My main two goals with every couple: that you have an awesome experience, and be in love with your photos.
My main two goals with every couple: that you have an awesome experience, and be in love with your photos. It sounds simple, but i put everything into making sure it happens.
Pretty much every couple I talk to tells me they’re un-photogenic and uncomfortable in front of the camera. If this is you, you’re going to be surprised at how easy photos of the two of you are–it'll really feel like you're just hanging out. I work off your personalities, so you won’t look like someone else in your photos (unless you’re wearing a Robert De Niro mask or something). I never box anyone into an idea of what wedding photos "should" look like. The rest of the day is shot candidly, so after your little photo session, you’ll be free to go party.
This is my full-time career, not a side job. Which means I’m there when you have random questions along the way. I make your photo timeline for you so on the day you're not stressed. And it’s not unusual for me to check on your during your wedding to make sure you’re having fun, or help calm you down if you’re nervous. Other than when you need me though, you probably won’t notice I’m there.
Literally. I scribble notes before every wedding (like in A Beautiful Mind, except that I’m terrible at math.) I put a ton of thought into your relationship, the feeling of your wedding, and your friends and family.
Literally. I scribble notes before every wedding (like in A Beautiful Mind, except I’m terrible at math.) I don't just show up and shoot like your wedding is anyone else's–I put a ton of thought into your relationship, the feeling of your wedding, and your friends and family. I know the photography rules, but I often break them. Your photos will have some grain, motion blur, and funky light. They'll be about the little interactions, kids doing ridiculous stuff, and funny expressions–the things that make your wedding original. A shot of the two of you during your first dance is awesome, but you might also get one with your niece throwing a tantrum in the background.
Yes, I do. Most couples do want at least some family and wedding party photos. I do these cleanly and efficiently, and we'll put aside a block of time to get everyone together. This is definitely the most traditional I get with your photos and the goal is just to get everyone looking nice & happy and then back to celebrating as soon as possible!
Sometimes! I usually am shooting smaller/more casual weddings where it's not necessarily needed, but there are some situations when it can be beneficial. We can definitely talk about that and see if it would be right for you.
I'm most inspired when I'm shooting outside or in a more laid-back atmosphere, so I mainly focus on those events–but if you connect with my photography, we should talk.
Short answer is no, because I'd be doing you such a disservice if I did! Long answer is: my style is very candid, and working off a list or trying to copy someone else's style would be super counterintuitive for me. I wouldn't be able to give you my best. All the important stuff like the kiss at the altar, first dance, etc. are of course already on the list in my head! Everything else will be unique to you guys.
Every wedding includes wedding-day coverage with myself, your artistically edited digital photos, private online gallery, personal print release, photo timeline creation, my list of recommended vendors, and my photo planning packet. It also includes my super quick email response times and answers to your random questions along the way! An engagement session, second photographer, and/or albums and prints can always be added on. All collections are made custom, so after we have a quick phone chat I'll send you some options that suit what you need and want.
Once you feel all set to go, I just require a 40% retainer and a signed contract to secure your date. The rest is due 30 days before your wedding. I accept traditional check or bank transfer (e-check). Everything is done digitally, so it's super easy. No stamps required.
Good-hearted people with a sense of humor. Most important is that you can trust me wholeheartedly and be open to the photo experience with a good attitude. If you're planning a wedding that's more about people than anything else, if you want your wedding to just feel like a fun, intimate party rather than a huge production, and if you're into photography that prioritizes emotion and fun over perfection, we'll probably be an awesome fit. I've photographed weddings for artists, doctors, writers, actors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, brewery owners, musicians... the big thing they had in common was they had good hearts and were excited about their photos.
Every wedding is so different, but you can usually expect about 40-60 final edited photos per hour of coverage depending on what your day is like. They're delivered digitally to you in a personal online gallery, and ready to print. I deliver only the final edited photos to you, so you won't have to go through and approve anything! I only take out photos of people blinking or with food hanging out of their mouths.
I describe it as artistic documentary. This means that your photos will be almost entirely candid, but also focused on interesting compositions to make each image into its own work of art. Most of your portraits will be about the two of you interacting together, with only a few of you guys actually looking at the camera in a “traditional” way. I do capture all the décor, centerpieces, etc., but the focus is mainly on people and emotions rather than a million shots of your dress on a hanger. You should definitely expect to get some more experimental stuff too–photos with some grit, grain, weird cropping, and movement.
Of course. If you have a good soul I want to get to know you, period.
Yes! I offer stunning albums and I always encourage couples to have me create one for you. I oversee the whole process and proof for you to make sure it looks perfect before you get it.
I actually learned photography by shooting on film, but for weddings I shoot digital. Some of the photos on this site are film though, and sometimes I'll bring a few rolls along to a wedding just for fun and to spice things up!
“KATHLEEN MADE US FEEL SO AT EASE, IT WAS LIKE WE WERE TALKING TO A GOOD FRIEND...WE’D RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE NOT LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DOCUMENT THEIR SPECIAL DAY, BUT CREATE WORKS OF ART YOU CAN TREASURE THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.”
"Never once did we feel "staged" or set up. Kathleen would find an amazing location, and then somehow, with her quiet, sweet photo magic, make us feel like it was just the two of us and we weren't in front of a camera. Our wedding day came along with some hiccups and stressful moments, but Kathleen was always there, so kind and calm, to bring us back to the moment and remind us of why we were there, to celebrate. Booking Kathleen was one of the best decision we made for our wedding and I can't thank her enough for making our day one we will never forget...
"Never once did we feel "staged" or set up. Kathleen... Our wedding day came along with some hiccups and stressful moments, but Kathleen was always there, so kind and calm, to bring us back to the moment and remind us of why we were there, to celebrate."
" Every single one of my photos is more beautiful than the last. Each one, capturing a moment or emotion that perfectly described my guests, my husband or me. Let Kathleen create the story of your wedding through her art and I promise, there will be nothing else like it."
“My husband and I did not want traditional wedding photos, and after looking through Kathleen's portfolio I knew she understood what that meant. Every single one of my photos is more beautiful than the last. Each one, capturing a moment or emotion that perfectly described my guests, my husband or me. Let Kathleen create the story of your wedding through her art and I promise, there will be nothing else like it. Thank you Kathleen for your beautiful spirit, and thank you for sharing a little bit of it with us!”
“Yes, she captured the most gloriously stunning photos... But the reasons we adore her are mostly how steady, calm, and thoughtful she was from the moment we met to the day of the wedding and all the days since. That has been such a gift. Plus, she’s just a delightful human being.”
“It was so wonderful to be able to have total confidence in our photographer and not have to worry about a thing... I would recommend Kathleen to literally anyone and everyone, I will shout it from the rooftops if I have to. Thank you Kathleen!”
“From the moment we showed up and introduced ourselves, Kathleen (and her second shooter) made it clear that we would be working as a team... they communicated with us and respected our shots as much as their own. This resulted in the most laid back day ever for our clients and for us!"