Hello. We’re Katie and Joe. We’re the fashion photographers who run this site. Here’s our origin story.
Joe and I (Katie) met in college in Wisconsin. It quickly became apparent that we were “meant to be” after I discovered Joe played drums, was into motocross, metal bands, skater shoes, and The Office. Two years later we were married and purchased our first camera together through my Best Buy employed younger brother.
We got inspired by our wedding photographers, Caroline and Jayden Lee, and started dreaming of that wedding photographer life. The one where you travel to Iceland, hang out with model couples, live in the pacific northwest, take center-composed photos in the foggy forest, and become instagram famous at the age of 21.
We shot weddings for three summers and realized it was kinda lame in Wisconsin – sorry, I mean we just didn’t enjoy the style of weddings we booked. The part we loved the most was taking pictures of the bride on her own: setting her out on location, fixing her dress, and taking arty fashion shots.
So, we thought, “why don’t we try shooting models instead?”
Our first ever test shoot with a real model was awesome. We shot in a sweet studio downtown Racine, WI with exposed brick painted white. The model wore a flower crown I made (it was 2014 after all). After that we decided “WE’RE MOVING TO PORTLAND!” (because we still had a little bit of the #wanderlust #northwestisbest) and “WE’RE QUITTING WEDDINGS AND SWITCHING TO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY!”
We moved to Portland, OR in 2015, and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made (more on that later).
We Made This For You
“We wanted a site like this when we first started, so we made it for you.”
We hope you’re coming to this site because you are passionate about photography or fashion or art or all and want to learn how to be more involved or make it your career.
When we initially decided to make the switch from wedding photography to fashion photography, we were lost. Our desire to make this site, came from the memory of how it felt to start in an industry that is notoriously secretive. We hope you find some answers here and maybe even get better then us! We wanted a site like this when we first started, so we made it for you.