Hi there, I'm Kaitlin. I'm in the middle, and my sisters, Caroline and Maggie, are on either side.

 

My family has always been the center of my world

&

when I was young, I had terrible separation anxiety.

 

Therefore, I believe that my foundation as a photographer stems from:

 

a love of family

&

a desire to hold on.

 

I believe that the world's beauty shines most beautifully through the hearts of children. I believe in documenting family relationships as they exist right now. I believe photographs are the most prized possessions.

 

FAQ

Where are you located?

Miraculously, my little separation anxiety self now lives in North Carolina and regularly globe trots to Tanzania.

North Carolina? I thought you lived in Lake Bluff!

While I do currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina, I make regular trips home to Lake Bluff (my favorite place in the world). In fact, all the images on this website are of Lake Bluffers! Therefore, I am available for sessions in the Chicago area and Charlotte. I also travel for photography assignments.

What's with Tanzania?!

Well, in fact, I also work for the most incredible organization, The Foundation For Tomorrow (or TFFT for short).

Working for TFFT, do you have time to give your photography clients the love and attention they deserve?

Good question. Because providing a wonderful experience for each of the families I photograph is my priority, I limit my availability for photo sessions each month. I do not want to spread myself too thin. Therefore, I work closely with clients who are serious about creating personalized artwork for their home, and I schedule the majority of my photo sessions during specific periods that I have blocked off to focus on photography.  

What do TFFT  and your job as a portrait photographer have in common?

More than you might think, actually! As I see it, in one of my roles I create images that help people understand and appreciate the beauty of their family and in the other I work for an amazing organization that creates a family for children who otherwise would not have one.

And bottom line, I just absolutely adore children. From my days playing school, babysitting, and directing a summer camp to my two current jobs, I have always gravitated towards working with kids.

How did you first get involved with The Foundation For Tomorrow?

That's a long (but wonderful) story... While in college I worked at Tamara Lackey Photography, a photography studio in Durham, North Carolina. I did this during the school year. The summer after my sophomore year at Duke, I had the opportunity, through DukeEngage, to join a  professor-lead student trip to Arusha, Tanzania to help develop a Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program there. I was there for 5 weeks. It was life changing.

I returned the following summer, and I was planning to return again for a third summer when Meghann Gunderman, TFFT's Founder and Executive Director, contacted Tamara Lackey to see if she would document RIDETZ (a 10 day, 400 mile, fundraising bike ride for TFFT). Lucky for me, Tamara could not do it, and she had an eager assistant (me!) who was already planning to be in Tanzania during the bike ride. Call it luck, or serendipity, or fate, or whatever you like, but I knew it was time to finalize my third trip.

I spent RIDETZ photographing from sunrise to sunset as the riders traveled along an ancient slave trade route from Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean. Those 10 days were unbelievable and beyond anything I could have imagined. However, the weeks I spent before and after RIDETZ in TFFT's partner schools and orphanages, affected me in a more profound way. Witnessing TFFT's mission in action powerfully resonated with me. I knew I needed to be further involved with this organization.

Whew! Are you still with me? This brings me to where I am today. I said goodbye to my friends at Tamara Lackey Photography to move two hours south to Charlotte, where TFFT's U.S. office is based. I now have the joy of working with Meghann as Director of Communications and Donor Develpment.