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This post seems a little surreal to be writing! Remember that time we said we were selling the house that we had just built and we were moving, but we didn’t share why or where for like 8 months?!!! We were trying desperately to buy land that wasn’t for sale and get a building permit to build our forever home. We were also trying to sell our current house at the time, and that ended up taking over 10 months!!

It was QUITE an adventure. During the building process we got pregnant, I had some crazy medical issues, and then we had a baby three weeks after moving in! Somewhere in the craziness of this year, we started just trying to survive and we stopped dreaming about business ideas for the future! We moved into the house and then became PARENTS, and so I feel like I’m just now starting to realize that we’re actually LIVING out the dream that we had for so long!!! I’m so thankful!! One by one, we heard a knock on the front door and the most amazing group of our 2016 couples entered our new home! The boys played life-sized Jenga on the front porch and Bocce ball in the front yard. The girls talked about crazy wedding stories and sipped moscow mules on the front porch! It was so much fun.

My favorite part of our time together was getting to be with these “clients-turned-friends” outside of the “work” realm! I could have hung out with them for hours and hours. Emy fixed the most amazing meal and then we headed out to the land for sunset anniversary pictures! I’ve never shot 9 anniversary sessions at once, but it was actually really fun! These KJ couples remembered all of their Four Core poses and so we ROLLED through these shots!! I love them!!!

As the sun dipped below the tree line, we walked back to the house and I saw our couples just hanging out on our front porch and it made me so happy. I’m so thankful to live in the country, where parking isn’t an issue with our neighbors! . . . and I’m thankful for beautiful land to take portraits on, and for couples who want to stay connected to us just as much as we want to stay connected to them!!! What a gift this job is!!! This group of KJ Brides and Grooms are so special to us because I was pregnant at almost ALL of their weddings!!! They were a part of this crazy year with us and we’re so grateful for them!! Enjoy some pictures from our time together!

Ps. To ALL of our past KJ Couples… we’re dreaming up a way to have a MASSIVE KJ Reunion soon!!!! yaaaaay!!!

Homemade cookies from Emy!

Love these amazing KJ Brides!!!!!

Life-sized Jenga….

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David and Sally! They are so sweet and traveled so far to be here!! View their Army Navy Country Club wedding here!

Matt and Kylene! They still know their poses so well! View their Ritz Carlton wedding here!

 

Eric and Courtney! Just love these two!! View their Mill at Fine Creek Wedding here!

Rob and Heather are expecting their baby in just a few weeks! ah!!! View their King Family Vineyard wedding here!

Jen and Gino! They came all the way from Connecticut! What?! View their Mill at Fine Creek wedding here!


Ashley and Justin! Loving that dress Ash! View their Longwood/Hampden Sydney wedding here!

Justin and Megan! I was pregnant at their wedding and didn’t know it yet!!! View their Big Spring Farm wedding here!

Jessica and Scott! They had a *little* bit of rain on their wedding day and so they deserved these glowy portraits more than anyone! View their Riverside on the Potomac wedding here!

Kyle and Erin! The last time we saw them was in France after their destination wedding!!! View it Here!

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— Katelyn

Student Spotlight April 2021

It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.

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This is Rhett’s third month blog post and I’m actually impressed that it’s only 9 days late!! I’m sure I’ll fall behind this year but as of right now, I’m doing ok and I’m actually thankful for the monthly-post commitment to keep me on top of editing our family pics each month!! While people say “the days are long but the years are short”…. I would say EVERYTHING feels short right now!

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Simple Off-Camera Flash Setup One OCF Setup for Wedding Photography

If you’re a photographer that despises Off-Camera-Flash (OCF), this blog post is for you! Ugh. I feel you. I used to hate it too… and it honestly still isn’t my favorite but it’s necessary in order to rise in your professionalism on wedding days after dark!! Off camera flash seems intimidating when you’re trying it for the first time.

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This is such a fun post for me to share because it’s what I consider my “hobby”! Sure, it’s still photo-related so maybe it’s not a true hobby for me since my career is consumed in the photography world… but it is most definitely what I love to do for fun!

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This is the biggest complaint we’re hearing about the R6!! Photographers who are moving from the CANON MARK III camera body and switching to the new Canon R6 camera body are lost when it comes to perfecting their edits to the style they are used to.

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Solving MarkIII to R6 Editing Problems Simple fix, once you know the issue!

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A 2020 Recap A Weird and Wonderful Year

There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!

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