Having recently worked with this ocean loving down to earth beach babe, we thought we would share with you a glimpse into the world of talented photographer and designer Cait Miers so you too, can see why she is an absolute goddess and girl boss, in and out of the water.
Upon seeing your work, we instantly feel in love with how you capture elements in their natural state of being, particularly the ocean. Can you tell us how your affinity with photography and the ocean began
Thank you! It began really organically and I guess I just acted on my love for surfing and the ocean, and I wanted to be able to capture different aspects of it in my own way. I never grew up wanting to be a photographer though. I fell in love with it when I was about 18/19 when I really wanted to follow and start a career in something I'm really passionate about.
How has your upbringing and background influenced you
Growing up by the water, I've definitely been around a coastal lifestyle from the start. I couldn't imagine growing up anywhere else! Everyday was spent down the beach playing by the sea. My family are a beautiful bunch of souls and really allowed my brother and I to be free spirits and dream big! That support is so important from them and I cherish it even more so as I get older!
People often talk about one's success but rarely discuss what it takes to get there. What have you had to do, to get where you are today to turn your passion into a career
Honestly I've just tried to remain true to myself and be honest with myself. I've emailed blogs, networked and tried to stay as humble and motivated as I can. Hard work pays off. I work hard at my dreams and never think I can't do anything. Believing in yourself is where it starts.
Whilst you have built a career as a successful photographer, you have also used your photography to create other incredible pieces of work such as your book Washed Elegance, and most recently your new swimwear label Zea Swim. Can you tell us more about your latest project
I'm so excited about the launch of Zea Swim! In Bali, I wanted a side project to work on, so I decided to experiment with different mediums and branch out into swimwear. I wanted to create an elegant collection you can also wear in the surf. I designed and produced the range in Bali and I've learnt so much from doing it.
We love how through your work you bring the element of femininity into surfing and fashion through your photography as shown in your book Wash Elegance. Why is this important to you
Because my view of women's surfing has changed over time to finally get to this point where I feel like it's totally fine to be a girly girl in the water. When I was younger, I used to think I had to be one of the boys to surf. I couldn't go out or wear heels and I would dress down, cause I was a surfy girl. The moment I realised hey we can embrace our feminine side and look elegant and feel beautiful out there was when I decided I needed to help other girls realise this too.
Stand out moment of your career so far
Shooting for Roxy and Billabong, spending 7 months in Bali, and just being able to meet fresh faces as each job as I go.
Who has influenced you to become the person and photographer you are today and why
Certainly the girls in the industry who are surfing with elegance. I look up to the women on tour who are embracing their girly side and still ripping. It's so awesome to see in such a male dominated sport. Finally the ladies are fighting back and it's a movement I want to be apart of.
Places you have travelled that have touched you, and where you are yet to go but wish too
I think I'll always have a special connection with Bali. I also love the coast of Western Australia. It's so untouched and barren and beautiful, it's somewhere I really want to go back to and explore.
What else do you have on the horizon
Lot's of travelling coming up this year! And hopefully some time to travel with friends and get back to my roots and further explore why I started photography in the first place! I love falling in love with photography over and over again.
Words to live by and leave us with
If you had a biography book written about you when you left this earth, how would you like it to go? Write you own story.