Wedding Photography Giveaway! #projectweddinggiveaway

I’m so inspired when I hear where my couples devote their time. I am doubly-intrigued when they are involved in building community in some way. I realized that I seriously love working with couples who put a priority on investing in community. And, I want to work with more people JUST LIKE THAT!

And that is why I am crazy-excited to announce that I will be GIVING AWAY 1 wedding in 2014 or 2015 to one such couple, anywhere in the world! Say whhaaaat?!


This giveaway is for any couple (or one half of a couple) who are currently working on a project that invests in community. AND, in addition to covering their wedding for FREE, I want to document that project through photography with them (for FREE as well)!

The project could be about creating a sustainable, volunteer-run urban farm that feeds those in need, like one of my couples in California have done, or it could be working to make drinking-water safe for people in Kenya, like another of my couples!

How it works: You, or a friend/family member must nominate yourself to be chosen. If you are a couple (or one half of a couple), or know of someone who is: a) getting married in 2014/2015 (anywhere in the world) b) Has a project they are coordinating, or involved in that helps foster community (anywhere in the world), submit a nominating letter that describes:

1) the project

2) the project location

3) the wedding details

AND be sure to include a photo of the couple!

Please send your nominations to:

You have until January 18, 2014 at 9pm PST to enter!

We will review all submissions and pick one winner! The winner will be announced Feb. 1, 2014.

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The details- The wedding photography coverage includes: One photographer for unlimited coverage on the wedding day, all edited and color-corrected images in high-resolution, 100 of your favorite images printed, 1-year online gallery, wedding book pre-design. All travel expenses necessary to attend the wedding are to be paid for by the couple. I, Kathryn, will travel anywhere in the world to document the couple’s community project for up to 1 week between February 1, 2014 and February 1, 2016. Airfare from Seattle, Washington to be paid by the couple, or affiliated group/company. All other travel expenses to be donated by Atlas & Elia Photography.

I truly look forward to reading your submissions! And don’t forget, if you are a friend or family member of a couple who fits this description, be sure to spread the word!

As an artist, and a person, I yearn to connect with people more deeply, through my photography and my actions. My roots are in documentary photography and I often miss doing this work! This next year will be about doing both!


{ Let’s Adventure Soon! }


Looking up..

I’ve spent a lot of time staring at the skies this past week…waiting, wondering…

Last Saturday night a huge lightening storm caused several fires to break out in the hills around my town. And now, the skies are thick with smoke all day, everyday, making it feel as if we were in a perpetual dawn. Mostly, as I’ve starred into the sky, I’ve been thinking of all of the people this has directly affected: the firefighters who have come from all over the state to fight the multiple large fires, the homeowners who have had to leave their homes with only their most prized possessions, those poor in health who are having a difficult time with even breathing…The enormity of it is literally breath-taking.

I haven’t felt like I could do much to help, even though, I know there are ways I could have. In times like this, people are eager to pitch in, and they do! They donate food and water, and gather to talk about who needs a place to stay and they find that shelter. It’s been said before, but when tragedy strikes, our tendency, as humans, is to come together, to find out what needs to be done, and we do it.

It sounds like, right now, the community in the Wenatchee valley has gone above and beyond with donations of food and water, but what they need now, is monetary donations to The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

For those of you reading this, think about making a donation to the cause, I will be doing my part in this way, and if nothing else, spread the word about the need.

The sky may be ugly right now, but, I think of it as a beautiful reminder of how connected we all really are to one another.