HI THERE, I'M KATIE

I am lucky enough to call myself the wife of an amazing man that will forever be my rock. Together, we have two magical children that I still cannot believe are my own creation. When we aren’t home cuddling and watching movies together, we are adventuring the world around us.

I grew up in a tiny farm town in Massachusetts and moved to California when I was sixteen. While growing my photography business, I studied Psychology for many years and love incorporating this knowledge into my reiki and spiritual practice.

I fell in love with photography shortly after delivering my son, Caswell – my muse. I received my first camera as a gift, and dove right in, reading blogs and learning whatever methods I could to achieve the beautiful images I had marveled over.

Aside from photography, I am a total metaphysical book nerd (I even take notes in the margins). Creation and the Universe fascinate me, and I have worked extremely hard to quiet my own mind, and allow my intuition to speak loudly after years of anxiety. At home, I can be found practicing yoga or reiki, meditating, sketching or painting.

I AM A MOMMY, A TRANSFORMATIONAL MENTOR AND HEALER, AND A LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SAN DIEGO

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Shine your Light - for simply by being in your presence, others will be illuminated as well.

It is my hope that my writings can bring some inspiration and positivity into the worlds of those who read them. And, that my photographs can remind those of you who have forgotten – that life is magical. At times, it simply takes a different perspective in order to see what is always there.

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MY FOCUS ON CHILDREN

We will all become old, our children will grow up, and our houses will be empty. We will look back on the days we sat on the floor playing with animals or cars, or the times our patience was tested when milk covered the table. We’ll laugh, at how small it all seems now, although at present moment it was all so big.

As a mother, I cherish having these images to look at. To remember how big my son’s smile is, even on our toughest days, and to see the love, laughter, and appreciation for life that is ever so present in my household. 

On those days where we are overcome with worry, or guilt, or every other emotion that has us down on ourselves, I want these images to be a reminder. A reminder that you, are doing the best you can. That your story is unique, yet it is normal. It is not always pretty, yet it is so, so beautiful.


"LET'S RAISE CHILDREN WHO WON'T HAVE TO RECOVER FROM THEIR CHILDHOODS."
- PAM LEO

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My sessions are not focused around perfect smiles or posed, traditional portraits. My goal is to capture your reality - your real life, filled with real moments and real emotions.

RAVES & REVIEWS

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LEXY D.

COUPLES

“Katie took our couples photos at sunset cliffs and I can genuinely say that they are some of THE BEST photos we have ever had done! Not only is her work absolutely stunning, she has the most amazing personality and made our photoshoot so much fun! We laughed, joked around, and smiled the entire time!! Katie is very talented at what she does and she is SUPER helpful in posing you and making you feel 100% comfortable in your own skin. I will definitely use her services again in the future and I highly recommend you do the same!”

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ERIN A.

CHILDREN

“Her work is flawless yet seems so effortless. She has a true eye for the perfect picture!”

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NIKKI M.

FAMILY

“Katie is amazing to work with! She captured beautiful maternity pictures that I know I will cherish forever. She made my husband and I feel very comfortable in front of the camera. I highly recommend her!”

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HEIDI L.

CHILDREN

“The pictures I received from her brought tears to my eyes. Her and her work are incredible!”

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CRYSTAL M.

MILITARY HOMECOMING

“Katie did an amazing job capturing my husband’s first homecoming! She was super sweet and I had so much fun with her.”

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AUBRI N.

COUPLES

“Katie photographed my wedding in August and I cannot relay enough the wonderful experience I had with her. Not only did she take beautiful pictures despite the intensity of the sun overhead, but she enhanced the day itself. Katie left me with vivid, joyful memories and captured the smallest details I was too busy to notice on the day of my wedding. Thanks to her I am able to relive the greatest day of my life time after time. Katie’s joyful attitude and willingness to do anything to help make my wedding day wonderful was truly the cherry on top of her photography. I can not say thank you enough to Katie!”

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SAM D.

COUPLES

“She is simply the BEST!! Katie helps you feel super comfortable in your own skin, even when you may be feeling super awkward. She captures the perfect pictures when you least expect it! Loved every part of her process and of course, the beautiful pictures.”

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AUDREY KIM N.

FAMILY

“Wow! Katie exceeded all expectations with her talent and creativity. She was so easy to work with; she let us share our ideas and wishes but also directed us when we needed some guidance. Katie gave me exactly what I was looking for in the couples session/maternity photos, so we followed up with her for a newborn session. She ran a perfect operation with our week-old baby. Her ability to capture fleeting moments and turn them into stunning photographs has managed to win over my husband, too – no more resistance to photo shoots! Thanks for the memories, Katie, and we’re looking forward to working with you again and again!” 

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MICHELLE E.

FAMILY

“Coming from another photographer, Katie is professional, patient, friendly and will help direct you to bring your vision to life. Lovely experience shooting my mommy and me session.”