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I want you to see yourselves in your pictures, quirks and all. We're all just weirdos looking for our match, and you've found it. Whatever it is, I wanna capture it.

I shoot mostly 35mm film, with mechanical SLR & point-and-shoot cameras. I really enjoy both the experience of shooting film and its aesthetic.

I also just want to make cool shit that you might hang on the wall.

So if you want all that, plus a laid back wedding where you get to hang out with friends, and avoid the "big production" wedding vibe, then you're my kind of people"

words from
clients
"Neither of us had used a professional photographer before but Katch made us feel immediately at ease giving us just the right amount of guidance so she could work her magic"
-Will & Maggie
"...She is also super professional and prompt, kind and warm, and knowledgable as heck."
-Sara & Max
"She’s silly and goofy, but professional and gave great direction when needed. She did an amazing job making us both feel super comfortable in front of the camera."
-Sayra & Joe
"Shooting with Katch was actually a fun and memorable moment together rather than an "ugh, we need to leave our wedding to take photos" type of thing. Highly recommended."
-Joel & Ayana
"[Taking photos] felt like sweet alone time with Josh that Katch just happened to be there to capture, which I fully credit her for!”
-Minda & Josh
"I hate having my picture taken and she made me feel more comfortable than I've ever felt in the presence of a camera... She will make you feel at ease even as the stress of the day builds inside you."
-Brandon & Melissa
"Her way of setting those around her at ease and creating fun energy wherever she goes led to moments that felt authentic to our personalities and relationship"
Melanie & Daniel
"She's an astonishingly talented empath who will pirouette around you, your beloved, and your loved ones, all the while capturing how your wedding day happened and, more importantly, exactly how it felt"
-Lauren & Brandon
"She has mastered the art of ninja photography by being everywhere at once while still somehow going unnoticed which enables her to capture great candid shots. For our portraits she made us feel very comfortable throughout the whole process with a fun and lighthearted approach."
-Lauren & Roger
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RATES

The most popular wedding coverage is 8 hours for $5,600. I also do 6 and 10 hours.

Elopements start at $4,000 for 4 hours.

You can add a second shooter, engagement or day-after session and more. Just get in touch for a full rate sheet!

weddings
Weddings
The most popular collection is 8 hours for $5,100. I also have 6-hour and 10-hour options.
elopements
Engagement or day-after session
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What I offer
engagements
Elopements
start at $3,200 for 4 hours. I also offer the option to add a second shooter,
Questions & Answers - Have more questions? Just talk to me 👋
01.
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU?


The planning process: I have a PDF to help you plan for photos, timeline, light, etc. I like to be thorough. I'm also available to answer any questions as you go.

Directing style: I won’t make you "pose." I'll give you hands-on direction, ask questions, lead you through some actions, and get you talking. I'll be documenting as we go, as you respond to me and to each other. In almost 10 years of shooting, I've found this is how I'm able to bring out the most natural dynamic between two people. Honestly, I just want you to have fun with me.

Documenting: For most of the day, I keep it mostly documentary, just capturing what's happening as it happens.

Portraits: In addition to photos of you two, I always take formal family & bridal party portraits. I know those matter.

If you want to see what others have said about shooting with me, you can see some words from couples I've worked with HERE.
02.
WE’RE AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. IS THAT OKAY?


Yes, anything you are, or aren't, is okay with me.

There's nothing to worry about. Most of my couples tell me they feel awkward having their photo taken, even some of the ones that look really natural. I'm here to get you comfortable and to capture your natural dynamic. So as long as you trust me and you come with an open mind, you'll be great.

Also, like I said, we're all weirdos. Let me capture your awkward weirdness too. I wouldn't want you to mask that.
03.
WHAT KINDS OF COUPLES DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH?


Happy humans who want to celebrate each other.
Seriously, no other requirements. If you're happy together. you like what I make, and you trust me, we're gonna be great.

I'm just a human doing something I really enjoy doing, nothing more to it.
04.
WILL YOU SHOOT FILM OR DIGITAL?


At weddings, I shoot both film and digital. At elopements & couple sessions, I shoot all film.

I shoot most of the wedding on 35mm film, and use digital to fill in whenever other factors limit the use of film (like darkly-lit receptions or fast paced action). Basically, about 60-90% of your images will be film.

Your film will be processed, scanned and delivered digitally, along with the edited digital images.
05.
WHY FILM?


Good question.

The short answer: I enjoy the slower paced process of shooting film, and I much prefer the aesthetic, grain/texture and "feel" of film scans to that of digital images, which tend to feel more polished, high production, and, well, "digital."

The long answer: All of the above, plus: I started shooting film in college, it's how I was introduced to photography. The darkroom at my university became my happy place. Then I moved to digital and shot digital for the next 10 years. About 6-7 years in, I started to feel uninspired by digital, it felt like I was spending over 50% of my time editing in front of a computer, instead of shooting, observing, and creating, which is what I want to do. So I started shooting film for my own personal things, our kitties, our travels, and just the daily mundane little moments I wanted to remember. I came to love the film shots I took for myself, so I started to experiment with it at weddings and shoots. And BOOM, a few years later, here we are, and film keeps me inspired and excited to shoot constantly.

To be totally honest, making the switch to film was a little daunting but in a really exciting way. I find myself giddy before shoots again, like I used to feel when I first started, and I love that.
06.
DO YOU SHOOT DETAILS? & FAMILY PHOTOS?


Yes and yes.

I know you spent a lot of time on your details, flowers, decor, etc, and I'll make sure to document it all.

I also think that family photos are important, so I always take formal family photos & bridal party photos.

I just emphasize that candid moments and emotion are my priority, because I think those are the photos that matter the most.
07.
SO HOW MUCH TIME WILL WE SPEND TAKING PHOTOS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?


This mostly depends on your preferences and timeline. We'll talk to determine how you'd rather spend your time, and plan accordingly.

Some couples don't want to spend much time away from their guests, so we do all their portraits in 30 minutes. Other couples want more alone time for themselves, so we spend 1- 2 hours away from guests doing photo stuff.

I want to make sure you enjoy yourself, so I'm happy to help figure all this out.
08.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED? DO YOU TRAVEL?


I split my time between my home in Joshua Tree and my van home, on the road. So yes, I absolutely travel.

Your wedding may or may not require a travel fee, depending on where/when it takes place. So just get in touch and I’ll give you the details.

You can also take a look at my current travel schedule, I’m always adding new locations and dates. If your location isn’t listed, just get in touch and we’ll make it happen.
09.
DO YOU USE BACKUPS?


Yes, I always bring backup digital gear, and your photos are backed up to 3 different locations.
10.
WHEN WILL WE GET OUR IMAGES?


No later than 6 weeks after your wedding.
11.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?


All you need is a signed contract and a 50% retainer to book the date. Contact me and I'll send you the details!
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