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about Kathleen

Most days you can find me in leggings with no makeup and messy hair; mom life and business life tend to overlap around the house. When Henry is napping, I'm curled up on the couch with my computer and our two fluffy cats, Chester and Gus. My husband, Will, and I are one of those crazy high school sweetheart couples; I guess I should have listened to our US history teacher who warned us that we might be sitting next to the person we were going to marry (spoiler: I was actually sitting next to my husband). Together we love traveling, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and letting the clean laundry pile up for days before folding. 

I'm a Chicago-born dream chaser and lover of all things Harry Potter and Disney. When I'm not photographing sweet couples, families, and squishy babies, I am with my amazingly handsome two-year-old son, Henry.

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Once upon a time I was a middle school and high school English teacher. Although I'm not teaching in a classroom now, a few of my teacher habits have maintained a strong grip on me. I'm a little obsessed with my paper planner, and it keeps this teacher-turned-mom boss organized at all times. And really... who doesn't want a reason to use stickers on a regular basis? I may have gotten rid of most of my teacher wardrobe, but teaching is still a huge part of who I am; I'm continually finding new ways to incorporate those skills in my current path. To be honest, my life is vastly different than I expected it to be. I certainly never expected to be dodging winter year and living amongst palm trees. But it's those amazingly unexpected twists and turns that have made me who I am today.

life is all about seasons. some are exciting, some are challenging, and some are downright difficult. i used to be afraid of the changing seasons, but now i can't wait to see what opportunity comes with the next season.

I'm a photographer, writer, and crafter. i believe in being kind and showing love to those around me. i'm a work in progress and proud of it.

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testimonials

"As a first time mom, I was hesitant for a stranger to come into my house to take photos. I had no reason to worry! Kathleen has such a warm and welcoming personality, and I instantly felt at ease. She is very professional while still keeping the environment light-hearted and fun. I’m ecstatic that I purchased the Baby's First Year package! Seeing my baby's growth over the course of the year through these sessions has been amazing. These are the photos I have framed all over our house and will cherish forever."

"i'm ecstatic that i purchased the baby's first year package!"

sarah & christopher

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"It was a great pleasure having Kathleen take our little guy's newborn photos. She was very patient and she made it really easy to feel comfortable during the shoot. It honestly felt like a friend was over taking pictures! She was also very responsive and easy contact. We loved all the pictures from our session and are glad that she was able to help us capture such a special time for us."

"it honestly felt
like a friend was over
taking pictures!"

kimberly & andrew

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"It was a great pleasure having Kathleen take our little guy's newborn photos. She was very patient and she made it really easy to feel comfortable during the shoot. It honestly felt like a friend was over taking pictures! She was also very responsive and easy contact. We loved all the pictures from our session and are glad that she was able to help us capture such a special time for us."

"it honestly felt like a friend was over taking pictures!"

lauren & simon

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“I knew after my daughter's birth that I wanted photos captured of my second time going through labor and delivery. Kathleen gave me so much privacy and respected my wishes. She let me take the lead the whole day. I didn't even know that she was there! Childbirth is so magical and having someone capture those moments not only took the pressure off of my husband and me to take them, but they gave us a way to look back and remember our son's birth forever.”

"kathleen gave me so much privacy and respected my wishes."

kristin & ryan

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"Kathleen was our fairy godmother at our wedding! Hiring Kathleen was without a doubted among the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. She has impeccable patience, vision, and experience to create memorable shots. Kathleen is THE photographer you want for your big event."

"kathleen was our
fairy godmother."

lizette & aston

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“Our experience with Kathleen was wonderful! Kathleen took beautiful photos of our new family, which we will cherish forever. But perhaps more importantly, Kathleen’s cool professionalism made the photo session go very smoothly, especially with our three month old. Kathleen has a very calming presence, which combined with her expertise, made the actual process very easy. We look forward to having Kathleen take family photos for us again soon!”

"kathleen has a very calming presence, which... made the actual process very easy."

kaitlin & dan

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"My husband and I were not 'picture people,' until we were pregnant with our first child. But Kathleen put us at ease, listened to what we wanted (and didn't want) and came prepared with many ideas. As a mother herself, Kathleen was a natural fit for our maternity and newborn photos. We are so glad to have relied on Kathleen for these special memories, and will be trusting her with our family’s most important moments going forward."

"as a mother herself,
kathleen was A natural fit"

jennifer & chris

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families & children

investment

bump to baby collections
beginning from
$225

couple & family collections
beginning from
$175

I am blessed to have an incredible business partner with whom I photograph weddings. Shannon Carlsen and I work together on all weddings to ensure that you have the absolute best photographic experience on your wedding day. As a team, we've been published in Sacramento Magazine's Our Wedding. We are committed to creating beautiful memories for each of our couples. Together we capture a complete picture of your celebration; from the tiniest of details to the simple candid moments that you'll cherish forever, we are there to make sure that you have the perfect photographs to remember your wedding by. 

Whether you are a couple looking for fun new photos together or a family desiring to freeze time for a minute while your kids grow as the speed of light, I have a package that will be perfect for you. I love working together with my clients to create sessions that are completely individualized to their specific personalities. I strive to capture the beautiful candid moments in each session as those truly show the joy within each couple and family. Your memories deserve care, and there is nothing that makes me happier than capturing the truest happiness for each of my clients. 

The arrival of a new baby is such an exciting time! While I do offer maternity, birth, and newborn sessions individually, I also have several different packages that include a variety of combinations that go all the way through the first year if desired. My goal is for you to have the perfect package for your needs, so I work with each of my clients to create the one-of-a-kind experience that you and your little one deserve. I do all of my posed newborn sessions at my home studio, and I offer lifestyle newborn sessions that are done at my clients' homes. Babies grow so quickly, and I am proud to capture these sweet, yet fleeting moments for you and your family. 

wedding collections
beginning from
$2400

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