I like to think I'm in the business of making friends and putting your trust in me to photograph your memories is not something I take lightly. The best images come from the vulnerable place of letting your guard down and my hope is that laughter will guide our time together and that we’ll feel like old friends by the end.

As a wife and mother of three, I wear many hats throughout my day-to-day. I’m wrangling toddlers, changing diapers in record time, and playing full-time chef and activity planner. If it’s a good day, I’ll have a great cup of coffee(or wine) in one hand. Either way, multi-tasking is the name of the game and I thrive in the chaos. 

As a photographer, this ability to multi-task plays an integral part of my skillset. Whether it’s capturing a serene moment in between the mercurial moods of young children, or utilizing beautiful shadows and natural light, being able to improvise and adapt to each moment as they unfold allows me capture truly authentic images. 

Spending the early years of my childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan instilled in me a love for nature and a lifelong inspiration that has influenced some of the most important chapters of my life. My husband and I fell in love in the mountains of Colorado camping along rural lakes, climbing fourteeners, and riding horses along the way. When we married, we did so next to a cozy cabin in Colorado with aspen leaves in full fall splendor. In the two post-newlywed years that followed, we had an enthusiastic son and a set of fearless twin girls. To this day, especially with three young and very active kids, it doesn’t take much convincing for us to pack our bags and retreat to a family home up north for some quality time reconnecting with nature together.

I know all too well how fast our children grow. The chubby fingers, the chunky newborn rolls, and the adorable dimples seem to change right before our eyes. It’s my goal to capture and preserve those beautiful early moments so that when you look back at your photos you can still hear those warm belly laughs and feel those precious little hands in yours.

I’m always up for finding a little adventure off the beaten path. So whether you envision your photos on horseback in the mountains or an intimate set in the comfort of your own home, I love to capture it all. 

If you’d like more information on my packages or if you’d simply like to say hello and start a conversation, please feel free to send me a note through my contact page or email me directly at hello@kathrynjeanphotography.com.

I look forward to hearing from you! 


I’m Kathryn, but please call me Katie.

photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

// Dorothea Lange

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