*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
As you know, I’m always super stoked when a long time reader starts a wedding related business, and then becomes an APW sponsor. And that’s the way it was for Katie Jane Photography in the greater New York City area. I discovered Katie Jane when she left a gushing, “Oh my god, I just got married this weekend, and oh my god you guys,” comment, and I clicked through and discovered she was a wedding photographer specializing in elopements and small weddings (and now big weddings)… but she was just lurking and leaving comments, not being a sponsor? What? No. Clearly Katie Jane was meant to be shooting weddings for APW-ers. And now she is.
Katie Jane told me, “I was an APW bride myself long before I was a sponsor. This community was so important to me through the wedding planning, and has remained important as I navigate my new marriage. I love working with APW couples because they really understand that a wedding is bigger than two people in a lot of ways. I also love APW couples because they understand that the wedding isn’t the most important thing… it’s that thing that comes after a wedding: the marriage.” So! Today I’m excited to tell you guys a little bit more about Katie Jane Photography AND host a giveaway for her: entirely free wedding photography for a couple who needs it (Yippee!! Local Squared returns! Remember how it turned out last time?)
Lets start by talking about Katie Jane Photography. Katie Jane has a soft spot in her heart for elopements, and for New York City elopements she charges $350-$700 (depending on how much of her time you want), and she needs just 48 hours to prepare (I think you should totally do it!). For those of you planning the more traditional, larger, planned-in-advance wedding, her rates start at the so-low-for-NYC-it’s-hard-to-believe $1250. So I think you’ll be wanting to get on that. Plus, she has super affordable travel fees for East Coast cities, and for areas surrounding Wilmington, North Carolina (her hometown).
Katie Jane sums up her wedding philosophy this way:
When everything is said and done, you have your marriage, your memories, and your photographs. And I think that a really powerful photograph is one that can bring back a memory that you didn’t even know was there. When I work, I’m looking for emotion, details, and laughter. I want you to be able to step right back into that day whenever you see your photographs for the first time. So while I love to take time to make sure we get beautiful portraits, I also work really hard to make sure I capture lots of beautiful moments.
It’s also really important to me that we genuinely like each other! Photography is such a personal experience, and I want you to not just like my style and work, but my personality as well. I think that makes a huge difference in the photographs we’ll be able to capture. I like to get to know my clients – I want to know your story. Knowing who you are enables me to capture your wedding in a more personal way.
And I think that’s exactly right. When I look back at our wedding photos, I’m overwhelmed by just how happy everyone is. It’s the moments where people’s eyes were brimming with tears, or when people are grinning their heads off like fools that I want to remember. And those moments get caught when you’re working with a photographer you love. And you know that long time Team Practical member Katie Jane is just that sort of lady.
But now to the super exciting part of the post. After reading the recent post on DIY wedding photography, Katie Jane kept thinking about how their were lots of couples who wanted professional photography, but just couldn’t afford it. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. Katie Jane Photography is giving away a full day of wedding photography (5 hours of wedding day coverage, 200 fully edited high resolution photographs on a DVD, a custom slideshow, and an online proofing gallery) to a couple experiencing some sort of financial hardship at the moment. The wedding should be taking place somewhere in the five boroughs of NYC, or somewhere nearby that is easily accessible via NJ Transit/Long Island Railroad/Metro North trains. She is available anytime in March, May 1st to 15th, June 17th to 26th, July 8th to 17th, October 15th to 31st, November 4th to 13th, or December 2nd to 11th.
We’ll keep the giveaway open for a week, and to enter just leave a comment saying A) You’re entering and B) You’re experiencing some sort of financial hardship right now (no need to leave details, I’ll check in with you if you win. Goodness knows, LOTS of us have financial hardships these days). Make sure your wedding fits the bill on location and dates, and that you’d be ok coming back as a wedding graduate (because, um, yeah, we’re ALL going to want to hear about it). Next week, I’ll swirl everything around in a hat, and we’ll pick a winner. Yay!