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This post has been weighing on me for a while. I don’t know how to start it or what exactly to say, so I guess I’ll just dive right in. Since 2008, over 300 couples have invited me along to capture one of the most important days of their lives, and it has been an honor and a joy. NOBODY has had better clients than me. We have laughed together, I have cried at your ceremonies, you have invited me into your homes, you have welcomed my husband and me when we happened to be visiting the cities where you live, you have sent me all manner of delicious treats and trinkets from your various corners of the globe, you have laughed at my stupid jokes, you have continued to allow me to photograph your beautiful families as they’ve grown. It’s been quite a ride.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout out to my Australian clients who have made up well over 50% of my clientele in the last decade. I was actually bumping into clients walking down the street when we were in Sydney in 2013. I have always felt a special kinship to Australians, and am grateful for all of you who went back home, told your friends about me, and literally sent me clients from across the globe. I would not have had a thriving business if not for Australians. You all seem to get me.

But despite all of these good things, it is time for me to end this elopement adventure, at least for the time being. In the nine years since I started this business my life has changed dramatically. I have traveled the world, got married, bought an apartment, had twins, and have grown so much in my skills and abilities as a photographer and business owner. My priorities have shifted and my mission as a photographer as evolved. I have decided to focus solely on newborns and families at the moment. I may come back to elopements down the road, but for the time being, family photography is calling me and I know that’s where my heart is.

I still have a few elopements scheduled for this year – and I am so excited to photograph them, nothing is changing in regards to clients who are already booked! We are on, and I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera. But I will not be taking on any new elopement or wedding clients for the foreseeable future. I will still, however, photograph engagements, anniversaries, families, kids, newborns… any and all manner of families. Moving from weddings to portraits gives me the opportunity to have a set schedule each week and to spend much more time with my twins. For this season in my life, this is the best way for me to strike a balance between home and work.

I have been mulling this decision over for at least a year and waffling back and forth about whether this is the right call, but the more families I photograph, the more I know that this is the right thing for me at this particular juncture. I have some big plans for my family work, including the possibility of opening up an actual studio in 2018. I hope you’ll continue to follow my work. As always, returning clients receive a 10% discount for life, so I hope to see some of my former elopement couples in front of my camera again down the road.

You can continue to follow my work and adventures on Instagram and on my new website: Katie Jane Families.

Once again, to everyone who has trusted me to capture their wedding, the phrase “thank you” cannot accurately capture the gratitude I feel toward you. Thank you for your kindness, for making me laugh, and above all, for trusting in my creative vision. I hope you’ll all continue to keep in touch. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • I am truly so excited for you on this new stage in your business!! It is so important to follow your heart and it will show in your work because of that (it’s why you are so good in the first place – you’ve always done that)!! Also – I have a thing with Australians too and your paragraph on that made me smile. I have so many Instagram friends who are Australian (maybe that sounds weird?! haha) who have sent me sweet packages for the boys when they were born and since then. They’re amazing!

This weekend I photographed an engagement session for my awesome friends, John and Ingrid. I love these two, and it was so much fun to get them in front of my camera. We shot at Floyd Bennett Field, which is a former airfield out near JFK. I have been wanting to shoot here for a long time, and was thrilled when they suggested it for their session. Much more to come, but here’s a small sneak peek!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been more politically active than usual lately. While I’ve always had activist tendencies, I have gotten too complacent in the last few years. I’ll be honest that the results of the election completely blindsided me, and I realized I cannot take our freedoms for granted anymore.

In the last few weeks, I have found myself calling my senators and representatives almost daily, protesting for the things I believe in, and donating money whenever I can to organizations that are out there doing the hard work to protect our rights and the rights of the most vulnerable people in society.

The Muslim ban has been particularly jarring. It’s one of the most unAmerican things I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. I have decided to use my work to raise money for one of the most important organizations helping refugees – International Rescue Committee. I have been a longtime supporter of this organization, and the work they are doing is more important now than ever. On January 29th, IRC launched a $5 million emergency appeal to help cover funding gaps tied to the Trump administration’s executive order. You can read more about their appeal here.

From now to March 3rd, I will be selling prints of my travel photography through my shop, and 100% of the profits will go to International Rescue Committee. You can buy prints ranging in size from 4×6 to 11×14, and each image is printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Deep Matte paper, guaranteed to last for 100 years. I am offering prints from a variety of locations, including Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Yellowstone National Park, and more. Once your order is placed, you can expect to receive your print within 7 business days. (These prints are unframed. If you live in NYC, I can recommend a few local places to have your images framed. If you live elsewhere, I highly recommend Framebridge for framing your photographs.) You can view the full gallery here: Prints to Benefit International Rescue Committee.

I am fully committed to fighting for the ideals I so dearly believe in and resisting this administration at every turn, in whatever way I can, particularly through my work. Thank you for joining me in this fight.

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It’s time for my favorite post of the year – the best of 2016! This year was so wonderful, work wise. I could not have had a more delightful clientele. I really cannot express to all of you who have allowed me to photograph you and be a part of your weddings how much that has meant to me. Thank you for making my job so happy, so easy, and so much fun. I am beyond grateful.

A lot of these weddings I haven’t yet blogged, and I will get around to doing that sometime in the next few months, but I didn’t want to wait on sharing my favorites from the year. This was such an interesting year. I got to photograph couples in unique locations all over the city, from the Columbia University campus to a grove of cherry blossoms in Central Park, from a gorgeous cathedral on the Upper East Side to – I’m not going to lie, the highlight of my year – the Gershwin Theater. In November, I photographed my final City Hall wedding, which was bittersweet, as I have so many fond memories shooting there. For the fourth year running, an overwhelming majority of my couples were Australian. Thanks, Australia! You keep my business afloat. And this year I had more sunrise weddings than ever before. I always offer it as an option, and over a quarter of my clients took me up on it. More sunrise elopements in 2017, please.

And speaking of 2017… I want to talk a little bit about my plans for the coming year. This year I’m going to focus more on newborns and families. I will only be taking on a handful of elopements, as my schedule allows. My twin daughters are at a (mostly) delightful age, and I really want to spend a lot more time with them this year. As I’ve mentioned before, I will no longer be photographing elopements at City Hall, but I will take on weddings anywhere else in NYC. If you’re eloping in 2017 and interested in getting on my calendar, I hope you’ll get in touch!

These are my favorite images from 2016. Some I love because of the composition or light, some I love because of the moment, some I love for reasons I can’t explain… I just do. I’ve included my favorites from the handful of engagement sessions I photographed this year, as well as my favorite portraits from my time in Iceland. Next week I’ll have a round up of my favorites from all the family and newborn sessions of 2016, so keep an eye out for that. Now on to the pretty!

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  • Oh hay, I’m in here! You had a seriously lovely year. I loved scrolling through your beautiful work :) I’m excited for your 2017!!

  • So many gorgeous couples in gorgeous locations! I love the Iceland photos and loved getting to finally meet you in person this year!

  • So beautiful. I love the colours and tones you get. Also heyyyy it’s me! <3

  • KJ you are a light master. These are so stunning!