Husband & Wife Wedding Photography Team
Mentors to Up and Coming Photographers
Love to Travel & Drink Coffee
Available for Destination & International Weddings and Portraits
Parents to a Little Bunny Girl with a Mustache
It all started when...
Michael and Katerina met during the summer of 2013, as they were about to enter their senior year of college at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. The two were smitten as soon as they met. In April 2014, Michael proposed to Katerina in front of the Robert Indiana “LOVE” statue at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. They chose to host their wedding day in their favorite place on Earth, Sanibel Island, FL. The ceremony was just after sunrise, in front of the historic lighthouse on the tip of the island. It was everything they dreamed their day could be. Now, they get to be third wheels to some awesome couples during their own dream weddings.
Their relationship is strongly based on laughter, trust, loyalty, adventure and dreaming. The two never fail to laugh together daily, usually at each other. Majority of their free time is spent traveling, loving their bunny or shopping for antiques.
Since they love traveling, they offer special rates for locations on their photography "bucket list" and have their passports ready for any couple wanting to take their love story on a journey like no other.
A little bit about Kat...
Kat is a vivacious and outgoing individual with a love for people and animals. She loves to get to know her couples on a friend-level prior to a wedding day so that the couple feels at ease with her and so she can know what little things to keep an eye out for that embody them and their relationship. On a wedding day, Kat looks for everything from the small smile hidden beneath a veil to the smallest detail added to the decor. Her wedding work is mainly candid while she still takes a good amount of time for posed portraiture and detail shots. Majority of her inspiration is pulled from classic works of art that she studied while obtaining her minor in Art History and major in 2D & 3D Art. While studying, her main focuses were on photography, ceramics, drawing and printmaking.
Kat's Favorite Things:
Any arts and crafts where she can work with her hands! She often makes time to knit new pieces for her newborn photography.
Ever since she was little, Kat has had a passion for reading and writing. She is never without a book!
Kat grew up with a huge passion for performing arts. She has played a lead role in countless musicals and is a classically trained high soprano that has won a number of awards through competitions. She still misses her show choir days at Carmel High School!
Any day is a good day as long as she gets a cup of tea or coffee! Her first ever Starbucks experience was a vanilla chai latte.
Giving back! Kat is an alumnae of Delta Gamma Fraternity from Indiana State’s Gamma Omicron chapter. Her favorite position she held was VP Foundation where she was in charge of philanthropy events and community service hours. Her favorite way to give back in college was by volunteering at the local humane society numerous times a week. Thanks to all of her time she put in attending philanthropy events and dedicating time to community service, she was presented with an award by the president of the university at the end of her senior year.
Traveling is always at the top of Kat’s list! She has so many locations she wants to see!
Kat's Favorite Destinations: Beach weddings! Sand, sun and water add such magic to portraits! I love experiencing new locations because it is something new and different that we haven't had the chance to capture before. We always have a blast with our clients when we travel because we take time to hang out and adventure.
Kat's Dream Destinations: Pretty much anywhere I haven’t been before! I love seeing wedding work from locations like Italy, Iceland, Ireland, England, Australia, Spain, Greece, etc! The open spaces are breathtaking while the architecture is unlike anything I've ever seen before.
A little bit about Mike...
Mike is a kind-hearted guy that looks shy on the outside but is a bucket of laughs on the inside. He lightens up the lives of those around him with his big smile and quick jokes. He is a dreamer, just like Kat, and is always talking about the goals he can't wait to accomplish. Originally from Michigan, he moved to Tennessee when he was in high school and moved to Indiana when he transferred schools his junior year of college. When he isn't working or shooting a wedding with Kat, you can find him on the soccer field or kicking back to watch an intense matchup on the television. His love of history has pushed him to start collecting antique war memorabilia and continue researching the wars that intrigue him. Like Kat, he has an immense desire to see the world before they settle down fully. On a typical wedding day, Michael will be shadowing the groom while Kat is with the bride. He loves having a good laugh with the guys while still keeping them aware of the timeline. He will be a fly on the wall, capturing the day as it unfolds around him. Michael is best known for his candid, photo-journalistic shooting style and attention to detail.
Mike's Favorite Things:
Soccer, skateboarding and basketball, oh my! This guy loves being active and has a hard time sitting still! He has to do something active every day or he gets antsy.
Whenever the fall hits, you’ll find him either planning a trip to Michigan or driving the two of them to a local orchard to pick up his favorite treat—cider and donuts! He introduced Kat to dipping the fresh baked donuts in a cup of cider. Must be a MI thing but boy is it yummy!
Michael does not function without coffee. He has both a fancy espresso machine as well as a drip coffee maker to help support his needs.
He’s always itching to go to antique malls to find new “treasures” for his war collection!
Just like Kat, Mike is always happiest when he has a new trip to look forward to! His “must visit” list is pretty much the same as Kat’s!
Mike's Favorite Destinations: I absolutely LOVE destination weddings, especially on the beaches of Florida! Anytime we get to travel down that way, I get excited. I think the area just calls to us.
Mike's Dream Destinations: I've always wanted to visit England (not just because of my love for soccer) so I can't imagine anything more fun than capturing a wedding in London or on the English countryside! Other than that, I’d love to see Scotland and Ireland. I really love locations rich in history.
A little bit about working with Kat & Mike...
They love simplicity and finding the beauty in their surroundings. This is why natural lighting is the key to their pure, light and airy work. They capture their clients through naturalistic posing techniques so they do not feel stiff or awkward in front of the camera and so they can focus on each other on the best day of their lives. In their bags you will find traditional film cameras as well as the latest digital gear from Nikon. Kat is an over-packer so there is always extra batteries, SD cards, lens cloths, bandaids, rain bags and more.
An initial get-to-know-you meeting is typically held prior to booking. Kat and Mike like to get to know their potential clients to make sure it is a good fit for both parties. At this meeting, you will discuss everything from a rough timeline to your hopes and dreams for your special day. The initial meeting typically lasts about an hour but, as we all know, time flies when you're having fun! Once you have decided that it is time to check the most important box off your list, a contract and invoice for a 50% retainer fee is collected to secure the date. After both have been collected, you can officially do your most embarrassing excited dance because you will officially be a #KatMarieBride!
Then, the fun begins! You will schedule your complimentary engagement session and begin planning out all the details--with Kat's help, of course! After the engagement session, you will be on cloud nine, sharing your images with loved ones and sending out save the dates. You will stay in contact with Kat throughout the months leading up to the wedding--she is there to chat with you about ideas and listen to you vent about your stresses. She is happy to be your confidante. A month prior to the wedding day, you will hold your final planning meeting where a finalized timeline will be completed.
Before you know it, your wedding day will arrive! All those plans will be falling into place right before your very eyes and these two will be capturing every detail and moment happening around them. Kat will help fix your dress, adjust your posing during portraits and so much more throughout the day. She is very hands on, determined to make sure you look your very best.
After the "I do's" have been exchanged, the cake has been eaten and the getaway driver whisks you away, your day will become a dream-like memory. To ease this reverie, the couple will post a special preview of images from your special day on their blog for you to enjoy until the rest of your gallery is completed. Once the editing has come to an end, Kat will upload all of the color and black & white images to a beautiful online gallery that can be shared with loved ones as well as saved to your computer through a high resolution download PIN. If you’d like to order a customized album, you are welcome to sit down with Kat to do so!
Kat and Mike love working with their clients after their wedding days and hold them as priority clients since they are already a part of the Katerina Marie family. They have been fortunate enough to capture pregnancies, babies, anniversaries and more for their wedding clients and always look forward to reuniting with friendly faces.
*Since they only book a select number of weddings per year, their calendar fills up fast. It is highly recommended to contact them as early as possible to schedule a coffee or FaceTime/Skype date to discuss the special details of your wedding day. Kat Marie Brides typically book with them 6-18 months in advance.