A Finger Lakes Wedding & Elopement Photographer

HELLO HELLO! I AM KENZIE GATES PHOTO

 

Capturing the perfect shot isn't just about clicking a button – it's about feeling the vibe of the room with finesse and a special eye. From directing family formals to wrangling tipsy groomsmen (hey, it happens!), I've got the knack for orchestrating those must-have photos. I also know when to step back and snag those authentic, unfiltered moments (like drunk groomsmen dancing!) that make your story complete.


YOUR GIGGLE EVOKING,

POST WEDDING DIET COKE DRINKING,

GOOD ANGLE TAKING EXTRAORDINAIRE

I'm all about keeping things lively yet professional, striking that perfect balance so you can relax and enjoy every moment. With me, there's no need for guesswork – I'll keep it real, keep you in the loop, and ensure your photography journey with me is smooth sailing.


Your photos? They're not just pictures; they're your memories, bringing back all the feels every time you glance at them. Your wedding day isn't just another gig for me – it's a chance to craft a story that's uniquely yours, exactly the way you envision it. I'll be here for you from day one with whatever you need!

documentary | candid photography

finger lakes region | new york

LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY

preserving laughs, tears,

& everything in-between

since 2018.

 

 

By mastering the art of blending in seamlessly and knowing exactly when to step in and guide, your photos will come together and will tell your story, capturing the big and little moments as they unfold throughout the day.

 

Every love story deserves to be celebrated

Whether you're the self-proclaimed "most awkward" couple ever in front of the camera, totally natural, or somewhere in between, I've got you covered. We'll work together to get a perfect mix of posed and candid moments that will leave you thinking "Oh shit, that's me!" while having a good time.

featured work:

A FINGER LAKES WEDDING

Miranda & Maxwells timeless
Finger Lakes Wedding

“SERIOUSLY KENZIE,  I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. YOUR EYE FOR A MOMENT IS EXACTLY WHY I FLEW YOU ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO FUCKING INCREDIBLE. AND YOU ROLLED WITH THE CRAZINESS OF THE WEEK LIKE AN ABSOLUTE CHAMP. THANK YOU X1000000000000 I AM GOING TO BE STARING AT THESE PICTURES FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE”


Alex & Dylan Losey

Las Vegas, Nevada


wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

WE RECENTLY HAD KENZIE PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING AND THE PICTURES TURNED OUT AMAZING. SHE IS FANTASTIC AT PHOTO PROMPTS, POSING, AND CAPTURING THE PERFECT PHOTO. FROM GETTING THE PERFECT SUNSET PIC, TO CAPTURING ALL THE SHADOWS DURING A BRIGHT DAY, EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL. SHE IS AWESOME TO WORK WITH AND HALF THE FUN AT OUR WEDDING WAS ACTUALLY THE PICTURES. DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE!"


Ally & Mitch Slayton

Avoca, New York




wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I JUST FELT COMPELLED TO SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING SUCH AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER. IT REALLY FELT LIKE WE HAD ONE OF OUR FRIENDS DOING THE JOB FOR US, THE WAY YOU SET UP YOUR SHOTS, YOUR INTUITION, AND HOW YOU KEPT A BIRDS EYE ON THE IMPORTANT MOMENTS TO CAPTURE ARE ALL UNPARALLELED. THANK YOU AGAIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES THAT YOU CAPTURED AND LET US CARRY WITH US. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY US."


Red & Erin Cuer

Wolf Oak Acres | Oneida NY

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wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

KENZIE RECENTLY PHOTOGRAPHED OUR WEDDING, AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT WE HIRED HER. THE PICTURES TURNED OUT EVEN BETTER THAN I HAD HOPED. SHE IS INCREDIBLE WITH POSING, PROMPTS, AND CAPTURED EVERY MOMENT PERFECTLY. FROM OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES TO OUR WEDDING DAY, KENZIE WAS SO FRIENDLY, FLEXIBLE, AND RESPONSIVE. SHE WAS A HUGE HELP PLANNING OUR WEDDING FROM NORTH CAROLINA, SHE EVEN TOOK TIME OUT OF HER VACATION TO TAKE OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES. I WOULD RECOMMEND KENZIE TO ANYONE; YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!"


Ashley & David Mitchell

Westminster Weddings & Events | Mendon, New York




wHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

THERE'S NO FAKING IT HERE, JUST THE REAL-LIFE MAGIC CAPTURED. YOUR PHOTOS WONT BE JUST SNAPSHOTS OF THE DAY, THEY'RE PORTALS TO THOSE REAL LIFE EMOTIONS YOU FELT ON YOUR big day.
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