Studio-free" Portraits and Events. Family Photos, Weddings, Engagement Photos, Parties, Mobile corporate Head shots, School Photography, Senior Portraits... and more!
My goal is to provide my clients with an affordable, high quality and flexible solution to their Family, Event, Corporate, and School photography needs. to accomplish this goal, my photography service includes the high-resolution images files with the price of the photography session. Prints can be ordered directly from my convenient online proofing site or downloaded with unlimited personal usage license for maximum client usability.
How Does it Work?
It's simple and affordable. You choose a location in the Monterey Bay Area or I come to your event. After catching all of those beautiful candid moments, I will put the images in an album on a secure website for proofing. These are your images. From there, I will edit and perfect a certain number of portraits of your choosing. Right from the site you can download full-resolution images and/or order individual prints or other photo products. There are no package requirements when ordering prints from the site. Once on your computer you can print them, edit them, archive them, post them ... the options are limitless.
I love to take pictures. But not those stuffy posed pictures. I take pictures of my kids, my friends' kids, parties, special events ... You get the picture! And this is how you can literally get the picture:
I like to take pictures so much that I'd like to free you from spending your next family event looking through the viewfinder of your camera. Spend time enjoying your party and creating memories...and I'll be there to capture them for you. Photographing kids' parties is one of my specialities. Planning a wedding? I'll be there for you before, during, and after your event to capture those memories that will last you a lifetime.
Casual Family Portraits
I believe you and your family look best in your natural environment. I will come to a park, the beach or your favorite casual location and take pictures of your children while they play by themselves or cavort with their friends ...or with you! And bring the dog, too! Let's make family portraits together!
Company Head Shots and School Photography!!
In keeping with my "Studio Free" philosophy, I now have the ability to do work typically reserved for the studio...in your home, office or school. That's right, I bring my backdrops, lighting, and computer right into your home, office, or school and you get beautiful portraits and the hi-resolution image files from which you can make whatever you need! Call or email me for links to samples of this new and exciting aspect of my photography service.
A Senior Photography session works exactly the same as a Family Photography session. I work with you to choose the perfect location and the perfect time of day to get that perfect light, I take all of the pictures, and then I deliver to you all of the edited hi-resolution digital image files from a customized secure online proofing sight. As with all of my services...you can make anything you want from your image files!
Mobile Studio Portraits
While it is true that most of the photography I do is outdoors, some kinds of photography require studio equipment and an indoor location.
But who says you have to use studio equipment...in a studio? Not only do I have studio equipment - lighting, backgrounds, and such - but I can bring it to your home, office, or event facility so I can create for you high quality portrait images like the examples you see below - on location!. School photography - no problem. Head shots for your company directory - I can do it at your office. Graduation portraits before the ceremony - let's pick the right color background and some props. I can even bring studio equipment to your party or wedding reception!
"studio-free" means we can work together to come up with the best location for your photography. Want a beach location? I have some great suggestions based on the time of day you'd like to have your suggestion. Want to shoot a your favorite park, in your backyard or living room? No problem. All we need is room for some group shots and then somewhere we can let the family loose so I can take more candid shots of the family in action. While you are certainly welcome to browse through my portrait gallery and see the different locations i've used, I thought i'd make a quick-reference page of some of those locations. Click on the image to see the full gallery and click on the location name to open a page with more information about the location.
Carmel River Beach
This location is a great place for evening family photography. We can use he lagoon as background for "blanket" shots and then, as the sun sinks lower, we can switch positions - mere yards - and use the ocean as a back drop for more group or action shots.
That's what I call them. This beautiful location is in Asilomar where Pico runs into Sunset Drive - which runs along the coast. Here, there are a series of small coves that are great for early morning beach photography. Lots of rocks for backgrounds and climbing. There are even tide pools for exploring when the tide is low - great for kids and adults!
Toro County Park
Acres upon acres of trees to pose under and upon, big green areas for the kids to run around in, multiple playgrounds, and it's warm there! This is a great place to shoot during the week - morning or evening - but can even work on the weekend since the park is so expansive.
Paradise in the heart of Carmel Valley. Family pictures by the river, posing in front of the old barn, kids playing on the bridge, big trees, and seasonal landscapes. Bring a pair of sturdy shoes and the off-road stroller and take some family pictures on the ranch!
Every Now And Again I Get Email From Folks Who Have Seen The Site And Want To Share Their Thoughts.
Melinda S (San Jose, CA), Wedding client
Thanks Ben! We appreciate all your hard work and excellent pictures and portraits of our special day. You have an amazing gift and I am so glad that we choose you. You truly did make our wedding day come true with your amazing photos. Every time we look at the pics we will think of you and your lovely work. We will definitely think of you in the future to capture of special family moments. The wedding day went by so fast and it seemed like the time for the photos just flew by. But you managed to capture everything on our list of important pictures.
Mary A. (Winston Salem, NC), Wedding and Family Photography client
"WOW WOW WOW and OMG what wonderful beautiful photos you captured of our family events. We are very pleased with the outcome and impressed by your talent of capturing the true essence of each individual. We appreciate you sending so many versions of the photos that we can pick and choose from. Your professional approach without being intrusive and your engaging pleasant manner allowed you to capture the joy of our guests. The photos of our kids are so special and are our family treasure. These are the BEST photos we have ever had taken of our family. It is not often we can all be together and your photos have frozen this moment in time for all of us. Thank you. We want you to know how much we enjoyed working with you on this special family event."
Julie L. (Palo Alto, CA)
"The pictures are fantastic. Thank you so much. You are a great photographer. My kids have never sat so nicely and smiled for a professional photographer before. They usually make silly faces or run away. Thanks again!"
Karen W. (Carmel Valley, CA)
"Thank you so much for taking such a wonderful group of photos and for your time and expertise. You've provided all of us with fine pictorial references and very special memories of an amazing event. Your work is truly appreciated!"
Trish Gaudoin (Carmel Valley, CA)
"Our family's experience with Ben has been wonderful! Not only was he accommodating with the scheduling of the photo session but it was also a pleasure to work with him. We all had fun taking the shots and the end results were exactly what we hoped they would be. I highly recommend Ben Kaatz to anyone looking for great family photography."
C. Nerell (Castroville, CA)
"The pictures you took at our reunion picnic are amazing. It was a wonderful day remembering the past and talking about the future. You captured this on film so it will be forever in our memories. Thank you so much!"
S. Damon (Monterey Bay, CA)
"These are all so beautiful! Thank you so much, Ben, for doing this!!! You captured so many great memories!!!!!!"
R. Adzema (Palo Alto, CA)
"Our experience with Ben Kaatz Photography was relaxed and professional. Ben scouted some excellent beachside locations in advance and thought of lots of little things to make our family photo session a literal day at the beach. We got so many good shots from our time with Ben that we have our holiday card and gifts for the grandparents already taken care of in October!"
Janet B. (San Diego, CA)
"The photos he took of our group were absolutely fantastic and he captured the spirit and essence of our family perfectly. He was professional, responsive to inquiries, and sensitive to our setting. Another feature that was important to our group (who are all very tech savvy) was that he posted the images on a secure web site and allowed us to download them ourselves, or place orders for professional printing. Everyone was able to relive the experience through his fine work."
M. Harper (New Jersey)
"My father and brother was/is a professional photographer so I've seen my fair share of good work. Yours is very good. Your take on people and things is fresh and refreshing. Your framing is spot on. I've just spent a very enjoyable rainy afternoon browsing all of your albums and I think you're onto something with the photography thing...You have a great eye and a big heart and that's a great combination."
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
My goal is to provide my clients with an affordable, high quality, and flexible solution to their Family, Event, Corporate, and School photography needs. To accomplish this, my photography service includes the high-resolution image files with the price of the photography session. Prints can be ordered conveniently from my online proofing site or downloaded with unlimited personal use license of maximum client usability.