Hi there! I’m Carrie Pratt and I’m a documentary photographer based in Tampa Bay, Florida. You can see my editorial work on my home website, and my wedding work on my wedding site.

I first fell in love with photography and storytelling as a photojournalism major at Western Kentucky University. I originally went to Western on a painting scholarship until I found its well-known photojournalism program. After discovering the camera as a tool to introduce me to new people and adventures, I changed majors and I never looked back.

My career in photojournalism has taken me all around the world reporting on major news stories such as 9-11, and the space shuttle Columbia disaster, as well as to places such as Austin, Texas, to cover South by Southwest. I also work for the St. Petersburg Times, where I document Tampa Bay and beyond as a senior multimedia producer.

I’ve had the opportunity as a photojournalist to cover many sports events. Some of my favorites were the 2001 Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the 2003 Super Bowl where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders in San Diego, the Florida State Seminoles, NCAA National Championships (Gators), and several Kentucky Derbies. Shooting such amazing events has given me the training to shoot great moments at all of my weddings.

Three years ago, I decided to take a break from my day-to-day routine and pursue a masters’s degree in visual communications at Ohio University. What can I say, once you’ve seen one NFL locker room, you’ve seen them all! While I was in Athens, Ohio, I was able to immerse myself in multimedia and storytelling. I recently finished my thesis and graduated in June. Since starting my second degree I have added multimedia under my belt and regularly shoot video and collect audio. Much of my work can be found on Tampabay.com.

In my personal life, I’m married to a triathlon coach, Hank, who makes me laugh every day. When I’m not photographing weddings or portraits on the weekend, I can be found at many triathlons shooting images of Hank’s clients and trying to keep my camera dry! In the rest of my free time I keep busy with running, painting, playing tennis, soccer or novice coding in WordPress and Drupal. We have a dog, Kaya, and a cat, Frankie, who we refer to as our children (they’re wonderful training!). We actually think Frankie might be a dog in cat’s clothing but the DNA test is still out.

I pride myself on the highest level of customer service. I have worked very hard to develop this and want every one of my clients to walk away with nothing but great things to say about working with me and Simply Blue Studios.

So please check back often, leave me some blog love, and put me in your Google reader. Fill out my contact form about your wedding or portrait needs and I’ll be in touch shortly!