Making Memories: Sequim grad photographs breast cancer survivors

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When Brides Against Breast Cancer came to Seattle in November, freelance photographer and former Sequim resident Katelyn Campen was in the midst of the nonprofit’s National Tour of Gowns as the photographer to record breast cancer survivors and brides-to-be in their perfect wedding dress.


The 2009 Sequim High School graduate freelances out of Lynnwood for George Street Photo and Video, a national company, as an associate wedding photographer. The company is one of the partners of BABC, making the sale of new and gently used discounted wedding dresses and accessories possible for cancer survivors in their 20s and early 30s.


“Being able to preserve those moments got me interested in wedding photography,” Campen said.

“This (show) is the experience of a lifetime because they only have one time to marry the love of their life and find the perfect dress. Capturing that moment made it totally worth it for me.”


Campen estimated that she photographed 15-20 brides in remission, many of whom had found that perfect gown.


BABC schedules dozens of tours and shows nationwide and these, along with wedding dress donations from individuals and designers, make it possible to raise funds for education and assistance to breast cancer patients.


The dresses and accessories are deeply discounted and brides get to choose from rack upon rack for their special gown.


At the show, the vendors talked about how they had personal knowledge of breast cancer — Campen has an aunt in remission after a mastectomy and a friend from high school whose mother died recently of breast cancer.


However, their own trials with breast cancer didn’t put a damper on the women at the show.


“The brides seemed very happy for me to take their photos and share their happiness,” Campen said.

“It’s a good feeling to help share these moments and preserve them for other people. (A wedding) only happens once in your life if you do it right.”


Campen also has her own business, KC Photography online at, where she exhibits her portraits, landscapes and wedding photos. After SHS, she graduated from Edmunds Community College for Visual Communications as a graphic designer.


She worked for Google Maps for two years and most recently has been working at a photo studio in Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.


Her parents are Joe and Laurie Campen of Sequim.


On her website, Campen wrote, “I love taking emotional and intense pictures of people and animals and the finer details of nature.”


Her goal is to have her own photography studio and have her work published in magazines.
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