Kate & Dan’s Nantucket Wedding – Sankaty Beach & Golf Club


Kate and Dan were married on June 10th 2017 overlooking the ocean under sunny skies. This couple’s wedding week was full of festivities including a family and friends Crossfit Workout party, a pool party and an amazing rehearsal dinner / welcome party at The Nantucket Yacht Club. We were honored to photograph all of their special events and I loved learning more about Kate’s family history here on the island and how she introduced Dan to island life. Here’s a little more of their story…

From the bride….”Our wedding ceremony took place right next to the ocean at the Sankaty Beach Club. As soon as we got engaged we knew that we wanted to get married in Nantucket – we are the fifth generation in my family to get married here in the last 100 years – but were unsure exactly where on the island.  We did know that we wanted to be married outdoors next to the ocean, and as soon as we saw the Beach Club we knew that it was perfect for us.”

I love when our grooms write in about the special day too! Dan had a lot of great things to say about their  love for the island… “Our wedding was on Nantucket, which has become my happy place over the past four years. Kate introduced me to the island in our first summer together. It is where I met most of her extended family for the first time (at their annual family reunion tennis tournament), where I’ve been inducted in to crazy workout ideas and rocket launches, and where we built so many happy memories together. Nantucket will be where we bring our own family for years to come.”

Kate and Dan are so thoughtful and so much fun. It was no surprise that when I met them at their Nantucket Engagement Session last spring it instantly seemed like I had known them forever!  I photographed them on Kate’s family’s Red and White Sailboat and her father drove me around on his boat to get some epic photos of them. Leading up to their wedding we knew there would be many memories that would last a lifetime much like that afternoon with the sailboat! The wedding day was full of love, lots of laughter and one of the best dance parties ever. Kate and the ladies of her family did a special dance that you will read about and see later on in the blog! The couple both wrote in about a few memorable moments and I mixed their quotes in with the photos so you can see exactly what they are talking about!

Kate wrote about the advice her mom gave her just moments before she walked down the isle, some wonderful advice every bride should have..

“There were so many amazing moments that it is hard to pick just one! One of the most unexpected moments for me was walking down the aisle with my father. Driving over the ceremony, my mom passed along some advice that she had been given before her wedding (also on Nantucket!) 33 years ago. Part of what she told me was to walk slowly and make eye contact with people as I made my way down the aisle. I did just that and was truly blown away by the love, support, and joy that I felt radiating from our friend and family. It was an amazing and unforgettable way to start the ceremony.”

Here’s to Kate and Dan, one of the most fun loving and genuine couples we’ve ever met!

Planning: Maggie Stewart of Nantucket Island Events, Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sankaty Head Beach and Golf Club, Tent: Nantucket Tents, Tent Lighting/Ceiling Decor: Billy Voss of Perfect Nantucket Events, Officiant: Family Friend, Paper Suite: Parchment Nantucket, Calligraphy: Megan Fahy Calligraphy, Flowers: Soiree Floral, Linens & Rentals: Placesetters Inc., La Tavosankatla, Cake & Dessert: Jodi’s Cakes, Entertainment: Sultans of Swing, Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography, Video: Meg Simone Wedding Films, Photobooth: Zofia & Co., Hair: RJ Miller, Makeup: YG Makeup, Specialty Transportation: Highland Drivers, Transportation: Cranberry Transportation,  Dress: Lela Rose from Ceremony Boston, Bride’s Shoes : Keds, Suits: Suit Supply, Ties: Knotty Ties, Bridesmaid Skirts: Joanna August, Bridesmaid Tops: Cuyana, Rings: Lauren O Jewel

Enjoy! – Katie K.

“I was surprised by Kate’s sparkly sneakers! I wouldn’t have expected it in a million years but they were also so perfectly her. The shoes are just one example of her gift for questioning convention and making her own path–one of the things I love most about her.”

 

A few words from the lovely bride Kate…”Another one of my favorite memories from the ceremony is the reading that Dan and I did from the children’s book I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. It’s a small, sweet, and simple book that beautifully and playfully expresses the love and friendship we feel for each other, and for everyone who was there to support and celebrate us. I loved the experience of sharing the reading with Dan and hearing the reactions of our friends and family. And at the end of the night, we gave our guests copies of the book as favors! One of my favorite lines from the book:

“I like you because

I don’t know why but

Everything that happens

Is nicer with you”


When I got in touch with the couple Dan also said that the reading was a memorable part of the day….”I really enjoyed reading ‘I Like You.’ I had been a little unsure about how it would go since it was a unique element to the ceremony and we didn’t really practice, but I don’t think it could have been better. Our friends and family were right there with us for the personal ceremony and it set the tone for a day full of love, humor and celebration.”


 

“I loved doing the choreographed dance to Olly Murs’ “Dance With Me Tonight.” My mom and aunts had surprised everyone with that same dance at a family reunion a few years ago, and it was so much fun bringing it back with 25+ aunts, cousins, and friends. The cowboy hats were a huge hit on the dance floor!”

Brittany and Jonah’s Nantucket Wedding

 

Brittany and Jonah were married on June 3rd 2017. Their wedding was held at Brittany’s family home here on Nantucket and it was the perfect place for them to celebrate with family and friends! I had been in touch with Brittany and Jonah for a year and a half leading up to the wedding.  We had countless fun meetings and I got to meet their super cute pups, Tillie and Splinter, who were also a fun part of their first look and portraits! Here is a little more about their wedding day and why they chose to tie the knot here on the island, in a place that means so much to them….

Our wedding was extra special to the two of us, as it was in the front yard of the house I grew up coming to every summer, where my parents now reside year round! It was amazing to have all of our family and friends there to celebrate, especially Jonah’s extended family and friends who had never been there before!”

When the couple told me they wanted to do their first look at Sanford Farm I was thrilled! This is a unique location and something different than some of the more popular places on Nantucket. Even better was that we got to bring their dogs along for the portraits and a few laughs before the ceremony! The dogs are so cute and Brittany and Jonah are the ultimate parents to their little loves! Here are a few words from Brittany about their first look…

We did our First Look at Sanford Farm, a couple of hours before the ceremony – which we both loved! Not only was it great to see each other (and our pups!) and enjoy that moment alone, but it also took the jitters out for the rest of the day. We were able to relax, enjoy the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception and be 100% present in the moment for the day. ”

Brittany and Jonah felt like old friends to me by the time the wedding day arrived as I had photographed their rehearsal dinner, welcome party and cookout with lawn games at their home. I absolutely love their enthusiasm for life and positive attitude. Brittany described their most memorable parts of the day…

“The whole day was so much fun, but there were two moments that stood out for both of us. The weather was a little bit of a concern leading up to the weekend, the forecast kept changing hourly. Rain was expected during our ceremony later that afternoon. However, when the bridal party (and dads!) arrived at Cisco beach for pictures before the ceremony, and the rain came prematurely! It was freezing, windy and wet – we all huddled together to stay warm and then we took a shot of Notch together to kick off the celebration. At that moment, we both realized not a thing could happen from there on out that would wipe the smiles off our faces. Miraculously, the rain held off, making the best day even better!!

Another memory that stands out for us was hanging out with the entire McSmith contingent in the house before the wedding. Having already done our “First Look,” we didn’t have to hide from each other, which successfully took the nerves off and we were able to relax and enjoy the happiness and love around us. This wasn’t really a planned moment, but being able to spend that time before the ceremony with our immediate families was so special to us.”

Brittany and Jonah are so good to each other and to everyone around them, a common theme present throughout the whole event. Brittany’s father daughter dance was one thing that will stand out in my mind for a long time. Her father prepared a special surprise slideshow and as they slowly swayed and watched everyone gathered around them, there wasn’t a dry eye in the tent. Both Brittany and Jonah have loving families, the kind that love out loud and show each other how much they care. It was an honor for us to photograph their moments, telling the story of their day. It was our first wedding of the 2017 season and we are forever thankful for being part of such a beautiful celebration!

Special thanks to Cary Tozer for joining me to photograph this wedding!

Event Director: Ashley Stevens of Salt Harbor Designs, Event Designer & Florals:  Jennifer Rose of Salt Harbor Designs,  Ceremony Musician + Wedding Band: The Sweet Beats, Minister: Jonathan Rose, Caterering and Desserts:  The Seagrill, Photography: Katie Kaizer photography, Videographer: Yellow Productions, Transportation: Cranberry Transportation, Rentals: Placesetters Inc, New England Country Rentals, NantucketTents,  Lighting: Ron Kuba, Hair: Darya’s Salon and Spa, Wedding Make up: Alyona Tarasova, Mixologist: Shelly McCabb

Enjoy! – Katie K










She Said Yes! Surprise Proposal at The Brant Point Lighthouse

It’s Spring on Nantucket and love is in the air! Last Friday we had the special honor of photographing a super fun Surprise Proposal at one of our favorite locations! I had been in touch with Chad for months as we planned out the special evening where he would propose to the love of his life. I always enjoy working with my clients to be sure that their proposal is unique and of course, a surprise! I loved hearing a little more from Taylor and Chad about the proposal and what they found memorable about the special evening!

From Taylor….”I was so surprised! We spent the whole day on the island very relaxed and care free. Even getting to the beach, Chad tried to play it cool and act like we didn’t need to get to the beach by a certain as to not make me suspicious. But the most memorable part of the night had to be our moment before the proposal. It was also so much fun hearing the story behind the proposal. I’ve always known Chad was thoughtful and romantic but he went to a whole other level! One part of the planning he did best was involving Katie and Kathryn who went above and beyond with the photography!”

From Chad….””I surprisingly was not nervous, just excited to finally ask Taylor to marry me.  It was a fun process planning the proposal, but it was very difficult keeping the whole thing a secret from her. Despite typically being a procrastinator, I felt that I had coordinated almost everything ahead of time – other than how I would get her to go to Brant Point…Luckily, Taylor was looking for some advice on what to pack the night before we left so she FaceTimed my sister Molly who had worked on the island for two summers.  As they were chatting about what to wear and what we were going to do when we were on the island, I was on the other side of the room texting my sister to suggest going to Brant Point for the sunset on Friday before dinner.  Molly played it off perfectly and, by the end of their conversation, Taylor was suggesting that we should incorporate it into our plans! Although keeping everything a secret was hard, I accomplished my goal of surprising Taylor.  Amidst all of the excitement after the proposal, we shared a lot of laughs as I filled her in on what I had actually been up to the last few months..  I am excited to share more laughs and create more great memories like this for the rest of our lives.”

This couple is super sweet and we loved being able to capture these moments for  them! Whenever I photograph marriage proposals I bring along a second shooter to be sure we photograph different angles to tell the full story! After the BIG MOMENT when she said yes the couple was in their own world laughing and hugging as she put on her beautiful ring. Eventually Chad told Taylor that he had hired us to photograph the proposal and from there we had a fun evening engagement session with a little champagne celebration and portraits into the evening after sunset!

One of my absolute favorite parts of my job is being present for such beautiful, authentic and real moments. We are so sincerely happy for Taylor and Chad and wishing them a lovely life together!!

Special Thanks to Kathryn Kennedy for joining me to photograph this beautiful evening!

 

Enjoy! – Katie K.

Happy Mother’s Day from Katie Kaizer Photography

Happy Mother’s Day from Katie Kaizer Photography! In honor of this wonderful day I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from last season’s family portraits and wedding days. It is an honor to photograph the bond between mothers and their children, capturing moments that will forever tell their story. Among these favorites I included some of our sweetest photographs with grandmothers, and a very special photo from a recent session spanning 4 generations. Wishing you all a day full of love and togetherness. I am looking forward to this upcoming season!

In closing here’s a photo of me and my Mom. She is my best friend and a woman who brings joy to everyone around her.

Healing With Horses – Marion Therapeutic Riding Association

Here is a project near and dear to my heart.

‘Healing With Horses’ a short slideshow with interviews from the week I spent with Marion Therapeutic Riding Association , a PATH International accredited Equine Therapy Center. This organization is amazing. It would mean the world to me if you could watch this video and hear their story.

 

I have always been around horses and I truly believe in their healing power. I was intrigued by Equine Therapy and had always wanted to learn more. After attending The Foundation Workshop last January I felt truly inspired to work on my craft as a visual storyteller and I was ready to pursue this project. In March I spent a week at this amazing center documenting different stories. They told me on day one that tiny miracles happen everyday and I feel truly blessed to have spent time at the center photographing their community.

MTRA’s Mission:  to offer the miraculous benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to persons of all ages and capabilities that are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. Serving the heart of Florida since 1985, Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) is a PATH Premier Accredited organization.

Please visit The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association Website where you can learn more and make a donation which will help make a difference in someone’s life.

Here is a beautiful excerpt from their website about all of the amazing people they work with

“MTRA’s clients are very diverse, running the gamut from young children to senior citizens. Our youngest client is 4, while our oldest on the books is 78. Our program is designed to address the specific abilities of each rider. In addition to the varied ages of our clients, each client faces a different set of physical, mental or emotional circumstances. Over the years, the program has assisted clients with autism, attention deficit, multiple sclerosis, stroke, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, amputees, Down Syndrome, head trauma, and many other physical, emotional and mental challenges. Because each client has a unique set of needs, every lesson is customized to match the skills and abilities.

One thing is certain—all of our clients are all courageous, hopeful and eager to forge the bond between horse and human. Once the connection is made, it is nearly unbreakable. That’s when miracles can begin. Our goal is to help clients achieve their personal best, to the highest level of their own individual capabilities.”

Foundation Workshop 17: Let The Dog Get The Sandwich!

Our amazingly spirited group!

 

Group Photo by: Joshua D’hondt

What is the Foundation Workshop? This is a workshop led by the world’s best documentary wedding photographers and photography teachers. They are leading the industry internationally and pushing all of the boundaries all of the time. This is where you go to get pushed, to grow, to learn and to make life long friendships in the process.

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My biggest lesson at Foundation Workshop ???

LET THE DOG GET THE SANDWICH (and try to make a damn good photo of it!)

Skipping ahead to day 2 of shooting real quick….

SO on my second day in the field photographing my assignment, The Battenfield Family who lives in Texas with their 3 kids, we were at their cousins’ house. They have a big friendly dog, horses, chickens, you name it! So when my mentors, Citlalli Rico and Derrick Rice, came to see me they scrolled through the back of my camera to see what I’ve been up to compared to day one of the assignment. “You are doing what we told you to do!” they said with genuine smiles. I was happy, I had come into the 2nd day with a completely different mindset than the first and it was going pretty well.

They had given me lots to work on after critiquing my first day on the assignment;

Commit to my compositions to be still.

Find clean backgrounds and intentional light.

Capture the moments I was connecting too.

So with that they stuck around to watch me shoot and give me more advice in the field (one of the most helpful parts of this workshop). As the kids came out to the porch with their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the big goofy lab started to try and steal the little boy’s sandwich. The dog was harmless but the boy seemed a little scared (but make no mistake the boy was not in any danger at all).

With that I let my camera hang by my side and got involved, pulled the dog away from the boy and sent him off. My mentors immediately said, ‘Katie! LET THE DOG GET THE SANDWICH! Be ready, when something like that is about to happen you need to find your composition, stay put and CAPTURE THE MOMENT. Those are the moments that make up stories of their childhood.”

“AH HA!” I said! I understood what they were saying but my instinct was to help the boy instead of make the photo and this is a habit I will learn to adjust. So many things clicked for me at that moment. As the photographer it’s not my job to alter the scene or to become part of it, it’s to capture what is happening and the moments that tell the story of these kids and their youth in Texas, INCLUDING THE BIG GOOFY DOG STEALING THE SANDWICH! I’ll say again the dog was a big love, the kid was not in danger. So there was my mantra for the rest of the day “Let the dog get the sandwich!” It became a story in my mind that I have come back to a few times since Foundation! It is a lesson I will think of on a wedding day and in other parts of my job, to put myself in the right position to capture real life moments, after all….isn’t that why I came to this workshop in the first place? I was starting to understand more of what they were teaching me and it was an exciting feeling.

I thought back to my time at photography school from 2009-2011…

I had studied Visual Journalism at the New England School of Photography and I remember many of the lessons my Journalism teacher Glen Cooper had taught us. It had been too long since I was focused on these lessons.  This approach is the reason I initially wanted to go to photography school, to learn how to learn to tell stories with photography. I remembered our assignments and what we had learned throughout our class and during our workshop in Guatemala. Over the years the majority of what I have been shooting is Weddings and Portraiture and it’s wonderful but the moments my clients and I always love the most are just that, they are real moments, not the posed photos, the real life moments. I want to bring more of my passion for story telling into my wedding and portrait work. Foundation Workshop exactly was indeed exactly where I needed to be at this point in time and on this wild photographic journey in life.

I was there to learn, practice and listen.  I wasn’t here to pose the kids or make beautiful family portraits with everyone looking at the camera, that is something I already know how to do. Capturing real moments and documenting the story, that is what I am continuing to strive towards. That is why I went to Texas……

To let that dog get the sandwich!

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A little more about the workshop and photos!

Above Photo by: Derrick Rice (one of my mentors) That’s me, day two of photographing my assignment, a wonderful family and their cousins! A long day with many lessons and horses too!

Another lesson for me was to not get distracted by all the pretty horses!

It is no secret that I am a horse person and have been since I was 8. I grew up riding and I still ride and love these beautiful animals so much. So naturally after reading my bio I knew there was no way Foundation would assign me to a rodeo or something horse related because the point is to get out of your comfort zone. When the family told me that the 2nd day we’d be visiting their cousins who’s father is a Nationally Renown Natural Horsemanship Trainer and they live ON the horse farm I was over joyed! Horses! But when we arrived I immediately realized I needed to stay focused. When I showed up I didn’t run over with my 50mm and make portraits of them the way I had in the past as if they were pretty brides on a wedding day backlit with a soft back ground.  I was there with my 35mm only and my goal was to make interesting photos that told a story. To practice layers. TO PHOTOGRAPH HORSES IN A NEW WAY.  In the end this was a good unexpected hallenge for me.

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Foundation Workshops and our Fearless Leader, Huy Nguygen

Above Photo by: Joshua D’hondt

What originally brought me to Foundation Workshop? (Besides David Murray telling me to go!)

Last year in February 2016 I attended The Inspire Photo Retreat in Newport, Rhode Island. There were a few things that really clicked for me while I was there. I met some of the amazingly talented photographers who have also been involved in The Foundation Workshop. I had first heard of Foundation a few years back and then in Newport, some of the speakers talked about their experience at Foundation and how it impacted their life and photography. What I heard was right in line with what it says on the website for the workshop:

 This is the workshop your friends have been warning you about.’

I kept hearing….”It’s hard work, people cry, but consistently people say it changes their lives and their craft in a positive way.”

At Inspire Kirsten Lewis talked about tapping into ‘who we really are.’ In other words, anyone can learn to operate a camera, but once the technical is mastered, it’s actually WHO we are as individuals and how we see the world that makes the difference in our work. On some levels I had known this and thought about it, but during these three days, it all began to make more sense.

Our personality and our life experiences show up in our work, in our photos, in the moments we choose to freeze in time. 

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My Foundation Workshop Experience

So I applied to Foundation Workshop and had many months to get excited, nervous and prepared for a life changing week in Texas! It was everything I hoped for and so much more. Leading up to the workshop Huy the founder of Fearless Photographers and Foundation Workshop gave us a book to read. “Mindset, The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck I would recommend this book to anyone, it is a great guide to life and how to use a growth mindset to tackle challenges in all phases of life. I believe reading this put me in a very good mindset for the workshop and ready for critiques and to learn learn learn!

 

January 2017

January flew by as I finished reading the book and soon the date was approaching to travel up to Boston for the night and leave early the next morning on a flight to Texas! As usual the Nantucket weather gods had different plans and when the forecast started looking funky for my trip off island I realized I needed to leave a day early so I wouldn’t get stuck on Nantucket! It was a good idea as all the boats and flights off island were canceled the next day. So after a flight and 2 nights in Boston I boarded my flight to Texas! Arriving in Glen Rose was pretty great. I instantly met lots of the other attendees and some of the staff and teachers! We had a great day of presentations and lots of valuable information and then we got our teams! I have to say that one of the most incredible parts of Foundation is that they take 20-30 photographers and they really take time to learn about you and where you are in your life, and that is even before you get to Texas. This ensures that you are placed on a team with appropriate mentors for you and with team mates who will ultimately become life long friends of yours. They want everyone to learn and grow from where they are currently, and that is something that various from photographer to photographer but they embrace the various levels of experience seamlessly.  Here are a few photos from Joshua D’hondt who documented our whole week at Foundation! She captured the first moments of when we found out our mentors and needless to say we were EXCITED!

Our Team! Lyndah Wells, Liesbeth Parlevliet, Elihu Castillo and Kevin Heslin!

Mentors: Citlalli Rico & Derrick Rice, Team Assistant Extraordinaire: Tim Forbes

Team Hugs!

Team Tigers Group Photo

 Above three photos by: Joshua D’hondt

Some of the best advice I got leading up to the workshop was from the one and only David Murray, a friend, a mentor and someone you should listen to….

“You will do well. And never be discouraged. You will fail. You must fail. We all fail. So just know that picking yourself up and pushing on after is where the learning and growing begin. It will just be important to remember all this when you are having a hard time of it. Just have faith that what has been said will ring true in the long run!”  – David Murray

 

I really took David’s advice to heart. I read his words over and over and put them in my journal for the trip. I tried not to have too many expectations before the workshop. Some friends who had attended before had told me to go without expectations and I took their advice. I focused on being open to learning and growing leading up to the workshop. That said, I did go expecting it to be challenging and inspiring and these things definitely ended up being true. It wasn’t scary like I had initially thought it was going to be. But they have you dig deep into your personal psyche, into your life to find out what is standing between you and the photos you want to make. I realized I wanted to photograph more personal work, I realized I needed to remain still at times when my instincts might have me running all over the place.

The lessons continue to settle in now and will continue to teach us over a lifetime.

I truly wanted to get pushed and to learn. Our mentors were really nice to us and even when encouraging us during critiques they did it in a way that made me want to listen, evolve my process and continue learning. At the end of our first full day, after presentations and after dinner they gave us our assigments. Many of us were assigned to document families and I believe everyone got assignments that pushed them in all the ways they needed. For me this was going to be a great assignment. As I mentioned this is a workshop designed on practicing the photojournalistic approach, no posing, no changing the scene, no directing, just being present and documenting the story as illustrated my first paragraph about the dog and the sandwich!

A few photos by the amazing Joshua D’hondt from our cirque sessions

Our group was all about supporting each other during critiques. We had a lot of wonderful moments together.

Serious times during critique. Taking it all in and listening to my mentors.

Big Thanks to Derrick Rice for this photo of me, laying ground level finding a composition against the huge blue Texas Sky.

Two epic long days of photographing my assignment, long hours of critiques and so many lessons learned. During this photo above I could hear Ben Chrisman’s words of advice to shoot “High, Low, Close, Far” as I dove on the ground to get a lower perspective of what was happening in front of me. Some of the main things I worked on throughout the week may seem simple but under the direction of my new mentors, Citlalli and Derrick, I was really digging deper than I had before with my approach.

Shooting for the highlights.

Committing to compositions.

Photographing the moments I feel connected to.

Practicing layering within one photo.

 

The point of Foundation Workshop is not to walk away with a shiny new portfolio for your instagram account. It’s to work hard, take risks and practice. The workshop asks us to only show 2 photos publicly on social media as they have similar assignments each year and we don’t want to show too much of what we are up to in Texas! After all, the assignments are part of the allure and mystery as you head into the workshop.  I will, however, make a slide show to share with family and friends and whomever wants to see it (as long as they are not a prospective student of FW!)

Here are two photos that mean a lot to me. Photos where I was pushing outside of my comfort zone both mentally and physically and trying new things.

In this first photo it all started with that dog again. The dog was chasing kids around, the kids were playing, jumping off of a ladder to a rope swing tied to a tree. So much happening! Shadows, mixed light, action. I felt really interested in this scene. I started ground level, that was not it. I climbed up the ladder to get a higher perspective and that was not the shot I wanted. ALAS I glanced over at the tree and saw the tiny boards nailed into the tree making a little ladder (which really only looked suitable for tiny kids) and I thought, I HAVE TO CLIMB THAT TREE. I hadn’t climbed a tree since I was the age of these kids. “Ok guys I’m coming up!” I yelled to the few kids that were up on the tree already.  I found a spot where I felt fairly safe and started looking through  my camera to find a composition and then waited. I waited until all of my subjects were lit up in between the shadows and found a moment I connected to. To me this is a photo that represents change and seeing in a new way. It represents being still, quiet and patient something I am always working on.


 

Again we see the dog! Here he was running around stealing hay nets from the horse paddocks and rolling around on the ground so playful. I hit the ground next to him fully expecting to get a paw to the face and a mouth full of hay but that didn’t happen. He kept playing and paid no attention to me. As the girl rounded her corner on the horse I was happy to make a photo that showed the scene, using layers and showing a glimpse into their outdoor life.  Of course this photo could be better. If the horse was a unicorn and  jumping over a rainbow that would be awesome, BUT, this photo means a lot to me, it’s a starting point. It’s motivating.

SO NOW WHAT?

My goal moving forward is to continue to practice and bring more of this story telling element into my family portraits and wedding days. I don’t want to continue making the same images over and over, that wouldn’t fill my soul the way it does when we make new and unique photos at every wedding that can tell the story of the day.

I will to strive in the direction of story telling and evolve my craft. I will remain teachable throughout life, something we should all try and do. I left Foundation understanding why I want to make photos that convey a feeling, and translate a moment. I left feeling more in tune with what I want to shoot. All of this is a LIFETIME PRACTICE but I feel that ultimately through this journey I can offer something unique and beautiful to my clients.  I am really enjoying this stage of my career and continuing to learn from some of the most internationally renown and hard working photographers out there. To them I say THANK YOU! 

Foundation Workshop ended and we all went home and kept in touch. Of course I kept in touch with my group a lot since I love over communicating 🙂 I miss them tons, I am reminded every day to keep shooting. In fact I just went to Inspire Photo Retreats again and was thankful to have David Murray critique my work. I was also lucky to have Huy as a mentor and talk more with him about Foundation and the work that came out of that experience. He gave great advice to always seek out honest feedback about your photos and really in all aspects of life. Great advice! He stressed how important this is in order to grow and I have been really thankful to find some  honest colleagues and mentors who are giving me their critiques.

Now it’s time to keep shooting, to practice and keep photographing the things I love.

So there I was in Newport a few days before Inspire with my boyfriend for the weekend. We drove past Easton’s Beach and saw a Polo Match on the beach!  I found out the Match was part of Newport Winter Festival 2017! As I mentioned since Foundation Workshops in Texas I have been carrying my camera around a lot more with my 35mm and after we parked I practically sprinted over to see the action. I was thinking about what I learned in Texas, I got close and waited for the moments I felt connected to! These are two of the photos I made during the Polo match:

During the polo preparation I loved seeing all of the chaos. Spectators wandering around, players tacking up, dogs playing near the horses and beautiful light.

The match was finishing and I loved how the players rode around high fiving all of the spectators! I got low and moved across ‘the line’ and figured if I got kicked by a horse it wouldn’t be the first time and hopefully it would allow me the vantage point I wanted.

Next stop Florida!

Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten is to shoot what you love. I am leaving tomorrow for Florida to spend a week documenting the healing power of horses and the activities at The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. I am going to immerse myself into this project continue to practice, practice, practice.

Maybe If I pray enough to the Photo Gods I’ll even capture a dog stealing a sandwich!

Thanks you for reading about my experience at Foundation Workshop!  If you are interested in going to this workshop then GO!! Start saving up, apply, mark your calendar and set the goal. It’s worth it, I am continuing to realize how much that week in Texas changed my life! Big heartfelt thanks to The Battenfield Family for welcoming me into your life to document your story! Thanks again to Huy, his staff, the mentors, the whole community. We sure had fun and I’m thankful for all the friendships that will surely last a lifetime!

Team Tigers –  I love you guys! Thanks for this photo Derrick Rice!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrating Love, Happiness and The Weddings of 2016!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Katie Kaizer Photography! Here’s to 2016! One of the best years yet for so many reasons! I am so thankful for all the people we get to meet through our work;  the incredibly hard working vendors, the amazing wedding planners, the guests who give it their all on the dance floor, the bands who keep everyone dancing until the last song and of course to the wonderful couples who trust us to tell their story. There are always a lot of laughs, smiles, emotions and memories made.

We started off our season over Memorial Day Weekend here on Nantucket with Emily and Evan’s Wedding and hit the ground running with a very busy year! In addition to all of the 2016 weddings we were out shooting family portraits just about every evening during the summer. We had one rainy weekend in the Spring but we look at the rain as an opportunity to make  exciting photos while embracing the elements. Arielle and Art were not phased one bit by the rain and I believe it was their positive attitude on the wedding day that willed the sun to come out before dark for a few lovely portraits over looking the water front in Tom Nevers.

Another huge highlight for us was traveling to Wisconsin to photograph my amazing friends Trixie and Dave! They had an unbelievable day full of surprises that made their day even more memorable than they could have imagined. Cary Tozer came with me and we had so much fun photographing the wedding at Trixie’s  parent’s property, their portraits at the neighboring Dairy Farm and a visit (in their wedding attire) before the ceremony to the hospital to meet their new baby nephew who was born on the morning of their wedding.

Here are a few favorite behind the scenes photos of this year! From the coast of Nantucket to the corn fields of Wisconsin! We had so much fun and I can’t thank Kathryn Kennedy and Cary Tozer enough for all of their hard work throughout the season! We have a whole lot of fun at the weddings and I am so thankful for all the laughter and good memories!