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is new trend happening in our industry. All around us, photographers and business owners are deciding that there should be more than just a few MASSIVE conferences for inspiration and education. So what are they doing? They are creating their own! In true entrepreneurial fashion, these individuals are making it happen and everyone who can’t get all the way to Vegas for WPPI or any other long distance conference are thankful for them! I personally love this movement! We’re speaking at 5 smaller conferences in the next year and we’re SO excited!!

I honestly think this is where the industry is headed when it comes to education. Sure, big conferences will probably always exist and we’ll probably always go to them, but online education and smaller, more local conference seem to be the next big thing! They are popping up everywhere!! So why am I telling you all of this?! Because I have the honor to be speaking in Alexandria, VA on August 12th for CLIC Conference! We were just a part of the Raliegh CLIC event and we absolutely loved it! I’m so excited to be a little closer to my VA friends and I can’t wait to see who comes!! This conference is for photographers who want to get inspired and grow in both their photography and their business knowledge! Michael and I are so pumped to share about this because we are actually giving away a FREE SEAT!!! AH!!! Somebody is going to be attending CLIC Alexandria for FREE! So enter the giveaway below!! We can’t wait to meet you there!! Ps. To read more about our last CLIC speaking event, visit THIS LINK! This GIVEAWAY ENDS IN 6 DAYS! After 6 days, if you weren’t the lucky winner, you can still signup with a KJ Discount 20% OFF! Just use this CODE: KATELYNVA14  EXPIRES JULY 12th!

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Ryan + Danielle | Engaged A Classic Maymont Engagement Session | Richmond, Va

It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!

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This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!

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Abby + Tyler A Timeless Wedding | Belmont Historic Manor House & Country Club

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Student Spotlight July 2021

Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!

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Rhett’s Sixth Month

This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!

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Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!

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Hope + Jesse A Gillbrook Farms Wedding

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Rhett’s Fifth Month

Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.

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