Praise for Katie Derus Photography

The first time Katie did photos of our family of 6, I walked away and thought, “I doubt that those photos will be very good.”  Boy was I wrong!  She captured ALL of us with real smiles in a beautiful setting that was so natural!  Now I skip school photos and cheesy fake studio photos!  Katie has taken family photos for us 3 times now and each time I am more than happy!  She interacts wonderfully with our children keeping the time relaxed and fun!  Now I know if we pick a good location and I get the kids there clean and well fed, Katie will do the rest!

Thank you, Miss Katie!  You may never be rid of us!

Kleiber Family

blog_25Katie has done our family photo shoots for the last three years and she is absolutely amazing. Not only is she a very talented photographer, she also clicks well with my kids. She knows exactly how to reach them and keep them entertained. They adore her! I love her personality and working with her is a treat for us. I look forward to our shoots every year.  She is my go to photographer and I will recommend her to everyone in need of an excellent, memorable photo shoot and awesome photos to cherish forever. Thanks Katie!

Xo, Lyndsay


Katie, thank you so much for capturing so many facets of Molly’s and Liam’s personalities on film!  Your patience and energy translated into photos that are funny, sweet, artistic, and unbelievably beautiful.  We knew from our friend’s experience with you that you are reliable, easy to work with, and creative, but we had no idea how many people would be blown away by your photos on our baby announcements.  You seriously are a miracle-worker and she looks like a star.  We look forward to you photographing us year after year as our kids grow.


Jen, Brett, Molly and Liam Lytle

We started our relationship with Katie when our first child came along and Katie took her newborn photos … Katie is fantastic to work with and makes photo sessions seamless and easy for kids and families.  And of course, her pictures are fabulous and capture our children’s personalities so well!  We’ve continued to ask Katie to come back multiple times not only because her product is amazing, but also because she is easy to work with and there are no hidden or added costs.  You won’t be disappointed if you choose her for any event!

The Brewers

We knew immediately when we saw Katie’s photography that we wanted her to be our wedding photographer, because her photos are so unique and beautiful.  Katie did an amazing job organizing, planning, and getting all the shots that we wanted and more, making the wedding day more stress-free for us!  We are so thankful we will always have amazing pictures to remember our day!

Caitlin and Duval

We met Katie in college and were instantly drawn to the photos she took for the local newspaper.  When we got engaged, we knew that her photojournalist style would be perfect for our engagement pictures.  The photos were amazing, and to this day we still smile when we see them. When we found out that we were pregnant, we turned to Katie again.  She knew just what to do to make Jackson calm – playing music, smiling, and snuggling him – in order to get the best pictures.  She didn’t disappoint. We will continue to have Katie capture the big moments in our lives!


Lauren, Jon, and Jackson

You know you have a good photographer when people think the pictures you have framed in your office are models, and really they are your kids!!!!  Her style is very relaxed and the first time you use her, you can’t imagine they are going to be good or look like professional pictures. And, then you see them and you can’t stop looking at them.  Kids and grown ups love her and her photos!

 The Wagners

What makes Katie’s photography so fantastic is that she not only captures a beautiful photograph, but also captures the actual mood of the moment. We love our engagement pictures because Katie got all the backdrops of Milwaukee we wanted while also conveying how much we love and enjoy each other. Katie’s photography allows us to remember that perfect moment forever.

Margaret and Patrick

Katie was referred to me by a family friend and did our wedding and engagement photos. She came highly recommended and my family friend just couldn’t say enough nice and wonderful things about her. My husband and I did our engagement photos with Katie and I immediately fell in love with her as she made us both feel very comfortable (we’re both a little camera shy). I knew instantly that we made the right decision! She was very personable, but also very professional and prompt. She also photographed our wedding and those were amazing! Everyone I know said how much they enjoyed her being there. I’ve referred her to every person I know getting married or having a special event in their life.  She is amazing and insanely talented!

Brooke and Dave

What to say about Katie and her photography?! We have used Katie for years now and will continue to do so. She takes photo shoots of my children, who are determined to be uncooperative and cranky, and turns them into pictures of angels. She really works with the families and the children and uses their personalities to guide her. She lets the subjects speak for themselves without all the extra gadgets and frills and lets the people shine through. She captures moments in time that can live forever through pictures. She takes the time and uses her talent to help bring your special people (or person) front and center. She has helped us keep memories of our family in a way I never thought possible…Katie is truly gifted!

Erin, Lee, Declan and Cormac


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