What  To Expect...

Prompts that spark natural emotions and interactions

Candid documentation to capture little moments in between

Artful posing to get creative, beautiful, and dramatic images

I'll capture your images with

Experience Focused

My Style

I'm the organized planner and guide that you can trust to craft an unforgettable experience. I'm here to help capture your memories and raw emotions.

Hey! I'm Kate!

Meet your Photographer

The  Wedding  Exerience

After you inquire and it's confirmed that I have your date free, we'll schedule a phone chat.

We will:

Get to know each other better

Discuss some wedding details

I'll answer any questions you may have

Schedule a Phone Chat with me:

Step one

1. A wedding checklist of tasks to complete from 12+ months to the day after your wedding.

2. An Engagement Style Guide where you'll get tips on outfit coordinating and planning your session.

3. A detailed rundown of what to expect on your wedding day.

4. Wedding day timeline examples and more!

Receive your Wedding Guide which includes:

Step two

1. This allows me get to know you better so I can help plan and personalize your engagement session.

2. This is where you will fill me in with all the ways you'd like to personalize your engagement session.

Complete your Engagement Questionnaire

Step three

1. I'll create a custom timeline of our stops and when to change outfits.

2. This will include locations and various activities inspired by your suggestions.

Schedule your engagement session & I'll plan the rest

Step four

1. Receive a sneak peek within 1-3 days

2. Full gallery delivery within 3-4 weeks

3. Purchase albums and prints through your online gallery

Receive your engagement gallery:

Step five

1. This will be sent to you around 5 months out from your wedding day.

2. You'll fill me in on the basic wedding details so I can custom build your wedding day timeline for you.

Complete your wedding questionnaire

Step six

1. We'll go over your timeline in detail and make sure everything will run smoothly.

2. You get as many phone chats as you need to make sure everything is perfect!

Schedule your timeline phone chat

Step seven

1. Receive a sneak peek within 1-3 days

2. Full gallery delivery within 8-10 weeks

3. Purchase albums and prints through your online gallery

Receive your wedding gallery:

Step eight

Love notes from my happy couples...

We are so incredibly thankful you made our special day just that, so special! You captured so many amazing moments and all of the photos turned out AMAZING! We could not be happier with them! Also, thank you for all your hard work to keep things on schedule. We could not have done it without you. We look forward to many more photo sessions with you as a family!
-Megan + Matt

You captured so many amazing moments

I am SCREAMING with excitement over these!! You captured us so beautifully! I CANNOT wait for September!!!! 

Your blog post was extremely sweet, and brought a tear to my eye reading! Thank you SO much again for your time, we are so happy with your services and cannot wait to see the beautiful moments you capute of us on our big day!! 
-Jordan + Cole

You captured us so beautifully!

We could not imaging spending our engagement pic & wedding day with anyone but you. Everything was so easy, smooth, & natural. You have an amazing talent to share with the world! 
-Hannah + Cody

Everything was so easy, smooth, & natural

"I can't stop looking at these pictures. BEAUTIFUL. We love you. Thanks again for everything. It was so awesome to have you there to capture all of these precious moments for us."
-Liz + Shane

We love you

WOW! Holy cow! We don't even know where to start! Thank you for making me have the most perfect day ever! The day would have not been possible without you! I have only gotten sneak peeks, but I am OBSESSED! You are truly the best and deserve so much more than this thank you card! 
-Taylor + Joey

The day would have not been possible without you!

Thank you for everything you did for our special day. The photos have turned out AMAZING. You are so organized and talented, and kept everything on track for our wedding. We appreciate you more thank you know!
-Jess + Boonie

You are so organized and talented

Professional prints and album designs are available for purchase through your online gallery. 

prints & Products

Your mobile link includes all your images formatted specifically for social media posting. 
This link will prompt you to download your gallery as app on your phone

Mobile Link 

Your desktop link includes your full gallery in high resolution. This makes your images ready to go for downloading and printing. 

Desktop Link

Photo Delivery




Here's What you get

(Image downloading & purchasing options have been removed from the examples for privacy)

Full wedding

You will first choose your wedding or couples package. Any additional travel fees acquired will be discussed with you beforehand, with the expectation that expenses such as flight, lodging, car rental, gas, and airport parking will be covered in full by the client.

How do destination travel expenses work?

I accept custom packages on a case by case basis.  I'm always happy to work with my couples to fit their needs. So if you have questions, be sure to reach out and ask! 

Do you offer custom wedding packages?

Since my style is more raw and authentic, I do not use photoshop to alter bodies or faces in any way. I never touch up anything unless it's temporary like blemishes, cuts, or bruises. I believe very strongly in embracing your body image and promote self love and positivity. 
Photoshopping involving extreme editing like removing an individual, face swaps etc. will need to be hired out by the client through an outside party.

Can you photoshop us? 

All payments are made online through HoneyBook to make things super easy! For all weddings, I require a 20% non-refundable retainer and contract signed to hold your date. Your remaining payment is due 1 month before your wedding date.

How does payment work


I do! I offer pregnancy announcements, maternity, newborn, and family sessions through Kate Van Dorn Photography.

Do you photograph families and babies? 

You will be responsible for any permit fees. Note that not all locations have permit fees (most Iowa locations do not) and we can try and avoid them if you'd like. I will ALWAYS discuss this ahead of time and get approval from you to make sure you are aware before any decision is made.

Will I have to pay any permit fees? 

No. I will only ever deliver an edited image. The only time you will see an unedited image is by looking at the back of my camera screen during a shoot! I don't want you to choose me just for my shooting stye. Editing is the other half of my work and I want you to enjoy the full and final product! 

Do you give out RAW files/unedited images? 

I always bring professional lighting to weddings. I'll make a decision about how or when to use the lighting when I arrive to the venue. 
I may also bring lighting to couples sessions if notified that you have little to no window light in your home. 

Do you bring lighting?