IMG_9920From my initial e-mail in response to a client inquiry from a betrothed couple, to the last photograph I capture of their wedding reception before wearily walking to my car, I give my clients everything I’ve got.

Some soon-to-be newlyweds are easier than others, with few questions, few demands and a serene trust in my ability to capture their special day to their liking. Others, require a bit more hand-holding.

But whether its writing them back a thoughtful response when they ask my opinion on whether the money dance is passé, scouting engagement session locations for hours trying to match a very specific pinterest-inspired concept or staying up until 4 am to post a sneak peek from their wedding – I joyfully go above and beyond for my clients time and time again.

Except in my image packaging. My image packaging sucks. There are probably nicer ways of saying that, but none more accurate. It’s lackluster, shows very little thoughtfulness and I’d say even goes as far as to give off the impression that I don’t think what I’m presenting to them is special.

But I do believe it is special! I believe the images I create for my clients are precious pieces of personal art, created to archive some of their most magical moments. I believe the images I photograph and painstakingly edit will give my clients the ability to relive their carefully planned wedding day again and again – and even someday give their future grandchildren the chance to see what great and historic love was celebrated on that day.

Stuck in a rut of just trying to stay on top of my To Do list – I never took the time or made the investment in making the situation any better. I’d burn my blank DVDs, scribble the Newlyweds’ names and wedding date on it in Sharpie, sheath it in a cardboard sleeve and pop it in the mail. I tried fancier envelopes – I even tried more interesting postage. But every time I’d drop the final images off in the mail to send to my beloved clients, a sinking feeling would hit me that I just wasn’t doing my best.

Was a burned disc in a cardboard sleeve really the lasting impression I wanted to leave my wedding clients with? After their huge investment of finances and trust in me to stand by their side and archive their nuptial process, is this really the taste I wanted to leave in their mouths? Cardboard?

So with a caught up To Do list and the desire to do better, I set off on my quest of finding a better solution. I found it in Artsy Couture. A custom printed USB Drive delivered client-ready in a 5×7 presentation box? It sounded like a win to me. After quickly designing my pieces and placing my order (which was a breeze), I anxiously awaited the products arrival so I could inspect the quality.


Having worked for photographic labs for more than 5 years (both retail and professional grade labs), my quality standards are exceptionally high. And every one of them was met by these products. I’m a stickler for tight corners on my gallery wrapped canvases, and I was sure I’d find fault somewhere in the corners of these boxes – but they turned out perfect! The printing was stellar, the products themselves were high quality, they arrived quickly, were packaged efficiently and the customer service I received when I called to ask a question was friendly and informative.

And I’ve been dying to share them with you! I wanted to wait to post until my clients received their package so I didn’t spoil the surprise!



The printing on the presentation boxes wraps all around the edges of the top shell, the bottom shell is a gorgeous kraft paper (though they have a few other options to choose from, kraft fits my style the best). The grosgrain ribbon tied across the front was the perfect little “handmade” touch – though I have no crafting skills whatsoever, so ordering my “handmade” objects works perfectly for me. A little rubberband action at the knot allows the ribbon some wiggle room to get on and off the box without untying it. Perfect for opening and closing a few times without getting damaged.

IMG_9939IMG_9943IMG_9950As I slid off the bow and lifted off the printed lid, the kraft paper crinkles began to rustle. Their fullness makes this product feel more complete and added the perfect nesting material for me to set the custom USB drive on.

IMG_9958IMG_9960IMG_9961Though certainly not confusing by any means, I was grateful for the included little directions card from Artsy Couture in how to properly open up the USB drive. These aren’t flimsy, but they’re not exactly solid either. I wanted to be sure I was gentle with it and that my clients understood how to open and use it as well. What good is a sweet little custom USB drive if they can’t figure out how to access their wedding pictures from it? I wouldn’t consider using these USB drives as a permanent archival solution for images, but it sure is a fun delivery device. I encourage all my clients to save their images to a hard drive, burn copies on to DVDs, place one in a safe place in their home and mail a few copies to dear friends and family members across the country for safe keeping. If a few people have a copy in a file cabinet somewhere, surely there’s no risk of you losing all your images entirely forever because your hard drive crashes.

IMG_9966Just as I keep explaining to my husband before my birthday, Christmas, Valentines Day and our Anniversary – everyone loves presents, but to make someone feel really special, you need to hand write a card. So of course, along with this gorgeous box and nifty USB drive, I handwrote a thank you card to my fantastic clients who chose me and trusted me to witness and capture their wedding day. I love these fun notecards I found on clearance at Target awhile back…. They fit my brand so well, I’m sad I’m running low!

And with clients who treated me as fantastically as Jason and Arman did, I couldn’t just stick my new packaging in a USPS Priority Mail box with packing peanuts and call it a day. At their wedding, Jason surprised Arman with a choreographed dance to “Fireball.” So I chose to pack their box with Atomic Fireball candies instead of the usual styrofoam.

Many thanks to the fabulous staff at Artsy Couture for making me look so good. I finally feel like I can be proud of the note I leave things on with my clients and feel confident they’ll think fondly of me when they have photography needs arise in the future or friends ask for a referral. Anything tastes better than cardboard, but Artsy Couture truly takes the cake when it comes to client image delivery.

And to Jason and Arman: I will blog your wedding soon, but meanwhile, please know just how grateful I am that you chose me. It was truly an honor and my pleasure. FIREBALL!


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So today is one of my FAVORITE days of the year. Which is really saying something since I’m still in my sweats, haven’t left the house and managed to burn a batch of cookies this morning. The day the new Erin Condren planner is delivered to my house is always a big deal around here. Even my husband knew exactly what the ridiculously huge smile on my face was for when he walked in the door (and was relieved that I would no longer anxiously be checking the FedEx Tracking every half hour).

When someone first told me about this planner and I heard about it’s $50-75 price tag I was intrigued and scared. I have a love affair with organizers and office supplies – but I have never once ventured over the $20 range for a day planner. What was so different about this one? Why would it be worth more than double what I usually spend?

After watching tons of videos about it and reading all the blog posts I could find (and there are a ton, women are HUGE fans of this planner) I was sold. I bought mine. It changed my life. And now I’m telling you about why I love my Erin Condren Life Planner. If you end up deciding to order your own after reading this – you can do so using this link and save $10 off your Life Planner (and well, you’ll earn me a $10 credit as well!). Click here for Katie Mooney’s Erin Condren Referral Code!!!!


Even the box is beautiful and exciting! I actually ran out to meet the mail man. He said he had delivered the same kind of box to another lady a few hours earlier and she was equally giddy over receiving it!


Using my favorite Kuhn Rikon paring knife to carefully open up the packing tape seal on the box…


And finally! A glimpse at what I will be carefully and lovingly hauling around with me for the next 18 months! It’s laminated covers and heavy duty coil mean that it can take a pretty serious beating – but I still treat mine carefully. I even write on the inside cover that there is a $20 reward if found and returned to me in case I lose it!


I ordered one of the special foil planners this year (I did not last year). And while I’m not sure there’s anything special or different enough about it to require anyone to buy it, all the sparkly extra details do make me pretty happy. I do love shiny things! Here’s the sparkly silver elastic band holding it shut. I have a few more cute “headbands” I’ve purchased over the last year that hold my planner shut perfectly – but this new silver one is now my new favorite.


I chose to order a planner with the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 in it. I really love 18 month planners when I can choose them. It is awesome getting to look so far ahead (especially since in my business I book weddings and events so far into the future). Plus, I keep detailed notes throughout the year on the things that happen in our lives, the major purchases we make, etc so when we need to look back to reference something, we can!


This shows some of the special detailing of this “foil” planner. The shimmery silver foil inlay is gorgeous and I really do appreciate it’s fanciness. Plus, this sparkly polka dot vellum sheet is just a little extra joy when you open your planner.


Gorgeous designs, colorful printing and inspirational quotes litter this planner throughout.


At the very beginning is a layout of July 2014 – December 2015. Which is awesome when you need to quickly reference which day of the week October 5, 2015 is. It’s a Monday. And also my birthday. Just in case you were wondering.:-)


These are the monthly page layouts. On these pages I write one-liners about events that are happening. “Mom’s birthday.” “Shooting Duran Wedding.” “Dave Matthews Band Concert.” Etc.


And these are the weekly planners. Here I write all the details of the things happening in my life. I also use these pages as a meal planner, workout tracker, weight tracker, shopping list, to do list and so much more. I also reward myself at the end of each day with symbolic stickers for different accomplishments. It may seem childish, but it really does encourage me and motivate me to get done what I need to.


There are quite a few sheets of lined paper in the back for note taking. When I got my first planner I kind of bummed out on these thinking I would never use them and they added needless bulk. Totally not true! I ended up using almost all of the note pages.


At the back of the planner is a quick reference for 2016-2017 months.


These are the stickers that come inside every planner with some basic items on them.


This year, instead of the perpetual calendar being printed inside the planner, it was included as a separate booklet that can be kept in the folder inside the planner or stored separately. Since I don’t really use this, I was grateful it was included as a separate piece so I can just leave it out of my planner entirely.


This is one of my favorite aspects of the Erin Condren Life Planner – the Keep It Together folder! It has pockets on both sides and holds a ton of stuff – but somehow, I’m sure magic is involved, it doesn’t get bulky. Obsessed!!!!


There is also a clear vinyl zipper pocket in the back that I use to hold my daily reward stickers and sometimes receipts, tickets, etc.


These are the custom stickers I ordered from Erin Condren with some of my specific needs. You can also order more unique ones from many Etsy shops, but I love the ones from the most!


Here’s my planner from this last year sitting on top of my new one. has a HUGE selection of different covers you can choose from. I loved my customized cover featuring some of my favorite photos last year, but this year I wanted something more elegant. However, the BEST feature of the New 2014 Erin Condren Life Planner: easily removable and interchangeable covers. So you can have a new one whenever you feel like!

Now that I’m done writing this I get to transfer everything from last year (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) on to my new planner. And I. Cannot. Wait. I have all my pens, stickers and washi tape laid out all over my kitchen table. Which has been laid out since 8 a..m. this morning just waiting for the FedEx guy to arrive.

If you decide to order your very own Erin Condren life planner – please consider signing up and ordering from THIS LINK THAT SAVES YOU $10 ON YOUR ORDER and also earns me $10 in credit!


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