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Two weeks in | a self employment update

Today marks two weeks since I left my full time job and so far I think it’s everything I thought it would be…but on steroids. Some days I feel like being self employed is not the best idea for someone who is a self described chronic worrier, like the other night when I stayed up til two AM pacing around and scribbling out all kinds of numbers trying to figure out EXACTLY what I need to book next year to live and run the business. Worrying is what I do. It’s that simple. My mind is always going through a hundred different scenarios of how any one situation could turn out. It’s exhausting and it’s been made worse by having a career that is so unpredictable. I can’t say whether or not I will book the weddings I need to book next year. If anyone will ever book me again, for that matter. I just can’t say.

So far I’ve discovered that the only thing that keeps me from letting the fear completely cripple me is trying to add balance back into my life. Before I quit my job, I was working every night from the time I got home til the time I went to bed. On Saturdays I would shoot a wedding or an engagement session or SOMETHING and then Sunday I’d be editing all day to try and be caught up for the week ahead. There was really very little time for me to enjoy my husband and our cat, much less any FRIENDS. What are those?? I haven’t seen ANY of the girls who were my bridesmaids since ST Patrick’s Day. Well having 7:30-5:30 to run my business has been the best thing ever. I don’t feel rushed with my work, I can take my time and not make stupid mistakes on things. I can get things done more quickly and I can wrap up by the end of the day and BE A REGULAR PERSON. And the BEST part of being full time so far is being able to rearrange my day to accommodate things I also just WANT to do, like meeting a friend to see a movie in the middle of the day or going to the gym in the morning instead of in the evening when it’s crowded. I’m learning that these little things I’m doing for myself are also good for my business. When I’m happy and relaxed instead of frazzled and overworked, I’m more creative, more productive, and my attitude is way more positive.

And that’s not to say the balancing thing hasn’t had it’s moments… I’ve noticed that my craziest worrying happens after 10PM, so I’ve made a pact with myself to stop ALL WORK at or before 8pm. And I’m thinking about taking my email off of my iPhone. I take my phone everywhere and I’m always looking at it, trying to check my email, see what’s going on. It’s not healthy. I also sitting at my desk now every day and playing Pandora to help me get into that productive “work” mindset every morning. I’m starting to get into a routine and it feels REALLY good. Now, if I could only figure out a way to block myself from Facebook and Twitter during the day while I need to be getting things done:)

Overall the last two weeks have been pretty amazing. Yeah, I’ve had my weak moments…but I wouldn’t trade my new life for a thing. Yesterday as I was out running some errands I suddenly realized that I have two of the things I have wanted most for pretty much all of my life…I have a devoted husband who loves me more than I deserve and a career that I LOVE and am proud of. No, we don’t own our own home, we are nowhere near as close as we would have liked to have been to having kids, and in a perfect world there would be many more $$$ in my account, but let’s be real for a second….I have it pretty darn good.

 

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You go girl. I think no matter what there will always be worrying and stressing and wondering because life is unpredictable!! But the fact that you are enjoying it along the way and keeping your head on semi straight seems perfect to me!! So proud of you!!!

I envy you girl! I can relate to everything you just said. Way to go 🙂

YES! i am so proud of you, girl! SO SO SO proud of you! i LOVE watching this journey of yours 🙂

Yaaaaay! I feel like you and I share a lot of the same things- Jeremy and I have talked about the whole house and being grown-up thing and we realized that we don’t HAVE to do anything. Neither of us are sure where we want to live forever, so why we felt pressure to buy a home when we don’t even know if we want to live here in 3 years was silly. We’re devoted to each other, devoted to our careers and very happy. Money sucks, a lot, but we’ll get through it. 🙂

Katie – thanks for sharing your journey to the full time wedding photography world! I feel your fears and struggles, but keep taking advantage of creating those moments that make you happy and fuel your creative side, it is so important! Love you work : )

Kris Kothe

Soo very happy for you!! Choosing a stop work time is a great idea!!
I think this is a choice that you will never regret!!

Amber + Robert | Yorktown elopement

When Amber and Robert contacted me a couple weeks ago about their May 2013 wedding, they also mentioned that they would be having a small official ceremony this June to be followed by a more formal party next year. I jumped at the chance to shoot both because I LOVE Yorktown and I LOVE intimate ceremonies! Even though it was one of the hottest afternoons of the summer (temperatures were in the triple digits), and a park ranger threatened to chase us all away, Amber and Robert were married in one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve shot to date beneath the tree where Robert proposed:)

As photographers sometimes it’s easy to forget how important our role is in a wedding, but Amber and Robert’s intimate wedding reminded me that not only do I have an important role in the day, I have the HONOR of being part of some of the most special moments in people’s lives. I was able to witness this sweet ceremony along with just a small handful of the people they love. Can’t wait to witness their second big day in the presence of even more of their friends and family:)

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gorgeous! how sweet and romantic! and i love the way you captured it, katie! 🙂

This is so sweet and romantic : )

So simple and sweet!! 😀

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

A lot of you might not know that I wasn’t born in America. I was adopted from my birthplace (Korea) by my parents when I was an infant. I have always been very excited and proud to not only be an American citizen, but to also get to participate in all of the rights and freedoms that title entails. My parents always taught me that being an American was about hope and possibility. About the idea that anyone can come to this land and make something great out of themselves if they choose to. America’s rich history is full of scrappy people who worked hard to not only prosper, but to also innovate and discover new things. I’m really proud to be able to say that though I’m only a blip in the grand scheme of things, I too am a part of America and am living my American dream.

The following image is a peek at what will be on the blog tomorrow! Can’t WAIT to share these!

PSSST…if you were just checking here for the giveaway winner, it’s STEPHANIE!! Stephanie said she and her boyfriend keep cool by eating lots of HOMEMADE ice cream! How cool? Stephanie, I’ll be emailing you to deliver your prize to you:)

Thanks to everyone who entered and don’t forget to check back in August for another installment in Stuff I Love!

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Hayley + Graham | Yorktown Engagement session

Though we had to reschedule Hayley and Graham’s engagement session (and a crazy thunderstorm threatened to ruin our new date!) we were finally able to meet up in Yorktown for their session! The storm that afternoon actually worked out in our favor…the beach was deserted and we had this beautiful, glowy, overcast light to work with! I love when things work out like that!

Hayley and Graham…can’t wait for your wedding this October!

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i. love. your. black and whites.

also: the one where she’s leaning on his back and they’re seated on the beach – too cute!! great pose 🙂

I agree with Caitlin. I love the black and white shots in this sesh. Gorgeous!

These photos are gorgeous Katie! I love the ones on the beach!!

They look so young & carefree! Love it!

Stuff I love – July

John and I love nothing more than unwinding  in front of the TV after a long day watching something funny and eating a nice dinner. Lately we’ve been catching a couple of episodes of Modern Family on Blu Ray almost nightly. Every. Single. Episode. is hilarious!! If you haven’t seen Modern Family, it’s a faux documentary type show (sort of like the office or Parks and Rec) about a blended “modern” family. I think what I like most about the show is how positive it is. It’s funny and smart without being trashy or mean spirited. And with a billion channels with things like Gypsy weddings (guilty pleasure) and Jersey Shore, it’s nice that there are still shows that I could watch with my own parents without it feeling really awkward or embarrassed by my generation…(you know what I’m talking about).

So this month I have decided to give away a copy of Season One on Blu Ray! It’s that time of year when TV shows are all on their hiatus and there isn’t much to watch. It’s also been CRAZY hot outside lately and when the temps are in the triple digits there isn’t much better than chilling inside with the AC full blast  with a DVD and a beer. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to beat the heat! I will chose a winner via random.org on Tuesday night and announce on Wednesday.

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Love Modern Family! But, I have to admit that I’ve only seen one or two episodes. We watched one episode on our flight to our honeymoon and I remember asking Ben why we don’t watch more of this show! We’re kind of like you guys. We love watching a good show or movie at the end of the day… although yesterday I beat the heat by sitting with a friend at Starbucks for 2.5 hrs! And I have to admit that when we left, I decided to go through the drive thru and order a passion tea lemonade 🙂 I think I’m a little addicted!

Amanda Thomas

Jordan and I have yet to watch much Modern Family, but I’ve heard amazing things about it!
My favorite ways to beat the heat are: officially making the switch from regular coffee to iced coffee for the summer, and sitting on our front porch at night! (you know, after the sun goes down and it’s not ridiculously hot.) We’re also fans of having big pitchers of iced green tea in the fridge for leisurely sipping 😉

Happy July!

I’ve only seen a few episodes but Modern Family is definitely hilarious! We’ve started watching How I Met Your Mother together, its a good time too 😉 I’ve been beating the heat by just hiding inside.. or going to the beach! 🙂 I hope you’re staying cool!

Mel

I love Modern Family too. It is one of the only shows I actually try and watch. Iblike to unwind and beat the heat by reading a good book and/or by hitting the pool.

ah! i’ve been wanting to start watching Modern Family from the beginning. I’ve seen a few episodes here and there and I love it. I like to beat the heat by jumping in my pool. …OH WAIT. I don’t have one. HA. Iced green tea and naps. 🙂

Stephanie

I love Modern Family! Usually my boyfriend and I stay cool by eating lots of homemade ice cream:)

DANGIT!! I didn’t see this!! I’m DYING to start watching this!!