We are so excited to introduce you to our 2018 Spring intern, Kate! Every year (after we have been without an intern for a couple months) we are anxiously awaiting our Spring intern to begin as we ramp up our Spring wedding season and get caught up with everything that has somewhat been put on hold until she arrives! Kate has been working in the studio with us for a couple of weeks now and she wholeheartedly jumped right in. We absolutely adore her! Her sweet, soft spirit is exactly what we need in our studio this season and on a wedding day and this girl gets the job (no matter how big or small) done with grace and the utmost excellence! During her interview process she told us that because of her life experiences she has learned to be incredibly flexible, which I know is such a great quality to have for our internship. Adapt and overcome is what her sweet husband always tells her as they continue to intentionally move through their life. I’m already incredibly encouraged by her and this internship has just begun!

I am so excited for y’all to get to know her a bit more today! Take it away Kate!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are in life right now.
I’m married to my super handsome high school sweetheart, Joe! We met in 7th grade and have been best friends ever since, but didn’t start dating until high school. Many will tell you that we were more than friends long before I ever admitted it (and they’re right), but I am eternally grateful to him for sticking with me despite being kept in the friend-zone for a ridiculously long time. The tables have turned a bit in our married life, though, because I’m often the one waiting for him since he’s currently serving in the Marine Corps (he’s actually deployed right now so this is one of those waiting times). I like to plan, but usually write in pencil because I’m a military wife and things are forever changing… like 432085 times (only a slight exaggeration). I’m one of those crazy dog moms to our two dogs named Liberty and Rogue who bring so much joy to our lives and home! I’m also almost done with my college degree, but still figuring out exactly what I would like to do for the rest of my life. Hopefully something photography-related even though that has literally nothing to do with my degree.

Where are you from?
I spent most of my childhood in Holly Springs, NC, but I currently live near Camp Lejeune, NC.

What attracted you to apply for this internship?
The NRP team has always impressed me not only with their work and style, but also with their hearts and their faith. It was kind of always a far off dream in the back of my mind to work and learn alongside them, so when I decided to start pursuing photography more and felt a nudge from God to consider the wedding side of the photography world, I found myself hoping and praying that they would post the internship applications again. Well, they did and God answered that prayer!

What do you love about photography?
I love that photography is fun and creative, but more than that I love that it provides opportunities to meet so many amazing people I would have otherwise never had a chance to cross paths with. I also love that photos capture a moment to be remembered forever. Whether it’s a planned session or a just a candid glimpse at a day, looking at those photos floods the viewer with memories and emotions. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

What are you passionate about?
Jesus, my marriage, family, striving to love and serve others well, healthy living and wellness, and shopping local. I’ve also recently been getting more and more into zero waste. We’re far from it but I love the idea of simple living and reducing our footprint every day through small decisions that build up to a big impact.

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What are some small things that make your day better?
Plants, cut flowers, when Joe does the dishes (basically every day when he’s home), unintentional Sunday naps on the couch with my sweet husband and our dogs, coffee, donuts… the list could go on. I love the simple, little things in life.

What’s the last adventure you went on?
Every day as Joe’s wife is an adventure! The last small adventure was a day trip to Wilmington right before he deployed. The last big adventure was a weekend trip to D.C. to explore, see friends, and help lay the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery before Christmas which was so incredibly humbling.

What is your favorite book?
I’m honestly struggling to answer this question because I don’t really have a favorite (yet). Some of the books on my to-read list for this year, though, are Love Does and Everybody Always by Bob Goff, And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick, and Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter.

What is your favorite food?
Donuts. But I also really love fresh, homegrown fruits/veggies from my garden or local farmer’s market.

What is something that no one else knows about you?
There are definitely a handful of people that know this and I’m likely about to sound a bit crazy, but I don’t use shampoo or conditioner in my hair. I also hardly ever use any other kind of hair product unless I absolutely have to like hairspray for a very special event. Another thing that most people are shocked to learn is that my husband and I don’t have a single TV in our home.

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What is your favorite thing to do on a beautiful day?
Be outside. I love gardening and growing my own food so you can find me in my garden a lot just admiring my beautiful plant babies and making my husband come admire them with me. I also love spontaneous trips to the beach or the mountains on nice days (although it’s harder to go to the mountains now that we basically live at the beach).

What are you excited about in the next 12 months?
Easy. Homecoming! I absolutely cannot wait to have my husband back after being deployed for most of the year. We’re also hoping and planning to start foster care when he gets home provided that the military doesn’t throw us another curve-ball, which is almost to be expected. We live in a broken world and we wish foster care didn’t have to exist, but as long as it does we have a lot of love and room in our home to share whether it be for a short time or long-term.

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. But probably with a donut and a friend.

Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night owl, but I like to be home early unless I’m playing Monopoly Deal, Dominoes, or Ticket to Ride with friends.

What are you grateful for right now?
I am unbelievably grateful for technology that allows me to keep in touch with my husband most days even though we’re on opposite sides of the world. I’m also incredibly grateful for the opportunity to get a front-row seat to everything going on at NRP right now! These ladies have already taught me so much, cared for me so well, and blessed me more than I could have ever hoped for so I’m excited to see where this internship takes me!

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