We chatted months ago with our sweet friends Jordan and Amy Demos about coming to visit. We had never experienced Arizona and so this was a new trip for both of us! We booked flights and we anxiously awaited our “Demos Desert Tour”! The only problem was that I didn’t get all of my stuff done before flying down there. There’s always so much to do before WPPI and I just didn’t get it all accomplished before our trip. Thankfully, Jordan and Amy had tons to do as well
and so we had a few semi-productive work sessions which eventually led to really late nights of conversation…. which I don’t regret!
You see, taking random vacations is one of the perks of being self employed. The hard part is that when you’re self employed, the work never stops!! As annoying as it was to have work to do while visiting friends, it made our adventures during the day SO much sweeter! We would work and then we would go explore ARIZONA!!! This post is all about DAY ONE! Jordan and Amy took us to one of their favorite local wedding venues, The Four Seasons Scottsdale! It was stunning and we made time to try their infamous “Prickly Pear” tea made from a cactus! It was yummy! We loved this day! It’s so refreshing to go and see a landscape that is the total opposite of what we have at home!
Jordan and Amy were amazing hosts. We learned so much about their beautiful life in the desert… and we also learned which cacti you can and can’t get near. When i say “we”, I mean ME. I was the one that got attacked by the first cactus I brushed past!! It was SCARY! That thing latched on and it most definitely left a mark! Overall, that painful experience was worth it. We now have a hilarious story to tell our grandkids one day and we made some one-in-a-lifetime memories throughout the process as well!
It was so sad to see this day come to an end but I’m SO thankful that we stopped working long enough to sneak out and take a Field trip!
Jordan and Amy, there is so much I could say right now but I’m going to save it until Part 2!! Thank you for showing us a piece of your life. We loved EVERY minute of it and we can’t WAIT to come back and continue our desert tour one day!! Caroline and Annamarie, we LOVED having additional travel buddies during this trip!! I will always cherish this time we had together! …. Ok so enough mushy stuff…. here are the images from our first day in the Desert!! OUCH!!! Those things latch on and then HOOK in… which is why I still have a bruise! No seriously though, this was beyond painful!! That darn plant to the right is what attacked me!! Our amazing hosts in their natural habitat!!!! haha Such amazing women! Love each one of you! My FAVORITE pic of the day! LOVE! Yep, no idea what he’s doing!
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.