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A Weekend Getaway at the Fox House Treehouse in Nashville, TN | Lifestyle and Travel | Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Anyone else fascinated by treehouses?! I think they are just so cool and I’ve been dying to stay in one. Someday I would love to go out to Washington State and stay in one of the really big treehouses they have built out there! I’ve seen there are some pretty spectacular ones in Washington and South Carolina!

Over the summer, I stumbled upon this really cute, quaint tiny treehouse in Nashville, TN! I had no clue there was one so close that I just had to see about staying there! Luckily, it worked out and wow, ya’ll it was perfect! This sweet little abode is tucked away in a serene backyard, lights strung from the trees and house and a hammock hanging just over yonder.

When I stepped inside the sweet little oasis, it was like walking into a real life Anthropolgie catalog. It was absolutely darling. Scroll through the pictures to see what I am talking about! I think my favorite part of staying in the Fox House was laying still on the bed, staring outside the big window and just listening. Listening to the birds chirp, the frogs ribbit, the leaves wrestle in the trees and watching little yellow lights flicker in the dark from the hundreds of lightning bugs.

My favorite moment was falling asleep listening to an owl “hoo-ing” and reading steadily hitting the roof. It was so peaceful. The windows were cracked, the balcony door open and the light of the moon shining through. There was no TV or WiFi and limited cell service, forcing me to simply enjoy the world around me. I woke up the next morning to it still raining and outside the big treehouse window, I watched a gorgeous wild red fox tiptoeing across the way.

Needless to say, this darling place was just what my soul needed this Summer! Also, now I definitely need to get out to Washington and continue this treehouse adventure! Anyone else want to stay in a treehouse? Where would you want to go? Let me know in the comments!❤️

xoxo, MK

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Summertime Cocktails at the Whimsical SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography

Ya’ll… next time you’re in NYC, do yourself a favor. Spend a morning, afternoon or evening, walk around Eataly (across the street from the famous Flat Iron building). It is an authentic Italian food market and it is AMAZING! They have the finest, rarest and most incredible cheeses, meats, pastas, seafood, spices, coffee and restaurants you’ll ever set your eyes on. While you’re there, make reservations to eat and/or try a cocktail at the gorgeous SERRA by Birreria rooftop. Holy moly, ya’ll. I was so overwhelmed and taken back by how extravagant the florals were! There were florals hanging from the ceiling, floral arches, floral arrangements, chandeliers — it was UNREAL. Talk about creativity! I could’ve taken photos up there all day long. Haha!

Sadly, I did not have time to make a reservation to sit down and sample their menu, however, the cocktail I had was incredible! SERRA by Birreria was the perfect summertime NYC rooftop experience. I cannot wait to go back!

xoxo, MK

SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
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SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography
SERRA by Birreria Rooftop ~ Eataly NYC ~ Mary Kate Steele Photography

A Simple Guide to Help Wedding Day Portraits Go Smoothly | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Let’s be honest, family portraits on a wedding day is probably the least favorite part of the wedding day. If is not organized and there is no direction, it can take a lot of unnecessary time and can be quite stressful for everyone involved. Here’s the thing though, it doesn’t have to be that way! While it may not be your favorite part of the day as a bride or groom, there are a few ways to make it more enjoyable and fun!

As a photographer, I’ve learned from a few wedding day family portraits not going the way I had hoped: they were chaotic, unorganized, me + the bride/groom + parents scrambling to find family members, and everyone being stressed out. I’m putting myself out there right now to say it was partially my fault and learning and growing as a photographer.

I took what I learned from the not so great experiences to make wedding day family portraits a fun, stress free, organized, time efficient and (hopefully) enjoyable experience for everyone! When I meet with each of my brides/couples before the wedding, there are a few things I ask/strongly encourage them to do to help with family portraits.

  1. I ask them to make me a Family Shot List. I ask them to include names of every family member that will be participating in family pictures. People like being called by their name, not just “Hey, Bride’s grandma”. This list is the first thing you need to help family portraits run smoothly and efficiently.

  2. I strongly suggest the couple to assign a good family friend or extended family member from both families to help with the family portrait time. Ideally someone who knows or is somewhat familiar with names and faces of the family. During family portraits, I give the Family Shot list to this designated person. It is their job to read off the list, find those people who are needed for the current picture and the one following it next. This has been a game changer. It not only saves time, but it saves from me, my couple, or their immediate families from tracking down everyone. Now what was chaos (sometimes is organized chaos — LOL), but that one change suddenly makes family portraits way more enjoyable for the couple and their immediate family. They can focus on the pictures being taken and being present instead of half smiling while working about who is and isn’t around for the next picture.

  3. When at all possible, I always ask my second shooter to help me arrange family members. People want to feel taken care of. They want to feel that they are truly important enough to take a moment and tell them where they should stand to flatter them in front of the camera. Having my second shooter around to be another pair of eyes and help me make everyone feel taken care of really changes the whole experience for everyone involved. Win win — always!!

I hope these three little tips are helpful to you, whether you are a bride or a photographer! I know they have really helped me and wedding day family portraits end on a happy note! <3

xo, MK

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