hello 2017!!

Can’t really think of a better way to start off the new year than how we did!!
John Luke and I spent New Year’s Eve watching our friends Jared and Kelsey get married in Quincy, Illinois and then danced the night away at the reception.
Jared’s little sister is one of my best friends, Rachel, so after not seeing her for several weeks it was really fun to be reunited! Sunday, the day after the wedding, we spent the day with Rachel, Seth, and her sister, Abby. It was one of those low-key days that end up being a memory you’ll hold onto forever.
We laughed and drank coffee and played Scattegories (idk how I haven’t played this game before…I am obsessed and am about to go pick it up at the store). We saw their horses and everyone, except me taking the pictures, took a swing on the rope swing above the FREEZING cold water at the creek.)
Just being around this group I learn so much about life: taking risks, love, humility, kindness, selflessness, and how important it is to be in The Word daily. They make me want to be the best version of myself. Plus we never stop laughing.

Been getting a lot of questions lately about my pictures/ what camera I use…thinking about doing a post on that SO…any questions just leave them in a comment on this post!


27 comments so far.

27 responses to “hello 2017!!”

  1. What's your favorite lens you use? Do you shoot on auto or manual? Love your photos!

  2. Amanda says:

    I loved these pictures MaryKate! Your photography skills are getting better and better!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to read a post about your pictures and camera gear! ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you shoot in RAW? If not, you should start because shooting in RAW gives you the best availability for any possible editing you'd want to do on your pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just started shooting in RAW recently and its so amazing the things I can in LightRoom now to edit my photos!

    Have a great day!

  3. Gracie Hicks says:

    When you shoot what settings do you generally go for? And if you're ever siting photos, what do you use?
    Love all your photos and love the blog โค

  4. girl C says:

    What a fun way to spend the beginning of 2017! The pictures are so awesome. You should do a post about your photography and camera gear!

    Cat // https://fromgirlc.wordpress.com/

  5. How you edit your photos! I know you use VSCO, but what filters do you use? How do you edit things such as lighting and contrast? Maybe like a step-by-step on how you edit them!!

  6. I can't figure out VSCO!! So any explanation of that would be great. I just ordered my first DSLR, so I've got to figure out editing ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy new year!!

  7. Do you edit your photos? If so, what website or editing apps do you use?

  8. I have never worked on photography before but have a really strong desire to start. How did you begin/learn?

  9. Kortnie V says:

    What camera/how do you edit?

  10. I know you said you edit with VSCO so could you show us a raw picture and then tell us how you'd edit it? (Like what filter, how much contrast, brightness, saturation, etc.)

  11. I am so scared of losing my digital pictures! How do you store yours? Hard drive, snapfish? Love you and so inspired by you! โ™ก

  12. do you take yours with a camera regulary or do you use your phone camera and when you do use your camera how do you upload them to your phone? also i love you so much!!

  13. Unknown says:

    Do u actually love John luke? You dont really seem to care if he gets what he wants rather it be food, or anything of that matter the way u act makes everything seem to revolve around you and you only. You should think about things before you do or say something because I'm afraid if u keep it the way u been your marriage will not last forever. Treat him the way he deserves. It's not all about you.

    • Morgan Grace says:

      Of course Mary Kate loves John Luke! I don't even know why anyone would even ask a question like that. Her love for John Luke is so very evident! They're relationship is derived from Christ and any relationship where the foundation is Christ will not fail. Have you even heard how their relationship came about? It was all such a "God thing" and was so very sweet. You don't know Mary Kate and John Luke's private life. They only put so much of their life on social media, so I'm sure that we don't even know 80% of the rest of their lives, so there is no reason for you to judge her so harshly. There is never a reason to be unkind.

  14. Unknown says:

    Kind of a strange question, but you have such great candid shots of your friends, are they truly candid or do you pose for some. I have recently been trying to get a more "in the moment" feel to my pictures, but a lot of times they turn out blurry when they are actually candid, and they can turn out looking awkward if I pose them. Do you have any tips on how to avoid them turning out blurry?

    Great post! You guys are the cutest!!

  15. How do you edit? And do you use auto or manual?

  16. Rachel says:

    So funny… while looking at this post I kept thinking, "what camera does she use?!" excited to find out!

  17. Caroline says:

    I read on your FAQ page that you use then Canon SL1 and that is the same camera I use. I was wondering what mode do you use it in? Like do you use auto or manual? also would love to see how you edit your pics! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Unknown says:

    you are so beautiful! my faimly and i saw you at the live original tour, you really inspire me to become the best version of myslelf. i have really love the way that you edit your photos, do you have any favorite filters? god bless you mary kate, great post!

  19. where is your pink sweater from?

  20. Sarah DeReus says:

    I'm thinking of buying a beginner camera that will be easy to transport in my purse, takes great quality pictures, and isn't overly expensive… I've got a blog and as I transfer colleges next year to the Ozark Mountains I want a camera to take fun pictures for my posts ๐Ÿ™‚
    Any suggestions??

  21. Abbey Rowe says:

    You're awesome Mary Kate!! Love seeing all your posts. Really interested in hearing what camera you use and how you edit all your pics and make them look so great. Please let us know your secrets!!

  22. Hi Mary Kate!

    Just wanted to let you know that your blog is awesome! I really like sitting down and reading your posts. You inspire me to be a good Christian woman and to read the Word daily, thank you for that!

    Do you have any tips for starting photographers?
    Do you have any tips on when to read the Bible? I'm trying to make a schedule to read mine and would like to hear your opinion!


    If you have time and want to check out my basic starting blog, here is my link: toallofmystars.wordpress.com

  23. I'm a bit of a photography addict myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Follw me on instagram – @bhc_photography. Question, how were you able to have such a beautiful focus on JL and everybody? They look so beautiful!

  24. Anรณnimo says:

    Hi Mary Kate!

    How do you know all these things about photography? Did you learn it by yourself? I would like to know if you shoot manual. If so, what are the setting you use on the 3 points (the triangule)? Love your pics and edits. Your are such an inspiration!

    Greetings from Portugal ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Cassie says:

    How do you edit your photos/instagram theme? Also would you ever think about starting a Youtube channel?

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