I’m a Boston wedding photographer with a photojournalistic approach, and a style that is fresh, modern, and emotional. My specialties include decisive moments, big hugs, dramatic backgrounds, perfect details, sideways glances, goofy expressions, and raw emotion.

Your wedding day is a celebration of YOU, and of your beautiful, quirky, funny relationship. I create bold and vibrant images that capture the essence of who you are, both as individuals and as a couple, through the eyes of the loved ones surrounding you.  I capture how you feel on your wedding day, as well as how those around you experience it. You’ll experience joy and laughter as you relive the funny, quirky moments of your day, and feel deeply loved when you see the sweet, quieter ones.  My photos will take you on an emotional journey that is intimate, exciting, and – at times – surprising.

My clients have described me as a photo ninja, as their new best friend, and as a calming presence.  While my photography style is rooted in wedding photojournalism, capturing the moments as they naturally unfold, I’m also there to create a series of kick-ass portraits of the two of you.  I want you to swoon when you see your wedding photos … swoon, and laugh, and gasp, and cry!

While I’m chiefly a Boston wedding photographer, you’ll also find me photographing weddings on the coast of Maine, in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, by the seaside on Cape Cod and the islands, and in the glorious old mansions of Newport.  Have passport, will travel!

Click on the links above to view some of my favorite wedding photos, engagement photos, and some of my award winning images.


Kate is widely regarded as one of the top wedding photographers in Boston and New England.  Her photos have won multiple international awards from Fearless Photographers, and the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP).  She has also won and placed in several local competitions, including Photo of the Year at the 2012 Boston PUG.  You can see some of her award winning photography here.


Kate’s work has been published in numerous print and online publications, and her Boston wedding photography has been featured by Boston Weddings magazine, The Knot, Bliss celebrations, Seacoast Weddings, Southern New England Weddings, Well Wed Cape and Islands, and more.  On a national level, her work has been printed in Rangefinder Magazine and Shutterbug Magazine, and featured online in the Huffington Post.  She has also been featured in many online wedding magazines and blogs including Style Me Pretty, Junebug Weddings, So You’re EnGAYged, Offbeat Bride, and more.

Kate, We are still MARVELING at the beautiful collection of images you managed to capture from our wedding! We could not be happier! Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us before the wedding. The photos perfectly reflect the ‘feel’ of our ceremony (and celebration!) We have so many favorites, and I especially appreciate that you captured so many special moments between us, and our families and friends. You are an amazingly talented artist and we feel so lucky that we found you! Count us in the Kate McElwee fan club! Thanks again for everything.
Adrienne + Jon
Hi Kate!! THIS IS AMAZING!! We just got back from a wonderful trip to India and what a great email to get! We absolutely love the slideshow – it is so sweet of you to put it to that song! It totally made me feel like I was reliving the day. We are so excited to go through the pictures. I will be sending this around to everyone I know. xo
Anita + Keith
Kate, you are an evil genius! You have to warn me before you send me on such an emotional ride (on a Wednesday afternoon no less!). In all seriousness, they are beautiful. I have never seen photos that capture a day so perfectly. I love them. Thank you.
Mike + Emily
I JUST looked at all the pics with my mother-in-law and we were DYING LAUGHING!!! Kate, do you know how friggin’ amazing you are?!!! You must!!! Seriously, it’s just like a video! Like a flip book of memories!!! I absolutely love them!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! You are ridiculously awesome. And SO MUCH FUN TO SPEND time with!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
Amanda + Matt
Kate!! We’re in awe! You truly captured how we felt about the day. Thank you – we feel so lucky to have found you. I seriously can’t thank you enough for your amazing work, your cheerful and calming presence, and just how all around awesome it was to work with you. It was like having another dear friend at the wedding.
Alexa + Brian
Dear Kate, We are not certain how to begin to thank you for your incredible photography. We may have verbalized this before, but it is certainly worth repeating- you are wickedly talented. You were able to capture images, emotions, energy, and most importantly, love in every picture. It’s the work of an artist. In addition to your obvious talent, the passion and dedication you bring to your work is apparent. There is a quiet calmness in your approach that put us and our friends and family at ease. You are truly a remarkable professional and individual. Thank you for capturing and highlighting each moment of our wedding. You definitely made our special say a memorable one.
Anthony + Chad
Kate, we simply can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you did that has forever captured the memories of our wedding! Everything happens for a reason, and I firmly believe fate brought us to you. Merry Christmas and thank you again!
Tommy + Kyle
Kate, What a surprise to receive these while we are in Paris. I was already drinking wine when I saw your email. The pictures are amazing! I started crying after two or three. What a great way to remember such a wonderful evening. You are a master, thanks again.
Dean + Dave


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