The Sea and The Stars // Amanda and Nick // Baltimore Wedding Photographer

Last September I started on a project with one of my best friends Frankie that would change my life. We had the privilege to make a documentary about The Samaritan Women Ministry (TSW), an organization that is operating a transitional residence program for women recovering from trauma and trafficking which emphasizes life-rebuilding and reconciliation. TSW is also leading a state-wide social justice initiative against human trafficking. During the process of making the documentary we interviewed various staff members and volunteers from TSW including Amanda and Nick. When I met Amanda last September, she was a single woman pursuing her passion for social justice. Later we met Nick, a volunteer who gave up everything to inform the world about human trafficking. They starting dating while we were still making the film. When Amanda called me and asked me to be her photographer for her August wedding I was literally in tears. They tied the knot on the The Samaritan Women property where they first met and fell in love! These two ran towards their passions and towards God and found each other in the midst. I feel completely honored to share some of my favorite images from their wedding day!

Here is the tale of the Seafarer’s Daughter (Amanda’s Dad was in the Navy)  and the Star-gazer’s Son (Nick’s dad works for NASA) :

Also be sure to listen to this beautiful song while you take a look at these images (Amanda walked down the aisle to this tune):
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Hair: Angela Soto of Lucky 3 Studio

Make-up: Kimmy Gonzalez

Planner/Day of Coordinator: Lindsay Hocker of Simply Perfect Events

DJ/Band: Pedro Gonzalez

Caterer: Beefalo Bos

Gown designer: Maya Couture

Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Invitations/ Menus: PaperDolls Designs

Videographer: Frankie Films

Wedding Cake: Minted Sweets

Also check out Frankie’s sneak peek video of Amanda’s wedding HERE!


Jenn & Mike’s Portrait Story // Great Falls Park // Maryland Portrait & Wedding Photographer

Last Friday I woke up early to meet Mike and Jenn for a sunrise session at Great Falls Park in Potomac, Maryland. There is nothing like cool crisp morning air. Jenn and Mike are so madly in love! Their portrait story near the babbling falls and jade green forest was true perfection. Here are some of my favorite from their session.
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My Gear Bag // Kate Ann Photography // Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Hello! I am often asked what gear I use for my images. Today I wanted to share what equipment I bring to all of my weddings and portrait sessions!

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gearbag-13I use both Lexar and Sandisk 16 GB CF cards inside a super sturdy Pelican case. gearbag-15These Neewer video lights are easy to use. They help add an extra pop of light when needed.

bareMinerals Bridal Make-up Look // Glitter Guide // Maryland Portrait Photographer

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to photograph bride-to-be Kara from Politics of Pretty as she tried on a possible bridal look from bareMinerals. She choose to try on a hollywood glam look! Kara looked amazing with a fun orange-red lip and the smooth finish of bareMinerals foundation. (even though she is beyond gorgeous without make-up) The images were also on The Glitter Guide! Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot!
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Paige + Stu’s Wedding // Historic Kent Manor Inn // Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer

I met up with Paige in Stu a year and a half ago in London (their current home). They married in London but wanted to plan a wedding celebration for their friends and family in the States! Their day was filled with heartfelt tears, tender hugs and fun dance moves. Their friends and family from all around the world rejoiced in Paige and Stu’s sweet love. It was a blessing to be apart of their day!

♥ Kate
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Hair: Erin Brown & Becky Shearing
Makeup: Chandler Smith
Florist: Seaberry Farm
Planner/Day of Coordinator: Danielle
DJ/Band: Dusk Til Dawn Entertainment
Caterer: Kent Manor Inn
Gown designer/retailer: Betsy Robinson, Amsale

Pre-Wedding Beauty Tips! // Caitlin Moran // Style Me Pretty

A little while ago I had the chance to photograph bride to be Caitlin as she revealed some beauty tips! If you want to learn more about the products visit the post on Style Me Pretty!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
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Her gorgeous robe is from Plum Pretty Sugar!!
This shoot was styled by Caitlin Moran from Style Within Reach!

Gunpowder Falls State Park Engagement // Sarah + Misha // Maryland Portrait Photographer

I met Sarah and Misha by one of their favorite hiking spots! We explored up and down the river for an engagement session adventure. These two are a super sweet pair and I can not wait to photograph their wedding next year!


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Kimberly // Senior Session // Maryland Portrait Photographer

Kimberly is one of those girls that just brightens your day whenever you are around her. She is graduating college this May! I had a blast photographing Kimberly at this special time in her life. Her session was a true adventure. We climbed through the woods and soaked up the sweet golden light. We left the session as friends. Nothing gives me more joy then when my clients become friends! I can not wait to see where Kimberly goes after graduation! Cheers to the class of 2014!!


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Beauty Photo Shoot // Glitter Guide // Kate Ann Photography

Happy Friday!
A few weeks ago I photographed Kara, Glitter Guide’s beauty editor, use some of her favorite products! Caitlin Moran from Style Within Reach styled the shoot! Also can I just say that Kara is STUNNING! Check out the post on Glitter Guide here!
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Model + Beauty Editor: Kara Manos
Styling: Caitlin Moran
Product credits: Loren Hope earrings, Plum Pretty Sugar robe


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