Katie | Producer
Katie Norris founded Fotolanthropy to share inspiring, true stories that deserve to be told. She serves as CEO and producer, and has grown Fotolanthropy from a nonprofit startup to a nationally recognized film organization that has documented 20 true stories of those defying great odds. In 2013, as a rookie film producer, Katie produced the award-winning feature documentary, Travis: A Soldier’s Story, about retired United States Army Staff Sergeant and quadruple amputee, Travis Mills. In 2015, Katie produced the feature-length documentary, The Luckiest Man, sharing an unconventional narrative of Dallas businessman John Paine who has lived courageously with ALS. A graduate of Baylor University, Katie was recognized as the university’s “Young Alumna of the Year” in 2014. She has also been named a finalist of The Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40” award and named to “World Changer” and “20 on the Rise” lists. She speaks about her journey as an entrepreneur and film producer, but is most thankful to serve as mom to her children Rose and Redmond. She lives in Dallas with her family and adventures as often as possible to the mountains in Colorado.
Jonathon | Director
From an early age, Jonathon Link felt a strong calling to filmmaking. His film work has taken him all over the world, and his passion lies in using film not only as a medium to entertain or help market, but rather as a tool to share powerful stories that inspire. In 2013, Jonathon directed, filmed and edited Travis: A Soldier’s Story, Fotolanthropy’s first documentary about Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, one of only five soldiers in the Iraq and Afghan wars to survive quadruple amputee injuries. The film won “Best Documentary Short” at the 2014 GI Film Festival and went on to tour around the country, including a special screening at the U.S. Capitol. He also directed, filmed and edited the Fotolanthropy documentary, The Luckiest Man. Jonathon also spent a year working with several members of congress to document their work on Capitol Hill and around the world. This work raised awareness on issues such as sanitation in India with the Global Poverty Project and individuals wrongfully imprisoned in Myanmar. He studied film and broadcasting at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., and North Central University in Minneapolis. He currently resides in Dallas, where he works independently on a variety of film projects – for both commercial and nonprofit clients.
David | Cinematographer
David White is a cinematographer and business owner with more than 10 years of experience. Lucky to have discovered his passion for film at a young age, David was making short films in grade school and began building his business, Vidda Films, upon graduating from high school. Vidda Films partners with businesses and nonprofits, and was created to provide them with emotionally moving and financially beneficial content. David’s preferred work includes traveling to capture inspiring images and then creating moving video and photo content for nonprofits. One of his most memorable projects was his cinematography work for Fotolanthropy’s documentary, The Luckiest Man.
Ryan | Behind the Scenes Producer and Assistant Director
Ryan Wermich is an award-winning filmmaker who specializes in commercial and nonprofit work in the Dallas metroplex. He graduated with honors from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), earning a degree in digital media arts, and there also directed his first feature-length film with SAGU’s Cinema. Upon graduation, Ryan worked with entertainment booking agency, Stonewood Entertainment, securing high-profile talent for private events. But film soon consumed his efforts and led him to pursue freelance filmmaking full-time. Originally from Southern California, Ryan has created films across the U.S. as well as overseas in Nepal and India.
Nathan, GRO Designs | Floral & Decor
We have partnered with Nathan Johnson and GRŌ Designs to transform the wedding of Chris Norton and Emily Summers to be the wedding of their dreams. His infectious energy for all things light, color, and sound make all who know him want to grab onto life with the same gusto. In 2007, GRŌ Designs came into the world, turning the event design industry upside down with fresh, creative twists on event planning and production, as well as corporate and home floral design. As a Creative Director, he views venues and locations as blank canvases, and can elaborately transform any space into a polished work of art. His work allows clients to tell their story, highlighting individual tastes, passions, and loves- all while maintaining originality that’s unique and innovative. Nathan has designed for a long list of celebrities and distinguished cliental throughout the United States and internationally. Under Nathan’s leadership, GRŌ has created a reputation of passionately pursuing excellence in every design and production, leaving an indelible experience with every client he serves.
Brad | Composer and Sound Designer
Brad Nyght is a Dallas based composer with clients including BMW, State Farm, AirBNB, NatGeo, Windows, Tesla Motors, Home Depot, US Army, and many others. His music can be found on both Netflix and Amazon along with a large music licensing catalogue exclusively through Musicbed.
Sarah Kate | Wedding Photographer
Sarah Kate Aull is a wedding photographer based in Dallas, Texas with a particular affection for people and adventure. Her style crafts unique stories as they are witnessed through the lens by carefully integrating people & objects within their spaces to imbue them with further beauty and meaning. She has been commissioned to shoot projects all over the world.
Sean | Photographer
Dallas based photographer that grew up in a family of artists obsessed with sports. It only made sense to combine the love of the two.
Kristen | Digital Marketing
Kristen Fields has a passion for supporting Fotolanthropy's brand through effective design and external communication. Whether she's posting on Instagram, designing websites or updating subscribers on big news, she enjoys developing Fotolanthropy's identity and fostering clear and consistent communication across its platforms.
Jodi | Public Relations
Jodi Phillip considers it an honor to help Fotolanthropy articulate its unique mission. She manages relationships with media and influencers and helps concept communications initiatives around Fotolanthropy’s film projects. With more than eight years of agency experience, Jodi has worked on a variety of nonprofit, consumer and business projects. She's launched products, released books and even helped open a tower. Jodi graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University and lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. In her free time, she sips coffee and volunteers with organizations that support bereaved parents.