Kate Testa

Kate is a professional photographer specializing in weddings and portraits in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia  and Destination Weddings. Kate finished her BFA in Fine Art Photography at Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers. Post graduation, she has worked as a photo editor at Hearst Magazine, and a still life photographer at a studio in NYC. She has shot for catalogues and commercial clients such as Timberland, Hartstrings, and Tori Spelling. Her work has been published in Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Redbook, NJ Bride, The Knot, Martha Stewart, In Style Weddings, and the cover of 201 Bride.

In 2004, Kate met her husband and business partner, Denny , moved to California with him, and began shooting weddings. A few years and a dog later, they moved back to New Jersey, got married, and joined their photography, video, and DJ company and began working together, as a husband and wife team, at Off BEET Productions.

Hobbies, obsessions, and other random things about me:
+ There’s nothing like waking up every morning with my dog, Dexter, sitting on my head. I love my dog.
+ Coffee: Without it I would fail at life.
+ Cozying up by a fire with a glass of red wine after snowboarding
+ My perfect day is going paddle boarding at the beach
+ I’m always up for a good dance party.
+ I love exploring new places and getting lost.

My photography style:
I love laughter and happy people, and that’s what I want to capture. A wedding is a celebration and one of the happiest days of your life, and I want my images to reflect the sheer joy of the day. I strive to capture the true personalities of my couples and do so by encouraging my couples to be themselves with minimal direction and “posing.” I capture everything ranging from quirky and creative to simple romantic. Its all about capturing who you are no matter what that means!

I love to use soft natural light whenever I can, but I also appreciate a more editorial look from time to time. I shoot all digital but edit to emulate film photography keeping everything natural and organic.  The soft color pallet of a natural setting is always my go to, but I also appreciate old buildings and funky urban settings.

Why I love weddings:
My favorite part of a wedding is always the speeches. Not only do I get to learn more about the couple that I’ve grown to love throughout the wedding planning process, but that moment offers some of the most genuine smiles, tears, and emotions of the wedding day.