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Catherine ‘Finn’ Taylor ☕️ @finnrauen NC • NY • KY • Travel 📸 & 🎞 Falling in love with love stories and the perfectly imperfect people in them

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I finished 5 blog posts yesterday. Yep. I go the whole year without keeping up on that and thanksgiving comes along and the muse strikes. After the holiday I will start sharing them one at a time. I’m so greateful that I had some time this holiday to reflect on the truly incredible people I’ve met and worked with this year. Never forget to appreciate the people who hold you up.  Happy thanksgiving friends!! . . . . . .  #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #photobugcommunity #wdofficial #wilmingtonnc #wilmingtonphotographer #wilmingweddingphotographer #ncweddingphotographer #ncwedding #louisvilleky #louisvilleweddingphotographer #ohwowyes #relationshipgoals #epicloveepiclife #muchlove_ig #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #authenticlovemag #radlovestories #loveandwildhearts #couplegoals #togetherweroam #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #dearphotographerxoxo #shootandshare #lookslikefilm
In this space I show weddings and engagements, but I like to use the space below the images to talk about marriage. My marriage. Real marriages. Because when the confetti falls, and the party is over, the work begins. I’m still just an egg, only married (almost) two years. We’ve been together 6.5 years. And I’ll argue with anyone who says marriage doesn’t change things. It does. For us, it changed for the better. We are in a very unique, unpredictable season of our lives right now. And I keep having these epiphanies where I can see a situation through my husband’s eyes and it’s stunning the clarity and empathy that this brings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The lesson for this week: we bought a house, totally based on intuition, practically site unseen. I’ve had the chance to sleep in it, rake the yard, take a shower, (take a shit), all in this wonderful place full of perfect energy. He’s physically been inside of this house once. I can’t imagine how scary that must feel- how unknown this place is for him. The minute I really realized this, I regretted every short tempered, combative moment that we’ve had talking about bathroom renovations and new dishwashers. I realized that his tension and fear isn’t about wall colors or renovation budgets, but simply a reaction to the unknown. And sadly I haven’t been as sensitive to this as I could have been.  The moral of the story: remember that your partner’s experience is different than yours. Never compromise, communicate.  And never stop believing that the person you love has something new to teach you about life. . . . . .  #adventurouslovers #heywildweddings #dirtybootsandmessyhair #ohwowyes #couplesgoals #nycengagement #anniversaryphotos #wildhearts #brooklynengagementphotos #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #marriageadvice #brooklyn #nyc #travelingphotographer #soulmates #inspiremyinstagram #muchlove_ig
Life moves faster than a heart beat.  Some days I'd love to have those moments back, other days I feel every resounding thud, harder than the last.  Partnership, loyalty, marriage... They're not about shielding yourself or someone else from the fast and the slow moments. They're about having someone's hand to hold, who's heart is racing just as hard as yours is, and then you both jump, together, into the depths of the unknown. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three. Then jump. . . . . . . . . #ceremony #mrandmrs #theysaidido  #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #elopementlove #freespiritedbride #offbeatbrides #honestlove #weddingphotoinspiration #flashesofdelight #weddingphotomag #junebugweddings #weddingforward #wdofficial  #muchlove_ig #photobugcommunity #elopementphotographer #intimatewedding #intimateweddingphotographer #microweddingphotographer #ncweddingphotographer #northcarolinaweddingphotographee #newjerseybride #elopementphotographer #bespokewedding  #hudsonvalleyweddingphotographer
“The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past us but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.” - John Muir
🖤 Portrait of a photographer not knowing what to do with her hands... . . 📸 by @kelseyannrose who let’s me steal her clothes so I can look artsy.
It’s my goal every year to shoot weddings A. Out of state and B. In places I’ve never been before. I think when you’re looking to get married in a destination, it’s assumed that you should hire someone local. Which don’t get me wrong, that can have a huge payoff i.e. @katemichelleyosemite is the only person I would trust for backcountry weddings in Yosemite. But you should feel free to look for and hire the PERSON you want to work with regardless of where they’re based. I’m fact there are so many photographers out there who specialize in destination or travel weddings, myself included!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Flying across the country to work with Tim and @sidneyylynn in Joshua Tree this summer was an absolute dream and truly one of my favorite wedding days yet. . . . . . . .  #ohwowyes #relationshipgoals #epicloveepiclife #dirtybootsandmessyhair #muchlove_ig #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #authenticlovemag #radlovestories #loveandwildhearts #couplegoals #inspiremyinstagram #togetherweroam #elopementphotographer #skullrocks #flashesofdelight #dearphotographerxoxo #shootandshare #lookslikefilm #adventurouslovers #heywildweddings #rockymountainbride #rmbcolorado #intimateweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #ohwowyes #couplesgoals #desertweddinginspiration #joshuatreewedding #wildhearts
I like blurry photos.  My first love is film photography where you’re beholden to whatever film speed is in your camera, which sometimes means film grain and motion blur to get the shot. Sometimes I like the same thing for my digital images. I think it gives them soul. . . . . . .  #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #photobugcommunity #brooklynengagementphotos #wdofficial #ohwowyes #relationshipgoals #epicloveepiclife #dirtybootsandmessyhair #muchlove_ig #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #authenticlovemag #radlovestories #loveandwildhearts #couplegoals #inspiremyinstagram #togetherweroam #fromwhereistand #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #dearphotographerxoxo #shootandshare #lookslikefilm #istillshootfilm #35mmlove #blackandwhitephotography
I've had to keep this under my hat for so long!!!!! #rmbnewmexico just released their fall issue and {flipping, flipping, flipping...} I'm in it!!! I had such an amazing time at @hotellunamystica and cannot recommend them enough. So when they asked me to collaborate with them for their full page ad in @rockymtnbride I think I shouted "YES!" loud enough that they could hear me from New Jersey. Issues are on sale right now on line and in stores so go pick up your copy. Hotel Luna Mystica has a beautiful spread about their trailers and what it's like to spend time at their incredible property. If you're looking for a unique getaway wedding where you and your peeps can stay and adventure on site... this is your place. Also call me because this is literally my wedding photography wet dream. . . . . . . #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #adventurouslovers #heywildweddings #rockymtnbride #rmbcolorado #rmbcalifornia #taosweddingphotographer #ohwowyes #couplesgoals #desertweddinginspiration #mountainweddinginspiration #wildhearts #ohwowyes #relationshipgoals #epicloveepiclife #dirtybootsandmessyhair #muchlove_ig #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #authenticlovemag #radlovestories #followfriday #inspiremyinstagram #togetherweroam  #rockymountainbride #rockymountainbridemagazine #dearphotographerxoxo
I have strict rules about smiling and laughing during our time together:  If you don’t want to smile, don’t.  If you find something truly funny, throw your head black and laugh.  It’s pretty simple. Nothing should ever be forced or fake.  But let’s be honest, it’s pretty easy to smile when you’re on the arm of your boo, walking around the hot summer streets of Brooklyn. . . . . #brooklynbride #brooklynengagements  #ohwowyes #relationshipgoals #epicloveepiclife #dirtybootsandmessyhair #muchlove_ig #belovedstories #photobugcommunity #authenticlovemag #radlovestories #loveandwildhearts #couplegoals #inspiremyinstagram #togetherweroam #fromwhereisatnd #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #dearphotographerxoxo #shootandshare #lookslikefilm #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto
The limo ride had some serious heat... and not just because the air conditioning was broken. . . I have a lot of things I want to say about Saturday and I’m sure they’ll come out more eloquently in a blog post soon. But I’ll give you the bullet points: 1. Marry your soul mate. Wait for them, love them, let them come back if the universe allows it.  2. Traditions are guidelines, not rules. The structure of this wedding day (at least for my job) was unlike any wedding I’ve ever worked. But it was perfect for THEM, it’s not about anything or anyone else.  3. If the limo shows up and has no air conditioning, you’re allowed to ✌🏻 and drive your own truck (lesson for next time). . . Helen and Ellen are the classiest, funniest humans I’ve ever gotten to work with. Their wedding was elegant, with nothing extra or extravagant. I’d like to shoot this wedding every weekend. Please and thank you.
Every time I think I have a “method” to photographing a wedding, my couples will throw me a curve ball... and it keeps inspiring me to step up to the plate.  Taylor and Steve for example... our sunset portraits on the lake, turned into rained out, overcast portraits at dusk.... no regrets. Things change. On this day we were literally forced to dance in the rain. The result... one of my favorite portraits of the year!
I love surprises. Taylor and Steve told me they were doing e-vites instead of printed invitations.... that’s kind of the anchor of the detail images since it marks the location and date of the wedding. I patiently awaited what little details I would have to photograph. 1. Taylor had the most lovely flats (they magiclally never got dirty the whote day) 2. Her mom made all of the florals. They were classic, understated, wildflower arrangements. Perfection. 3. Their officiant read from a book of E.E. Cummings poems that belonged to Taylors gradmother... 4. Taylor’s engagement ring and Steve’s wedding band were both family heirlooms.  5. Steve wore his great uncles vintage boater hat and I almost melted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There was no lack of meaning or details to make this day their own.  Be true to you. Bring to the table the little things that matter, and nothing else. . . . . . . .  #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #adventurouslovers #heywildweddings #rockymountainbride #weddingdetails #dirtybootsandmessyhair #ohwowyes #couplesgoals #desertweddinginspiration #mountainweddinginspiration #wildhearts  #freespiritedbride #offbeatbrides #weddingphotoinspiration #flashesofdelight #weddingphotomag #junebugweddings #weddingforward #wdofficial  #elopementphotographer #intimatewedding #intimateweddingphotographer #ncweddingphotographer #elopementphotographer #newenglandweddingphotographer #bespokewedding  #hudsonvalleyweddingphotographer
Hah! We made it to Friday and I’m making my introductions all over the place: Here we go. 💥 I'm Catherine. My nickname is Finn (hence the business name) but I'll always introduce myself as Catherine. Because that's the woman that my mama raised. 🌵 I photographed my first wedding at 17 and I fell head over heels with the love story that two people can write in a day. 🌵 I am immune to crazy mother-in-laws (and mothers). Let the chaos rest on my shoulders. 🌵 I'm painfully empathic so if you're making a weird face across the room before the ceremony, I’ll know if it means your shoes hurt, you hate being away from your fiance for this long, or you can't wait until you can stuff your face with shrimp cocktail without worrying about dripping sauce on your wedding dress. I can feel all of that. 🌵 And lastly... I do this because I give a shit. And that’s the most rewarding part. . . . . . . .  Photo cred to @kelseyannrose  #finnrauen #finnrauenphotography #finnrauenweddings #finnrauenphoto #fridayintroductions #fridayfollows #artistprofile #istillshootfilm #hybridweddingphotographer #hudsonvalleyweddingphotographer #northcarolinaweddingphotographer #weddingphotographer #adventurouslovers #heywildweddings #rockymountainbride #dirtybootsandmessyhair #ohwowyes #couplesgoals #desertweddinginspiration #mountainweddinginspiration #wildhearts #californiadreaming #aboutme