Charleston article and photos published on the November issue


Smores at the beach

Ha the American tradition of Smores! Doris had gotten everything that was needed for it. It was Maya’s first time experiencing the fun. Everybody enjoyed it and Chloe and Lara were happy to show Maya how to do it.



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Happy holidays from Katia S. Photography!

A walk at my favorite lake

I took long walks during this entire insanity snow weather. I went to my favorite place, my refuge…went to the lake.

Took photos and enjoyed the silence.


“The Ugly Truth of Depression” Documentary finished

The documentary “The Ugly Truth of Depression” is finished.

I can not thank enough the couple that let me document their lives.

I hope this documentary brings awareness to men that have depression, and courage to woman that lives with men affected by depression.

Durham Farmers Market at Central Park

Photos taken at sunrise at Durham Central Park on a early saturday morning


New Challenges

As I am writing this post I thought of titleing it “Discourage” but my positive attitude took over.

My son Jason and I are training for another triathlon and we have decided we needed to be better swimmers after our first triathlon. We both placed very well in our age range and we want to place better. For that we need to work our weakness: Swimming!

Well, Jason joined the Jordan high school swim team and has made remarkable progress and I have been training at the pool also.

Tonight was an humbling experience, Jason said to really get into a olympic triathlon, I needed to learn “freestyle”.

We went to my pool at Homestead tonight and he taught me breathing, and the freestyle stoke.

I warmed up and was feeling great. I have been swimming for the past month and half and have been building endurance.

After my 100 meters warm-up , we started by taking a board and kicking the feet for another 100 meters..that was tough in itself. It was hard to stay really straight.

Then the freestyle stoke killed me, really! I was barely able to take a breath every two strokes! I stopped twice in 50 meters, I swallow more water than I ever wanted!

After a 45 minutes workout , I was discouradge and thought I was crazy to want to take on this challenge! I actually told myself I was maybe too old for that…

Jason told me I needed to practice the same thing for the next three weeks…Don’t even want to think about doing this again tomorrow and yet I am sure you will found me at 5h30am at the Homestead Pool.

Those photos are photos of Jason at the first swim meet 2 weeks ago.


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Depression: How it affect people in the everyday life.

How does depression affect people? How does it affect a relationships? a marriage? Life as a family.

This is I realized a very taboo subject. People who have depression feel ashamed and therefore it is not received well in the social world. The more we talk about it, the more people will get help.

Hopefully this documentary will help men realized it is OK to get help.

I also hope people will understand that it is not just one person affected, but the spouse also. Suddenly your husband become another child that you need to take care of. There is so much pressure on the spouse that people can not even fathom.

I was very grateful to have found a family in Raleigh that was willing to share their life with me, and share  how depression affects their everyday life.

Ryan is 30 years old and he lives with his wife Renee 29 years old and  son Aiden just turned one.

They have been married for 3 years. Ryan has been diagnosed with depression.

Renee and Ryan are so lucky to have an incredible support in their family. Ryan’s parents have come to visit often to help Renee. Renee’s parents have flown back and fourth to help also. How great to be able to talk about this issues and to have parents caring enough to get in the middle of this crisis.

Not eating appropriately, not sleeping enough, not exercising, seems to have triggered the depression to be back.

He is on new medicine  and right now it is pretty imbalanced.

These photos will be taken over 4 weeks course of their lives. I will continue another 4 weeks.

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Comment la dépression a des repercutions sur les personnes? Comment cela affecte une relation? un mariage? La vie en famille.

La depression ,j’ai réalisé un sujet très tabou. Les gens qui souffrent de dépression en ont honte et par conséquent, il ne veulent pas etre aider. Ce sujet n’est pas tres bien reçu dans le monde social. Mon objectif  est bien sur plus on en parle, plus les gens vont chercher de l’aide.

Espérons que ce documentaire va aider surtout les hommes, et demontrer que il est OK pour eux d’ obtenir de l’aide

Je suis très reconnaissante d’avoir trouvé une famille à Raleigh qui était prête à partager leur vie avec moi, et comment la dépression affecte leur vie quotidienne.

Ryan a 30 ans et il vit avec sa femme Renée 29 ans. Ils ont un fils Aiden vient d’avoir un an.

Ils sont mariés depuis 6 ans. Ryan a été diagnostiquer avec de la dépression depuis maintenant des annees. En 2002, il a été hospitalisé pendant environ 6 semaines.

Ne pas manger comme il faut,  pas assez de sommeil,pas d’exercice,  semble avoir déclenché le retour de la dépression.

Il est sous nouveau medicament et en ce moment il est assez déséquilibré.

Ces photos ont été prises plus de 4 semaines de cours de leur vie, et je vais continuer pendant encore 4 semaines.

Presqu’ile de la Caravelle, Martinique

The presqu’ile of la Caravelle in Martinique is located on the Atlantic side. It is beautiful with all the beaches and the natural mangrove swamps.

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Flowers from the garden of the Chateau de Chenonceau

The gardens were so beautifuls. I actually enjoyed shooting those flowers. This is not usually the style of photography that I do but I just could not resist.

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