I’ve been using Moo.com for my business cards since the first time I ordered them several years ago. I really liked the options they offer and that their cards are generally a little larger and thicker than most business cards. Since the beginning, I’ve been really impressed by both their products and the ease of ordering them. I decided I wanted to try their new Luxe line once I had finally used up the rest of my last order from them, and we finally gave out my last card a couple of weeks ago!

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I definitely had high expectations for these cards based on what I’d gotten from Moo in the past, as well as the description of the Luxe cards and the cost. They are definitely not inexpensive…there are lots of cheaper business card options out there for sure. But for me, I don’t hand out mass quantities of my business card. I give them to fellow vendors and potential clients…people I want to leave with a good impression of me. So that’s a huge reason why investing in nice business cards is important to me. I would LOVE to have letterpress cards at some point, but haven’t done my research on them just yet. Moo’s Luxe cards are to me, just a step below letterpress. Meaning they aren’t letterpressed, but to me, they offer other quality I’d be looking for in a letterpress card. They are thick and sturdy cards printed on a matte paper that feels really nice to the touch. The colors printed a little bit more accurately than they did on their other cards, which as a photographer, I appreciate. All in all, I am really impressed by the cards and I would definitely order them again and recommend them to friends who are looking to spend a little more on their cards for good quality. They’re a HUGE step above thin cheap cards and leave a great impression on people. These cards are an awesome way to step up your brand collateral game without investing too much. I can’t recommend them enough!

 

No one likes to think about this, but the reality is, you can’t control what the weather will be like on your wedding day. You can’t change the date either, depending on what the forecast says. So you just have to kind of learn to roll with it. After shooting quite a few rainy day weddings, I thought I’d share my best tips for how to make the best of a rainy day!

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Be Flexible
When it rains we have to be a lot more flexible with the wedding day timeline than we would if the weather went as planned. Sometimes this means waiting a few minutes for the rain to pass so the outdoor wedding ceremony can go on outside. Or it might mean waiting until later on to do family formals and doing bride and groom portraits first because there’s a little pocket of dry skies. Since we are primarily natural light photographers and our clients hire us for the beautiful natural light portraits they’ve seen from us, using the light for portrait time is a priority.

A first look is VERY important in cases of rain because if you do one, it gives us more opportunities to get pictures when it isn’t raining. There are several rainy day weddings we shot last year where we wouldn’t have gotten any portraits at all if we had waited to do all of the pictures after the ceremony! I always suggest a first look to couples who are getting married on rainy days because of the flexibility it allows with your timeline.

Know you will get wet…or dirty.
Getting your dress a little dirty on the bottom is something that’s almost inevitable on any wedding day. When you combine white dresses with nature, it just happens. When it rains, you may get a little dirtier…but honestly, I think that it’s SO worth it. In the long run, you are most likely NEVER going to wear your wedding gown again, but you will be looking at your wedding photos for many, many years. You can get your dress dry cleaned…but you can’t go back in time and magically create images after the fact. I mean, I wish. Unfortunately, the technology for time travel is not all there yet. Some tips to minimize the grime-factor: Consider buying cute boots (like Hunter boots, which I love!!!) and wear those when you’re outdoors instead of your heels. Or have a second pair of shoes (make sure they are a similar height to the shoes your dress is altered for) so that your wedding shoes stay dry and mud free.

Inform your bridal party
Though they’re pretty awesome, your bridal party can’t read your mind. And they haven’t been working with me this whole time to figure out a plan for rainy days, don’t know what the process is like, etc. So honestly, they may be surprised that you want to shoot outside…in the drizzle. Talking this through with them before the wedding day can alleviate any day-of surprise for them, and stress for you, too.

Have a rain backup plan.
As a bride with an outdoor ceremony, I knew we had to have a backup plan in case the weather didn’t turn out great on our day. I was quick to decide on a back up plan (for us, it would have been underneath the tent that was reserved for dancing after dinner) AND a backup timeline. When it rains on a wedding day, things have to shift. If it had rained, our details wouldn’t have been set up at x time, meaning the photographers would need a new time on the timeline to shoot them. We couldn’t have done our “wedding parade” if it rained either, so we needed to move things around. Rather than getting stressed on our wedding day, we worked with our day of coordinator to create a “sunny day” timeline and a “rainy day” backup timeline. I know you probably don’t want to think about this, but doing it in advance will only help alleviate stress if worst comes to worst and it does rain!

 

It was a steamy summer afternoon when we arrived in Richmond for Beth and Aaron’s wedding day last weekend. Despite the ominous skies and the threat of a thunderstorm looming overhead, the day went absolutely perfectly! Not a drop of rain fell all day.  These two never stopped smiling, never got stressed or anxious. Their calm demeanors only added to the picture perfect summer afternoon!  I was so glad to be a part of this wedding…I’m always so happy to be a part of my couples’ wedding days, but this one was especially sweet because Beth and Aaron are one of the world’s sweetest couples. They couldn’t be any nicer if they tried. I am so excited to share these with you all! Beth and Aaron told me on their wedding day that they were taking their laptop on their honeymoon just so they could see the blog post on Thursday…so, I hope these were worth the wait!

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First look time! One of my favorite parts of any wedding day:)

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When it starts to get warm again, engagement session season also starts up again! I love getting to spend this time getting to know each of our couples and having the opportunity to watch them interact together. Last week we spent the afternoon with Mary and David at one of my favorite RVA spots, Belle Isle! It might have been one of the hottest days of the summer so far (with heat indexes into the 100s), but Mary and David were such troopers. You can hardly tell how hot it was by looking at these two!

Here are a few of my favorites from our afternoon together :) Can’t wait for their August wedding!

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I sat down to write this post and couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to begin. This weekend marked two years since I left my full time job to run the business full time, and I can hardly believe it! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how when I was working my day job and building the business on the side I wanted to be a full time photographer so desperately, and how for the past TWO years I’ve been lucky enough to get to wake up every day and live that as my reality! I used to think I was destined for a life of “jobs” but somehow the universe led me to a career doing something I love with all my heart. Through all of the ups and downs, leaving my day job to devote myself fully to Katie Nesbitt Photography was one of the best choices I ever made. I have so many things I could say about all of the adventures the business has brought into our lives over the past few years, but instead I’d like to just say thank you to all of our incredible clients. I’m beyond grateful for your support! It means the world to me. Here’s to all of my amazing couples, over three years in business, and now two years full time!

On Saturday we celebrated with one of those couples, Beth and Aaron, in Richmond! Here are a couple of peeks! I can’t wait to share more later this week!

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That’s it for me this morning! Hope you all have an amazing Monday!!

Shooting Tierney and Asad’s wedding this past weekend in Baltimore was such a treat! These two are one of the sweetest couples around, and anyone who spends any amount of time around them can see that. Their wedding day was such a joyful day…most weddings are, but this one was filled with a ton of sweet moments. From when one of Tierney’s best friends read a passage from Les Miserables during the ceremony, to the adorable speech Asad gave to his bride at the reception, there wasn’t a moment of this day that wasn’t filled with emotion! I caught myself tearing up a time or two as I watched it all unfold. Days like this really remind me how special what we do is, and how much of a gift it is to get to witness such incredible celebrations on a regular basis!

Here are a few of my favorites from this special day!

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I had never been to Old Ellicott City before this past weekend, but after spending Sunday evening exploring it with Lindsie and Tom, I sort of fell in love with it! It’s such a charming little downtown with tons of cute little spots. As much fun as it was to get to know a new part of Maryland I’ve never been to before, it was even more fun getting to spend time getting to know Lindsie and Tom a little better. We get to meet so many fun people, and these two are no exception to that! After being together nearly eight years and having two adorable babies together, these two are best friends who are so ready to finally tie the knot this September:) Can’t wait for their Baltimore wedding!!

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A while ago I mentioned that one of my personal projects for this year is shooting more film. I haven’t really gotten the chance to shoot as much as I’d hoped yet, but I did finally get a few of the rolls I shot this spring processed and scanned. After seeing my scans, I’m so excited to continue this project and hopefully photograph a ton of summertime adventures on film. Here are a few of my favorites from my spring scans, starting with some images of my WPPI roomies, Jen, Serena, and Josh!

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All images shot with a Canon Elan 7 on Fuji 400h. Scans by Indie Film Lab

Life is a little bit of a whirlwind for us right now. I just woke up this morning and realized that half of June has already passed us by…and there’s LESS than half of 2014 left! Seriously?? Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s? I remember being a little kid and feeling like summer lasted forever…and a week felt like a month…months felt like years. Time goes by at the speed of light now, and I have no idea when that started happening. I think, though, the busier, and busier we get, the faster it all flies by. I’m not complaining though…I love being busy! We are actually right toward the end of a big six week straight stretch of weddings (five of which, we traveled over the weekend for), and we always try to fit as many things into travel weekends as we can, so we have actually made a ton of memories. And, for some reason, making more memories has become somewhat of an obsession of mine lately. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been so motivated to plan trips, spend time with my friends as much as I can, and soak up every free minute I can doing something fun.

Oh, and my job means documenting memories every Saturday! Here’s a peek at Tierney and Asad’s wedding day!

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These two are literally one of the sweetest couples we’ve ever worked with. The speech Asad gave to Tierney at their wedding made me tear up big time!

Sunday we explored Old Ellicot City with Lindsie and Tom! These two are so fun! Can’t wait for their wedding in September!

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With each of our weddings this year, I’m reminded what a treat it is to be able to get to do this for a living and work with so many amazing couples! Dani and Billy’s wedding day at Billy’s family farm, was such a great example of this! These two made every inch of their wedding feel like them…from the wildflower bouquets that they made, to the fun and hilarious dance that Dani shared with her family at the reception, getting to spend the day with them was like getting to be a part of their fun world for a day! We loved every minute of it! Perfect weather, gorgeous couple, an adorable family farm…what more can you ask for for a day on the job??

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding!!

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I loved Billy’s grandparent’s farm!

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