"Kate is absolutely amazing!! She is very quick to answer, dependable, and such a sweetheart! I highly recommend her! So thankful to have such an awesome photographer! Pictures turned out perfect!"for Wedding PhotographyHaley and LucasReview From

Why Should I Hire You?


In 2009 the amazing Angela Anderson took me on as an intern, recognizing my eye like she has with so many wonderful photographers in Kentucky. I learned so much from her before eventually going out on my own to start Kate McStay in 2012. Over 200 weddings (that's a lot!) later and I still cry when my couples have their first look, I fan girl out every Saturday at color schemes and bouquets, and I love the creativity I get to pour into each wedding photo to make them fresh and incredible. 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!


What Is Your Style?


I get asked a lot about what my style is, mostly by Brides that found me via instagram. I shoot in a few styles to be honest, sometimes light and airy, sometimes true color and once on special request super dark and moody. That's because 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. For the first few years of my career light and airy was all the rage, and it's still a classic, but not every Bride is the same and I found my adaptability to shoot any style has offered me so many chances to learn and grow and have the opportunity to connect with so many more people. 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.
And if you don't have something specific in mind? That's ok too! I've got it under control to walk you through it!


Can We Skip or Trade for the Engagement?


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!


Can We Keep You For the Full Eight Hours of Coverage?

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.


How Many Images Will I Receive?


This completely depends on a few factors, if you have 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen, 450 guests and 60 people for family photos, you're going to have a lot more in your gallery just on the sheer amount of people needing to be captured. On average I deliver around 800 photos per wedding, I think my lowest was during Covid at a five person, socially distanced wedding and they got 250 images over two hours, my most was probably a 600 person wedding with 30 bridal party attendants and that was around 1600 photos to give you an idea.


How Long Does It Take to Get Our Images?


Four to Six weeks is what is in my contract. I generally have them back to you in less than four weeks. If you're feeling antsy after a week that's alright, you can text me and you'll get a reply right away just like throughout the rest of the process. My communication and connection with you doesn't end just because the wedding is over!


Do We Have Print Release of Our Photos?


Yes, you can print with any printer you'd like. You of course can also print through me if you'd prefer. I highly recommend ordering keepsake products like canvases, albums or large prints though me. I use a professional quality lab and I had design the albums and crop the photos to the correct size for any product you are ordering, most do it yourself places will not do this and you can be surprised by what you get.


If We Want an Album What do We do?


As stated above you can absolutely order one from any site you'd like. The albums I offer are of the highest quality and are hand designed to tell your story in order of the day. I will walk through with you to pic some of your favorite 'must have' pics to be included then I will do the design, you can then decide what you'd like to change or add any extra pages. Every step of the process is easy and quick but makes for the heirloom you will hand down for generations!


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 the 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 Wedding 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 Hire 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!






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