Ah! Today is an exciting day!! We’re announcing our very first workshop for beginner/amateur photogs!!! Earlier this year I launched and hosted a workshop for pro photographers who are already in business and looking to get to that next level. But it occurred to me that there are so many people who have cameras, love photography, and really want to learn to take better pictures whether they see a business in their future or not. We get emails and questions from clients, friends, wedding guests, etc all of the time “how can I take better pictures?”. A lot of the resources out there right now for people who are trying to learn the basics are confusing, out dated, or just not really what people are looking for. This class is going to be the complete opposite! Attendees will spend 2-3 hours learning about exposure, shooting in manual mode, picking the right kind of lighting, and more. And best of all, there will be time for hands on practice with all the skills you just learned!

Photography 101

What: A beginners photography workshop taught by a kick ass wedding photographer
Who: Anyone looking to take better pictures with their DSLR (Limited seats available)
Where: Richmond, VA
When: December 6, 2014
To register: Head to the website!

If you have questions about the workshop, please email me! katie@katienesbittphotography.com.

Another one of my favorite things about my job is that when I arrive, people are happy and generally excited to see me! Not everyone can say that about their job! I’m lucky in that I get to meet so many couples and their friends and family, and spend one of the most fun, happy days of their lives with them. This is something I really treasure about being a wedding photographer! Liz and Alex’s wedding this past weekend in Richmond was no different. We arrived to a group of happy, smiling girls getting ready and singing along to Taylor Swift (John’s favorite…don’t tell him I told you!) and spent the rest of the day with this awesome group who made us laugh so much!

Liz and Alex’s day was perfect from beginning to end. From the beautiful weather to the heartfelt and hilarious toasts, we’re so thankful we could be a part of it! Enjoy a little peek into their wedding day!

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I’m one of these people that doesn’t like to start enjoying the new season while the last is still in full swing…especially if the season ahead of me leads straight into WINTER. I hate winter! It’s great for like a month, in December while everything is so cheerful and fun for the holiday season, and then it becomes 3-4 months of doom and gloom. So for this reason, I can’t in good conscience start participating in Fall things during August, or while it’s still in the 80′s/90′s every day. I get excited about Fall when sweater weather starts…I love wearing layers, and cool temps give me an excuse to rock my “self employed girl” look every day and not look like I’m wearing pajamas outside.

Since our Summer bucket list worked out really well and encouraged us to make time for fun things, I thought I’d make a Fall Bucket List this year too! A lot of people might not realize this, but Summer is actually not the busiest season for wedding photographers…that would be Fall! Our October this year is almost twice as busy as our May was! Things don’t really slow down again til early Dec!! Anyway, here are a list of things I’d really like to do for fun this Fall!


Bake muffins/banana bread
Cook chili in the crockpot
Go to a Football game
Eat many fried things at the State Fair
Go camping in the mountains
Pick apples and make applesauce
Carve pumpkins
Watch Hocus Pocus AND drink hot spiced cider with rum
Make second Thanksgiving (a Nesbitt tradition)
Run a half marathon
Go kayaking
Check out an Oyster Festival

Note that scary movies are not on my list. I’m way too much of a wuss for that. Are they on your Fall bucket list? Let me know what you’re hoping to do by leaving a comment!

My summer goal was pretty simple…shoot film and take my camera everywhere I went. I wanted to ensure that we’d have tons of memories to remember every second by…and I really wanted to practice shooting film as much as possible! I can’t say I took my camera EVERYWHERE, but I did take it on our weekend trips. It was fun to work on a few rolls by taking a few shots here and there all summer and then send them in to be scanned and get back a little mini overview of what a wonderful season it was. There were lots of trips to the beach, crabbing, fishing, lots of wine (and beer!), tons of great times with friends, and a fun spur of the moment trip to New Orleans with my main dude. I’m so sad Summer is over, but I’m glad to have these photos to remember it by! Can’t wait to order prints of them!

Here are a few of my favorite shots! Scanned by Indie Film Lab and shot on 35mm. Portra 400 and Fuji 400H

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Holy cow! It still hasn’t really set in that September is more than halfway over, and that tomorrow is officially the first day of Fall. It just doesn’t feel like Fall yet, despite there being pumpkins and pumpkin products almost everywhere. I do enjoy Fall, but I love that where we live we get to have these beautiful Indian Summers….I’d like to delay the inevitable (Winter) as long as possible!

Over the weekend we shot Liz and Alex’s wedding day in Richmond! The weather was as different from last weekend as you could get (sunny and warm as opposed to chilly and rainy), and it was all around an awesome day! Enjoy this little peek to tide you over til Thursday!

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Also this weekend, I discovered two new favorite treats….Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Raspberry Pretzel Stout…and biscuits with sweet pepper jelly from Trader Joe’s. I’m basically a sucker for anything they put on demo at TJ’s! (The biscuits, not the beer). I highly recommend both things!

After nine years (nine!!) together, Michelle and Dan finally became husband and wife this past weekend! Their wedding day was an amazing celebration from start to finish. Champagne started flowing in the bride’s getting ready suite early in the day, and kept the party going late into the evening! I’ve never seen a couple with such an awesome group to support them, party with them, and celebrate with them! These guys were so much fun all day that our 9 hour day felt like it went by in the blink of an eye!

It was supposed to rain all day, but the skies cleared just in time for an intimate first look. I love overcast days so much! They add an intimacy and a romantic moodiness to images that just makes my heart so happy.  And the light, you can’t beat that clean, beautiful natural light. The clouds are like a huge soft box making everything look extra pretty! All of the beautiful decor and flowers were put together by Intrigue Designs. She’s is incredibly talented, and working with her on this wedding was wonderful! You’ll love the AMAZING bouquets and centerpieces she created…she’s a master!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from this wedding day!

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Venue: Harbourtowne Golf Resort
Flowers + Decor: Intrigue Designs
Hair + Makeup: Up Do’s for I Do’s
Music: Jason Burns
Donuts: Bay Country Bakery
Rentals: Party Plus Rentals
Stationery: Sugar Paper
Cake: Julie Bakes
Bridal Gown: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew
Calligraphy: Ebb and Flow Ink

Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday so far! I just wanted to pop in for a quick announcement! Christmas tree farm mini sessions are coming back! We’ve done them the past two years in a row and they’re one of my favorite things to shoot! I wasn’t sure if I had time to do them this year, but quite a few people asked about them, so they’ll be happening again this year!

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These mini sessions are 1/2 hour long each and are for up to 4-5ish people max. They’re perfect for couples AND families! I don’t usually have a ton of time for family sessions, so if you’ve been wanting to work with us for family photos, this is a great opportunity!

Fun props are included in the cost of the shoot. So are color corrected digital files and right to print them. The images are wonderful for Christmas cards or to give as gifts! Whose parents don’t like getting pictures of them??

The sessions will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia and are $200 each. I only have six spots open, so make sure you grab yours quickly!

Can’t wait to see you all there! Email me with questions or to register for a spot!

When I started out as a wedding photographer, I never thought I’d end up being part of a husband and wife team. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to bring John along for the ride…he was into photography even before I was! Documenting memories has always been important to him, he loves videos and photos as much as I do, if not more! Originally the decision to bring him on and make him a member of my team (okay, so my team is just the two of us, and Lucy as an honorary member…) was born out of being burned out. I was worn down from traveling 3+ hours to and from my weddings every weekend for months on end without seeing my husband. I was lonely, sick of traveling alone, and needed a change. Bringing John on also meant I would have a consistent second shooter…someone who knows me well, knows how I work and how I think, and works seamlessly with me as a team. I can’t recommend having a consistent second shooter enough…even if that person isn’t your spouse, having someone as your regular sidekick is invaluable!

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Here are a few things we’ve learned so far as a husband and wife team! We’re by no means experts at this, but after shooting 36 weddings together, we’ve definitely learned a lesson or two when it comes to working together!

The first thing you need to do when considering having your spouse work for you is come up with a list of expectations on each of your parts. What part do you expect your spouse to play in your business? What role does he or she expect to play? I wanted John to work with me as my second photographer, but also as my driver. I hated driving long distances alone to weddings every weekend. Driving by myself is NOT one of my favorite things. Really, driving isn’t something I love a lot. It can be stressful! When we started working together, the expectation was that he would also be the person who drove us to and from each wedding. I also explained to him what I felt the role of the second photographer was and what I expected from him at the wedding itself.

A lot of people probably think that I don’t pay John to shoot with me, because he’s my husband. But, I do! When he’s working for me, he’s working. I respect his time spent as my employee. The time he’s working for me he could be working overtime at his regular day job, or he could be enjoying a nice Saturday off, so I pay him what I would pay another second shooter to work with me, which ends up being comparable to what he might have missed working OT for his day job. I think it’s important to compensate your spouse if you’re going to be working together. Not only does it show John that I respect his time and efforts, it also helps create a distinction in our employer/employee relationship on wedding days.

Try a trial run
When we first started working together, we had no idea how it was going to turn out. Working together with your spouse can potentially be a disaster, if things don’t go right! So instead of jumping in with both feet (which I’m prone to do), we decided on a trial run to see how things went. The trial run went for a month or two and when it was over, we talked and decided to make things official.

Make sure your spouse can actually shoot
(Or, if you’re not a photographer, make sure they can do whatever it is you actually do). I think it’s a huge disservice to clients to bring along a spouse, fiancé, or any other person like that if the person can’t actually deliver. My biggest thing with John was that he’d have to learn to shoot, and shoot well, in order for this to work. When it was first an inkling of an idea, I started teaching him how to shoot in full manual on my camera. As he grew as a photographer, he was slowly brought into the business. After many of his first weddings with me, I’d go through his images with him and explain to him what made a good image and what didn’t. I’d show him the ones I thought he did great on, and explain what he could have done to create something better on the ones I didn’t like. He also took the initiative to start reading my blog every day and studying the images I shared to learn “my style” as best as he could. Not only is it important that he shoot well, but that we shoot alike for consistency’s sake.

When you show up to work with your husband or wife for the day, whatever conflicts or things that might be going on must be left at the door. We’ve had disagreements in the car on the way to a wedding and had to shelve it for the day and work together like everything was perfectly peachy. This is more challenging for me, personally, because I like to handle conflicts immediately. But if you’re shooting a wedding together, all of those things must be set aside. In the same vein, you also can’t be pda’ing all over the place at a wedding when you’re shooting with your spouse. Keep it classy, people.

This was just a quick post with some things that we’ve learned as a team over the past year and a half, but if you have questions about working with your spouse or have an idea for a future “For Photographers” post, hit me up with an email!



When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t believe that today we’re halfway through September! Where has the time gone? I feel like we were just starting Summer, and Fall is literally a few days away now. I love Fall, but it’s definitely a little bittersweet because I know Winter (my least favorite season) is right around the corner.

While I’m sad to see the summer go, I’m not sad to be shooting Fall weddings this month! This weekend we were in St. Michael’s, Maryland for Michelle and Dan’s wedding day with Up Do’s for I do’s and Intrigue Designs! This wedding was STUNNING! You won’t want to miss it on the blog later this week!  Seriously, check out that bouquet! It’s probably one of my all time favorites!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday! This one is going to be a little groggy for me…I’m battling the last remnants of a cold/sinus thing and me on night time cold medicine doesn’t like getting up early to work. See you all tomorrow back here on the blog!

The start of Fall wedding season has begun! And I can’t think of a better way to kick things off than with Tom and Lindsie’s elegant Baltimore wedding at the Belvedere. I loved shooting this city wedding day! Everywhere I looked all day that day there were pretty things to photograph! Beautiful details, beautiful flowers, and a beautiful couple!

The most beautiful part of the day was the love between this sweet couple. Lindsie and Tom have been together many years now and have two adorable little boys together, so this wedding day was a long time coming. Watching them finally become husband and wife was such a privilege! From Tom meeting Lindsie at the end of the aisle and them walking down together, to the memorable toasts at the end of the evening, this day was one I won’t forget!

Lindsie and Tom, it has been such a joy to work with you two! I hope you love this peek at your wedding day images!

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Ceremony time! The Belvedere is gorgeous, am I right??

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Venue: The Belvedere
Flowers: Wicked Willow
Catering: Truffles Catering
Music: Jukeboxx
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Stationery: Flair Necessities
Ceremony Music: String Theory
Bridal Gown + Bridesmaids Dresses: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Accommodations: Hotel Monaco