Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer
Humboldt Park, Chicago | USA
Hi there! I’m Kate. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve connected with my work. And if so, I'm glad our paths crossed. Telling stories and creating images that connect people to each other, themselves and the world around us is my passion.
On paper, I have a BA in Education and Creative Writing from University of Michigan. I’ve spent years teaching, writing and traveling across the globe; it was when I was living and teaching in Beijing that I first picked up a camera. At the time, it was a place that felt so far away and so challenging to put into words, my experiences needed to be documented in another way.
After traveling through Asia, Europe and North Africa, I returned to the States and realized I had missed photographing some of the most important moments of my life abroad. The unfamiliar had easily become the mundane and familiar. I grew so accustomed to my everyday life in foreign places, that I had neglected to photograph some of the most curiously charming, wonderful aspects of my daily routines. Today, that feeling inspires me and informs every photograph I take. Because no matter where or when you are in the world, there are times that are worth capturing forever. And funny enough, often those moments happen every single day, right under our noses.
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and have a deep affinity for Midwest autumns, the Great Lakes and wild, scenic spaces. I’ve lived and worked in Chicago for 13 years, and I currently reside in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. I love this town for is welcoming culture and hardworking attitude. I'm constantly finding new spaces in a place that never gets old. I hold my sessions in homes, in my home studio, and everywhere in the Chicago area - from Foster Beach to Jackson Park, from The Loop to The 606. I also travel throughout the Midwest for family sessions and weddings. I look forward to finding the perfect place to capture your portraits.
Have a 40-year cake smash idea? Top secret proposal session? Emergency headshots? City hall ceremony or a shotgun wedding? Let's talk!