Call me Katie. I am a wedding and elopement photographer based out of Arlington, Virginia. Although originally a Neuroscientist that dabbled in Women's Studies, my current academic home is that of Clinical Psychology.
My lifelong academic pursuits are much like my artistic ones — to connect with people. Academically, I do this by understanding their minds and getting to the heart of their spirit and drive; artistically, I do this by capturing their story and heart behind the photographic lens — creating moments to be forever cherished.
I love to bake, create my own recipes, and whip up some secret ones that have been handed down to me by my grandmother who had an incredible talent in the kitchen. Pies are my specialty. I have always loved baking them because the pie crusts are, in some ways, a form of sculpture and art to be molded and shaped. I also love to get outside — backpacking, yoga, skiing, rock-climbing, kayaking, swimming, and running all keep me busy in my *cough cough* spare time. I believe that music is an incredible outlet for the soul. Although no longer pursuing a career in the music field, I am still a professional harpist and continue to perform benefit concerts from time to time or just practice on my own.
My clients are more than just clients. That are lifelong friends. They are people that want to make a new adventure buddy, that want to spend ten minutes on a segway swapping dog mom pics of their furry children, or stop the car to frolic in a field of wildflowers. They’re people that know that a photograph only begins to capture what it really feels like to sit on top of a mountain and breathe in the sunset with your whole body. They’re people that like wine, but love tacos. If that sounds like you, then keep reading.
I have a yellow lab puppy named Daisy Mae. She is currently training to compete in Retriever Field Trials — a long distance endurance sport for retrievers involving land and water game retrieves. She’s pretty badass. I’m 23 years old and am married to the most wonderful man. He is currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and we are stationed in North Carolina. He loves me like Jesus and teaches me each and every day what it means to selflessly serve our little fam.
I am a bit of a hopeful romantic -- hopeless in the sense that I am beyond hope of changing, but hopeful in the fact that I stand firm in my belief that people are good, that God can change hearts, motivations, desires, and actions, and that there is a plan that we do not and cannot understand. I am a romantic, but with time I have realized that this is not a weakness, but a strength. It does mean that I get hurt more than I would prefer, but it is just the lens through which I see the world....whether it is rosy through my glasses or not, I won't be the person to take them off.