Forestbird is the literal translation of my maiden name - Waldvogel. And more poetic, I feel.

I'm a fine art photographer who started covering Thoroughbred horse racing while a resident of Southern California in late summer, 2014.  Through a series of serendipitous events, I met trainer, Art Sherman, as he was getting his champion trainee, California Chrome, ready for his return to racing after a barely missed Triple Crown.  It was my great pleasure to serve as team photographer and behind-the-scenes blogger for the team until Chrome's retirement from racing in January 2017.  (You can view my blog at The Chrome Diaries

In 2015, it was my significant pleasure to accompany jockey Victor Espinoza throughout his Triple Crown journey with champion, American Pharaoh.  Due to Victor's invitations, I was honored to visit the jockey rooms at Churchill Downs (where I photographed the photographer taking the famous jockeys portrait, and where Bob Costas asked me to move out of his way :), Pimlico Race Track (where I watched the races from the balcony overlooking the track with some of the jocks) and Belmont Park (where I was asked to leave - it seems a personal invitation from the jockey favored to win the TC doesn't carry much weight in New York.).

Once again, 2016 was a year full of racing excitement with the team that trains champion California Chrome, and with the exception of Dubai, I made it to every race.  I was also invited to photograph horses owned by Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing - trainees at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL and their champion, Mucho Macho Man at Adena Springs Stallions in Paris, KY.

Georgia has been my home for the past three years, but Kentucky has my heart.  I currently split my time between Atlanta and Lexington, and wherever my freelance photography assignments take me.  My work is available by both private commissions and limited edition art prints and projects, including conformation, portrait, farm, at liberty and race day photography.

Please contact me at kat@forestbirdphotos.com or 502-437-9192 for more information, custom quotes and availability.


As an extension of my passion for horses, I am involved with a number of equine welfare organizations and am pleased to offer my services to assist them with the important work they do. This ranges from taking photos for their websites to donating my services and finished pieces to auction for their fundraising efforts. You can find more information about the organizations I work with on my blog and my Facebook page.