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i can't wait to celebrate your
big day & little moments!

hi there! i’m kate!

a day in the life

In addition to being an Asbury Park wedding photographer, I'm obsessed with interior design, everything bagels, & cozying up with a good book.  My other great loves include our Boston Terrier, black cat, & humble little home on the Jersey Shore. While my love of art & design sparked my interest in photography, my love of marriage (& my husband!) is what inspired me to open Kate Opal Photo Co. I absolutely adore serving my couples in their happy moments.

I’m a heart-on-her-sleeve kind of gal who genuinely feels it’s incredibly important to get to know all about YOU. By the time your wedding rolls around, I’ll know the name of your dog, your favorite TV binge, and just how to handle your wacky Aunt Wanda. I’ll cry over your vows before dancing the night away with you, camera in tow. I’ll fix your train; I’ll capture your moments. And I’ll never stop smiling.

I'm not just in love with weddings but also with marriage itself — and I am lucky enough to be married to the love of my life, Ryan, since 2011. We were college sweethearts and now he’s a professor at the university where we met.

We flew to Vegas for our tenth anniversary and renewed our vows -  1960's style - with Elvis and 18 of our nearest and dearest in the Tunnel of Love. Our afterparty was at In-n-Out. It was bonkers, and we loved it.

Ryan is not only my husband, he's my partner and teammate. While he bravely handles the books and the business side of things, I’m lucky enough to live out my passion every day — photographing other madly-in-love couples kicking off their lives together.

meet my best friend -
my husband, ryan

(the creative) 



The Smiths



Our dog, Charlotte

Estate sale shopping

New Girl

Palm Springs, CA

True crime podcasts

Bold colors

Ray Bans


Making things

Rook Coffee



Collecting watches

Top Chef

Ancient History

Nettie's House of Spaghetti

Our cat, Miles


French fries



Portland, ME

The Godfather Part II

Staying in

NJ pizza

Teaching college


kate loves . . .

ryan loves . . .

I love working with couples who are just like us -
in love with each other, the little moments, and a good ol’ night in!


One of the most fun aspects of photographing weddings is getting to witness (and dance along to!) the soundtrack of your lives.  I mean, what's cooler than photos documenting your college friends cheering on your grandmother and coworkers in a dance circle?     

Check out our wedding day playlist, compiled of songs that light your soul on fire and bring down the house.  

our wedding day playlist

Although Ryan and I have been lucky enough to call Asbury Park, NJ area
home for more than 20 years, love is love no matter where it is!
Check out some of the places I've photographed fabulous love stories.

a sea of love

there’s no place like asbury

Although I love to travel, I am a total homebody at heart - and there's truly no place like Asbury. My grandmother Jaye spent her summers here in the 1930s, and I spent my college nights at the city's legendary music venues. Ryan and I even had our first dates in this magical little town. I know it like the back of my hand, and I cannot wait to show you around!

A few things I love about Asbury Park, NJ: 

It's a perfect weekend getaway.

It's right on the ocean.

It has countless eclectic, unique venues.

The food scene is out-of-this-world.

You'll never have a shortage of street art or historic buildings to pose with!

The Collections

i’m into something good

Let's keep a good thing going! Where else would you like to go?

the portfolio

let's chat!

pictures of you

Help us congratulate happy newlyweds while getting behind-the-scenes peeks & inspiration (as well as cameos of our absolutely hilariously adorable Boston Terrier, Charlotte).