Hard to believe that I’ve almost been offering coaching session for a full year!! Wow time flies! I remember thinking about this and wondering if anyone would be interested and I’m continually shocked that photographers from ALL OVER sign up to be a part of this. Coaching sessions are awesome because we get to talk about the photographer’s specific struggles and where they are in their businesses. I’ve had some photographers that have been in business for 17 years and some that haven’t even opened their doors yet!
It’s wonderful! It also pushes ME to become a better photographer because I want to offer them information and knowledge that isn’t stale and boring. I really think it’s important to continue to learn and grow, even when you feel like you’ve already got your ducks in a row. I feel like I know how to run a business these days….but that doesn’t mean I can stop growing and pushing myself.
I’ll tell you one way to push yourself. Try shooting a session with your OLD camera body and OLD lenses. Yea. That’ll really throw you a curveball! This past coaching session, I had sent my 85mm, my 50mm and my Mark III to CPS for cleaning and checkups. I didn’t have my normal shooting gear and I didn’t realize how ATTACHED I was to those babies!!!! Shooting with the Mark II is something I did for over 2 years! …. So I didn’t think it would be hard to switch back… but it was!
So for these portraits, I wanted them to have a similar look to the 85mm and so I used my 135 2.0 for some. During coaching sessions, we shoot at mid-day… it’s not ideal but as wedding photographers, sometimes we don’t ideal situations and we have to learn how to make it WORK. So we shot in bright daylight and inside a parking garage! And this was the outcome:Love these of Renee!! Niceeee! These two are amazing! Renee is ready to follow her photography dream and make her business come to life THIS year! We have so many goals for her!! And Daytona is 17 and about to graduate high school…. and is in the beginning stages of her business. So excited for them both!!! I’m telling you, parking garage light can be amazing!! ** Coaching dates for May-Aug will be released in the next couple of weeks. They will be announced first through the newsletter and then through the blog. If you want first dibs on dates, you can signup for the newsletter here! **
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
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.