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Philadelphia Engagement Session | Caroline + Josh

John and I took the train to Philly this past weekend for Caroline and Josh’s engagement session. Philly is where they fell in love, so it made perfect sense to have their photos there .I think it’s so important to pick a location that’s got meaning to you for your engagement session because it really does make the photos that much more special!

When Caroline emailed me a few months ago about her wedding photography, I was SO excited. Not only is she a photographer friend who I’ve enjoyed being “email buddies” with, her wedding is also in MEXICO! Photographing in Mexico has been on my bucket list for a while, so I’m thrilled to get to do it next year with Caroline and Josh! I couldn’t imagine spending time in a tropical oasis with a better duo! Enjoy a few favorites from our time in Philly!

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Meredith Sledge

I love these Katie!!!

Hilaire Veith-Beran

FABULOUS–love the one with the petals!!

What a sweet engagement!

Out of the Office

I just want to say thanks in advance to all of our amazing clients and friends for your support and patience with me when it comes to email responses…I’ll be out of the office for the rest of the week playing nurse! John is having surgery today for a sports injury and though it’s an outpatient surgery, I’m planning on taking a little bit of time off to help him recuperate.

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(Photo by our talented friend Ashley Goodwin)

We’ve been married almost five years now and I can honestly say that I really do love him more now than I did back when we first got married. I know that sounds so cheesy, but it’s really true! Time has made him so much better and stronger as a person and I’m so glad I have gotten to watch him grow over the years! It’s hard for me to watch him go into surgery today, but I know that before long he’ll be good as new and as strong as ever!

PS, I know the blog has been a bit quieter than usual lately, but we’ve been going through somewhat of a crazy season around here (nothing a taco and a glass of champagne can’t fix though…haha!) and it hasn’t left as much time for blogging. I’m excited to have some fun content lined up for the coming weeks though, so don’t forget to come back and hang out with me here again! Thanks again for your support, guys!

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Goodstone Inn Engagement Session | Jessi + Starski

Jessi and I chatted about engagement session locations before their shoot and she eventually emailed me to say that she’d picked out the perfect spot in Middleburg…Goodstone Inn and Restaurant! I was so excited because I’ve never been there before. Shooting in new places always really inspires me and gets my creative energy going, so I look forward to visiting places for the first time! This session proved to be no exception to that! It helped that Goodstone Inn is GORGEOUS! And, Jessi and Starski are pretty good looking, too!

I know I say this all the time, but we really had so much fun hanging out with these two during their session. They both have such a great sense of humor and came ready to cuddle and take direction, so they were a dream to work with! Add to that the perfect light and Sunday evening weather, and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing engagement session!

Here are a few faves from our evening!!

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Eastern Shore Wedding | Beth and Mike

Wedding season is officially back in full swing! Beth and Mike’s big day on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was so much fun to be a part of! Back when we first started chatting with them about working together on their wedding day, they described their wedding as being a big celebration with lots of fun personal touches. I think they did a great job accomplishing that! I loved all of the fun, quirky details they included like dinosaur cookies and nods to their home states of California and Ohio.

Between the fun accents Beth dreamed up and put together and the sweet, emotional vows they read to each other at the ceremony, this wedding was such an honor to be a part of! I really enjoyed getting to know these two and I’m so glad they let us be their photographers! Here are a few favorites from their day!

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Five Years of KNP!

Over the weekend I celebrated a HUGE milestone! Saturday marked the five year anniversary of KNP. Five years ago Saturday I was shooting my very first wedding! It was the day of my bridal shower and the wedding was a small celebration for a couple of our friends who were kind enough to trust me to photograph their ceremony. After their wedding I went on to shoot three others that first year, which led me to shooting 17 the next, 27 the year after that, then between 23-25 the next few years! Looking back on the past five years it feels like time has gone by both in the blink of an eye, yet also slowly. Time can be so tricky sometimes like that!

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Five years ago my business was just me, a little Canon Rebel I purchased from Craigslist, and a dream of one day having a career doing something I loved. I could barely afford that camera and it wasn’t even close to a professional level camera, but I worked it as best as I could. Back then, we were living paycheck to paycheck, I was working a job that I didn’t love, and we were pouring any extra money we had into our wedding. In those days, I woke up every day wondering what the heck I was going to do with my life. I wanted a career. I wanted to be doing something I was passionate about, that would give me purpose. Five years ago I was about to marry my best friend. And though I didn’t know it at the time, I was about to embark on what’s become one of the biggest and best adventures of my life so far.

So much of what has happened since I shot my first wedding has been trial and error. It’s been learning as I went, faking it til I could make it, renting lenses, breaking bones, staying up late worried about finances, crying happy tears when I booked something awesome, met a goal, or had some other awesome win. It’s been crying sad or scared tears when I felt rejected by potential clients who we really clicked with booked someone else, or when I felt afraid I wouldn’t meet my goal for the year. It’s been late nights, early mornings, naps in the middle of the day (because, self employment). It’s been donuts shared with clients, champagne with fellow vendor friends. It’s been laughing til my sides hurt, and scarfing down vendor meals in mere minutes before toasts start happening.

One of the things I’ve heard fairly often about small businesses is that sadly, most of them don’t make it to five years. So celebrating the five year anniversary of my own little business feels like a huge deal! Over the past five years I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned a million lessons, and I’ve made lifelong friends. Starting my business changed my life and I’ll always be so glad that I got to do all of this.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported me and the business for the past five years! Especially to the people who believed in me before they really had any reason to. I am so thankful to have been a part of your story!

Here’s to the last five years…and to the next five…plus all of the adventures that lay ahead 😉

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