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The daily positive : Day 1

Katie Hennessey

So you may have heard the news! I accepted my dream job offer and now work at the Terrain home office, located in the Navy Yard of Philadelphia. Terrain specializes in all things garden and home, and is a sister store of Anthropologie. I have been at my new job for officially one month on this very day! I am the studio product photographer, so every image that you see on the website, I take, along with some lifestyle photographs as well. I work with an amazing team of creatives who are innovative, caring, and passionate about what they do. From the very start I have been blessed with welcoming hearts. I can't thank them enough for helping my transition period go smoothly!

I've hit some rough patches this past month while adjusting to life in the city again. I've been sleeping on an air bed, with no furniture, I feel completely alone while I come back to my empty apartment, sometimes the work load is overwhelming .I don't have internet at my place quite yet, so  I'm using my phone right now to type this. It's pretty bare bones here! I'm learning to live minimally and also to be thankful for what I have.  I just got a radio, and I listen to Klove every minuet of the day when I'm here. The christian radio station helps me keep a positive outlook and fills the empty apartment with happiness. Little things like this make such a huge difference.  I find myself singing the songs while I'm at work, turning them into a prayer. It helps!

I use my mornings and evenings to pray and read. This season in my life is strange- exciting, overwhelming.. The Lord really knew the desires of my heart, and helped me come this far. There must be something great planned on the horizon because I can feel myself getting stronger. I'm thankful for being able to rest soundly in the hands of my savior and for the great support system I have back home--even if they are miles and miles away.

to new beginnings!

Easy french Macarons

Katie Hennessey

Homemade french macaroons.

Homemade french macaroons.

Not as hard as you think they are! Follow my recipe below!

Not as hard as you think they are! Follow my recipe below!

Hello friends!

On occasion I get the question of what I do in my free time, what my hobbies are, or what I like to do other than photography. It's a hard question to answer at first because photography is one of my biggest passions. I eat, sleep, breathe photography. All moments of the day I have some kind of camera on me whether it is my Holga, my DSLR or my iPhone. I chase light, keep a close eye on how shadows trace the ground, and also how the color changes throughout the day.

But to get to the question: HOBBIES.

One of my biggest passions other than photography is being in the kitchen, cooking + baking... I love to explore and try new foods. I will try anything at least once! Growing up, my family did not have a lot of money but my Dad always put fourth the effort of making the mundane foods unique. My mom had a little garden on the side of our house and we would grow herbs and tomatoes, sometimes peppers. Lots and lots of flowers. We had a lot of farmers near by which we would get our fresh produce for more affordable prices. Kevin, my boyfriend, has also inspired my palette because he is vietnamese. His mom is one of the best cooks I know. Kevin's family has introduced me to so many awesome flavors, foods, and textures. Some of my all time favorite food dishes are Vietnamese. 

Yesterday I spent some time at the grocery store and had a hankering for french macarons. Kevin and I used to bike around Philadelphia in search for the best ones. We stumbled upon a great little spot close to rittenhouse square, called Miel Patisserie. THIS PLACE ROCKS, guys! Ever since I've tried countless times to replicate them  (though taste). I stumbled upon a great recipe but took out the guess work and found a formula that works great for me.

Here's the recipe I used for these little cuties:

  • 2/3 cup sliced blanched almonds (71 grams) ---about 2 heaping handfuls.
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (117 grams) (aka powdered sugar)
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature (use a plastic bottle and suck up the egg yolks!)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (53 grams)
  • Jam or other filling ( I liked to use home made raspberry jam)




  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in lower third. Place almonds in a food processor; process until as fine as possible, about 1 minute. Add confectioners' sugar; process until combined, about 1 minute.

  2. STEP 2

    Pass almond mixture through a fine-mesh sieve. Transfer solids in sieve to food processor; grind and sift again, pressing down on clumps. Repeat until less than 2 tablespoons of solids remains in sieve.

  3. STEP 3

    Whisk egg whites and granulated sugar by hand to combine. Beat on medium speed (4 on a KitchenAid) 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high (6) and beat 2 minutes. Then beat on high (8) 2 minutes more.

  4. STEP 4

    The beaten egg whites will hold stiff, glossy peaks when you lift the whisk out of the bowl. Add flavoring and food coloring, if desired, and beat on highest speed 30 seconds.

  5. STEP 5

    Add dry ingredients all at once. Fold with a spatula from bottom of bowl upward, then press flat side of spatula firmly through middle of mixture. Repeat just until batter flows like lava, 35 to 40 complete strokes.

  6. STEP 6

    Rest a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch round tip (Ateco #804) inside a glass. Transfer batter to bag; secure top. Dab some batter remaining in bowl onto corners of 2 heavy baking sheets; line with parchment.

  7. STEP 7

    With piping tip 1/2 inch above sheet, pipe batter into a 3/4-inch round, then swirl tip off to one side. Repeat, spacing rounds 1 inch apart. Tap sheets firmly against counter 2 or 3 times to release air bubbles.

  8. STEP 8

    Bake 1 sheet at a time, rotating halfway through, until risen and just set, 12 minutes. Let cool. Pipe or spread filling on flat sides of half of cookies; top with remaining half. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.

  9. STORE
    I store these on a cute little cake stand. Cover with plastic wrap and stick a piece of bread on top. This will keep your macaroons nice and soft.



Our Anniversary

Katie Hennessey

Photo by Marisa Albrecht

10 years. 10 years of singing songs by mike kinsella, chasing sunsets with copeland blaring from your car. Some long distance, 3 apartments, 1 cat, road trips, trusting The Lord And growing together in Christ. Bruises, blisters, bad hair cuts. Sharing laughter tears and life with you has been such a blessing. I am so glad you are mine.

Kevin took this of me! He's a budding photographer!

Kevin and I began dating my freshman year of High School at just 15! He was a year older than me, we met through close friends while walking through a near by park that we frequented. Though we are not engaged yet, we plan to after Kevin finishes grad school. 

Life After Graduation

Katie Hennessey

The dreaded question. "What are you doing now that you're finished with school? " That's what everyone is asking. I find it hard to talk about myself and sometimes I avoid the question because of the overwhelming thought of it. What AM I doing? These past 10 months flew by like sand through my hands. Trying to clench tight, but the tighter I hold on, the faster it goes.

  • Lately I need to remind myself to take time and enjoy the simple moments as they happen. God is telling me to be still and listen. So many good things are happening constantly that it would be such a bummer to not notice it. Don't worry, live for today. Have faith. The Lord will provide, in his time. never a moment earlier, never a moment later.
I want to show women that they are beautiful, worthy of praise and are loved unconditionally. I strive to build confidence, increase self-worth and inspire women to be positive thinkers, mothers, daughters and friends.

Some exciting things in the works lately. Remember a few blog posts ago when I was trying to dissect the reason why I'm so drawn to photograph women? Some crazy God - stuff happened last month. There's really no other way to explain it. I'm forever thankful for all of the people that I meet who have encouraged me to dream, to push further than I'm willing to go, and lift me up when I'm feeling down.

But first, Here's a little back story:

I applied several times to Anthropologie after graduating from the Art Institute, landed several interviews at their headquarters in Philadelphia. Funny enough, I actually made a connection with one of the photographers who works at Terrain while she was in the middle of a styled shoot. We exchanged cards, and she hooked me up with my first official interview (thanks Isa!) I applied to be apart of the visual merchandising team, photographing clothing on models. My dream job. I received a phone call back several months later (out of the blue) receiving information that their lead photographer saw my portfolio and loved what he saw, thus, another interview. A few drawn out weeks later, they were still in the decision process of choosing the right team member. I later found out that I was "first on their list" of people to contact when another opening arises, but they chose an Internal team member to fill the position. I was bummed. I felt like total crap. But I decided not to give up and keep pushing forward. 

In the meantime I continued my dream, scheduled styled shoot on my own time, collaborating with local hair and makeup artists. I attended an awesome workshop in California (Yeah! Field Trip), networked with so many awesome talented photographers. It rained. Oh, did it rain! But we had fun-- I traveled with my best friend, Marisa. We road tripped for 8 hours up to Monterey, then back to Santa Barbra. This was my first time in California. I haven't blogged an official story from my time there yet, but you can see more photos of my time there HERE.

Just as I was about to feel hopeless about my finances and dealing with school loans, busy summer landed on my lap with a plethora of opportunities.  My mom always says "don't give up before the miracle." and that's exactly what happened. Right when I was accepting my fate, coming to terms with the possibility of having to work in a coffee shop to pay my bills or sell lemonade on the side of the street, God piled on top of me a basket of opportunities. All things that I am passionate about, that feed my creative heart and challenge my mind. Things that have to do with what I love most : Photography.

Images  photographed by Katie Hennessey while working for Char Co.

Time in between running my own very busy freelance business photographing seniors, weddings and couples engaged, I joined the Char Co. team. in February, I was added onto the team as an associate photographer. They hired me on board part time / as needed. I'm in their studio only a few days a month but have learned and realized so much about running a business, how important it is to network and build friendships with other creatives in the industry, and what it takes to put together a styled shoot. Char is an absolutely amazing woman, a mother, business owner, and an over all go - getter. You can learn more about the team by here.

This was taken at the True To You Workshop!

During my week days when I'm not shooting, creating wedding timelines,  meeting with potential clients or grabbing a drink with a bride, I'm working for a wedding outsourcing company called Eclectic Pixels. Doug and Melania own the company and are the most genuine people. I'm blessed to be apart of the team, earning extra money and editing photographers work from all over. This, however has fueled my coffee addiction because I spend a lot of time behind the computer!

Phew. That's a little summary of what I've been doing lately. But there's way more news on the way pertaining to the quote in the beginning of this little entry. Stay tuned for the big news, my new friendship with Imagine Goods and traveling over seas this fall to document the story behind the company ! 

For High School Seniors

Katie Hennessey

Images in this post  were photographed by Katie Hennessey while working for  Char Co.

Images in this post  were photographed by Katie Hennessey while working for Char Co.


You made it! Four years of high school are coming a close and you are anxiously awaiting graduation. It is springtime, the earth has finally thawed from winters chilly frost and the seedlings are spouting. Mother natures continuous promise of new beginnings cycle in seasons, just as you have moved through each unique year of high school. Continuously growing, learning and overcoming obstacles. Just like the seedlings victoriously sprout up through the dirt, reaching their leaves towards the sun — you are embarking on a new adventure of life, a great one!

Five things you should know before you graduate :

1. Never sell yourself short

    You were created for a purpose, you have dreams for a reason, and you are destined for greatness. That doesn’t mean that the path will always be smooth, and you won’t have things served to you on a silver platter. Tough situations build our character and teach us valuable lessons. Sometimes the seas will get rough, but push forward & keep the faith. It’s always so worth it in the end.

2. Reward yourself

    As you move forward through all the necessary steps to graduate (senior projects, finals, college applications) be sure you treat yourself and pat yourself on the back! You have accomplished so many things, have grown in several ways, and are stronger than you were before. Remember when you were so nervous to give presentations in front of the class, and now you’re a pro at it? Recognize your achievements, they shouldn’t go unnoticed! 

3. Take the time to be still

    This is something that I still have trouble with, but it’s something that is needed on a daily basis. Take the time to sit quietly, without your phone or computers and breathe. There is no doubt that this can be a stressful time in your life, so take a few minuets out of your day to reflect who you were, who you’ve become, and who you want to be. Thank those who have helped you achieve your goals thus far, and be thankful for everything that is going well.

4. Recognize your strengths & work on your weaknesses

    Are you awesome at communicating your crazy ideas about fashion and style to your friends, or are you super passionate about helping people in need and lending a helping hand? Do you find that you tend to be shy around those you don’t know or get nervous in new situations? Try combining the things you love with things that you need to work on to challenge yourself to grow. That way overcoming fears is a little easier (and might be a little fun!). For example : help out at a women’s shelter and donate clothing, volunteer your time at a local fashion event who is raising money for breast cancer. 

5. Set Goals

    At this point you have realized that staying on top of your agenda is super important. Handing in school assignments on time help your GPA, and running after school helps keep your stress levels down and shaves off time on your monthly mile run during gym class. Keep setting small goals for yourself as you approach your senior year of high-school so that you can keep your dreams in sight! There is seriously never a dream too big !

Meet your photographer..

Katie Hennessey


Hello! It's me, Katie! I take my job very seriously.. It's more than simply making beautiful photographs. I want to show women that they are beautiful, worthy of praise and are loved unconditionally. I strive to build confidence, increase self-worth and inspire women to be positive thinkers, mothers, daughters and friends.

I’ve been trying to hit the nail on the head—where I want my business to go, who I am as an artist, and what I strive to do as woman of God, who holds a camera in her hands. Even if we don’t share the same beliefs- that’s totally cool with me! But there is something specific that has been on my heart since starting school in Philadelphia. Discovering beauty apart from vanity, and sweetness apart from passivity. Let’s begin my discussion on femininity and see where it leads: this will be a 4 part series! Excited to see how this turns out. Stay tuned !



Katie Hennessey

Add some color to those lips!

1) peachy nude, baby pink & classic red are my go-to colors when I want to add something extra to an every-day look. Because of my fair skin in the wintertime i like to top off the pink shades with a nude gloss. Surprisingly enough, that middle pink shade isn't as shocking as you'd think.



Choose a color that matches your personality

2) I haven't painted my nails in a while because I rock climb, but when I do, I stick to very neutral shades. These are all L'Oreal nail polishes which are super affordable, and last a decent amount of time (up to a week if finished with a good top coat like butter London's).

A touch of Whimsy

3) This Scent by Marc Jacobs is something every lady should own in my opinion. It reminds me of springtime, fresh wildflowers and running bare with feet on soft grass. Fresh, sophisticated, and whimsical. I'm into it!

4) An absolute necessity for me is prepping my face with a good moisturising foundation. One that is not cakey, thick or sticky. I love Lancome's Tient Visionaire because it includes an awesome concealer which is located on the top portion, that perfectly matches my skin tone. This foundation is ideal for me because it allows my skin to breathe, but at the same time it also has buildable coverage. I can't tell you how many times I've received compliments on my skin: this is the trick,ladies! You want to be natural, not caked up with layers!