Sunday, August 26, 2012
On Hatteberg's People, 18-year-old Cassoday Harder of rural Newton, Kansas just graduated high school. This summer she was recognized by Vogue Magazine. If you're thinking they picked her as their next model, you would be wrong - although she could be. Vogue noticed her work as a photographer.
"For me, it is obviously the most important thing in the world," said Cassoday Harder.
Harder lives in the country, has a great family and loves to take photographs. She already has her own photography business and this summer she got a boost. PhotoVogue, the online version of Vogue Magazine, is always on the lookout for budding photographers. Harder's work and featured her pictures online.
"I was just so honored for something like that. It was really cool," said Cassoday Harder. "I just want to take pictures as long as I can. I just want to keep improving every day."
Her work is relaxed and free-spirited. Her mom Cristy Harder has watched her grow.
"I think she's always had it. She's been interested in photography since she was little," said Cristy Harder. "She would pick up our camera and play around with them, but it really started a couple of years ago when I ordered a nicer camera for myself and the family and she really took off with it."
"I just want to continue what I'm doing right now. I want to continue my business and keep on trying to balance the personal side of it and the business side of it - because I love both sides equally," said Cassoday Harder.
She takes many of her pictures adjacent to their country home in a nearby field. So from the fields of Kansas to her field of photography, Harder is being noticed by others one photograph at a time.
"It's obviously very important to me and I'll keep doing it the rest of my life, hopefully," she said.