Hello! I’m Katie, and I run Katie Bauer Photography. I am an amateur focused on going professional, because I’ve always believed that I could only be thoroughly happy if I chose a career I was passionate about.
I’ve always loved creating. From as far back to the fuzziest, earliest memories I can muster, I’ve been crafty, artistic type of person. Which is good, because I’ve recently determined that it’s both the only thing I’m good at, and also the only thing that I’d be happy doing forever. I didn’t have much of a formal background in art for the first 17 years of my life because my tiny school didn’t offer anything more than musical training, so most of my creating was done on my own.
When I went away to college, I was majoring in Interior Design with a minor in Art. Being immersed in an environment with so many creative and talented individuals was exactly what my artistic appetite needed, and I feel that is where I got the biggest portion of my formal training and experience. A bit late of course, but at least I got a start! I took drawing classes and art history classes amongst my interior design classes and prerequisites (yawn), and when I came home I spent a summer learning to paint from my amazingly talented and wonderful Great Aunt Susan. I did eventually feel myself being pulled away from the desire to design interiors, particularly when I realized I’d most likely have to live in a big city and work in a design firm, which sounds like no fun at all (I’m a sucker for the country and get stressed out in a big city AND I’d much rather have control over my own life and creativity) but until recently I never really found my little niche that I felt I could spend my life doing. I spent several years drawing and painting before I got my first DSLR camera in my hands. I actually took my first photography class with my dad after he’d gotten his first DSLR and before I even had one, mostly to spend some time with him, and partially to get another artistic medium under my belt. About a week in though, I fell madly in love and I haven’t turned back. I’m not a technical person, so I was flabbergasted when all of the technical information about a DSLR just “clicked” (no pun intended), and so very quickly too. Of course, I’ll never reach a level of knowledge and ability that I’ll be satisfied with, because I think I’ll always have room for improvement, but for the most part, the “how it works” just made sense to me. In fact, I started out shooting in Manual because I wouldn’t allow myself to rely on Automatic modes for anything more than auto focus.. if I was going to learn it, I was going to learn it the right way. I did finally start incorporating Aperature priority so I could have quick control over my lighting/settings. We traded his little Canon t3i back and forth throughout the course of the 8 week class, and a few months later he surprised me by telling me he’d purchased a Canon 5D Mark II and that I could have his t3i. I was ecstatic, and the thing barely left my hands the entire time I owned it. I have since upgraded to a 7D and still use Dad’s 5D when needed.
I definitely would say I’m more talented at artistic photos of inanimate objects, but my real passion is to eventually shoot weddings, couples, families, and portraits with more of an emphasis on female portraiture. I love people so much, and nothing makes me happier than creating something that they will cherish, something that will make them feel wonderful about themselves. I want to be able to capture them at their happiest and most beautiful moments, to make them see how wonderful they really are, and to help women see how BEAUTIFUL they really are. I want to be the one to help document the best of times in a beautiful way, so people can have physical form to the memories- both big and small- that they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives. To me as an artist, beauty, passion, love, and happiness are what life is all about, and I want to share that with everyone I can.