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We’ve been married six years now. SIX YEARS. We’re offically closer to ten years than we are to zero…if you rounded our number, you’d round up, not down! A lot of life has been lived in the space of that six years. We’ve had a lot of wonderful, happy moments, with a handful of horrible, terrible, bad days thrown in here, because that’s just how life works. In six years we are lucky to have done so many things, been so many places, and made a million memories together.

When I think back to who I was on our wedding day, six years ago, I’m kind of amazed at how I’ve changed and grown. And when I look back at that girl, I realize that it’s only because of John that I’ve become who I am today. His presence in my life has influenced so much of who I am. I was really young when we got married…23 to be exact. The closer I get to 30, the more I realize how young I really was back then! I was a baby!

Photo by Jodi and Kurt

John and I started dating the summer that I turned 20. The very first birthday of mine that we celebrated together we went to Busch Gardens with another friend and he bought me a jello parfait cup at the Smokehouse as a birthday treat. I don’t even LIKE jello, but I ate it to be nice. I’ve known him since I was basically a kid, and spent a lot of my 20s growing up with him right there beside me.

A lot of marriages and relationships that start when you’re young don’t end up lasting as long as ours. People change, they grow apart. I consider myself lucky to have been able to grow up with John instead of growing away from him, but I don’t think it was an accident that it happened that way. I think he has consciously let me grow, learn, experience, whatever I wanted or needed to do. He’s always been my biggest supporter, my cheerleader.

I’ve watched him do this a lot over the years, but I saw it happen again just this past Saturday. We were out running on the trail together, and John, who is slowly easing back into training after having to take most of the last year off from working out due to an injury (and the surgery that the injury resulted in) started falling behind me. I didn’t really notice that he wasn’t right behind me at first…the sheer fact that he runs slightly behind me in the first place, is because I’m a brat.

(I feel like I should elaborate on that a little bit before I continue with my story) So, I’ve always been so much less fit than John…He played multiple sports in high school and has been lifting weights and exercising strenuously for more than ten years. I started running a few years ago and lifting weights regularly just two years ago. He’s always been the strongest person I knew and if he ran ahead of me, he’d leave me in his dust, so I always insisted he run slightly behind me and let me be the one to set our pace so that I wouldn’t pass out somewhere by myself on the trail. He’s the kind of person who doesn’t mind humoring somewhat diva like requests like that, so he’d allow me to run a bit ahead and set a pace that was comfortable for me.

Up until this past Saturday, we hadn’t run together in a really long time. I can’t even remember the last time we did, actually. I ran a few feet ahead of John, setting our pace, and I felt really good, so I started running just a little bit faster. A few minues passed before I realized that he wasn’t right behind me anymore. I stopped and waited and when he caught up, I asked him if he wanted me to wait and run slower for him and he said “No, you’re doing so great, go ahead and I’ll catch up.”

Tears are gathering in my eyes as I write that because I know that the reason we have made it through the past six years of what I call “mind puberty” (aka, your twenties), is because of John. Because he is better than me. Because he’s the type of person to not make me run slightly behind him because he’s not making choices based on the fact that he’s desperately afraid of getting left (unlike me…haha) and genuinely wants to watch me succeed.

In the past almost ten years since we’ve started dating, I’ve opened a business, left a full-time job to run said business, traveled to Europe and all over the US, run a marathon and two Spartan races. I’ve had a ton of life experiences that I might not have had if I didn’t have a husband who was willing to sacrifice, willing to put his own needs aside, willing to let me grow and do and learn. Where I was always slightly holding him back on our trail runs, he wanted to see me succeed no matter what. Instead of leaving the trail that day feeling like I was killing it running wise, I left feeling like I needed to step up my wife game. Rather than hold me back so I could run with him, John wanted to see me succeed. That’s the kind of person I want to be. The kind of wife I want to be. John is truly the better out of the two of us, and I’m grateful that I get to live each day with him at my side. Marriages aren’t always equal and there are times when I’m the one pulling most of the weight when it comes to the relationship, but I know that if I continue to strive to be like my sweet, kind, husband, I will for sure be better for it.

Six years into our marriage and I’m still learning new things about married life every day. I can’t wait to see what this next year of marriage will bring our way!

See more anniversary posts and other John and Katie things here!


Washington DC Engagement Photos | Heidi + Joe

You know how I talk a lot about how fast time flies by? Well, these two are actually making me wish it would speed up even more quickly so that it would be 2018 already and time for their wedding! One of the things I love most about photographing weddings is working with people like Heidi and Joe who I would hang out with even if we weren’t their wedding photographers! We’ve gotten to meet a ton of really amazing people through our work, and these two are no exception!

After having to reschedule because of the finicky Spring weather, we finally lucked out with a beautiful (albeit chilly!) morning to spend some time visiting some of their favorite spots around DC! And they treated us to donuts afterward! Can’t beat that! Enjoy some favorites from our time together:)

Ann Carlisle

BEAUTIFUL, KATIE!!! Heidi and Joe are the SWEETEST couple and I’m so ecstatic that you are capturing this amazing time in their lives!!! Can’t wait for the wedding!! xoxo

Georgetown University Wedding Photos | Mary & Simon

After shooting almost 130 weddings, you’d think that it might start getting kind of old. That couldn’t be farther from the truth though, and I’ll tell you why…it’s because of couples like Mary and Simon, who are just so head over heels in love. Getting to witness two people who are so deeply in love, who are best friends like John and I are, become husband and wife is something that is just so special! Every wedding day is unique and I LOVED this one! Mary’s mom, Lisa, planned everything out so perfectly that the only small hiccup was running just a few minutes late after hair and makeup…but there was so much portrait time for us, we made up for it by taking lots of photos before AND after the ceremony! It rained just enough to bring good luck to the newlyweds and stopped right when we needed to do photos.

I loved the sweetness of this wedding, the focus Mary and Simon put on sharing the day with their family and friends, and all of the ways they made their day one to remember. I’ll never forget their sweet vows or how there wasn’t a dry eye in the church when they read them to one another. And Dalhgren Chapel and Georgetown University couldn’t be a better place for wedding photos!! I could have shot portraits there all day long!

This wedding was such a privelige to be a part of and I’m thankful they chose us to be their photographers! Enjoy a few of my favorite images!!

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Mary and Simon had one of the sweetest first looks I’ve ever seen!! Neither of them had any idea what the other was going to be wearing since Simon picked his own suit…their reactions were priceless!

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I also loved that they walked into the ceremony together! How adorable and unique!!

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Just before our time together ended, the sun came out! What a perfect ending, right?? We snuck outside for just a few sunset photos. I love that they’ll have the best of both worlds (clean, overcast light and a warm sunset!) in their wedding day images!

Congrats again, guys!! It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day!!

Vendor Team:

Planner: Mary’s Mom, Lisa // Venue: Ritz Carlton Georgetown // Chapel: Dalghren Chapel at Georgetown University //Flowers: Urban Stems // Hair and makeup: Illusions Salon // Music: Elan Artists //

Are you getting married at Georgetown University? We’d love to chat about photographing your day! See more info here and shoot me a message here


This is such a beautiful wedding Katie!! I love the way you captured Georgetown’s campus!!

They are seriously such a beautiful couple together! I love this!

What a beautiful wedding! I cant get over his reaction to his beautiful bride. So perfect!!

Virginia Lifestyle Portraits | Janine, Josh, & Cassidy

One of the greatest joys that comes from my job is getting to share in some of the biggest moments in peoples’ lives. Our clients let us into some of the most exciting milestones in their lives and that never stops being a privilege! It’s been a joy to see Janine and Josh go from being engaged to taking on married life and now parenthood! They are SO suited to their new roles as Mom and Dad! To see them dote and love on baby Cassidy was just the sweetest thing!

I really enjoy these kinds of in home portrait sessions for new parents! These photos are such wonderful memories of a time that’s going to fly by in the blink of an eye! I can’t tell you how much these sessions make me so excited for that time in my own life 🙂 Enjoy a few of my favorites from my time with Janine, Josh, and Cassidy!


Monthly Meeting – May

I have no idea how it’s not only MAY already but halfway through it! I say this every year, but this year seems to be flying by faster than normal, doesn’t it? It’s unreal how fast the time is going by, but I think that’s a good reminder to soak it all in and be intentional with our time!

Here’s how I did with my April goals:

Once a week pre-Blog a week’s worth of content a week in advance – Fail. Being really real here, I’ve definitely put the blog on the back burner behind client images and other things I have to work on every day. Sometimes it just isn’t my top priority anymore and that’s okay!

Finish planning and prepping (and HOST!) the very first Styled Experience – Complete! I can’t wait to share the images and a little more about how it all went!!

Finish reading “Everybody Writes” and blog about it. – I feel like this poor book will never get finished! I’m learning that the best way for me to get books in during this busy time of year is actually audiobooks…because I can actually actively listen while I work. Maybe I need to buy the audio book of this!!!

Stock photo day for blog and social media images – Yes! I could use another day for this though in the upcoming months.

Research a few new ideas for client gifts – In progress. I’ve found a couple ideas, but I’d like a few more.

Send my camera to be cleaned – Done. Nothing too exciting to share here!

Here are my May business goals:

  • Start pre-planning my Instagram content (can you believe I’ve never done this before??)
  • Clean up my Pinterest Boards
  • Research rechargeable flash batteries
  • Refresh website galleries with new images

Last month’s personal goal progress:

  • CLIMB THE ROPE…at the Spartan Race YESSS!!! I FINALLY DID IT! You can read about it on my personal blog if you’re interested!!
  • Schedule at least one date night/day with John where we don’t use our phones. So, we did have a date day, but we used our phones. Womp, womp. There’s always this month to try again though, right??
  • Read one novel for fun. While I was traveling, I read Big Little Lies (and then watched the HBO mini series when I got home!)
  • Stay healthy while traveling. Made it through last month’s trips without getting sick! Hallelujah!

May’s Personal Goals

  • Eat less refined and added sugars. I would love to cut back on sugar to see if it affects how much I crave it these days. I never craved sugar before, but lately, the more I eat, the more I realize how addictive it really is!
  • Limit screen time in the evenings.
  • Refrain from checking emails outside of “office hours”.
  • Celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary!

What I am excited for this month:

  • Weddings! This month is one of my favorite for weddings…not that I’m biased or anything;)
  • Our sixth wedding anniversary!
  • Warmer weather
  • Grilling season!

May is one of my favorite months, so I’m enjoying it while it’s here! Hope you all are enjoying this month so far too!