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Winter Workshop Announcement

I am so excited to announce the next workshop to you guys today and officially open registration! We’ll be hosting the third edition of the Katie Nesbitt Workshop in Richmond, Virginia on 12/06/15!  These workshops have been such a fun thing for my business! I love being able to share what I’ve learned over the past several years with others…and then watching their businesses grow too!

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Like past workshops, this one will cover everything from my 4 hour editing workflow, taking charge of each wedding day, how to bring in new clients in an over saturated market, and much, much more! The workshop is a good mix of technical photography related topics as well as business material because I believe that to have a successful business, you need to have the back end things running like a well oiled machine!

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Both of the past workshops had INCREDIBLE, unique styled shoots and this one will be no different!! We are planning a NEW YEAR’S EVE wedding shoot!!! How fun is that? I am really pumped to see how this comes together!!! You can view the inspiration on the Pinterest board here.

In addition to the styled shoot and all of the topics we’ll cover, we’ll have lunch of course, and snacks as well:)Can’t learn on an empty stomach!

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Investment: $500. EARLY BIRD RATE $400 (Valid through 10/07/15 at midnight!)
A 50 % deposit is required to reserve your seat. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the workshop.


What past attendees have said:

“It was a perfect jam-packed day that ended with popcorn and champagne, goodie bags to take home, and discounts to use with some amazing companies who work directly with photographers! I was lucky enough to attend this workshop, which sold out really quickly, but I was also lucky enough to win some great prizes post-workshop! Just the icing on the cake for a workshop that will propel your photography, change your business for the better, and introduce you to some fabulous other creatives! Katie is a true creative, a positive force, and a super talented mentor”Lauren Bee Photography

“I learned SO much in just a few short hours with her; I felt like I wanted to get home as soon as possible and just completely revamp my processes. Not to mention the styled shoot put together by Kat from DEAR SWEETHEART EVENTS was to die for (more on that coming soon)!! To fellow photographers: jump on Katie’s workshop next time she offers it, you will not be disappointed!”Alicia Lacey Photography

“I could not have asked for a more wonderful group of photographers to spend the day with, not a more sweet and knowledgeable instructor than the lovely Katie! I feel so lucky to have met so many talented and wonderful fellow professionals. I learned from and enjoyed every one of them! “Mary Neumann Photography

“I was so excited to sign up for Katie Nesbitt’s workshop!  I love her work and couldn’t wait to attend her August workshop and soak up everything I possibly could.  From the moment I signed up, I felt very welcome and couldn’t wait to meet the other photographers that were going to be attending as well.  Katie put on an amazing workshopand I learned so much throughout the day.  I was nervous at first because I’m a newbie, but I never once felt out of place.  I loved the entire flow of the workshop and was blown away by the gorgeous venue, all the goodies throughout the day, the wonderful (and talented) photographers that I met, and the stunning styled shoot.  I had so much fun and can’t wait to apply all the wonderful things I learned.  The day was so inspiring!” – Mariah Johnson

“Katie Nesbitt’s Workshop & styled shoot was fabulous! She shared a lot of amazing information she has learned from running her own photography business. I took away a lot of valuable advice to improve my business but I must say– my favorite part was the styled shoot. Who doesn’t like to stare at pretty things!? Maroon’s, golds, blushes, and geometric shapes? This was a photographer’s dream!”Nicki Metcalf

Can’t make it to this workshop? Add your name to our workshop mailing list to be sure you don’t miss the date of the next one!


For Photographers: Rainy Day Weddings

With a hurricane coming this weekend and the uncertainty of the weather during the Fall wedding season, I thought this post would hopefully be timely and helpful! Shooting on a rainy wedding day is never ideal, but they’re still do-able. I know I stress less if I have a plan in place to tackle it, so I’ve compiled my best tips for photographing a wedding day in bad weather!

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Come prepared
I think it’s important to be prepared for whatever can happen on a wedding day and bad weather is part of that. On a rainy wedding day I bring my Hunter boots for outdoor portraits and carry a few umbrellas. We have a clear one AND a few huge black golf umbrellas. I also take an extra outfit in case the one I’m wearing gets soaked. I also typically shoot with my lens hoods on when it rains to protect the front element from stray raindrops. I don’t use them at any other time. (Just a personal preference thing!)

Arrive early
I usually try to arrive early at every wedding day to give me a chance to scope out locations or start details early, but on a wedding day this is extra important. I will often look around for areas with at least a bit of cover (a porch, an overhang, a big cluster of trees, etc) so that if we don’t have much of a dry spell, there’s still somewhere I can photograph with natural light. Since I live 2-3 hours from most of the weddings we shoot, I also sometimes look up the venue and then the area on google maps for ideas of where there might be cover.

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Educate your clients
Educating my clients is such a huge part of what I do. Our clients aren’t the experts (though, in some cases, my photog clients are experts, too!) and they’ve hired you for your knowledge as well as your skills. My clients trust me to help them get amazing images even in the worst weather. The first thing I will do when I see rain on the forecast is bring it up with the couple during our last minute details phone call. I’ll chat with them a bit about what their rain backup plan is and find out if the timeline will differ any due to the weather (sometimes rooms need to be flipped if the ceremony is moved indoors, etc). I also chat about it with the bride when I first arrive on the wedding day to let her know what I think the best plan of action is to ensure they get all of the photos they’re hoping for. Your clients will get more out of their experience if you educate them. They’ll also be so much more likely to go along with what you’re asking from them if you explain why.

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Prioritize your portraits
If it’s going to be bad weather, I’m always thinking about what my priorities are for the couple in terms of their images. It’s my top priority to make sure their romantic portraits are done outdoors in the natural light, so I will often make choices on when and where we photograph based on that.

Yes, I could photograph everything inside with OCF but that’s not my style and it’s not the look the couple hired me for. I believe consistency is incredibly important and is very valuable to the couple because they’ve hired me based on my current portfolio…which is primarily natural light based when it comes to their romantic couple portraits.

For this reason I will sometimes make a judgement call and rearrange the schedule a bit (obviously after discussing it with the couple! See above!) depending on when we have a tiny window of dry skies. I use the app Dark Sky to give me a good idea when the weather might improve a bit and then will often push family formals to last (instead of first thing after the ceremony like we would normally do) since if it starts pouring rain again, it’s not a big deal if we shoot those indoors with artificial light. Bridal party photos are my second priority after bride and groom portraits and we do those outdoors too.

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Use the bad weather as an excuse to force yourself to try something new and creative! This photo was taken at night with just the light from the patio and it’s not my normal style, but I really like it and the couple loved it too! Trying new things is always a good idea and the rain gives you a chance to break out of your comfort zone a bit. When I photograph something like this I usually say something to the couple like “This won’t look like my normal style, but let’s try it anyway and see how it comes out!” so that way they know to expect something different (or nothing at all, if it doesn’t turn out the way I was hoping it would.)

Stay upbeat and positive
Last but not least, I think one of the most important things you can do on a wedding day to add to the couple’s experience is to make sure that you always have a good attitude, no matter what challenges come your way, or how hard Uncle Bob is trying to ruin your photos with his flash. Even if I’m having a mini panic attack inside I smile and act as calm as possible. It helps that I naturally have kind of a monotone way of talking to begin with that makes me seem pretty chill (I once googled “how to be perky” ha!!!) but you can always exude that kind of calming energy to help put the couple’s minds at ease. No matter how bad the weather gets or how stressful it makes the day, I think it’s important to stay as positive as possible. You can’t change the weather, but you can still make it a great day for your clients!!


Florida Trip Recap

I think there are two types of travelers: 1. People who love to go on relaxing vacations and chill at resorts where they only thing they have to worry about is getting another fruity drink. 2. People who love seeing and doing all of the things and want to do as much as they can, which leaves little time for downtime. We’ve never been really big into relaxing trips…We like to see and do as many things as humanly possible that we can’t do or see where we live. We usually jam a ton of things into every trip, even the shorter ones. I always say I can sleep when I get home 😉 Over the weekend we took a quick Friday-Monday trip down to Florida! It was my first time ever visiting the Sunshine State and I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I really liked it!

I didn’t take my camera though, so unfortunately, I only have iPhone photos to share. If you can hang with my iPhone snaps (edited with the VSCO Cam app), then read on for more about the trip!

We started the trip with my family in Siesta Key. My aunt has a condo there and my Dad and stepmom were staying in another condo a few doors down. This beach was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to! The gulf was clear, warm, and calm enough to float on just your back without having to be scared of waves. And the sand. The sand! The sand is so silky and smooth it feels like you’re walking on a pile of confectioners sugar! We rented a kayak and took it out into the gulf for a while, but there are no photos of it because I was scared to bring my phone out there.

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After some quality family time we woke up before the sun and headed back to Orlando to Universal Studios! This was John’s 30th birthday gift from me, BUT I can’t lie and say that it wasn’t also kind of for me too. I’ve been wanting to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter since they opened the first one at Islands of Adventure a few years ago and was excited that the trip would finally give me a chance to go! I started reading the Harry Potter series the summer I turned 11 and went to get the very last book at Barnes and Noble at midnight with my mom and sister the year I turned 18, so I feel like I grew up with Harry Potter!

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After reading a lot of things about WWOHP and Universal online before the trip (that’s how I am…I obsessively read up/research the destination I’m visiting before I leave) I knew to head to the Harry Potter section of the park first because it gets so busy toward the middle of the day. We started out by visiting Diagon Alley at Universal because, well, it opens an hour before Hogsmede at IOA.

THIS PLACE WAS MAGICAL. Pun (is that really a pun??) intended. I can sometimes be a more skeptical person and I have a bit of that hipster nature in me that just doesn’t care for a lot of hugely popular things like PSLs or Taylor Swift….but I freaking loved the WWOHP. I think it’s the TRUE most magical place on Earth (ha, sorry, Disney World) and it even appealed greatly to John, who’s only seen the movies and hasn’t read the books at all

12 Grimmauld place was a part of the park! One funny thing about this…SO many families were taking their photos by the door of number 13…I don’t know if they maybe haven’t read the books, or just didn’t remember it correctly, but #12 is where Harry’s Godfather, Sirius Black, lived…not #13, though that definitely sounds more spooky.

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The Knight bus is also outside of Diagon Alley. You can’t actually get on it, but you can look inside and talk to the conductor…there’s also a shrunken head in the front window that talks just like the one in the movie!

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We had butterbeer, of course! How can you go to the WWOHP and not?? If you’re not familiar with Harry Potter, Butterbeer is a drink that’s popular in the wizarding world. We tried both the regular and iced versions. They have a hot, too, but it’s not something that’s really good for a 90 degree day in humid Florida.

I liked the frozen butterbeer a lot! It was delicious! The cold butterbeer was okay, but not as good in my opinion. The texture of the frozen butterbeer pairs well with the creamy, butterscotch-esque flavor. John also tried Butterbeer ice cream, which was good too. PS, it is non-alcoholic, so the only side effect from drinking so many butterbeers was a sugar rush!

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In my opinion, the best rides were Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express. Escape from Gringotts is an indoor 3D/4D ride, which is normally rough on me since I get motion sick, but it wasn’t too bad. I particularly liked getting to go through Gringotts bank while waiting in line.

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One thing to know about the WWOHP is that there are a lot of shops to look through and they get pretty packed early on because they’re so tight. Some of the shops, like Olivanders even have lines to get in. I did not buy a wand, but I did see that you could walk around and actually use them to cast spells within the WWOHP! It seemed like a lot of fun! I kind of regret not getting one. I did get John to buy me my own stuffed Crookshanks at the “pet store”. I made a beeline to her when I got into the store and I mean, can an orange cat loving Harry Potter fan really love either one of those things if she doesn’t own her own stuffed Crookshanks??

It seemed like you didn’t really visit the WWOHP if you don’t pose on Hagrid’s motorcycle. Everyone and literally their mom were doing it! So obviously, we did it too. I thought it would be really funny to have John get in the sidecar, but apparently my idea wasn’t all that original because I later observed quite a few others doing it, too.

We also had ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s, which is where Harry Potter also got ice cream (duh). When you hang out with John, ice cream is basically a given. This was my second huge ice cream in less than 48 hours. I had choc raspberry and John had butterbeer (dude was all about some butterbeer).

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When we were ready to leave Diagon Alley and head to Hogwarts we rode the Hogwarts Express! The Hogwarts Express takes you from Universal to Islands of adventure (or vice versa) and is so much fun! It is also a much easier way to get from Universal to IOA rather than walking what is probably literally a mile. They play a little video that almost looks 3D out of your “window” that basically simulates the trip to and from Hogwarts. I definitely suggest doing the train at least once in both directions because it’s different depending on which way you’re headed. I loved how realistic the King’s Cross station seemed (not that I’ve been there, but I’ve been in a train station, so I could guess it’s pretty realistic!) AND they actually have a special effect that makes it seem as though people ahead of you are passing through the wall between platforms 9 and 10 into Platform 9 and 3/4!!!  They think of everything, don’t they??

At Hogsmede, the main ride is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. And if you are at all prone to motion sickness, I’m telling you now, SKIP IT. Seriously. I took two dramamine that morning and still almost tossed every last ounce of butterbeer and mushroom breakfast pasty from the Leaky Cauldron all over the place in there. This thing spins around, has video, and is really jerky too. The downside to skipping the ride is that the line weaves its way through Hogwarts and you get to peep at Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, and more. I would suggest maybe waiting in line with a friend or someone else who wants to go and then just bounce before that ish hits the fan. Too gross of a joke?? HAHA.

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When I recovered, we had lunch at the Three Broomsticks and I got to try Pumpkin Juice. I wasn’t sure if I would like it (see my earlier comments about PSLs above) but it was pretty good. It mostly tastes like cider with a ton of spices in it. It would be good heated up on a fall afternoon. It felt weird to drink it on a day where the humidity was like 88 percent.

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All in all, the WWOHP is the BEST. There are so many small details hidden throughout both Hogsmede and Diagon Alley that will really appeal to die hard fans, but it’s still fun for a more casual fan like John. I think you could even enjoy it if you didn’t know much about Harry Potter at all! To get to go to both Hogsmede and Diagon Alley you have to pay for the park to park ticket. But if for some reason you can’t or don’t want to get the park to park, I would say that Diagon Alley beat out Hogsmede just slightly for me. I loved it! Hogsmede was great too though, and it’s where you can see Hogwarts!

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We eventually ventured out of the WWOHP to explore the rest of Universal and IOA. I have to say that I didn’t love IOA that much, but I really liked the Jurassic Park area! They have an interactive visitor’s center that looks just like the one in the original movie.

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Universal had a parade one afternoon when we were there! Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, Minions, and some other characters I didn’t know were in it. It was cute and really well done!

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I thought the best ride at Universal was the Mummy Ride. It’s an indoor coaster, but has all kinds of fun effects and is really cool…plus the lines were never long.

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Yes, I am short. But I am a head taller than I need to be to ride all the rides. Ha!!!

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My overall opinion of Universal and Islands of Adventure are that if you really love Harry Potter, they’re definitely worth the trip, but depending on the time of year you go, one day is all you really need. Many of the other rides at Universal and IOA were the 3D indoor rides or were geared towards younger children (Minions, Shrek, etc). The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is amazing and could almost be a theme park by itself if they added a few more rides. Still, it’s so much fun that it was worth the price of entry and having sore feet by the end of the day.

I thought about this in the park and was thinking about it again as I was writing this post, but how amazing is it that something one person dreamed up became such an international phenomenon that it eventually got to be brought to life not just for the screen, but also as a tangible world for people to experience? JK Rowling was just a regular mom when she wrote Harry Potter!  The idea that one person can bring so much joy to the lives of millions of people inspires and astounds me. Harry Potter meant so much to me as a kid and being able to experience a little bit of that magic in my real life was such a wonderful treat, but being there also reminded me that it’s important to always remember to make sure that your work means something.

Well, that’s about it! Not much else happened on the trip besides visiting the outlets Sunday night and my suitcase getting a free trip to Puerto Rico on the way home…but that’s another story entirely:)

Thanks for reading my recap of our Florida trip! To read about our other travels, click here.


You know why we are friends? I’m anti PSL and Taylor Swift as well :) :) Also, we are all about travelling to see and do, not to relax. I can relax at home in my PJs with my dog; I ain’t paying money for that!

Katie Nesbitt

Haha!! It sounds like we would be good travel buddies :)

Cape May Wedding Photos | Amy + Mike

As wedding photographers, you get to witness the entire wedding day (well, most of it) and it’s always such an neat experience because every wedding day is similar, yet very different. That might not make sense to you if you aren’t a wedding photographer or you haven’t been to a hundred-ish weddings like we have. But each day tends to be a reflection of the couple and tells me a lot about who they are and what they’re about.

One thing that’s always so interesting to see is who the bride and groom’s close friends and family are after spending the months leading up to the wedding getting to know the two of them. I noticed one thing at Amy and Mike’s wedding…that ALL of their guests were treasured friends and family to them. They are the kind of couple who don’t really make acquaintances with people, but make life long friends instead. So many people traveled from all over to be a part of their day and you could tell how very loved these two are!

Amy and Mike’s wedding also marked my first time visiting Cape May, NJ! They decided to get married there because Amy’s family rented a cottage there every summer while Amy was growing up. How sweet is that? I loved being a part of their wedding and we are so thankful to Amy and Mike for having us out to New Jersey for the weekend! Hope you all enjoy a few of my favorites from their wedding day!

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After the ceremony we took one of the trolleys to the beach for a few photos with an iconic Cape May rowboat!

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Venue: The Chalfonte Hotel // Flowers: Robin’s Nest Floral and Garden // Cake + Cupcakes: Destiny Dawn’s Desserts // Music: DJ Jack Fahey // Hair and Makeup: Mary Childs // Bridal Gown: Allure from Louis Marie Bridal // Bridesmaids attire: David’s Bridal // Men’s Attire: Tuxedo House // Stationery:


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Abe’s Colorful Nursery

Over the past couple of years I’ve blogged about these guys a few times. Before they were a family, they were one of our favorite couple friends! Jerri and I knew each other as little kids because our moms grew up together and we started hanging out again in our 20s after “re-meeting” through a mutual friend. That’s basically making a long story short…but it’s really not all that interesting to anybody but us. At least, I don’t really think it is. Maybe I’ll share that another time!

Anyway, Jerri and Mark became a family when they welcomed their first little one, Vance almost two years ago. How it’s been two years, I’m still trying to figure out! The time has really gone by so quickly and it’s been so much fun to watch him grow and change. We don’t have any other little kids in our life right now,  so I’m glad they let us hang out with him sometimes! Jerri and Mark also make the whole parenting thing seem a little less scary to me…except for when Jerri shares some of the less pleasant sides of pregnancy…that’s sketching me out right now. Ha!!!

Anyway, they are about to add a new little boy to round out their family. I’m looking forward to meeting him too! I went by to check out his nursery and hang out with Jerri and Vance for a couple of hours the other day and here are a few of the photos I took! I couldn’t resist sharing since it all turned out so cute!

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