Savanna Kathleen Photography | About

So here is a disclaimer right off the bat... I’m not the best at writing. Grammatically and sometimes Im not sure how to say what I want to say. Spelling is not a strength either. So bare with me and let's praise Jesus for spell check. I tend to get so many thoughts and ideas and I get overwhelmed and I don’t end up do anything. Can anyone relate??My biggest goal for this 2018 is to connect more with you, especially those mamas out there who are chasing their dreams and raising babes and the creatives who are a little chaotic and messy and tired but love what they do with every part of their being.

Hi, that’s me! I’m 26 and living here in good ol’ Southern Illinois. I was born and raised in DuQuoin, now residing in Carbondale... but trying to move to Carterville within the next year. I AM SO OVER MOVING. I am a first time momma to my precious little nug Hudson, who will be one in March. Brandon Burgrabe has been my main squeeze for the past 3 years and for those of you wondering, we’re not married .....yet. Kind of ironic for the amount of wedding and engagement sessions I shoot, haha! One of these days he will go from baby daddy to my husband. We might have done things a little backwards but we’ll get there But for real, best dad award goes to him. Nothing is better than seeing the man you love turn into kick-but dad. I couldn’t imagine doing life with anyone else. We also have a few critters that bring a lot of love and hair to our home. Ollie who is a 3 year old goldendoodle, Raider who is a 4 year old chocolate lab.. THEY ARE BEST FRIEND! We also have two cats named Dwight and Mable and they can't stand each other, haha!

A little more about me, I graduated from SIU in 2014 with bachelor's degree in Integrated Marketing but picked up photography in 2011 to fill an elective for my associates. I would have never guessed 7 years later, I would have my own business. I tried really hard to be a 9-5 person and for a really long time. I felt guilty that I wasn’t. However, 3 years ago I finally learned to embrace who I was and took that leap of faith. So now, I am more of a 11am to 3am with lots of breaks in between kind of person.

I am a HUGE Office fan. Incase you missed the post back in October, my kid was Dwight K Schrute for Halloween. Coffee is my fuel and messy buns are my jam. My computer ALWAYS runs slow when I need it to run fast. I have a slight addiction to sweets, Target and TJ MAXX and my best work typically happens at 2am. Painting and restoring furniture is fun to me. I love to make lists, there is something so relaxing about getting my ideas and thoughts written on paper. I love Chip and Joanna Gains but I am over this whole farmhouse decor craze. As much as I wish I was a morning person.. I am not. I am probably one of the most clumsy people you will ever meet. You can count on me to trip on it, spill it or drop it. I love any and all animals, I won't even kill a spider... yeah I know :) I love Jesus and thank him daily for this crazy life he’s blessed me with and I am on a mission this year to strengthen my walk with God. Not only for myself but for my little fam, too. One of my lifelong dreams has been to buy a large older home and completely restore it.. but if that doesn’t work out I’m okay with moving into a brand new mansion. It’s fine lol. I like to over use emojis and I can eat a family order of cheese sticks from Pizza Hut in one sitting.. Don’t test me. I fangirl over Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Vance Joy. The older I get the more I love my fuzzy robe, slippers and electric blanket

I absolutely adore my job, sometimes it doesn't seem real. I get to photograph beautiful families, weddings, births, children growing, proposals... so many important moments tucked away in those images. Aside from my family, my business means the world to me. I love my families and couples like they were my own and I am just so grateful for them. 

If you’ve read this whole thing, then I am going to take a wild guess that you are a really cool human and we should be friends. I am so excited for a fresh start in 2018 and I look forward to sharing more of it with all of you!