I’m Alice Donovan Rouse—the creative behind Kat Photography. Although I despise archetypes, I characterize myself as a homebody with the soul of a gypsy. I live in Charlestown (Boston) with my husband Alex, daughter Luna and cat, Opie. I love to travel, explore and be spontaneous (i.e. make a detour to get donuts in portland Maine) but I also genuinely love being at home and feeling anchored to a purpose. My initial degree is in Landscape Architecture and I later received an MFA in Graphic Design. Through the many career detours I have taken (landscape designer, interior designer, brand designer, UX designer, Professor—to name a few) I have learned one thing about myself—I don't want to be one thing at all. I have come to accept that my passions exist in many places (and that is okay) but there is a common thread that connects them all—the love of creating, making and understanding that our every day as we know it is often under appreciated.
In photography (and design), I aim to avoid stylistic choices that follow trends and rather create timeless, simple and pure images that make you feel something. Although I believe that there is a time and place for posed photography, I truly find that the most captivating images are the ones that are created in organic moments. It is often the case that my favorite photographs capture the beautiful pieces of emotion that can be found in the in-between.
I am quick to find connections in people around me—some may say I could talk to a brick wall—which I am often told brings comfort to clients who are feeling uneasy about having their photos taken. Time with me should feel effortless and anything but stressful. Becoming a mother has given me even more comfort in working with children, especially new babies, and I hope I can be a steady hand in the crazy moments that sometimes come with energetic little ones!
I feel immense gratitude for those who allow me to document the intimate moments of their lives and look forward to the continuation of growth as new clients bring their positive energy and inspiration to this practice.