You’re probably wondering where I’ve been the last ten or so days.  I’ve actually been working like a crazy person, and although I’ve wanted to blog all week, I decided to wait until the time was right.

I recently had an important decision to make… keep my last name (Parker) once I’m married, or take my soon-to-be husband’s last name (Goulah).  I thought it would actually be a harder decision than it turned out to be.  John and I are becoming a family, and we want to share a last name… so Goulah it will be.  There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to changing your name… this is just what’s right for me and my new family.

The harder decision came next… what about my business?  Katie Jane Parker Photography?  I agonized over whether or not to keep my maiden name as my business name or change it to something else for a LONG time.  I finally decided there were just too many names, too much confusion, so I am dropping the Parker, and changing my business to Katie Jane Photography.  Little did I know what a giant ordeal it is to change your business name… from the little things like the web address (which is now to my logo to my marketing materials to everything on the back end.  Whew.  It has been quite an experience, but I think I’ve covered all my bases.

So it is official now… my new business identity is Katie Jane Photography.  Make sure you update your readers with the new blog address ( and add my new email address to your contact list (info [at]  It has been such a challenging week, but I’m so excited about the change.  (My blog and website also got a facelift in the process, so be sure to take a look around at all the exciting changes.)

Thanks for your patience during this week, as I know I’ve been slower to respond to emails and phone calls.

And, because every post needs a picture, take a look at this little gem.  I was looking for something on my external hard drive when I came across a bunch of photos I took of our cat – Olive – when we first brought her home from the shelter.  She was all skin and bones; she literally fit in your hand.  Now… well… she’s kind of a beast.  The photo to the right really doesn’t do her chubbiness justice.  It’s amazing how much she’s changed in three years.