As we left the UNITED conference, people were asking me “So are you done with wedding season?” and my response was…. “Almost! After this weekend we’re officially done!”. Then, they said “Oh that’s awesome! One more to go! You can do it!”. That’s when I dropped the bomb and said “oh no, not one… THREE!”. We photographed three weddings this weekend and we made it! We booked this weekend a while ago and we thought long and hard about if this was something that we could accomplish and we determined it was.
Our best friends Buddy and Jill shot a triple header this year and so I had received some great advice. After making it through this weekend and experiencing what it’s like to shoot THREE weddings in a row, I’m going to pass along three tips that may help some of you make it through a triple header if one comes your way!
Before I get into the tips, I do have one piece of advice about BOOKING a triple header. When deciding whether or not to book three weddings in a row, I think there are a few things to consider.
1. Are these weddings in close proximity to one another? Or will you be driving several hours to get to each different location?
2. Can you truly give the BEST effort during the third wedding after shooting two already?
3. Do you shoot double headers and have trouble physically moving afterwards? Or are you in good shape and you’re physically able to get up and do it a third time?
4. Does your potential 3rd bride know that this would be a triple header and are they ok with that? It’s not that you have to have their permission, but you do need to reassure them that they will be well taken care of.
Ok, so now that we’ve taken care of the prerequisites of booking a triple header, here are THREE tips for successfully shooting three weddings in a row!
1. Remind yourself before EACH wedding that this is a new couple, a new love story, a new family celebration, a new “happiest day of their life”. You have to show up each time with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective.
2. Drink WATER… like CRAZY. Your body will be going into overdrive physically and so it needs to be hydrated!
3. Bring reception shoes. I have flats that I can shoot two weddings in a row in, but sometimes it’s nice to let the toes have some freedom. I think that after the party has started and the lights have been turned down, it is perfectly fine to have some classy flip flops on. Also, Natalie Franke mentioned that you want to make sure your flats that you shoot in are not TIGHT on your toenails. This can be PAINFUL at the end of your third wedding!
So here are previews and links from EACH wedding in case you missed any this week!! It’s been a busy but beautiful week on the blog! Enjoy!!
We kicked the weekend off with Hunter + Britne at Brandy Hill Farm!!
Saturday we celebrated with Jason + Linsey at The Inn at Willow Grove!
And we wrapped up the triple header with Dominick + Cate at Pippin Hill!!
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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.