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The Elephant(s) in the Room (Womb?)

I wasn’t sure when/if I was going to share what’s been going on this year. Why my blog has taken a backseat, why I’ve been so quiet. I’m not one for a lot of personal posts anyway, but since this is officially affecting my business now, it’s time to address the elephant in the room… er, elephants as it were. If you follow me on Instagram you already know, but John and I are expecting identical twin girls this fall!

Needless to say, twins were a HUGE and completely unexpected surprise. We thought we were only having one baby, as Baby A was apparently hiding at my first doctor’s appointment, so it wasn’t until the second appointment when they found her, and the shock is only now starting to wear off. (I assume this child will be a pro at hide and seek.)

This year has been one of those years when you realize the idea that you have any kind of real control over your life is just sort of an illusion. All my careful planning for my life and business this year went flying out the window as soon as my doctor said the words, “Oh, look at that – a second heartbeat! It’s twins!” I have had to just completely let go and see where things take me this year.

Unfortunately I spent the first four months of this pregnancy incredibly sick, but I am finally starting to feel better now. The idea of keeping up with my blogging in any real way was a bit laughable, let alone working on any of my personal projects, so I actually have a lot of awesome stuff to share in the next few months now that I’m feeling better – some amazing weddings, a bunch of boudoir sessions I shot as a personal project, a ton of film work, as well as my experience at the FIND Montauk workshop in May.

I will also not be able to take on any additional weddings/clients this year, and will be on leave from work until at least June 2015. I am hoping to occasionally check in on the blog during my leave, but I know my world is about to be turned upside down, so we’ll see if that actually happens. Mostly I want to take a step back from this business for a little while, which has been my full-time focus for the last six years, and just enjoy this new wild, uncontrollable adventure John and I are about to embark on. (An adventure that is currently kicking me so hard I can see my stomach vibrating on the outside. I think they know I’m talking about them.)

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Ahhhh! Identical Girls!!? Ahhhhmazing! Congrats!!!

BABIES!!! 2!!!

Congrats Katie!!!

:) :) :)

Zan

Welcome to the dark side!

Yayyyy!

We are over-the-moon happy for you guys (as you know), and think that although it is uncomfortable not feeling in control – life throws things at us just when I think they are meant to. I hope this step back is wonderful for you guys and you can cherish this beautiful time in your lives! xoxo

So excited for this next adventure for you! I know it’s crazy and unexpected, but you are going to be such awesome parents. I love that shot of the Rollei too!

Michel

Congratulations Kaite and John! A great adventure indeed!

Naomi and Ben

This is amazing news Katie!, I’m so very pleased for you both! Ben and I are going to come back next year and wanted more photos but summer style so we’ll make sure you’re working again and we can hear all about your new little darling. Bless you all and best of luck xxx

So so so happy for you and this new adventure in your life!!! It’s going to be totally amazing and unexpected and out of your control a lot of the time, but ultimately way worth it! I’m going to be in NYC in October, I’d love to catch up and chat all things mommyhood with you over something yummy if you are available! :)

You are amazing, and such an inspiration to me! I feel like I’m just a couple steps behind you, now that I’ve got the elopement thing down, we’re thinking of kids next year, but have no idea how it will affect my business. Thank you for showing that it’s ok to step back and let life happen! So much love to you both!!

Central Park Elopement || Derek & Susan || NYC

Yesterday I photographed Derek & Susan’s lovely Central Park elopement at Bethesda Terrace. It was a gorgeous evening, and I had such a wonderful time photographing these two. After their beautiful ceremony, officiated by Alice Soloway, we wandered around the park for portraits and had the most perfect, golden light to work with. Here’s a very small sneak peek! Derek & Susan – thank you for everything! Happy honeymooning!

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City Hall Elopement || Anna & Paul Sneak Peek || New York City

Anna & Paul are such an incredibly lovely and sweet couple, and I was so thrilled to document their City Hall elopement yesterday. Anna is British and Paul is American, and they are starting an amazing new adventure together here in NYC by getting married. I met Anna in Little Italy where she was getting ready with her family, and then we headed off to meet Paul at City Hall. Not only were Anna & Paul a delight to work with, but I can’t say enough about their families as well. It was such a fun group! After their ceremony, we were off to the Meatpacking District for portraits, and I love what we ended up with. It was roughly a thousand degrees yesterday, and these two were total troopers. I love what we ended up with, and can’t wait to share more. Anna & Paul – thank you both so much! Congratulations!

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That last one is so adorable, love how happy she looks!

New York City Elopement || Melissa & Haley || Central Park

Melissa & Haley, along with four of their closest friends, traveled from Australia for their New York City elopement, and I was so happy to be a part of their day. It’s been a crazy week, weather wise, and with thunderstorms predicted for their ceremony time, we were all a little anxious hoping the weather would hold off for just a couple of hours. I first met them at the apartment they were staying in, in the West Village, for some getting ready photographs. Just as we stepped outside for their first look, the skies opened up and it started to rain – not a promising start. Amazingly by the time we arrived at Central Park half an hour later, the clouds seemed to move away and we were given the most gorgeous sunset for their Ladies Pavilion ceremony and portraits. After such a gray spring, I was thrilled to have some delicious, golden light to work with! Genevieve Dreizen officiated their ceremony, and the lightening and thunder held off until we were literally taking the very last of their photographs. It was just perfect. Mel & Haley – you guys are the best! Thank you so much for everything!

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These are absolutely stunning!!!

STUNNING

So gorgeous and stylish. I love the bouquet and their whole look!

Margarita Rawdah

May your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humor, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. May your joy last forever. Congratulations!

Beautiful couple, love the dress & bouquet

Central Park Elopement || Alyce & Scott || NYC

Alyce & Scott traveled from Australia with their parents for their Central Park elopement, and I loved working with this fantastic group! I met them at the Park Lane Hotel for some getting ready photographs, followed by a sweet first look in the hotel bar. After that we headed down to TriBeCa for some portraits before meeting back up with their families in Shakespeare Garden for their ceremony, officiated by the always awesome Genevieve Dreizen. It threatened rain all afternoon, but we ended up getting incredibly lucky and the first drops didn’t begin to fall until we were taking our very last photographs of the day, after the ceremony. Alyce & Scott – I adored working with you guys, and had such a wonderful time with you! Happy honeymooning!

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Love.