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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!!

In our KJ All Access episodes, I spend hours breaking down my thought process, mistakes and victories that we experience during wedding days and portrait sessions. 

This image is what I consider a WIN!! Why? Because it took a lot of thought to create it!

This shoot took place on the property of a modern fine art museum in Richmond, Va. 


This location was beautiful, but it was stark and lacked soft textures that could add depth and visual interest to an image.  By the time we came to the end of outfit one, I thought “you know I have to find a way to step it up a notch” and make this location more visually interesting.  


After locating a simple FLOWER POT, I was able to come up with a solution! ……

In this video you’ll see me take this potted hydrangea and turn it into a beautiful foreground that surrounds the couple and creates visual interest! 


However, was it as simple as just “shooting through the petals”. 


No. There is so much that goes into making this type of shot actually work and I’m sharing all of it in this brand new Youtube video!!

In this video you’ll see me do a few things:

  • Set the stage for the situation I was in that explain the issues I was experiencing during the shoot
  • Actually WATCH me set up this shot behind the scenes during the real shoot!
  • Watch and hear me make adjustments in order to make the image what I envisioned in my head! 
  • See the settings for the image
  • Hear me explain what was working and what wasn’t! 
  • Get a quick lesson in composition management!!!


You get access to this all for FREE! Enjoy and if you’re a photographer wanting to learn from Behind the Scenes, you can start TODAY! Signup for our FREE TRIAL HERE!

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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