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Katherine O'Brien Photography

Buda , TX
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206 North San Marcos Street
Buda, TX US 78610 (map)

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512-295-6802

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ABOUT US

Wedding photography for creative couples who are looking for something different!
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes- we love daylight but also use Canon Speedlight flashes and Studio Strobe Lights.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We shoot both digital and film.
How many photographers do you work with?
Just the 2 of us.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes- we will be your only photographers.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We only book one wedding a day but sometimes 2 weddings a weekend during peak season.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes- we have a great network of other Austin photographers that we can use in case of an emergency.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We use Canon 5D Mark iii digital cameras and various toy and vintage film cameras!
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes we bring back up camera bodies , lens, flashes and batteries. We also have Liability insurance.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our rate covers 8 hours of shooting- starting once we arrive at the venue- rarely do most couples need more than 8 hours.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes- we charge $300 per hour for additional hours.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
If your event is 8 hours we require 2 meals ( one vegetarian) we like to break when the bride and groom are breaking too!
Do you charge for travel?
We charge a travel fee for overnight accomodations for weddings to Dallas and Houston but travel is free for Austin, San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Your wedding files will be online in 4- 6 weeks after the wedding.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
We retain copyright of all images but grant you permission to use for personal use like making prints and books for family and friends.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
You have our permission to use for personal use- we ask for an online credit for all online use. We ask that you clear permission with us before submitting to any online wedding blogs.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes- We provide all edited client with fine art edited jpegs from both sessions on a flash drive with printing permission for personal use.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer several sizes of Image Wrap Layflat and KISS & Madera Flushmount Albums in Linen or Leather.
When will the client get the final album?
3-4 weeks after Final Design is Approved.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Katherine O'Brien Photography took lovely photos of our wedding and she and her assistant took MANY! They covered every aspect of the preparation, wedding, and reception and provided us with over 1500 shots to remember our special day.
I would recommend Katherine O'Brien Photography without any reservation.
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Katie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Katherine and her husband Jeff are amazing photographers, they captured our day so beautifully. Katherine is calm, responsive, and very wise (she shared her experience and gave great advice and suggestions throughout the whole process). I would recommend them to any bride or person looking for a creative reflection of a precious event; their work is truly fine art.
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Cristin
Wedding:
5/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Katherine knows how to capture human emotion and light. We spent a bit more on photography than we planned because once we saw her photos we thought we had someone who could capture the high emotion, laughter, and sacredness of our day. I'm so so happy with her work. It's very artistic and feels like a vinyl record, warm and light.

She is also a very progressive business woman--her site is fast, she is very responsive, and she has really creative photo books and little packages of options to give as gifts to parents and special people you want to honor. From the first shoot to the final detail-a beautiful wooden jump drive with all our final photos that came wrapped in another box with her fantastic stamped icon, she was extremely professional and innovative to the end.

Excellent-and harmonious
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O
Wedding:
1/3/2014
5.0/5.0
We got married recently in January 2014 and Katherine took both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Her work is incredible and she not only knows how to make everyone feel comfortable but she was able to capture those split second emotion filled moments both during our engagement shoot, wedding ceremony, and reception. She was even able to capture my dad's hard to capture on camera smile. She has a very warm and professional personality and we always felt that she understood how important the photography was to us. We also had two photo books made (one for the engagement photos and other for the wedding) and they turned out very high quality and professional. What I especially loved about Katherine is that she and her husband Jeff genuinely love photography and they work great together as a team. When they were taking our wedding photos, they felt like invited family. We also chose Katherine to do our photos because she uses film cameras (in addition to digital) and does not overly enhance digital photos. Her work has a very natural feel, with just the right touch of vintage. I also appreciated that Katherine was able to work within our budget and we never felt pressured to add services or spend more than our budget. Overall, we were very satisfied with our photos and we have recommended her to other newly-engaged friends. We will continue to use Katherine O'Brien's photography in the future for any family photos.
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Private User
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Just got married on 11/2/13. Katherine and Jeff are amazing. From start to finish. I am blown away by their professionalism, charm, knowledge, flexibility, and amazing talent. I have only see about 100 of our photos and I love sooo many of them already... and there are approx. 1,000... not sure how we're going to pick for an album! I strongly recommend Katherine O'Brien Photography. If it helps to know... I am a professional event planner and have extremely (sometimes annoyingly high standards) and I still could not be happier!!! If I had to do it all over again, I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
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M
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Katherine and her husband made an amazing team. Both very focused and professional, they got on with the job on their own, only checking in every once in awhile to see if there were any requests or letting us know where they would be for the next phase of our event. They needed very little guidance, which for us was a major relief and worth every penny.

The photos themselves were exactly what we were looking for - a combination of traditional shots and candid. They have a very journalistic style and use a variety of lenses. Friends and family have said that they completely captured the whole scene - giving even those who were not able to make it a real feel for what the day was like.

Their services and the final product are truely professional as well as creative. The deliverables - in our case a thumb drive and an album - are of high quality. And Katherine is very responsive to requests, as much after the wedding as before.
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Johnny
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Katherine is the best! My wife and I were a little worried about the price, as there were other options for less. In the end, we realized that none of the other photographers had the same quality that she has. We were very happy to have gone with her, as our photos came out incredibly beautiful. Katherine is extremely calm and made us feel comfortable while shooting us and our guests. She has an eye for a good shot, as well as for producing good work. Our custom photo albums are much better than anything we could have dreamed up. She has several options for wedding packages, and even when picking one, you can substitute other items in, or add to packages if you wanted something in between two packages. Trust me, you won't be disappointed by going with her for your wedding or event!!
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Katherine was my wedding photographer and her photos are an unbelievably valuable gift that we will value for a lifetime. I can not say enough to recommend and praise Katherine and her husband Jeff, who is her talented second photographer. For a very affordable price, Katherine provided us with nearly 2,000 photos, an online gallery, a thumbdrive of photos, an album and a roll of dreamy art photos taken with her "holga" camera. Katherine's work is stunning; I can't believe how gorgeous I look, how handsome my husband looks, and how lovely our guests and setting appeared in her photos. She has a distinctive, artful, up-close-intense-and-personal technique but she also provides all of the conventional portraits you desire. Our wedding looks like a wonderland in her photos! The colors are vibrant, the focus is crisp and the best moments were captured (so many of them!). Shortly after the high of a wedding, it is inevitable to come back to earth; however, Katherine's photos allow me to relive the extraordinary joy and love I felt on our big day! My sister is a professional photographer in New York who handpicked Katherine for me from a pool of Austin photographers, and I was astonished I could afford the best on my budget! I'm so glad I'll have these photos to treasure on our anniversary 1 year from now and hopefully in 50 years! Katherine was professional, responsive, friendly & helpful before, during, and after the wedding. She met me in person to chat and look at her portfolio before signing a contract, she corresponded professionally, attended our rehearsal, and on our wedding day, she arrived early, came prepared, and agreed to stay an extra hour for a great price when my reception ran overtime. People always say that their biggest mistake was skimping on wedding photography. Hire Katherine, it's one of the best choices you could make, and she's a bargain. I loved her personality, artistry, talent, her distinctive technique behind the lens and her hard work!
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Jessica
Wedding:
12/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Katherine and her husband are amazing photographers! We hired Kathrine to do both our engagement session and wedding and we could not be any happier with the results! The pictures are amazing and the turnaround to get them back was very quick. Her work using vintage cameras really sets her apart from most photographers and is sold us on hiring her. If you are looking for a photographer that is artistic and very creative, then hire Katherine!
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Andrea
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Katherine and her husband take beautiful photographs, but they also do a wonderful job of staying calm and have a wonderful presence that adds to your day. My husband and I are so happy we chose them and our guests can't stop talking about the amazing photo booth and fantastic moments they captured!
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Susan
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Katherine O'Brien was a fantastic photographer! We hired her with her "ultimate wedding" package and it was well worth it - we were able to get bridal pics, engagement pics, and rehearsal photos on top of the all day wedding coverage. We live in Houston and she was able to be very flexible with our schedules to do our photo shoots. We also had a photo booth set up by her and her husband during the wedding and it was without a doubt, the most talked about part of our wedding. It was so much fun and we had some really great pictures!!! All our friends and family were impressed with her professionalism and her talent.
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JStone
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Katherine super exceeded all of our expectations. She did our engagement photos and photographed our wedding day. Katherine and her husband are a joy to work with, and they create absolute magic in their work. Her creative eye, and professionalism produce timeless, works of art. We feel so lucky to have found her! I would absolutely 100% recommend Katherine O'Brien Photography to anyone! The hardest part is picking the photos you want, because they are ALL great!
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ashleynaarons
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Katherine O'Brien Photography. This was the best invest that I made. The products exceeded my expectations, and I would encourage anyone to spend a little extra to have your rehearsal dinner photographed. The saying of "you pay for what you get" is so true. Katherine and Jeff were like the calm in the middle of the storm. When others were running around everywhere the day of, Katherine would walk into the room and just changed the mood putting me at ease. Six months after my wedding and she is still providing me with great service!
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Jihan777
Wedding:
6/21/2008
5.0/5.0
I never thought that it would be difficult for some one as determined as myself to plan a wedding. But I had much more trouble than I could have ever expected determining which vendors were providing an excellent service for a reasonable price. When I fist saw Katherine's photos at a venue I was visiting, I decided right there and then that I would use her as my photographer. I could tell that whoever took the photos had great taste. I knew that the wedding day would be over in the blink of an eye but I would have the photos forever so they had to be PERFECT. The next morning I called Katherine to ask her about her lowest wedding package price. I braced myself as I waited for the answer but was delighted to hear that, not only did it fit into my budget, but I would be getting a really big bang for my buck! Katherine bent over backwards to meet with me at several places before "the big day" and was always incredibly professional. I couldn't have asked for anything more. When we received the slide show email of our wedding, several of our friends said that they were the best wedding photos they had ever seen. I thought so too and not just because they were ours. All of the pictures were timelessly beautiful.
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ecochran27
Wedding:
2/26/2011
5.0/5.0
I absolutely, 100% recommend Katherine O'Brien. She is extremely creative, and the quality of her photos is unbeatable. Photography is the thing I cared the most about when it came to wedding planning, and I planned to put the most effort into finding a photographer. Turns out, she was extremely affordable and had way more to offer than others. She's professional, organized, calm, talented, sweet, encouraging, and quick to respond. But best of all, the product she offers is amazing!
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Kathryn
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have had a better experience with Katherine; she did our engagement session and then she and Jeff did our wedding. After seeing her photographs on her website we had very high expectations, and she totally exceeded all of them.

We were a little shy and hesitant before our engagement session, but Katherine was so completely calm and pleasant and professional and helpful that we quickly got over ourselves. Leading up to the wedding Katherine responded immediately to any questions we had for her and she offered loads of thoughtful and helpful suggestions. When then wedding rolled around, Katherine and Jeff completely outdid themselves. Katherine was persuasive enough to corral all our relatives for formal photographs right after the ceremony without having to be pushy or unpleasant or anything like that. During the ceremony it seemed like we didn't see her at all, but then we looked at the hundreds of beautiful photos she took and couldn't understand how we could've missed her. She was everywhere! And took pictures of absolutely everything we wanted (even though we hadn't even given her detailed requests).

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that we couldn't have been happier with the photos and the experience, and Katherine has our highest recommendation.
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AbbyBoBabby
Wedding:
2/13/2010
5.0/5.0
My goodness. What a wonderful lady! Katherine has been a delight since our first meeting.

We met with several photographers, and many of them made me uncomfortable. They seemed pushy, or demanding. I was concerned that my guests would feel bossed around and that these photographers would suck the fun out of the party. But Katherine and her husband were wonderful!

We met with her in her sweet studio, and she let us peruse all of her recent work (which you should also check out at her website and blog) and album options. Her prices are so reasonable and she is an artist. Most importantly, though she is a pleasure to be around and will enhance your wedding.

We LOVE the hundreds of gorgeous images (digital: Color, B&W, Toy camera) and it was so hard to narrow it down to an album. Many of my more discriminating friends have told me that our wedding photos are the best made wedding photos they've ever seen.

Check her out. She's an artist. I keep trying to think of reasons I could hire her in the future!
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skneuper
Wedding:
12/27/2008
5.0/5.0
I fully recommend Katherine for weddings as well as any other reason you need pictures!
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claritea
Wedding:
12/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Katherine researched my venue and came prepared for the difficult task of shooting a wedding in a cave. The lighting was going to be a serious challenge, but Katherine never seemed frustrated and even calmed my worries by showing me some of her work as she went along. I was immediately put at ease by her focus and attention to detail. She was so inobtrusive and surprised me by catching photos when I didn't even notice she was there. Katherine and her assistant were courteous and professional at every step of the way, on their toes to capture every important moment, making sure they got the best angles and images. They were friendly and happy and inspired confidence in both my wedding party and my guests, who commented on their kindness and the seriousness with which they treated their work. The real proof was in the photos themselves, which just blew me away. They were more than I ever hoped for, they were amazing. The images showed not just the physical aspects of our wedding, but the quiet moments and the subtle emotions that define our marriage. Katherine's dedicated work before, after and during my wedding went way beyond my expectations of any photographer. These photos will last me a lifetime and enrich my memories of my fun wedding day. I could never put a price on them, but when I think about what I paid Katherine, I feel like I won the lottery. Her prices are a steal and I feel so grateful to have had her photograph my wedding. She did just an amazing job and I would reccommend her to anyone in the area. In fact, my sister is getting married this year and the one thing she isn't worried about is finding a photographer, because we know the quality of Katherine's work and the value of her service. Hiring Katherine was the best investment I made toward my wedding, and I remain absolutely thrilled with the results.
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Brian
Wedding:
11/23/2008
5.0/5.0
Katherine was professional, friendly, and cooperative before our wedding. During the wedding she was great. Her photographs are fun, artistic and interesting but still classic and timeless. She responded relatively quickly after the wedding with a great slideshow of images posted online. I highly recommend this photographer.
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Amy
Wedding:
10/31/2008
5.0/5.0
After searching through tons of photographers' websites, I narrowed it down to three whose style I liked- how they captured the mood of the day, included all the wonderful people attending, and were creative in their telling of the story. We first met with Katherine. We were very impressed with her comfortable attitude, her openness to what we wanted, the thoughtfullness she shared about her previous events, and the quality of her work. We then realized how much she offered in comparison to other photographers for the same cost. Done!
Did I mention that my husband and I were married on Halloween? We decided to have fun with it and made it into a 'Elegant Costume Ball'. My mom made my medieval wedding dress, trick or treating for the kids at the tables, etc.
Katherine was the first to suggest offering a photo booth (in lieu of 2 hours) where the guests could pose in their costumes for a memorable evening. We have the most incredible photos from our amazing day- and everyone I spoke with thought Katherine & her 'assistant' were very talented, creative & the photos were outstanding. (even to my more discriminating friends). Our parents echoed our thoughts about how easy they were to work with and how beautifully she captured this moment in our lives. We feel very fortunate to have found Katherine!
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Lindsey
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I probably spent the most time on making our photography decision. We went through tons and tons of websites and then found Katherine's. We were blown away by the uniqueness of her photos and how she plays with the light and different points of view to make such stunning pictures. The creativity that Katherine and Jeff put into the classic wedding pictures I think makes them stand out from others. We used them for engagement, bridal and wedding day with photobooth and ended up with over 1000 pictures that we LOVE to commemorate the special time in our lives. Katherine is fun to work with and is good at putting you at ease. She and her husband are both very sweet and a joy to have around you on your big day. My wedding day went by so quickly and was such a blur but looking back at our pictures has thrilled me every single time. To know that my husband and I and all of the people we love looked as happy as we felt on our wedding day is so exciting and fulfilling and to have it all captured in such a beautiful way is just priceless. The work that Katherine and Jeff do is spectacular- it is every brides dream to look and feel stunning in every single one of her pictures and thats exactly what they do!
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Madison
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.9/5.0
Working with Katherine was a joy. We first did engagement photos, she was kind enough to schedule them while she was in Dallas for another wedding so we could shoot at our home. My husband and I are awkward in front of a camera but Katherine was patient and encouraging and her creative ideas made for beautiful photos that feel very 'us'.

I was so glad that Katherine had shot weddings at our venue many times before. I'm sure that even if she hadn't we would have amazing photos but it was so helpful that she knew great spots on the property and captured so many amazing detail shots. It was so much fun shooting with her and Jeff before the wedding. They brought a handful of really interesting film cameras and not only did those capture amazing light and imagery, because they were so interesting all of the wedding party was so entertained and excited by them that we look even more engaged than we would have! Throughout the wedding and the reception Katherine and Jeff were able to capture even the smallest moments that all together perfectly represent the night. I find myself looking through the photos over and over and still discovering incredible aspects of the photos that I hadn't noticed before.

I was stunned by how quickly we received our photos and loved how easy it was to work logistics, share photos, etc with Katherine.

Overall I could not recommend Katherine more strongly. Working with her was one of the best decisions we made in wedding planning.
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Christina
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.9/5.0
Katherine's contract was a bit confusing for us and sometimes I felt like she could have been clearer in her emails, but Katherine and her husband killed it! Our photos are fan-tastic. They really understood my husband & I's style. Their prices are a great value. We interviewed a ton of photographers and Katherine's funky style, laid-back personality and great prices made it a no-brainer. On the day of our wedding, her husband and her were incredibly positive and easy-going. They were such a breath of fresh air. All of our family commented on how lovely they were to be around. Thank you, Katherine!
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cindybecky
Wedding:
4/18/2010
4.9/5.0
Katherine was the first photographer that we met with, but for some reason my husband and I went round and round trying to pick a photographer. We are so, so thrilled that in the end we had Katherine and her husband photograph our wedding. The photos are stunning! She perfectly captured our wedding day. Also, since we didn't need an engagement session or day after wedding photos we asked Katherine to setup a manned photo booth at our wedding which turned out be a huge hit with our guests. Katherine was so easy to work with, she graciously dealt with our big, unruly family and gave us photos that we will treasure forever.
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jaking16
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.8/5.0
I cannot talk enough about how awesome Katherine and Jeff are. They are seriously talented and amazing to work with. Everything they do is creative and out of the box (no boring engagement, bridal, or wedding photos here!) In addition to just doing amazing work, they are a pleasure to work with, really flexible, and have excellent package options that are worth every penny.
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