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going to think I’m so strange but I actually find joy in creating new systems for organizing our life. Some of you think we’re uber organized and we’re not… you just see the parts of our lives that are “put together”. Yes, I labeled the shelves in our pantry… but I have an attic room that looks like a bomb went off in it! We’re not perfect…. and we’ll never be perfect… but we CAN be organized to some degree! I haven’t completely mastered this area of organization yet but I’m getting closer to really having a system that works. I obviously love photography… which means that I love having pictures of my family and our life.

The hard part is that the pictures that I take for my family never get edited. They get uploaded but those raw files just sit there. So this past year I decided to get better at my managing my personal images.

Michael and I are in a season of life where we have the opportunity and freedom to travel. We realize life won’t always look like this and so we’re taking advantage of it while we can!! … And we want to REMEMBER our adventures!! So this past year I have made it a priority to make Blurb Books of our big adventures! Blurp is just an great option for printing your own hardback books! There are a lot of other options out there! I may try Artifact Uprising for a personal book down the road just for fun! We’ll see! The beauty of designing these books is that they capture our adventures and we’ll keep them forever! My goal at the end of my life is to have a massive library of our adventure books…. well maybe just a few bookshelves. A library was a little over the top. :)

So far, I’ve documented Bokeh’s first year, Our Honeymoon, Our RV Vacation, Our House Building Adventure and our Hawaiian Vacation. I love the 12×12 books because they are huge and their full spread pages are beautiful!!! I also love that they look awesome in our coffee table! We bought THIS coffee table from IKEA and we love it!! Everyone loves it and compliments it because it’s great for entertaining. When we’re hanging out in the living room for an extended period of time, someone always ends up pulling out a book or two!!

Every time a new book is printed, the more I want to make another one! I just feel so accomplished having images printed and saved this way!! Now, you have to understand that this type of stuff is FUN for me! I enjoyed designing these books! If you don’t enjoy designing albums, I can totally understand why you may be rolling your eyes right now. Here’s a thought, someone should start a business offering to design people’s vacation albums!!!! Seriously! SO many people would pay for that! Tangent. Anyway… enjoy this little peek into how we are starting to store personal photos! My goal from now on is to still make books for our big adventures but to also print a “Yearbook” of our life every year!! (We’ll see if I can actually make that happen!!!:) Happy Monday!

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— Katelyn

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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