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About Us

Build Your Wings Photography is a team consisting of Katherine and Michael Gray. We live in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland and are happy to travel just about anywhere for the right gig!

Smooshy Kiss
Photo by Lindsey Welch*

Katherine and Michael are full-time photographers, writers, and all-around creative folks. You can find our work published in several popular programs, including the Today ShowMSNBCTecca.comTUAW, and WoW Insider.

Katherine
Back in the halcyon days of yore (i.e., high school in the early 1990s), Katherine was part of a crack team of bleeding-edge tech geeks, music nerds, and writers convinced they were the next Tolkien. Of course, “bleeding-edge tech” at that time was Bank Street Writer and writing your own HyperCard games, so take that as you will. She has a job history that includes everything from technical writer to barista to cemetery intern, and now she is a cloth-diapering, babywearing, wanna-be hippy and parent of a fabulous and rambunctious toddler. She babbles about books and shows off her photography in her personal blog at Museful.com, makes and sells cloth diapers at Bum de Yada Diapers, and is thrilled to be finally realizing her dream of being a professional photographer. She lives on the side of a mountain with her husband, a dog, several cats, the aforementioned toddler, and the occasional wild turkey.

Michael
Michael worked in local newspapers and national news sites; his writing has appeared across syndication for nearly 20 years. Michael managed operations at a national veterinary pharmacy, wrote about customer business theory for professional publications, and moved to the mountains to follow Thoreau’s advice.

As a professional event and family photographer, Michael is dedicated to making sure his customers get the best images for their needs. “I think the photographer’s job is to find out what you want and figure out the best way to give it to you. Being behind the camera is only half the job. It starts by finding out what you want out of the experience, and which memories you’re most anticipating. And then, make that happen.”

* Thank you to Lindsey Welch for the awesome family photo!

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