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Ever wondered if you’re making wise decisions with your business investments? I’ll be the first to admit that when I started my business, I purchased what I WANTED and not what I NEEDED. I wasted money, bought a lens just because someone else had it, did very little research and made some financial mistakes. I’d love to save you from making those same mistakes! Here’s an example of one of my biggest mistakes when it came to purchasing a prime lens to add to my collection!

When I was about two years into shooting professionally, there was a photographer in Philadelphia who I loved following. She never shared anything helpful for other photographers which is fine, but I remember emailing her about whether or not I should invest in the 24mm 1.4. I knew that she used it and I liked the “epic-ness” of the extra wide lens but it was expensive.

I got about a 5 word response.
“Sure, it’s a great lens.”
That’s what she responded with.

I was used to photographers not desiring to connect with other photographers and definitely not helping one another out. Back in 2010, that was actually frowned upon in some circles!

Well, that is not the case anymore!!!

I’m THRILLED to share with you my thoughts on which lenses you should consider investing in and what order to purchase them!

Back in 2009, I DID buy the 24mm 1.4 and it wasn’t a good decision. I wasted $2400 on a lens that I would only use every now and then on wedding days.

The worst part?

I NEEDED other lenses in order to shoot a wedding day easily and professionally but I spent so much money on a specialty lens that wasn’t necessary.

If I had had someone willing to share their experience, their wisdom and their genuine advice with me, it would have saved me from making a bad purchase!!!

My hope is that this new Youtube Episode will help you make WISE decisions as you grow your lens collection and will allow you to feel confident in your decision making process!

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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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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