Richard and Ginger: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

Here is a fun engagement session at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Man was it COLD! We warmed up a bit hiking to the top, but the wind made us not want to stay long up there. We got some great shots with St. Augustine in the background though. After a little hot chocolate the sun came out and Ginger was able to shed her coat and put on some super cute shoes. Their fur baby Caiden joined us and we walked over to the nearby boat ramp and fishing pier. Can’t wait for their fall wedding!

--Christine - top pic is gorgeous; of course, I'm partial to b&w and all, but you captured their connection…

Portrait Marathon: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

My portrait marathon I held for Facebook friends while out in Phoenix last month was a smashing success! We picked a great location and scheduled mini sessions one after another at a reduced cost. Here are some of my favorites. Facebook is such a wonderful thing. A few of these gals I went to high school with and had no idea what happened to them after graduation. It was so fun to see them again after all these years and to meet their families. Look for similar portrait marathons to be held here in St. Augustine down the road.

--Christine - how FUN!!! and what a great idea! that one of the girl leaning up against the red train is smashing — magazine material. love the carousel and the little guy doing his version of down dog, the triptychs, the families (and her BOOTS … but I digress.) just tons of great stuff here. lucky high school friends to get such a great deal!

Shamus and Kaysie: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Shamus and Kaysie had simple, elegant wedding, starting off the new year right! The pair made it to St. Augustine the week before their wedding for a quick engagement session.

Then on January 2, the pair had a cute little ceremony at The Village Church at World Golf Village with Rev. Bob May officiating. We then scrambled over to the The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village to catch the last rays of winter light. Then moving inside for a lovely dinner, heart felt toasts, and lots of love. Enjoy!

--Christine - I love the engagement picture in front of the door/window — but wow, the wedding is fantastic! such a beautiful couple. I love the one of the bride getting ready with her elegant hands.

Regina and Rob: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer


St. Augustine has become the hotspot for small almost elopement style weddings. Regina and Rob are the perfect example. Their small elegant ceremony with their son and daughter present was on a gorgeous late December afternoon. The Lightner Museum courtyard was beautifully lit and not too chilly. The Wedding Authority put together the simple yet elegant ceremony and then the family was whisked away by horse carriage for a tour around the Old City followed by dinner. Enjoy the slideshow with music courtesy of my favorite rock-a-billies The Shiny Lapel Trio.

--Christine - love those red shoes! 🙂

David and Lindsay: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

David and Lindsay have an amazing love story. They dated ages ago, went their separate ways only to reunite, fall in love all over again and now they are married! Lindsay’s son Thomas is the center of this new little family. The way David gushes over him is so joyful!

The couple had a gorgeous wedding at the Casa Monica Hotel planned expertly by Karen Erwen of St. Augustine Weddings

The flowers and stunning table decorations were by 57 Treasury The simplicity of the table arrangements were wintery without being too Christmasy. Loved them!

I had the pleasure of my husband Jason Christley being my assistant for this wedding and it looks like we are going to continue this arrangement as long as his travel schedule allows. Yippee! I also got to have Alison Miller as my second shooter for this wedding which was so fun!

Follow this link to David and Lindsay’s slideshow!

Jax Shoot Club October

Here are some of my favorites from October’s Jax Shoot Club meeting. Our goal for the day was portraits in harsh, mid-day lighting. Clearly mother nature thought we needed beautiful, even, filtered cloudy light instead. :O)

Our models for the day Alayne, Ashley, and Sonja were such good sports, following us into some unlikely setups.

Paulina Perez
did the gals’ makeup and Sonia Garza put together some awesome doos!

Nick and Jessica at The Tasting Room

WOW!! That is all I can say about the gorgeous, intimate wedding I was a part of on Oct. 17. Jessica’s father hired an accordion player to lead the family from their hotel through the streets of St. Augustine to the wedding. It was right out of an Italian novel! Nick was waiting for us with his guys and their guests in the courtyard of The Tasting Room. It was so cozy, like you were in a gorgeous home in Spain. Their pastor married them there in the courtyard in a sweet little ceremony.

Since it was close to Halloween, we did a fun family and bridal party portrait with masks. Then it was off to feast!

I love the way the Tasting Room layers their courses as to not rush their guests, as in the old world tradition of savoring your meal.

Nick and Jessica had a lot of fun with the garter and bouquet toss. Definitely not your usual fare!

Then as the night wore on, the lovely couple exited their celebration amid bubbles and streamers. A carriage awaited to take them into the night for a romantic stroll. It was lovely.

This romantic photo of Nick about to kiss his new bride is my favorite from the night. Click the link below to see a slideshow of more great moments. Cheers!

Nick and Jessica’s Slideshow

Josh and Suzanne: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

Josh and Suzanne rock! When Suzanne told me that they had a hot rod and wanted to do some pin-up/rock-a-billy style photos for their engagement session, I giggled and did the happy photo dance! (I will show it some time if you ask!) Here are the sweet sweet bad-ass pix we shot. There is this secret place in my neighborhood that overlooks the estuary so we headed there first and then headed over to Vilano Beach for a few shots in their errie downtown. They told me the cutest story about how Josh purposed. He had gotten her ring and it was burnin a hole in his pocket. So he drove all over town in the ‘rod looking for her. Everywhere he went, he had just missed her. So finally he catches up with her in a parking lot, gets down on one knee in front of the car and sweeps her off her feet! I bet our little recreation doesn’t hold a candle to the real deal but it does have better lighting! :O)

Can’t wait to shoot their wedding next year. I’ve been told not to expect anything average!

--Christine - i love them against that blue! that b&w of them w/ The Car is destined for heirloom.

Beth - I love this session!

Sneak Peak David and Lindsay: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

Here is a sneak peak of David and Lindsay’s engagement session. The pair were so excited to come to St. Augustine last weekend because they got to bring David’s parents out as a special treat to celebrate his Dad’s birthday. When David’s parent got married, they had planned to honeymoon in St. Augustine but never made it. Their car broke down at the first exit for Daytona and that was the end of the honeymoon.

The whole family came for the session to take in the sites as we walked around downtown including David and Lindsay’s son Thomas and Lindsay’s mom. It was a great morning!

--Christine - I love this session!!! what a fun couple and lovely story about the grandparents. I am especially in love with the photo of them giving kisses to their son! you've captured them great engagement photos, but also some family photos that they will have a very hard time topping in years to come.

Sept. PUG shootout: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

On Sept. 24, the Jacksonville PUG (Pictage User Group) had a night shoot down here in St. Augustine. Our model Kam and her husband met us downtown at Harry’s. We ate and then hit the streets. We shot along St. George Street as well as the Plaza and ended up at the Casa Monica Hotel. It was great to really experiment with my strobes and pocket wizards. I definitely learned some limitations this style of shooting has, but also learned it’s infinitely possibilities.

Lesley and Nick⎟St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

I love it when couples bring props! Well Penguin isn’t really prop I guess since the little guy goes everywhere with Lesley in all of her travels. We had a great engagement session two weeks ago down on Vilano Beach. They make each other laugh so easily! I can’t wait to shoot their wedding this winter!

Nick & Les - Kate, those are awesome!

kate - So glad you like them! More to come!

--Christine - fantastic shoot!!!

Ann - cool!
what's up with the monkey???

Nick and Jessica

It turned out to be a gorgeous afternoon despite tricky forecasts for Nick and Jessica’s engagement session last weekend. The pair are set to have their wedding next month at the Tasting Room, so we wanted to do their e-session away from the downtown St. Augustine area. Yet wanted to avoid the traditional family-on-the-beach photos. So here are some of my favorites. Totally loved having my new intern, Katie, there to help with the light reflector. Oh and special thanks to the guy who loaned us his surfboard and the sand sculptor who made the awesome car!

--Christine - you live in such a beautiful place! love the lifeguard chair…

Beth - These are great!

Michael and Cristina

I had the honor of being part of the amazing emotional ceremony of Michael and Cristina. The pair tied the knot at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse a few weeks ago. Their daughter Jasmine was the flower girl and ring bearer all in one. As part of their ceremony the pair gave Jasmine her own heart-shaped ring, promising to be the best parents they could be. It makes me smile just thinking about it! They opted to keep it small, with just their immediate families which was perfect. Congrats to you both!

Star - What a sweet little ceremony! Love the pics.

Ann - Wow! The bride is absolutely gorgeous.

--Christine - something you caught in this session: LOVE! the way they look at each other, interact, all three of them. I love what you did with the lighthouse, and that boardwalk shot is just precious. congratulations to Michael and Cristina and their young family, and best wishes for a lifetime of such love, happiness and beauty…

Images for a cure

This is my mother Carol Gardiner and my father Ted. My mother battled and ultimately lost her life to breast cancer in 2004. My mother-in-law, aunt and two dear friends have all had it and were fortunate enough to win their battles.

Kate Gardiner Photography is pleased to be apart of a nationwide campaign called Images for a Cure

On Sunday Oct. 11, 2009 I will be offering discounted portrait sessions of $100 with 100% going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The sessions are perfect way to fight a disease that can touch every mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

Email me at to book your session as soon as possible since space is limited.

*session fee does not include prints or a cd of images. all may be purchased separately. 10% discount on holiday cards for sessions booked on this day.

Erica Kern O'Neill - Does that include AZ sessions? He He.

Jax Shoot Club

I’m thrilled to post about the Jax Shoot Club! The brain child of Melanie Watson of La Dolce Vita and Kara Pennington, the shoot club had our first meeting last Tuesday in downtown Jacksonville. We had three sets of models, a bride and groom, an engagement couple and a bride alone. It really gave everyone a chance to go out on a limb and try new poses and lighting.
Here is the info behind the vendors that made our first meeting possible:

Makeup and Hair was provided by Faythe Mesic:
Bridal Bouquets were provided by Anything with Plants & Flowers:
Lauren’s Dress and bridal attire was provided by Solutions Bridal of Gainesville:
Her dress was by designer Alvina Valenta (style #9700) and her veil was by Lori London (style #VM95)

Here are a few of my favorites that I shot plus a photo of a few of the 30 some odd photogs that joined us.

--Christine - I expected the first image to be my favorite — you totally nailed that one. but then I scrolled down to the red shoes and fell in love, and then the last three I was wishing were from MY wedding because I love them and want to hang them up! very nice work. did you leave anything good for the other photogs???

sounds like a lot of fun…

kate - thanks christine! it was such a fun event. you should google jax shoot club and see what other photogs have up on their blogs. oddly enough even though we were sometimes on top of each other, everyone's images are super different.

Daniel and Chastity

Daniel and Chastity had a beautiful sunrise wedding at the Castillo de San Marcos on July 7. A handful of their closest friends and family were there. A light drizzle held off during their ceremony, but we dodged the raindrops here and there during their portrait session afterward. St. Augustine is such a great place to do small destination weddings. More and more of my couples live more than 2 hours away like Daniel and Chastity, but always had a love for the Ancient City. Daniel actually proposed to Chastity at Stogies downtown so we wanted to make sure to get a portrait there.

Anonymous - What a lovely wedding.

The Frickers, Terlingua, Texas

Anonymous - We witnessed a miracle as the storm clouds circled in the morning skies! God patiently waited for these two beautiful souls to unite before allowing the rain to fall. Wonderful wedding and awesome photographs!

Dennis & Kathy Clardy
Panama City, Florida

Anonymous - Wish I could have been there. May God bless you both with a wonderful marriage. Remeber that no matter how hard and rough it gets, Jesus will help you through it if you let him.
Michael Walden and Family

Welcome to the world little Finn!

I did a very quick session with little Finn on my way out of town when in Phoenix earlier in the month. Finn joined this crazy world on July 7. The bonus of doing an infant session in Phoenix is that you just have to go outside for them to be all warm and snuggly in their birthday suit!

Erica Kern O'Neill - Kate, thanks so much for taking the pics of our little Shark Finn! They are awesome. Hope to see you again soon. Much love to all three of you!

David and Katie

David and Katie had a beautiful wedding at the end of June on the beach here in St. Augustine. Their intimate wedding was held at the House of Sea and Sun, a cute little b&b that made for a lovely venue. Check out the slide show link below which hopefully will be a great new feature to the blog!

Slide Show: Click Here

Ann - love the new slideshow feature. looked like a wonderful day for those two.


Isabella and Valentina are the sweetest little girls! I met their mama in yoga class when all 5’2 of her was belly. Photographing two babies was definitely a challenge. We would sit them next to each other, shoot a couple of frames and then they were off, seeing who could crawl to me first. Some of the best photos came though from just doing what was already on their schedule. Eating!

--Christine - they are so SWEET! love the pucker and your classic B&W high chair shot…