My approach to weddings involves carefully blending beautiful, romantic images with a candid and journalistic eye. Both elements are key in my storytelling process. With over 10 years experience in the wedding industry, an art degree to back it up and 8 years freelancing for one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world (Green Wedding Shoes, I love you!), my skills help me know and understand weddings & imagery on a deeper level.
While I do work in a more relaxed style, I understand that most people don’t know what to do in front of a camera. My job is to help bring out genuine and authentic moments between two people. I’m also someone who appreciates all the details that go into a wedding. From weddings with thoughtful ideas and amazing floral installations – to intimate elopements with only 10 guests in the woods – all of it matters to me as I’m sure it does to you. To perfectly capture the essence of a wedding, everything matters!
First, I like to meet over coffee, Skype, or email. I want to learn more about you beforehand and get a sense of what your perfect wedding day looks like. After booking, we catch back up at a later date to shoot engagement photos (if this is in your package) and create a connection which then translates into a successful wedding day. We’ll touch base about a month before the wedding to combine efforts to come up with the perfect photo timeline, and make sure everything runs smoothly. I roll with the punches and love a laid back affair, but I also kick-butt with schedules because I know how important each wedding moment is to capture! My process sets me apart because of my experience. Having been to CSUF for photography in the fine art department, my job isn’t just to produce a few iconic images from your wedding and let the rest just ‘happen’ – instead what I do is create a story of images that are ALL unique. Having that ‘artist’s heart’, I want each and every one of my images I deliver to be creative and thoughtful in itself. So let’s make some art together!
This question is so common and I totally understand why! Standing in front of a camera can be scary. But my job is to make you feel comfortable, and within minutes that fear will go away. People come away from my sessions and always say “that was fun!” because that’s how it should be.
-For weddings, and a typical 8 hour package you can expect to get 600-800 images.
*for engagement info, click on over to the engagement section (in the menu bar above)
-Weddings take 6-8 weeks to be delivered. I try my best to keep that number down because I know from experience waiting for weddings photos is highly anticipated! But I touch all my photos so the wait is worth it, promise!
Yes! Please email me if your venue requires a COI and I will be happy to supply one.
Backup, and back ups of backup!
My simple answer is no – but let me share why. While I do thrive on schedules and family lists, at this time I don’t accept photo shot lists or Pinterest boards. It’s in your best interest and here’s why: you don’t want a cookie cutter wedding. You don’t want someone else’s poses, some other bride’s idea – you want your own. And you’ve hired me because you like my style & vision. If you let me tell the story of your wedding through my lens, it will be all yours – your unique wedding.
I’m glad you asked! This is really simple: wear what you like. My only rule I joke with my couple’s is to not show up wearing matching white t-shirts. Want to dress up? Do it! Wear a pretty maxi in a bold color? Love it! Do what feels right to you – you only take engagement photos once so have fun with it!
Where to begin...Katie has been nothing short of a dream to work with from start to finish. We found Katie after an exhaustive search for an affordable photographer who could capture us in the style we wanted. No easy feat when your picky and super specific! What we really wanted was someone with a photojournalistic approach who would capture us with a more modern sensibility. All of the photographers we liked blew our budget to smitherines, until we found Katie. Her photographs were beyond beautiful, and her price range was just right. Katie and I kept in contact through the months leading up to the big day by email, and she was always quick to respond, had great ideas and actually really helped us plan the schedule for our wedding day. The day of she was a true pro, timely and efficient with all of our shots, and got creative with the crazy wind that we had - never batting an eye! She gave us great direction and delivered on every level. Her turnaround for finished photos is remarkably fast (6-8 wks) so you don't have to spend months and months waiting...Our photos are STUNNING, we are so pleased. Katie will be our photographer for life. :)
We can’t even remember how we stumbled upon Katie’s work but since then there was no question that we wanted her to shoot our big day! We tell our friends and family all the time that investing in Katie for our photos was one of the best decision we made. Now, a year after we are still just as smitten when we look at our wedding pictures! Katie was a dream to work with, she was really sweet, accommodating, and also very prompt and professional in all our communications. We told her early on that we rarely have our photographs taken but she made us feel so natural and at ease and most importantly she made us look so good and still be ourselves! Looking back, it felt like Katie and her team was more like friends that were celebrating with us while capturing our most special intimate moments. She captured all the details so well and all the emotions from us and our closest family and friends. I adore her work and would not have it any other way. We honestly can’t wait to have her capture other important seasons in our life again in the future!
I had a list of potential wedding photographers to choose from and I had nearly narrowed down to a choice, when I stumbled upon Katie's photos. There went the other list, because Katie was the clear choice - her photos speak for themselves.
Working with Katie was fantastic. She was the consummate professional, from the process of putting together a contract to answering all our many questions leading up to the day. She was accommodating and drove out to Ojai for an engagement photo session to help us feel at ease in front of the camera. Planning a wedding has a lot more scheduling to the minute involved with it than we had imagined, and if it weren't for Katie and her help with timing everything out, i'm sure it wouldn't have gone so smoothly. She was also super easy going with herding the proverbial family cats for large group shots. These are all pro's to working with Katie even without talking about the quality of her images, but then you take a look at the final shots that come out - and seriously does this girl have an eye for some magic shots. She captures the light as well as she captures such joyous candid moments. We're very happy with the memories that we have memorialized in Katie's photography.