>>WHO I AM<<
I’m Katie! My middle name is Jewell (two L’s); I was named after my great-grandmother. I was born and raised in Portland, TN, I’ve lived in Birmingham for seven years, and in September I’ll be moving to Muscle Shoals, AL. After graduating from Samford University in May of ’13 and graduating from the Briarwood Fellows Program in May of ’14, I settled into post grad life with all the grace of a newborn colt. I struggled to keep my head above water for several months before the Lord began showing me what my next move was: pursuing photography full time.
I’ve finally begun the process of establishing who I am not only as a photographer but also as a small business owner. The Lord has been so sweet to me and has provided just what I need, when I need it. Life is good, and I’ve got possibilities ahead of me that make me so, so excited.
And finally, no decent “about” section forgets to include a list of favorites, so here are some of mine, in no particular order:
my fiancé max // my cat blaze // popcorn // thunderstorms //chocolate covered coffee beans
the mountains // chips, chips, chips // cat paws // candles // shopping // rings
wearing hats // world market ginger snaps // industrial ceilings // herringbone // coffee
cat videos // lipstick // name brand goodwill finds // the sound of a cat purring // all things winter
playing spades // music that makes me cry //everything at target // buffalo wild wings
>>WHAT I DO<<
I started my business focusing primarily on portrait (families, children, seniors, headshots, etc.) and engagement photography. I shot a few small weddings for next-to-nothing as I was trying to build a portfolio in college, but never in my wildest dreams would I have considered myself a wedding photographer. It was only through the encouragement of a mentor that I found the courage, desire, and confidence to step into the wedding industry…and what a crazy, beautiful, rewarding industry it has turned out to be.
For weddings, engagements, and portrait sessions alike, my goal is to capture moments and memories in a natural, fun, relaxed atmosphere. I love the great outdoors, and I love the magic of sunlight. I love adventure. I want your pictures to look as organic as possible; I want your time with me to be a memory, not a task. When we get together for a consultation, I want to get to know you. I want to know who you are and what you want your pictures to reflect. I want to know how I can make your experience with me the best one possible. And I want us to make dang good photographs together.
Need more convincing? Check out some of my galleries.
Know what you want? Contact me now!
>>WHY I AM<<
Though I ran hard in the opposite direction, searching for worth and contentment in the most empty of places . . . the Hound of Heaven hunted me down in the winter of 2011. He’s the reason I can have joy in the midst of the deepest sorrow. He’s the reason I can have faith in the most hopeless situations. And he’s the reason I feel loved and cherished despite the brokenness and bitterness of my past.
If you want a brief, two-minute version of why that is, watch the video posted below. If you want a more personal explanation, check out some of my ramblings at Sweetly Broken. Will you let me buy you a coffee and talk about it sometime?
This isn’t a gimmick. It’s not something that I follow blindly. I’ve tried to live life without Christ, and it nearly destroyed me. He is the only thing that has proven Good and True in my life every. single. day. Grace upon grace upon grace upon grace.
“I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior True;
no, I was found of Thee.”