photo:  Emily Rogers

I'm a coffee addict and Old Bay lover. Iced hazelnut coffees and crabs are my jam (just not together)! When I'm not shooting, you can usually find me on the water in my kayak, hiking and relaxing in my ENO, or sitting on our porch with a glass of wine listening to Americana music. The Appalachian Trail feels like home to me. One of my favorite things to do is to break out the Jetboil and sip coffee on top of a mountain (or in a forest, I’m not picky). I wear Chacos year-round (even if my poor toes start to freeze), and will absolutely wear them to your wedding or session!

Weddings, elopements, and engagements are my favorite things to photograph. I absolutely love creating and capturing moments that my couples will have to look back on forever. As I’ve lost family in the past, I understand how important those moments and photographs are to hold on to and to cherish. Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It amazes me each and every day just how blessed I am to be able to give these moments to others for them to enjoy and eventually pass down through their families for years.

I am a born and raised Marylander, currently living in Johnson City, TN with my husband, Andrew. I'm a wedding and elopement photographer for adventurous couples and those who love the outdoors! I am also a graphic designer/photographer for my husband's record label. I'm a proud member of our local Tri-Cities, TN Chapter of Tuesdays Together and the Rising Tide Society.

I picked up my first camera in middle school (my dad’s old Canon AE-1 film camera) and fell in love. In high school, I decided to pursue photography for my career and made it my major in college. I poured my heart and soul into my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging at Virginia Intermont College— the magic of film and smell of developer & fixer still has a special place in my heart. After college, I assisted for several local wedding photographers and soon found my love for capturing moments and serving couples on wedding days, and have been for 6+ years!

photo: renita yoder, Boken lifestyle

photo: renita yoder, Boken lifestyle

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has a power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." -- Eleonora Duse
photo:  Jeremy Gouge

I love collecting coordinates, as odd as that sounds. I love going places- summits, outcroppings, landmarks- and keeping their coordinates in my bank of memories.

Some of my favorite coordinates & places: 

  • 39° 33' 29" N / 77° 35' 55" W - Annapolis Rocks on the AT, Boonsboro, MD

  • 36° 1' 19" N / 75° 39' 35" W - The beach, Kill Devil Hills, NC

  • 35° 9' 46'' N / 83° 1' 41'' W - Panthertown Valley, Nantahala NF, NC

  • 36° 6' 24" N / 82° 6' 13" W - Round Bald, Roan Mountain, TN

  • 36° 39' 35" N / 81° 32' 40" W - Mount Rogers, Mouth of Wilson, VA

Some of my favorite adventures:

Catch me on Instagram: @_katysergent