I’m from Cape Cod, MA, but spent my college years and beyond in Boston. Recently, my husband and I spent a year in Seattle, WA before coming back East in the summer of 2016 and settling down in Saratoga Springs, NY. To me, the word “home” means all of these places.

Cape Cod, MA
Boston, MA
Seattle, WA
Saratoga Springs, NY

“We are all a part of those who came before.”

– Coco

What is your “WHY”?

I realize as I get older that family is so important. Where we came from is a huge part of who we are and as with everything else, family changes over the years. Babies grow into kids, and kids grow into teenagers, and along the way families go through life’s ebbs and flows. Some of my personal inspiration comes from looking back on how my family changed over the years. Looking back on images from my childhood bring me a joy that I never want to forget.

I want to provide a legacy for not only my clients, but for my clients’ children and grandchildren. I want the images from our time together to be found by generations to come. These images will serve to tell the story of a day, of a year, or of an entire childhood. I want to document your family’s history as you’re making it.

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

How would you describe yourself?

I’ve been described as quiet until you get to know me, but I have a pretty good sense of humor. I’m a horrible dancer. I prefer gummies over chocolate any day. I don’t like mayo and can’t stand the thought of tuna fish from a can. I’m a dog lover. I’m obsessed with the color mustard yellow. I am addicted to finding the perfect quote, and the perfect pair of weekend leggings. I love comedies and hate horror movies. I love the show, This Is Us – I cry during every episode. One of my greatest joys is knowing that I have captured a person’s true spirit in a photograph.

Katrina Bernard Photography

What inspires you?

I am inspired by moments. In all my photographs, I am always in search of genuine emotion and authentic moments between family. I specialize in lifestyle family and newborn portraiture for this reason.

When did you realize you had a passion for photography?

I guess I could say 2008 officially, but it was probably before that. It was the day after Thanksgiving that year and I was up early to go shopping when I saw the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen. I photographed it until it was gone. To this day the photos from this session define how I got my start and remind me to always be ready to capture beautiful moments.

Why is personal connection important for photography?

Connection is so important to have between client and photographer, especially in the world of family and newborn photography. You are trusting this person with the most precious thing to you on this earth, your child. This is why I strongly believe in having a pre-consult before booking. This allows us a chance to get to know each other, and get on the same page about your goals and vision for the session.

I believe

… in fate. The universe provides what we need when we need it, even though 99% of it doesn’t make sense at the time.

… that a solid, perfectly made Dunkin Donuts Caramel Swirl Iced Latte can turn any bad day around.

… in listening.

…  in celebrating family. The one you’re born with, and the ones you make for yourself.

… that if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

… in traveling. And taking cross-country road trips with your best friend.

… the best weekends are spent wearing leggings curled up with my two terriers.

… that an episode of Dr. Phil counts as a great therapy session. The same thing is true of Sex and the City re-runs.

… in preserving memories.

… in connection. With each other, and with the world around us.

… that our quiet moments are what truly define us, and connect us.

Let’s Connect!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.

I so look forward to the possibility of working with you, and creating timeless images for you and your family. I am located in Saratoga Springs, NY, and available for travel all over the Northeast, especially Boston and Cape Cod.

Please inquire for availability, session details, and current rates.

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