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2018 Offseason Projects

It’s been a little while since I’ve written much about what’s going on behind the scenes here in the KNP office, so I thought this was a great time to share what I’ve been up to so far this offseason and what I plan to try to accomplish throughout the rest of the “slower” season!

Business Off Season Projects:

  • Website updates! My site has to move over to Showit 5, so I’m currently working with my favorite designer to get it up to par. Fun fact: I’ve been with Showit for SIX years now and working with Ravyn just as long…the time has flown by!
  • Updated headshots. I kind of hate having my own photos taken (ironic, I know…) but a new website calls for fresh new photos! I love the photos my friend Ashley took of me in Hawaii, but that was 2.5 years ago now (again…how does time fly by so quickly??) and I have blond-ish hair now!
  • Updating client guide & pricing site. This seems to be a season of updating things, which makes sense since you can’t stay in business if you don’t adapt and evolve as times change. I’m at a point in my business where I’ve been lucky enough to have been established for several years and that means that some of the things I’ve been using for a while, like my client guide and pricing site, need a bit of dusting off and updating 🙂
  • Pre-packaging client gifts. I love batch preparing some of the things I send out to clients during this slightly slower paced time so that when I’m in the middle of the craziest part of wedding season, it’s so easy for me to get these things out because they’re basically already done!
  • Taxes. The most meh business task of all time, am I right?
  • Engagement session season. While I’m not super crazy with wedding work during the winter/early Spring, I’ve been beginning to schedule a lot more of these sessions.
  • Updating my print shop. I currently sell some of my travel photos in an etsy shop, but I’m looking for a new way to handle this. Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

One of the things that I really love about owning my own business is being able to dedicate time and energy to things I’m really passionate about.  Being my own boss gives me a ton of flexibility within creating my schedule, which allows me to get involved in more things I might not have time for if I were working a traditional 9-5 office job. I’ve learned that it’s just as important though to be specific and intentional with planning your personal goals as it is with business/work things, so here are some of the things I’m working on in my personal life throughout offseason (and beyond) this year!

Personal Off Season Projects & Goals

  • Moving. I’m moving about 5 minutes away from where I currently live, but moving is always a huge project/endeavor, even when it isn’t a far move.
  • Running my second marathon. This happens in a little less than a month! I’m so excited about this! The first time I ran one four years ago, I was really scared, but I know that I’ve put in the work and I know I’ve done it before, so I know this is going to be great!
  • Getting a third tattoo. April will mark my 7 year business anniversary, so I’m going to get a small tattoo to celebrate!
  • Filming a documentary. This is a really big deal and has a lot of backstory to it that I’ll have to write about at some other point, but to summarize, my plan is to search for my biological family…and to film the experience! I realized at some point that this has been weighing on my heart for a while…and that I’ve also really been interested in filmmaking for a bit too…so I’m excited to jump into this project because it’s one of those ideas that you can feel is going to be totally life-changing in more ways than one.
  • Writing a book. This doesn’t feel quite as immediate of a goal as some of the others…but I recently started working on this and I’m going to put in a little bit of work at a time until I feel like it’s really the right time to make it my top priority.

I am really excited about this list of projects! I love being busy and having lots to do, so keeping myself occupied like this is fun for me. It’s also really great to have it all written down…and out there on the internet…so that it’s a lot easier to stay accountable to these projects and to myself!

If you’re a wedding vendor, what are you doing to keep yourself busy during the offseason? If you’re not in the wedding industry, what do you do to keep yourself accountable?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


San Diego Travel Photos

Confession time: when I travel, I sometimes don’t even pack my camera! Maybe half of the trips I’ve been on, I didn’t take it with me. Shocking, for a photographer to do such a crazy thing, right? Wouldn’t you imagine that a photographer would bring her camera everywhere she went? I think there are some photographers who are like that, but I don’t think I’ve ever really counted myself as one of them.

The truth is that sometimes I really just want to be able to see the world without my camera in front of my face…especially when I’m visiting a new place for the first time. I like to be able to see and smell and experience and enjoy without having to worry about an expensive piece of equipment…that I also use for work. Plus, if you’ve ever held a 5D Mark III and an L lens, you know they’re super freaking heavy and not fun to sightsee with!

On some travels I’ll bring my film camera, which is a lot smaller and easier to handle (plus getting back film scans later is always so much fun!), but this time I actually packed my DSLR!  I LOVE California and I actually have a wall of California photos in my master bathroom…so I wanted to be able to add a few photos to that.

This was my first visit to San Diego, but like the rest of California that I’ve seen (LA and San Francisco), I really REALLY loved it. There’s something about the west coast that I just love…maybe it’s the warm(er) weather or the more laid back attitudes, but I’m just all over that California vibe!!

Here are a just a few photos I took while visiting:


Breaking Down the Wedding Day – Part 1

After photographing nearly 150 weddings, I’ve developed a really good sense of what works for me and what doesn’t. Although every wedding is a unique event with a story of its own, I’ve come up with a really great system that helps ensure that things run smoothly (both on my end and for the couple, too!) and makes sure I have the time necessary to get all of the shots that I need.

Breaking down the ideal timeline for a fine art wedding photographer

I thought it would be fun to pull back the curtain so to speak and share a little bit about how I manage each part of the day, starting with the “getting ready” portion, which begins shortly after I arrive to start shooting for the day!

I typically arrive at a wedding about an hour before the bride is ready to get into her dress. This allows me time to start shooting details (bridal gown, rings, stationery suite, shoes, etc) and gives me a chance to warm up for the day. I spend about 40 minutes or so on details…I’ll style the bride’s details (and the groom’s if they’re available to me) before shooting them and often will shoot several arrangements of things (like the rings with the stationery, the flowers with the stationery, etc) for variety. Styling each little vignette that ends up in the photos usually takes a little bit of time, which is why shooting the details typically takes me about 40 minutes or so.

(Tip – Having all of your details ready to go in one spot before I arrive helps expedite the process.)

By the time I’m wrapped up with details, it’s usually right about the time for the bride to get into her dress! I usually select the location where I will want to photograph this when I arrive the day of the wedding. I look for something fairly neutral and clutter free, but the most important thing about the spot I chose is the light! The bridal suite at the venue or the hotel room where the bride and bridesmaids are getting ready may seem like the logical choice to most people, but sometimes I’ll pick something different…that could mean we’re shooting in a vestibule, a hallway, or even outside on a patio depending on the situation.

A good example of this is the bridal suite at King Family Vineyards. Their bridal suite is nice, but the overhead, fluorescent lighting isn’t great for photos, so I have had my brides have their dress photos taken out in the entry area (We always make sure that the groom and groomsmen aren’t in the vicinity before bringing the bride out to have her photos here). I think this spot is so much nicer because the window light is a lot more flattering and natural looking. The overall vibe of this spot also reflects that of the venue and the wedding day and will help the final gallery have a cohesive feel to it.

Note: It’s very rare for the bride to actually get fully dressed out in the spot I choose for the “getting dressed” photos. Usually, she’s entirely in the dress before stepping out for the photos and we have someone she chooses to help her zip or button it for the shots we need.

After this, we do accessories (jewelry, shoes, veil) and a few bridal portrait type shots (time permitting). Once this is all done we usually move on to the first look, which I’ll get into in more detail next time!

I hope this series will be helpful to those of you who are currently planning a wedding, but also entertaining to anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to work with me to see a peek behind the scenes! Thanks for reading and be sure to stop by again for the next chapter in the series!



2017 Wedding Favorites

It’s hard to believe that not only has another year of shooting weddings has come to a close, a new one has already begun! I may have photographed my first 2018 wedding a couple of weeks ago, but it’s still taken me almost an entire month to go through all of the images I delivered last year picking out a few favorites to share a wrap-up. Every year I find it harder and harder to narrow down my favorite images into a cohesive post, but I think this year was especially tough! I photographed so many places I’ve always wanted to work, from the always beautiful Pippin Hill Farms to MEXICO, and made so many lasting memories with my 2017 couples I know it will be a difficult year to top!

To my dear clients, thank you so much for letting me into your lives and for letting me become a part of your wedding day stories! I have loved every minute of it:)

Here are a few of my favorite images from 2017!


Washington DC Engagement Photos

When it comes to scheduling a winter engagement session you never really know what you’re going to get as far as weather, but we lucked out for Brittany and Alexander’s DC session just a little while back! Although the past January has been one of the coldest I can remember, we were surprised with an unseasonably mild day for their photos, which is always a welcome treat!

One of the things I really love about shooting in the winter is how different the light is this time of year…there’s something really cozy and inviting about it that I can’t quite explain. And DC is always so much fun, but this tends to be a great time of year for sessions there, since it’s a lot less busy!

I loved Brittany and Alexander’s crisp, classic style and how at ease they were in front of the camera…they were so much fun to work with! Here are a few of my favorite images with them:)