and Self-Portrait

  • The January Snapshot

Wow!! I should have been more clever in my Friday post and said “See ya next year everyone!!”. I tend to always think about those one liners a day too late.  One thing I DID think about ahead a time was how I wanted to CHANGE my monthly “Goals” post series for 2012. It has become a very common trend for photographers to blog about their “Goals” so I want to change it  up a bit. Instead of just blogging semi-unattainable goals and hoping for the best, I’m going to give you a snapshot of January. I’m going to look at what I have planned for each month and blog about things we’re excited about, goals we have for our personal life,

goals I have for the business and really just an overall snapshot of each month to capture this stage of life. I’ve said it a thousand times but this Blog is a digital scrapbook of my LIFE… it’s not just a “business thing”. So I want to blog and remember our life through these posts! After rethinking this series and how to improve, I also had another idea that was inspired by my sweet friend Gail Werner. Gail and I haven’t met in real life but when we do one day, I’m going to give her a HUGE hug and tell her how fabulous she is! She encouraged me a few months back to incorporate self portraits into my blogging.  Now my first thought was “‘Uh, I’m really not thrilled about showing pictures of MYSELF every month” but I realized that I really LOVED looking at her “Self Portrait” posts so maybe it really was a great idea! It’s PERSONAL and it’s nice to have 12 decent images of yourself each year since normally I’m the one behind the camera!  Now I haven’t decided if “self portait” means it’s just a PICTURE of me or if I have to TAKE it too! This month it’s truly a self portrait.  I used the good ol’ self timer. Can you imagine me trying to take this? So embarrassing. I’m so glad no one walked into my office during this self-shoot. Gah!!!


So from now on, my “Goals” posts will now be monthly “Snapshots” of my life that come with a little self-portrait (thanks Gail!). So here we go!!




This month is full of NEW BEGINNINGS! Well Duh, it’s the first month of the YEAR! But Michael and I also have some very NEW things happening in our lives:

–  SCHOOL: Michael will be doing a one-month intensive seminary class on the weekends in DC and that is definitely going to be something to get used to! He’s been doing classes once a week on Monday’s and so we’re hoping this 9-4pm class schedule won’t be too much of a shocker!

– A PUPPY!! : The BIGGEST news for January 2012 is that we’ll be adding onto our little family! We will be getting a fluffy little friend in approximately 2 weeks and I cannot WAIT!!! We’ve bought dog collars and leashes… I’ve even bought food and water bowls that match our kitchen PERFECTLY! We realize getting a puppy is a TON of work so any experts out there, please feel free to give us some tips! The type of dog and name will be announced as soon as we get a chance to love on him and bring him home!

January will also be a busy month for me and the business, here’s what’s in store:

– I want to START the year off right by getting my business finances straight! (I’m actually working on this TODAY so I’m already on top of things!!:)

– I’ll be finishing last edits for 2011 albums and sending those to print.

– I have one more January wedding to shoot. This will be my 2nd wedding of the year! I am counting David and Courtney’s New Years Eve wedding as my first 2012 wedding since it will be blogged in 2012, haha. I’m so picky about my blogging!!

– This month will be filled with a few other sessions and I’m praying for some good weather!!

– SHOWIT’s FIRST Global meetup is happening THIS WEEK at our home and I’m secretly hoping that we don’t run out of room!

Some BUSINESS GOALS for January:

– I need to REORGANIZE my office closet. It’s a DISASTER!!!!!!!!!

– Create a CLIENT ORGANIZER CHART for my “production wall”

– Order new business cards before WPPI approaches!

– Album designs of course!

– Perfect my “Systems” for 2012!

– Create an online “Wedding Guide” for my clients.

– Blog FASTER and earlier each day

Some PERSONAL GOALS for January:

– Pray more! Michael preached this past Sunday (and did an AWESOME JOB! I was more nervous than he was!!) and he challenged everyone to decide to make prayer a priority in 2012! So we’re going to practice what he preached:)

– Obviously the GYM…. but we’re serious about this one. Gaining ten pounds since our wedding does not feel good! We’re cracking down on our diet and we actually want to USE our gym membership!

– Create a weekly system for figuring out meals and what nights we’ll BOTH be able to eat dinner at home….. basically I need a weekly life-planner system!

Exciting things:

– My mom and Michael’s dad share the same birthday! So we’re going to celebrating that at the end of the month! We love good excuses to get together with both families and go out to eat!!!

– Michael and I received some GREAT giftcards to some of our favorite restaurants! So if we get our butts to the gym, we get to use our giftcards sometime this month!!!!







23 Comments Personal
  1. Melissa Arlena reply

    Beautiful pic Katelyn!!!! Love the movement :) Here is my new puppy tip, get them on a schedule for bathroom breaks as soon as possible. Typically 20min after they have any food and water. I got into the habit of taking Maxie out every 30 min and then an hour before bed putting up her water. She trained pretty quickly. Sadie on the other hand needed to see how other dogs did things so while David couldn’t train her to save his life she spent one weekend with me and came back housebroken!

  2. Jennifer Hejna reply

    Katelyn I love the idea of your self-portraits with every “goal” post . I wish you a very happy new year and I hope it will be full of love, health and happiness.

  3. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} reply

    Love this snapshot idea with a list of your goals! You’ve got a big and exciting month ahead of you! A puppy is going to be so much fun!! Hard work, but so fun! You’ll love taking photographs of all of his cuteness and I can’t wait to see! Definitely look into puppy school. I’m a little late getting my pup and I there, but better late than never. It’s definitely worth it. And remember puppies mean patience, they’re just like babies. You’ll get to know them as they get to know you. And enjoy every moment and small puppy snuggles, they grow up before you know it! :) xo

  4. Kristina W. reply

    I love goals posts! And your self-portrait is super cute!

  5. Catie reply

    I love the picture!
    Some free puppy advice.
    1)When you train the puppy, if its getting into something it shouldn’t use a coffee can filled with beans and shake it. For some reason dogs hate this noise and stop instantly when they hear it.
    2) Start potty training immediately! Always reward the puppy with a treat when they do their business outside. Positive re-enforcement is the best way I know to get a dog to learn.
    3) To kill 2 birds with one stone run with your dog once it reaches about 6 months A) It helps you stay fit and exercise, and B) An dog that gets its exercise is happier, healthier, and for some reason listens better.
    4) The most important commands to teach the dog are sit, stay, come, down, and up. Easiest way to teach those commands is whenever the do goes those things as a puppy just say it while they are doing it, So if the dog jumps up on the couch say up while they are jumping. That way they associate the words with actions.

  6. Sydni Jackson reply

    cute picture! yaaay for getting a puppy!! i heard somewhere that puppies need to meet 200 people within their first year so they can get used to being around strangers. sooo the more they meet early on, the friendlier they’ll be in the future :)

  7. Ashley Terry reply

    Love this new style for the year, Katelyn! I’m getting ready to blog my January goals and you’ve inspired me to get it done! Good luck with the puppy! They are a ton of work, but so worth it. I wouldn’t give my two up for anything.

  8. Lauryn reply

    This is going to be so fun! Love the self portrait thing! Tips for meal planning…Only buy what you NEED for the week. When Jared and I go shopping, we choose 4 meals for the next week or so, and I add those ingredients to our list. Then we decide if we need lunch food and/or snacks and those go on the list. When we get home I write out on the whiteboard what I am making on what day and what days are leftover days! Its been working well for us! Im sure you guys will find a system that works for you!

  9. Jade reply

    Love it,,, Awesome ideas… Great portrait!! love it.. My dog is pretty well trained, sit, stay, come, go to bed, fetch, speak on command, wave and go to the toilet when told etc etc.. She will even take my socks off for me.. hehehe Cause after a shoot i battle to bend over cause I have such a bad back.. lol.. Not sure if I am that good.. hehehe But she was an awesome learner.. So i might be able to help out with a few things…

  10. Jade reply

    Oh and best of luck with all of your goals for Jan and 2012!! look forward to following your year.. xx

  11. Maggie Fortson reply

    Great goals! You look beautiful!

  12. Gail reply

    SO excited for you that you are jumping in head-first with the self-portrait idea! I have to say, I am SO grateful that I took this challenge on for myself two years ago. Those entries have become a journal for myself about life in my late 20s and I can’t wait to share those memories with my kiddos some day! I adore you to pieces, Katelyn, and admire your focus on your business, your family and your faith. Wishing you a 2012 as incredible as your 2011!

  13. Mary Marantz reply

    Love this! Love you!! Beautiful!


  14. Christy reply

    I agree with Catie… exercise with your puppy! A good hour of play time a day makes them happier, healthier & calmer the rest of the day (so you can get SOME work done)! ;-) And it’ll help with your goal to exercise more! :)

  15. allie reply

    Love your January snapshot! What a great picture too!

  16. Meredith reply

    TJ and I do a similar food system as Lauryn. We write out all our meals for the week and what we need for each one of them. We always make enough so we can have lunch the next day. It really has saved us money because we don’t buy food that we don’t need and keeps us from going out to eat. Oh and P.S. Love the picture! :)

  17. Gabby / En Route Photography reply

    I love the idea ofyou posting self portraits! I made it one of my goals to post more personal stuff on my blog too! ;) I love your goals posts so I hope the new snapshots will be as exciting as the old ones! ;) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  18. Abby Grace reply

    That’s such an adorable photo of you! I’ve been meaning to get a remote for myself but just haven’t gotten around to it. And I like this version of your Goals much better than your old one! It’s more personal and helps us get to know your business AND you!

  19. Bec reply

    Lovely pic! I also need alot of motivation for the gym, but I think that’s a worldwide issue. ha! Someone mentioned exercising with your puppy. great idea! When my two dogs were puppies, they were SO full of energy, I wondered when they would tire out for me to get any work done! Also, I have found that I love yoga – calms and exercises (well, not the cardio kinda way, but still good for you nevertheless) Good for thinking too! Good luck, (that goes for all of your January goals!)

  20. LeolaK reply

    Great pic!!! Good luck with your goals…congrats on the new puppy! Looking foward to seeing what you do in 2012!

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  22. Jenna reply

    Love the pic! So I literally have almost EVERY single goal that you mentioned on my list for January as well. What’s funny is I also have the disasterous office closet AND my husband preached this past Sunday as well! Are you my twin? ;-)

  23. Tara reply

    I really love the idea of a self portrait every month. I may have to adapt this idea myself… as a fan of yours, I get excited when you post pictures of yourself- your style, brand, sincerity etc. pops even more when you share self-portraits with readers (like your post on wedding attire.) Anyway- I love the idea!

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