This love between you two? This love that led you to feel not just ready — but excited — to share vows in front of friends of family? This love that made everything click? 

It tops the list. This is it, and it couldn’t be better.

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It’s pancakes on the kitchen floor at midnight. It’s a two-person dance party on the roof of the parking garage. It’s snuggling in for a sunset at the spot where you had your first date. The way your hands fit together just right. The way they look at you when you laugh. Promising forever with the mountains as your witnesses.

I’m here to capture the small, fleeting, ordinary, extraordinary moments that make up a life and a love story - not just how they looked, but how they felt. When you look back at your photos, you’ll feel the honesty and the intimacy that takes you back to the moment and reminds you of the life you’re building together, one tiny moment at a time. 

Your full, authentic self is always welcome here.


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In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not about what you look at. It’s what you see.” I believe in photographing those little things you might not even notice that capture your flow as a couple. The in-between moments, glances, crinkle-eye smiles, goosebumps. There’s nothing more beautiful and fascinating to me than the pure joy, excitement, and comfort of two people wildly in love. 

There’s no need for perfect poses, perfect weather, perfect outfits, or a perfect location to capture the perfect memory. It’s about a snapshot in time - those photos that allow you to hold a feeling in your hands.

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"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

She made us feel so comfortable. It didn’t feel transactional. She brought this really positive and fun energy, which was so crucial to how our day went.

I was struck by how many photos we got. She captured so many moments, and looking at them, you feel like you can relive the day. I felt the emotions all over again. Things go by so quickly, it feels like a blur, so having someone capture these moments that you might not even see yourself is really special.”


"From the very beginning, Kaitie made us both feel really at ease. It just felt like we were hanging out with a friend."

We knew we wanted our wedding photos to "look" the way we remembered our wedding day- no unrealistic lighting, no crazy angles, nothing too "artsy" or moody. Kaitie delivered in spades. Our photos are light and airy, completely timeless and classic. She did such a wonderful job of capturing the emotion and joy of our wedding day. Kaitie gave clear direction to us, our family, and bridal party, she made sure we got all of the photos we asked for, and kept us ahead of schedule (!). We cannot say enough great things about Kaitie, and are thrilled her work will be in our home forever.”

“Hiring Kaitie for our photos was easily the best decision we made for our wedding."


“Kaitie photographed our summer wedding in Santa Barbara, and she did the most AMAZING job capturing our special day. She made Will and I feel SO comfortable, especially since we'd never had professional photos taken together."

"Not only did we feel comfortable working with Kaitie, we also had fun!! The photos never felt forced or staged.”

03. christine & will

As people who are not fond of being in front of the camera, she put us at ease, was quick but not pushy and had great insight to get the perfect shots. On our wedding day she also handled all the craziness and made everything go as smoothly as possible. I truly believed she absorbed all the stress of the day from me. She was simply amazing. Our photos were more than we expected, both in quantity and quality. She was really able to capture the day just as we remember it and it makes us so happy to look at them and relive those moments. 

"Kaitie is the absolute best! She is so thoughtful and easy going and made me and my husband feel at ease."

04. brianna & harrison




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