Hey, I'm Kathryn,
But call me Kate! I'm a nature loving minimalist who dreams about my next chance to go hiking or camping with my family. I'm obsessed with the moss and ferns that dwell in the shade of the forest. I've always been delighted by sunlight and the way that it fills a room, sets the mood for a movie and adds soul to a photograph. I'm like a cat on sunny days seeking out that warm, bright spot by the window. Landscape gardening helps to satisfy the deep need that I have to beautify my life. I love digging up and rearranging the plants in my flower beds each year. Shopping local and supporting other small businesses is an important way that I give back to my community. I thrive when I am entertaining friends in my home or making handmade gifts for the people I love. I'm sensitive, introverted (except when singing karaoke!) and an easy going middle child with a go-against-the-flow mentality.
It's been 10 years since the birth of my business and my vision remains the same to this day.
- To provide a relaxed, natural and intimate portrait experience
- To bring your family together to make memories and enjoy each other
- To be a full service photographer offering priceless art for your home
Our family homestead,
Plough & Stars farm is located in the gently rolling fields of Whitley County on the Historic Lincoln Highway. This is where we play, work, live and continue to dream about new ways to share this blessing with our community. The farm landscape is ever changing and I enjoy searching for the new treasures that each season brings. The wildflowers, the oversized leaves in the vineyard, the lush tall grasses and even the forming clouds are golden and they all make their way into my photographs. When the winter weather visits, my indoor studio is cozy and flooded with natural light. I also offer on-location sessions.
As I child, I explored all types of art and challenged the norms of Suburban Philadelphian Society. I faced some tough questions as an artistic kid like, "Why are my sisters embarrassed by me sporting a training bra and hula skirt out in public?" I've always enjoyed showing off a good homemade costume! I grew up knowing that I was and always needed to be an artist. So, I left my hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania and moved to rural Indiana to attend Taylor University. I graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art and Photography, moved back home, got married, then moved back to Indiana and became a mommy. One day our family decided it would be a good idea to move from Fort Wayne to Columbia City, IN to start an organic farm and create an in-home photography studio. We had never farmed (not anything larger than our backyard garden) and I had never lived in the country. A grand idea, none the less! When we found a thriving patch of four leaf clover shortly after moving to the farm I knew that we were in the right place. Ever since those early, carefree days the sight of clover growing in our pasture brings me peace and joy.
Our "in clover" life has started to feel like a distant dream as both my husband and I face health challenges. Seth was forced to give up working and driving due to his genetic eye disease. My poor health has made it so I need to be crazy disciplined about everything I eat and do. We've learned to cope by simplifying our lives. Our son, Dominic is my reality check. He tells me why it's okay to wear the same sweatshirt everyday to school and questions why I would ever waste time doing something meaningless (like washing dishes) when I could be cuddling with him. Thank God for using children to help us prioritize our lives! My soul keeps fighting for this simple and curious life. It yearns for Creative Living and Minimalism and all of the freedom and joy that is found in living more simply and loving more generously.
Minimalism is, "...Unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality of life..." - Linda Breen Pierce
Creative Living is, "Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." - Elizabeth Gilbert