Why Should I Hire You?

I will be there from day one with you, you can reach out to me for more than just photography. I have worked with almost every vendor in the area and have seen everything possible that can happen during a wedding. I'm not just your photographer, I'm here to get to know you and your plans inside and out. I will help you with timeline, vendor choices, whatever you want to text me about! On your wedding day I am there to not only shoot the perfect photos but to make sure you are relaxed and your day goes smoothly. I have sewn bridesmaids into dresses with broken zippers, made bouquets when florists delivered with one short, fixed falling cakes, served as coordinator to walk every vendor through the day...I want to capture every detail you have put so much time and attention into, and I want you to be relaxed knowing your images are going to be even more amazing than you even expected. I will be your voice on the day so you don't have to be a bridezilla, I will wrangle family members, drunk groomsmen, the wandering uncle noone can find for family photos, there's nothing I haven't seen before at this stage in my career and whatever it takes to have the perfect day and the perfect pictures I am your ally!

Where are you based and do you travel?

I am based in Lexington, Kentucky. I have shot weddings all over the world. I love to travel and all my gear is plane ready!

When Will we get our wedding photos

Your will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within maximum 8 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I photograph your story). You can download all the photos from the gallery but also share them, choose your favorites, and also order prints or print anywhere on your own!

How many pictures will we receive?

For an 8 hours coverage wedding, you will receive on average between 600 to 900 fully edited images. I always choose quality rather than quantity and that''s why I will choose the best and more significant photos to tell your story.

what is your style

My style isn't about how I edit, it's about my eye and my creativity and who you are as I client. I don't like to limit myself to one style, I wouldn't meet so many wonderful clients each season if I did! I work with you to get the perfect pictures, we talk about lighting specific to your day, color schemes, what time of year you are getting married, your venue, everything that would contribute to the best possible edits. Any truly skilled photographer should be able to shoot any style, but not every photographer can capture the mood, the joy and love in each photograph, that's what you should look for when choosing me.

Can we skip or Trade the Engagement session?

Of course you can skip it! It's your wedding, you can do whatever makes you happiest! I highly recommend using the Engagement session if it's possible. It gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and for you guys to gain experience and confidence in front of the lens in a more relaxed environment than the wedding day. It also gives me a chance to see what kind of posing works best for you as a couple as not any two couples are alike! But if you don't want to do it or can't that's no problem at all, you can trade it for a 16"x20" canvas of a wedding photo to hang on your wall instead!

Will Eight Hours Be Enough?

I begin coverage right about the time the Bride is finishing hair and make-up (no one wants photos of their hair in rollers and one false eyelash stuck on!) and I finish after about twenty minutes of open dance, or once I feel like I've captured the essence of the party and the full beginning to end story of your day. We will work together on timeline to make sure everything is covered and that you have plenty of time to get all the pictures but also enjoy your time with your guests. I am not a photographer that jam packs the day with nothing but photos or forces you to take things you don't want, I have an extensive portfolio, I'm there for you not for my instagram! And if we go through the timeline and you feel like you want me to start at breakfast and stay until the last guest leaves then we can go over adding extra hours and capture all that too!

do you edit our images?

Absolutely. I don't outsource anything. I edit each and everyone of your images by hand to make sure each one meets my standards. You will receive all of these images in your gallery.

How do we receive our images?

All of your images will be delivered through a link via email to a digital online gallery. Through this gallery you can download all of your high resolution and social media size images to share or print anywhere you'd like. If you'd prefer to print through me you can click the image right on the gallery and choose the product you'd like made from it whether it be a print, canvas or album.

Can we add on items?

For sure! From rehearsal dinner coverage to after wedding items like albums and canvases, we can make a special package just for you anytime!

What kind of equipment do you use?

I shoot on all Canon gear, I use Canon 1DX body with L series lenses, the best of the best.

Do you have insurance?

Yes I do! 100% coverage.

Do you offer a refund in case of cancellation?

No, the $1000 retainer paid at time of booking is non-refundable. It pays for me to keep your date open for you and I have to turn down all other inquiries for that date. You may cancel your wedding anytime 60 days before the wedding and not be required to pay the remaining balance that was due. Any weddings cancelled within 60 days of the wedding date will be required to pay the full remaining balance due. Covid rescheduling or changes are covered in your contract and I was able to successfully reschedule every wedding we missed during the pandemic with no additional fees to the clients.

Is photography your full time job?

Yes. This is my full time job. While I do a lot of art and tend to take on Interior Design projects they are usually during months I don't have weddings or off season. If you meet me you'll see I have a lot of energy and don't like to be idle with my time. It's why I edit your photos faster than most photographers but it's also why if you follow my personal pages you'll see me always doing something artsy that's not always photography!

We want to book you, what do we do?

Hit that Contact Form up below, email me directly at studio@katemcstay.com, shoot me a text or give me a ring at 859.312.3355. You'll see I love to communicate, so whatever works for you works for me! Once we have initial contact we can have a phone meeting or grab a coffee to answer any questions you might have. I'll send you a contract and once you and your Fiance, or Mom or all your planning support team is on board you sign it and send it back along with the $1000 retainer. After that we plan engagements, work on timelines and countdown to the big day!