- ABOUT Katherine -


You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. - Ansel Adams

The Gulf Coast’s premier newborn photographer, Katherine Swetman has specialized in heirloom portraiture since 2010. Her signature classic style and traditional custom technique timelessly captures the magic of those precious first few days of life.

A cum laude graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Journalism, Katherine learned the basics of her photography technique during college and while earning a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. Her photography skills further sharpened while directing internal and external communications, among other duties, for the local division of a large global corporation. A native of Pascagoula, Katherine lives in the quaint Gulf-side town of Ocean Springs with her husband Tanner Swetman, originally of Biloxi, and sons Clark, age 9, and Andrew, age 6.

She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, has trained with some of the best photographers in the country, and regularly attends continuing education workshops and conferences to keep her skills sharp and stay abreast of cutting edge technology in the industry. Katherine specializes in newborn photography and loves to capture images of a baby’s first year of life. Utilizing a mix of in-studio, outdoor, natural light, and off-camera lighting, she loves taking formal images as well as pictures that capture fun times, sweet personalities, and spunky dispositions.


She is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs, where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher, and on the Children’s Ministry Action Team. She is Vice President of the Ocean Springs Education Foundation Board of Directors and is active in the PTO at Oak Park Elementary School. Katherine also serves as Secretary on the board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. She’s a member of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, Les Masquees, and the Dogwood Garden Club.

Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including “Mississippi Magazine,” “South Mississippi Living” magazine, and “Gulf Coast Woman.”

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