By Ambika Narula
At 12 years old, Katie Seager’s (Germantown resident) life changed when she received her first camera taking pictures of whatever she can, such as trash cans. Falling passionately in love with photography, Seager decided to pursue her passion as a professional hobby while at the mere age of 16 while as a student at Clarksburg High school.
“My sophomore year in high school, I took a shot at trying to make money with the thing I loved most. I charged a whopping $10/hour for family portrait sessions. I am now 20 years old and am so humbled to say I haven’t stopped, and my business has been so blessed,” Seager said.
At the beginning of her business, Seager had run into a roadblock of her business license, but she refused to let that get in the way.
“I don’t think many people were interested in a 16-year-old shooting their wedding. It turned out that was not legally liable to have a licensed business in Maryland at 16, but I did not accept that. I had my dad sign as if he owned the business until my 18th birthday. In the past 4 years, I have had the chance to meet some incredible entrepreneurs, young business owners, and photographers that have coached me along the way, with all the good, bad, and ugly,” Seager said.
In the last few years since starting her business, Seager’s favorite part of the job is, “being different. I value the experience I have with those I work with. I try my hardest for “the process” of booking and scheduling with me to not be “business-y.” I hate that. I see value in every person I photograph, and I am not here to make money, I do this because I am called,” Seager said.
Seager’s photography consists of doing, almost any type of portrait, couples, weddings, families, and seniors.
Katie Seager is a proud MoCo resident and is proud to be a professional photographer and able to achieve the success of her business.
“I know this job is not my forever. However, I am so grateful for what it has become. Looking back as I was 12, I could have never imagined this is where I would be now. I know who holds the future of my business, and for that, I am grateful,” Seager said.
My name is Ambika Narula! I was born in Rockville but grew up in Germantown for a majority of my life, before moving to Clarksburg where I currently reside. I am a Clarksburg High School graduate, a former Montgomery College student and now a multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland, College Park. A bit about me is that I am a writer, and currently Editor in Chief of UMD’s Odyssey Online. To me, MoCo has always been my home, and I’m proud to be apart of this county, seeing it grow and learning more about it every day.