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January 8, 2020

What you focus on is what will happen. So focus on your dream.

This saying was on someone's Insta feed recently and I had to write it down. "Focus" has been one word that has appeared in conversations, emails, texts recently and so I'm making it one of my words for the new year. I am WAY too easily distracted and I over anyalyze every little thing. So focusing on my dream and letting go of the trivial things the old Katie obsessed about will serve me well. 

My heart for this new year is something that's been churning inside of me since my eye injury in September. My experience in Texas was one I'll never forget. I was on cloud 9 before my injury. I had met my goal for year by September, had watched so many exotic animals run free throughout the desert, got to hunt with Mitch and by myself, got to shoot cacti for days, watched the stars for hours. It was such a freeing experience. Then I got a corneal ulcer and experienced the most pain to date. We came home early and I fought, prayed, be...

July 26, 2019

This was the first of many. And I'm looking for more wild women to join me on this adventure. If your hobbies are more than shopping at Target and sipping on Starbucks, then you, my dear, are a Wild Woman. I'm looking for women who live boldly and unapologetically.

Do you keep chickens? Do you dance? Do you own horses? Do you volunteer? Do you garden or are an herbalist? I would love to book a Wild Woman session to capture you doing what you love most.

This particular wild woman is my friend, Frances. 

She is a wife, mother and artist and she particularly loves to paint birds. 

She loves to collect birds nests, bones and skulls, feathers of all kinds, dried flowers and seed pods and other things found in nature that she thinks are both interesting and beautiful. 

Frances has very few restrictions on life, she connects things that I would rarely put together, and she finds beauty and possibility in the scarcest places.

Frances' beauty isn't like the kind you see on ne...

August 28, 2018

Last week I shot my first boudoir session. I have a newfound respect for boudoir photographers. Both my friend and I were exhausted after shooting for two hours. It's all about the angles and the perfect balance between light and shadows. I'm learning to embrace shadows, the dark makes the light that much more powerful.

"The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will." -Amy Tenney

Every woman was once a confident, quirky little girl with the world at her fingertips. And somewhere between then and now, that confidence took a beating. Every woman possesses beauty. The filter in which that beauty is interpreted has been made dingy by society's definition of the word "beauty", but remove that dinginess from your lens and every single woman on the face of this earth possesses beauty. And that's where I can play a part in helping women to see what I see, what God sees and...

September 20, 2017

About a month ago, I started booking for fall photos and about a month ago, I started getting a lot of emails with the same question: what to wear?

I am not an expert fashionista. I am only a photographer. But here are some tips that I've shared with my clients and I hope it will help you plan your upcoming photo shoot! (No pressure, it's just your Christmas card photo!)

1. No White. No Black.

I recommend that colors be used for fall photos. And if you choose to do light or dark colors, choose an ivory or cream or gray instead of black and white. My camera just isn't a fan of black and white.

2. Try Not To Match Perfectly.

I know the trend of all white shirts was popular a while back, but what works best with my style of photography is a palette of similar or complementary tones, not exact matching colors. When planning a photo session for my family, I typically find the dress or outfit that I like and fits me best. It typically has a subtle pattern, whether floral or flannel, and I will ch...

May 3, 2017

I was born and raised a North Carolina Tarheel. I grew up on a dirt road and I am and always will be a country girl who loves the outdoors. I moved to Franklin County, Georgia in 2006 and have been in this state ever since. I met my husband, Mitch, at Emmanuel College, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Communication. My first full time job out of college was as a Graphic Designer and that's where I really fell in love with photography and all things marketing.

We bought our first house and moved to Commerce, Ga in 2012 and in December of 2012, we had our son, Gage. (Hence the name 12 Gage)

After my son was born, I decided to be a stay -at- home mother. I also started working part time for The Paper, where I met many incredible local leaders and friends. I started 12 Gage Photography in 2013 and it quickly became my creative outlet for this spit-up covered, exhausted mama. In 2014, my husband took a new job in sales so I had to quit wor...

February 10, 2017

My friend, Frances, and I are starting an exciting journey. We are partnering to bring a local art scene to a historic building in downtown Commerce, GA. She will be crowd-funding the purchase of the building and will have an art studio on the main floor. She will feature her paintings in the large windows that are centered in the heart of downtown. Her business name is Libertas Americana Art. She's a very talented painter who specializes in Americana art. She has also annually donated a unique painting specifically for our events for human trafficking awareness in Hall County, Ga. Frances has a compelling vision for this area and she gives so much of her time and energy to helping others. 

As part of her generosity, she is allowing my business,Twelve-Gage Photography, to use the basement as a studio space! We are so excited about restoring an old building, bringing life back into its walls and putting color back in its windows. We have a long road ahead of us but we both feel that this...

September 24, 2016

My three year old is obsessed with super heroes.

I knew this day was coming but now that it's here, I am a little frustrated how every super hero is portrayed as tall and muscular, not because there's anything wrong with that, but because I know my super hero isn't dressed in a cape and I want my son to someday realize that too.

My super hero is my husband, and he wears worn out work boots, worn in jeans and physically wears himself out everyday working to provide for his family.

So for now I have to bite my tongue and let my mask-wearing toddler don the capes, the suits and the pretend fame while he pretends to beat up the bad guys just like Super Man, Spider-Man and Batman. I know he will learn from his dad the value of honesty, hard work and commitment. I know that this is just a phase where he is learning how good and bad operate and I'm so glad he's choosing to be the good guy. I'm so glad he's choosing to use his imagination and that standing up for someone who can't stand up for th...

March 1, 2016

I have roots in both North Carolina and Georgia.


I try to make it  home as much as possible and I've noticed that with every trip home, I begin to miss the little things the most. So many aspects of life become routine. But when you move away from home and return to visit, you realize the daily routine can be rather extraordinary.


Here are a few images that represent the familiar to me.


My dad's mortar-covered work boots, my dads homemade wine, my mom serving one of her many delicious homemade meals, the Star of David.


I love how the image my dad's work boots reminds me of my daily life as a child. We would get home from school and have a snack and watch tv and then get started on homework and mom would start dinner. We would hear the diesel work truck pull up and park behind the house in the garage and then the back door would open and close and in comes my dad to sit on the staircase to take off his dirty boots (which would make Mom crazy cause he just tracked dirt inside!). We would...

February 20, 2016


The outdoor family portrait session can go two ways- wonderfully well or horribly wrong depending on the weather and the mood of the children.


Thankfully, this shoot went wonderfully well. The weather was overcast and the Commerce farm location was perfect for the look we wanted.


I wanted a fun and laid back shoot for these guys. The field, the old shed and the barn were perfect back drops for this feel. I got to capture some great family shots as well as some great one on one shots with the mother and father and each child.



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