About Katie K

I like sunny days, strong coffee, cute kids, inspirational stories, comfy couches, funky shoes and vibrant colours. I am extremely pedantic about spelling, grammar and punctuation (which is rare for a graphic designer, I know!), and it doesn’t take much to make me laugh.

My professional background is in web design and development, graphic design (print) and project management (publications). In January of 2010, I took a massive leap of faith, left my secure (and loved) public service position and started two businesses; Katie K Creative and Heartstory (contemporary portrait photography). I feel like I’m finally living the life I always dreamed of living, and although it’s hard work, it’s also extremely rewarding, fulfilling and makes me very happy.


Project based graphic design (branding & publications)
Natural light portrait and still life photography
Web design, CSS, accessibility, usability and information architecture
Project management


Bachelor of Graphic Design (Honours), University of Canberra 2009 (finally completed after 9 years of part-time study, woohoo!)


Teaching and training (graphic design & Adobe Creative Suite)
Copy-writing, editing and proofreading for web and print
Design and handmade production of artists’ sketchbooks, albums and display portfolios.


2012 Runner-up ACT Family Photographer of the Year // Epson ACT PPY
2012 Finalist Head On Portrait Prize
2012 Winner of People’s Choice, Momento Pro Photobook of the Year
2012 Semi-Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Competition
2012 Runner-up (Editorial) & Finalist (Documentary) // Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer, Capture Magazine
2012 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 6 silver
2012 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 4 silver
2011 Loupe Awards: 3 bronze
2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 1 silver distinction, 2 silver
2011 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 5 silver
2010 International Aperture Awards: 5 bronze
2010 ACMP Projections: Winner of Commercial Category
2010 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA): 3 silver
2010 AIPP Epson ACT Emerging Photographer of the Year
2010 AIPP Epson NSW/ACT Print Awards: 3 silver
2009 Australian Graphic Design Association: Best Industry Ready Graduate [B. GraphDes]
2009 KODAK: Excellence in Graphic Design (Highest GPA in graduating group)
2009 Chancellor’s Commendation and Dean’s Excellence Award [B. GraphDes]