ABOUT DENVER WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, KATE MERRILL
I’m here and queer.
Out and proud Star Wars fan, LOTR nerd, gaming geek, and bisexual wedding photographer!
What else? I’m a first gen immigrant from the UK, and my dry British sense of humor is always right below the surface, ready to throw out a witty quip when you least expect it.
My photos have been described as “artsy without being inaccessible” and I think that’s a beautifully succinct way of putting it. I bring a creative lens to documentary style images that highlight movement, emotion, and joy.
When I’m not doing my job, my gang of three rescued pitbulls are laying on top of me while I play games on my Switch. If I get a rare weekend off, my awesome husband and I will throw a board game or movie night with our friends, or dress up and head to the Renaissance Festival (scroll down for photographic proof).
My partner and I first started planning our wedding sitting next to each other on a plane home from Mexico. We started putting together the biggest party of our lives. Those were moments of elation and excitement, but when we got home and actually started looking for vendors, those feelings quickly changed.
All the vendors I contacted just wanted to fit our wedding into a neat little traditional box with a bow on top–with a price tag of, like four times our budget. But, they wouldn’t tell us that price tag until we had spent an hour on the phone, done a two hour in person tour, and invested energy into imagining our event there. Transparency, honesty, flexibility, and authenticity were not values I was finding in my search.
If you had any of the experience that I did, I know you’re on that search to find people who fit your vision, and who will treat you like a human not just another set of dollar signs.
I knew I wanted to do things differently.
After over 500 weddings, nothing phases me, and I’ll have your back every step of the way.
I started photographing weddings working for other companies–usually as a third or second photographer rather than the one in charge. I worked over 200 weddings before I even considered branching out on my own. Seeing all those happy people celebrating made me realize just how dang important a wedding day is to people, and I definitely wasn’t going to risk goofing it up.
MY PHILOSOPHY and
I’m not the photographer who will bark orders at you all day, dictating every pose during every second of your getting ready photos. I don’t focus on that traditional 80’s wedding portrait – heads together, grimacing at the camera with a look behind your eyes that screams “make it stop!”
After all those years of weddings, I realized something else big. The photos that meant the most to me were the moments in between the poses, where people were just being themselves. The people that I really connected with were the ones cherishing every moment of their day, where the camera wasn’t a thought in their minds, and they were just living and experiencing each other and the day unfolding around them.
So those photos are what drive me now. I live for the little moments that you didn’t even realize happened, the moments where you lock eyes during your vows and feel all the feelings, and the belly laughs that come from spending time with your favorite people.