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Tina, Amanda, and Nicole

Though I don’t shoot family portrait sessions anymore, a couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a session for my friend Tina, and her sisters, Amanda and Nicole! We shot in downtown Hampton, a few blocks away from where they grew up.  I loved getting a chance to know these three and hear their hilarious stories! I have a sister too, so I know exactly what their bond is like. There is nothing quite like your relationship with your sisters…no one knows how to push your buttons and pick you up when you’re down the same way a sister does!

Enjoy a few of my favorites!!

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Im always a sucker for sister shoots! These fab ladies are gorgeous and you did an AMAZING job photographing them. 🙂

Katie, seriously love ’em. My mom will be thrilled!!!!! We has such a fun day and you did an amazing job capturing it. Thanks girlie. xo

oh my gosh these are so gorgeous! the colors are so vibrant! you did a great job capturing their personalities! 🙂 🙂

nicole monge

I had such a fun day. The pictures turned Out wonderful. I had so much fun. Thank you.

Lizzie O

No more family portraits, boo 🙁 These pictures are so beautiful!

For Photographers – Branding tips!!

So where we last left off I explained how important branding is, especially for new photographers. Now I want to share a few of my tips! Like I said before, I’m definitely no expert on branding, and all of what I say is really just my own opinion. Hopefully someone can learn something that helps them!

Figuring out your ideal client
A big part of the branding process (other than figuring out who you are and how that plays out visually) is deciding exactly what you want to do and who you want to work with. I’m a really big believer in finding something you like and specializing in it. Are you most at home doing family portraits? Or maybe you’re all about boudoir or newborn photos? For me, I know that I love wedding photography. I get so excited/nervous before a wedding it’s like my friend is getting ready to walk down the aisle. On the other hand, I started dreading taking pictures of children. It’s not that I don’t LOVE children, I’m just not as passionate about children’s photography. Figuring out my market was a great step in the right direction for branding. After I decided I wanted to be a “wedding photographer” I knew I had to market myself as such. I know it’s tough when you are new and you really want to take any clients who will have you, but if you want to specialize, you will have to turn things down. And when you turn things down, sometimes it sucks! But if you are going to be a wedding photographer, you have to show lots of weddings on your blog. You have to show what you want to shoot!

Once you know what “genre” of photography you want to shoot, you can start narrowing down the types of clients you are looking for. Are you interested in high end, estate weddings? Or maybe you like DIY, handmade weddings? I really enjoy working with people who are creative, young, and don’t take life too seriously. So my brand is very fun and irreverent, just like me and the clients I hope to attract.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m no expert on marketing, branding, or photography, though if my tips were to help even one person, I would be really happy with that! If you’re unhappy with the content of this post…please see my manager. Oh wait…HA. Stay tuned for my next tip!!

 

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LOVE this!!! i love that you don’t take life too seriously – i definitely don’t take life too seriously. anyone who does is a debbie downer. just kidding. but sort of not.

Lesli + Neil | Carytown Engagement Session

Lesli and Neil met over five years ago while both working together at Kohl’s. I might have squealed or made a crazy sounding noise when I heard that because John and I met the same way…while working together at a department store! Lesli immediately liked Neil, but was shy and didn’t tell him. Eventually he found out she had been looking at his myspace page, and to her excitement, he sent her a friend request! And the rest, as they say, is history:)  John and I met up with Lesli and Neil at Maymont Park this past Saturday. The skies were overcast, but luckily the rain held off until after we finished!

Neil arranged to surprise Lesli with having their names out on the marquee at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. It was so fun to capture her reaction as she realized what it said!

Lesli you are so pretty!!

Lesli and Neil….can’t wait for your wedding in June!!!

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That’s so sweet! Hooray for awesome Richmond sessions 🙂

Lesli

We had an awesome time with you and John!! Thank you so much for this gift that will last us a lifetime! You are truly amazing 🙂

This session is so cute! I really love love love the sign – that’s absolutely AMAZING! Gorgeous work Katie!

Great shoot Katie! Love the location and the way you got the colors to pop!

these are GORGEOUS! i used to live in byrd park so i LOVE LOVE LOVE that area. and the surprise is SO SO cool! how awesome is that?!!!?!

Katie, I love these!! And Neil… the idea for the sign was amazing!! Can’t wait to see wedding pictures this summer 🙂

Kathryn

Great pictures and awesome couple.

Lovely and inspirational!

Tina | Headshots

Meet my friend Tina!! She is the designer and mastermind behind Tabibi Design, a graphic design business.  I “met” Tina online a few months back. Though I can’t really remember if it was through Twitter, Facebook, or a blog,  I do remember I was almost  immediately ready to be bffs with Tina because of her friendly personality and her easy going sense of humor. We have been email/twitter buddies for a while now, so it was so exciting to finally meet her in person this weekend! I was also able to snap a few headshots of her while she was in town!

Love those red shoes!! Also, if you are ever looking for custom design work or paper products, Tina is THE girl to call! She designed my most recent business cards and I have gotten so many compliments on her beautiful work!  She also does BEAUTIFUL wedding invitations, so if you haven’t decided on those, check out Tina’s work!

Follow Tina!
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Thanks for the blog spot girlfriend. Seriously had a blast with you. I’m very fortunate to have met such great talent and a fun gal pal via social media. You are A-W-E-S-O-M-E! p.s. Thanks for making a lady look good 🙂

umm… ADORABLE. love these 😉

she is GORGEOUS and i seriously love her outfit. GREAT headshots!!

Acasha

These are too cute!!

Linda

You really take beautiful pictures.My daughter really look gorgeous if I may say so!! 🙂

Confessions of a former bride | part seven

I was trying to come up with ideas for today’s post and failing. Failing miserably. I tried to type out some ideas, but nothing came out so I started reading articles about Jessica Simpson’s baby weight. (Sidenote: did you know home girl has been eating pop tarts smothered in BUTTER??? I love junk food like you wouldn’t believe…but I can’t see myself going THAT far). Somewhere during my procrastination I found my inspiration! ROADBLOCKS. As in hitting a wall during wedding planning?? Still with me?

I don’t know if this is true for everyone, but I think it’s very easy to hit a wall or burn yourself out with wedding planning. I know I did. There came a point where I was so over wedding planning and logistics that I just wanted our wedding to be OVER with so I could relax. I was no longer motivated to work on wedding projects and even the smallest wedding task made me cranky. I didn’t want to look at a timeline, seating chart, or glue stick. I wanted chocolate, lots of chocolate. Oh and a nap. Because I don’t want you to end up in the fetal position with an episode of Jersey Shore blaring in the background, here are some things I recommend to avoid BB (bridal burnout).

Hire a planner
Hiring someone else to carry the weight of the important things is a really awesome way to cut out some of the wedding planning stress. Most brides are not professional wedding planners and can get pretty overwhelmed by some of the logistical aspects of planning a wedding day. I hired our coordinator for day of assistance and used her as a sounding board for some of my ideas before the big day, but it would have been SUCH a stress relief if I had hired her to plan and coordinate the entire thing. I could have worked on my projects and enjoyed the fun stuff like food tastings and dress shopping and avoided some more of the things I didn’t enjoy like timelines or deciding what length the linen rentals needed to be.

Take time outs
Like with anything else  you do, total immersion in wedding planning can lead to quickly burning out. To avoid that, it’s really important to take a time out from planning every now and then. Take an afternoon to read trashy gossip magazines instead of worrying about centerpieces. Or  go out on a date night with your Fiancé and talk about everything BUT wedding planning for a night. Feeling like you still have a life outside of planning is important if you want to keep balance.

Get a good night’s sleep
This is one of those really basic tips that it’s so easy to overlook! I can’t tell you how much better I’d feel about everything if I stopped whatever I was working on and just went to bed at a normal time. If you are constantly up late working on wedding projects at the last minute,  you are probably going to hate life, at least the next morning when your alarm goes off!

Ask for (and accept) help
I think the main reason I got so burned out on wedding stuff was because I didn’t ask for help. And when I DID ask, I sought help or advice from some truly unreliable friends I had surrounded myself with. Spoiler: that didn’t work out. If I could go back in time I would ask for help from people I trusted and then actually ACCEPT the help of people who offered it to me. Sometimes I think accepting help is even harder than asking for it, even though you’d think it would be the opposite!

Keep in mind that at the end of the day, the real reason you are doing all of this is to marry the love of your life! Your wedding might not be perfect, and things may go wrong, but no matter what it will be an incredible day that you will never forget. Don’t let burnout or stress make you forget the real meaning behind your day!

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SUCH good advice. i did everything myself, too, for our wedding and i was SOOOO tired by the end. but it was ALL worth it! 🙂 🙂

Sound advice! I remember being stressed this summer as we (I) searched for our vendors. I kept having these awful dreams! Then I had a serious moment where I realized, “hey crazy, it’s going to be a-okay! Actually it’s going to be great! Stop WORRYING!” and then I’ve never been stressed since 🙂