meet Kate

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Hello! My name is Katherine Ellsasser Phelps the owner and photographer of Kate Phelps Photography! I come from the small town of Princeton, KY which has a direct effect on where my inspiration comes from. In Princeton, I learned a lot about the simple notion of making people smile. I strive to create moments where people feel like family, not only with a significant other or a friend, but with me as well! My small town style resonates with the fact that there is great beauty in simplicity, and my pictures seek to capture that. My business is creating lasting memories, all while developing a relationship with you to forever cement the happiest days of your life. Photography is my passion, and making you feel as if you were home with your loved ones is the experience I want to provide. As Andy Warhol once said, “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” So let's create these moments, one smile at a time.


"Kate Phelps is an absolute dream. She embodies everything I had ever hoped to have for my engagement/wedding photographer. From the minute we met Kate, she felt like family. The lengths she goes to capture the most perfect pictures, to the songs she plays during your shoot to make you feel comfortable, to being the BEST hype girl around, to the thoughtfulness she has of her clients to carry around a little brown backpack if you happen to need her to hold any of your things, to her having no fear of running through a muddy field with you and insisting to go barefoot...  I’ve truly never smiled so hard than when I do when I open my email to see that my pictures are ready. I’m forever grateful for all of the precious memories I get to cherish through gorgeous pictures because of Kate! I will hands down never use another photographer!"

                                                                                                                                                                   - Sarah Francis

"We highly recommend Kate! If you have anyone who is camera shy or uncomfortable around people they don’t know- Kate is a gem when it comes to being natural, easy going, and her vibes make anyone around her have fun and relax! She’s the most “in the moment” photographer I’ve ever met, patient with all of the demands and malfunctions that weddings may bring, and makes the experience so much fun for all that are involved! I wish I could’ve gotten more pictures of her legit lunges for the perfect angles, her infectious smile, and her ability to make a crowd of people have so much fun! We were so lucky to have you as our family’s wedding photographer!"

                                                                                                                                                         -Kaitlynne Bolinger

"Before ever meeting Kate she helped answer any questions that I had—from what I should wear for our engagement pictures to what location we should take our pictures at. She was so helpful in every way! When we met with Kate for our engagement session, I felt like we instantly became friends. She was so precious, passionate, fun, and so very welcoming! I knew we had definitely chosen the best photographer for our wedding! On our wedding day, it was below 40 degrees, windy, and raining...but you would have no idea because our pictures were absolutely flawless! Kate truly made me look and feel like a million bucks!" 
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