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Dakota

Hi, I'm Kathy!  I'm not afraid to make a fool out of myself, especially if it can make you laugh and feel comfortable. I want to capture YOU in your photos...loving on each other. I love couples who love hard and who think outside the box, that want to do something different for their wedding day, who aren't afraid of a little adventure. My goal is to travel more for weddings, to capture what the world has to offer. I have been doing photography for about 7 years and I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't want to only be your vendor, I want to be there to help throughout the process, make your day the best it can be, and go out for coffee even after the wedding is over. Shoot me an email if want to learn more or to just say hi. I'd love to hear from you!







// About me //

FUN FACTS // 

// I'm recently married to this stud to the right. 

// I could totally live in an RV and travel the world. 

// I love anything and everything Mid-Century Modern. 

// If I could live anywhere, it would be in California. 

// Travel is what makes my heart happy. 

// I love coffee and carbs. 

// Light, clean lines, and simplicity is what inspires me! Oh and a good outfit ;)


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Favorites

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Favorites

Engagement photos are some of my favorites! Whether it's an intimate session at home, somewhere with some beautiful scenery or somewhere that means something to the two of you. I am also down to travel, new locations are so inspiring to me, so let's make some magic happen! 

ENGAGEMENTS

I know this is a huge decision and i'm honored that you are thinking of letting me be a part of your big day! For info, just hit the contract page and tell me about all the goodness of your day! 

Elopements hold a special place in my heart! Get in touch for special pricing for elopements and intimate weddings. 

Do I travel? YES PLEASE! 

WEDDINGS

PORTRAITS

I also do Maternity, Newborn, senior photos, and in-home family sessions! If you're interested in Boudoir, make sure and check the top of the page for more info! 

I can't wait to talk more about your photos needs! If you click the arrow, it gives general pricing. I know not all weddings are the same, so if you'd like a custom package, let's chat :) 

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Investment

Let's be honest, when your wedding is all said and done, what do you have left to remember memories from one of the most important days in your lives? Making an investment is not only about the photographs, but it's so much more than that. It's about the experience you have with me, it's supposed to be FUN, I want to educate you and make your wedding the best it can be. It's extremely important to choose someone you TRUST, whose style you LOVE and who has a personality that you vibe with. It's always a plus when we can remain friends after your wedding, or I can capture more important events in your life...like KIDS(ok I won't get ahead of myself, I know you're not even married yet ;)). Chemistry with my clients is huge, I am the vendor  you're with most on your wedding day. I love couples who love HARD, that show affection, that think outside the box, that do things a little different or non-traditional. Also who see what the wedding day is all about, the two of them and their love for each other, not a bunch of pinterest photos that AREN'T THEM. Every wedding is unique,  your personal touches and when you trust me 100%, that lets you just ENJOY your day and have the time of your life, that's when I create those magic, authentic photos. If this is you, I think we would be a great fit and make some killer images and memories for your big day. 

Wedding Packages start at $3,900
Portrait Sessions start at $450



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NASHVILLE APRIL 14-17

NYC MAY 5-8

UPPER PENINSULA MI MAY 18-22

TRAVERSE CITY, MI JULY 28-30

CAPE COD, SEPTEMBER 8-11

BRECKENRIDGE, CO SEPTEMBER 29-OCT 2ND. 

UTAH OCTOBER 3-5

LAGUNA BEACH, CA OCTOBER 6-9

Travel dates 2017

Family/Maternity/Newborn sessions are $450. I'm available weekdays/nights during wedding season. 

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Boudoir Sessions are done at my home in Bloomfield Hills. It's $500 for the session including Make-Up. 

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Wedding Packages start at $3,900. I know all weddings are different, so let's customize something for your day. 

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BOUDOIR

BOUDOIR PHOTOS ARE DONE AT MY HOME IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI. THE SESSION INCLUdES MAKE-UP AND 1-2 HOUR SESSION. PLEASE EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS! 

INQUIRE FOR TRAVEL. 

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Emily + Jacob

We are so blown away by the moments you captured for our special day. We cannot thank you enough for being a part of our wedding and the seriously amazing job you did. I honestly think you and your service are the best investment we made for the wedding! We just keep looking at the pictures over and over, reliving every moment! So, thank you so so so so much. Seriously! 

Emily + Mitch

We spent a very long time trying to find the perfect photographer. We wanted someone who we felt comfortable with, matched our style(lots and lots of natural light), and above all we trusted to capture everything about our big day. When we met Kathy the first time, we knew we had found the right person. She is so incredibly talented and made us laugh at all her corny jokes. She powered through all the weather challenges of the day...cold, rain and crazy winds. 
I was nervous to look at the photos because I remember the day so vividly and wanted the images to match that. When we saw the photographs, they were perfect. She so accurately captured our beautiful friends and family, all the emotions of the day, and the love Mitch and I have for each other! 
Even as I write this I am getting teary eyed just thinking that years and years from now when the memories start to fade, we'll have these beautiful photographs to remember the most perfect day."

Stephanie + Adam

I just wanted to let you know that our wedding pictures are absolutely amazing!!!! Adam and I decided at first that we did not want a videographer because we likely would never watch our wedding video enough to justify spending that much money on a videographer. When the day came closer I think we both started to question that decision but it was already too late. However, it turns out that we made the right decision after all because your pictures did such an amazing job of capturing all the key moments of our wedding it doesn’t feel like we’re missing anything. The day goes by so quickly that we missed some of the details, but your pictures captured everything, even some of the little things we missed, on our day! It’s hard to put into words how grateful we are, you took the most special day of our life and captured it in perfect pictures that we get to enjoy for the rest of our lives. Thank you so so much!

Megan + Abe

I just opened your package, looked at the printed out pics, sobbed my eyes out, and am now just plugging in my USB. I just had to send you a note right away to tell you how amazing you are & how much I appreciate every single thing you did for us! From our engagement pics to the very final touches (and for pumping our pics out in under 2 weeks while preparing to get married yourself!). You are seriously an incredible human and I'm so happy to have found you!! Off to look at all the pics now & I'm sure I'll be sending you another message about how much I love all them as well!!

Angie + Chad

Kathy, words cannot describe how happy we are that we chose you to be our photographer on the best day of our lives! When planning the wedding we decided we did not want to hire a professional videographer, so we knew we MUST get a top notch photographer to capture our memories, and you went above and beyond :) we are in love with the photos you took and I cannot stop looking at them! Not only did you take amazing, natural, candid photos that captured the emotion of the day, but you are also such a lovely person!! I felt like we clicked with you right away and you made us feel more like friends than clients and I so appreciate that! I told chad that whenever we decide to start a family (other than our dog, who is for sure family) we will be calling you again!!

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What to Wear guide

Man oh man. I know it can feel kind of daunting to pick what to wear for photos. Here are a few guidelines I’ve put together so you guys can be sure to look hot and be all over each other and feel like your best self, while still making sure the images are focused on your guys’ love, not what you’re wearing. I know picking an outfit can be stressful, that's why i've created this, to make it a little more enjoyable. This is just what I’ve found to work best from trial and error from past shoots, they’re only guidelines, not rules! You can show up wearing pajamas for all I care.
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Ultimately, I want you guys to look like yourselves. Don’t feel like if you don’t follow these ideas that your photos are not going to be amazing. The most important thing to me is that you feel and look like yourselves, how you normally dress, so you can be as comfortable as possible! A lot of people try to go shopping for new clothes for the shoot beforehand but I actually recommend not going that route. Bring stuff you normally wear, stuff that’s already in your closet that you love and feel yourselves in. An old band t-shirt and ripped jeans? Perfect. A lot of my couples will go shopping for “nicer” looking clothes which is totally fine, but sometimes they regret not just wearing they feel like themselves in. Who cares if you look back at the photos in 20 years and laugh about what you’re wearing? As long as it represented what you guys are like right now, thats all that matters. Dressing to follow the trend isn't a bad thing. Plus, guys are usually not all that excited about putting on a collared ironed button up with dress shoes if they’re used to wearing flannels and sneakers every day. I promise they’ll be way more happy to be at the shoot if you don’t force an outfit he thinks is stupid. 

Buying a new outfit isn't always a bad thing either. Having an excuse to buy an outfit is always fun! Don't say I said so, but don't be afraid to buy something you feel great it, and then return if after haha. Again, you didn't hear it from me ;) 

Here’s a few guidelines to help if you’re feeling lost about what to wear :

First off, I always recommend to bring options. To get the best results, I’ll pick and pull from the options you bring for you guys to change into for each location we shoot at. This way I can make sure the outfits compliment the environment so that the focus is on you two, not on any distractions, which yes, can be your outfits. All you have to do is make sure you bring stuff that you feel like a million bucks in that we can pick and pull from!
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Don’t bring your whole closet though. It will take too much time for me to go through everything and will take time away from your session. Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms and 4 or 5 tops each, then you can bring dresses, accessories, jackets and whatnot as well. Also, just know that depending on where we are shooting, you’ll most likely be changing in the back of the car on the side of the road. If you aren’t down with that, that’s totally fine and you can just bring one outfit! Just make sure to text me a few photos of the outfit options you have and we can pick it out together beforehand.

Make sure it makes sense.

Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around it. If we are going to be taking long walks in the woods, bring shoes with good grip and that you're able to run around in.  If we are shooting on a sandy beach, it would look weird if you’re wearing shoes (ps heels are almost always a bad idea in most scenarios, unless you’re freakishly good at walking in them haha). If it’s freezing cold outside, bring lots of layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s going to be hot, bring clothes that can breathe. Be as comfortable as you can be!

Movement-

Like I said, make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not only for temperatures but also for being able to move around in. If you're in brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place as well as lets you sit and run and move around in. I recommend bringing clothes that are "broken in" so that you'll be as comfortable as possible. I also love when people bring clothing or accessories that can show movement by catching wind, because it adds energy to the photos and looks freaking gorgeous!

colors

I always recommend sticking with earth tones and neutrals. Neutrals doesn't mean grays and browns, there are neutrals of every color. Mustard Yellow, Navy Blue, Forest Green, Burnt Orange, Etc. Stay away from bright, fluorescent distracting colors. These colors sometimes reflect off the skin and distracts away from you two. White can be tricky as well. Think of the backgrounds, if it is going to be neutral and bright, white is okay. If it is going to be darker colors, I don't want the white to overpower the tone of your skin! Here are some photos for you to get an idea. 

Avoid big, loud, chunky, crazy patterns. The smaller or more subtle, the better! If the pattern is too loud, it will distract from your faces. I usually try to avoid pairing too many patterns together because, you guessed it, it makes the photos feel a little hectic and distracting from your faces and the location. Also, be sure to iron your clothes before so there’s not huge wrinkles distracting from your faces either! Texture is also big. I am down for velvets, lace, ruffles..anything that makes the photo more unique! 

Patterns and texture

I love when people bring hats, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry, etc because it’s nice to pair them with different outfit options. Accessories are always a good thing, especially if your outfits are more on the simple side. 

Props

I know props are so 5 years ago, but props don't have to be cheesy!  Props could be a food truck that you often go to, a motorcycle, animals are always so great to photograph, blankets, a truck/car, a campfire or tent.  If you have props you want to incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a non-cheesy way!

That's it! 

I want to make this shoot special to you two. I want you to have fun, make memories and get some awesome photos. If you're still freaking out, just email me and i'm happy to help any way I can! If you want to talk through ideas to make it extra unique and special, i'm totally down. Can't wait to be a part of this special time with you!