The SUGAR SHOOT happened and it was a success! 18 photographers from the Virginia, Delaware, Ohio, and Florida came together to attend this workshop and I couldn’t have been more honored…. or nervous. I mean……what if I talked too fast? What if my presentation didn’t work or just disappeared into computer land….. what if I wasn’t prepared enough… ALL of these questions entered my head at some point last week while I was getting ready for the Sugar Shoot. I’ll admit it, I was nervous. However, as soon as I met these amazing ladies…..I was reassured that this day was going to be incredible. Not because of what I had planned or what I was going to say…but because 18 like-minded
girls were hanging out and talking about photography and their dreams….ALL DAY! How could this possibly go wrong? The whole day was just amazing. I started off by explaining that this whole idea of the “Sugar Shoot” started when my friend Britney and I were having lunch together in December. We were talking about the business and I explained that I wanted to host a workshop but it needed to be something different and FUN… and I was kinda at a loss for what to do…. and then….. because Britney is a genius and helps me come up with all of my good business decisions….she mentioned something about using the candy store…. and the wheels started turning. It was absolutely perfect. I contacted the SWEET SPOT and they agreed to host it, then we booked a conference room at the ALOFT Hotel, Janie from THE BRIDES CAFE agreed to arrange our florals and be our guest speaker, I bought details from ETSY and also made some myself….MOSAIC’s catered our lunch, JARED and LAURYN (remember them?!) agreed to be our models and SHYNDIGZ created our amazing cake (coming in PART II!!!!). The whole process was like planning wedding…. only for like 4 people….instead of 400!!! It was amazing!!
Be sure to check back in for PART II and hear a little about what we learned, meet the attendees and see MORE details and portraits!!!!
Please note: I was the floral designer for the conference room…don’t judge…. we were on a budget!
Ok….let me just get this out there….this is a horrible picture. Me + talking + pictures = a bad situation. I look like I’m on something… but really I was just mid-sentence. Next time we’ll try to get a more attractive shot of me teaching. promise.
And before we move on to the PRETTY stuff…. let me just explain how AWESOME these ladies are……they surprised me with the SWEETEST thank you notes AND a Kelly Moore bag! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Oh my gosh! I was just in awe….I was so blown away by their generousity and thoughtfullness. THANK YOU ALL…. from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much this means to me. I will treasure these notes forever…. and I will look so CUTE with my TEAL camera bag! You’re the BEST!!!!!
Now on to the part we’ve all been waiting for!!! Ok, this first picture was taken as a practice shot… Lauryn was still getting ready… but they still look GOOD! Jared and Lauryn are one of my all time favorite couples and I adore them so so much!
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.