Hey there! I'm Kate Carlton, a Colorado Springs based and destination photographer.
I am best known for photographing weddings and parenthood portrait sessions.
I am honored to work with international nonprofit organizations creating stunning photo stories of inspirational people and the organizations they are a part of.
My clients see me as gracious, patient, experienced and accepting. My friends and family describe me as driven, passionate, intuitive, nurturing, earthy and safe. My mom says I’m deep and logical. xoxo! Love you mama.
A connected observer, I pride myself on being a thoughtful photographer that embraces the journey in this adventure we call life.
I have been a professional photographer for seven years. Since 2011 I’ve photographed hundreds of people starting with their weddings and continuing with their growing families. I teach photography and the needed skills that come with running your own business and I help run a local photography group for over 1000 Colorado women who are growing their photography businesses and skill.
NATIVE AND FOREIGN
I was born in Chicago and still have roots in the midwest, but moved to Colorado Springs when I was young. I went to Steele Elementary School, North Junior High, and Palmer High School. I’m a downtown or an “Old North End” kid all the way! Even now, you might find me working at Colorado College.
I have been traveling internationally for almost half of my life. My love for traveling started when I was in high school and I took my first trip to Costa Rica in Central America. Every year, now, I go out on assignments with international NGO's and support local and worldwide non-profit organizations.
My heart is balanced between loving on budding families and connecting with inspiring people around the globe in humanitarian work. I could never leave either for long.
FUN KATE FACTS
I love riding bicycles. At one time in my life I owned 12 bikes (a type for every occasion) and my garage looked like a bike shop.
I believe there are few feelings greater than being at an airport or packing your car for a road trip; the world is open to you.
My dad lived in Nigeria, Africa and did all the cooking growing up. Staple meals in my house included things like groundnut stew and every kind of curry. I didn’t even try meatloaf or corn dogs until I was in my late 20’s!
I eloped with my husband. Bare-footed, we stopped passersby in a park in Oregon to be our witnesses after petitioning a judge for a same-day license.
I lived and worked in Yosemite National Park for a year and when I go back to visit it feels like a home away from home.
I love the theater (Theaterworks season ticket holders!) there is nothing better than being swept into someone's story.
My great grandmother's lake cottage in Michigan is still in our family and is my place of pure peace.
I thrive as part of a community and love on my clients like I would those in my family.
I believe in documenting life as therapy. I find that you don't know your own strength or beauty until you see yourself through another’s lens.
From running around the yard slaying dragons with my kids to mountaintop kisses with my sweet husband, I believe in life’s extraordinary, ordinary adventures. Life really is a beautiful, wild, heart-thumping thing.
I’ve photographed families and couples throughout the United States as well as Central America, South America, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland and Ireland I will go with you/ or meet you at your dream location and create amazing portraits and memories for a lifetime!