California Fine art
wedding photography



An organic approach to storytelling coupled with a cinematic sensibility ensures that your wedding day or portrait session is captured true to feeling. Wedding photos that feel like you.

Joyful, personal, Artful photographs you'll return to again and again.

Beautiful dreamers


Vibrant images that will surprise and delight decades after the last song fades.

Bright sparks that linger in your memory as the shadows begin to lengthen. Small jewels of feeling to be held in your hand and marveled over like beach glass. Your wedding photos will brim with being human. Honest, intentional, effortless. Magic. And yes, I will absolutely tell you if your bangs look weird. 

Kate is absolutely amazing! I can be quite camera shy and Kate made me and my husband feel totally at ease like we were with an old friend. We would highly recommend Kate! A total delight and we LOVE our photos!

Ruthie & stevin

Document This season

Pre-Wedding + Engagements

Engagement, anniversary or day after session. Let's commemorate this wild, messy and heartbreakingly beautiful human existence together. 


Absolutely amazing photos for our wedding in the redwoods. Kate was exactly what I was looking for. Easy to work with and listens to what you want. Downright breathtaking!

Elissa & JAmes

California redwoods & coastal 

+ Honeymoon sessions

There is something truly ethereal about vowing forever in a misty redwood cathedral and savoring golden hour with a glass (or spray) of champagne on the coast.

What can I say about Kate.... she's a genius with lighting, first of all!  We met her in person the day of the elopement and everything was easy, low stress and seamless; exactly what I was hoping for that day. Please, don't second guess booking her, you will absolutely be happy with your choice!

Kristi & Jesse

Lifestyle & Fashion


My roots are in commercial photography. Let's make something beautiful together.

Holy sh$#, Kate, you are a magician!

Katie & Jace

What is your pricing?

Because every celebration is unique,  weddings and elopements are quoted on an individual basis and curated to reflect the particulars of your event as well as the scope of coverage needed. That said, elopements begin at $3100.  Reach out to custom tailor your quote. 

What is your approach?

Thoughtful planning provides flexibility. I am very hands on in regards to timeline construction and believe a framework allows the day to unfold naturally. Tracking the details allows me to center your comfort, presence and immersion in the magic of it all.

How do we make it official?

A signed contract and a non-refundable 50% retainer will lock in your date. The balance is due three weeks prior to your wedding. In order to serve my clients fully, I take on a limited number of weddings each year. 

Do you use a shot list?

I will use a shot list for family and group photos. Beyond that, we will carefully review any special people, planned moments, or unique details that you would like photographed. Having this information beforehand prepares me to capture your day in an organic, unobtrusive fashion while still minding the details.

Will we receive Every photo?

Your final gallery contains a curated selection - approximately 70 to 90 images per hour of coverage - that features only the highest quality images. Your gallery is carefully culled to remove blinking, inadvertent sloth impressions and repetitive sequences.

can You Tailor a collection?

I'm happy to provide a bespoke collection to suit your particular celebration. Get in touch to discuss your vision.

What about bad weather?

I have photographed ceremonies in torrential downpours and wandered many a wild and windy beach for engagement sessions. Navigating difficult weather is part of my professional skill set. While we can't reschedule your wedding on account of rain, we can definitely move an engagement session if you'd like to aim for sunnier skies.

How does copyright work?

All clients receive unlimited personal usage rights to their images. This means you are free to share and print your images. I retain full artistic copyright which ensures I am able to manage my brand, share my images and continue to book clients that connect with my work. I do understand that privacy can be a concern. In these cases, a 20% non disclosure fee will be implemented.

Does your pricing include travel fees?

Travel is not included in my collection pricing. A custom travel quote based on the location and number of shooting days will be added to your chosen collection. I prefer to handle all of my own travel arrangements.



I'm here to celebrate you and yours. Your person. The other half that makes you a better half, the hand that always finds yours in the dark. Your community. Your family. The home that finds you wherever you may be. 

Staying present

I want you to experience every second of your wedding day as it unfolds. I will never ask you to repeat a moment for the sake of a photograph nor will I ask you to prioritize photography over your own interests.

Your Comfort Matters

I like to get to know my clients beforehand. I will work closely with you or your planner to highlight what matters most to you on your wedding day. I will provide guidance and direction every time you step in front of my lens but above everything, I want you to feel like the most fantastic version of yourselves on the most incredible day.

WHAT Sets me apart:

photographs that make your heart beat faster

If you're looking for vibrant, artful and unscripted imagery, but a well-organized and executed process, you're in luck. Let's connect and see if we're meant to be.


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