We are Paul and Katie McPherson, a husband-wife photo + video dynamic duo. We live in a small town in the four corners, it's a little bit of desert with a view of the Rockies up the road. We thrive on loving our three beautiful children and keeping up with our family. We treasure having access to such diverse terrain and thrive on adventuring throughout it.

We have a love for travel and adventure paired with great food and comfy beds. We enjoy music, binge watching Hulu, especially cozied up with a bowl of Haagen-Dazs on the couch together. We’re nerdy, perhaps a little cheesy. We love each other deeply and aren’t afraid to show it. You might catch us making out on the sidelines or in passing during a wedding. We’re affectionate and we’re not afraid to show it. Our friendship and love for each other gives us a knack for helping people get comfortable in front of the camera. And bottom line, for 14+ years now, we love making memory art through the lens.

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p&K

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behind the scenes with the mcphersons

We have been photographing weddings together for a little over 14 years now, and are beyond passionate about what we do. With experience we’ve developed a diverse set of skills and resources that help make this process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. It is not uncommon to find Katie with a needle and thread hemming a dress or fixing hair or makeup at the very last second.

We’ve become the best shoulder to cry on in these anxiety filled moments, having the experience to know that everything will work out. We’re that consoling, assuring voice of optimism that calms the soul and keeps things in the proper perspective. 


We’re more than just photographers, we’re a support system that makes sure EVERYTHING runs as smooth as your wedding planning intends it to. Flowers, DJ, catering, venue...we’ve got your back with all of it! We've been a part of weddings so small that we've doubled as witnesses, and weddings so large that we've gotten lost on the dance floor. So no matter your wedding plans, wherever they may be, we would be honored to share those beautiful moments with you. Feel free to look through our blog and portfolio, and if you feel a connection to our work, we'd love to hear from you!

the CREATORS behind the lens

PAUL & KATIE

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Our passion is capturing love in all its naturally lit glory. We love totally awesome creative souls who share the same love for life, light and the art of capturing memories. We love explosive laughter. We make people laugh. On purpose. Because we’re funny. Like, really funny! Ok...maybe we’re not that funny BUT WE DO like getting people to laugh! We also like those sexy, sensual, breathy shots too. That’s right. Breathy. 

“Just get out of the camera!” We say that a lot. Most photographers don’t know how to get people “out of the camera” but it’s the key to getting those super natural - lifestyle looks which we live to shoot.

Show us the real uninhibited nature of the relationship you share & we will make those moments last forever.

At the core of every human being is something so incredible beautiful. Part of our gift and what drives us is understanding how to break through the surface layers to get down to the core of a person. To their very soul. Every wedding poses this wonderful challenge for us to crack this code. Part of what drives us to do what we do is our love for revealing the true nature of a persons soul. The result is timeless. The result connects you to memories and experience in ways that will move you emotionally, not just put a smile on your face.

the how and why

our philosophy

Family

The greatest miracle to transpire in our lives without a doubt has been our 3 children Nora, Kayl & Asa. Their existence influences every aspect of our lives. When we have spare time, they get it. When we need a break, we sit down and figure out what things we can do that will become significant memory making material for them. Don’t get us wrong, WE LOVE having our alone time, going on dates, and being “kid free” from time to time, but at the end of the day, we recognize that our time with them spent this intimately, is limited...so we do our best to take advantage. There is no greater joy than the joy that comes as a result of our children.

Faith

We believe that Jesus Christ is real and the center of anything that matters in this life. We believe that this life has a purpose, that we were created with specific talents and abilities unique to our personalities that allow us to add maximum light and beauty to this world. We cannot tell you how many times we’ve watched clouds part at weddings when the weather app on our phone shows nothing but rain. We love relying on this faith to insure that as we put forth our very best effort, everything will work out exactly the way it needs to.

food

We're best friends. It sounds so cliche, but we really are. We do everything together. There is a trust, and a bond so indescribably permanent that we would be lost without each other. Consequently, we don’t have to do much to have a good time. Sometimes shooting weddings even feels like a date. But probably our most favorite thing in the word to do is to enjoy a really really good meal together. When we go to New York, we go to eat. When we go to LA, we go to eat. Fine dining + our friendship = pure magic. If you don't feed us at your Wedding we will be seriously disappointed haha.

The Beach

The one downside of living where we live is NO BEACH! We both have California roots, and the second our feet hit the sand and we can hear the melodic sounds of the waves, we’re in immediate in heaven. Our kids can’t get enough of the ocean. Tide pools, surfing, boogie boarding, digging up sand crabs, we love all of it!

you, me & the tv

One of our favorite addictions is binge watching series on Hulu or Netflix, especially while mass editing photos. The most recycled show we have watched over the years is The Office & New Girl. Our top favorite shows currently are Survivor, Big Brother, Greys, Umbrella Academy, The Crown, Brooklyn 99, Super Store, Mandolorian (and Katie is a sucker for most HGTV shows lol) . We appreciate the art of insanely good acting and production with shows like The Queen. At the end of the day it’s always you, me and the TV.

Music

We probably have the most eclectic taste in music ever, gravitating more toward chill, happy, uplifting, upbeat vibe music. We’re hardcore spotifiers and love finding new unpopular gems destined for greatness. There are very few moments when we’re not adding a soundtrack to our real life. We're "freekbox" on spotify.

Ice chunks

We’re on a serious ice-cream mashup fix right now. We are generally working with Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerrys. Our favorite mashup right now is Häagen-Dazs Chocolate + Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. We don’t just throw scoops in and eat it. We mash it with a fine metal ice-cream blade. Sprinkle a little milk over the top. Push and fold until there’s a chunky, iced, mix. Then add 5 small dabs of whip cream. Every night. Perfection!

outdoor junkies

There really is not place we'd rather be than exploring the great outdoors.  Whether it's hiking, 4 Wheeling or road tripping we're constantly on the go.  Paul is an avid Onewheeler and loves to blaze bikes trails every chance he gets.  We lead active lives, try to stay healthy and try to bask in all the natural wonder that exists here in the four corners.  Our favorite thing is take people into spectacular places they've never been.  Our camping trips our by far some of most valued memories.

paul's apparel

Paul has always been obsessed with starting his own apparel company under the brand Shutterfreek.  He truly believes that every person that loves cameras should want to rock our merch  Personally I think he does it just so he has a closet full of new tees to wear, but it's something he's been passionate about through our entire marriage.  And, the designs really are pretty cool haha.  Check out merch our site!

katie's gift of gab

Katie is one of the kindest, easiest people to be around you'll ever meet. She's helped more Brides through stressful situations than we can count. She has a knack for having conversation and many times you'll find Paul reminding her that she's working and that there are shots about to be missed if she doesn't stop talking lol!  It's not that she just talks a lot, it's that everyone she meets wants to talk to her.  I consider it a super power and it truly comes in handy most all of the time. 

what's in the bag

Not that it really matters in the grand scheme of things but we are pretty loyal Canon users.  We currently operate with 2 - 1DX MarkII's, MarkIV, & an R.  We own all L glass and there are very few lenses we don't own.  One lens we want and don't have is a 11-24mm L.  Our fav is 50mm 1.2.  Our drone is a DJI mavic pro 2.  We also shoot film from time to time with a Pentax 645 and a Canon P.  We're hoping to step into a 1DX MarkII and an R5 in 2021. Shooting everything in 4K+ will be our indefinite future. Would love to own a true cinema camera very soon too. All of this will be made easy if you will just book your event with us right now lol!  :)

katie is joanna Gains

It never fails, at every event at least 1 person tells Katie that she looks like Joanna Gains. She's as sweet, as creative and thoughtful, as intentional and even more gorgeous if I do say so myself.  And while I don't look particularly like Chip, I am the sarcastic one of the duo, so together we do make for somewhat of a "Chip & Joanna" experience at each Wedding haha.  

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