Our photo session was great from start to finish. Kate was great with our 3 & 5 year old's and provided a casual, comfortable feel which facilitated a very natural session. Very pleased with all our photos and loved the spontaneous candids towards the end. Super fast turnaround. Hardest part was choosing which photos to buy- if not all!
We have worked with Kate two times now (pregnancy announcement and newborn shoot) and both were a wonderful experience! After having a terrible experience with our wedding photographer, it’s a huge relief to have found a photographer we can trust to do exceptional work! We look forward to working with Kate again and highly recommend her (especially if you have pets and babies!)
"One of our best photo sessions as a family, since they were toddlers. Kate's bubbly personality and easy-going nature made the prep and the session an absolute pleasure. Kate is gifted and and has an eye for what will work best. You'll feel like you're being photographed by a good friend because she's so pleasant. You'll know you were photographed by a professional because the results are amazing."
My family had a wonderful experience with Kate and we are so thankful for her talent! I was a bit nervous before the session as my 4 and 2 year olds had never sat for a professional session--and it was on the cold side that day. But Kate came prepared with props, blankets, and a plan. All of which put us at ease and resulted in a wonderful outcome. I recommend Kate without hesitation!
I am not very photogenic and don't pose for pictures often, so I was worried that I wasn't going to like the pictures for a time you can't really recapture (maternity and newborn shoots). I couldn't have been more wrong. Kate has a great eye and was fantastic about making little adjustments (e.g., move a hand in an awkward spot, relax your face and smile again) to capture the best shot. We had so many great pictures as a result. My favorite part of the portrait session was the relaxed approach and creativity Kate brought to it. The whole session felt like hanging out with an old friend (who just happened to be taking pictures of you). While she was clearly prepared with the props and ideas we had discussed in advance, Kate also adapted to our outdoor location and thought of interesting ways to make use of the setting. Great experience. Great pictures. I couldn't recommend Kate Montaner Photography more highly.
Spending money is often a concern with new babies (everything adds up quickly!) but seeing the love and energy Kate puts into her photo shoots, the quality of her photography and the finishing touches (the packaging, the photos on a drive, etc), you realize just how much you're getting and the value is totally worth it. My favorite aspect of the session was how casual and relaxed my family felt under Kate's direction. Kate is very funny and helped my husband (who normally dislikes photos of most kinds) feel at ease and really enjoy capturing moments with the family. I would recommend Kate's photography business to anyone. I would say that pricing wise it was more than I had planned to spend initially, however the experience and the product was well worth it. If you're looking for a photographer to not only capture your special moments but also somehow capture everyone's best side (really - we all looked great!), then she's the one!
I am a perfectionist, so I'm always worried before the session about the kids behaving and smiling. I've learned not to worry because Kate such an amazing way of making everyone feel at ease from the beginning. For each of our outdoor sessions Kate always prepared so well and had the perfect spots picked out for the photos. Kate has the sweetest props and really uses the light and nature to capture the most precious moments. She has the friendliest disposition and my kids (3) and (1) were SO at ease. Kate made the session FUN. My daughter was actually sad when it was over!!
My biggest fear before hiring Kate was wondering how the pictures would turn out. I wasn't sure if my 1 year would would perform and if the pictures would show our true personalities. When I saw the end results I was more then happy. I was ecstatic. They were perfect and beautiful. My favorite part of my portrait session was how Kate was very flexible and able to work well with a 1 year old. I would most definitely recommend Kate to anyone. She was positive, effective, and fun.
My biggest fear was that we would not end up with a photo in which in which all 5 of us looked great at the same time. Kate made all of feel comfortable and was able to get shots that looked natural. We ended up with several fabulous shots to choose from. Kate is a true artist who only offers her best work. We ended up with a family photo that all 5 of us are very happy with!
I would say that you are an amazing person and that you take great photographs. Its not just pictures but memories. There was not a single picture that I did not love. You are very easy to work with yet professional. Appreciate your timeliness and quick response to my questions.
My boudoir session with Kate was nothing less than amazing. I was a little nervous at first, but she completely put me at ease and made sure I was comfortable during the entire shoot. I had such a fun time getting to feel like a model for the day! She has a talent for directing you on how to pose in ways that are incredibly flattering and beautiful. I sent her pictures of my outfits before the shoot, and she brought some accessories that worked really well. I could not have been happier with her work, the photos were gorgeous, and my husband said it was the best gift he has ever received!”
A fabulous photographer in the NOVA area!! We just moved here from NJ and have used quite a few photographers in NJ- Kate by far was the best. She was great with the kids, patient, kind and had great ideas for photos. She was a pleasure to work with! Working with Kate, seeing her vision for our family come to life through your eyes, and picking out the best traits of our daughters was our favorite part of the session. She captured us perfectly!
"Kate is totally amazing! She captured the sass, spirit and spunk of our little lovebug just before dinnertime. That's right, a one year old just before our dinner, bath & bedtime routine looking so happy and totally adorable equals AWESOME! Thank you so much Kate. She is super creative with subtle props and poses that are genuine and candid. Photo shoots with Kate are relaxed, fun and carefree. She is passionate and clearly loves her work. We feel so fortunate to have found such talent right here in Ashburn!"
I have had the pleasure of working with Kate on two separate occasions for family photos. She is a consummate professional with her attention to detail and personal touches. She works very hard to build rapport with her clients, including her smallest and most temperamental ones. She is patient and willing to go above and beyond to make you and your family feel at ease. The results of her efforts are evident in every photo that she creates. I think the highest compliment that I can pay to a photographer is to say that I trust her. I trust her to capture special moments with my family. I trust her to produce quality images that I will want to share with my loved ones. I trust her to make sure that we all look our best. She has earned that trust, and I am happy to call her our photographer.
My family had a portrait session with Kate this past fall, this is our second session with her in as many years, needless to say we LOVE her! Prior to the session my main concern with 6 people in the photos, was that the clothing was coordinated well for each member of the family. I would email her outfit ideas and her expert guidance took the uncertainty out of the decision making process.
My favorite part of the session was when she was working with just my girls, she has the ability to make them feel at ease and in turn captured their personalities perfectly with natural smiles and expressive eyes.
Kate has an eye for detail that I have not experienced with photographers in the past. Whether it is moving a person’s arm position, fixing a scarf or hat that may not look quite right at the angle she is shooting or simply helping you to relax so your smile isn’t forced, Kate takes every effort to ensure you look your best. Family portraits are something I cherish, and I have found in Kate Montaner Photography a level of excellence that cannot be matched. Thanks Kate for making our family portraits something to cherish for a lifetime.
"Kate, I wanted to send you a note expressing my gratitude for helping make feel comfortable enough to take Boudoir photos - I can cross this off my bucket list thank to you! My experience from the beginning to the end was simply wonderful - simply put - you made the difference.I always admired the women who could be brave enough to take photo as such, mainly because I could think of 1 million reasons why I would not do it. It was only through you, your professionalism, understanding, and caring nature that gave me the "guts" to do this - and I'm so glad I did! The small touches truly made all the difference. I didn't just receive great customer service --- I experienced it!Thank you and I look forward to a continued relationship as our family journals through the many milestones life gives us. Thank you my friend!"
"Kate was amazing! The kids loved her, and she got so many great pictures of our family. We'll definitely come back to Kate for our holiday photos - no more studio portraits for us!"
"I don’t like these photos Kate. I LOVE them. I’m overwhelmed by how you captured the TRUTH of each person and moment. You took photos of my kids, animals and me but you brought to life our SOULS, HEARTS and RELATIONSHIPS. Your work shows life in its most beautiful instances. WOW. Thank you is completely insufficient. I will cherish these for years and years to come"
"Just received our pictures from a recent shoot and I couldn't be more pleased! The quality of the prints is top notch. She was very patient with our family. Love her attention to detail."
"At first, I felt like maybe spending money on photography was, frankly, a waste! I could just take a nice photo myself, and frame it, or go to Target, etc for family photos. But I soon realized that the investment in these photographs would be a part of our family for years to come - and they really feel like a piece of art in our home. I now plan to periodically take family photos with Kate to continue to have these keepsakes in our family for years to come. I'm happy we made the choice to spend the money on our beautiful photos. Kate made us feel very comfortable and at ease - we laughed and had a great time. It didn't feel like a photo session at all - just a nice outing with my family in the park. It is worth the investment to pay for a quality photographer like Kate. Kate will not only take beautiful photographs, but will put you at ease and be very prompt and professional throughout the whole process. You will be very happy you chose her to take your family photos."
Kate does more than take great photos, and she does take amazing photos. But she somehow also manages to capture the personalities of my family, all while helping to wrangle my little ones who would much rather play than sit for a photo shoot. I've referred Kate to all my friends and family, and they all rave about her too! Thank you again for capturing the essence of our family!
Our experiences with Kate have been fantastic! She was excellent with preparing us in advance; even helping to consult on clothing, upon request. She gave us every detail we needed to be prepared and have the actual shoot go smoothly. Kate is amazing at getting and keeping the kids' attention and bringing big bright smiles to their faces. She has a real talent for finding just the right way to make them feel comfortable and stay engaged with her. To top it off, she turned around beautifully edited pictures quickly. I love the online studio so we can select pictures with no pressure. The prints we received were perfect (and perfectly packaged!) and I'm so happy to have digital copies to keep forever. Thanks, Kate, for helping us capture these times in our family's life! I love looking at the family pictures you have taken of us throughout our home! We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Kate was so much fun to work with. She kept the kids smiling and they enjoyed how silly she was. The photos she creates are genuine and heartfelt. I'm planning on getting several prints and especially a large one for over our mantel. Thanks Kate!
I had a wonderful experience with Kate! She is extremely friendly, personable, and lovely! And the pictures turned out gorgeous! I'd love to work with Kate again!