I'm Katharine - or Katie if you like! Most days you'll find me drinking the same cold cup of coffee until 3pm, sitting by the window to feel the breeze, or walking alone in the woods and taking photos of the flowers I find. As someone who's used my camera to heal myself in situations where I struggled - I believe in the empowering nature of photography.
8 Years of Self Portraiture
When I was 13
My friends and I decided to start a 365 project together, where you take a picture a day for a year (which is quite the commitment for a kid). A few months into the project, that friend and all our mutual friends cut ties with me, started spreading lies, and cyberbullied me before I even knew what that was. They did all this without any forewarning, which left me devastated, lost, and wounded with no idea how to help myself. It was one of those experiences where you feel numb, unaware of the days or what’s going on around you.
I was on autopilot for a few months
But continued to do my 365 project, teaching myself how to express my frustrations and pain through photographs. I knew that there was nothing that I could do to change the way my friends were acting - all that I could do was find ways to help myself cope. I spent every waking second for the remainder of the next year conceptualizing, scouting locations, shooting, editing, and expressing myself through photography. It was the only thing that helped me to feel like my pains were being heard and dealt with.
By the end of the project
I had become
A stronger, more confident, and empowered person with an ability to vocally express my pains in a way I hadn't been able to before. I had carved out a path to healing that I didn't know existed and instead of letting the situation consume me, I fought through it, and discovered my love for photography along the way. Photography taught me how to heal myself through art, and that experience has been the basis for my photography and for my business ever since.
I'm reminded everyday
why I'm lucky
The idea that photography can empower, build confidence, and inspire self love that I've learned through my own experience feeds into every decision I make for my business and every session I shoot. I may have started photography for myself, but I continue shooting photography because of the way that it allows me to connect with others, empower them through my lens, and create an experience that neither of us will forget.
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