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Big plans and a feature!!

Hey! I just wanted to say thank you for all of the support I’ve received over the past couple days. All of your congratulations, kind words, and encouragement mean so much to me! I never expected so many people to reach out, and I definitely didn’t expect to get as many emails and text messages from people who were excited about my news. I am so grateful to be able to begin this new adventure with so many incredibly supportive people in my corner. THANK YOU!

So I thought it would be fun to share my goals for myself and my business as I make the leap into full time photography. Okay maybe not really fun…at least not in the way that cotton candy and cut off jorts are fun. But I definitely think it is necessary for me to put my goals out there to keep myself accountable. Lucy (my cat/newest coworker) is not going to keep me on top of it. In fact, I bet you anything her first order of business will be to try to convince me that we should be taking naps all day and not doing any work. Hmm..that idea actually doesn’t sound half bad!

In all seriousness, I do have big plans to make the most of my new employment status…there will be much more time for the things I like to do like vlogging and creating styled shoots as well as time for not so fun things like filing taxes and organizing. Ugh. So here’s a list of some of the things I plan to do when I start work full time for ME!

  • Learn SEO and use it
  • Video blog once a week
  • Develop an editing workflow that is seamless and makes sense
  • Blog more tips and helpful posts
  • Organize my office. KEEP IT ORGANIZED!!!
  • Stay on top of my inbox.
  • Create a new pricing guide
  • Design sample albums
  • Develop more ideas for client gifts/suprises
  • Blog more images of each session!
  • Figure out a good client filing system
  • Create a bridal guide for new clients
  • Create my own invoices/receipts
  • Update my contract
  • Bring DIY back to the blog

Personal goals:

  • Create a meal plan and cook dinner at least four nights a week
  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Make it to the gym at least four days a week (HA!)
  • Read a book a month (at least)
  • Shoot for ME

In addition to the things I listed here, I also want to break my shutter. Okay not literally (knock on wood, knock on wood!!) but I want to shoot my heart out. Working full time has meant that when I get off in the evenings, all I have time for are editing, packaging, and other random clerical things. So the opportunities I had for shooting were pretty much limited to when I actually had a session to shoot for a paying client. I am hoping that being full time will mean that there will be more time to dedicate to side projects that I can do for just the love of them. And that I will be able to find some time to shoot because I love photography and want to learn to think of myself as an artist. Photography is one of those things you will ALWAYS be learning and growing at, and I’m excited to have the freedom to push myself and learn new things.

Also, there will be a few other changes. If you are interested in knowing, since I will have more free time I am planning on taking on a few portrait clients a month. Meaning I will now be offering lifestyle portraiture again for couples who are not engaged, families, newborns, etc on a limited basis. These sessions will be shot on weekdays only. For a while I did not have time to commit to portraiture clients, but now I will! At first it will be on a very limited basis…meaning maybe one or two sessions a month, but depending on how things go I may be able to commit to more. We will see!

Lastly, Brad and Stephanie’s wedding has been featured on Hi-Fi Weddings! Hi-Fi Weddings is the PERFECT blog to feature their wedding because Brad and Stephanie are both seriously into music. Their playlist for the day was very lovingly put together by the two of them. Head on over to see the full list of songs they chose as well as leave them some love!!



Sounds like you have a plan, good direction and the drive. Get it girl! xo

i am SO excited for you, girl. SERIOUSLY. so so so excited!!!! YAY!!!


YAYYYYY!!!!!!! so many wonderful plans:). still so sososososo excited for you!!!

I am SO happy and excited for you! I love that we both went full-time around the same time. We need to get together and celebrate 🙂

My big news

For the past week or so, I’ve been somewhat annoyingly hinting all over Twitter and Facebook about some really REALLY big news I couldn’t wait to share.


Yup, as of June 22nd, I will be solely employed by Katie Nesbitt Photography. ALSO KNOWN AS ME.

When I first started doing photography and my business started growing, I knew in my heart that I wanted more. Once I started my business and realized how much I loved it, I was no longer satisfied by working full time at my corporate job and being a photographer on the side.  I wanted to be able to support myself by waking up every day and doing something I loved. To live my dream.  I am incredibly excited and EXTREMELY fortunate that I am able to venture out and jump into this next stage of my life.  How many 24 year olds can say that not only have they found the thing in life that they love, but they get to do it every day and make a living at it?

I’m not going to lie…I never thought I would be able to make this leap so soon. Last year at this time I was saying to myself “Maybe in a few years I can go full time”. At that time it was more of a secret goal I had for myself than anything else.  But thanks to the incredible people who I get to call my clients as well as the BEST HUSBAND who believes in me more than I believe in myself, I’m going to be able to chase my dream.

I know it will be hard. I’m scared out of my mind and I almost cried/threw up when I turned in my notice at my corporate job. And we will have to make sacrifices like skipping vacations and not going out to eat. We may have to cut out fun extras and I’ve already cancelled my birchbox subscription because it just seemed frivilous. I might have to get a part time job delivering pizzas to earn extra spending money. Part of me feels guilt for leaving a steady job to work in an industry that can be very up and down. It’s weird to say/write this here, but I think because I genuinely enjoy running my business, I almost felt like I didn’t deserve to get to wake up and do something that made me that happy every day. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reality is although I’m quitting my job to pursue my dream, I’m leaving it to WORK HARD to continue to grow and build my business into something awesome. Though it will definitely be tough and there will most likely be tears and freak outs along the way, I know deep in my heart this is what I’m supposed to be doing and if I don’t go for it, I will wake up one day wondering what might have been.

Pssst! Here’s a peek at what’s coming to the blog tomorrow! 




Awesome!!! 🙂 Way to go!! 🙂

Congrats girl! SO excited for you!

YOU. ARE. AWESOME! It might be scary but you’ve come so far already and I’m sure you will be an AMAZING full timer photographer, because you were already an amazing part timer 🙂

You know I give lots of kudos to you girl. You are a very talented lady. You will succeed, I’m sure of it. Best of luck girlie! I’m a huge supporter : ) xo

yay! that is so exciting! congratulations, girl! i know you will do great things. i love your blog and your pictures. can’t wait to see more from you! God bless in all you do! 🙂

So excited for you Katie! This is a huge jump and you’re going to rock it! Congratulations!

So excited for you! I dont know what a birchwood subscription is but you will get it back in no time.

Congratulations!! XXOO


BEYOND excited for you!!!!!!! You go girl!! Follow those dreams! 🙂

holla hollla holla holla!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU!

Kat Miller

Hello! I’m Becca’s sister (and upcoming matron of honor)…congrats on the new life decision! That’s awesome, best of luck! I’ve loved looking through your posts and pictures and can’t wait to see Becca’s tomorrow. I do some photography as an assistant and I know its scary to just give it your all-enjoy it!


Stephanie and Brad | Jasmine Plantation Wedding

I don’t think I have EVER blogged this many images from a wedding, but I just couldn’t help myself. I just kept adding more and more to my list and then just couldn’t bear to take any out! Stephanie and Brad were married last weekend at the beautiful Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge, Virginia. It was the perfect venue for one of the most ADORABLE weddings I’ve ever shot. Stephanie and Brad put a lot of thought into their details right down to an amazing playlist they created out of some of their favorite indie songs. I am so glad I was able to be a part of this wonderful day! Brad and Stephanie, thank you so much for making me feel so welcome and being so adorable!

Also, a REAAALLLLY big thank you to Karen Allen, who second shot. She is the business. That is all.

This is why I love a first look!

Stephanie’s brother got ordained so he could give their ceremony. And both Brad and Stephanie wrote their own vows. I teared up a little bit when Stephanie read hers!

Shortly after the ceremony, Brad and Stephanie made a quick getaway in a classic Corvette that Brad’s dad painstakingly restored and got running just in time for the wedding. SUCH a beautiful car!

Venue: Jasmine Plantation
Catering: Clover Forest Catering
Flowers: The Flower Cupboard
Pies: Family friend
DJ: DJ Services by Cody
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic
Hair and Makeup: Faces by Joy


Great job, Katie! What a beautifully fun wedding 🙂 And not just because she had the same dress that I wore at my wedding! So fun!!

Katie, These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! What a great job you did!

Awesome, awesome work!

I love it! I wish I could have been a guest there! 🙂 Your work is gorgeous!

AH! Katie!! These turned out AMAZING!!!! Awesome job!!

GORGEOUS Katie! I love all of her details!! 🙂

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh katie! these are beautiful! you are getting better and better with everything you post! everything about it is amazing! i hope you submit this wedding to get featured cause it is GAHMAZING! 🙂


those socks, and shoes, and suspenders and her smile! holy cow, so many amazing elements to this wedding! she could seriously be a movie star with that smile she has!


ohmyholywow. this wedding looks adorable and these pictures are SO GORGEOUS!! i love that you didn’t hold back on blogging ALL of your favorites.. it’s fun to get to see so many images! the longer the blog post, the better (when your images are as beautiful as yours)!!

Terri Stevens

Love, love, love the pics! and, the people!

You guys are great! Hope to see you soon!



I had pre-written another post to share with you guys today in honor of my first anniversary as a wife.  But I woke up feeling emotional and decided to write what was on my heart this morning instead. I feel like this post is borderline on almost OVER sharing and some people might even say that it is. But I think that emotional posts are the most relatable and if there is even one person who can relate, I feel like it was worth it to share.

It’s time for me to make a confession. Actually, it’s not so much of a confession as it is just an admittance of something a lot of people might not know about me. I was adopted as an infant and brought to the United States from Korea when I was four months old. You might be wondering what that has to do with my marriage, but it  has everything to do with it. Although I always knew my parents loved me more than anything (and I had four parents who love me to death) and my sister loved me just as much, I think there was a part of me that for a long time was very lost and confused. And I never really understood why I felt that way until I met John and finally felt like I was where I belonged.

It might sound weird to other people, especially those who are not adopted, but I have never really felt like I was accepted by others until John. His acceptance isn’t the unconditional love of parents who got to know me as I grew up into who I am today. It isn’t the easy camaraderie that you share with friends who know the persona you have put together for yourself. It’s the love of the CHOICE of someone who has gotten to know me over five years time, who has lived with me, cried with me, and put up with me when I’m a jerk. We lived together three years and he STILL decided to show up on our wedding day. What means so much to me, is that he has seen me at my worst and still chose to commit his life to me. And after a lifetime of being afraid of abandonment and unconsciously being hurt by that first choice my biological mom made for me, having someone stand up and say in front of all the people closest to us that he will love me forever is the best thing I feel like I will work the rest of my life to deserve.

To me, marriage means we both had a choice. And I was chosen for real this time by somebody who knows the real me.

Photo by Jodi and Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography


oh my goodness… teary eyed before i even get to work. <3 happy anniversary you guys, you rule.


Yep! The title of this post says it all- – very emotional and touching. What you two have is very special! Happy Anniversary, Katie and John!

Katie – what a beautiful story! I’m so glad and thankful you shared it 🙂 Happy anniversary!


Totally just cried. I don’t know what you were going to post, but this was beautiful. Congrats on your first year, lady friend!

Such an emotional post – Thank you for sharing this! Happy Anniversary love! 🙂

Beautiful post, so very touching. I’m so happy for you both that you found each other! 🙂

This is a beautiful post, Katie! I get so moved by my husband as well, constantly wondering how he can love me? You’re right – it’s something about someone choosing to love you, rather than the love that our families have for us. Yes, they choose to love us to, but it’s also partly an obligation. A husband’s love for his wife is a choice, and we are both blessed with husbands who love us for exactly who we are. Thanks for sharing this!

YAY!! Love this post 🙂 Happy Anniversary Katie and John!

You’re absolutely right, Katie. The emotional posts are the ones people can most relate to. This post is amazing, and makes me appreciate the choice my fiance is making to have me as his wife. Thank you for sharing, and a very Happy Anniversary to you guys.

Beth Hamilton

Beautiful post Katie! Thanks for your honesty and Happy Anniversary!

Becca Smethurst

This is so sweet. 🙂 love your openness. happy anniversary to you both!

This is so incredibly sweet and I feel so fortunate you decided to share this. These feelings are those which resonate with many. From the few hours I got to know you in Richmond I knew instantly of the amazingness you have inside you. You are a happy loving person which is completely infectious! This post, while it seems crazy to me, (who could ever not accept you?!) I understand it and you are even more incredible of a person for standing strong through it all. This is very inspiring and above all happy anniversary! The love you have for John is why I got into the wedding industry – genuine and everlasting. Thank you for sharing Katie 🙂

oh my gosh. i just cried like a baby and i’m sitting at my work desk trying to hold it together. katie, this is a wonderful post honest, true, and VERY personal. i love it. marriage is the BEST and i’m so happy you have someone like John to love you like you deserve! you are wonderful 🙂

Beautiful post Katie 🙂 I’m so excited for you, your future, and your future with John! Congrats on one year and here’s to a million more! <3

Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with us! 🙂

Happy Anniversary you two!! We are so thankful and honored we had the opportunity to work with you both on your wedding day!! It was incredibly beautiful to witness. You both are such a sweet and amazing couple and we wish you guys so many more years of marital bliss 🙂

You are so beautiful, both inside and out. I am so glad for you that you found the person who completes you fully and completely. Happy anniversary to you both!

Happy anniversary! Such sweet words!