You could hear the pounding of her feet on the pavement and a slight hint of breath as she ran past me. For Katie, it’s a passion. Running, that is. It’s been a “calling”, something that makes her feel free and at the same time lights her competitive fire. And let’s just be honest, she’s darn good at it.
She’s equally passionate about her creative endeavors. From drawing, sketching, and painting to pursuing musical expression, Katie has a secret addiction to the flow of colors and the intricacies of design.
But the passion for running wins out. She hopes to pursue cross country and track in college, and exercise science and nutrition as her field of study. Along with passion comes her expectations for perfection. “With running, I work myself in training very hard so that I can visually see results and can ultimately be proud of my accomplishments” Katie stated. “And at school, it’s no joke, I like to get down and dirty with material and make sure that I know what I’m doing before I get in too deep.”
I love getting to know the people I photograph and Katie is no exception. On the day of our shoot our conversations ranged from fitness and nutrition to talking about marching band memories (Her fav was when Mr. Ballin told the entire band that they had just won first place during the day show at state fair.) We also talked about the photo shoot and how she loved the running portion of the shoot because of what a large part running plays in her life and the way it was captured– that prime moment when her feet hit the ground. I didn’t know it at the time but Katie later said it was almost emotional for her because we took the time to get it just right. I consider that a compliment from a girl who seeks perfection!
I have no doubt that Katie will be creating success not matter where she goes in the future.