Hey! I’m Kate. My husband, Mike, and I comprise MKM Photography: Wedding & portrait photographers; husband & wife; all-purpose nerds; extremely enthusiastic.
Our people are tabletop gamers and tattoo enthusiasts, PC builders and grammar sticklers, Trekkies and Tolkien superfans. Fair warning: I will probably cry at your wedding. Partially because I’m Just That Emotional, yes, but mostly because it’s so important to me to become invested in your love story, your lives, and your happiness that seeing the culmination of all your hard work and planning affects me just that much. And Mike? He’ll literally be laid on the ground, up a wall, or in a tree getting you That One Shot.
Simply put, we are weirdos passing as normos, and weirdos are 100% our tribe. We love all the love, joy, intimacy, carefully chosen details, colors, variety, and challenges that wedding photography presents. We are high school sweethearts who planned our own offbeat wedding back in 2010—in a public park and art gallery, with very few florals and lots of friendors, with a lot of DIY décor and a hella fun dance party—so we know how it goes! It’s essential to us to document you and your wedding as you really are, not as some glossy magazine or smarmy website (or, often, your mom) thinks you should be! Whatever excites you about your wedding—be it your venue, your décor, the fashion, or the food—is guaranteed to excite us, as well.
More than anything, though, we want to get excited about your love. We want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us, to consider us friends. (Hint: This is one of the reasons we include engagement sessions in our packages!) We’ll meet and talk often throughout your planning process (warning: long-but-informative emails ahead!) and discuss in detail what you want out of your relationship with us as your photographers. Our primary goal is to create beautiful, authentic images that capture who you are as a couple: We’re not interested in uncomfortable poses, “perfect” backdrops, or fake smiles. We are interested in how you laugh together, the faces you make, where you love to go, what you love to do—everything that keeps you real and makes you you. Our favorite weddings bask in that realness and own it wholly, which is why our favorite weddings are usually some degree of offbeat. Our favorite couples love hard and laugh deeply, value photography and its ability to tell a story that lasts.
If all of this makes us sound like people you want around on your wedding day (and gosh, we hope it does!), get in touch to set up a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!
How I cater to offbeat weddings
Aside from the fact that we are huge nerds and have a deep love for all the weirdness in people, we are moderately priced for our area, with one basic package that includes an engagement session and eight hours of wedding day coverage—anything else our couples want, they get to add á là carte. We also focus heavily on moments and emotions over poses and, while we have some formulae for how things *usually* go, we are not prescriptive and will roll with whatever flow, schedule, structure (or lack thereof!) is right for you. Have a seemingly bonkers idea for a shoot or aspect of your wedding? Ask us. I guarantee the answer will be yes. (Except for maybe swimming with sharks. And even then, Mike is probably already researching wetsuits online.)
A few other elements worth mentioning:
– We are woman-owned and -led.
– We are LGBTQ-affirming and celebratory.
– We use gender-neutral language wherever possible and are constantly striving to be more inclusive and affirming.
– We share all our couples on social media and our site, because we know that representation matters!
"There is no doubt in our mind that hiring MKM Photography was the best decision when planning our wedding. ... Kate and Mike are such a fantastic duo! ... Even when we asked a small question, [Kate] would provide every detail ... including where the sun would be at that time of day and how that would influence our photos... What we valued the most was how honest Kate and Mike were with us when ideas we had became unrealistic or if there was no time in the schedule. ... On the wedding night Kate even jumped on the dance floor for a song and saved the day with safety pins when the bustle broke. Lastly, the photos…AMAZING. ... We cannot stop looking at the pictures, we love them so much. They are such fun people; we miss meeting with them regularly. Simply put, they are simply the best!
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