Professional Photographer & We Are Feel Good Inc. Ambassador.
Cait Miers is a 26-year-old photographer currently based in Byron Bay, Australia. She is one of the leading women's photographers within the surf industry and has recently worked with high profile clients such as Roxy, Contiki, World Surf League, Cotton On, Billabong and Lululemon, as well as travel tourism bodies in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Victoria.
"I want to inspire women. That's my main goal. To be brave, to chase their dreams, to live life to the full. It's not just about photography, but the stories behind the image, the tougher moments, the travel, the lifestyle. I want my images to make you feel something, anything."
Cait has recently returned from Sri Lanka & the US where she was shooting for the WSL (the World Surfing League).
We are thrilled to have Cait onboard as an ambassador - read our interview with Cait below.
2. How many flights have you caught in the last 3-months?
3. So tell us a little bit about what's been going on - you've been shooting for the WSL & Roxy?
I have! It really has been a crazy year. By the end of the year, I would’ve shot 4 WSL CT Events and a Longboarding event.
And with Roxy, we’ve done the Noosa Longboard Festival, Margaret River Pro and various other little trips here and there. I love being around competitive surfers and capturing all the moments behind the scenes. It’s such a hoot! This year has been a lot of ‘documentary’ style photography which is great because it’s capturing real moments that happen, fly on the wall style. I really have been blessed with an amazing ride this year!
4. Photography aside, what's your favourite thing to do?
Surfing :) I try to get in the water most days in between work and shoots. Best way to start my day!
5. You're originally from Victoria, what was it like moving to Byron Bay?
I am! I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Victoria. I’m so grateful to have grown up on the Mornington Peninsula on the beach with the best people around me. But it’s that push-pull with the water being cold, inconsistent surf and still a little drive to the back beaches. Then I was going to Uni in Melbourne and it was just a lot of driving and I knew I didn’t want to be there forever.
I grew up coming to Byron Bay every September holidays with my family camping, so it’s like a second home to me. I reached a point at the start of 2018 where I was like, why am I still living in Vic? I have a job I can do anywhere in the world, I don’t really have any reason to stay here (apart from family and friends). And so it was quite a quick decision even though I’d been dreaming of it for a long time. I just packed everything I owned into my car and drove up and here I am.
It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life, and I encourage anyone else that’s reading this to take a leap if you're thinking about moving somewhere you’ve always wanted to live.
6. Who's your favourite surfer?
I love Steph’s (Steph Gilmore) effortless style, and love shooting my good friend Mainei Kinimaka because I just start yelling HIGH LINES, HIGH LINES to her in the water and we’re both on the same page haha. There’s a lot of giggling going on in the water. She knows what to do to get a good shot. Also, I love shooting Kelia Moniz on the longboard, she’s super graceful and it’s always a lot of fun!
7. Who is your favourite photographer (or role model)?
My first Mentor was Clare Plueckhahn and she helped me get through Uni. She was shooting Ripcurl trips at the time and I was just blown away and I’m like, I want to do that, that’s my goal, to shoot for a big surf brand like that.
8. Have you had any scary moments shooting in the water?
Oh yesss. Few times at Snapper shooting all the Roxy crew and it’s just madness, dodging groms and all that.
9. What's the key to a successful Instagram account?
I honestly don’t believe there’s one straight formula despite what people say! I started my account way back when Instagram was just starting out and it just grew like crazy. It’s a lot harder these days to do that I think. I was honestly just shooting what I loved, with passion and feeling and I think that translated across to an audience that kept wanting more!
10. What's next for Cait Miers?
Well since starting ’The Clique’ earlier this year which is the educational side of Photography in forms of Workshops and Online Courses, it’s kept me super busy. I’m currently planning a little East Coast Road Trip for Feb 2020 where I’ll do Women’s Surf Photography Workshop’s down the coast. I also want to keep creating online courses, including a complete beginners course, editing guides and a more advanced course or retreat for girls who are serious about taking it to the next level. Possibilities are endless!
Hopefully get a few more WSL gigs next year. Thinking about it, I actually think next year is going to be huge haha!
11. What's your favourite We Are Feel Good Inc. product & why?
The Coconut Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ just smells so darn good! That’s always in my beach kit. I’m a bit of a freak in that I have a little sunscreen kit in my car for surfing, then a separate one for when I’m shooting or just heading to the beach!