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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If you’re looking for a way to get motivated and be a little more productive (and let’s be real, who isn’t??), you’ve come to the right place! I wanted to share this easy little thing that I started doing somewhat recently that anyone can add to their daily routine. In the process of planning my workshop presentation, I decided to time myself editing and culling one day so I could see exactly how long it takes me to get it all done from start to finish. I kind of had an idea of the amount of time it takes cumulatively, but I wanted to be able to share an actual amount of time.

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(Um, please ignore the crack in my iPhone screen…crack is whack!)

Using the stopwatch feature on my iPhone, I basically “clock in” when I sit down to cull, and then edit a wedding by starting the clock, then hit “lap” every time I finish a major step in the process (like finishing a category, etc). I stop the clock every time I get up to take a break or check emails or whatever. Doing something as simple as starting a clock for myself when I edit was SO helpful in keeping me focused…and also, giving myself a certain time goal I wanted to meet helped me finish even faster than I normally do! Knowing the clock is running makes it more difficult for me to stop what I’m doing to check Facebook or reply to random text messages. Instead of getting up to get a snack in the middle of editing a reception or getting ready details,  I make myself wait until I’ve been at it at least an hour, or until I finish if there aren’t that many images in the category I’m working on.

The best thing about knowing how long it takes me to cull and edit is actually being able to schedule time on my calendar for it. I definitely suggest that you time yourself editing at least once…that way you have a baseline to go off of. It will make it so much easier to tackle editing (especially if you’re still running your business and working another full time job) if you know you need four hours to get the wedding edited…you can schedule two hours one day and two hours the next…or you can schedule the entire four hours on one afternoon and knock it out all at once!

I love timing myself editing now…it keeps me focused on the task at hand, and it also appeals to my inner runner! As a runner, there’s nothing better than beating your personal best time by a few minutes or seconds, and timing myself editing brings out that same feeling! I think this is something anyone who’s looking to be more productive can implement. Try it out and see if it works for you! The key to be productive is finding things that work for you:)

 

Summer is one of my favorite seasons (okay, so there are only four, I like all of them but Winter), which is partly because I have a summer birthday, so it’s always meant I had something to look forward to, other than just being out of school for a couple of months. I have so many good memories of summers past…from crabbing with my grandparents and cousins, to week long family vacations to the beach, Summer has always been full of great times, and good eats. There’s just something about the start of summer that feels so hopeful and never-ending…I love it!

Since Summer is actually one of my busiest times, and you know, being an adult means you don’t have as much free time, I’ve started to try to make a conscious effort to make plans to enjoy summer instead of just watching it pass by and then realizing in September there were all these fun things I wanted to do that I can’t do for another year. So, here’s my summer bucket list!

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  • Go crabbing
  • Eat crabs (you knew that was going to have to be on here!)
  • Winery tour of Charlottesville wineries/breweries
  • Go tubing
  • See a concert
  • Pick peaches
  • Bake a pie (maybe with peaches??)
  • Have a picnic
  • See fireworks
  • Eat a corn dog/festival food
  • Take a day trip to OBX
  • Go to a festival
  • Ride bikes at the oceanfront
  • Kayaking
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Start training for my second half marathon

That’s it for my list this year! I’m definitely looking forward to making lots of fun memories over the next few months! What about you guys…any of these things on your summer bucket lists?

 

 

 

We have a pretty busy week ahead of us….lots of preparations for the workshop are getting under way (including a site visit today and a trip to check out rentals for the styled shoot at the end of the week!), and we are right in the middle of busy season, which means lots of time spent in my office too. This time of year can kind of feel like a whirlwind, but you know what? I’m so thankful to be busy! Almost two years ago when I left my full time job, I was so worried that I wouldn’t be busy enough and that I’d have to go back to working in an office full time. We have been fortunate enough to work with over 50 couples since my first day taking the leap to full time business owner, and I’ll be forever grateful to each of them! So, to all of the clients who have chosen to work with us (and become dear friends!), thank you so much for supporting this little business!! It means the world to us:)

Here’s a peek at the wedding we shot in Frederick, Maryland over the weekend!

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Lots of exciting things coming to the blog this week, including more of this couple!

This past weekend, we shot the most adorable wedding at The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard. I was so excited to finally meet Allison and Matt in person! These two are the kind of people who make everyone around them feel welcome and at home with them…and that was apparent to me even through email and grainy Skype chats! Despite meeting them both for the first time on their wedding day, they both made us feel like old friends. I knew from chatting with Allison that their wedding was going to be fun and very well thought out, and I wasn’t disappointed! Everything was so pretty and so very them. I loved every minute of shooting this one, and I know you’ll love scrolling through my favorites and getting a peek into their day!

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Such a sweet and emotional moment! Allison’s sorority has a tradition where each bride passes the garter to the next girl getting married…the sorority sister who gave it to Allison passed away not too long ago.

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Allison and her dad did a first look!

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Right before the sun went down, we snuck out for a few more portraits!!

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Reception time! This was one of the most fun receptions!

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Right before the end of the night, guests were invited to grab a few hot donuts as a late night treat/favor! I’m so happy that donuts are a thing at weddings now!

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So good.

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