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Grassroots Images

January 18, 2012

When I’m not wearing heels, teaching Thoreau, and educating tomorrow’s
voters, you can find me wearing my favorite cowboy boots, crawling through
prairie grass, picking sand burrs out of my knees, playing peek-a-boo with
little ones, and showing teens how to “be fierce”.

My name is Katrina, and I am a teacher who moonlights at as photographer.

I am a 1998 graduate of Broken Bow high school. My parents, Kevin and
Shannon, ranch east of Broken Bow on land that has been part of my
family for 132 years. After earning a degree in Anthropology and History
from UN-L, I followed my love for working with young adults and became a
high school Social Studies, English, and Photojournalism instructor. I
have been teaching for 7 years in O'Neill, Nebraska.  My husband ranches
south of Atkinson, and we have two amazing little boys who are the
inspiration behind many of my photographic adventures.

Just over 2 years ago, I decided to take the passion I had for photographic
art and make that passion into a business. I had been teaching students how
to take pictures of school life and sports, and a voice inside just said
"if you don't do it now, you never will." So, Katrina Lee Photography and
Grassroots Images was born in 2009.

I specialize in creative, fresh, eclectic portrait photography. The
Nebraska Sand Hills is my photographic playground, the place where I create
the majority of my work, but I also LOVE my Creative Lounge, what I call
the TEENY inside space that allows me play with mixing natural and
artificial light. I love creating dramatic images, raw, emotive black and
white images, edgy, fashion inspired images, and interesting and unique
head shots.

My favorite clients to work with have to be teens, children, and babies...
but, I also love creating images that are empowering to women. I want women
(both the young AND the wise) to see how beautiful they are, so I work with
a wonderful hair and makeup artist. When they get out of the chair, it is
so fun to see them look at themselves for the first time; she does a great
job enhancing their beautiful features and making them feel glamorous,
while still making sure they look and feel like themselves. It helps them
unleash their inner model, and what girl doesn't want to feel amazing! When
I am working with little ones on a shoot, most often I can be found
crawling all over the ground or playing games; it is important to me that
the images we create on a shoot reflect the real personalities of my
subjects. Those unlikely moments are the ones that lend themselves to the
most soulful images. My clients' stories truly inspire what I do with my
camera.  My work is really about illustrating who my clients are.

Grassroots Images is the name of my art photography, and it was inspired by
my family's ranch history. As a child, I roamed the hills of our ranch
freely. I explored the abandoned homesteads of my ancestors and daydreamed
about what life was like back in the day. The photographs of Frontier
Photographer Solomon D. Butcher play a vital role in my photographic style.
I am fortunate to know my family history, and the historic images of my
ancestors guide the kind of photographs I create. The prairie grasses, aged
fence posts and remnants of homesteads that remind me of where I come from
are a recurring theme in my artwork. Grassroots Images really personifies
the important role that my heritage plays in my life.

Last October, we unexpectedly lost my grandmother, Mary Bell. I am
so thankful for the photographs that I made of her over the last few years.
When I look at photographs that I made on my sojourns on the ranch, I feel
a deep, "Grassroots" connection with where I grew up. I chose that name
because it portrays who I am at the core... a country girl.

You can visit my portrait portfolio online at
From there, you can check out my blog, which shows my latest portrait work,
and find me on Facebook, Twitter, and my latest obsession...Pinterest!



January 18, 2012 by Jennifer Warthan (not verified), 3 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 130

This post is beautiful just like your work... and you, Katrina! I can't wait to see what you come up with for the new year.

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