When I think of compromise, my first thought normally refers back to high school shopping trips with momma.  The dressing room experience always starts off with a mound of clothes (that I don’t need in the first place) and then piece by piece it dwindles down to a “keeper” pile and a “I don’t need it but I LOVE it” pile! After trying everything on at least 4 times each, coming out and modeling it for motherly approval, and then giving my pitch about why I REALLY do need a 17th pair of jeans, the end results in a compromise. Momma always brings my sister and I back to reality during our shopping sprees!

I’ve learned that compromise not only takes place in American Eagle and J Crew….. it’s constantly taking place in my relationship with Michael. Compromise is especially evident when your relationship is spread 7 hours apart! Michael and I will be the first to admit that distance CAN make the heart grow fonder but it can also make the heart impatient, irritable, and frustrated! haha  However, as hard as it can be, It’s been such a great time of learning for the two of us. We have had to learn how to compromise in so many ways for each other. The way our schedules just don’t match up and how hard it can be to find time for a phone call is so irritating but it is teaching us how to love each other selflessly and sacrificially. So as much as I would like him back in the good ol’ state of VA, I’m thankful for this time apart and for how we’re growing together!

This Valentine’s day had to be compromised as well. We celebrated a week early! Michael took me out to Berrett’s, an amazing seafood place in Colonial Williamsburg. It was wonderful. We’ve celebrated 6 Valentines together and he never ceases to surprise me.  This year wasn’t a dozen roses in the seat of my car in the highschool parking lot, a mixed CD of “our songs” (that was year 1!), or an engraved Tiffany’s bracelet (LOvE that thing!)….. it was waking up to find that he had gotten up early to get me a starbucks and put it beside my bed.;) It may not seem like any big thing but it means the world to me. So Michael, thank you for loving me the way you do and for being my best friend. Thank you for your patience with me and dealing with my crazy, whirlwind of a schedule. I never want to do this without you. Happy “late” Valentines Day!!!

* It just so happens that this was the first outing with the new Marks II! So of course, I made him model! I think he’s coming to accept the fact that he’s dating a photographer and he’ll forever be a model! haha*



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— Katelyn

Nikhil + Paige | Engaged A South Congress Engagement Session

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!


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Nick + Katherine | Maternity Oatlands Historic Home and Gardens Portrait Session

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!


KJ Student Spotlight October 2020

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.


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How To Photograph Bridal Details KJ Bridal Details Mini-Course

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.

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