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Georgia Girls: Kathryn McCrary


Georgia Girls Kathryn McCrary

Name: Kathryn McCrary
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Current Town:   Atlanta, Georgia
What Years at UGA: 2005 – 2009
School: FACS Early Childhood Education
Family: Married to Tyler, dog mom to Penny
I am a freelance photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia.  I specialize in shooting food, fashion, and lifestyle, but started my photography career shooting babies and weddings and still love shooting those from time to time.

Describe Athens in three words:

creative, charming, lively


Share a favorite memory from your time at UGA: 

My time at Georgia was so amazing mainly because of the town that Athens is and the community that surrounded me.  Each year at UGA was so different, but one of my fondest memories would be from Freshman year sitting outside of Park Hall between classes during the fall and taking in the beauty of the seasons (like a true Florida girl!) and the buzz of college life around me.  It was such a simple time in life filled with so much fun, freedom, and possibilities that only college can provide.  Favorite non-sentimental memories involve wearing extreme costumes at socials, staying up way too late, eating too many pokey cheese sticks from Gumby’s, and thankfully laughing most of them all off.


Band you heard while living in Athens:

I went to a lot of concerts in Athens, but my favorites would have to be Luke Bryan and Need To Breathe.  They were so much fun and it was way before they were both famous, which was cool.  If I remember correctly, my friend got one of Luke’s guitar picks at the end of the show, and another friend and I got to meet Need To Breathe after the concert.  Total groupies.  The one concert I wish I had gone to was Taylor Swift at the pre-burned Georgia Theater.  I sold my $15 ticket because I needed to study #majorregret.


A favorite restaurant in Athens:

In college I was a very picky eater and only really liked Transmet, Big City Bread, and DePalmas.  Now, every time I’m back in town I enjoy more adventurous eats like Last Resort, Seabear, and The National.  For being such a small city, Athens has a killer food scene which always makes me look forward to my next visit.


A favorite shop in Athens:

My favorite shop when I lived in Athens was Helix, RIP; now, I can’t get enough of Agora Vintage!


One thing few people know about you:

I can booty shake with the best of them and my childhood dream was to be a back up dancer for N*Sync.


Favorite books and blogs (since you photograph for several bloggers):

I’m not a huge reader, but my faves would have to be The Swan House, Same Kind of Different As Me, and The Help. I follow a lot of blogs since I work with a few bloggers photographing their content.  My faves are Love Taza (family), Design Sponge (home), Waiting On Martha (lifestyle), What’s Gaby Cooking (food), and Happily Grey (fashion).


Describe your typical Bulldog gameday:

In college it involved dressing up, putting on Georgia ‘G’ face tattoos, sorority squat pictures, eating at friends’ parents’ tailgates, and cheering on the Bulldogs for hours in the blazing sun, surrounded by all of my best girlfriends.  Today, it’s a lot more simple, usually grilling out at friends’ houses with puppies and babies everywhere, and only really watching if it’s an intense game.


Share a tailgate recipe:

Black Bean and Corn Dip

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cans of shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
8 oz. feta cheese

what to do:
Whisk sugar, vinegar and oil in a large bowl
Add everything else
Mix well
Chill for a few hours {the longer it sits, the better it is!}
Serve with chips


Previous Georgia Girls Spotlights:

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Katie Foote Weinberger from Charleston, SC

Karyn Nixon from Augusta, GA

Sidney Wagner from Charleston, SC

Nan McCollum Myers from Thomasville, GA

Helen Castronis from Atlanta, GA

Beth Bridges Lacefield from Smyna, GA

Carol Southerland Williams from Athens, GA

Vera Stewart from Augusta, GA

Brandi Ray West from Charleston, SC

Molly Dozier McDowell from Augusta, GA

Lucy Addison Williams from Richmond, VA

Jenny Greer and Erin Bickley from Macon, GA

Breckyn Alexander from Athens, GA

Meredith Gurley Johnson from Sandy Springs, GA

Erika Hollinshead Ward from Atlanta, GA

Lindsey Epperly from Atlanta, GA

Sterling Eason from Charleston, SC

Sara Lloyd from Atlanta, GA

Annie Griffin and Robin Gerber from Atlanta, GA

Mary McGeachy Butin from St. Simons Island, GA

Cullen Albright O’Steen from Athens, GA

Amanda Maddox from Washington, D.C.

 Valarie Davis Lee from Columbia, SC

Julianne Taylor from Charleston, SC

Gabrielle Bratton from Raleigh, NC

Rachelle Hutchinson from Snellville, GA

Wendy Walker Way and Haley Way from Perry, GA

Sarah Chancey from Conyers, GA

Jenny Sligh and Kitty Culpepper from Athens, GA

Katharine Voyles from Kennesaw, GA





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