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Who is Deborah Kates?

About Deborah Kates


I combine my background and training in art with a lifetime of skills and education in photography. The result is an unforgettable collection of images from your wedding day or portrait session. I specialize in a photo journalistic approach which allows me to use my artistic talents in creating not just images, but works of art as well. My photo albums are testament to my artistic & creative talents. As a result, my unique wedding and portrait work has made me a much sought after photographer in both venues.

On occasion my husband, Don who also has a long history in photography and the arts, joins me to shoot events. Together, we provide two unique, artistic photo journalistic perspectives on events. Don maintains a significant collection of nature photography (Kates Nature Photography) that both he and I have contributed. Images from the collection have been featured in several national publications and won several photography awards. Don also runs a commercial photography business called Shooters Images. Shooters Images specializes in custom motorcycle, automotive, and product photography and photography of the biker lifestyle and culture. This photography is regularly featured in all the national motorcycle magazines (Easyriders, V-Twin, Baggers, American iron, Hot Bike and many others) and has appeared on the History Channel documentaries. Shooters Images photography can also be seen in a number of national ad campaigns for numerous products.

I believe in staying on the cutting edge of wedding photography and was one of the first wedding photographers to offer "fusion" video of weddings/engagements. Don has begun to incorporate video into Deborah Kates Fine Photography's wedding packages by using the newest video equipment available. Our videos combine video footage and still photography into a creative short video presentation of our clients wedding/engagement. The video "highlights" and full ceremony are available on flash drives/downloads in high definition. Many clients also have a of their engagement session created for presentation at their reception.

I offer many packages to fit your wedding day needs, as well as custom packages, if you prefer. Custom packages can be tailored from small intimate weddings to the extremely popular "Storybook Weekend Wedding" package which offers unlimited coverage of your entire wedding weekend. I also travel to wedding locations around the country and abroad.

An important aspect of Deborah Kates Fine Photography is that all photographic work is done by the people who own the business - myself and Don. We do not book weddings and hire out other photographers to shoot them, nor do I outsource any of my editing work or album building. This assures my clients that the quality of the photography they see on my website will be what they receive from their wedding shoot. I do this in order to maintain the highest standards and keep the quality of all my products under my control. This approach is evident in all my photography and reflects my utmost concern for my client's satisfaction.

Portrait sessions are scheduled to fit your needs and can be done on location or in my studio. My senior portrait photography has received outstanding reviews for it's unique and creative approach.

I am in good standing with several well respected professional photography organizations in the industry -
Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA),
Artistic Guild Wedding Photojournalistic Association(AGWPA)
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).
Best of Wedding Photographers BOW)
International Society of Professional WeddingPhotogaphers (ISPWP)

Deborah Kates Fine Photography is also a preferred Platinum Vendor of the invitation only group of Grace Ormande Wedding Style . I am also a member of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).

As a commitment to maintaining high quality, I recently added 2 large format printers and the capability to mount and frame prints, as well the ability to stretch canvas gallery wraps. This gives me full control over the entire print process.