New Website – New Home – The Big Reveal

There have been so many changes over the past few months. When I look back, that tornado of sleepless nights – the phone calls that were never timed right – the iphone pictures my husband would send me to help me stay connected to our little family – I wonder how we did it all. This year has been challenging but so incredibly rewarding. In January, the economy troubles finally hit our family. There we were, two former military members, government contractors, small business owner, hardworking members of society and we fell. For years we had been carefully stepping over this crack in the road, with our arms full. Juggling life, trying to get ahead, racing everyone to be first. However, January 10th, my husband came home early – we had finally tripped. In an instant, our plans for the future were stalled. For the first month we were hopeful to continue down the path as we always have – get another job and keep on chugging. Checklist – fully qualified, degree, certifications, hard worker, great communication skills, etc. As time progressed we realized none of that mattered. I left my husband at home to search for jobs as I went away to Cambodia. We debated as to whether this was still a wise decision monetarily speaking – but the reward for having gone is so grand. While in Cambodia, something hit me like nothing else had. Why were we trying so desperately to live this life? We were the perfect cookie cutter young family. We owned 2 beautiful homes, an SUV, a BMW, and a ’58 Porsche to play with. We had scallops for dinner every week and took our dogs to the dog park to play every Monday night, while we socialized with the neighbors over wine. As I thought about this list of things… it became clear to me – things were something I didn’t have as a kid and had fallen into the trap of collecting them as an adult. I thought I was valued by what I have rather than who I am. It was in Cambodia where the families had nothing and yet their souls were rich with happiness. Why or how could I have lost touch with what is truly important? I called home to Jon and said “we should move”. That moment is the moment we decided to change. We leapt as a family and decided to move to Seattle, a city neither one of us had been to before. We sold a lot of our belongings, packed up the SUV, and in March, Jon left. He drove across the country to a little house we had found online and settled in as he waited for me to join him. Neither one of us knew how long it would be before I could move, so he started our life in Seattle and I flew back when I could. I slept on the floor of our living room beside the fire each night, alone in Maryland. The room was just my photography gear and me. Yet each morning I would wake, leaving it behind, for a job. A job you’re ‘supposed’ to have – the kind with medical benefits, great salary, and stability.  In July, I grew tired of this arrangement and again we leapt; I finally moved to Seattle. No more packaged medical benefits, no more direct deposit, no more stability. Here we are starting a new life, focusing on the greater goodness this world has. My heart is full as I wake up next to my love, Raja, and Dudley. I can now look forward to holding Jon’s hand while we walk our pups or gardening in the afternoon, picking tomatoes for dinner. Those little moments make every challenging situation so worth it. We have white countertops from the 80s, we have an oven just big enough to fit one casserole in, I have to watch my head while moving around my office, in the attic, and I have to step up when going into the bathroom so as to not stub my toe, on the trim. All of these imperfections are what I love through and through. There is richness in something with a story. Stories are created over time and through this time, in our lives, I have been working with Ravyn of Three Fifteen Design to come up with new branding and my first website. As you can imagine, when we started this journey together, 1 year ago, my life was in a completely different space and her patience is award winning. Even my photography has transitioned and settled into something so different from 1 year ago. She has developed a brand/site which embodies my passion for what I do, who I am, and what I want to convey – not an easy task. I cant wait to share more about the experience. But for now here is the reveal.

 

 

My logo:

 

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The elephant is a creature I am completely enamoured by. To me the elephant represents big dreams, passion, family, and to never stop traveling.
Wanderlust is the fuel of my existence and seemed only right to make it the core component of my new brand.

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Additionally, as a photographer I capture a fragment of time, a series of moments, a snapshot of life. These moments or short stories are then sewn together over time to create a memoir, your legacy. That facet of my brand is so important. I want nothing more than to capture those moments of a family which will be passed on as a piece of their legacy.

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The Website – Ravyn created something classic with a little twist.

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The Homepage:

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Hey – that’s me:

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Galleries:

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Traveling heart:

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There are so many other pages on the site so check it out and let me know what you think!!! www.katiedelorme.com  

 

Douglas Pettway - Awww Katie! My wife and I totally agree with your decision to bail on the cookie cutter way of life. Simplify and minimize. :)

Be brave and follow your adventure, my friend.

Anna K. - Katie, I loved reading your story. I had no idea that so many changes were happening in your life and it seems as though they are all for the best. I can’t wait to see what this new chapter holds for you Jon! Thanks for constantly being an amazing source for inspiration and your new site looks fabulous! It fits you perfectly!!!

Andrea - I still can’t believe you just picked up and moved! Incredibly excited for you guys!

Tara - I love the story, the heart behind it… Thanks for sharing Katie. Excited for you both!

Kristina - Katie, what a touching story! Hugs to you and your family! (PS: your new website is fabulous!)

Jessie Mary - I just love the story.

Jen Fleming - So so happy and proud of you and all you’ve done this past year! It’s been an honor to get to know and work with you and I can’t wait to follow your journey as it continues to enfold. Much love!

Brett W - Yeah Katie!! This is AWESOME!! :) :)

mary - SO excited for you! You have great talent and vision. Thank you for sharing!! We are leaping out to Denver this weekend!!!! I am planning a trip to Seattle in the winter – maybe we can meet up have some wine, talk adventures and take photos! xoxo go get em!

Nikki Santerre - Oh, love. I am just so excited for you in this new chapter of your life. It is a hard thing, trying to figure out what is right for your family and exactly where you are meant to be. This new brand feels like you, it’s so honest. I can’t wait to come visit you on the west coast!!! xoxo!

Dawn - Wow that is so much to have going on in such a little time and I give you a super big credit for handling it all AND doing a website redesign! I am looving the new look and can’t wait to follow along with more of your work!

maike rinaye - Ooh, I love the new look!

Megan D - Katie I love your new look!!! As photographers, our work reflects who we are at the present time – such a gift to be able to look back and reflect. I loved your story and look forward to your new backdrops in Seattle!!!

Faye - Love love love the new looks. Enjoyed reading your post to. Great way to get to know you a little more! Excited for you!

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Landsdowne Resort Luxurious Leesburg Virginia Wedding – Ashley and Andrew On Film

A day filled with warm sunlight, the perfect dress, genuine heart, and a devotion to public service is just what June 27th was. Ashley, a nurse, Andrew, a firefighter – they married in the presence of family and friends. Ashley’s taste in details was so refined and elegant. Every turn was filled with the most lush blooms and perfectly picked accents. Her smile was infectious and her laughter was like music. Each of their guests revelled in how stunning a bride she was – gleaming. Below is just a taste of the sheer beauty her day entailed. Additionally, I must thank my incredible team who made it possible to capture such lovely moments- Michael Bethea and Sharmila Par .

 

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Film scanned by PhotoVision Prints

Ceremony: Our Lady of Hope; Potomac Falls, Va

Reception Venue and Catering:  Lansdowne Resort and Spa; Leesburg, Va

Transportation: Dulles Limousine

Flowers: Jennifer Morris of J. Morris Flowers; Leesburg, Va

DJ: MyDeeJay, Todd Daniels

Cake: Victoria’s Cakery; Fairfax, Va

Favors: Homemade Vanilla Sugar by the Bride with assembly help from the Bridesmaids and close friends!

Invitations: Handmade by the Bride

Hair/Makeup: Lauren Meisel

Bridal Gown: Lazaro from Kleinfeld Bridal

Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Leesburg Bridal and Tuxedo

Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Groom: Alfred Angelo Bridal; Springfield, Va

Flower Girl Dresses: Olivia Kate Couture, Etsy

Guest Book: Danae Blackburn Calligraphy, Etsy

Bridesmaid Gifts: Silkandmore, Etsy

Photography: Katie DeLorme

Wedding Coordinator: Christina Gibson of Lansdowne Resort

Food Truck: DC Slices

 

 

 

kim - What a STUNNING bride!!!!! You can see all the beautiful details and she looks so happy and peaceful!! Great job!

shannon - what gorgeous, gorgeous photography!! i LOVE the one of the groom spinning the bride. she is bride perfection!! beautiful wedding and beautifully captured!!

Ashley - We love them!!! Thank you!!! Such a pleasure to work with :)

Melissa - Wow!!! She is radiant!!!! I always love your work! Your color is so gorgeous and soft. What a beautiful day!!

Karen - What a beautiful day you photographed! The light and colors are gorgeous! She looks exquisite!

Maggie - Stunning is right!!! What a beautiful gown! I love how they incorporated the fire truck and hat! Great job lady!

Faye - She is so beautiful! I LOVE her dress! The spinning/dancing shot of them together is my fave too! Gorgeous day and nicely captured! Lovely job Katie!

Tammy - What a gorgeous bride! And I looooove her dress! I’m obsessed with the one of her spinning and the very last one of the bride is adorable! Such a beautiful day and amazing images!

Caitlin Clemons - Beautiful pictures and a beautiful day! All the pictures are gorgeous.

Jess - What a beautiful bride! Love the one’s where she is laying her head on his shoulder. Also like how you incorporated that the groom is a firefighter…cool touch.

rachel - The softness of these is so beautiful. These look so romantic. And her dress!!! AMAZING! Love all of these!

Laurie - Oh Katie! The colors in the pinks + greens as always are amazing, that twirl shot it is perfection. Cannot get enough of those beautiful wedding!

Kate Borgelt - What a beautiful day! The softness you feel when you look at these pics… is so gorgeous! LOVE

Micah - Holy wow!! What a GORGEOUS bride!! These shots are otherworldly! Great great work!

Jen Saner - BEAUTIFUL bride! I love how timeless and gorgeous her portraits especially are! Great work!!

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Summer Wedding On Film – Alex and Carter

I cannot even begin to depict the love these two have for one another. Laughter filled everyone’s ears while tears welled up in every guest’s eyes. Subtleties in the way they grazed each other’s hands or the glimpses they would sneak of one another, was the truest example of love which clearly runs so deep. There are couples you are around and they together make the world a better place. I have never felt more confident in that until seeing Alex and Carter together. It was evident when we met in historic Leesburg for their engagement photos; however, on their wedding day, there was something even more present. The energy their friends and family brought, filled the air with such joy, I too was impacted by it as tears trickled during their ceremony. I normally do not post images of ceremonies as that can be such a private time. Additionally, I am a believer in that each couple no matter what religion/spiritual preference/unique way of promising life together should be celebrated. However, this wedding, I must make an exception. Just look at how he grasps her, look at how happy they are as they recess down the aisle, look at how perfectly happy they are just standing side by side. They simply make you feel.

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 Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

DJ: Chris Laich 

All images taken with Contax 645 and Fuji 400. BW are Kodak 400TX.

Scans by PhotoVision Prints

More Credits Coming Soon

 

 

 

Melissa - So gorgeous! You totally captured all the love and laughter in their day!

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