Montana Wedding Photographer

Katy Shay Photo

For the adventurous lovers and free-spirited - let me tell your Montana love story!

Love is imperfect and perfect at the same time. It can be messy, fun, tough, romantic, vulnerable, goofy, silly…it breaks down all of the barriers to your heart and opens your heart to something raw and real. My mission is to capture what makes your love story real and authentic! To me, it’s not just about the photos, it’s about the feeling love brings.

My name is Katy and I am a Texas girl who made her was up to the amazing state of Montana several years ago. The mountains were calling my name and I fell in love with the open spaces and beauty of Montana. It also refueled my passion for photographing weddings and love.

My approach to photography comes from a place of connection. No posing, no fake smiles. I want to see YOU! I want your photos to be a genuine example of your relationship: the quirks, the fun, laughter, the deep feeling of love for each other, etc.

It’s ok to be goofy and weird…you will notice very quickly that I am goofy and weird too! I will give you prompts to loosen you up and spark you to connect. From there, I guide you into different things letting you and your partner feel open, have fun and all the while we capture real smiles and real love for each other!

Love Notes

“I found Katy on instagram and immediately fell in love with her style but also her passion for people and capturing the intimacy between people. She was personable and kind from the start and I could feel her genuine personality through instagram. She immediately understood my vision and started adding ideas and props which was so helpful! She took time to get to know us as a couple and you can see her passion in her work. She truly goes the extra mile! Katy was an absolutely pro, knowing all the hidden gems and directing the shoot to feel so incredibly natural and fun.”

Fun facts

What do you consider your style to be?

Moody, Romantic, Fun, Candid

How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I started with photography in general taking photos of my sister for fun one day in a beautiful golden field. My small town supported my new found passion and I quickly gained experience in different areas. Once I got to Montana, I shifted my focus to weddings and couples because that is where my heart was drawn to the most. From there, I learned from some of the best working along-side them, shooting weddings all across western Montana. Now, I am a full time wedding photographer for the area, meeting some of the most amazing couples and people in the industry.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

I love earth tones and finding balance with colors and my moody/timeless photos. I think simple lets my photos speak more for themselves

What is your favorite part about a wedding?

Just witnessing the deep love that people have for one another. I tell people there is at least one moment in a wedding where I get emotional. I connect with that feeling and it sets my soul on fire!

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