Kayte began her photographic career in the late 1980's working with Simon Guttmann, pioneer of photojournalism and founder of Report photographic agency. She went on to study Documentary Photography at Gwent College of Further Education, Newport.

In 1991 she was the first winner of the Tom Hopkinson Memorial Award and subsequently worked as a staff photographer on The Independent newspaper, covering news, features and portraits.

In 1992 she was a joint winner of the Magnum/Network agency initiative and later that year joined Network photographic agency. Regular freelance clients have included Marie Claire magazine, The Independent on Sunday, The Telegraph and a number of NGOs and charities.

Since 2011 Kayte has concentrated on her own projects on social issues such as homelessness, the impact of austerity and the lives of people with disabilities which have been exhibited on the Guardian online or in galleries. She is particularly interested in Faith communities and is currently working on a book about faith. She is regularly commissioned by UK charities including Shelter, L’Arche, Ambitious about Autism and Scope.

Kayte has given various lectures and workshops on documentary photography and was associate lecturer on the photojournalism BA at LCC (London College of Communication, UAL) 2013-2015. Kayte also has an MA in psychotherapy (2004). She has three children and lives in London.