Tennessee born with a free spirit that embodies that of the American Southwest - Kaitlyn Stoddard is a Memphis based artist who works with both digital and analogue photographic mediums. Constantly torn between the southern comfort of life outside of Memphis and the vast freedom of the southwest, you'll find just a little bit of both places in her work. Grassy fields not far from the Mighty Mississippi are home to some really good cookin' and a little bit of nostalgia, while sandstone cliffs and the painted desert will forever be symbolic of limitless possibilities and contentment found from just "being."
Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies in Art and Fashion Merchandising as well as a Minor in Spanish from the University of Memphis. Before she began studying photography, Kaitlyn traveled internationally through a career in modeling. Although by industry standards she merely dabbled in the profession, these travels sparked her interest in and love of culture, which later united with her passion for photography. Much of Kaitlyn's work explores the dynamics of people – our relationships with each other and with the world we live in, and the psychology behind those relationships. Also largely influenced by growing up with horses in Tennessee, she pulls inspiration from relationships between people and horses, and is fascinated by the therapeutic aspect that these gentle giants carry with them.
When she is not behind the lens, Kaitlyn can be found riding her Desi Horse (who is more like a large lap dog), running with her dog, Grimm (who is more like a "bear-wolf"), decorating for Christmas in July, or coaching her high school cross country team with her husband, Sean.
Kaitlyn has found, above all, that no matter where we are in the world, people are much more alike than we may think. It is merely the circumstances that are different. As a wonderful friend said, Kaitlyn's passion is "telling people's stories through pictures." That statement could not be any truer.
Photo by © Elizabeth Hoard Photography
Bachelor of Professional Studies
Major: Fine Art & Fashion Merchandising
Suma Cum Laude, University Honors
The University of Memphis; Memphis, TN
[upcoming] Photography as Response with Christy Havranek; The Center for Fine Art Photography; Fort Collins, CO
Gratitude for Caritas; Caritas Village; Memphis, TN
The Dean's Gallery; The University of Memphis College of Fine Arts; Memphis, TN
Gallery 56 Annual Juried Exhibition; Gallery 56; Memphis, TN
The Art Museum at The University of Memphis Annual Juried Exhibition; Memphis, TN
[upcoming] intimate; Stock&Belle; Memphis, TN
intimate; 409 South Main; Memphis, TN
Catalyst Wedding Co. "Real Couples | Joe & Andrea's Downtown Memphis Wedding", catalystwedco.com
Modern Arabian Horse Magazine, "St. Jude Patient Gets His Dream Ride from Retired Arabian Horse"
Catalyst Wedding Co. “Real Couples | Trey & Kari’s in Home Engagement”, catalystwedco.com
4Memphis Magazine, “Celebrating Marriage, Kiva and Grant’s Scottsdale, AZ Wedding”
Awards and honors
Shoot and Share Finalist, 2017 Annual International Photo Contest, Representing the top 200 photos out of 332,768 entries
Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award, The University College at The University of Memphis Memphis, TN
Study Abroad Scholarship for Fine Art Photography and Spanish, The University of Memphis, Barcelona, Spain
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of the student's graduating class
Recognized for grade point average ranking as one of the Top 5 students in graduating class at The University of Memphis
University of Memphis Full Academic Scholarship; The University of Memphis; Memphis, TN