Welcome to 3 Question Thursday!

I’m so excited to share this new feature with you!

Each week I will profile a different business owner or professional from Frederick County that I think YOU should know about. Each of these great ladies (and maybe a few men;) get to pick 3 unique questions from a list of about 15.

Sit back and enjoy our first featured star!


Mary Kate Battles of Mary Kate McKenna Photography*


I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Mary Kate for about five years now, ever since we met through Kids Are Heroes. (Another great organization that I’ll share more about later!) She’s done our family portraits and head shots for my business a few times and I’m always delighted with the results. Her pictures tell a story. No stuffy “portrait studio” poses for this girl!

In Mary Kate’s words here is a little bit about how she began her photography career, followed by her 3 Questions:

“I fell in love with photography in my high school darkroom. I furthered my interest in photojournalism when I studied International Relations at American University. I didn’t become a Japanese translator like I had planned, but I did get to travel the world and experience some amazing things. I fell in love with capturing people and traditions and now get to do it professionally.

I’ve been a wedding + lifestyle photographer in the DC Metro area for ten years, but travel to wherever is needed to get the shot. I get to  photograph amazing people, traditions and locations every week. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is watching couples, families and businesses grow. I love when I meet an engaged couple and a few years later I’m photographing their babies. It’s truly an honor and I have a passion for documenting these milestones.”

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day for me is getting up early, going on a long walk with my dog in downtown Frederick, knocking out all my emails and administrative tasks while drinking coffee and listening to Pandora, photographing a family or small business, then having time to get some personal projects done in the afternoon.

What’s your personal mission statement or mantra?

I read a poem when I was 12 years old that has stuck with me since. The poem, called Live the Dash, is about the two numbers on your tombstone – the year you were born and the year you die. No one remembers those two numbers, but people do remember the dash in-between, which is how you lived your life. You’ve got to live your dash!

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Chicago and grew up in small town Indiana. I loved growing up in the Midwest. I came to DC for college and fell in love with the city. But then I really fell in love, with the guy who would become my husband! He lived in Frederick. So I made a really big decision. I decided to move from my beloved DC, my home of seven years, out to Frederick. It was a huge deal for me. My friends and family thought I was nuts. And maybe I was. But it felt like the right thing to do. Thankfully I’d never regret it. Joe proposed on a chilly night in January and we got married at the courthouse two weeks later. That was five years ago and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂


Mary Kate can be reached by phone or email (numbers below). Be sure to check out her awesome website!


202.213.1272 :: MK@MKMcKenna.com

Tuesday-Friday 9-5 :: Saturday by appointment

Check out my brand new website- woop woop!


*Photographers need to be photographed, too. Mary Kate’s amazing picture is courtesy of Spence Photographics, LLC, based in Frederick MD.

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