Cassoday Harder

Although this Sunday Style isn't quite fashion based it certainly has a style of it's own. I first came across photographer Cassoday Harder's work when she was featured as the photo of the day on Photo Vogue. Her use of lighting, film, model choice, and location create a nostalgic aesthetic that is hard to not want more of. I became completely obsessed with Cassoday's work and in one sitting downloaded over 200 of her photos for daily eye candy. This young girl has never taken a photography class and yet has managed to learn how to catch these breath taking intimate and almost spiritual moments that pass us by everyday. Her style is evident in every one of her photos whether it be a girl laying in a field or a piece of toast in the morning. I had to learn more about who this tantalizing girl was behind, and sometimes in front of the camera. 

How did you first become interested in photography? 
My mom has always been interested in photography so I guess that's who really got me into 

it. I just took her camera and started messing around with different shots- at first it started 
as just a hobby, but eventually I got pretty serious about it.

How long have you been photographing? 

I've been taking photos for about two years.

Who/what are your inspirations? 

I find inspiration everywhere- people, songs, books, clothing, other photographers. Ideas come to me at random times.

Your photography has such a romantic aesthetic to it. Is this on purpose and if so why?

 Hmm yes, I think so. I love grain and I love the soft, vintage style, I think it's beautiful. It's kind of part of my personality, too. Most of my favorite photographers use similar techniques.

What type of camera do you use? 

For digital I use a Canon 7D and for film I use a Canon AE-1.

As I mentioned earlier your photos are very soft and involve a lot of light to create that soft-ness. Do you set your camera on a high ISO? 

When using digital, yes, I usually set it on a higher ISO. For most of my personal work I use film though, so that's where a lot of the softomes from.

Have you gone to school for photography or are you self taught? 
I'm completely self-taught, although I wouldn't be against taking some photography classes in the future. I'd love to learn more about the techinical side of photography!

What is your dream job?

Whenever I'm asked this question, I always think of the photographer Nirrimi. She is a freelance photographer and travels around the world with her family to take photos. I've always thought that would be a dream- traveling everywhere and taking photos with the ones you love.

If you had to describe yourself in one word what would it be?


All photos copyright by Cassoday Harder 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I see myself continuing on in my photography- traveling around, improving with each and every shot.

To see more of Cassoday's work click here.