Phoebe :(

My photography has allowed me to be a part of your lives. You’ve opened your family, your hearts, your stories, your children, your everything with me… to which I am forever grateful, and thankful for. It has allowed more happiness into my life than I ever knew possible. But, where there is the possibility of such overwhelming happiness, I had never realized before last night, that conversely, there was the potential for such immense sadness. And that is what today’s post is–more sadness than I knew possible, for a girl I had met but once.

For me, I don’t just MEET someone… I make it a point, to KNOW them. To really know them–that’s how I do what I do. That’s how I make sure I’m capturing the essence of YOU, the essence of your children, and the essence of your love for those close to you. I open my heart completely. And love. And feel. And, now… hurt… a lot. Phoebe is gone, and so is a little piece of me. She touched my heart in a very short time. We connected; we shared, and I knew quite a bit about her, her life, her goals. We talked about college. She asked me about my life, and my path, and how I got to where I am; I shared my experiences. We actually had the same requirement in a college – one that is located on the water. I had visited Pepperdine earlier this year, and I told her that’s where I would go now, if I were able to do a do-over. She said it was on her list, which made me so excited for her, and about all those possibilities for her future.

I thought about her often after that. And will continue to think of her. The world is missing a special girl. May she know how special she was; that she touched my heart, and I’m sure countless others as well. Please enjoy these pictures, and pray for her family during this incredibly difficult time.

Phoebe and her mom, Carolyn. Words can’t even…

My all time fave. Just her.

you will be greatly missed. know that. kat xo


  1. Karen on October 11, 2010 at 9:03 am

    may god bless her and her family.. and you too kat. I’m sure the family will be eternally grateful for you capturing the essence of her in your always amazing pictures.

  2. Dee Wigmore on October 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Kat you have an amazing Eye I am sure you have helped the family through a difficult time I lost my sister 17 years ago and would have loved to have a photo shoot of her being her she was a funny and loving girl… Laughter threw tears my favorite emotion ever thank you for sharing

  3. Amanda on October 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I love you Phoebe. You will be greatly missed. Have fun kickin it with the big guy and entertaining all the angels with your music

  4. Marcelle Walsh on October 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I am so saddened by the loss of this beautiful child. My prayers and thoughts go out to Stephen and Caroline while they are coping with this unexpected tragedy. Having lost my own son at age 24, I feel every inch of their pain. What else can one say, except to treasure each moment you had together. The hole in your heart will never go away; it merely fades a little. Although I live in Florida and haven’t had a connection with all of you since the death of my own beloved husband, your Uncle Tom, I know he will be thinking of you with all the love he had for the Walsh family. God bless you and stay close to each other.

  5. Rachael on October 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I didnt know Phoebe but I do know she went to my school this year, and although I never had the chance to meet her, I feel for her family. Rest in peace Phoebe <3

  6. Michael Pakaluk on October 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Steve, Carolyn, and family, you are in my prayers. These pictures are beautiful. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen

  7. Annie Walsh on October 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

    My prayers and love go to Stephen and Carolyn and my cousins. These pictures are so beautiful. I love seeing Phoebe’s smile. I love you Phoebe and wish I knew you better. I don’t know what else to say, it is just so sad. Thank you for posting these pictures Kat.

  8. Marilyn McGourty on October 12, 2010 at 11:44 am

    My prayers go out to Stephen and Carolyn and my cousins.The pictures are so beautiful.I love you phoebe and i wish i have knew you better.It is so sad.

  9. Marilyn McGourty on October 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for posting the pictures

  10. Sarah Jacobs on October 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you kindly for catching Phoebe as we will always remember her – beautiful, bright, innocent, sweet, so gentle. What a great girl – we will miss her dearly as she has touched so many lives.

  11. Amanda Kelly on October 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for putting such a wonderful post up with beautiful and happy pictures of Phoebe. I was her camp counselor for years at Camp Mattakeesett. I got to know Phoebe as a little girl and these photos really capture the fun-loving Phoebe I like to remember. She was close with my youngest sister Vanessa, through church camp and I know these photos will help her to remember her dear friend as the bright and beautiful girl we all will miss. My prayers go out to her family.

  12. Grace Cheffers on October 18, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Dear Carolyn and family: Words can not express the sense of loss that we are sharing with you. We are beseeching the Blessed Mother asking her to take care of all of you as only a mother can. God Bless.

  13. Priya Chakraborty on November 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Rest in peace, Phoebe. Thanks for being a close friend to me. I’ll never forget the fun times we had in high school.

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