Hi! It's me, Katie.
You know...the girl behind the camera! Now that we have the introductions out of the way, I figured it was about time that I give a little more insight into who the chick behind the camera really is. What do you say?
I am a Texan gal, born and raised. I love sweet tea, any form of potato, and anything chocolate. I grew up on silver screen movies from the 30s and 40s and old John Wayne westerns, kudos to my dad for my taste in movies. I love reading, my favorite book is Fahrenheit 451. I love to cook, I am still on the search for that favorite recipe. Some favorite shows of mine are FRIENDS, Vampire Diaries, New Girl, and Castle. I love working with kids, a gift from God that I believe was influenced by my mom. I am currently working for a ministry, Mentoring Alliance, where I come alongside a team of Jesus loving people to mentor kids in the Tyler school district during the school year and in the summer. I have been working for Mentoring Alliance for 4 years now, and I have grown so much in that time.
I fell in love with photography when I was 12 years old. At my middle school, we had a week long photography course I decided to take. We spent the first couple days talking about the basics--what the different parts of the camera are, what is shutter speed, aperture, ISO. Then, we took a couple small trips to test out our newly learned skills. We went out on the school property and took photos of each other, and took a trip to the zoo later that week. Through all of these small but impactful moments, I became very aware of a gift God had given me. You see for me, it was more than just taking photos. As I held my camera and snapped shots of the things around me and the people I was with, I could feel time freeze. Every time I snapped a photo, I froze that moment in time. I filed it away to be revisited at a later moment. Further than that, as I was freezing little moments in time, I was about to capture the beauty of that moment with my lens. Those middle schoolers I was surrounded by, would soon grow up. They would soon cease to be that age, in that moment, feeling exactly the way they were feeling. When I took photos, I didn't just freeze the visual appearance of the moment, but I was able to freeze the essence of that moment in time. The thoughts. The worries. The freedom. The joy and contentment.
This is the reason I love to do what I do. I love that God has enabled me to give people frozen moments in THEIR history to reflect back on. To remember at a later date. Maybe someday you will need encouragement, and you will look back on a photo and be reminded of how you felt, and that should remind you that God is always there. Isn't that beautiful? What a blessing from God!
All that to say, this is the reason I love photography, and why I am so excited to continue getting to know you guys and hopefully, saving those moments for you.