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Once an #nrpintern, always an #nrpintern. Each time that we say goodbye to our interns, it’s bittersweet. We’re of course so sad to see them go, but we’re also so excited for what’s to come for them, and we definitely feel this way about sweet, Kate. During her internship, she packed for more weddings (17 to be exact with three double wedding weekends and two triple weddings weekends) and assisted at more weddings (10) than any other intern. She helped us pack up our studio for the move, supported us emotionally during all of our personal home renovations, taught us about simple living and reducing waste, and encouraged us by the way that she lives with open hands, fully trusting in The Lord’s plan. At her celebration breakfast on the last day of her internship with us, in different ways we all expressed to her that she is committed. She was a committed intern, jumping head first into one of our busiest wedding seasons yet with a joyful and servant’s attitude every single day. She was committed to finishing school and staying true to her word even though her path may have changed throughout the process. She is a committed and incredibly supportive wife to her husband who is currently deployed. She is strong and meek and wise, and we love her so much! I’m so excited for you to hear more about what she gained during her internship with us.

If you had told me a year ago that I would be writing this blog post, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, I would’ve been more likely to say, “That sounds nice but there is NO way I will ever do weddings. Not a chance.” Honestly, a year ago I wasn’t even sure if photography was “my thing.” But then last fall, something happened. I saw a wedding photography post and the wheels in my head started turning. What if? But that was crazy talk and you can’t just jump right into weddings. I remember telling my husband and my sister shortly after the seed was planted in my mind that if I saw Nancy Ray post the internship again this year, I would apply with no expectations of actually getting it (but also hoping to test the waters on this whole wedding dream). Well, God answered that prayer and now, in the words of Scotty McCreery, I wish I could have just five more minutes.

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Five more minutes to…
…learn the ropes of owning a small business
…pack for single, double, triple, and even quadruple wedding weekends.
…watch them edit over their shoulders.
…share excitement with them when they know they killed a wedding or session.
…watch each of these ladies give their all for their brides, grooms, and families. (One of my favorite examples of this? Nancy praying with a bride in the elevator just before she saw her groom for the first time.)

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…cry at a first look. I cried at every single one I witnessed. I’m a sucker for those sweet, intimate moments.
…listen to couples say their vows and remind myself of my own vows.
…participate in morning huddles and team meetings
…have deep conversations with Milly about our favorite foods and the fact that she has a dress JUST like mine
…play and snuggle with Lyndon. Her smiles are the best.
…pet Winston each time I enter the studio.
 

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While I may not get five more minutes as the NRP intern, I can say that every single minute I spent with them were minutes well spent. Not only did I learn and grow as a photographer, but I also grew as a person. God used this team and this experience to change me for the better. It gave me something to do and work for while my husband is deployed. It challenged me to redefine my hopes, dreams, and goals. I can say now that weddings are where my heart is and I can’t get enough of them. I’ve found my calling… “my thing.” I’ve gained a confidence I didn’t know I had in me. I learned first-hand what it looks like to put God first in a business and I gained life-long friends in Nancy, Callie, Olivia, and Jen. What I’m most grateful for, though, is that God proved his faithfulness to me yet again, despite the fact that I was (initially) adamantly against what He had in mind for me. (I have a track record going… I swore I would never be a military wife, but I am. I swore I wouldn’t get a degree in education, but I did. I swore I would never be a wedding photographer, but that’s my goal.) God gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and answered so many prayers through this internship and I’m so thankful to be a part of the NRP family.

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One of my favorite examples of this? Nancy praying with a bride in the elevator just before she saw her groom for the first time.)

I think this is me! I love your team so much! Thank you for all you do and best wishes in your next adventure! :)

Darden, yes this was you! It was such a sweet moment and beautiful day! I’ll never forget it.

We are so glad you are here!

Welcome to the NRP Blog! Enjoy getting to know our hearts and our work. We are so grateful you stopped by!