January 2011 Archive

Of Boys and Bribes…. | Kate Preftakes | New Hampshire portrait photographer

Yesterday I had a mini-portrait session day at my studio (more of those pics to come!).  I prefer shooting outside but sometimes it’s fun to have a nice clean background and get those simple, beautiful shots of kids.  Let’s face it, if you live in New England you’re rarely shooting outside this time of year!

I blocked off some time and Doug brought the boys in for some pictures.  These sessions rarely go as planned but I love how their boy energy and personalities just came out in these pictures.  I haven’t spent much time going through and editing them yet but thought I would share a few of my initial favorites.  I’ve learned over the years that the perfect smiles become much less endearing and the silly faces and tantrums are the cherished pictures.  After all, isn’t that what we’re trying to preserve here?  A moment in time and the relationships within our family.  Doug and I both commented on how big Asa looks here.  When you see your child every day you know in your mind that they are growing but sometimes it takes a picture to make you realize just how dramatically they change.

I have said it before and will say it again.  I am not above bribery when it comes to pictures.  In fact, I think it can make for some great photos!  Here are some pictures of the boys with doughnuts.  They were SO excited as they NEVER get doughnuts but that’s what made it so fun!

2010 Favorites | Kate Preftakes | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

At the end of every year I like to go through and select some of my favorite images.  Here are just a few  from 2010 that I love.

Flour events rocked this bouquet!

As a mother of three boys, I always love shots of the groom with their mom.  This one is an all time favorite!

My mom grabbed this one of this bride in her Bentley and it’s one of my favorite pictures she’s ever taken.

Brides and their Dads are another weakness of mine!

I just love this birch tree theme from this wedding.  The bride and her dad made the beautiful place cards.

Whew, that was harder than I thought it would be to choose these images!  I had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people in 2010!  Congratulations to all these beautiful couples.  Here’s to 2011!


This is my very first blog post–EVER!  I’m really looking forward to this new adventure of sharing more about myself, my family and the wonderful people I get to meet and photograph!  I am just going to put it all out there and hope to learn more about you too.

I think the best way to start anything is with an introduction so here goes….

I am a full time wedding and portrait photographer living in Southern New Hampshire with my husband Doug and our three beautiful boys.  Asa is 6 years old, Finley is 4 and Atticus (Atti) is 22 months.  I grew up in a family of six kids and are very close with my siblings and parents.  You will most likely here lots about my family on this blog. They are everything to me.  My mom (Nadine) is my second shooter and her warm, generous spirit is unmatched by anyone I have ever met.  We make such a great team at weddings!

I went to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied fine art photography.  I actually shot commercial food photography after school and worked with some wonderful people and big studios before discovering that the beauty and energy of weddings was a great fit for me.  My shooting style has been influenced by all these experiences.

After college, Doug (a Chicago native) and I embarked on an adventure together.  We packed up our two cats and dog (Bookah) and moved to Seattle.  I had never even been there!!!  It just seemed like a good thing to do. We had nothing but a trailer full of stuff and each other.  It was an incredible experience and we ended up living there for four years.  We made some great friends and learned A LOT!  When Doug proposed to me we decided it would be a good idea to move back east closer to our families.    In the end we decided on New Hampshire where my parents are.  So, here we are, living in rural New Hampshire, and loving it.  Well, not the black flies, mosquitoes,  or frost heaves.  But everything else is good.

I will post more about my life and the people in it but for now, here is a picture of me that my mom took at one of our weddings.

Now I’m looking forward to THIS new adventure of being a blogger and documenting our life.  It sure does move fast and my kids seem to be growing at warp speed.  Here they are…

Atticus Rye, 22 months old

Asa and Finley