i   am...

a PHOTOGRAPHER, STORYTELLER, DREAMER AND ADVENTURER. BASED IN sioux falls, south dakota AND AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL WORLDWIDE.

for the authentics

I PHOTOGRAPH THE MADLY IN LOVE AND SHOW THE WORLD THE AUTHENTIC VERSION THEY WERE CREATED TO BE. LET ME TELL YOUR STORY.

Let me be the first to say, welcome to my site, and welcome to getting to know a little more about me. I'm a multi-passionate person at heart and can usually be found juggling about fifteen different titles. I am a wife, mom, photographer, chaos-coordinator, boutonniere pinner, dress fixer, hype girl and pretty much everything else you can think of, in one. I thrive under pressure and photographing individuals for who they are gives me life. I'm happiest behind my camera but when I'm not doing that I can be found taking care of my daughter, spending quality time with my hubby, drinking a good cup of coffee, a hoppy IPA beer, or a great glass of red wine.

hey there, i'm kate.

about me

Traveling is what sets my soul on fire; especially getting to photograph stellar couples while doing it.  I love to travel so much that when I was eighteen I made a bucket list to travel to every (accessible) continent by the time I was thirty. I have three years to go and three continents left to see. I also live for all of the amazing National Parks littered across the United States. My heart is happiest and my connection to God is the deepest when I surround myself in the wonder and glory He created. 

travel

adventure

STATESIDE

zion national park . moab national park . joshua tree national park

INTERNATIONAL

anywhere in:     asia .    africa .    australia

Bucket list of places I'd love to travel and can save you mega money:

relationships

investing in people

My hope is when I show up the day of your wedding, you feel like your best friend has just arrived. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my couples on a deeper level than just the details of their wedding. I want to know what makes you tick as an individual. Where are you from? What's your family like? What do you do for fun? When do you want to come over for board game night? Do you like New Girl and Big Bang Theory as much as I do? When can we drink wine and watch a Netflix marathon together? 

But seriously. You're more than just my couple and your wedding date. You become my friends. As a highly sociable individual, I can't form just superficial friendships. I thrive on deep and meaningful interactions with other individuals. And I hope you do too.
#DidWeJustBecomeBestFriends? Most likely. 

jesus

my faith

While some may think it is taboo to talk about their faith and their business in the same spot, I think it's an opportunity to combine two things I am passionate about. I love the Lord I serve and feel called to love others just as Jesus loves me. I do this through my camera. When you are in front of my lens you will be made to feel beautiful, amazing, one of a kind and the amazing daughter or son you are. My goal is not to capture the next Pinterest trending photo. My goal is to tell your story and capture the authentic version of yourself God created you to be. You were made with purpose. Every ounce of you is meaningful. I want to show all of that and more. 

Although my faith is important to me, I am fully aware it might turn other people off. While I would hope that would never happen, if it does, that's okay. I'm okay with that. It's the risk I'm willing to take to be able to praise my Lord through the gifts He has given me; and bless others along the way.

family

being a wife and a mother

My husband and I have been married for four years and are college sweethearts (is that a thing?) I'm not the greatest housewife and I'll never try to convince you otherwise. Austin still loves me in spite of this. He is my rock and the level headed one in our relationship. I'm impulsive and can make big decisions at the snap of your fingers. He's methodical and likes to weigh his options. I enjoy all things adventure. Austin prefers an all inclusive vacation on the beach somewhere. Together, we couldn't be more opposite but he is my soulmate and being his wife is one of my favorite titles in this world.

Next to being a mother of course. I have one child, a daughter, and her name is Emma. She came into our lives in 2018 and we have truly been better humans because of it. She has taught me patience, unconditional love, and the meaning of the word "mama". And let me tell you, that word, especially muttered out of the mouth of a sweet, angelic child, melts my heart like nothing else can. 

I am who I am because of a lot of people in this world. However, these two are the biggest influencers and I wouldn't have it any other way.   

my why

my philosophy 

why i do what i do

I believe we were all created to be exactly who we are and no one else. I live for capturing that authentic version of you. Whether it be your engagement photos or wedding day, I crave creating photos that when you look at them they move you to tears because they are so "you". You don't have to be the latest Instagram sensation or Pinterest trend to make the photos of the two of you meaningful. I would rather photograph 100% authentic couples than those who desire to be anyone but themselves.

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investment

The most robust package, and the most popular. This includes 10 hours of wedding day coverage, a second shooter, and a complimentary engagement session.

wedding 10

For those wanting 8 hours of wedding day coverage. Couples can add an engagement package, second shooter and/or additional hours.

wedding 8

Most ideal for couples who just need engagement photos and nothing more.  Engagement session is 60 minutes in length and offers 2-3 outfit changes.

engagement

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i'm convinced, let's book it

investment

(all packages include an online gallery and print release)

experience

the experience

working with me

My goal is to make you feel like your best friend is tagging along, being a third wheel and taking photos while you not-so-nonchalantly make-out. (You can laugh, that's a joke. Well, sort of.) But in all seriousness, I aim to provide an atmosphere of comfort, happiness, silliness and some inappropriate jokes here and there. This is the best time and day of your lives. Your photos should reflect exactly that, and so should your experience with me.

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my features

in the press

weddingwire.com
As Seen on The Knot

Kate is hands down the best person I could have dreamt of working with to capture all the special moments on our big day! Not only is her work absolutely amazing but she is the nicest, most helpful, fun person to work with. She knows exactly how to get you out of your comfort zone in the most encouraging way to get the perfect shot. Highly recommend Kate as a person and photographer!

client love

carly & Adam

Kate was phenomenal to work with! She made us comfortable through all of our engagement photos and got so many incredible shots at our wedding. Kate offered guidance through the whole planning process from timelines to locations and everything in between. She captured so many amazing moments at our wedding and after getting our sneak peaks back, we couldn’t be happier with our photos! We are so thankful for Kate and all that she did to capture our special day. Kate exceeded all of our expectations and we can’t recommend her enough!

anna & nick

client love

I absolutely LOVED working with Kate. She was so easy to get along with and fit right into my family on my wedding day. One of my favorite things about her was that she knew how to position people in photos and took charge when positioning. There were not awkward waiting moments. She was always on top of it. Also, she takes care of the brides she photographs and was the best person to have next to me on my wedding day. It was such a gift to work with Kate. We loved her!

Racheal & Corbin

client love

Kate did an amazing job of photographing our outdoor/tent wedding! The weather on our wedding day was not ideal, but Kate knew how to work around/with the elements. I especially loved her ability to capture very natural moments of the day. She is professional, easy to work with, and someone I would highly recommend! We are so grateful to look back on our special day with such quality photos.

jenna & tucker

client love

Kate shot our engagement and wedding photos, and we are nothing short of amazed. She was everything we wanted and more. Easy to talk to, professional, genuine, all amazing things. After meeting with her, she knew exactly what style of photos we wanted and she was able to amaze us. Same with our wedding photos. Getting the photos is an extremely easy process, and she edits them in a timely manner, always willing to send sneak peaks for those of us who have no patience! On the wedding day, she kept stress levels low and worked well with every member of our family! She will be our photographer for life, and we recommend her to anyone who is looking for a photographer

taylor & conner

client love

Kate did an amazing job with both our Engagement and Wedding photos. Kate made us feel completely comfortable, allowing us to be ourselves and enabling her to capture our true relationship. I appreciated her meeting with me ahead of time to talk about a timeline for our wedding day. Our day ran smoothly and I was able to relax and enjoy the day because we had the perfect amount of time planned for getting ready, photos, etc. She has a genuine and spunky personality which makes her feel more like a friend/personal attendant rather than just your photographer. Kate is highly professional, reliable, and affordable and I would definitely recommend her for all your photography needs!

jill & jared

client love

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Phone // 4029176419

Email // hello@kateluecke.com

Address // 4500 S Glenview Rd

Sioux Falls, SD 57103

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