Shooting my first wedding (with a camera)!

I had an incredible “first” this weekend – I photographed my very first wedding!

When I first got asked to do this event in July, I was extremely hesitant. I’m not a wedding photographer and I’ve never really wanted to be either. I don’t have all the fancy lighting and flashes and I’m a one-man show. But she was insistent that she loved my work (that always feels great) and so I agreed…and I was a bundle of nerves all last week.

Luckily, it took place at the Palace Theater, my very first job in high school where I worked for 5 years, so I knew the venue like the back of my hand. The Palace Theater is an old, beautiful historical theater and the couple played up the Love Story theme – it was absolutely adorable! The marquee was lite up with their names and the favors where popcorn treats.

I enticed my sister to be my unofficial assistant for the day and I’m so glad she offered up 7 hours of her Saturday to help me because I CANNOT imagine doing that by myself. Although she has no photography experience, just having her next to me is always enough to calm my nerves.  I’m sorting through the 3,700 pictures we took that day to find the best of the best and I cannot wait to share the results. I can’t say I’m going to be putting great effort into breaking through into the wedding industry anytime soon, but it was such a great experience for my photography skills to have under my belt and in my portfolio!

Stay tuned for some sneak peeks… 🙂



My Photography: Letting God Take the Lead

I updated my portfolio last night and I had a moment that overcame me; I was completely overwhelmed and humbled. All those pictures staring back at me – old friends, family members, loved ones and new acquaintances – that have invited me in to their private lives to capture moments that are important and intimate to them. How has this happened?

When I started my photography years ago, I never set out to do this specifically. It was simply a creative outlet that I enjoyed and seemed to sort of have a knack for. I’ve struggled this past year figuring out its place in my life and I’ve given up trying to work it out. I decided that every snap I take, I’ll just offer it up to God and let Him decide where to take me. I have always wanted to find a way to give back to people that I am passionate about…and I have discovered that I truly enjoy giving this gift to my clients and help them capture the moments that mean the most to them. There is so much joy sharing in their joy! This is one thing in my life that I have truly let God take the lead on and it has taken on a wonderful life of its own. That tends to happen when God has control and I’m trusting His plan for me completely.

Then I look to a full calendar ahead and there is still so much more to come in this new season. How lucky am I? Seriously, what an amazing and totally unexpected blessing this has been and I am incredibly thankful for its presence in my life. So for now, I’m just going to keep moving forward and enjoy every shoot I do and photograph I snap.


New Website: Katherine Smith Photography

I am so excited to launch my new website for my side photography projects – Katherine Smith Photography! I have been so busy this summer with my photography and I thought it was time to take my website up a notch.

It has a more streamlined portfolio that is bright, organized and easy to use. The pages are more flexible, allowing a better showcase of my work and more design control. And I am loving the white space and clean, minimalistic design, which is more my style.

Check it out…I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!