Hi Friends!!

I know it’s been quiet around here…okay, a little more than quiet (more like ghostly). To be honest, I was feeling like a total failure. I worked so hard to go full time and build this little business of mine, but it just wasn’t working for us. I worked my ass off, day and night – every night. I networked, I spent weekends shooting, and weekdays editing and running it all. I struggled with still missing out on seeing my daughter..I was missing my own memories while I captured memories for others. Business was good, but my fuel tank was running on empty.

With the new year, I made the decision to go back to work full time as a nurse. I know what you’re thinking..”WHAT?! But you JUST went full time!!” I know!! We want to buy a house, so I knew this would be key in paying things off so it would happen as quickly as possible. Initially I planned to just do it until we bought a house, still do photography with the same full time load I had last year, then go full time with photography again. Well…this transition has been one that’s made my family re-evaluate what is truly important to us.

For my whole life, since I was a little girl, all I have ever wanted to be was a mommy. I wanted to be a wife and a momma and that’s it. Well, life doesn’t always work the way we want…and I have to work to help support this family…but I’m a wife and momma just the same.

After returning to working full time as a nurse, I realized how much time photography has taken away from my time with my family. Weekends away shooting, weekdays and evenings spent running the business or editing. Sure, I could hire someone to take some tasks from me…but 1. I’m too controlling for that…and 2. That just takes money from my family…which wasn’t an option with the goals we had set.

Photography, while I love it and it makes me so happy…I’m not seeing my family or friends enough. My husband works evenings and our only time together is weekends – The only reason I’ve seen him this week is because we just got back from vacation…and ya’ll thats just not okay. I need to be nourishing my relationships. I need to be there for my daughters sports activities, for lazy weekends curled up with my love, and for our friends’ babies birthdays. The more I got to participate in, the more I realized that now is just not the right season for me to do photography.

So, here’s what I’ve decided. I didn’t take any portrait sessions for the year, so that worked out. I will finish out the year with the last two weddings I have on the schedule…and will not be taking any photography work for 2018. I have put off making this announcement for way too long.

I’m so so lucky to have been able to work with the most incredible couples and families. I’ve loved this crazy ride…but I am so excited for this next chapter. You haven’t seen the last of me. I’ve considered starting a blog – doing hand lettering – or something else! I’m excited to have time to explore other mediums of art….to spend quality time with my little girl and husband…to live this life I’ve always wanted.

xoxo,
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  • August 28, 2017 - 5:33 pm

    Sarah Wockenfuss - I know it was hard to make this decision in life, but I am SO happy for you. Enjoy the precious time with your family!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2017 - 12:25 am

    Anne Casey - GOOD! You have to do what feels right in your heart and what’s best for your family. You’ll come back to it when you want to and when you have the time! We’re all supporting you!ReplyCancel

Venue: Rocklands Farm
Dress: Couture by Posh 

Diane & Drew were married the day after their engagement session in a sweet courthouse wedding. Then, months later, they renewed their vows and had the celebration of the year! Their gorgeous rustic wedding couldn’t have been any more incredible. Diane’s dress was a STU-NNER. It’s hi-lo lace skirt, and lace back made it one of the most unique wedding dresses I have ever seen! Diane paired an antiqued cowgirl boot with it, and it was amazing!

Rocklands Farm is SUCH a gorgeous venue! It’s so versatile with having the historic manor, the huge gorgeous barn, silos, and fields. The golden sunset in the distance peeks perfectly through the trees, and the owner and staff couldn’t have been any sweeter! Did I mention they have mix-match china that you can rent?! SO cute!

Diane & Drew decided shortly before their wedding day to add a couple of hours to my time, and I am so so glad they did! The dance floor was full all night long, and their guests were so much fun! If you’ve ever watched me work a wedding, you know I sing every song I remotely know the words to, and will dance along when its my favorite. This wedding definitely goes down in the books as one of my favorites from the whole year!

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Thanks so much Diane & Drew for allowing me to capture this incredible day!

Were you a vendor for this awesome wedding!? Email me at katrina@katrinagraham.com to be added to the vendor list in this post!

Know someone getting married?? I’m currently booking 2017 & 2018 weddings! Email katrina@katrinagraham.com for more information!

xoxo,
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Venue: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyard
Dress: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Hair: Kristen C. Artistry
Caterer: Mission BBQ
Flowers: Weaver’s Fresh Cut Flowers
Cake: Cupcakes By Krissy
DJ: Claddagh Productions Entertainment Services

Sierra & Steven are two of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! When I met them for the first time at their consultation, Steven was getting ready to leave with the military. Sierra did an incredible job of scheduling everything wedding related whenever she got the chance when Steven would be home so he could be involved as much as possible.

These two made my job SO easy. Seriously, they had no trouble at all showing affection to one another, even with me and my camera in their faces. Sierra’s blush gown couldn’t have been any more perfect. With buttons from the back to the tip of the train, it was both unique and classically beautiful.

Robin Hill Farm & Vineyard made the perfect location for their rustic, romantic wedding day. We hit the vineyard for portraits before the ceremony after their first look, and the farms fields afterwards. Sierra loves photography as much as I do, and gave us plenty of time to get as many portraits as we could get!

I just loved getting to capture their amazing wedding day, and I can’t wait to see the adventures they have together!

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Thanks so much Sierra & Steven for allowing me to be a part of your day! xoxo

Getting married?! I’m currently booking 2017 & 2018 weddings! Email katrina@katrinagraham.com for more information on how to become a KG Bride!

xoxo,

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Venue & Catering: Liberty Mountain Resort

Dress: TLC Bridal Boutique Inc

Hair: Belleza Hair Salon

Make Up: The Art of Beauty

DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment

Cake & Dessert Table: Stone House Cakery & Cafe

Photo Booth: Creative Force Photo Booth

Monica & Patrick’s wedding was so amazing! Their sweet ceremony was held at their family church in Frederick. With family and friends surrounding them, they promised a life full of faith and love, together. The celebration continued at Liberty Mountain Resort, and my-oh-my, is that venue gorgeous! Rolling hills over the golf course, and mountains in the distance; floor to ceiling windows framed the view of the softest ombre’ sunset. I’m so happy to have been a part of this incredible day! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. DiBella!

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xoxo,

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Venue & Catering: Rivers Edge Catering & Conference Center
Dress: Today’s Bride
Hair & Makeup: Bella Salon & Spa
Florals: Weavers Flowers
DJ: Invincible Entertainment LLC
Cake: Anita’s Cake Shop
Transportation: Legacy Limousine

You might remember Megan & Aaron from their adorable engagement session back in April. You can check that out, here, if you want to! These two are some of the absolute sweetest people you could ever meet.

Their ceremony was at their home church, and with Aaron’s dad performing the service, they said I DO! One of my FAVORITE songs was played during the ceremony, and I totally bawled my eyes out behind my camera — ESPECIALLY when Megan started to sing it to Aaron while it played. **swoon!!** Listen to that song, here! (no seriously, go listen to it because its amazeballs).

I was so lucky that Megan & Aaron gave me a really great chunk of time for their portraits, then on top of it let me take them back out for sunset portraits. I was in photographer heaven!! The reception venue, Rivers Edge, is officially one of my favorite venues ever. Not only is it so gorgeous, and literally on the edge of the river, they treated us vendors SO well, which is rare and so appreciated!

Megan & Aaron’s family and friends brought the house down into the night, and I had a blast getting to capture it all!

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I don’t usually share reception shots in a blog, but some of these were so fun! I love it when the toasts create a range of emotions for the bride and groom. It definitely gives me some fun shots!

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The father daughter dance always makes me teary eyed. I think it makes me realize that one day we’ll be watching Lyla dance with my husband on her wedding day. AAAANNNNNDDDDD I’m crying again. (also, who am I kidding I’m totally doing a mommy daughter dance with her because, WHY is this not a thing!?!?)

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At the end of every wedding, I get a picture with my Bride & Groom. With the exception of one or two that we didn’t get a chance to, I’m so happy to have these to look back on. These couples are more than just clients to me. They become friends, and I love rooting them on through all the marriage milestones.

pax-river-wedding-photo_0062I’m currently booking 2017 & 2018 weddings! Email katrina@katrinagraham.com for more information.

xoxo,

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