Girl laying on blanket with camera in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

The Girl Behind the Camera

The Girl Behind the Camera

About Me: Katie Gannon

I started taking amateur photographs at age 18 and I invested in my first big-girl camera shortly after that. Since the first moment I took my beloved Nikon out of its package, I've fallen in love - each family, future mommy, and happy couple reminds me of why I picked up my camera in the first place. 

I'm a Western PA native and grew up 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh (pop over soda, ALWAYS) in the sweet little town of Saxonburg. I went to Clarion University for my undergraduate degree and am currently finishing up my graduate degree at James Madison University in Virginia (duuuukes, am I right?). I'd drink tea over coffee anyday, the only way I'll eat pizza is cold and leftover, and when I'm sad I like to pretend that Ed Sheeran writes all his songs for me. When I'm not taking photos, you can most likely find me bingeing Friends or The Office, scoping out puppies at the park, or singing along to whichever Broadway musical soundtrack is stuck in my head that day.

The Story Behind the Name: KM4

Fun fact: my full name is Katharine Mary, and I happen to be the fourth woman in my family to carry that name. Before me came my aunt, my grandmother, and before her, my great-great aunt. I love the tradition and heritage that my name has brought to my family, being passed down from generation to generation - a little shared secret that belongs to us. My name defies the passing of time and keeps alive the memories of my family's past.

This is one of the reasons I love photography so much. Just like the legacy of my name, the photos I capture tell a story that will be passed down through the years - to children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, and loved ones. They transcend time to keep alive the memories of each special moment that passes in front of my camera - a graduation, an engagement, a birth, a wedding, a family celebration. These moments, just like my name, will remain timeless, passed on to future generations - a reminder of the journey that was taken to get you where you are now. And in my personal opinion, what could be more beautiful than that?

“Katie was so flexible and creative and took such great care in making sure I had amazing photos that were a perfect reflection of my personality."”