Kathryn White Photography

Raccoons Taking Over the World!

The last month has been a whirlwind! Not only has it been my busiest season with back-to-back weddings nearly every weekend, and infamous power outages that have stalled my work-flow… but I’ve also had the incredible blessing of going VIRAL. Literally overnight, I was contacted by publications from around the world, asking to feature my photos from a recent wedding on their website and/or TV channel. All because of a chance encounter with some raccoons & my bride and groom in Golden Gate Park! The feedback has been so positive, and it’s been such a fun & humbling adventure.

If you haven’t heard the full story, you can learn more about it through any of these links:

ABC 7 Eyewitness News, CBS San Francisco, Fox 2 KTVU News, SFGATE, Huff Post, Marty & McGee on ESPN, Bored Panda, SLR Lounge, Houston Chronicle, 98.1 The Breeze, Country Music Nation, Newsgroove, Newscabal, Herald Publicist, MSN, Metro, The Dodo, 96.5 KOIT, Republic World, From Press, BEST LIFE

Or, of course, on my Facebook, Instagram & YouTube channel! I’ll also be sharing Sarah & Zach’s wedding story (not just the raccoon photobomb!) on my blog very soon, so stay tuned.


Haleigh & Mike | Wedding @ Sonoma Private Residence

Although I love living in the Northern California foothills, my hometown in the wine country holds a special place in my heart. Sonoma has always been a beautiful town, although it’s popularity has grown over the years. Once a hidden gem, it’s now a worldwide destination. Tourists come for the amazing wine & lifestyle, but for those who grew up there, it’s much more than that. There’s an unique connection between homegrown Sonomans that can’t be denied, and that’s why I was so honored to be a part of Haleigh & Mike’s wedding. Haleigh grew up in Sonoma, and also happens to be my sister-in-law’s cousin… so we instantly connected. I love her wild & free spirit, she’s so down-to-earth and fun… and while Mike shares similar qualities, he’s a calm, cool and collected type-of-guy. Together, they balance each other out so perfectly.

Haleigh & Mike’s wedding day was festive & full of love, in true old-Sonoma fashion. Haleigh’s aunt and uncle provided their amazing property for the wedding venue: an 1800’s farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. Not only that, but her aunt designed all the floral bouquets and boutineers, while other friends & family members contributed their talents (her cousin made a gorgeous wedding cake, and her friend officiated the wedding). Another cool & personal touch to the wedding day, were the potted succulents that decorated the tables & got sent home as gifts for their guests. Haleigh spent months growing them herself, which turned into a whole new hobby and fun Instagram journey. All of these “DIY” features made the day so personal & sweet, and with the help of some amazing vendors, everything was flawlessly beautiful.

Before their ceremony, Haleigh & Mike decided to have a “first look” and spend some time together soaking in the moment. Once guests arrived, they made their union official and spent the rest of the evening having fun, playing games, and celebrating to the fullest. Some of my favorite parts of the day were the food trucks, the bridesmaid’s sparkly dresses, the farm animals and dogs that mingled with everyone, the sunset photos in the vineyards, and the hilarious and heartfelt toasts from their loved ones. It was all such an amazing day, and ended with great music, keeping the dance floor packed the entire night. It was the best kind of party, with the best people, in the best little country town (ok, I may be a bit biased… but I’m cool with that.)

Congratulations Mike & Haleigh!!


Venue: Private Estate in Sonoma, CA.
Officiant: Friend, Gloria Kashani
Floral Design: Aunt Kimberly
Cake: Haleigh's cousin, Shane Enzensperger
Wedding Planner: Camellia Lane Events
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Catering: Marks the Spot Fine Food
Dessert: Harvey’s Donuts
Videography: Reno May
DJ: Bay Area Beats DJs
Gown: Enzoani
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: Grape Escapes Limousine
Restrooms: Johnny on the Spot Portable Toilets

Fall & Holiday Mini Sessions!

It’s officially FALL (can you believe it?!) and that means it’s time update your family photos for holiday cards! I have two upcoming weekends where I’ll be offering Mini Sessions & I’d love to see you! I’m excited to be hosting my November date with Erica Henderson, of Tin Roof Farmhouse & GATHER & MILL. She’ll be styling the session with her amazing rental collection, and providing the beautiful space! See all the details below, and please let me know if you have any questions!

-30 Minute Session ~ Outdoor Location
-Private Online Gallery
-15+ Edited Images & High-Res. Downloads

4:30pm: BOOKED

SONOMA SESSIONS on November 17th:
2:30pm: BOOKED
3:30pm: BOOKED
4:30pm: BOOKED


*Book by October 26th & receive $10 off, PLUS an additional 5 downloads
-30 Minute Indoor Session at GATHER & MILL (603 Mill Street, Grass Valley CA)
-Two Holiday Setups Styled by Tin Roof Farmhouse
-Private Online Gallery
-20+ Edited Images
-10 Complimentary High-Res Downloads

November 16th:
11am: Open
11:30am: Open
12pm: Open
12:30pm: Open
1:30pm: Open
2pm: Open
2:30pm: Open
3pm: Open


Name *

Lessons in Second Shooting {Part One}

No matter your age, or level of experience, I believe there’s always room to learn new things... this applies to everything in life. So, even though I own my own photography business & stay plenty busy, I won’t ever pass up the chance to second shoot for another photographer if the opportunity presents itself!

There are so many reasons I love second shooting. For one, even though you’re responsible for capturing certain images and assisting the main photographer, you don’t feel the same amount of pressure. As the second, I’m able to “slow down” and see things from a different perspective.

It’s also fun to shadow another photographer, because we all have our own flow & style of doing things. Whether it’s how we direct our clients, what kind of equipment we use (and when), and/or certain “rules” we apply to our professionalism… I’m always intrigued to see what I’ll pick up from others.

Kari Otero Photography, who is based in New York City, flew out to Northern California to photograph her client’s wedding at the historic Hotel Petaluma this past July, and had me along to second shoot with her. I was really honored to work with Kari, she’s got a successful business and beautiful portfolio. I had never met her before, so it was awesome to make a new connection! Kari was warm & kind from the start, and I was in awe of her use of off-camera lighting (which is something I’m not used to, since I specialize in natural light photography). To be honest, I was a bit intimidated… but she showed me how easy it was to use, and gave me some great tips. Although I still prefer bringing a “lighter load” and working with natural light & minimal on-camera flash, I can see the benefits of using off-camera lighting for certain occasions & am considering investing in one to use for darker receptions, or studio portraits. Kari helped me see how off-camera lighting can expand my creativity & style.

Kari’s clients, Bill & Rachel, were extremely down-to-earth & sweet. I loved their classic & beautiful wedding style, and sheer enthusiasm for taking portraits. They dedicated a good portion of their timeline to formal portraits, and were always up for suggestions… like when Kari proposed that we go a few blocks away for a river-side location, they agreed without hesitation. During the family portraits, Kari set up an area in the hotel courtyard with her lighting, and while guests mingled around them, efficiently checked off their list of groupings. While I typically shoot family portraits away from guests because I find I can get it done faster, Kari made it look effortless & I was super impressed.

All in all, I learned a lot from Kari and loved her positive & confident “lady boss” demeanor. I’m glad I was able to see what it was like to use off-camera lighting, and work with new people, at a venue I’ve never been to before. Thanks again, Kari, for having me!


Next time, on “Lessons in Second Shooting,” I’ll be sharing my amazing experience with Athena Kalindi Photography. Stay tuned!

Heather & Joe | Wedding @ Tahoe City Private Estate

When Heather & Joe were planning their wedding, they envisioned a FUN-filled event with their closest family & friends, so… they invited their guests to stay with them for the weekend in a beautiful cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe! They planned games, activities, and adventures… the biggest and best being their wedding celebration. With an amazing team of vendors & their loved one’s helping hands, the cabin was transformed into a beautiful venue… and even though the weather was predicted to be stormy on this late Spring day, I arrived to Tahoe City & was welcomed by blue skies, big puffy clouds & sunshine.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan… until it didn’t. The thing is, when you’re a wedding vendor, you’ve seen timelines go off course, and little mishaps form; but if you’re truly a professional, part of your job is to help alleviate those issues by staying calm & finding ways around the problem.

So, when the discovery was made that the cabin stove wasn’t heating properly… stress began to arise. But fortunately, the caterers happened to own a cabin just a few miles away, so they moved their kitchen & made it work (although it wasn’t easy, and I believe they deserve a gold ribbon from the wedding Olympics, because they ran a marathon… and from the sidelines, you’d never know it!)

Despite the oven fiasco, everyone maintained such a positive outlook… and when it came time to have Heather & Joe’s first look, all was well. With just the two of them on a pier, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the mountains and blue waters… nobody could imagine a more perfect day.

They gathered on the cabin’s deck and had the most intimate and beautiful ceremony. With their close friend officiating their vows, another friend live-painting the scene, relatives reading heartfelt passages, and the rest of their small group bearing witness, they became Mr. & Mrs. and then celebrated to the fullest!

It wasn’t until right before dinner was served, that the clouds turned dark… and without much warning, rain poured down & thunder roared! But the tent was secure, the reception went on, and Heather & Joe grabbed their umbrellas with enthusiasm and joined me outside for some epic portraits!

This day was proof that although things may not go according to plan, it can be even better (especially when you have an amazing crew by your side to support you!) When love is at the center of it all, that’s all that matters anyway.


Photography: Kathryn White Photography
Venue: Private Residence, Tahoe City // AirBNB
Officiant: Friend, Jackson Taylor
Florist: Fig and Vine
DJ: Nick Gianopoulos
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Hair & Makeup: Bride's Sister, Stephanie Dettling
Catering: Farm to Table Catering
Videographer: Friend, Jon Klemens
Rentals: Tin Roof Farmhouse & Pleasanton Rentals
Invitations & Live Painting: Pigment & Parchment
Bridal Gown: Miosa Bride
Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto
Groom's Attire: Bonobos

Andrew & Catharine | Wedding @ The Stone House

Grab a cup of tea and get cozy… because I’m finally getting around to blogging my 2019 weddings, and I’m starting with this charming European-American wedding that took place way back in April.

Andrew & Catharine were both transplants living & working in London, when they met and became good friends. They admit, it wasn’t love at first sight for either of them… but one Christmas, when Catharine couldn’t make it back home to the United States, Andrew asked if she’d like to celebrate with him & his family in Ireland, where he grew up. Andrew’s family could see that there was “something” between them even before the couple realized… but it wasn’t long before the sparks couldn’t be tamed any longer.

They planned their Spring wedding in Nevada City (Catharine’s hometown) entirely by themselves from across the world, and did a spectacular job. Every detail was meticulously chosen & had a special meaning to the couple: from their rings & jewelry, which were created especially for them by a close friend… to the cultural traditions they incorporated into their ceremony. I also loved how they chose to support & work with local vendors from their hometowns in Northern California & Ireland. Guests from each corner of their lives flew to be a part of their intimate celebration, and showered them with so much love. There was immense joy & laughter… hilarious speeches & heartfelt moments… and every bit of it I was honored to be a part of! Huge thank you to Andrew, Catharine & their families for making me feel so welcomed… let’s be friends forever, ok?!


Photography: Kathryn White Photography
Venue: The Stone House
Officiant: Jinnae Anderson
Florist: Little Boy Flowers
Cake: Rachel’s Homemade Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Harter
Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Magee 1866
Groom’s Styling: The Suit Lounge
Invitations: Blush & Gold
Rings & Jewelry: MacAngus Designs

Road Trippin'

How is it already September?! Fall is right around the corner, but I’m not ready for it yet (especially since last Winter seemed to last until May!) It’s been such a dreamy Summer season… lots of traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and of course photographing beautiful weddings, events, families & more. I plan on blogging my 2019 weddings with you this week, but first, I wanted to share some of my personal life & travel adventures.

My family and I love to travel, so we made a point to do lots of that over the Summer. We flew to Cabo San Lucas in July and stayed for an entire week, but I decided to leave my camera behind so I could really relax. I also opted to go “cameraless” for our end-of-Summer road trip down to San Clemente, where we camped at the State Beach for 4 days, and spent an entire day at Disneyland & California Adventures. Sometimes it’s just nice to put the camera down & be fully present.

I did, however, bring my camera along for a few unforgettable road trips. I was hired to photograph a proposal in Yosemite this past June, and since my family had never been before, we decided to plan a vacation around the date. We stayed at a quaint AirBNB right outside the South Gate for two nights & three days (I highly recommend Tony & Nan’s Guest House, they were excellent hosts!)

My client proposed to his girlfriend under the Faithful Couple tree in Mariposa Grove; it took a great deal of planning between the two of us… but everything went smoothly (she said yes!!) and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever. Then, we celebrated their engagement by taking some portraits around the grove.

When we parted ways, I met up with my husband and kids, and we explored beautiful Yosemite Valley. The beauty of the park completely blew us away. Pictures truly don’t do it justice… but of course, I attempted to capture some of it’s magnificence & try out some of my new presets to draw out some of the dramatic tones & features. What do you think?

Highlights from Yosemite: Driving into Yosemite Valley and seeing Tunnel View for the first time (literally took my breath away), “climbing” El Capitan, going to the Ansel Adams museum & then photographing Mirror Lake from the exact spot he did (dork status). Yosemite exceeded everything I had imagined it would be, and I cannot wait to go back again.

Another epic trip we planned (last minute) was to Travertine Hot Springs, in Bridgeport, CA. We arrived in the late afternoon at the end of August, so it was still super hot outside, and we decided to wait until it cooled off to take dip in the pools. It was amazing watching the sun go down over the high desert from the “view pool” …the only downside were the constant swarming mosquitos. We ended up cutting our evening dip short, and going back to camp. The next morning, we went back before the crowds came, and it was absolutely perfect. The colors, the view, the vibes… unreal.

Once we were finished soaking in the good energy, we packed up our camp and made the short drive to Bodie State Park, which is only about 30 minutes away. I had heard great things about this ghost town, so I was excited to finally get the chance to go. It was fun to imagine the town thriving and alive at one time. Some houses still had items inside: dolls & carriages left behind by little children, and kitchen utensils sitting on the shelves. It was eerie cool. Reminders of the past and how time moves on, with or without us.

My kids are now back in school; my daughter, Faith, is in 4th grade, while my son, Jared, started middle school (6th). I’m reminded how quickly time goes by, and how important it is to create these memories together. Before I know it, they’ll be all grown up and have lives of their own… so I feel incredibly grateful to be doing what I love as an artist, which gives me the time & freedom to explore new places with the people I cherish the most.

These are the days.

Until next time, friends.

Published! Real Weddings Magazine

Hey everyone! My apologies for being so quiet on the blog the last couple of months… I’ve been busy getting in the swing of my 2019 wedding season & Spring sessions! Despite the unpredictable weather we’ve been enduring (yes, I said enduring… the struggle is real!) in Northern California, I’ve been fortunate to have some incredibly gorgeous sessions, and I look forward to blogging them soon.

In the meantime, I’m SO excited to share some BIG news that I’ve been holding onto (as patiently as possible!) for a while now, and that is… I’ve been published in REAL WEDDING MAGAZINE again!

I had the chance to work with Real Weddings Magazine & photograph the cover of their Summer 2018 issue, and it was such a fun experience that when they asked me to be a part of this Summer’s issue, I jumped at the chance! I was especially excited when they let me know I’d be photographing a styled shoot at Heavenly Mountain in South Lake Tahoe. Let me tell you... this venue definitely lives up to it’s name! I also had an amazing group of vendors to work beside, and the Mid-Century Modern/Southwestern flare really came together thanks to Danielle from Omni Wedding & Event Planning. I loved all the bright colors, and attention to detail.

Here’s just a sneak peek of some of my favorite published photos from the shoot, but for the full spread, be sure to pick up the latest issue (or see the online version here!)


Special thanks to the amazing vendors, and our model Amanda, who made this day so beautiful & fun.
Venue: Heavenly Mountain
Photographer: Kathryn White Photography
Design, Styling and Coordination: Omni Wedding & Event Planning
Styling and Floral Design: Wild Flowers Design Group
Cake Design: Frank Vilt's Cakes
Hair Artist: Alexis Reynolds of Halo Salon & Day Spa
Makeup Artist: Happi Ybarra of Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio
Gowns: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo De La Rosa's Bridal Diamond Bridal Gallery
Jewelry: Macy's Style Avenue Studios
Paperie: Sayers & Co
Custom Decor: Swoonable
Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents
Videographer: JB Wedding Photography
Produced by Emily Peter and Wendy Sipple of Real Weddings Magazine