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"...create the everlasting from fleeting moments "
               - Samober Khan

"...create the everlasting from fleeting moments "
                             - Sanober Khan 

  

I'm Kati, a Bay Area Documentary-Lifestyle ("Docu-Life") Photographer and storyteller. I specialize in capturing heartfelt photos that authentically tell the story of your life.  My work focuses on connection; those small, in-between moments that weave a narrative of love, affection, and nostalgia. Sessions with me are unposed, relaxed, flexible, and never forced. 

I currently live in Oakland with my partner, our three boys (17, 10 & 1), and Malcolm the dog (3). When I'm not chasing kids around the park or having dance parties in the living room, you can find me at the nearest taco truck, roaming a museum, or cooking up my latest Pinterest Recipe. 


Hello!

My Family

Kati & Baby Max 

 Fun Facts

1. Baby feet and yawns are my kryptonite.

2. Xilo means clarity and perspective. 

3. The Xilo logo is the Druid (ancient Celtic) symbol for Oak. 

4. Xilo launched after being diagnosed with PPD. My camera allowed me to reconnect in a meaningful way. 

5. Tacos, Peruvian ceviche, and spicy margaritas run my life.

6. I moved to the Bay Area to attend SFSU where I graduated with multiple teaching credentials. So far, I have taught pre- k to 5th grade. 

stories of love & life 

Fresh 48, Newborn, and families

fresh 48 

newborn

family

maternity

Fresh 48

Family

newborn


maternity

sounds cliche, but my heart
 kind of exploded.
best photos ever!

-Ernest H. 

I couldn’t be happier with all the photos you have taken for us. You are absolutely amazing and we are so thankful for everything you’ve done. 

-haley R.

Kati not only takes the most amazing photos, but makes you feel right at home while doing it! I’m usually very shy and awkward in front of the camera, but her kindness and humor made me feel comfortable and calm during the whole process! Kati takes everyday moments and turns them into beautiful memories.

- Grace N.

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See more of my work on instagram

@xilophotography

Choosing a photographer to document your life isn’t always an easy decision. As your personal storyteller, my work is relationship based. I invest in my clients to ensure that I honor your true selves and reflect the raw, authenticity of who you are.  My work takes time, before and during the session, to get to know you and build a relationship where you feel comfortable in front of the camera and trust that I’m going to capture those small moments that are SO important. Each of my sessions includes a structure that allows me the opportunity to understand who you are so that when it comes time for your session you feel at ease: we can chat, play fun games, and you get to let down your guard to make new memories in the moment.
 

Deluxe
Session 

Full
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Repeat
Clients 

I am a storyteller, photographer, and documentarian of your life.
 A session with me is a timestamp of your memories. as time passes, and your memories fade, your photographs never will.

Each Session Includes:

Package options:

A phone consultation to chat, ask each other questions, figure out details and find common ground. 

A pre-session questionnaire tailored to your specific session type.

An individualized session plan which includes wardrobe help, a flexible agenda, and tips & tricks.

A minimum of 60-90 minutes of session time.

Digital images delivered via a private, online gallery. 



As a parent I feel as if I'm constantly reminding myself to remember.  Remember the way I feel when they wrap their arms around my neck and snuggle to sleep. Remember their wrinkly newborn toes.  Remember the way my partner throws his head back and laughs. Time is fleeting but photographs are an investment in nostalgia.  When you hold photos and albums of your life, your history and memories are held in those frames and all the feelings of that moment in time are returned over and over again. 

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Full Session 

$685

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the details: 

Session done in home or in a meaningful location
(3) 8 x 10 printed images of your choice
20 digital images

Each session includes:

A phone consultation to chat, ask each other questions, figure out details and find common ground. 

A pre-session questionnaire tailed to your specific session type.

An individualized session plan to help you prepare for the day and use as a flexible guide. 

60-90 minute session (or more if needed!). I don't go by the clock, but rather stay in the moment to capture your memories.

Option to add on digital images & printed products

$1100

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A phone consultation to chat, ask each other questions, figure out details and find common ground. 

A pre-session questionnaire tailed to your specific session type.

An individualized session plan to help you prepare for the day and use as a flexible guide. 

60-90 minute session (or more if needed!). I don't go by the clock, but rather stay in the moment to capture your memories.

Digital images delivered via private, online gallery to download and share with friends and family. 

Option to add on digital images & printed products

Every Session Includes: 

The Details:

deluxe session 

Session done in-home or in a meaningful location
(3) 8 x 10 printed images of your choice
8 x 8 custom album
35 digital images

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Repeat client

$450

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60-90 minute session
session done in home or meaningful location 
10 digital images of your choice
option to add on digital images or printed products

The Details:

There's nothing I love more than documenting families as they change and grow. As a token of my appreciation, any client that returns to me within a year gets this special package!

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Thank you!

- kati 

See more of my work on instagram

@xilophotography

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