& good times for life
---> Yosemite, on a holiday?
If you can help it, DO NOT get married in Yosemite on a HOLIDAY. Like good luck finding lodging for all your family/friends. And parking, thats a joke. And yea sitting in traffic for two hours is greeeeat.
Also try to avoid FREE ENTRANCE days. Summer weekends too, avoid if you can. I know you're thinking, 'Kate, WTH?'. But If you still want to get married on a summer weekend in Yosemite, please know that I can not guarantee that we will be able to travel around the park for photographs. While I will do everything within my ability to give you variety, there are many things out of my control. The BEST OPTION if you must get married during one of these times would be to do THE DAY AFTER SESSION I offer!
Engagement session on a holiday, there is a holiday fee that applies. And honestly that fee depends on how I'm feeling and how much of a shit show I predict it being in the park. And I will do mainly morning sessions during high peak season. Trust me, I know what I'm doing and want the best experience for you and me.
-----> Camera Shy?
I get it. I am too! Go take a look at my reviews and see how many more people are shy but how I helped them relax and how quickly we became friends just hanging out. I've been doing this long enough now that I have a system. And sometimes i go out of the box, because learning and being creative is growth. I'll pose ya'll and also get your best candid moments.
----> HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE RECEIVE?
My goal is to deliver a curated collection of photos that captures the story of your wedding day. How many photos largely depends on each wedding, the activities taking place and the guests.
I personally believe it’s a disservice to name a number – rather I prefer to go into your wedding day capturing it as it unfolds vs. attempting to force a final number. BUT on average, for 8 hours coverage, 500-800 images are delivered.
Engagement sessions are guaranteed 20. Usually way more are delivered because while editing i fall in love almost every expression you make and movement of your bodies.
-----> WILL YOU PHOTOSHOP MY PICTURES?
All images are color corrected and toned to match the style of Kate Michelle Photography, and I offer basic retouching like removing small blemishes, smoothing skin and lightening under-eye circles.
I do not use Photoshop as a crutch, but more of an enhancement to your images. I am sure to produce the highest quality possible directly through the camera before even getting the images to the computer
----> How long till we get our photos?
I love to get these beauties to you guys ASAP! But I need to set long ranges for the season when I have multiple shoots to edit.
7-14 business days (two days if I'm not slammed!)
90 days (Usually no more than 30 days! Again, depends on how busy I am)
But WHY must you make us wait so long :(?
I spend hours looking through all of your images, choosing only the best ones and leaving out any blinking eyes, weird expressions or body movements, and anything else that I find unflattering, and narrow it down to only the best images of you. Then I spend even more time doing any necessary color correction and slight retouching to match the style of Kate Michelle Photography, and to give you outstanding works of art in your images! Once all is said and done, I prepare your images to be used in printing and on the web, and then upload them. All while binging on shows like AHS, GOT, Friends, Breaking Bad. And the Yin to my Yang?: soulful and educational podcast, novels like The Prodigal Summer, anything by Paulo Coelho, Stealing Fire, Anything by Elizabeth Gilbert and some motivational and educational things for this amazing business of mine.
-----> I AM LOCATED OUT OF STATE, DO YOU TRAVEL?
I will if it's a place as beautiful as Yosemite.
My real desire is to travel deep into Yosemite. Scroll down to read more about that
-----> What is the Day After?
Click here to see. And message me with any further questions you may have about this. It's a great option and honestly at a great price for what we can achieve.
CAN WE CREATE an EPIC YOSEMITE ADVENTURE?
If you’re down to allow time for it, I’d LOVE to go on adventure with you on your wedding day – or even after you've said your vows with the goal of creating something magical and totally unique. Im talking beyond Taft and Glacier Point(Though those are still on the table). Im talking the Cathedrals, Passes, May Lake, Benson lake and beyond! Adventure from a whole day to a three day adventure. Maybe even seven...
Im talking hiking shoes, backpacks, headlamps, sweat, hats, sunscreen, tents, epic sunrise and sunsets, high lakes, breaks to jump in these lakes, maybe some party time under the stars, Vows exchanged in places that vows may have never been exchanged. All of this documented! A trip and wedding of a life time in Yosemite. I have options if you wish to get the parents out there too.
Ultimately, I believe an adventure doesn’t exist within a constrained amount of time and would push for both The One & Only collection and the Day-after session if you want a more 'traditional' wedding. If you live for adventure and can leave the masses at home then we can customize this. All options to ensure we can take full advantage of exploring together. OR TALK TO ME! Tell me what you're thinking. Ask me what I think would be epic and how we can achieve this. We can hike with our packs, or hike and hire my long eared friends to carry the weight, OR tour the back country on horseback while mules carry our stuff. Regulators, Mount up! hehe
My dream is NOT to go to another country to photograph a wedding. My DREAM is to shoot weddings deep into Yosemite. Explore the other 95% of Yosemite with love birds. This is possible. And if you are into anything I just mentioned then write me. Tug on my heart strings by telling me what above mentioned tugged on your heart strings.
I'll be in touch as soon as I can!
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us
- JOHN MUIR
If my soul could get away from this so-called prison, be granted all the list of attributes generally bestowed on spirits, my first ramble on spirit-wings would not be among the volcanoes of the moon. Nor should I follow the sunbeams to their sources in the sun. I should hover about the beauty of our own good star. I should not go moping among the tombs, not around the artificial desolation of men. I should study Nature's laws in all their crossings and unions; I should follow magnetic streams to their source and follow the shores of our magnetic oceans. I should go among the rays of the aurora, and follow them to their beginnings, and study their dealings and communions with other powers and expressions of matter. And I should go to the very center of our globe and read the whole splendid page from the beginning. But my first journeys would be into the inner substance of flowers, and among the folds and mazes of Yosemite's falls. How grand to move about in the very tissue of falling columns, and in the very birthplace of their heavenly harmonies, looking outward as from windows of ever-varying transparency and staining!