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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

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Student Spotlight June 2021

Oh you guys…. you’re in for a TREAT! Seriously! I can’t wait for you to read about these amazing students and what they’re doing in their businesses!! I’m SO proud. It’s one thing to take a course and signup and it’s another to actually CHANGE YOUR LIFE and transform your financial situation. I could read stories of quitting jobs, finding ideal clients, booking high-end packages all. day. long!!!! Enjoy getting to know these amazing students of ours!!

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Rhett’s at such a fun age! So many laughs, squeals, giggles and huge smiles. He’s our smiliest baby! He’s also our happiest baby! He’ll sit for an hour and play with his hands or his Mr. Moose. He’s joyful and sweet and spits up just like his brother!

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Trevor + Alyssa A Manor at Airmont Wedding

I’m writing this as we are driving back home from Trevor and Alyssa’s wedding. Michael is driving and their images are backing up. I wanted to write this while the joy of today is fresh in my mind! We spent today with the sweetest people at one of the quaintest and most charming venues. Trevor is Tyler Herrinton’s brother and so in some ways, it kind of felt like a family wedding to us. It was such an honor to capture their special day…. especially after having to push it back by a year!

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Student Spotlight May 2021

It’s May! May is full of birthdays in our family!! Lots of celebrating people who are special to us! That’s what we’re doing in this month’s Student Spotlight! We’re highlighting three students who deserve to be showcased and celebrated for all that they’re doing in their individual businesses. I’m so honored that I get to spend my days helping incredible people like Elle, Stephanie and Samantha! I hope you enjoy getting to know them!!!

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The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.

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Leah + Hunter A Classic Commonwealth Club Wedding | Richmond, Va

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Creating a Soft Image in a Harsh Environment New Youtube Series!

It’s an exciting day in Youtube land! We have just launched a brand new series that we’re really excited about!!!! So often when I’m going through KJ All Access episodes and editing our behind the scenes coverage of our wedding days, I find myself noticing a lot of scenarios that require a lot of thought and problem solving in order to create a FINAL image that I love!!

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