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Central Park Engagement Session || Amber & Marley

When my friend Amber, who is also a photographer, asked if I would photograph an engagement session for her and her amazing fiance, Marley, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I love getting my friends in front of my camera so much. We planned the session for the last two hours of the day, so we could take advantage of the yummy summer, golden light. So of course, it was foggy and misty and surprisingly chilly for June. Nevertheless, I love what we ended up with – the city has such an amazing feeling to it when it’s gray and foggy, and I love how that comes across in photographs.

These two made my job so easy. It’s pretty obvious how crazy they are about one another and what an ease they have together. Amber & Marley – you two are the best, and I am so excited to celebrate at your wedding!!

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That last image is perfection. So much joy in all of these!! So much love for these two. Beautiful work Katie!

Oh my gosh – I love how her outfit pops against the gray backdrop of the city!! Also, those red (hair piece, lips & shoes) accents are perfection! These are stunning and so happy!!!

Aww!

LOVE. Beautiful photos! Amber you look gorgeous!

Updates || New York Portrait Photographer

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Things were pretty mellow around here, as the girls are still a little too young to appreciate fireworks. We all grilled some good food, spent time in our backyard, and enjoyed a nice, long weekend together.

I wanted to do a little housekeeping and share some updates with everyone.

First of all, I still have a couple of spots available for my mini sessions on September 20th in Riverside Park, so just let me know if you’d like to snag one of the spots. I believe I have two spots left.

There were a few people interested in mini sessions, but who could not make September 20th work, so I am going to add another date of mini sessions shortly. Newsletter subscribers will get first dibs, so sign up if you want to be the first to know about the next mini session date.

Which leads me right into my next note… I have a newsletter! Yay! It’s something I’ve been meaning to get off the ground for… well… years. The newsletter is a great way to keep up to date on sales/offers, events, and updates. (I will never spam you, and never give your email address to a 3rd party.) Ideally, I’ll be sending out a quarterly newsletter, so you can expect to hear from me just four times a year, and there will always be a special surprise for newsletter subscribers. Click here to subscribe.

Finally, I have a little side project I am working on. It is not wedding related, and I am really really excited about it. The good news for you is that I need some families willing to be photographed in their home for the project. In return, you get free photographs of you and your family, which is always awesome. Email me at katie[at]katiejanephoto[dot]com if you or someone you know is interested. I will consider families in New York City, Long Island, northern New Jersey, Westchester, and parts of Connecticut.

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

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NYC Family Portrait Photographer || The Michael Family || Central Park

One of the best things about my job is when I have the chance to photograph the same people from year to year. I photographed Kara & Andrew’s Central Park elopement in 2013, and this week they returned to the city for a visit with their beautiful six month old daughter in tow. I was so excited when Kara emailed me to ask if I would photograph a family session of the three of them, and this morning we all returned to Central Park to document the next phase of their lives. It was so much fun to photograph a family again – something I used to do quite a lot, but haven’t done as much since I started focusing on elopements. Here is a small sneak peek – much more to come. Kara & Andrew – it was so wonderful to get you two in front of my lens again, and meet your sweet girl! Thank you for everything!

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Goulahs Go West || Travel Photography

Last summer, John and I took an epic road trip from Missoula, Montana to Phoenix, Arizona. Five states, roughly 1500 miles by car, three national parks, two state parks, one tribal park… all while five months pregnant with twins. We decided to plan this trip after we got back from Australia in 2013 – we had traveled to the other side of the world and had seen one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and yet we were suddenly struck by the fact that we had never fully explored our own country. Needless to say, we planned this trip before I found out I was pregnant, but decided to go ahead with it despite the fact I was a little more limited in what I could do – white water rafting and long hikes were decidedly out. It was still an amazing trip, but I desperately want to retrace our steps – perhaps with the kids in tow next time – and do all the things I was unable to do the first time around.

We flew to Missoula first because John’s dad lives there. He, his girlfriend, and John’s sister joined us for the first part of our trip through Yellowstone. Our time in Missoula was brief, but we managed to go tubing down the Clark Fork River and walk around town a little bit. I’m hoping we can make it back to Missoula next summer, because I really loved it. Then we set out for Yellowstone – staying at the Canyon Lodge near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone is an incredible place. It sticks with you. I’ve been thinking about it a lot since we were there – I’ve just never been so overwhelmed by a place. Yellowstone is almost unfathomable in its beauty. We were lucky enough to see buffalo, coyotes, elk, tons of beautiful birds, and most incredible of all – a black bear walking through a field of wild flowers with her twin cubs in tow. (I actually asked my friend Erin, who is an amazing artist, to paint this scene for me to hang in the girls’ room after they were born because it felt like such a good omen when we saw the bear.)

After our time in Yellowstone, we parted ways with our family and headed to Park City, Utah for a few relaxing days. I LOVE Utah. I first visited in 2012 when I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at the Sundance Resort. I was so happy to be back. We wandered around Park City, explored Antelope Island State Park, ate lots of good food, and lounged at our hotel pool. (We are actually going back to Park City again in December – my first wintertime visit – and I am so excited.) If you haven’t been to Utah, you need to go. It’s the best.

Our next stop was Moab and Arches National Park. Moab is such a cool little town, and one of my biggest regrets is that we didn’t plan enough time here. We stayed at the Red Cliffs Lodge, and our room was just steps from the Colorado River. This was probably my favorite hotel on our trip. Arches is beautiful – the rock formations are stunning. It was also HOT. Around 105 if I recall correctly.

Monument Valley was next after Moab, and I think it was probably our least favorite stop. There was just nothing I could do here as a pregnant lady. It was a beautiful place – and the highlight of our stop here was watching the sunrise over the rock formations. But I was glad we were only here for a day and was excited to move on to the Grand Canyon. We stayed in Williams, Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon. It’s a kitschy little town, and I loved it. On the day we visited, the Grand Canyon was very hazy from all the fires around. I’d like to visit again, but next time I definitely want to go down into it, preferably on a raft.

Finally we ended our trip in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a few days of poolside laziness. It was the perfect, relaxing end to our trip.

I think the biggest thing I got out of our trip is an obsession with our national parks. I always fancied myself a city girl, but I loved being in these wild places. I want to go back to Yellowstone, and plan trips to other parks – particularly Yosemite and Glacier. I have some plans in the works for a long hike next summer out west with friends, which I hope come to fruition.

All the photographs in this post were shot on film – either 35mm or on my Mamiya 645-AFD. To see more photographs from our trip, just search the hashtag #goulahsgowest on Instagram.

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These are amazing! What a great trip!

Jessica

Katie, these are awesome!! The second picture, the one with the wolf/coyote, is phenomenal. I LOVE it!!

New York City Elopement Photographer || Love Wins

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but the Supreme Court finally (finally!) legalized same sex marriage nationwide on Friday, just in time for Pride this weekend. And what an incredible weekend it has been. I feel like I haven’t stopped grinning.

On Friday morning, waiting for the ruling to come down, I felt such a knot in my stomach. I was fairly confident the Supreme Court would do the right thing, but it was hard not to feel nervous, thinking of all my couples over the years who had been waiting so long for this moment. When it happened, I just couldn’t stop crying. I grabbed my children and held them to my chest as we watched President Obama’s speech after the ruling. (While we normally don’t let them watch TV, sometimes you just have to break the rules when history is being made.) They will now get to grow up in a country where they will be able to marry anyone they want, if they decide to get married someday. And their generation will think it’s crazy that we ever denied same sex couples that right. That is a beautiful thing.

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To all the couples I have had the honor of photographing over the years who have been waiting so long for this day, I just wish I could give you all a giant hug. It makes my heart so happy to know your marriages will now be recognized wherever you live.

I’ll leave you with the final paragraph from Justice Kennedy’s opinion, which is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read on marriage…

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

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Unckle Mike

Proud of you Katie!

Gwen Schablik

Words can’t express how happy we are to have met you and to have had you be part of our special day. Thank you for being awesome!!