Katarzyna Okrzesik-Mikołajek


Horses have been my passion since I can remember. I am fascinated by their natural beauty. For me they are magical creatures which can be interpreted in many ways. They are full of majesty, expression and mystery. They arouse strong emotions in me and thanks to photography, I have found my own link with these amazing animals.

10 year ago I decided to dedicate my life to equine photography. I am a self-taught photographer and continue to improve my skills throught new experiences and new challenges. Year by year I have broadened my horizons through travelling the world as part of my passion for equine photography.

Through my work I would like to introduce you to the world of horses as seen by me. 
I   invite you to step into my world, where horses and photography merge together to form my greatest  passion.
 

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures."
Don McCullin

Achievements

  • Winner of the Animals category in 2016 National Geographic Photo Contest (Poland)
  • Rated in 10 Of The Best Photographers In The World Of Horses by Russian Photo Magazine
  • Rated in Top 10 Best Equine Photographers In The World by TopTeny
  • 1st place in photography contest Summer Solstice organized by EPNet
  • 1st place in photography contest Horse sports organized by EPNet
  • 1st place in photography contest On The Snow organized by Foto-Kurier
  • Best of the best in Foto-KurierJune 2012
  • Photo of the month in Foto-KurierNovember 2013
  • Photo of the month in Digital Camera PolskaApril 2014
  • Interview for Digital Camera Polska 2016
  • Interview for AndalusianWorld Magazine Issue 9
  • Interview for World Dressage Masters 2015
  • Interview for Gold Mustang Professional №2(149)/2015
  • Interview for Foto-Kurier 7/2013
  • Interview for Baroque Horse Magazine Issue 10

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Partnership

Recommendations:

I would just like to say how impressed we were with you when you came to our stud,your understanding of the horses to get those amazing photos is just incredable,thats what makes you brilliant at what you do and where other equine photographers fail,thanks again for your time and patience in getting such great photos for us.

- Stephen McCartney, McCartney Stud, UK

It was really nice to have the opportunity to meet Katarzyna and discover her professionalism and enthusiasm at work. The pics she took at our stud were brilliant and our horses look really great on them. It is very easy to work with her and we would recommend her to any person looking for quality and professionalism without any doubt.

- Paco Marti, Yeguada Paco Marti, Spain

Katarzyna Okrzesik is a professional photographer, in love not only in the art of photography, but also in horses, which arethe main theme of her work. We met a few years ago in our Equestrian Centre inBolęcin, where she came to photograph our Iberian horses - imported from Spain stallions MG Polaco, Tone and Farolero XLVI. We have tried as far as possible to help Katarzyna , but for her it was important to capture the horses in a natural setting, surrounded by nature. I watched with full admiration of the work of the artist, who with great knowledge of the psyche of horses without any unnecessary action she could arrange a delightful settings for her work, presenting horses in expressive and dynamic moments. Anyone who has ever tried to photograph horses (photograph, not snap photos), knows how difficult it is and how much patience and knowledge of the subject it requires. In my opinion, Katarzyna Okrzesik is among the leading Photographers which are dealing with equine topics, and her works among others with the Baroque horses emanate dynamics, clarity and arouse admiration. Cooperation with Katarzyna was for me pleasure so far and I hope that in our center will be created more of a fantastic works of Katarzyna.

- Samatha Betts, SS Show Horses, Canada

Katarzyna came to our stable in Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt and spent 2 days taking some absolutely wonderful photos of our Arabian horses. She has a real feeling for animal photography, especially horses, and is a pleasure to work with. She has a very acute eye for unusual shots and and some of her images are absolutely stunning. I can wholeheartedly recommend her work not just for her artistic imagination and technical ability but because she is also a lovely person!

- Charlotte Freeman, Hurghada, Egypt

Katarzyna came to our stud, as we had seen and admired her work for a long time. We asked to visit us, as we particulary wanted our horses captured in her very unique style of photography, which is simply breathtaking. She was very quiet with the horses, knew exactly how to extract the very best from each of them - from foals to stallions. Every horse's expression was captured. Her attention to detail shows in the beautiful images we have, and are admired not only by us, but worldwide. So many photographers try to capture a moment - this exciting young photographer does just that, but with an added unique touch of brilliance - there is no other equine photographer quite like her. Her artisic approach is something we really appreciated, and we are valuing our photos as works of art - that is, exactly what they are. This exciting young lady is futuristic - so good, we have booked her again next year.

- Jayne Purcell White, Abbotswood House, UK