Katie Kolenberg was born to two artist parents, and grew up in art galleries and studios, surrounded by books, paintings and eccentrics. She studied both theatre and graphic design, and started various careers before moving into portrait photography after the birth of her son Toby in 2007. She established Heartstory in Canberra in 2009.
Heartstory currently photographs 300+ family portrait sessions a year, including newborn, baby, older families and rural sessions. The company has been through many changes over the years and is now a husband/wife operation (Katie joined forces with Jeremy Byrnes in 2014) in a commercial space with a team of four.
Katie has been awarded AIPP ACT Family Photographer of the Year three times in the last six years, as well as AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
Heartstory’s biggest goal is to capture the true essence of their subjects in a creative way, so that each portrait session results in spectacular wall art for their clients’ homes. Katie is also passionate about the art of business, to help other photographers carve out successful businesses, and to raise the profile of family photography as a profitable art form.