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Frequently asked questions
What is your creative approach when photographing a wedding or portrait session?
Over the years, I have grown to learn, create, and inspire a vast library of emotive cues and poses to direct my couples during the documentation/portrait process.
However, some of our favorite images were born AFTER we told our clients that we were done shooting.
This is when all the genuine and real interactions happen, so we keep our cameras ready for those lovely moments.
Our approach is definitely more fly-on-the-wall, photojournalistic photography focusing on the setting, details, and story line.
Our professional talent, and expertise is best utilized by allowing us to tell your love story organically and capture your moments as they unfold rather than focusing on the traditional, over-posed, forced images.
Even though we have an organic approach to our documentation style, we understand the importance of planning and coordinating in order to cultivate a comfortable, warming energy and stress-free atmosphere to help make each segment unfold naturally.
Why do you photograph weddings?
Simply put, when I work with a couple and photograph their wedding, I instantly feel at home and in my element - this inner peace gives me the confidence to keep going.
Wedding photography wasn't really on my radar when I was starting my graphic design career in 2014. When I started managing a photography studio part-time at the end of 2015, the owner saw something in me that I had not yet seen in myself. Eventually, she had a camera in my hands, and was mentoring me as I learned the new medium.
Things just instantly clicked, and I haven't looked back. Through the good, the bad and all the sweat and tears, I persevere because this is what I love to do, and can't imagine doing anything else. These moments are too important and too precious to just let slip by, and I am honored by every single couple who trusts me with these irreplaceable memories.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
This is hard!
I honestly love taking the time to photograph all the close-ups and details of all the elements that are unique to you and your wedding day - like the gown, shoes, florals, invitations, rings, the venue, decor, etc...
BUT, if I have to pick one part that is my absolute favorite - it would be the toasts and speeches at the reception.
Because by the time we get to the wedding day, I spend so much time getting to know the couple, but the stories told during the toasts give me an inside look on who the bride and groom really are, the journeys they have been on, the trials they've overcome, and how much they are truly loved.
I'm usually in the corner, tearing up, and hiding my emotions behind my camera - in complete and total awe that I am so incredibly lucky to be a witness to so much love, endearment, and commitment. I absolutely LOVE hearing and documenting these stories, and capturing all the laughs, tears, and authentic reactions that go along with them.
How many weddings have you photographed?
After a quick, rough count - I believe we have had the privilege of photographing around 76 weddings so far since 2016.
We limit ourselves to about 10-20 weddings per year on average, and then fill our calendar with smaller photography and design projects.
What is your planning process like?
After the Welcome Call, I begin right away by scheduling out workflows and deadlines to ensure there is ample time to complete all deliverables with each project in a timely manner.
You can say the first step is the Vision and Style Planning Consultation!
This is where we will meet via video chat, and dive a little deeper into all the details and specifics that make your day unique to you. I have you let me in on your wedding vision, and help you brainstorm ideas and inspiration to help bring your dreams to life! I will ask many silly icebreaker questions to get to know you some more, and learn more about your individual personalities, and who you are as a couple too. After that, we will talk in depth about your wedding vision's colors, textures, themes, florals, and more to establish your personal wedding style, and your 5 unique wedding vision words - to keep true to your dream wedding day, and also keep everyone on track as well!
From there - we will discuss other deadlines and the next steps in our workflow.
Most importantly, we have all couples complete a Wedding Photography Questionnaire - to gather all the necessary details that we would possibly need in order to document your day just the way you want it. Once we receive your answers, we will draft a Wedding Day Overview which includes a wedding day brief, a photography plan, and a master shot list.
This ensures a natural, stress-free flow to your wedding day, giving you the confidence to relax knowing all your precious moments are being captured just the way you envisioned. The master shot list allows us to check off each shot so that we know we have photographed everything important to you.
Sometimes, things don't go according to plan. We always do our best, and pour our heart and soul into our clients, but there are times when adjustments have to be made on the fly. We will use our utmost professional expertise in order to provide you with acceptable options, and make sure you are a part of the decision making process every step of the way.
What equipment do you use?
I photograph our events and sessions using Canon gear - two full frame camera bodies, one a mirrorless R6, and my back-up is currently still my trusty 6D DSLR.
I use a variety of professional-grade lenses, depending on the venue setting, type of ceremony, and lighting situations - but primarily utilize my 85mm, 50mm, 70-200mm, and the 15-35mm.
We typically favor natural lighting, but have both flash and other lighting equipment to properly illuminate an image in any situation.
What kind of design experience do you have?
Design is my first, true love - to be honest!
I graduated in March of 2014 from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design.
I graduated with honors, beginning my working experience during classes, Design Studio I & Design Studio II, where in order to be considered, one had to require recommendations from professors and accepted into the program. I finished as Art Director of our graduating class, and was responsible for leading the studio designers, keeping us on track and organized, and was a part of each project to ensure its completion and that the clients were satisfied.
I have a background in many different types of design projects from logo design and corporate identity and branding, to illustrative work, and advertising. I also get frequently feel motivated by and enjoy creating fine art works whenever I find time and inspiration.
Two weeks after graduation, I began my first full time position of my design career with a local design studio where we had an exclusive partnership with Shutterfly Inc., and what once was Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas - designing stationery, cards, invitations and more for their online marketplace. This is where my love for wedding stationery, signage, and calligraphy began!
I resigned from this position in 2017 when I launched Katelyn Cataldo Collections.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps after we fill out the proper form?
Once you click "send" on the contact form, you will be redirected to our scheduling portal to reserve a date and time for your complimentary Welcome Call with Kate. When you schedule the call, Kate will reach out to confirm all the details and ensure we have availability for your inquired event.
During or after the Welcome Call, you'll let us know if you would like to move forward with our services and we will supply you with instructions to solidify your reservation and get your date officially booked on our calendar.
We do not hold any date on our calendar until we receive verbal/written commitment intentions, and an accepted and completed digital project proposal.
The custom document will walk you through the simple steps on our secure management platform to accept your proposal, pay the retaining Reservation Fee, and submit your e-signature on our digital contract agreement. Completion of these steps is required to solidify your service reservations.
We don't have a set date yet, can we still message you?
If your date is flexible, yes, please reach out!
Unless you have a date set and a venue locked down, please hold off on reaching out to us until those details are solidified. This just ensures that we don't waste anyones time, and are respectful to those who are reserved on our schedule and have invested in our services. In order for us to provide you the best experience, it's important for us to ensure availability and also leave room open for other potential clients.
We operate on a first come, first served basis. This means, any couple ready to move forward and solidify their reservation has first priority in the booking process. If we have been in communication and someone else inquires your date, we will promptly reach out to follow up and make sure there aren't any lingering questions and provide you with 48 hours to solidify an investment. After that 48 hours, the soft hold is released and the date becomes open to those who would like to reserve it.
Are the travel fees included in your packages?
No. Travel costs will be discussed during the Welcome Call if applicable.
We cover any travel up to 30 miles from Pittsburgh's 15211 zip code, or Warren, PA's 16365 zip code.
Any destination farther than 30 miles is subject to a milage fee of $0.57 per mile, per photographer.
Any destination father than 150 miles is subject to a half-day rate of $500, per photographer.
Any instance where extensive travel and hotel accommodations (plane/rental car/gas/etc) are required, the client is responsible for securing itineraries and arrangements for the team.