Member Since: 1/28/2013
Kathy Hertel is a phenomenal photographer who is willing to go above and beyond for her clients and she sincerely enjoys what she does. she is the ultimate professional and really makes you feel like you are her only client, I will continue to go to her for all our photographer needs for as long as she's around. after spending 1 year planning the wedding with her, she's not only become my go to photographer, shes also become my friend.
The first time I met Kathy was at a wedding show in northern VA, and I loved her unique pictures. the second time I met her was at another wedding show at the Baltimore convention center... and I knew it was ment to be. We did engagement pictures last june (2013) she spent all afternoon with us, shes very funny and knows how to get you to really smile and laugh. she is so creative and loves trying new things, she got some awesome pictures of us lying down in our creek (we seriously look like were modeling). After spending a few hours doing pictures, she sat down with us and patiently explained everything about her contract and what everything was going to cost and what our extra options were if we wanted to higher her to do our wedding. After we were finished talking it had started raining outside and she wanted to go take some pictures of us out in the rain. she even went home and had a few up the next day on her facebook page. All of the pictures we got from her for our engagement were phenomenal.
I also decided to do boudoir pictures with her and she set up a package with hair and make up, and had also had me set up a pintrest page of all the pictures I think I wanted to try. when I arrived with my bag of clothes, she actually took it and started making them into outfits and placing them around her studio at different areas. It was a lot of fun and everything was very relaxed and these pictures were also phenomenal. What has been most difficult has been choosing 10 for her to further edit.
For the wedding she met me at the venue a few days before and we walked around and got a good idea of what locations we wanted to do our pictures. During the wedding she did a great job of getting all our little details and getting all our families together to take pictures in a very organized way. During the wedding she was not afraid to get her feet a little dirty to get the shots. We also got a photo booth at for our reception and her husband ran it, she brought a ton of props and my guests all had a ball taking extra pictures and got 2 photo strips with each group of pictures taken. At the end of the night she stole us to get some awesome long exposure shots with the barn and stars in the background and our party bus ended up leaving us at the venue. so as not to leave us stranded she volunteered to take us the 20 minutes to the hotel.
Please if your on the fence about her just try her out, You will love her!
Member Since: 1/6/2014
Kathy was amazing! I had seen her work from a friend's wedding that she did in New York and was impressed by her ability to capture "THE" moment. She is very easy to work with and every conversation was like talking to a friend. She not only listened to what I wanted but she was careful to note what I didn't want in my pictures. For example, my husband and I were married at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland and I was worried that our pictures would look cheesy with a baseball theme. Instead, Kathy choose several different locations around the baseball stadium that I would have never have chosen. The end result were timeless pictures with a contemporary touch. Every so often, I look back at our album and am thankful that we chose her to be our photographer.
Also, Ripken Stadium is using some of her pictures on their website from our wedding! She is an AMAZING photographer!!!!
Member Since: 10/14/2012
Kathleen was amazing to work and her work is phenomenal! After meeting with Kathy, looking at her work, and seeing her prices, I knew she was the perfect photographer for us. We received our pictures much sooner than expected and the best part is you receive digital copies of all your photos and the rights to them! She was super flexible during both our engagement photos and on our wedding day. She makes the best out of any weather situation (fog during engagement photos and a little rain on our wedding day) and creates amazing photos! Hands down, the best decision I made during wedding planning was choosing Kathleen as our photographer!
Member Since: 1/6/2011
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so when the memories of the most important day of your life start to get a little fuzzy because let's face it - it's a whirlwind of a day, you're going to want to have the best words a picture can tell.
There is no one better than Kathy.
Yes, she’s award winning. Yes, she has up-to-date equipment that she services regularly. But that’s not what makes a great photographer.
Kathy was professional, energetic and creative but even more than that she made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She made it fun. She is friendly and patient and talks you through everything you need to know. She has such a unique way of looking at things, that something you may never think picture worthy, is beautiful through her eyes.
We were so in love with our pictures from our Engagement Session, that we incorporated them into our wedding day by framing them and placing them all over the hotel lobby when people entered for the reception.
The comment we received the most after people viewed the proofs of our wedding was "I don’t know how you are going to choose." And it is true, they are amazing pictures. Memories that will last us a lifetime, thanks to Kathy. Every picture tells a story. People that weren’t there said they felt like they were after looking through our pictures.
Our wedding party enjoyed her, my family loved her. She is the vendor that becomes such a part of your day that you'll be sad when you don't have to talk to her regularly anymore. She becomes your friend.
I would give her more than five stars if I could. You honestly could not go wrong. If one normal picture is worth 1,000 words – Kathy’s pictures of your wedding will be worth much, much more.
Member Since: 5/13/2012
I am so happy we chose Kathy to make our memories last! She is so creative and unlike any other photographer I have seen. I love how she tries new things and her creative ideas. She makes you feel so comfortable during shoots and doesn't take any time at all. Will use her for all photography even outside of wedding!
Member Since: 1/13/2012
I knew from when I first met Kathy at a Bridal Show that I wanted her as our photographer. Kathy is very fun, down to earth person to work with. She likes to do different things that fit your personality. We have had so many compliments on our photos! Words cant describe the moments and photos that she captures. Memories I will cherish for ever. She is a must use!!
Where do I start!? I first came across Kathy at a bridal show. I loved her photo on her card. So I tossed it in my bag along with all the others...But I never forgot that image. So I looked up her website and immediately fell in love with her work and knew she would be our photographer! We met and went over our package options and scheduled our engagement photos. We like to do things a little out of the ordinary and not your typical posed photos, having Kathy she was able to take us to places that fit our personalities. We will be able to see exactly how our wedding day was and how much fun everyone had and relive those moments with our photos! Kathy is not only an amazing photographer, she is so much fun to work with, very reliable and responsive. I wish I could give her more than a 5 for rating! If you don't have a photographer you should sign up today!!!
Member Since: 12/28/2011
Kathleen is very creative and a pleasure to work with!! We received several compliments on our engagement photos from guests and friends, and we can't wait to see how the wedding photos turn out!
Member Since: 1/26/2012
We loved working with Kathy! Kathy took both our engagement and wedding photos which turned out amazing. She was so easy to work with and very professional. Our photos are wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better photographer. Kathy is very talented and has a wonderful perspective for great photos. You will not be disappointed. We cannot say enough wonderful things and how pleased we are with our photos. Kathy captured every moment and detail of our wedding, we didn't even notice her there half of the time. She didn't pull us here and there for "staged" photos but created great candid photos of our entire night. Photos of your wedding are one of the only things you can look back on to remember that day, so invest in a good photographer like Kathy.
Member Since: 8/2/2011
Kathy came as a reference from friends & after seeing her website I called & she came for a consultation. She brought great photos, but we worried she’d be out of our price range. To our delight, Kathy is reasonable (she could be charging more!) & we booked her. Our engagement shoot was in 10/11 & unfortunately the weather dropped down to below 20. Kathy was a trooper & got us to every location we planned & quickly. The poor girl even stood in a freezing fountain to get the perfect shot! We walked away excited, but anxious about the quality she would get from us freezing. Weeks later, Kathy sent us photos & we were delighted at how good they were. Everyone loved the save-the-date magnets & I think it’s great that she gives you a CD to allow the freedom to send away for those things. The week of the wedding, we met her at the Chapel so she could go over where we’d like photos & what light would be flattering. The day of our wedding she coordinated shots of my husband and me without letting us see each other & kept us moving to get to the wedding on-time. Once the ceremony started, I never even remember seeing her until saying thank you at the end. In the weeks following, my husband & I started to get nervous- did she get everything? It’s A LOT of pressure-you only have 1 night-a couple of hours- to have photos that will tell the story of your wedding & last a lifetime. Kathy sent us photos a couple weeks later & my husband & I were AMAZED. She captured beautiful moments, hysterical dances & facial reactions I didn’t even know occurred! It was like experiencing the night over again. The greatest compliment I can give Kathy is that she was a photography phantom- my family & husband agreed that we never remember her being there in the moments she caught & besides not capturing any moments at all, my greatest fear was that our photographer would drag out the staged shots & be in the way to capture the candid moments. Kathy captured everything & we couldn’t be happier.
Member Since: 8/2/2010
Kathleen Hertel was a great choice for a photographter at my October 2012 wedding. After working with her at a friend's wedding in 2011, I decided that I wanted to work with her for my wedding as she pays attention to the little details, takes beautiful shots that encompass both artistic and posed shots. She has great ideas, an artistic eye, and willing to go the extra mile to get the best shots possible!
Member Since: 4/23/2011
Kathleen was absolutely amazing!! She did our engagement shoot and wedding!! She was FANTASTIC! Her ideas were super creative and it was a joy to wake up the day after the wedding with a sneak peak album already up and ready to view on Facebook! She was always on time for our appointments and easy to get in touch with. It rained on my wedding day for only a couple of hours but that time happened to be the time we were going to be outside taking the bridal group pics - Kathleen was quick to her feet and had a backup plan ready to go at Union Station! I cannot wait to see all the pictures from our big day! I cannot say enough about her work! Its truly amazing and I would not recommend anyone else but her!!
Member Since: 12/27/2010
Kathy is amazing. She is patient & will go out of her way to get the shot that she sees. I've only seen the sneak peek so far she made us all look gorgeous!
Member Since: 2/24/2010
One look at Kathy Hertel's work and you will understand; her work is amazing! And not only are the photos amazing, the pricing was affordable! Our search for a wedding photographer was mundane as every other photographer had the normal photos, with the normal packages and the crazy price tag. Thankfully we came across Kathy. Her artistic style and creative planning will make your wedding photos something truly special without breaking the budget. We have since hired Kathy for additional family photo shoots and will continue doing so in the future! Fantastic Work!
Member Since: 10/8/2008
Kathy was by far the best decision we made in planning our wedding. Her photographs are creative and original. She takes a wide variety of pictures and is very detail oriented. The best part is that she is very personable and engaging on the wedding day, helping put the bride, groom and wedding party at ease. She is very reasonably priced compared to most Baltimore-area photographers of her caliber. I plan to continue to use her services for all my future photography needs!
Member Since: 6/17/2010
Photography was at the top of our list as the most important thing for our wedding day. We had many important list items but we believed that the most important thing was to have amazing pictures that we would have for many years to come and to aways remember our special day!
At first, we actually had another photographer in mind. He was the photographer at my brother's wedding and at many of my other friend's weddings. Although, we decided to still meet with Kathy who was highly recommended to us by another friend. When we first met Kathy we fell in love with her work but we also loved her personality . She was personable and understood us and our interests.
On the day of our wedding, Kathy came very prepared. She knew every picture we wanted and was super organized. She was also excellent working with young children, especially my crazy 3 year-old nephew!
The day after our wedding Kathy posted a few pictures on our Facebook pages. We fell in love with them right away. We also got many compliments on our photos and people loved how unique they were.
When we received the rest of our photos we were so excited because Kathy captured our special day perfectly. She not only captured pictures of us and our guests, but she captured our personalities in still life. They were amazing! Our families and guests are asking for copies of the pictures. I would highly recommend Kathy because of her professionalism and for her extraordinary talent!
Member Since: 10/19/2005
Kathy is an Amazing photographer! She was highly recommended by a close friend for our engagement pictures. The photos were amazing. Kathy was able to take a cloudy day and make it beautiful. We have received nothing but positive comments from our pictures. On our wedding day, she and her team were punctual and professional. She was able to catch the moments that you as a bride miss and catch the moments that you want to remember. In her creativity, she is able to pull out some of the best moments out of every situation. Her work seems more like art than photos. She also placed some of her special touches and created some really special moments for my family. Kathy is truly passionate about her craft. A simple thank you cannot capture the amount of gratitude we have for Kathy. I would absolutely recommend Kathy to anyone. I intend on using her again in the future.
Member Since: 3/12/2007
Kathy photographed my cousin's wedding, in which I was the Maid of Honor. She did a FANTASTIC job and I would recommend her to anyone who wants the best pictures possible for their wedding day, or any other occasion for that matter! She has real talent for what she does and has a way to capture the right angle and backdrop to make the pictures perfect. You can tell from the moment she starts snapping pictures that she loves what she does and enjoys capturing memories for people. Since the wedding, I have had the pleasure of seeing Kathy two more times for other photo shoots and I wont hesitate to call her up again! If you want the best, go with Kathy!
Member Since: 4/30/2010
We used Kathy to take our engagement photos. As we had never had professional photos taken, she took a lot of care to help us determine where to have the shoot, and what types of clothing to wear (and not to wear). On the shoot, she took time to make us feel comfortable and help position us without making us look "posed". She was great to work with and we ended up with a ton of beautiful photos!
Member Since: 11/30/2008
Kathy is an absolute dream to work with! We've been raving about her since our first engagement shoot in 2008. She is completely thorough and captured every aspect of our wedding. She arrived early and made great use of the time. Kathy is passionate about what she does which is so important because I wanted someone to be just as excited about our day as we were. Think about it, when you look back at your wedding, the memories fade but the pictures will last forever and can be shared through generations. Kathys photographs are incredible and beautiful. Definitely worth it!!
Member Since: 6/1/2009
I am so glad that I decided to go with Kathleen Hertel Photography for my wedding. She made it easy for us to meet her before booking so we could get to know her and her work. She was always available to answer any sort of questions that I had. Most importantly, she worked with us to know which pictures we absolutely needed taken and what pictures we would like if she had time. The day of the wedding she was everywhere taking pictures of anything and everything she could. She stayed longer than we had talked about just to take pictures of things she was seeing that she thought we would like (people dancing, etc.) The turnaround of the pictures afterwards was quick and easy. Within 3 weeks we had some previews of pictures and soon after that our website was up with all of our pictures so we could view them. We received our CD of pictures quickly and they were beautiful. I was highly impressed with Kathy's work and the absolutely stunning pictures that she took at our wedding. I still to this day look at my pictures in amazement. I would absolutely recommend Kathy to anyone and everyone and I fully intend on using her again in the future. Bravo!
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Editorial Wedding Photography
As a photographer it is my job to tell your story. I use both creativity and editorial poses to provide my couples with memorable and beautiful imagery that really captures the eye and the heart. I am based out of both Maryland and New York. I also shoot 5 destination weddings a year.
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