Grassroots Images

When I’m not wearing heels, teaching Thoreau, and educating tomorrow’svoters, you can find me wearing my favorite cowboy boots, crawling throughprairie grass, picking sand burrs out of my knees, playing peek-a-boo withlittle 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 andShannon, ranch east of Broken Bow on land that has been part of myfamily for 132 years. After earning a degree in Anthropology and Historyfrom UN-L, I followed my love for working with young adults and became ahigh school Social Studies, English, and Photojournalism instructor. Ihave been teaching for 7 years in O'Neill, Nebraska.  My husband ranchessouth of Atkinson, and we have two amazing little boys who are theinspiration behind many of my photographic adventures.Just over 2 years ago, I decided to take the passion I had for photographicart and make that passion into a business. I had been teaching students howto 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 andGrassroots Images was born in 2009.I specialize in creative, fresh, eclectic portrait photography. TheNebraska Sand Hills is my photographic playground, the place where I createthe majority of my work, but I also LOVE my Creative Lounge, what I callthe TEENY inside space that allows me play with mixing natural andartificial light. I love creating dramatic images, raw, emotive black andwhite images, edgy, fashion inspired images, and interesting and uniquehead 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 witha wonderful hair and makeup artist. When they get out of the chair, it isso fun to see them look at themselves for the first time; she does a greatjob enhancing their beautiful features and making them feel glamorous,while still making sure they look and feel like themselves. It helps themunleash their inner model, and what girl doesn't want to feel amazing! WhenI am working with little ones on a shoot, most often I can be foundcrawling all over the ground or playing games; it is important to me thatthe images we create on a shoot reflect the real personalities of mysubjects. Those unlikely moments are the ones that lend themselves to themost soulful images. My clients' stories truly inspire what I do with mycamera.  My work is really about illustrating who my clients are.Grassroots Images is the name of my art photography, and it was inspired bymy family's ranch history. As a child, I roamed the hills of our ranchfreely. I explored the abandoned homesteads of my ancestors and daydreamedabout what life was like back in the day. The photographs of FrontierPhotographer Solomon D. Butcher play a vital role in my photographic style.I am fortunate to know my family history, and the historic images of myancestors guide the kind of photographs I create. The prairie grasses, agedfence posts and remnants of homesteads that remind me of where I come fromare a recurring theme in my artwork. Grassroots Images really personifiesthe important role that my heritage plays in my life.Last October, we unexpectedly lost my grandmother, Mary Bell. I amso 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 feela deep, "Grassroots" connection with where I grew up. I chose that namebecause it portrays who I am at the core... a country girl.You can visit my portrait portfolio online at there, you can check out my blog, which shows my latest portrait work,and find me on Facebook, Twitter, and my latest obsession...Pinterest!