MY NAME IS KATE CARLTON AND I’M A PHOTOGRAPHER IN COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. I specialize in work as a wedding photographer and motherhood portrait photographer. People would describe my work as romantic, artistic and with soul.


I am passionate about getting to know my clients and their story in life. That is my inspiration; connection. By getting to know my clients on a deeper level I am allowed to create artistic portraits that reflect who you are authentically.

When you meet me, you might get that cozy feeling you get when you're traveling and you meet a nice stranger, and they invite you back to their house, in a town you have never been to, and they make you their favorite local dish, and you drink wine, and coffee, while telling stories about your lives, sitting on beautiful old rugs, that have been worn and loved through the ages with stories of their own, and then you become the best kind of kindred friends, the kind who check in on each other for the rest of time...

I love on my clients as I do my friends and will be honored to document your story. Every part of it from the big events to the quiet moments in-between that are equally and sometimes even more important… so please, journey with me.

"I would give Kate 100 stars if I could. She puts her whole heart into every shoot and it shows. She photographed our engagement, elopement, maternity, birth, and newborn. I can't go one day without looking at at least one photo she has taken. Our birth photos make me cry every single time and I'll cherish her work forever. She's just incredible!" - Julia

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The first time I shot a wedding, back in 2003, I fell in love with everything. The moments of joy, the nerves, the proud family and friends and most of all the couple. The more I learned the more I realized I fell in love with my couples love stories. The simple moments that stay with you, that make you two. The moment when you realized you couldn't live one more moment without the promise of forever. Since 2011 I have photographed weddings all over the US especially through the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado and love every second. I don't charge for travel through Colorado, but I do request a hotel room if your location is over 3 hours away. Contact me today! I can't wait to photograph your wedding.


I am always ready for an adventure and have traveled to many states and countries and met many couples and families all over this amazing world. I have destination pricing available from Yosemite National Park to Baltimore to Valencia Spain. The best thing about destination weddings is not only that they are intimate and adventurous, but they also include a day after session where we go out, explore and take the most amazing portraits ever. Most of my travel is from July-September.

"Kate's sweet and caring disposition offers an ease that can be hard to find. She makes everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera so you can really enjoy your wedding and get wonderful photos. It was truly a joy to work with her." -Destinee and Dave



I am known to take breathtaking maternity images with mamas in Colorado. I have redefined and made maternity images modern and leave my mama’s feeling beautiful and loved. We might find ourselves taking portraits in the nursery you are nesting for your little one or maybe your favorite local store or maybe we will end up on a mountain side. Some of my mama’s end up in the Cheyenne Canyon River or Helen Hunt Falls. I want to take the images that fit what is important to you at this time of growth, strength and transition.


I am known to take photographs during a birth story. This amazing and life changing event is one to capture. I have worked with many local midwives at home like Christie with Blue Columbine Birth, Tiffany with Mountain Miracles Midwifery, and Jolene with Springs Midwifery and Women’s Care. I have also worked at all of the local hospitals and many OBGYN’s like Dr. York and Dr. Baer. I also have worked at Evans Army Hospital on Fort Carson. Most of my births are from December through May. I work closely with the best doula team in town Springs Doula Circle, and they choose to partner with me after working with many others because of my presence in the birth space and their and my clients have said I am the best birth photographer in Colorado Springs.


The new beginning of your little one is so fleeting and after so much work the first moments with your baby are unlike any other. The first 48 means I come to you in your birth space (either the hospital or your home) and document those first moments. The little face that will change so fast, the little soft hair growing on their shoulders and you and your partner loving on that baby after so much excitement to finally meet this little human. I have gone to so many homes and to all the local hospitals including Memorial North, Memorial Central, Evans and Penrose St. Francis.


I am a newborn photographer that believes that your baby should have their first portraits taken in a documentary or lifestyle way where there is limited posing and mostly you holding your baby and doing the new routine you are doing. Like sitting around a fire staring at your baby. Or hanging out in the nursery or maybe the family bed. I always get your baby alone all wrapped up in their own blankets too.


I am passionate about family portraits. I make sure that my own family gets them each year too! It is so important to have you all up on your walls in a way that makes you all proud to be up there. It raises your self-esteem and your children’s self esteem and your stunning art pieces are personal. They are you! I take the time to plan and go over all the little pieces to make sure that you are ready and excited and remind you to wear colors that go with your home decor. I have been awarded the title of best portrait photographer in Colorado Springs for two years in a row by

"Kate Carlton is one of the most personable photographers I've ever met. She makes your photography experience feel warm and comfortable. Her professional skills are coupled with her vision for photos which reflect your style and your life. Kate has a unique ability to work with people and capture moments that are the most meaningful and fun. Her style creates stunning portraits you'll cherish for a lifetime." -Ashley


I am a traveler and every year take a month or so to work with an international non governmental organization or NGO taking photo assignments all over the world. I love connecting with such amazing humans around the globe doing and fighting for what they are passionate about. I work with companies locally like Make a Wish Foundation, The Pikes Peak Equality Coalition: One Colorado, Citizens Project, Inside/Out Youth Services, The Sierra Club, Women’s Resource Agency, NAACP, and the Independence Center. Internationally I work with companies like Junior Achievement Worldwide, Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, Save the Children and International Rescue Committee.

"Kate is not only an excellent photographer, but an amazing person. Kate was nothing short of personable, creative and fun. You honestly couldn't get a better experience. My pictures are stunning and breathtaking. We will definitely use Kate again and again! Clients for life!!" -Amber and Lyle