Kivalo Photography
6 Reviews

23 Caleb St
Portland ME 04102
United States




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Patricia is the owner and main photographer at Kivalo Photography. Patricia brings a unique perspective to her wedding photography. Her clients cite her uncanny ability to capture true emotion and feeling in her photographs: a groom’s tear as his bride walks the aisle; a dad’s quivering smile as his daughter marries; a mom erupting in nervous laughter; all incredible expressions captured flawlessly. Using her eye, talent, and state-of-the art equipment it is a winning combination. But it doesn’t just start and end with her photojournalistic talents, Patricia is fun, friendly, professional, and very hard working.
You will love working with Patricia, her team, her approach, her work, and her results.




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Tatsiana Bianetskaya


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It was more than I ever expected

What was your favorite wedding photo?

All photos came out perfectly. It has been three months since our wedding and I still did pick my favorite one for framing because I have too many great pictures and it is so hard to choose.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

We got a lot of great action shots, I think the balance was perfect between posing pictures and shots you do not expect – those were the best.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Since we had two weddings – one in the USA and another in Europe, we were very tight on the budget. I only asked Patty to spend 3-4 hours with us to capture the ceremony and do some shots right after. She ended up spending the whole day with me and even had a second photographer. That exceeded all my expectations. We were living to Europe just 2 days after the wedding and I had all the pictured ready for me before I left – she new how important it was for me to have them with me to show to my family (she even created a separate disk with best shots called “for your family”)

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

She blended in perfectly. Most of the time I did not even see her and then got about 1,000 pictures two days later – amazing!!!


Rachel Bryant
Wedding on 2010-07-31


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Sunday River Wedding 07.31.10

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There's one of my husband and I near an old Mobil gas pump (which has meaning to me) and we're looking at each other and laughing and she caught us in the photo just perfectly.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

The candids and action shots were phenomenal. I never even noticed Patty she was that inconspicuous!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

In my wedding package there were two flash drives with all my pictures and I had access to all of them! Prints and photo books etc. were offered as extras. Patty also brought a second photographer who was amazing as well!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

She felt like part of the family, it was that easy going!!


Robette Bouchard


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The Best of the Best!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

There are so many that were my favorite I couldn't pick just one I loved them all!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

She captured all the candid shots possilble and even made herself invisible to capture the shots you would never expect.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

I choose a simple package because this was my second wedding, but I never felt any different from someone who ordered everything. The quality was the same!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

She blended in the crowd, and was there to take all the photos that the family requested. She listened to my wants and needs and came to my wedding knowing exactly what I wanted and delivered so much more!


Katherine Gagnon
Wedding on 2010-01-18


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A wedding Abroad

What was your favorite wedding photo?

My favorite wedding photo was of myself and my husband, Jon, one the beach in front of the sunlight. The photo was extended so there is a panorama of the sunset in the bay and we are in the ight corner but Patty caught us in a distracted moment and his arms are around my waist, mine starting to go up to his shoulders and I'm laughing. It's wonderful!

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Patty came with us for all of the getting ready from breakfast to hair etc. What was best is that any plan worked for her and plans did change, often. She caught millions of candids which was important to me because before the wedding I explained to her that I didn't mind the portraits as those were important for family etc. but that I didn't really care about them as much as I just wanted action shots... for people to really remember the funny, sad, happy, emotional moments of the day. Boy did she, she did such a good job that my guests were begging for copies of the photos just by seeing the "sneak peak" she had while she was editing!!

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Our package included bridal shower coverage with one photographer and cd of the photos, rehearsal dinner coverage with two photographers and a cd, wedding day coverage with two photographers, cd, album, trash the dress shoot and additional private website where friends and families can purchase prints.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My friends and family started raving when Patty came to the bridal shower. Then when she came with her second to the wedding, they could not stop talking about how fantastic she was. One of my guests went through some photos and said that they didn't understand how she managed to capture all the moments she did, like she must have had 10 arms and eyes! More importantly, as much as she let me do what I want, when it came to portraits and so forth, she arranged it ahead to she knew what I wanted and she did all the directing, gathering and everything so I spent absolutely no time being stressed about the pics at all! It was actually a blast. My husband hates getting his pic taken and he was having so much fun with it that when we got home he was still talking about it!


andrea elwell


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AMAZING

What was your favorite wedding photo?

Patricia gave us such a wide variety of photos it is really hard to choose my favorite. But if I had to it is the one of us standing on the steps to the church Steven is kissing my forehead and I am looking off into the sun. That is my favorite. It was not a posed picture I did not even know she took it.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

Patricia did a great job. Many of our guests told us how they loved that the photographer was in the mix with the guests just doing her thing. She took tons of candid photos which I love. I couldn’t have asked for better pictures then what she captured.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Patricia includes everything you could need in her packages. She did an engagement shot with us; she was very flexible as well. It rained almost all summer and Patricia kept me calm telling me that we will get out perfect day to go out and do the pictures. She also attended my bridal shower and the rehearsal dinner. She captured our story from beginning to end. I have a DVD of all of the wedding, shower, engagement and rehearsal pictures. She also put together a wonderful album for us. From her packages she can create anything to suit anyone’s needs.

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

My family and friends were very comfortable with Patricia. After the wedding a lot of people asked us if she does family photos. My husband hates having his picture taken and would avoid it all together if he could. After the first engagement session with Patricia he said "she is very easy to work with and I am totally comfortable with her, maybe all the pictures at the wedding won't be so bad" So if she could make him comfortable she can do it with anyone!


Courtney Donnelly


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The most amazing experience!

What was your favorite wedding photo?

My favorite types of pictures are ones that you don't expect. So my favorite picture is one of my husband and I walking away. We are holding hands and the wind is blowing my vail and it is just the most amazing picture.

How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?

She was very discreet. I barely knew she was there! During the ceramony and reception she blended in so well. The only time I knew she was there was when it was time for posed pictures! Looking through my pictures, it's hard to pick a favorite. The variety of what she shot and the amazing quality made it very hard to choose a favorite.

What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?

Patty gave us a disk with all of our pictures on it. We ordered the ones we liked online and went from there. Patty offered 2 realy great packages and it was really easy to find one that fit us perfectly. Also, in the Spring, Patty is going to come back to my home and we are going to shoot me in my dress again. "Trash your dress" is a fun thing we are going to go where the bride wears her dress after the wedding and you do some fun pictures outside. It's very creative of her!

How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?

Patty fit in like she was one of us. Her smile and personality was so caring and welcoming it was hard to feel uncomfortable around her. I have two young nieces and she worked SO well with them. She was the most down to earth photographer I've ever met. She let us do what we wanted, and also had some great input as well!


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