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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson
4000+ (USD)

Kate Hampson

Kate Bunny Hampson
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On my sixth birthday, my parents found a way to stop me from causing mayhem. A little plastic camera.

This backfired on them as they couldn't do a thing without my camera & I present. Remember this was the 80s - think dodgy perms, lots of smoking and my dad had a pretty impressive 'tache. 40 years later and I still have that camera in my collection.

Every part of a wedding day is magic to me and I usually have a little cry too over the joy of it all. The best bit? All the PEOPLE.

I bloody love people. And I love taking photos that make them happy.

With every wedding I photograph, I make sure we only do what YOU want to do. We only capture real moments so you can hang on to your real memories.

Whether you’re chasing your new wife down the beach playing Lord of the Rings or wiping snot from your flower girl who is dressed as a dinosaur, I want you to feel free to be you. I’ll make it easy for you to relax, to be a bit bonkers, and to have loads of fun.

1 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography

1 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits

3 Client Letters

The following letters are from the clients of Kate Hampson.

Big Sur elopement image of the California bride and groom having fun at the beach

Married: 7 months ago

Laney & Fischer

I knew right away after one email that you were our dream photographer. I loved your personality and your VIBRANT and colorful photos. Leading up to our wedding you made everything so easy and so fun to plan. As a plus, your accent is something we could listen to all day! I still can’t choose a favorite photo, they’re all just SO magical and beautiful. I also knew that I didn’t have much of a plan for my wedding day and you were amazing with all the suggestions of different locations!!! Before I found you I felt as if I was looking at all the same pictures and nothing was jumping out at me being all the trends this year were almost white out photos with burnt orange accent colors from the flowers and decor, NO BASH ON OTHER BRIDES, it just wasn’t what i was looking for, but you had VIBRANT colorful photos that were absolutely stunning. I felt very lost before I found you. The Accent!!! Oh it just made it so much fun!! I honestly just wanted to listen to your stories all day!!! So many amazing experiences you’ve had and I know I only got to hear a few I wish I could have listened to more!! Another thing that surprised me was all the little tricks you had to get us to relax & the smoke bombs were just the coolest little trick to end the day!!! Personally ever since the wedding and the months spent planning has made me a calmer person, i don’t feel as much anxiety when planning things anymore and maybe it’s because you helped me plan the biggest day of my life with such grace and beautifully executed the entire day it was such a breeze. such a beautiful day. I can’t stop thinking about it and when I do it just brings me so much peace. Kate personally again thank you. i have one picture that Fischer took on the disposable and you’re in it so i always show people and point out that you can see my photographer with the blue straps crouched in the bushes and everyone loves that you gave us our own little camera for the day lol

Irvine wedding reception venue photography from a California marriage event

Married: 1 year ago

Kiran & David

Kate, My now husband David and I talked to several wedding photographers before enthusiastically choosing you. We were immediately moved by your infectious love for weddings and wedding photography; no nonsense attitude to talking about all things wedding-related (there is no pretense about you whatsoever); and, your proven track record of absolutely gorgeous wedding photography that reflects a commitment to moving away from the staged stock photo-style of wedding photography reminiscent of a different era. Ultimately, however, you drew us in with your down to earth personality; we knew we’d be gaining a friend a teammate in this crazy process in addition to a photographer. And, let’s face it, from one fellow Brit to another, your British heritage did not hurt either! ;-) I was surprised by how much we needed you at the wedding. We had the privilege of working with you ahead of the wedding with some engagement photos (which I highly recommend), and we definitely got to know each other then. As a result, I was so happy to see you again at the wedding, and was reassured by the quality of the engagement photos that you’d do an excellent job again at the wedding. What I didn’t realize was how much my family and friends would also love you! And you captured photos that are just so magical…I don’t think we could have asked for more, and that was surprising!

Sorrento wedding image of the ceremony kiss in Italy

Married: 4 years ago

Katy & Steve

Darling Kate, Your warm personality and comforting smiley face put me at ease straight away. You oozed confidence and were very supportive in what results we were looking to achieve. Your totally chilled attitude relieved any anxieties that I had. As this was the only time I needed a photographer, I didn't know what to expect. I wondered what you would look out for on the day and how you would know to capture all those important, natural photos. For your own wedding, you want it to be perfect and for your photos to tell a story. You had planned sunset photos and surprised us with locations that you had researched that we had never thought of. You just knew exactly where to be to capture all those special moments. You made us feel completely relaxed and I hardly knew you were there. When the photos came though, we were completely blown away with the level of detail and how natural the photos were. You had even taken the time to capture photos of Italian life in the town of Sorrento which was a lovely surprise and added to our already wonderful memories. You are the most likeable, warm, funny and cool person I'll ever meet and you brighten up any room! The little tips you gave us on our wedding day for the best looks have stayed with me. The wedding photos told a beautiful story of the day from start to finish and this is something that will stay with us forever.

Wedding Elopement Multiple Picture Galleries (1)

Kate Hampson chronicles small weddings and elopements from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other wedding day. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, and telling the real story behind the elopement day. Below are wedding elopement story awards for Kate Hampson.