Hi, I’m Kate! I’m an INFJ and a traveller and lived all over the world from Brooklyn to Australia. I’ve driven across this incredible country four times and would do it again in a heartbeat. I’ve always been called to the wild scenery of the Pacific Northwest and, for now, I call Portland home. I believe in loving deeply and living simply. That plants the best decor and dogs are the best adventure partners. Rocks were meant to be climbed and dresses were meant to get dirty.

When I married my husband, it gave me amazing insight as a photographer and helped me understand what moments and experiences were truly important to couples. For you, I strive to be a calm presence in the noise, capturing the beautiful, emotional connections between you and your partner, all the small moments you won’t remember in the rush of the day. I want your photos to help you remember how it felt to be at your wedding, not just how it looked. I shoot through all the action, never putting my camera down. Your hair will be windswept, your dress might get dirty, and if you’re a crier, your makeup might smudge. I’m there to capture it all, because that’s the good stuff.

I can’t wait to hear your story!

Based in Portland, Oregon

Badges & Awards





Kate worked closely with me take make sure my lake-side elopement was perfect. She was always quick to respond and very helpful whenever I had questions. She returned a sneak peak of our wedding within a few days, and the final pictures were everything I could have ever wanted. I definitely recommend Kate Ames Photography! –


Hiring Kate as our photographer was hands-down the best decision we made during the entire wedding process. We put photography as a huge priority, and it meant a lot to us – it was the only thing we would really walk away with after the big day was over, so we wanted a photographer who would capture the amazing moments and be really easy to work with. Kate was all of this and more. We can’t say enough fabulous things about working with her.
We had so many guests come to us afterwards, and rave about the photos they saw of our wedding online taken by Kate. I even had friends tell me that they wish they had hired Kate for their wedding. We feel so lucky to have found the perfect photographer who we trusted completely to capture our wedding day, and she is so much fun to spend time with as a huge added bonus! If we had to do it all over again, we would hire Kate again in a heartbeat!

– Lauren + Eric

Kate was everything we wanted in a photographer and MORE! She is calm, beyond flexible, talented and very professional. She was so easy going and fun to work with that we forgot all about how awkward it can be to be in front of a camera. The best part to us was that Kate was so calming, took creative gorgeous shots, put up with a rowdy bridal party and made sure we took the time to take photos even when things were hectic. BONUS getting a sneak peek on our honeymoon just DAYS after the wedding was the best surprise. Not to mention the photos are perfection. We have gotten so many compliments from family and friends who loved her too! I could go on and on – Kate is the best!

– Margo+Peter