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Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Frederick , MD
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Frederick, MD US 21702 (map)

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202-213-1272

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ABOUT US

I'm so lucky to do what I do.

I get to photograph amazing people, traditions and ceremonies every week. Brides and grooms quickly go from being clients to dear friends. I bond... Read more
I'm so lucky to do what I do.

I get to photograph amazing people, traditions and ceremonies every week. Brides and grooms quickly go from being clients to dear friends. I bond with all my couples and continue that friendship long after the pictures have been printed. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

I love each moment of the wedding day and strive to capture it without being pushy, in the way, or forcing things. I am respectful of the ceremony space and your guests. The ultimate compliment I can get is, "I don't even remember you being there." The photographs should tell the story of the day without needing any words.

My photographic style is eclectic- I have a strong emphasis on a photojournalistic style but mixed in is traditional and artistic. Each wedding is different and I tailor my photography to the needs of each couple.

The studio photographs a very limited amount of weddings each year – between 10 and 15. This is to continue the tradition of high quality imagery and quick turnaround times for our clients.

My basic wedding package of six hours of wedding day coverage and print permission starts at $4700. My average client spends around $6000 on wedding coverage and additional items, such as albums and enlargements. Every package also includes a complimentary engagement session. Add-ons and special coverage for a wedding are endless. Albums, prints, engagement party and rehearsal dinner coverage, etc. are all available.

I am a proud and award winning member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WJPA). My work can be seen in several wedding magazines and blogs. You can view my press clippings, my protfolio, and lots more on my website.

Mary Kate McKenna Photography, LLC
MK@MKMcKenna.com
202.213.1272

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Rebecca
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate was an absolute joy to work with. I fell in love with her work after she photographed my brother's wedding, and knew right away who to call when my own wedding rolled around. I could not be more pleased with the final product or our experience with her.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Where do I even begin with how amazing Mary Kate is?

From the beginning Mary Kate took a great interest in what our interests were. We immediately bonded during our engagement session and she made my husband feel at total ease taking pictures- which is hard to do! She asked us what we wanted from her as well as asked personal questions before the wedding as to what we were expecting with our pictures. Mary Kate just made us feel extremely comfortable throughout the entire day and everyone was just raving about her.

Mary Kate's professional ability/photographic skills is something that you cannot even imagine when you are looking for the right person to capture your wedding. She was always in the right place at the right time without you having to worry about it. She also had a couple of pictures up during the reception that all of the guests were commenting on. Mary Kate is simply wonderful at what she does and she will not let you down!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate is fabulous ! She truly captured the joy we felt on our wedding day. She was professional, energetic, unobtrusive and a very talented photographer! Our pictures are amazing .... I absolutely love them.
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
For the sake of full disclosure, I've known Mary Kate since college. That being said, Mary Kate isn't just an outstanding photographer; she's a wonderful person you would want attending your wedding, not taking the photos.

We started working with Mary Kate for our engagement photos in June 2011. The photos were fun, not too cheesy and captured our dynamic as a couple. It was also great having access to the photos for holiday gifts and such.

As we got closer to the wedding, Mary Kate had us fill out an questionnaire with information about our families, our ceremony and reception and preferences. I appreciated her interest in us as a couple and her photos captured (pun intended) the images we wanted from the day.

Mary Kate was professional throughout the day, but also willing to share a laugh with a family member or join me in making fun of my ham of a groom. It was like having a friend there who just happened to take amazing photos.

After the ceremony, Mary Kate quickly had photos on Facebook that we could share with family and friends who couldn't attend the wedding. I was impressed with her quick turn around and willingness to do what she could to ensure we had the photos as quickly as possible.

As a friend and a client, I highly recommend Mary Kate. I couldn't imagine our day without her there.
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sevillalost
Wedding:
1/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Wow. Just...wow. Mary Kate came in at the 11th hour when my original photographer was stranded in California due to an ice storm. She not only agreed to photograph my wedding with less than 1 day's notice, she agreed to match her contract terms to my original contract with the other photographer. She's amazing. She was both professional and fun during the wedding itself, and I was more than happy to have her be part of our celebration. And her photographs...! She did such an amazing job capturing the most beautiful moments of the day. Looking through the photos is like reliving the whole experience over again. I would recommend Mary Kate McKenna Photography to anyone and everyone. In a heartbeat. Twice. ;)
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cheryldehaan
Wedding:
12/18/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had an in-town elopement at our church in December 2010. Since it was just the two of us and our pastor we wanted a photographer to capture the event so we could share it with our family and friends. Mary Kate was such a joy to deal with. Not only were the pictures BEAUTIFUL but she was truly excited to be a part of our day, and that meant a lot to us. As I looked through the photos I imagined my husband and I sharing them with our children and grandchildren some day. She even took the time to put together a slide show (with music) just a couple of days after our wedding (and just days before Christmas) so we could share the photos with our family. There were a lot of happy tears shed by the ones we love because of that slide show. Mary Kate is a joy to work with and we will absolutely hire her again down the road when we start our family!
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Nicole M. Seifert
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
I was already a huge fan of Mary Kate McKenna before I even met with her. Admittedly, I kind of stalked her. But hey, I did something right because I had the most amazing pictures that perfectly captured the best day of my life. Here’s the rundown of how MK and I became acquainted. I realized early on in my wedding planning process that I wasn’t working with a huge budget. Once I dried the tears and slapped myself back to reality, I made a detailed list of my top priorities. Photography was at the top. I have 40+ Facebook albums and before posting I spend hours editing, cropping, etc. So, yes, I take my pictures very seriously. After following up on recs & going through photographer’s websites and portfolios for what seemed like eternity, I came across MK’s website and blog. I knew instantly I had to have her! Long story short, I sent her a long email asking her to please be our wedding photographer. (I might have also sent her pictures in that email of my dog as I knew she had a soft spot for animals.) She met with me a week later and if she thought I was a psychopath prior to meeting, I would have never known. Well, I am assuming she didn’t since she agreed to be our photographer. MK is genuine, has a heart of gold, is hilarious and has the most engaging personality. I had SO many of my friends telling me how much they liked being around her at the wedding. She has the uncanny ability to make anyone comfortable. MK’s work is a perfect reflection of what is happening at that instant. Her photos are able to capture those fine moments where words would only interrupt. She has the ability to let the story tell itself by documenting & presenting as is. Additionally, MK is responsive, incredibly professional, and her humble demeanor is a breath of fresh air. MK was an integral part to our big day and the pictures are incredible. I was a very lucky bride & definitely plan to stay in touch with her. Her style, hard work and keen attention to detail is evident in every picture. Don’t take my word for granted, check out her work for yourself!
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fets
Wedding:
8/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate manages a laid back professionalism that would put any bride as ease. She is great to work with from start to finish - everything is so easy! Plus, her pictures were absolutely beautiful - I get so many compliments.
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e2lu
Wedding:
7/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Wow! We couldn't be more pleased with the photos that Mary Kate took of our family for our engagement. Mary Kate was easy to communicate with and flexible to our schedule. She was patient with us and the kids. I can't believe how quickly our time together went. I thought that she might have a dozen or so usable pictures, but we wound up with scores of great photos. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mary Kate or use her services in the future.
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Meghan
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
MK was one of the first vendors I booked & I can't even explain how thrilled I am about it.
I had seen her work and just knew that she had to be the one to document our BIG day. When we met for the first time, she let me know that she was getting married the weekend after me, but was still willing to be our photographer. This is a person who truly loves her job!
From our engagement session to the end of our wedding day, she was nothing short of amazing. She was able to get every detail and make us feel comfortable while doing it. She was also a trooper as we trotted around Old Town on a 100 degree day in June.
I can’t say enough good things about Mary Kate – she’s absolutely wonderful.
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Kerry
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have Mary Kate as our wedding photographer. Having a great photographer to document our day was the second most important thing to me, just behind being able to marry my best friend and celebrate it with our family and friends.

We heard about MK through Hotel Monaco-Alexandria, loved what we saw on her blog and knew when I met her that we’d want her as our photographer. From the initial meeting through now (a few months after our wedding), MK has been nothing short of awesome! She’s extremely enthusiastic and passionate about photography and people in general. She’s incredibly responsive, kind and, of course, talented.

We had an engagement photo session with her several months before the wedding and she was able to capture so many amazing moments with us and our pets. She makes it easy to be followed around by a constantly snapping camera! (We highly recommend including an engagement session in your photography package.)

On our wedding day, MK was one of the first vendors to arrive and one of the last to leave. Even though we had cameras on us the whole day, she made everyone comfortable and you would hardly know she was there. She and her second shooter captured amazing moments throughout the day. The photos are simply stunning! MK is a true photojournalist, and really captured the intimate style we were looking for. Every time we look through our photos, we feel like we're right back in the moment. She was great to work with and we would not hesitate to use her again - highly, highly recommended!

p.s. MK’s second shooter on the wedding day was the also very talented Jessi Ringer who traveled from TN to be a part of our day. They made a fantastic team and we just loved both of them!
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Angel
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate McKenna was AMAZING! She is outstanding in all professional aspects (cost, communication, flexibility), but what sets her apart is her desire to get to know who you are and capture it in her pictures. She went beyond being just the photographer. And I was so impressed and far more than satisfied with her product. She captured so many wonderful memories for us!
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Maura
Wedding:
10/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate is absolutely amazing. Not only is she incredibly talented - she's also an amazing person. She works with you before the wedding to get a sense of what's special to you and moments you'd like to capture. It had rained for several days before our wedding and it was at a venue with beautiful outdoor scenery - in a gorgeous grove of trees. She knew we wanted to have some candid shots taken there and brought rain boots for me to wear under my dress!!! If you're getting married in the DC-area (or anywhere for that matter), Mary Kate is the best. She helped make our day so special and the photos are out of this world!
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cailes1
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate was one of my favorite vendors for my wedding. I heard of her through a girlfriend of mine that used her as well. When I saw her work, I knew I had to have her! Check out her website!

She is very professional and very sweet! I highly recommend! I have been passing her name around.
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ALewis
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate was the most amazing photographer I have ever seen. If you are going to invest in one thing in your wedding, let it be her. She has a true gift of capturing every moment without you ever even noticing she's there. Her angles, the way she captures peoples faces...it's genuine, and I have never seen anything like it. Everyone I know has just raved when they saw our pictures, saying they are the best they've ever seen. It's truly an art and she has mastered it. I can't speak highly enough of this talented photographer.
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Inge Osman
Wedding:
7/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate was absolutely fantastic! We loved her pictures and recommend her wholeheartedly. She is very artistic and talented, and was able to deal with all of our wedding day hiccups seamlessly and professionally.
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The Weibergs
Wedding:
7/10/2009
5.0/5.0
A dream come true! MaryKate not only takes incredible photographs, but she's AMAZING to work with!
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Rend
Wedding:
2/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Amazing work, very professional, I loved working with her. She is not only a photographer, she becomes a dear friend. I can't wait to work with her in other occasions.
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Sarah Ann
Wedding:
5/24/2008
5.0/5.0
MK is wonderful! We chose one of her packages that included engagement photos as well as our wedding day photos--and I am so glad that we did! Our E-photos were fabulous and I am in love with our weding phots. MK is so fun and flexible and became a good friend during the whole process. I think that if I ever need a professional photographer for anything I will go to MK!
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Karyn
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
Mary Kate was absolutely awesome. We had our engagement and wedding pictures with her. She is fun, flexible, responsible, prepared, calm, etc. Her work is amazing. She was by far the best investment we made for the wedding. We can't say enough about her!!
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kmlee
Wedding:
3/29/2008
5.0/5.0
I'm very happy I chose MK to be my wedding photographer. Not only was she professional, but she and Jaime (our second photographer) were fun to have as part of our group throughout our wedding day. I was extremely happy with the sneak peaks she posted on her blog. They are absolutely phenominal. I can't wait to see the rest!
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Christina
Wedding:
10/20/2007
5.0/5.0
I cannot possibly say enough good things about MK, and I have only seen about 20 teaser pics from her! From the very beginning, we clicked and that made her such a joy to work with on our wedding day. She was out of the way (I honestly don't remember her taking a single picture, other than our formals), professional and just as sweet as can be. Her prices are very budget friendly and she was willing to work with us on a payment plan. She made me look and feel beautiful, when I was so afraid that I wouldn't. She was great with our crazy families during formals at church and so much fun to bum around and take pictures in Old Town with. I told her in an email the other day that I think I'm her most satisfied customer ever and I honestly mean that. She was fantastic and one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met.
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sks
Wedding:
6/16/2007
5.0/5.0
MK has been one of the best professional photographers I have ever worked with. As a Creative Director I interact with photographers on a regular basis and not only was she professional, but put everyone at ease. She is a delight to have around and her assistant Jamie was great as well. Since the wedding we have had her shoot our son's 6 week photos and look forward to having her shoot for us for years to come.
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Carrie
Wedding:
4/21/2007
5.0/5.0
Absolutely positively can't say enough nice things about Mary Kate and her services.
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matthew
Wedding:
10/28/2011
4.9/5.0
wonderful photos, as was expected. love them.
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NAAAA
Wedding:
11/20/2010
4.9/5.0
Mary Kate was wonderful! We had her for our engagement pictures, our wedding pictures, and for our rehearsal dinner as well. She did a great job, and was very flexible and professional. We're very happy with our photos.
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Kate
Wedding:
7/31/2010
4.8/5.0
Mary Kate is a true artist! Her photos of our day are absolutely fantastic. I believe that (beside your spouse of course!) wedding photos are one of the only physical things you walk away from a wedding with. All that planning! It needs to be well documented and Mary Kate went above and beyond this wedding photographers expectations (that should say a lot!)
She came early, snapped away almost the entire time and was an absolute pleasure to be around. She was with me the entire time getting ready and around in more intimate moments of the day and in no way added any stress, in fact was relaxed, offered fantastic advice and helped to make the day a super special one!
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