wounds of a bruised ego and moving on, I went out and purchased a proper camera and returned the next day, triumphantly announcing: “Look, I have a real camera now.” Surprisingly, they gave me another chance. After a few hints and pointers, they sent me to shoot a volleyball game; turns out I had an eye for this. After a mere 10 days of shooting, one of the lead photographers offered me a job working with him at a ski resort in BC. My journey began that day.
After cutting my teeth for 2 years taking action shots of skiers, snowboarders, and tourists, I moved back home and found a job at a local advertising agency as an in-house photographer. This is where I honed my skills and perfected my craft for 3 years (my last year was as their lead photographer).
In 2010, I made the decision to branch out on my own and open my own studio with the mandate: above all else, quality first. Since starting Kiriako Iatridis Photography, I have had the pleasure of working with local organizations including SaskTel, Hillberg & Berk, SGI, and Brandt Industries (to name a few). I have collaborated with national and international organizations and individuals alike, including Serena Ryder (Juno Award winning & multi-platinum Canadian recording artist), National Geographic, Canadian Pacific Rail, Tornado Hunters (CMT Canada), Red Bull Media House, SportsNet, Chatelain, and Canadian Living.