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Art & Life with Kate Houlihan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Houlihan.

Kate, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up being very artistic and always enjoyed photography. I received a “full-ride” scholarship to college for fine art. I was a painter, but always had my camera by my side. After college, I moved to Sun Valley, Idaho and got a job with the world-renowned photographer, David Stoecklein.

We traveled a lot and I learned all aspects of the photography business, as well as shooting and editing (it was film in those days). After working for him for many years, I started a stock photo agency with a friend who also worked with me at David Stoecklein’s.

After selling our company, I relocated to Newport Beach, Ca and started a family. That’s what got me into more of the portrait, family type of photography. I no longer wanted to travel for work because of my kids, so this was a great fit. I currently shoot families, portraits, fashion, lifestyle and all kinds of equine photography. I also have published 3 coffee table books on the local towns.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer. I mostly shoot people and I feel I am good at making them feel comfortable and be their true selves. I also love shooting kids and trying to get their real personality to shine through. I donate a lot of my services to local charities, whether it’s a free portrait session or scenic prints that I have in my fine art collection. I also am a mentor at the local high school and have helped some kids really get going with their love for photography.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think art is generally a way of expressing yourself. I think art is maybe a little more “open and free” so to say, where in the past it could have gotten you into trouble if you expressed the wrong thing. I think art sometimes follows where the world is at that given time. I can’t say my art is affected by political or international issues. I would however, like to start traveling for work again, now that my kids are older and one is on his way to college.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a “shop” on my web site, for my fine art prints, as well as they can see my style of shooting if they want to hire me for an assignment. I’m at I also post a lot on Instagram @katehouliuhanphotography

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1315 Santiago Dr., Newport beach, CA 92660
  • Website:
  • Phone: 949-322-1522
  • Email:
  • Instagram: katehoulihanphotography
  • Facebook: Kate Houlihan Photography

Image Credit:
Kate Houlihan Photography.

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