Hi everyone, I’m Katharine! A full time resident & photographer on beautiful Mackinac Island. At just 6 months old my family brought me to Mackinac Island on my very first trip & I’ve been in love ever since.
As a child I’d vacation to the island every year & always dreamed of one day working on Mackinac. In 2015 after my freshman year at CMU I had the opportunity to come to Mackinac & work for a season. I worked for what used to be Martha’s Sweet Shop, The Leather Coral, & I waitressed evenings at The Mustang Lounge. After that season I truly thought that I’d never be back to Mackinac again other than for a vacation. A few months after returning to CMU my mom, Rose, whose always dreamed of living & working on Mackinac got offered a job & my dad retired early & they made the move to Mackinac to run a B&B. While they were on Mackinac, I visited any chance I got. In 2018 I graduated from CMU with BAA in Public Relations & started doing some freelance social media work. During this time I’d visit my parents & decided I was totally missing out on living an incredible life on Mackinac. In 2019 & 2020 I worked alongside my parents running two B&B’s on the island & started doing social media & photography work on the side. During this time I not only fell in love with Mackinac living, but I also started talking to an island boy & I completely fell in love. In 2020 I unfortunately had a horrible bike accident & had to put my photography & social media work on the back burner while I recovered. At the end of the 2020 season I was feeling great again & I couldn’t fathom leaving Mackinac or my boyfriend for the winter so I ended up staying. My first winter on Mackinac was beyond magical & I knew this was now the place I’d forever call home. At the beginning of 2021 my mom made a move & started working at the incredible Bicycle Street Inn. With my parents & boyfriends support I was able to pursue my dream of doing photography & social media work full time. In February of 2021 I started Katharine Rose Photography & it completely took off, like I mean better than I could’ve ever imagined. Now I’m blessed to be a full time resident in a community that I love & doing what I love every single day. I get the opportunity to walk out my doorstep & capture all the beauty Mackinac has to offer & share it with all of you. To anyone out there debating if they should work on Mackinac, I couldn’t say better things or recommend it enough. It’s a lot of work & comes with its challenges, but so worth it! Mackinac has truly changed my life & I’m so blessed & honored to call Mackinac my home.
Life is so short & it’s so important to love & take in each & every moment. That’s why I love photography so much, it allows you to capture priceless memories that one day you’ll share with your children & grandchildren. For as long as I can remember my mom was always taking photos of me & my family. Today, being able to look back through those photos is something I’ll always cherish. If you’re looking to capture memories on Mackinac Island, I’d love to work with you! Whether it be your senior photos, a surprise proposal, a family session, or even saying “I Do”, shoot me a message & let’s set something up, I’d love to capture your Mackinac Island memories.
“We received our gallery of photos this evening & are so happy with all of them! Katharine did an excellent job of making us look good! We did not have professional photos done when we got married, so to have these done on our 45th wedding anniversary at the Grand Hotel means so much to us. Katharine was a joy to work with! She made the photo shoot fun & we highly recommend her to capture your memories on Mackinac Island.”