Hi there! I'm Caiti and I am a wedding & portrait photographer living in Prince George, Virginia. I am a music loving, doughtnut eating, coffee drinking, mama of 2. This is the place where you can come to see my latest work with my beautiful clients and learn more about me, my husband, and our sweet babies. Take a look around and enjoy!
Happy Fri-YAY! I am hitting you with some advice today! Here we go!! I love engagement sessions – it’s no secret! I feel like they are SO important to the wedding experience and..basically..they are just fun! Some times couples won’t want to do them because they don’t think they need them or don’t think they will like them, but NEVER have I had a couple leave an engagement session regretting that they did it. NEVER! If anything, the guys end up telling me how it was actually fun or they actually didn’t hate it (those are huge compliments coming from a groom), and the girls are just so happy they have these pictures of them with their fiancé!
Owning your own business is such a wonderful blessing! It gives you so much freedom, joy, and pride! I love being able to be home with kids all day, then go out and work with such great clients in the evenings (or on the weekends because…WEDDINGS). But…let’s be honest…being a stay at home mom can lead to lonely days. Owning your own business and being your only employee can also lead to many lonely days. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer screen. A lot of nights are spent at photo sessions and many Saturdays are spent at weddings instead of out with friends, at family birthday parties, or wherever else. I don’t regret those things one bit, so please do not read that the wrong way, it is just the truth. As with any job, you have to make some sacrifices. I still make lots of time for my kids and family, but you get what I am saying, right?
When I became a photographer, I did it because I wanted to capture the joyful, beautiful moments in people’s lives for them so that they could hold on to those memories forever! Those pictures could be something that they hang on their walls, put in their family albums, or pass down to their kids and grandkids so that everyone can remember. That is what you want from your pictures, too, right? Well, choosing the person to take those photos for you means thinking through a few things and doing a little research. Now, you may have someone very close to you that is a photographer and you love their work so – BAM – it is a no-brainer for you. However, some people don’t have that. OR maybe you like multiple photographers – GASP! Is that even allowed!?! Of course it is!! I have a lot of photographers that I love and I would absolutely use quite a few of them! So how do you decide who you should choose or what even to look for? Here are 4 things I think you should think about when searching for you photographer.
As we discovered yesterday – OUR BABY GIRL IS SIX!!! She woke up for school this morning and was excited for her first day as a six year old! Every thing is different now that she is six…according to her. She is can wear different clothes and do more things. She has a whole new view on everything, which is quite hilarious. We are just going with it. When I was braiding Hayley’s hair this morning, I said “How did you get so pretty?” And her response was, “It’s because I’m six.” Well, there you have it folks.
I remember every thing about the day we found out that this little girl was in my belly. I remember it like it JUST happened! But somehow, it was 6 years and 9.5 months ago that we found out. How in the WORLD has that much time passed? When you get pregnant, every one tells you that they grow up too fast. Before you know it they will be grown…blah blah blah. THEY AREN’T KIDDING!!! This is a FACT! You might feel like it took forever for you to “grow up” or whatever, but…to your parents…it was literally like 5 seconds.
If 2016 showed us anything, it is that we made the ABSOLUTE right decision staying in the wedding business!! I still take pictures of families and seniors – both of which I LOVE as well!! But we just LOVED all of our couples this past year! Their weddings were all so different and so beautiful. We gained so many wonderful friends and even gained NEW brides for 2017 from some of these weddings! We have already booked DOUBLE the amount of weddings for 2017 and that just warms my heart! With one wedding already in the books for this year, we know it is going to be a great year!
I am so SO excited to share this blog post with all of you! Last week I was able to spend time in Wilmington, North Carolina with some extremely talented wedding photographers! I was geeking out the entire time!! The ladies behind Magnolia Photography, Jana & Michele, put together this entire event and they did such an incredible job! Half of the day was spent at The Cottage on Orange Street where Jana & Michele poured their hearts and souls into us. They were open books and taught us so much about this business! I had never attended any type of workshop or styled session before so I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I knew what I wanted from this workshop and what I hoped the experience would be like but..y’all…I was not prepared for how wonderful this day would be!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!!!
I am so excited to announce the launch of my BLOG!
I have wanted to start a blog for a little while now, and I am so happy the day is here! I think this will be a fun way to share my work & to really showcase my amazing clients! I know I probably won’t be making blog posts about every single session (in the beginning at least), but this will be a fun place to highlight some different photos I take.
I am also excited for this blog to be a place where you can get to know me & my family better. I want this first post to be about just that – introducing myself! This way you can figure out who I am, what I am all about, and if I am possibly someone you would like to work with one day.
So grab a coffee, find a comfy chair, and keep reading!