About - katenesi

Meet Your Photographer

I’m a portrait photographer living in beautiful Shark River Hills, New Jersey. I’ve been behind the camera professionally for over 10 years serving Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties. I've traveled as far away as Seattle, and stayed as close as riding my bike down the street to  local parks for clients.

I grew up ruining carpets with chemistry sets, feeding my ant farm, putting together models of the five senses, and posing for my mom’s huge black and silver camera. I remember licking Snoopy snow cones in the summer and slurping my mom’s Snowy Day top secret stew.

At age eight, I received my first purple film camera and never looked back. 

It was when I decided to try a themed self-portrait-a-day project back in 2008 that my spark for real photography lit up. I am obsessed with fashion, but always ended up a fashion disaster in my self-portraits. That’s when I realized how much easier it would be to take portraits of you!

I love experiments. Whether it’s homemade laundry detergent or a family of five, it’s the wonder to my woman. I might be called "crunchy granola" but I can't eat it unless it's gluten-free.

I'm a Wife + Mom.

A lot has happened since I began! After marrying my husband Christopher in 2007, I gave birth to our two awesome sons (Monkey in 2012 + Crab in 2015)! Our growing together as a family and my life experiences have helped shape my passion for family portrait photography here at the Jersey Shore.

My glasses should be worn for distance, but most of the time I like to live in the present and avoid looking too far into the future.

My husband, Chris, loves to tell jokes that make me gasp with laughter!

Monkey and Crab will always be my baby guys, and my chihuahuas, Ruby and Jeter, like to snuggle under blankets with me all.the.time.

I Love to Run!

I haven't always been an avid runner. Back in high school, I always wondered why anyone would run for the sake of running? You know, not to chase a ball or go around a field. Then I ran a mile for the first time in 2002 and was hooked.

They call it "runners high". My first 5k was April 27, 2003, and I've never looked back. I have been running and racing distances up to 13.1 miles and plan to one day *gasp* complete an ultra-marathon (anything over 26.2 miles).

On weekends, you’ll find me running wooded trails with  Monkey or Crab, catching up on The Real Housewives, experimenting with homemade fermentations, or digging around cooking blogs to create the weekly meal plan.

I'm a Librarian, too.

I am a lifelong learner which is why I started The Lifelong Learning Podcast!

I have attended universities to study a variety of subjects, completing two Bachelor degree programs as well as earning a Masters degree. I started out working in television for NBC, but I wanted a little bit more out of my career and that's when I decided to become a librarian!

From there, my true work helping others began. I've worked with young adults in public and academic libraries, as a technology librarian designing county-wide websites, and finally won the amazing reward of working with comical young adults in a high school!

I give my heart to others, my energy to charity, and my knowledge to students.

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