Back in high school, I spent the best two summers of my life studying at Interlochen Arts Camp. That magical place ignited my passion for music, and it’s the reason I went on to pursue two degrees in flute performance.
While I was there, I was lucky to have Nancy Stagnitta as my flute teacher. This woman is inspiring to no end — she is a powerhouse flutist, but she also brings so much grace to her teaching. She served as a positive role model at a time in my life when I was just starting to figure out who I was, and I’m incredibly grateful to have studied with her. I truly enjoyed spending an evening catching up with her in Boston and reminiscing about Interlochen!
Also, a huge THANK YOU to Nancy for taking the time for a little interview! I’ll let her take it from here!
Please tell us a little bit more about what you do and what you’re working on at the moment.
I am a flutist, currently in my thirteenth year as flute instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy. I just finished recording an album with Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer Bob James entitled “In the Chapel in the Moonlight,”
and it was one of the most rewarding musical experiences I’ve ever had! We are currently working on some touring and live performances of the repertoire on the album.
What was the most helpful thing you did to prepare for your session?
I read all of Kate’s Incredibly helpful preparation guides – from wardrobe and location to approach and mindset, the full gamut, I felt excited, confident, and very much at ease by the time the shoot came around. I knew I was in expert, caring, and wonderful hands!
What was the funniest moment from your session?
I would say that it is a toss-up between my less than graceful attempt at a modest wardrobe change in an alley, and my rather awkward “subtle chin tilt move” in one particular shot that resulted in an equally awkward but fun blooper shot.
Why did you choose Kate L Photography?
I have known Kate Lemmon since she was an extraordinary high school flutist at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. I have followed her career as both a fine flutist and a stunning photographer, and have waited patiently for the opportunity to arise to do a headshot session with her. I had seen many of the photos she had made for flutists I know, and I was always enthralled by how she was able to capture their spirits in such a natural way, with such exquisitely beautiful photography.