Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Hey there! I’m Mary Kate, but most people just call me MK.

In a high school darkroom in small town Indiana, I discovered photography. I furthered my interest in photojournalism when I studied International Relations at American University in DC.

I didn’t become a Japanese translator like I had originally planned, but I did get to travel the world and experience some amazing things. I started my business in 2004 from my dorm room.

I became addicted to capturing people and traditions and by my senior year I had made it nearly a full time gig. After graduating and starting a government job, I quickly realized that my perfect job wasn't out there and owning my own business was the right path for me. And 14 years later, I’m still here.

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching couples, families and businesses grow. I love when I meet an engaged couple and a few years later I’m photographing their babies. It’s truly an honor and I have a passion for documenting these milestones.

My Family

My husband Joe and I met in high school. We were debate partners. (nerds!) Little did I know that a dozen years later we’d meet up for a beer in Georgia and it would change everything. Six months after we began dating, Joe and I got married. I have to say, it was a pretty good decision. Side note: I made him the best man cave ever. (Don’t believe me? See it on CNN!)

My Pups

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. Rescuing, fostering, and adopting was something I grew up around. We now have four pups of our own- Gordon, Molly, Henry and Bert. And yes, it’s a zoo around here.

My Town

Full of small, beautiful stores and creative businesses, we have made some wonderful connections here in Frederick, Maryland. We planted our roots in this sweet town when my husband Joe was stationed with the Army at Fort Derrick. I fought moving here (DC is such a cool city!) but I fell in love with Frederick.

In 2016, I created a year-long project documenting the beautiful Doors of Frederick.

I am also a member of one of the local Rotary clubs (Rotary Club of Carroll Creek) and donate my time and photography to several incredible non-profits, including the Religious Coalition, the Mental Health Association and Hospice of Frederick County.

My Travels

I caught the travel bug after visiting Ireland with my dad when I was 15. Since then, I have been on a quest to visit as many countries as possible. My favorite places I have visited (so far!) are Zambia and Burma. I’m always planning my next trip, and my suitcase is always ready to go.

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