Katie Joll is a writer and photographer who resides in South Lake Tahoe. She was born and raised in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, where she developed a strong love of nature, physics and New Zealand heritage. She is influenced by the culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the connection between people and the environment. The stories behind people and places fascinate her.
Katie earned her Commercial Pilot’s License in the scenic climes of Hawkes Bay, deepening her mechanical understanding and providing her a new perspective of the landscape. At the time, she photographed as a hobby, particularly focusing on the weather and fascinating aspects of the landscape.
She received a Bachelor of Aviation Management from Massey University and discovered a love of travel, travel writing and photography. Katie took a road trip around California in 2012, meeting her future husband, and eventually settling in South Lake Tahoe.
She turned to freelance writing full-time and pursued further training in photography at Lake Tahoe Community College. Katie enjoys both film and digital photography and has been commissioned for portrait and travel assignments. She continues to find creative inspiration in mechanics, the history of the land and its people, as well as the natural design elements of nature. Her most recent photographs are inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the “decisive moment.”
Katie continues to advance her writing and photography practice, while working toward an Associate in Arts degree at Lake Tahoe Community College. She contributes in the community as a Girl Scout troop leader and community volunteer. She was most recently awarded for her photography at the Lake Tahoe Community College Student Art Show, 2019.