Hi, I'm Kathleen! I am a freelance photographer based in San Francisco, California. I have been working professionally since 2015 when I graduated from UC Berkeley. The best part of my job is the variety of people I meet and places I visit!
I often catch myself grinning at my computer screen as I edit photos. The ones that make me smile the most are of moments that were unplanned and maybe a little awkward. I believe authenticity is powerful. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows (that's why I do outdoor sessions at specific times of day!), but all of it is beautiful and worth capturing.
My social life and career were put on pause when my Pulmonary Hypertension progressed to a stage where I needed a heart-lung transplant to survive. In June 2016, I could not climb a staircase or walk a block without feeling dizzy and light-headed. At 23-years-old, I needed supplemental oxygen around the clock, and was making end-of-life decisions. I found that I cared less about the places I had yet to visit, or the milestones I had yet to reach, and more about the people I would leave behind. My focus was on acknowledging the impact they have on my life.
Miraculously, I got a second chance to do so. On July 1, 2016 my chronically diseased organs were replaced with powerful new ones that transformed the way I see the world. Documenting and sharing my journey through writing and photography helped me process the overwhelming mind and body changes from my transplant.
My new heart and lungs made my body simultaneously stronger and more vulnerable than before. I have more energy and muscle to run around with heavy cameras, but my immune system is suppressed to prevent organ rejection so I wear an N99 mask in certain environments to prevent infection. I translate the contradictions I observe in my own life to my work through choices in light, color, and subject matter.
With my health finally stabilized, I have new joie de vivre and passion for adventure. Able to exercise for the first time in my life, I have become an avid hiker and rock climber.
Thank you for visiting my website and reading this far! I hope to share my enthusiasm for life and photography with you.
"In early 2015 I had the pleasure to work with Kathleen on a couple of high profile events called Hardware Weekend. Kathleen was a real pro, an artist who understands how to capture moments, not just pictures, in the best possible way." - Adam B.
"Kathleen was Amazing! She met me for coffee before the shoot and really got to know what I was looking for and made me feel extremely comfortable. We then toured the city for a bit on foot as if we had been friends for years, stopping at various locations to shoot what would later be great photos." - Eric M.
"We hired Kathleen to photograph my father's 60th birthday party, and she was fantastic! We did a number of posed family shots at the beginning, and she snapped photos of the party guests (both posed and candid) for the rest of the night. Not only are the photos incredible, but we received compliments from several of the guests that she was fast, non-invasive, and gave just the right amount of instruction." -Kate L.
My work has received multiple honors, including a Thumbtack Best of 2016 award. An image of mine was selected as part of The Royal Photographic Society International Images for Science Exhibition and is currently touring the UK in a show that will be seen by over 140,000 people.