noun | wit·ness | \ˈwit-nəs\​

one asked to be present at a transaction so as to be able to testify to its having taken place

My name is Kirsten Coutts, and I am the owner of The Witness Photography.

As a photographer it is my duty to make sure that everything that I witness is documented by photographs. I fell in love with the way the world looks when I capture it with a camera, and want to share what I see with others. I started out photographing subjects for my art projects in high school, but soon realized that photography was a bigger part of my life. That's when I decided that it was time to study photography more in depth. 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and a minor in Entrepreneurship from MTSU. I want to share my passion of digital and film photography with everyone as much as I can.

A little bit more about me...

I used to work at a professional print lab, where we printed photos for photographers all over the U.S., and I absolutely loved working there! I started out as an editor for the company, editing sessions and weddings for other photographers. But eventually, my hands were needed to help with the production of printing, matting, and shipping orders. While it's a small lab, based in Smyrna, TN, it is growing. And it's where all prints purchased from any session with me will be printed. 

Besides owning The Witness Photography, working at this lab was probably one of my absolute favorite jobs that I've had since I started working. It allowed me to apply skills that I've been using since junior high, such as matting prints. The quality of work that comes from the lab is the best. And it was inspiring to see work from other photographers. 

I am recently married, after being with the man of my dreams for 4.5 years, he popped the question and we had the dreamiest wedding. My husband, Lucas, is a musician at heart and has shown me an incredible world of bluegrass, travel, and incredible people. We recently moved to Washington, D.C. for his job, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to travel for my own work. We have a dog named Willie, who we adopted from a pet shelter when we lived in Tennessee. He's the goodest boi, loves to snuggle, play tug-o-war, and is always ready for a party with his built-in fur tuxedo!

I'm also a huge connection person. While I love to shoot more candid moments, I also know it's important to also capture the important shots. The ones that show the generations together in one place, shots that show off the dress a bride has dreamed of, and the shots that share the details that make each individual and family different from one another. My job as a witness is to capture every moment and take the time to learn each and every story that is told to me, so that I can capture it in the photographs I take. With every shot I take, I want there to be a connection- either between me and what I find interesting around me, or between the photograph and the viewer, connecting the viewer to the story I'm sharing.

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"The best camera you can have, is the camera on you."

Enjoy these shots from my personal life, taken with phone cameras, my Fuji XT-1, and by others. Use this as another way to connect with me- through moments of my life!  

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The Witness Photography

Washington, D.C. & beyond!

(615) 801-6381

Traveling photographer to these areas:

Arkansas - Tennessee - Texas - Virginia - Maryland - Kentucky - Washington, D.C. - North Carolina