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!!!!!
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!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.