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the weekly wrap-up | a new aap family member

Today I am SO excited to be welcoming a new member to the AAP lineup of gear…AHH! My new Canon 5D Mark iii camera body just got delivered to my door…and I did an actual happy dance and may or may not have scared the UPS man…I couldn’t help it! I’m so excited!

I first rented this baby a few months ago and it sort of felt like a mistake because I literally felt like I couldn’t live without it afterwards…Which of course is totally not of my favorite photographers built a successful photography business using a Canon 50D…now THAT’S impressive. Much more impressive than prematurely investing in a bunch of gear that you feel like you have to have just because Katelyn James has it (ie. how I felt at first..heh)..For me it’s been really wise to wait to invest in certain gear until I actually truly need it, am ready for it, and won’t go into debt over it. Being a good photographer is really not about the camera. There is so much to learn and it’s been so good to push myself to create better images with my Mark ii! A good camera definitely helps though. I’ve been so thankful for my mark ii camera and for how far it’s taken me over the past year and a half…it will always be my first camera child and I will always have loved it longer (okay this is me being slightly overdramatic..heheh…but seriously you guys, I love my mark ii so much!). I was in desperate need of a new backup camera though, and since I want to be able to offer my clients the BEST images I possibly can, the Mark iii was an obvious choice for me! I am so excited to test this baby out at my first wedding of the year tomorrow! Here is the shiny new box…eeeek!

In other news, it has been a good week overall! As usual, here’s the weekly wrap-up:

  • Today is the beginning of MARCH..aka. my birthday month! Wooo!
  • We got to go skiing last weekend and I’m already dreaming of the next time we get to go…
  • I got to meet with a potential 2014 bride! It’s crazy because that seems so far away, but brides seem to be booking earlier and earlier these days! I love when a meeting just feels like I’m hanging out with friends…and I love hearing about the wedding day vision! The details are my favorite part!
  • Met with a CPA. It feels so good to be paying a professional to help us handle our taxes..what would have taken us days is going to take him an hour. Sweet relief.
  • Last night I got to hang out with one of my good friends, Melanie, for a few hours while Ryan was away on business for the night…and it was so much fun and reminded me of college life. I LOVE being married and being a grownup..I wouldnt trade this season of my life for anything and these really feel like the best days of my life..but college was such a sweet time of getting to live with a bunch of my best girlfriends and of getting to hang out with them all the time and sometimes I miss that! Dear college roomies, in case any of you are reading this I just wanted to give you a shout out to remind you how much I love you girls!
  • My first taste of the 2013 wedding season kicks off this weekend! Then I have one more March wedding and lots and lots of engagement sessions, before getting a little break at the beginning of April before the real wedding season starts…I’m so excited for my brides!

Happy Friday!!

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  1. Karen Allen

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    SO FUN!! Congrats! I loooove mine! I went from the original 5D to the Mark 3 and was (still am!) in awe of its beauty every single shoot. :) haha, enjoy!!

  2. Mia Bjerring

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on the new baby! I can’t wait to see the photos from the wedding tomorrow!
    And happy Birthday month! It is my Birthday month too! (Actually it is already my Birthday tomorrow! eeek!) March is the best month ;) hahaI hope you have a lovely weekend and have fun with the wedding tomorrow!

  3. Regan

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Yay! That’s so exciting! Congrats!! :)

  4. Katie

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Yay!!!! Girl you do better with your mkii than half the people that have them! You are going to be so awesome with your new child!

    I really want to ask you to let me try it…but then everything I do afterward will feel like a lie…so even if I ask you, or BEG you…JUST SAY NO!!!

  5. Natalie

    March 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Woohoo! Congratulations on the new “baby” – I’ve heard its incredible!

  6. Lauren Hammond

    March 4th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Aww yay!! So happy for you!!! Oh and happy Birthday Month!! Hahaha!! Can’t wait to see photos from the wedding!! Xoxoxo!!

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A glimpse into my daily life in Richmond, VA (and travels beyond) with my husband Ryan, our disobedient puppy Lexie, and the work, style and attempts at minimalism in between.


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