© 2019 by  Mary Catherine Photography. 

hey there!

I'm a creative portrait photographer based in Washington, DC. A visual storyteller at heart, I love capturing the spirit of people, places, and experiences.

Most days you can find me sipping on a cup of coffee, listening to Glen Hansard, planning my next adventure, or obsessing over the arrival of fall and all-things-pumpkin.

After graduating from the University of Florida in 2010 (Go Gators!), and a brief but amazing stint as the manager of a small-town symphony orchestra in Central Florida, I packed my things and moved to Washington, DC with dreams of big city life and all 4 seasons (Helloooo, FALL.) I landed my dream job at National Geographic, where I spent four incredible, life-changing years. 

Over the course of those four years, I fell more and more in love with photography. Whether I was documenting a weekend in the mountains, taking family photos for friends, or making the trek down to the Tidal Basin to capture sunrise with the cherry blossoms, it became clear that this was more than a hobby. It was a passion. 

Then in the spring of 2017, it dawned on me that I needed to get out and explore the world. I had never studied abroad in college, and knew that it was only going to get harder to travel as I got older: so I quit my job and set out on a 4-month solo cross-country roadtrip! The purpose of this trip was to experience different places and cultures; witness the breathtaking beauty of our National Parks; push myself more than I ever have before; and document the whole adventure along the way via photography.

To say this trip changed me would be an understatement. I realize I'm braver, more determined, and more capable than I ever thought possible. 

I ALSO REALIZED ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING.

There is love and beauty everywhere.

ALL AROUND US. WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT. IN THE SMALLEST OF MOMENTS. 

 

Whether you're on a hike through the woods, driving alone on a deserted highway, sitting at a coffee shop, or running into someone unexpectedly, we are surrounded by beautiful little moments. 


And THAT is the outlook I want to bring into my photography sessions with you. Life is beautiful. But it's not just those big, memorable occasions. Sometimes the little moments of our everyday, ordinary lives can take our breath away too. And that's what I want to capture for you, so you can relive them for a lifetime.

 

fun facts about me

1. Things I love. . . 

Crisp fall mornings, gigantic cups of coffee, long drives with good music, hiking in the woods, dogs - especially mine!, and my insanely amazing family.

2. When I'm not taking pictures, you can find me. . .

Hanging with my frousins (friends + cousins!), on the hunt for live music in the city, at the local coffee shop, singing in the car, or at Target trying not to empty my bank account. 

3. Hometown?

Naples, FL! 

4. The last great book I read. . .

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It was the most raw, powerful and enlightening book I've ever read.

5. The best concert I've ever attended. . .

Oh, definitely a three-way tie between Coldplay, Glen Hansard, and the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks. Three very different shows, same soul-fulfilling experience. 

6. I am most likely to binge-watch. . .

The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us...and OK I'll admit it: Vanderpump Rules.

7. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only eat one food, it would be. . .

The salted caramel ice cream from the Annapolis Ice Cream Company. Oh my heavens. 

8. My greatest passions in life are. . .

My family and friends. Travel. Music. Photography. People. I love connecting with others - learning from them, helping them, inspiring them. 

9. My most recent discovery was. . .

A year ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an absorption disorder that requires me to avoid gluten. Goodbye pizza, pasta, cookies, cake and beer. Booo. 

10. Whenever I karaoke, I sing: 

Alanis Morissette, hands down. Specifically, "One Hand in My Pocket." After years and years of trying to get those lyrics right and failing, karaoke is the only time I can nail it. (...high five, cigarette, peace sign, piano, taxi cab - got it?)