RSVP + Invitations Hacks You Need To Know

RSVP + Invitations Hacks You Need To Know

What can be more time consuming than labeling, stamping, sealing, and mailing out hundreds of invitations to guests who may or may not be able to attend your wedding? I can't think of anything! But worry not, because I have all the invitation and rsvp hacks and tips you need to free up your calendar for more relaxation time (or planning time if you're the hustling type). 

Tips for bringing your dog to your engagement session

Tips for bringing your dog to your engagement session

Is a family photo really complete without your pups? When planning engagement sessions with my couples, I am asked frequently 'what is the etiquette when bringing a dog to an engagement session'. Personally I'm an animal lover, so any extra time I get to play with happy pups is time well spent. But not every photographer is as eager to bring them along. If your pets are hard to keep track of, they run off when they see another animal, or they are less behaved outdoors than indoors, sure, maybe it's not such a great idea to bring them along. Either way, I've got some tips to help you plan for the best session with your sweet animals without feeling overwhelmed or unsure how to capture the right moments. 

All-Day Makeup: How To with Kelli Thomsen

All-Day Makeup: How To with Kelli Thomsen

I know your struggle: getting your makeup to last through your photos! Whether your concern is for your wedding, engagement shoot, or even headshots, the thought of "will this last" sits in the back of your mind all day. Trust me, I have been there! Especially on especially hot wedding days. 

I sat down with makeup artist, Kelli Thomsen, to talk about what SHE does to prep her brides before their big day. It's not often a makeup artist gets to stay the duration of the wedding, so it's up to her prep and the touchups she leaves behind to keep her bride's face looking fresh into the night. Her biggest tip was surprising. Long lasting makeup has less to do with the makeup than actual skin prep. Even days before your wedding day!

Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Maybe Earth Day isn't the most memorable of holidays, but it's still an important one. Most of us celebrate by biking or walking all day, or by remembering to recycle more, or by spending the day in the garden. All of these are effective ways to extra love on our great planet! However, if you're looking for something more sustainable, especially for those planning "green" weddings, here are some of my favorite ways to thank Earth year round. 

When should you take your engagement photos?

When should you take your engagement photos?

Wondering how long to wait after the proposal to take those engagement photos? I'll give you a hint: there really is no right or wrong answer. But in the video below, I break down all the things you should consider when booking your session to get the most out of your time. From weather and personality traits, to technical aspects, you can find all of your answers here!

Kristina + Tyler Engagement: Powell Butte Nature Park

Kristina + Tyler Engagement: Powell Butte Nature Park

They met in 2010, or should I say, their love story began in 2010. On their first day of class at The University of Portland. What was only a catch of an eye and a sweet smile, would blossom into the kind of love you dream of in romcoms. Except their love is based off no movie, but real genuine connection. 

Who is Katie Dessin Photography?

Who is Katie Dessin Photography?

Sure, you know the voice behind the screen. You've watched me do Live videos on Facebook and Instagram, you've read my advice on weddings, the "why" behind what I do, and on and on and on. But I wanted to take a moment to share who I am with you a little deeper. From where I started, to why I shoot fine art weddings in the Portland area, to the gorgeous clients I love to work with. I'm giving it all to you! Thank you to Fibre Creative for putting this footage together with me. Enjoy!