Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Website

Hello! Looking to schedule a photo session but not sure what to expect? 
Please visit my new website at where you can find many answers to frequently asked questions and my pricing guide. Also feel free to contact me at any time and I will respond back within 24 hours. 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Photo Session Giveaway Winners!

Winner: Crystal R.
PRIZE: GRAND PRIZE- ONE FREE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION of the clients choosing plus DVD of edited high resolution images. (Engagement, Senior Portraits, Newborn, Family {immediate only}, headshot, maternity, or a children session).*
Winner: Johnny F.
2nd Prize- ONE mini 30 minute photography session of the clients choosing or you can choose a 4 hour one on one mentoring session with Kate.

Congratulations to the winners! Contact me at to claim you free photo sessions.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Free Spirit

The freedom of just being a kid in and of it's self is a beautiful thing.

Friday, July 13, 2012

500 Fans Photography Session Giveaway! Thank you!

Thank you so much we have reached over 500 “Likes” on Facebook! So that means it's time for a Photography Session Giveaway! I know to a few it may not seem like a lot, but to me having people from friends, family, clients, potential clients, vendors I love and anyone who enjoys seeing my work “Like” my Fan Page! I really wanted to Give back, it really means a lot to me especially as I make the transition to a full time photography studio. Though I loved my 16 year career as photojournalist I am happy to be able to share more time with you!  This is my way of saying thank you from the bottom of my heart!

PRIZE: GRAND PRIZE- ONE FREE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION of the clients choosing plus DVD of edited high resolution images. (Engagement, Senior Portraits, Newborn, Family {immediate only}, headshot, maternity, or a children session).*
2nd Prize- ONE mini 30 minute photography session of the clients choosing or you can choose a 4 hour one on one mentoring session with Kate.

*Must be in Baldwin/Mobile County area or traveling through and accepted within the next 12 months) 
*If you live in the Buffalo, NY area and must be available to schedule your session between July 29th-August 8th. 

1. I Make sure you’ve ‘liked’ Kate Reali Photography's Facebook page (2 mandatory entry)
2. Share this post with your Facebook friends (1 bonus entry)
3. Follow Kate Reali Photography Blog (1 bonus entry)
4. Follow Kate's Ramblings From Utopia blog (1 bonus entry)
5. Leave a comment on this post or my Facebook page for each entry to count (i bonus entry)
That’s it! Contest runs through July 24th and the winners will be chosen randomly on July 25th (it's like Christmas but in July!)
Note: since we can’t really pack up a session and send it by USPS, you should only enter if you are (or will be) close enough to Baldwin/Mobile Counties in the next 12 months to accept your prize, or live in the Buffalo,NY area and can be available for your session anytime between July 29th-August 8th 2012.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you experience any issues with your entry through rafflecopter please leave a comment so we can make sure you are entered in the giveaway.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Family Sessions

I can't get enough of this little ones adorable chubby cheeks and precious family.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summertime Inspiration

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” 

Enjoy the Rain!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lil' Chik

Finally found a vintage Schwinn for my daughter. 

I was really was wanting her to have one like I had when I was little.

No more training wheels!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sweet Sisters

Spring sessions are awesome around here, these are from the latest shoot, it gets ridiculous in the summer and no one wants shots of their children hot and irritable from the heat, hope I can get a few more in before then. This year was exceptionally warm can you believe I started my spring photo shoots way back in January, most of the kids were in shorts and sundresses. Here's to amazing gulf coast weather and sunsets on the bay!

Monday, May 28, 2012

News to me

Sadly but true the end of the daily paper maybe coming to a newspaper near you and after 16 wonderful and fulfilling years the uncertainty of my beloved job and co-workers has left a whole in my heart. I never imaged this day would come, that I could wake up to an empty doorstep and drink my coffee infront of the computer instead of our daily paper, like a friend said to me today "what will my dog do if there's no paper to fetch me in the mornings?, though for some of us the death of the daily newspaper will go unnoticed and other's won't realized what exactly they'll miss until it's gone, as for me it will be more than just the folded piece of newsprint it will be the decades of memories and the friends I've made along the way.

Monday, May 21, 2012

May Flowers

It was a beautiful spring afternoon when I took this photo of my oldest daughter. This photo is pretty much straight out of the camera, the lighting was soft and the colors creamy so I pretty much left is as is, I love all the different shades of purple, blue, and red highlights in her hair against her yellow shirt and the red rossette headband.

May's photo challenge over at Rock The Shot Forum is “Flower Portrait”, so your submission this month must include flowers and at least ONE person. Stop on over everyone is invited to participate!

Rock the Shot

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This time of year we enjoy lazy days on the river so I used a slow shutter speed to capture the ever graceful movement of water and on since we live near the birth place of Mardi Gras you can find on any typical day kids playing with their left over Mardi Gras decorations and costumes, the mask definitely added to the allure of the photo. 
I converted the image to black and white and add just a little color to warm it up.

Entry for Rock The Shot April Photo Challenge:Water

Rock the Shot

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Sessions

It is simply perfect outside, the flowers and tree are blooming. Such a wonderful time to go out and play, let me tag along and we've got an awesome portrait session in the making.

Love those pink boots!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday Best

So sweet, my little girl wearing the same dress her big sister wore at the same age 6 years ago, how fast they grow.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

5 votes for my camera phone!

I don't carry my "fancy" Canon 5D mark II camera around with me, especially when we take walks, it would just be to heavy especially when I usually carrying around a tired 5 year old and I definitely don't carry it when I run out at the last minute to vote. 
But I did happen to grab the phone before we left and isn't it nice to know you can still get a great creative pic from a phone! It's not even an iphone. I'm always amazed and jealous of my friend who have an iphone, all those apps and it takes amazing quality photos for a pocket device.
 I then used some photoshop actions download free from Pioneer Woman they really made the camera photo pop! Be sure to stop over on over and check them out.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring is Here!

The weather has been near perfection! Most of the time my kids are spending the afternoon playing basketball among the blooming Azaleas in our backyard. I shot this one holding the camera using the hail mary technique looking through our tire swing. I just love how it turned out, the pink flowers really pop out against the black of the swing.

Be sure to stop over at Rock The Shot Forum for their March Photo Challenge: HERE

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lytro Camera

No need to focus the software inside will focus the photo where ever you want, how cool is that!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fun Finds: vintage camera Blackberry skins

How cool are these Blackberry skins, wish they had them for my phone.

via Etsy HERE

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's in the Bag!

Look what arrived today! A boy in a bag  My Kelly Moore camera bag!!!
I so excited to finally put all my gear into one spot. I spent an afternoon watching every one of their videos and finally decided on the Libby, I love that it has two handles along with a messenger strap it can fit all the camera equipment I need and my 17" Macbook Pro, how cool is that!

Check out the Kelly Moore Bags and videos HERE

FOLLOW UP on the Kelly Moore Libby:

I love the space this bag offers but I absolutely HATE the handle!!!! I will use it for gear storage and wait until the Epiphanie Lola bag is back in stock.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

So Sweet

I came across this photo today, it must of been when we first move in our current home and I was testing out the little barn in the backyard to see if it would work as my studio.

Little E looks so sweet I'm glad it didn't get lost in to the digital photo oblivion like so many other snap shots of my kids have.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Banner Year!

This is what I was doing when my Camera hit 10,000.
Then I had some fun adding the banner in Photoshop.

I labeled 2012 our banner year, it's definitely been full of milestones and banners so far and today is no exception, my camera hit 10,000 actuations! In only 13 months that's good and bad, the good is that Canon says that their 5D mkII is good for about 150k okay it will last me 14 more years (if I continue to shoot at the same rate) the bad news is I will most likely break it before then   my archiving is backed up or well not backed up! 10,000 images has to be stored somewhere! If you're familiar with Actuations (or shutter count) it's the amount of photos your camera has taken. And this is an important number because your camera has a life expectancy and if it's 100K or 150K that's important! Archiving is important too! and apparently using exclamation marks in this post.

Read more on Actuations: HERE

If you want to know more exciting thing about Photography join me on March 3 for my Hot Shoe Mommas Workshop! Just email me to sign up:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hot Shoe Mommas: Photography Workshop

Kate Reali Photography will be hosting a Hot Shoe Mommas Photography Workshop
on Saturday March 3, 2012.

Space is limited

What kind of workshop is it?
The workshop is intended to help move you past using the automatic point and shoot mode of photography so many of us Moms use and gain a level of understanding of basic photography terms, lighting, and techniques. You will have a two week access to online material 24/7 for the course, complete with instructions and examples to help you. The course will include a full day of hands on learning complete with models. So if you'd like to get familiar with aperture, shutter speed and ISO and move past shooting in "automatic mode" as we turn our cameras on manual, learn to use a flash and how to take advantage of natural light, this course is designed to help you get more comfortable with your camera.

Click on this blog's Photography Workshop Page Bar for more info!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Two Years of Fun!

 We are so lucky here on the Gulf Coast to have such great weather for January and even better was a chance to photograph one of my favorite little tyke who's about to celebrate a big day!

Happy 2nd Birthday!

You can check out how much this cutie has grow since last year HERE.