My Philosophy

The most important things to me as a wedding photographer are:
1. Making sure you enjoy your wedding day in the way you envisioned
2. Ensuring you feel comfortable and engaged in front of the camera so we can create the best representation of your wedding day and your personalities
3. Delivering timeless, real, and captivating photos in both a candid and fine art style.

You aren’t just hiring me as a photographer, you are hiring me for my expertise in navigating a wedding day, from everything to keeping the timeline moving along, to wrangling family members for group photos.


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K & E


I can NOT say enough about Kaitie and what she did for us on our wedding day. She was so fun to be around and with my family hard to wrangle, she did it with such ease and efficiency!! But the pictures...they brought tears to my eyes and we are getting so many compliments on all the photos. could not be happier with the results and I would recommend anyone and everyone to use her skills on the biggest day of your life!!

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C & B


Kaitie. Was. FABULOUS. Kaitie went the distance in every way to get us the shots we wanted, edited beautifully, and every one unique. She was professional, fun, and made us comfortable in an otherwise sometimes slightly awkward situation of being the subject of a photo shoot. The wedding photos turned out more beautiful that I could ever have imagined. I loved her style, I love her editing, and the feel to her photos. She was everywhere at once, but not noticed a bit. She was professional, listened to all of our desires, and delivered. 100% She was also extremely helpful and professional in the whole wedding planning process. Not a single complaint from this customer. We loved Kaitie!

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J & K


Her effervescent personality makes shooting with her both natural and comfortable, allowing her to capture an authenticity and joy that I never imagined could be translated in a picture. Her working style is unobtrusive, she seamlessly inserts herself into your event to beautifully capture grand spaces, small details, and most importantly those special moments that are so often overlooked. Kaitie Brainerd is not only a talented photographer, but she is an absolute joy to work with.