About The Artist

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Hi! My name is Kat. What is yours? No, really. I would love to meet you! This website is how I introduce myself as an artist so please take a look around, check out a few galleries, and catch up on the blog — but don’t forget to introduce yourself to me, too. My custom portrait experiences are full service and begin with a complimentary in-person consultation where I assist you in selecting the wardrobe and location for your photo session. During your session, I guide you through a variety of interactions, natural poses and expressions that work together to tell your story. At your selection experience, you’ll enjoy a stress-free time that features fine art prints you can take home the same day. Together, we’ll go through all the amazing products you may choose to preserve your images. The culmination of all that collaborative work is my complimentary home installation service where I hang and display the final pieces. From archival art prints and custom holiday cards to heirloom display albums and stunning wall art collections, I turn your love into art!

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I developed my first roll of black and white film in a darkroom at just twelve years old. Yes, I actually learned on real film! I knew then that I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. I took every photography class I could in high school and even attended outside workshops. I studied Art at Calvin College and I entertained the dream of traveling the world and photographing models for advertising campaigns. With that goal in mind, I attended and graduated from The Portfolio Center, Atlanta’s distinguished school of photography, advertising and design.

But something happened along the way I was not expecting. I was photographing the people around me, working frantically for a portfolio that would help launch me into the advertising world, and the simple portraits I created kept surprising my classmates and teachers. They were surprising me, too. The way I saw the world, and viewed and loved my friends and family, was coming through with a shocking clarity. My portraits were capturing beauty, and it became evident that I was not really going to be an advertising photographer at all. I was a portrait artist, and I not only recognized the beauty in every person I encountered, I could capture it.

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Katherine McClure Photography is the result of all those years of training and image making. My full service business model reflects my personal values, too. I believe you should be able to ask questions and be prepared for the best session experience possible, so my in-person consultations are always complimentary. I believe you should have time to consider what you would like to purchase, so my pricing and products are available for prior review. I believe you should have amazing product options that are guaranteed to last a lifetime, so I only partner with companies that offer the same guarantee. I believe that images should be enjoyed on your walls everyday, so I offer complimentary home installation to ensure every piece is displayed beautifully. I believe mom should be in the photos, so I hire a professional portrait artist for myself every year. The images on this page are me with my family. I believe every life is gorgeous, so I am genuinely thrilled to get to know you.

I would love to meet you, so please introduce yourself to me here!

 

Katherine McClure Photography is a proud member of the following professional organizations:

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CPPLogo  Certified Professional Photographer, Professional Photographers of America

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Professional Photographers of Iowa

Christians in the Visual Arts

Executive Women International – Des Moines Chapter – Vice President 2016

PCBA_Logo Prairie City Business Association, Secretary/Treasurer 2014-2017


The Experience

I am a full service, finished product portrait artist specializing in heirloom canvas pieces. Let me explain what that means and how to go from contacting me to enjoying the fine art I install your home.

4 Tile LayouteHow Does It All Start?

It all starts with an in-person consultation. I’ll serve you a slice of homemade pie, show you art and photography on display, let you handle gorgeous album samples and find out what products would be the best fit for you. Once we know what we are working toward, we’ll discuss ideas, wardrobe and planning details.

How Do I Complete the Booking?

Once we know we’re a great fit, a signed contract and paid session fee lets us place your session officially on the calendar.

What Happens before Your Photo Session?

Once the booking is complete, I’ll send you lots of tips for helping the session run smoothly. Remember, I work with normal people everyday. The people on this website are normal people just like you, and I help them all look relaxed and at their very best. If we need a new location, I’ll go scouting. If we need my studio space, I’ll get that prepared. I’ll also ask for images of the wall spaces in your home where you are considering displaying my work so that I can show you accurate examples at your selection experience.

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What Happens after Your Photo Session?

I get to work preparing your images for your Viewing Session. Your session fee includes professional editing services, natural retouching and composite services. I select only the very best images, so that it is easier for you to make the final selections, and all the delivered images work together to tell the story of your session.

To help you visualize that type of storytelling, I’ll create an album design for you. To help you consider new wall pieces, I’ll design wall collections using the images you supplied of your own walls. I also create a custom card design for you to help you share your images with family and friends! All this behind the scenes work makes it much easier for you to visualize your final products and helps in the final selection process.

When Is the Selection Experience?

The selection experience is approximately two weeks from the date of your session.

What Happens at the Selection Experience?

You’ll relive the emotions of your session through a video presentation of your images while you enjoy a slice of homemade pie. You’ll be able to take home archival art prints in conservation quality mats and share those images on social media the very same day. You’ll watch your story unfold as you turn the pages of your fully designed album. You’ll enjoy seeing your artwork on your own walls using the images you’ve sent to us.

If you choose to build an Artwork Collection, you’ll be walked through the process each step of the way so that at the end, you’ll have gorgeous art pieces in hand and both a wall display and heirloom album on order. And don’t forget your access to unlimited gifts prints, size 8”x10” and smaller, when you build your collection. After weeks of planning, the beauty of your story is finally ready to be seen and displayed!

4 Tile LayoutfWhen do I place my order?

Your order will be placed during the selection experience.

What If I Need More Time to Decide?

As a full-service business, I want you to know I am available each step of the way, and we plan in advance everything from wardrobe and location to the exact wall areas for the final pieces and the album style. I want you to feel confident in your purchases so I’ll share education with you that enables you to make informed decisions.

What Is Home Installation?

It is how I make sure every part of the experience is wonderful! I come in, measure, level, hammer and adjust each piece until its perfect. The idea of hanging multiple art pieces instills fear in most people, so I just take care of it all for you. I even take the bulky packaging away.

4 Tile LayoutdWhat Are My Digital Options?
As a finished product portrait artist, I do not offer a print release for my imagery, but I do want to help you share the joy your imagery brings. After final purchases are made, you receive two digital sharing options. Images for Web Use are re-sized and watermarked and let you share your images with family and friends far away through Facebook. Mobile Albums, which install like apps on your smart phones, are the very best way to share your images with whoever is sitting right next to you.

The Collections

I would love to sit down and talk with you! My in-person consultations are always free so send me a note and we’ll get together. I am a full service, finished product, custom photography boutique and my sessions reflect the high level of customer service I deliver. I offer Custom Portrait Collections starting at $107, Senior Portrait Collections starting at $267.50 and Wedding Collections starting at $3,745.

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Custom Portrait Collections include:

a consultation to discuss ideas, wardrobe and planning details
a photography session on location or in studio
guidance on posing, lighting, and expression to help you look and feel your best
professional editing services, natural retouching, and composite services
design services including wall displays, heirloom albums, and distinctive cards that tell your beautiful story
printing of archival art prints for The Reveal Wall viewed during the purchasing experience
a stress-free, enjoyable selection experience that includes fine art prints you can take home the same day
social media files of each Reveal Wall image purchased
installation of wall art directly in your home
Custom Portrait Session – $107

Up to 9 people

Extended Family Session – $160.50

10+ people

Senior Portrait Session – $267.50
Includes a $150 product credit toward your product selections
Moment Design Love Story Session – $675 (complimentary with any Art Collection purchase!)
These personalized experiences are truly unique to you and celebrate your relationship in a way nothing else can. A custom Love Story video is included for sharing with your family and friends on social media, too!
 For information about portrait products and pricing, please click here.

4 Tile LayoutaWedding Collections include:

a consultation to discuss ideas, wardrobe and planning details
a custom ‘ultimate date’ engagement session
guidance on posing, lighting, and expression to help you look and feel your best
unlimited wedding day coverage
a 30 page 12″ x 12″ heirloom album
professional editing services, natural retouching, and composite services

design services including wall displays, heirloom albums, and distinctive cards (save the dates, holiday, or thank you notes)

a stress-free, enjoyable selection experience
an online gallery of images
social media files to share online
custom mobile albums that install like apps on your smart phones
installation of wall art directly in your home
My wedding packages start at $3,745.

For information about wedding products and pricing, please click here.