Keeping Up with Pro Shooter Andy Katz

By February 16, 2012Pro Photographers, Storytellers

Photographers on the go need to stay organized without missing a step. I recently spent a morning trying to keep up with pro shooter Andy Katz while he moved from task to task. When he first arrived at his studio in Healdsburg, CA, he had his trusty Pro Roller x100 filled with gear from a recent assignment. Inside the roller, he had images that he was anxious to print. So he parked the x100 and sent a photo to his large format HP printer.

Andy Katz Printing

Next, it was time for an outdoor portrait shoot. He was scheduled to shoot Lowepro’s own Suzanne Knowlton. She wanted images at the height of her pregnancy, so she commissioned Andy for the shoot. (This is how I found out about the assignment and convinced them to let me tag along.) Andy chose the Pro Messenger 180 AW for the outdoor session. He commented that it held everything he needed to capture these shots, but it didn’t get in his way as he worked.

Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 AW

Andy got some terrific photos of Suzanne. (BTW: she just delivered a healthy baby boy a few days ago.) And I enjoyed observing how a fast moving pro uses his roller for transporting gear from point A to point B, then working out of a more nimble shoulder bag during the shoot itself.

Andy Katz Working in the Field

You can see more images from this shoot on the Lowepro Flickr page. And thanks to Andy Katz for letting me crash his party.

Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.


About Derrick

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has authored several digital media books, including his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers and The Digital Photography Companion (O'Reilly Media, publisher). Derrick is a Senior Contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he's a regular presenter on the popular training site, Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story ( that's open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos. You can reach Derrick at

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