Katie has studied nature and photography for more than twenty years. She began photographing wildlife in Oregon at age 15, and later received her Bachelor's degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University. In 2005, Katie moved to North Carolina to work with rare and endangered birds at Sylvan Heights Bird Park and the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center. While working as an aviculturist, she returned to school and earned a degree in graphic design. She currently works as Sylvan Heights Bird Park's photographer and graphic designer.