Kate is a Floridian coming from a family of citrus farmers. Her goal is to provide high quality candid portraiture and make the process simple and straight forward for her clients.



FAQs: Frequently asked questions

What is your business’s Mission?

My goal is to easily create timeless images and memories that will last a lifetime. I aim to make the process of booking, shooting and receiving your images uncomplicated from start to finish.

How would you define your photography style?

The style of photography I provide aims at being airy, bright and genuine. My approach involves putting families in the right light, giving clear instruction and allowing personalities to shine through. My goal of genuine expression happens as everyone in the family begins to relax into the time-tested pattern established by my group handling techniques.

How much planning do I need to do for my shoot?

Clients can be as involved or as hands off the planning process as they wish to be. I provide location consultation; granting access to my extensive example galleries of the many beautiful areas of Orlando. This will guide you to see how different locations will photograph. In addition to location scouting, your session includes a simple and easy-to-follow guide on how to dress your entire group (large or small) for the best outcome. The wardrobe consultation includes a well curated inspiration board which can be easily shared with all the family involved in the shoot.

Do I need to tell you each exact grouping I want?

I keep the pace of the shoot quick, starting with the whole group in the beginning and breaking it down into further subsections which allows everyone to take breaks and watch their family members giggle and be silly in front of my camera. I ensure all the images will compliment each other – so when they are printed and hung on a wall in your family homes they present as a piece of cohesive art work.

I’m new in Orlando, Can you help me pick a location?

Being an Orlando local for most of my life and well-seasoned family photographer in this area grants me the ability to guide you to achieving exactly what you envision for your family memories. Whether you’re visiting Orlando or a time-tested native, I can help plan your shoot in the hidden gems of the city and even provide recommendations of things to do after or before our shoot together

What should the I know about your pricing ?

My package pricing can be found here: Kate Mclean Photography Pricing

Family Photography Sessions start at $400 for a full session

Branding Sessions Start at $700

Headshots Start at $350

Event Photography – please contact for quote.

 What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Inquire. Consult. Book. Shoot. Receive your images within a week.

Inquire : Let me know your desired dates, and any details about your project. I can talk on the phone about your project, but I prefer to email or text – as I like to keep extensive notes to refer to about my different ongoing projects. You can inquire now if you like! 

Consult: I will make sure I have all the correct information and give you my expert advice on locations, wardrobes, and general outcomes. This part of the process is where we exchange ideas about your project and hammer out the details like what times will be best and how to bring your crazy photography ideas to life. I have had clients come to me with all kinds of requests we have made happen – from incorporating horses and antique cars into the shoot to wanting an airplane involved, don’t be afraid to bring your ideas to the table! I love a new challenge.

Book: My invoices are sent online and include everything we talked about during the consult portion. This is where you double check everything as far as time, number of people and address – then pay a deposit to reserve your desired date.

Shoot: We meet at the predetermined time and location for the appropriate amount of time to get your images done. This is the part we prep for!

Receive your images: I usually take between 7-10 days to edit your images. You then get an email with a link to your gallery where you can download your images and review my work. From this same link you can also get any prints you may want at the highest quality available. I am available for consult on which images will look best in different layouts.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I went to UCF and graduated with a degree in business and marketing. From there I apprenticed under Abby Liga of Liga Photography for another 3 years. I also spent a year apprenticing under Dean Stewart of Dean Stewart Photography. This was the bulk of my photography education and it ranged from shooting interiors, magazines, sports, products, families, weddings and everything in between!

I have owned my own business for 6 years now, and have large amounts of experience in many fields of photography. I have shot for magazines and been published both locally and nationally. I also have experience with international and travel photography.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

Passion. I was working as a nanny for my very young cousins during college and began with a film camera photographing them. From there I would not leave home without my camera. Along with reading, studying and attending various seminars – my photography education never stops because it is my passion and while my goal is to make timeless images, the industry is forever evolving with new types of technology, techniques and styles.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I’ve worked with large international corporations, Such as Coors, Westbrook and Fidelity all the way down to new small businesses.

I work with individuals for headshots all the time. Most often I work with families on vacation here in Orlando from all over the world. My favorite clients are families coming here to visit. Large or small, the dynamic of different types of families are where I specialize.

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

I recently worked on a shoot for the opening of a Boutique Hotel in Downtown Orlando. I did all the photography from the before and after of their remodel which included photographing every single room of the hotel for their website. I also photographed their grand opening and a Wedding styled shoot for their social media. All of this included tagging their images for Search Engine Optimization, connecting local vendors for their grand opening party and coordinating with multiple groups over a three month period. Overall I not only made new contacts but was able to provide multiple businesses with beautifully curated content that helps to reinforce their brands in exciting new ways.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

Make sure you communicate well with this person. I typically write emails and texts even after a phone call to ensure we are on the same page and there is a written transcript of what has been discussed. When it comes to creating what you visualize for yourself, family or brand – communication is key.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

When: It’s important we know the when first and foremost. Being a date-centric business means we are booked months and sometimes years in advance.

Where: The where can be discussed, but it’s good to have an idea of what you want it to look like. I don’t expect my clients to have this one completely figured out as I have a much more photography-centric idea of what photographs well, but I do like them to have a seed of inspiration as a jumping off point.

What: I need to know the number of people involved in the project in order to manage expectations and be properly prepared. Will it be an event with dancing and a lively crowd or is it more intimate and a more reserved event? All of these details change my lighting, equipment and set up time and proper prior planning is the key to my success!

How: This is where the rubber meets the road and my expertise can help fill in the blanks! If I know the details of the first 3 questions, I can properly execute the how and be completely prepared for the inevitable curve balls.