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Going for it...or at least trying.

Last week when I shared my aspirations of being a professional photographer with the social media world, I was a little nervous. Blogging feels more vulnerable than I thought it would. I was not expecting the love and support that came my way from family and friends. Much appreciated.In fact, I felt so loved and so supported that I was all “OH MY GOD I CAN REALLY REALLY DO THIS.” For me, the process of dreaming has always been big. No time for little dreams. So naturally, I picked out paint for my office (benjamin moore, revere pewter), scoured craigslist for an antique french provincial writing desk and had my tufted swivel chair in my shopping cart on wayfair. Ya know, for days when I work from home on my part-time non-existent professional photography business. Also - don’t have an office either. We’re working with an 800 square foot one bedroom up in here. Maybe I got a little ahead of myself...

Throughout the week, I was set on finding a couple or family to shoot for today’s blog post. Since I am going to try to post every Tuesday, I had big dreams for this post too. Luckily, sanity and patience washed over me mid-week. I was still familiarizing myself with my camera. It had been a while since my Nikon and I had hung out together and since I am focused on not shooting anything in auto and very limited use of flash, I needed to practice the technical aspect of photography and get used to changing my shutter and aperture without looking down. Easier said than done.

For this week, I focused on shutter speed, ISO, aperture and overall position of light. Luckily, I was in LBI for the weekend and had a few opportunities for practice. The light is always the prettiest during the golden hour at the shore but actual human photo opportunities were limited. My husband was kind enough to stand in when I found a really pretty backdrop but was being terrorized by mosquitos. He was not having it (documented below). Kath was all “don’t take my picture.” BUT - the ducks and the beagle were nice enough to let me photograph them. The flowers were lush and camera ready and my old DSLR that I bought with my babysitting money over 10 years ago is my friend again. And I gotta say, it feels good.

While it’s not the beautiful couple in high grass with a golden sunset in the backdrop, it’s progress. It’s me practicing. It’s me saying “I’m going for it...or at least trying.”

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Let's Get Started.

Hello Friends!Welcome to the start of my journey. My name is Katie Bellini. I’m 29 and newly married to the love of my life, Dan. I work full time as a School Counselor in a public New Jersey high school.

Photography with Mr. D in high school sparked my passion for all things creative through a camera lens. This love was deepened through travel and documenting my adventures. Taking portraits for family and friends has always been second nature but through planning my own wedding I had a bit of a lightbulb moment. I LOVE LOVE wedding photography. When I got engaged, I followed all of my favorites - Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes and finally connected with Brianna Wilbur who we snagged for our November wedding. Brianna is pure magic and inspired me to revisit my love for photography. When I looked at our wedding photos I remembered why hiring a special photographer was my #1 - it wasn’t just a picture. These images were a way to put yourself right back into those beautiful, raw, vulnerable, unexplainable moments that are ever so fleeting and too special for words. See below for Brianna Wilbur magic.

Brianna Wilbur Photography
Brianna Wilbur Photography
Brianna Wilbur Photography
Brianna Wilbur Photography

Less than a year after our wedding, I kept thinking “I want to learn/do all things wedding photography.” That sentence was usually followed with a defeated huff. I already had my career, right? I had already gone to school...graduated...went back to school for a masters...graduated. And landed a great job in a great district. So I’m done, right?

Maybeee not.

I worked up enough courage to reach out to New Jersey wedding and family photographers that I admired. The curiosity call was answered by the absolutely wonderful Alex of Idalia Photography. Alex is a former teacher turned wedding photography extraordinaire. Although she slays in the wedding and family photography business, she is still a teacher at heart. She invited me to her home for a mentoring session and gave me a technical refresher and a welcome into the world of editing. I gushed when I saw her beautiful office - walls covered with beautiful black and whites from her wedding in Rome and travels with her husband, Jay.

Like the best of teachers, Alex sent me home with a few homework assignments which I was eager to get a head start on. For the next week, month, year - who knows - I will be practicing.

Practicing in the form of still lifes.

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Practicing in the form of this blog.

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Practicing in the form of shooting anyone and everyone that will get in front of the camera for me like these cutie pies (thank you Kafkas for always being my #1 cutest models).

I have no idea where this will take me but like all of the best journeys, the destination really isn’t the point.

Let’s get started.