This past September we did something new. We hosted a workshop at our friend’s farm in Lexington, Virginia!! Big Spring Farm is a magical place to us and we were excited to share it with 17 other photographers at our fall Workshop Experience! People flew into Richmond and DC and some drove for HOURS and HOURS to be there! It was an incredible event! The Farm NEVER disappoints. It’s just beautiful there!!
Our next workshop that’s happening in Richmond is sold out but we‘ll most definitely offer more in the future! This is one of our favorite aspects of the educational side of our business. We love the teaching and the instructional time with the attendees but we also LOVE the styled shoot! This shoot was a little more elaborate than normal simply because we had so much ROOM at Big Spring! The AMAZING Kaitlin Holland of The School of Styling planned and styled this shoot and it couldn’t have been more beautiful!!! I just loved her vision! And so did Style Me Pretty! They featured this shoot a few weeks ago and you can view it HERE!
Floral Design: Amanda Veronee | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Couture |Calligraphy: Lydia Robins Hendrix | Venue: Big Spring Farm | Event Design & Styling: Kaitlin Holland (School Of Styling) | Furniture Rentals: Paisley And Jade | Model: Brittany Anderson | Photography – Assistance: Jillian Michelle Photography | Ribbon: Adorn | Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage Table | Catering: Chef’s Catering
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The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.
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!!
Gosh it feels good to do what I love to do again! This was my first shoot back since maternity leave ended and I loved every minute of it! I have known Matt and Abby for years and years and so while this was a true portrait session with paying clients and outfit changes, etc…. it was also a shoot with dear friends and it was wonderful to spend some time with them!
First of all, let me just say, I do NOT endorse not hiring a professional birth photographer! As you read this, keep in mind that I desperately wanted to have my friend and fellow photographer Jill with me during my fourth birth. I was heartbroken that she wasn’t allowed to be there!
Have you ever showed up for a wedding or a portrait session and took one look at the location and thought…. “You’ve got to be kidding me!!! How am I going to make this work?!” I have. I have had so many scenarios in my career where I have thought….“Ok, how in the world am I going to make this lousy location work as a great portrait location!!?”.
It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.