Hello & welcome

My mission through photography is to inspire you to see the beauty in the every things. A lifetime's legacy isn't just built on the grand gestures and milestones, but on everyday moments. I believe that

It's nice to meet you!

a life well lived

is defined by the quality friendships we have, the depth of our love for others, the adventures and risks we take, the people we help, and the lives we change. Photography is our way of claiming our place in humanity. Our way of showing future generations "this is where I've been, this is who I've loved, and this is why I mattered"

I'm Katie, lover of tapas, handcrafted goods, diy projects and of course, film photography.

my journey

I have been photographing people and documenting my travels for two decades. As an adolescent, I lived in Romania with my family, and traveled all over Europe, capturing our adventures on a 35mm Canon EOS film camera and drug store film. Fast forward 15 years and I was relocating to Maryland to purse my Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology to research infectious diseases because they disproportionally afflict people over low socioeconomic status. During my post-graduate years, I found myself picking up my camera and traveling to ease the pressure of my studies and get fresh air outside of the lab.  Friends and family began asking me for family portrait sessions, engagement photos and then wedding photos. My hobby of photography blossomed into a business that I love dearly. When I am not working in the lab, or behind a camera, I am playing volleyball or traveling. 

Small town Pennsylvania Native with big dreams

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To serve my clients as best I can, I accept a very limited number of weddings each year. To me, a wedding photographer is not just someone who take photographs on your wedding day but an integral part of your wedding day success. They are there to help you and be a resource all months leading up to your big day, and on your wedding day they will be at your side the whole time. I take my job as a wedding photographer very seriously and offer personalized, custom service to my clients because I value the monetary investment they are making as well as the significance of their commitment to one another. 

my philosophy

"I see epic love stories in everyday moments"

food

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Immediately after lunch I am already thinking about dinner! I'm a connoisseur of brunch and craft cocktails. When not going out to dinner, you can find us in the kitchen whipping up something from Wegmans or Trader Joe's.

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

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SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick


FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

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is my love language

Favorite city

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philadelphia

I might live in Maryland now, but my heart is in Philadelphia. I will always be a Jim's on South cheese steak lovin' Philly Phanatic and will forever "fight, fight, fight for the cherry and the white!"

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

Purple Cow

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

whats in my makeup bag

SHOWs on REPEAT

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

in love with

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broadway musicals

While I freely admit now that I can't dance or hold a tune, I once had aspirations of Broadway and was in my high school musicals, chorus and show choir. That's right, I had a blue sequined vest and I rocked the jazz hands like nobodys business 

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

Purple Cow

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

whats in my makeup bag

SHOWs on REPEAT

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

Worked in

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the white house

During my graduate studies, I interned at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

Purple Cow

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

whats in my makeup bag

SHOWs on REPEAT

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

born in

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JAPAN

I lived in an orphanage until I was 18 months old, until my parents adopted me and brought me to Pennsylvania 

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

Purple Cow

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

whats in my makeup bag

SHOWs on REPEAT

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

Hogwarts House

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RAvenclaw

We value intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit

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Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

Purple Cow

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

whats in my makeup bag

SHOWs on REPEAT

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

favorite city

NEXT FACT »

Philadelphia

I might live in Maryland now, but my heart is in Philadelphia. I will always be a Jim's on South cheese steak lovin' Philly Phanatic and will forever "fight, fight, fight for the cherry and the white!"

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04

Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick
Urban Decay
Laura Mercier

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

in love with

NEXT FACT »

broadway musicals

While I freely admit now that I can't dance or hold a tune, I once had aspirations of Broadway and was in my high school musicals, chorus and show choir. That's right, I had a blue sequined vest and I rocked the jazz hands like nobody's business. 

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02

03

04

Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick
Urban Decay
Laura Mercier

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

worked in

NEXT FACT »

the white house

During my graduate studies, I interned at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

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02

03

04

Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick
Urban Decay
Laura Mercier

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

born in

NEXT FACT »

Japan

I lived in an orphanage until I was 18 months old, until my parents adopted me and brought me to Pennsylvania 

01

02

03

04

Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick
Urban Decay
Laura Mercier

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

hogwarts house

NEXT FACT »

ravenclaw

We value intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit!

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04

Chef's Table

The Office

Will and Grace

Game of Thrones

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE

Rachel Hollis

Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

Building a Story Brand

Donald Miller

Seth Godin

PURPLE COW

 ON my bookshelf

COUNTRIES EXPLORED

17

SKII
Tatcha 
Estee Lauder
Chapstick
Urban Decay
Laura Mercier

FUN FACTS

Crate and Barrel
West Elm
SOKO Glam

SHOWs on REPEAT

whats in my makeup bag

Take my money

J. Crew 
Patagonia
Amazon

...and counting

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Our lives are a beautifully unique, and imperfect journey. While life isn’t always perfect, the Japanese have a word wasbi-sabi (侘寂), which means finding beauty in the imperfections.

I value people over things and truly enjoy getting know people on more than just a surface level. While I was known for my Irish good-byes and dipping out of parties early in graduate school, I could sit and talk to a person one-on-one for hours. 

I am a straight shooter and believe in complete transparency and open communication. 


I believe in good-old-fashioned hard work, and delivering incredible service. I am a burn-the-candle-at both-ends, get-your-hands-dirty kind of gal and respect the sacrifices made by those who paved the way before me.

I come from two generations of missionaries and was myself an orphan before being adopted and brought to the US. From a very young age my parents and grandparents taught me the importance of serving your community and giving back. 10% of all my profits goes to one of my favorite charities (see below) and a donation of any amount from you will earn you an additional 30 min of coverage. I love photographing for a cause. Please contact me if you know of opportunities to serve.

WABI-SABI 侘寂

HARD WORK

HUMAN CONNECTION

TRANSPARENCY

PAYING IT FORWARD

what sets me apart

MY VALUES

the pulsera project

doctors without borders

partners in health

what you should know

the personal details