I'm Katie! On a typical day you’ll probably find me in the woods nearby, wishing for rain and lying barefoot in the grass, or in the studio drinking coffee that gets cold too quick, sitting next to an open window and feeling the breeze. I specialize in natural lighting, on-location fine art portrait photography in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Using fine art portrait photography to empower and inspire women.
I learned the basics of a camera and portraiture while wandering in the woods alone as a teenager, photographing myself for an entire year straight to understand everything I possibly could about how seasons, lighting, and setting can change a photograph. I’d come home to my splintering desk that had been on my dad’s side of the family for decades, teach myself new techniques in Photoshop, and dream about what a future pursuing fine art photography could look like.
I adored the way that photography can inspire self love; experiencing firsthand what it was like for photography to make me feel less insecure about my features and more confident in who I was as a person. Providing the same empowering experience to others became the driving force of my business and my reason to be a fine art photographer.
I studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, learning the value in photographic prints and archival materials, and created new ways to merge fine art with client portraiture. I’m not where I thought I would be when I started taking self portraits in the woods as a 13 year old - but I couldn’t be happier about that.
Instead of following the typical fine art gallery career path, I’ve created one that centers around photographing real women, recording their stories, empowering them through portraiture, and preserving them in archival photographs for generations to come.