Katey Portraitsm

“I was born in the Northern Minnesota Village of Hibbing which is located in the heart of the Mesabi Iron Range and the Quetico-Superior Forest and Canoe Country. As Kids we spent summers in a log cabin on an island at Big Sturgeon Lake. What a great way to grow up!

I started playing the piano when I was about four, which ultimately led to a Bachelor of Arts in music at St Catherine’s College in St. Paul Minnesota. After graduating, I was rather at a loss as to a life career until I saw a touring company production of “The Pajama Game”. The proverbial light bulb lit up and off I went to Hollywood to be in “Show biz”. I actually did some work on “My Three Sons”, Family Affair”, and “Bonanza” plus a movie with Don Knotts (Shakiest Gun in the West).

Then I got into TV production through the production supervisor on “My Three Sons”. He was a great mentor and taught me well. Consequently I was given an opportunity to work with the writer/producers of “Mission Impossible”. While working on that series I became interested in directing. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau were instrumental in getting me into the Actor’s Studio West directing unit. Although I did some experimental stage directing, my ultimate goal was to do film. To do that I needed to learn about the camera in order to speak with the director of photography with some degree of intelligence. And that’s how I fell into still photography with a cinematic point of view.

So there you have it-a self taught wanna-be director; still looking through the lens as though it’s going to be a movie and “freeze framing” when I see the moment.

I started with film and after forty years, I still work with film. All the images you see on this website were shot on film. “

Due to her interest in horse racing and horse conservation Katey Barrett works with several non profit organizations.

Old Friends
Thoroughbred Retirement Farms

Old Friends, based in Lexington Kentucky, provides a dignified retirement to Thoroughbred race horses whose career have come to an end. This wonderful organization hopes to raise awareness for all equines in need. Founded in 2003, Old Friends is a 136 acre farm (with two satellite facilities) and have a herd of 175 rescued horses including American Grade 1 winners Breeder’s Cup, Santa Anita Handicap, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Champions.


California Retirement Management Account

CARMA is dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses. CARMA hosts fundrasing events, educates owners and trainers on equine retirement and works to unify the racing industry in support of its equine athletes.


Wild Horse Sanctuary

Located near Shingletown California, the Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of the Wild Horses. They aim to demonstrate that wild horses can co-exit on open range and promote responsible management of wild horses in their natural habitat