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Photography in Oakland, CA,
(510) 604-9553
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 79 Reviews


    Lan Marina

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  • We knew that finding the right photographer for the wedding would be crucial, so we were pretty nervous when selecting one. We were referred to Kat through a relative's wedding, and we couldn't be happier. Kat was amazing to work with. She's sincere, enthusiastic, and witty. We had a blast at our engagement shoot. Somehow she was able to take two awkward people and make us look like models! By the day of our wedding, she no longer felt like our vendor, but like one of our beloved guests. We love our pictures and will cherish them for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Kat!

    Cedric Tmnt

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  • KatMa Photography were amazing. Kat and Ryan were fantastic and easy people to work with. My wife and I hired them for our engagement shoot and our wedding day, and they definitely exceeded our expectations. We came across KatMa Photography on Instagram. Their photos appeared a lot more natural and seemed to capture the moment -- which is what we were looking for in our pictures. A lot of photographers we looked at seemed too "dreamy." When I look back at the pictures now, I feel like I am reliving that moment. Prior to our engagement shoot and wedding, we had several phone meetings to discuss our preferences and what we were looking for with our pictures. For our engagement shoot, we went to two locations. The weather was less than ideal, but making due with what we had, the pictures turned out great. My wife and I are not great at posing in front of the camera; however, Kat's energy made us feel comfortable and posing for the camera became easier to do. For our ... Read more

    Jocelyn Lee

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    5 out of 5
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  • My friend had recommended Kat for our wedding photographer. I had researched other photographers too, but ended up choosing Kat for her artistic style of photos, which also seem to feature your personality too! I haven't received the photos yet, but from the wedding day, I was SUPER pleased with how she ran things. All the family photos were done FAST, and all the combos you could never even think of. She has a loud directing voice, which is perfect for being diligent with getting people in/out of photos. I think we have photos with everyone! Kat also went with the flow of the day. She was able to seek out rare moments and opportunities on the fly - for ex, she suggested to do the First Look photos on the closed street next to our hotel. I had also thrown a lot of ideas at her regarding locations prior to the wedding day for wedding party photos, first look, etc. and she was very honest ("not the best for lighting," "will be crowded with people," "not enough time," etc.) which ... Read more

    Jeanette Phan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kat was recommended to us, a long with a few others, but after chatting with each of them, Kat was the obvious choice. She's hilarious and super easy to work with. From the initial inquiry to after the wedding day, she was always quick to get back to us. On the day of, she brought her crew, and they were great. I loved that Tam loved my dog. Her intern was super sweet. She was hilarious and rolled with the punches, which made the awkwardness of being photographed less weird. We loved our engagement photos and what we've seen so far from our sneak peeks. We have no doubts the rest of the wedding photos will turn out amazing. She's great at what she does and she is quick! We got sneak peeks just a few days after our wedding day! Just look at the amazing work she's done on Instagram and give her a call if you're in need of a photographer. We rave about her to everyone we know!

    Sally

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    5 out of 5
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  • We cannot thank Kat Ma and team enough for the laughs, memories, how easy & comfortable they made us feel being in front of the camera, and for capturing the most important day of our lives. I first met Kat when I was a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding. The team was fun, funny, easy going, and cool to work with. Towards the end of the night, I asked for her biz card and started lurking her IG page and told my then fiancé that we needed to hire her. Kat is amazing, creative, hilarious, and truly one of a kind. Throughout the planning process, she was very responsive (compared to other vendors we’ve worked with), helpful, organized, detailed, and knows her shit. She put together our photo timeline based on the events discussed and finalized it a few weeks before the wedding - this was really helpful to us, our coordinator, and videographer. Kat is thoughtful, caring, and hardworking. Kat and her team showed up on time, professionally dressed, and ready to go. Kat and he... Read more

    Gladys Tsang

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    5 out of 5
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  • After we got engaged, one of the first vendors we booked was Kat as our photographer. My husband and I knew quickly to pick Kat and her team after stalking some of their work from friends’ Instagram posts. We both loved the vibe and the style of editing— her work is amazing! Kat is super quick to respond. I can literally close my emails and open it back up and I see a response! And after our first phone meeting, we learned her super laidback personality and even laughed our a**es off. Kat is super chill and approachable and at the same time attentive when listening to her clients needs and gives helpful advice. We were told that her team Linda and Mark were going to be our photographers and we were bummed at first but she reassured us that they are talented in their own ways and that she would still take part in the editing process and do our engagement shoot. My husband and I were probably Kat’s most awkward & difficult couple lol but she made us feel comfortable during the en... Read more

    Colleen

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    5 out of 5
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  • This is a long overdue review for Kat and her team. We were referred to Kat by a close friend that worked with Kat in several different weddings. After looking through her website, my future hubby and I were in awe with her photos. We could not be happier with picking Kat and her team as our wedding photographer. Kat and her team are professionals and easy to work with. She’s also willing to travel! Here’s a quick rundown: Communication – she is super responsive! I usually get a response within the same day. She is sincere, honest, easy to talk to and FUNNY! Engagement Sessions – We live in LA and she made a trip out for our session. My future hubby and I were nervous on how to pose without looking awkward. She made us feel so comfortable. She guided us through and said it may feel weird, but it’ll look amazing…and it did! The photos came out so natural. Wedding Day – She told us that we would be working with Linda and Mark for our big day. She assured us tha... Read more

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    You and Cliff are amazing!!! Our cameras loved you two so much!! The best part that came out of all this, we are now lifelong friends. = )

    Meghan Clarke

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you are considering Kat Ma as your wedding photographer, I am here to make planning that much easier for you by saying DO IT! Kat and her team are wonderful people and so talented at what they do! I heard of Kat Ma from two personal referrals, coworkers, and from my first phone call with her I could tell she was genuine and down to earth. She instantly put me at ease, and I knew that was someone I wanted with me on my wedding day. She ended up already being booked on our wedding day but let us know that Linda and Tam, two photographers on her team, were available and sent me their work. She also assured me that she would still be involved in editing our photos and capturing our engagement shoot. Their work was equally as stunning so we went with our gut and signed the contract, and it was the best decision we could have made. We cannot say enough good things about Linda and Tam! Linda put me at ease the entire day, she was so warm and funny but also firm and laser focused whe... Read more

    Diana Chang

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kat and team were all and more than I hoped for. 1. Personality-She’s super funny, easygoing, and chill. This made it very easy for my husband and I, who are shy and introverted people, as she made us feel comfortable and told us what to do 2. Photos-They look amazing. I love that she has a variety of romantic photos and more dramatic photos. They captured moments beautifully and the emotions of the day. 3. Support-Kat and Tam took care of everything during the wedding day and the prep beforehand. I planned the wedding myself so I was overwhelmed with making a schedule. To my joy, during the first call with Kat, she put together the schedule! On the day of, any potential bridezilla moments were avoided because of their help. She directed everyone and when the assigned family member failed to be responsible for wrangling and calling out family photos, it didn’t matter because Kat did all of that herself! 4. Turnaround time-She has an incredible turnaround time. Engagement ph... Read more

    Markaley Georg

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    5 out of 5
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  • In summary-- You will love Kat Ma and the team! We have zero regrets about our wedding photography; we have so many photographs we will always love and cherish (and we’ve only gotten our “sneak peek”)!! The process and planning-- Kat Ma and the team were truly wonderful to work with. Kat is very responsive to emails and has found a perfect balance between being professional while still being approachable and friendly. The planning process was smooth and simple, beginning to end. Kat did the most amazing job of offering suggestions and opinions but also taking the time to listen to our thoughts and ideas. As for the actual photography part-- My husband and I are not the most comfortable in front of a camera. We like to be silly and a little bit weird! Kat embraced our personalities and encouraged us to be ourselves. For some shots, Kat told us exactly what to do- where to put our hands, smiling?, serious?, turn this way or that. For other shots, we acted as we normally wo... Read more

    Jenna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kat and her team were incredible to work with. Kat herself guided us from the first phone call through the day of, always being clear, prompt, respectful and on top of every ask. We purchased a package that came with an engagement shoot, wedding shoot and a print. The price was really fair and the end product was phenomenal! Along the process we were really impressed by her ability to develop a vision while ensuring our needs/wants were being addressed. On the day of she and her team were like magicians, getting a multitude of incredible shots without causing an disruption or distractions. At the reception we were blown away by her team's ability to (respectfully) direct traffic such that we could nab all the photos in a quick and efficient manner, ensuring that we weren't kept from our guests for long. The ending package of edited photos arrived quickly and were beautiful. 10/10 across the board

    Lena Nguyen

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    5 out of 5
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  • We're so glad we found Kat. We were referred to her by several different friends and when we saw her work on her website, we knew she was the one. Working with her was probably the easiest part of wedding planning. She was quick to reply to our emails and made time to have phone meetings to discuss ideas and recommendations. She is a very talented, experienced, and humble photographer. We told her we wanted to include our dogs in the wedding photos, and being a fellow dog fanatic herself, she was all ears. Her team is amazing to work with also. They had us and our bridal party laughing the whole day. Working with them was so much fun. The day of the wedding, she tried her best to make sure we were comfortable. She was not afraid to take charge or lend a hand if needed. Her talented work is indescribable. She captured moments I could only dream of. We are so in love with our photos and our experience working with her. Her photos are a joyous reminder of the fun and excitement we had on... Read more

    Hong-An Dinh

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    5 out of 5
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  • Kat and her team are the best! They were so fun and easy to work with. Throughout the whole process, Kat was super responsive with communicating and we really appreciated that. She was very accommodating and professional. Kat helped me so much on my wedding day and I am so grateful for her! My husband and I are so happy with the photos that Kat and her team captured. We can’t recommend her enough!

    deanna

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  • Finding a photography is always hard! While browsing through Instagram, a friend posted a picture of engagement photos. I clicked to see who it was and the rest were history. Kat's pictures we're all amazing and it was definitely the vibe I wanted. I immediately contacted her and she was quick to response. She was super funny and friendly and even provided a reasonable price for my wedding package. She was very flexible in what I wanted and wanted to ensure I was happy with everything. On the day of the wedding, her team was quick and efficient. They we're able to capture every moment so quickly, that we had extra time to take pictures with family and friends. I would definitely recommend Kat and her team if they are in need of a wedding photographer! Hands down the best :)

    Yie Peng

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    5 out of 5
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  • YOU GUYS! Kat Ma Photography is the bomb.com for real! It was such a pleasure working with Kat. When I first got engaged, she was actually the first vendor I contacted because I knew I needed her lol. As a new future bride, I didn't know what to expect in planning a wedding. Kat not only answered all my questions, she gave me really good advice about other areas of wedding planning outside of her services which was so helpful. Kat is super responsive and quick. I can literally blink a couple of times after sending her an email and I'll see a response in my inbox. My husband and I are very awkward and goofy so we were nervous of how we'd look in the pictures (hella derp lol). Kat made us feel so comfortable and it was so much fun! She gave us the direction we needed and we couldn't be happier with the photos. We had several follow-up phone meetings to go over the wedding day timeline and again, Kat gave me advice on things I wouldn't have even thought about considering when finalizi... Read more
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