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  • 2012-2013 Coaching Reunion

ago I decided that I wanted to start offering coaching sessions. We wanted to offer something a little different than workshops for those that needed individual advice and coaching with their businesses. It was a HUGE success! I had NO idea how much need there was for something like this in the industry and it has been SUCH an honor to be able to build into the lives of so many photographers that are making it happen in the photography industry. This past Monday Michael and I hosted a COACHING REUNION for all the photographers that have done coaching sessions in the past year! We had over 25 people in our new home and I have to

say it was so surreal to see everyone in one place!! It was also surreal to host something large scale in our HOME instead of at a venue of some kind! I LOVED IT!!! We actually have SPACE now! It was so crazy to have 30 people inside and not feel cramped!! Bokeh boy was a little overwhelmed at first but as soon as he realized that he was going to be played with the whole night, he was loving it!! Friends from ALL over the state came in for the reunion! We even had some Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania friends join us! I’m so so honored that they made the trip down! It so awesome seeing new friendships begin formed and hearing about all that these photographers are accomplishing in their businesses! We had a little time of sharing what’s been happening in our businesses, then we shared a meal, did a little mini shoot just for fun and then ended the night with some Q&A time! It was a blast and I felt so blessed looking around at all of our industry friends that filled our home!! Michael and I built this house for nights like Monday night. Watching friends hangout together in the living room and chat in the morning room almost made me teary eyed. I pray we can open our home up to our old and new friends for years and years to come!!

So this event didn’t happen because of only Michael and I, we had a team!! First of all, I have to thank our amazing families. Our house is unpacked and at least 65% decorated (in my opinion:) and that wouldn’t have happened in 3 weeks if it wasn’t for the long nights and evenings that our families spent with us.  We spent all day Sunday on the river and then my mom and sister drove down to our house to prep ALL the food for the reunion AND wash Bokeh boy! (He was covered in SAND! gross!) My mom washed and groomed him so that he smelt pretty for the reunion! My sister and Michael spent hours cooking  and prepping a large amount of food for the reunion and let me tell you, it was GOOD! My sister really needs to consider being a gourmet chef! She loves using my kitchen 10x more than I do! She’s amazing and we couldn’t have done it without her! I also have to thank Michael’s mom for coming to help out during the event! She’s always so faithful with these crazy events that I decide to host! She’s always willing to come and be a helping hand and I’m so thankful that she’s close by!! :)

A HUGE thanks to Jeremy and Ashley for coming early and working so hard! Jeremy of JEREMY MITCHELL CINEMA filmed the event and he’s just phenomenal!! To say Michael and I were a little tired on Monday would have been an understatement but Jeremy helped us walk through what we wanted the film to look like and I’m so thankful for him!! And I can’t forget LAURYN GALLOWAY! When she booked me to shoot her wedding 4 years ago,  I doubt she knew that she would still be modeling in front of my camera in 2013!!! So thankful for her model face and her willingness to dress up for our mini-shoot!! Also, thanks to TIFFANY’s BRIDAL for the AMAZING dress and hairpieces. Brides, the ladies in that boutique are so incredibly sweet and I highly recommend them if you’re in or around Richmond! Last but not least, thanks to ANTHOMATIC for the gorgeous bouquet!! This girl just thinks on the same wavelength as me and I always ADORE everything that she creates! Thanks so much Amanda!!!  Whew! Ok, now that the thank you’s are over, here are some images from our time together!! Ps. You’ll kinda get a sneak peek of parts of the house! I’ll be doing a house post soon! Promise!! :)

Yumyum! Thanks Emy!!!

Thank goodness we got that coffee table!! ha! 

And this is why my neighbors think I’m crazy!

Lauryn it looks like I’m laughing AT you… I promise I’m not! ha! And please notice Bokeh begging for attention on the corner!

Bokeh love!!

Some Q&A! 

The whole crew!!

Coaching sessions are currently sold out but more will be offered in the late fall and winter! We’ll also be hosting a two day workshop in September!! More info about that in a few weeks!!


32 Comments Coaching, Education, Photography
  1. Allison reply

    Looks like so much fun! I recognize so many of those girls :) Love the dress and bouquet!!

  2. Leah reply

    i just laughed out loud when i saw the picture of all the girls in your driveway! love it!!! :) also, can i just say that i was totally distracted by your home & decor. It is beautiful! ;)

  3. Kathryn Grace reply

    How fun! Love the shots on the porch with the rock in the background!
    Your living room (?) is fabulous!

  4. ashley barnett reply

    So fun getting to be a part of this!! :)

  5. kerri reply

    I love all of this!! Missed you ladies so much – looks like a blast, and your home is so beautiful katelyn! xo

  6. Jade reply

    Oh wow… Loves it!! If I ever get over seas you have to have a session open for me ;) ill give you plenty of warning…

  7. nikki reply

    OMG that picture of lauryn and bokeh is the cutest ever. :)

  8. Allison Mannella reply

    This looks like so, so much fun! And Lauryn looks amazing!

  9. Katie reply

    LOVE your home, and that BOUQUET!!! Lauryn is gorgeous as always!!!! Looks like such a fun event!!!

  10. Matt reply

    Thank you to both you and Michael for being so open about your business, our business, and for opening your beautiful home to Kristi and I. We’ve learned so much and left so inspired Monday night. Thank you so much again!

  11. Jenny reply

    Looks like a great time was had by all! So wish I could have been at this wonderful event!

  12. Lena reply

    Where did the adorable camera cookies come from? So cute!!

  13. Tori Watson reply

    LOVE this! lauryn looks soooo pretty! and your house looks fantastic. :)

  14. Kristina w. reply

    This looks like a blast! I’ll have to remember to wear a stripey dress if I ever visit — that is apparently the thing to wear to your house! ;)

  15. Holly reply

    Oh my gosh! That coffee table! Where’s it from? Want.
    Love these shots. What an awesome opportunity! Maybe one day I’ll get to do a coaching session with you…:)

  16. Ashlyn reply

    Wowwww!! This looks so amazing and the food looked delish!! As I’m trying to start my business a coaching session would be so helpful but I’m going to have to wait at least a year. :) hope you’re still doing it in 14 & 15!! :))

  17. ashley link reply

    SO AWESOME! such a wonderful group of ladies! :)

  18. Annamarie reply

    Yayyy! Thank you so much for opening your beautiful new home to all of us! It was so much fun and I left feeling so encouraged and inspired…You are such a blessing!!

  19. Amanda Truth reply

    Katelyn this was amazing. Thank you so much for bringing us all together under one roof, and continuing to inspire us like crazy!!! You rock.

  20. Jennifer Krieg reply

    So AHHHHHMazing!! I pray for a coaching session with you! I cant wait!!

  21. Erin reply

    Katelyn I had so much fun! Thank you so much for everything!

  22. Rosa reply

    Here’s hoping for a workshop from you in California!! :)

  23. caroline reply

    my goodness….well that was a success!

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  26. Sarah Goodwin reply

    SO much fun!!! thanks so much katelyn & michale for opening up your new home to us and being so generous with your time and info. And I love how half of us work stripe dresses :)

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  28. Sarah Adams reply

    SOOOO SAD I couldn’t make it :( But So happy you all had such an amazing experience! Your house is just AWESOME.

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