They say you can tell a lot about a person by their friends. The more couples I meet and have the privilege of working with, the more I find this to be true. Pat and Anna were surrounded by incredible friends on Saturday and they were from ALL over the country. Awesome right?! It says a lot to have SO many people care about you so deeply that they will stop life for a long weekend, fly to another state and then dance the night away with you because you mean the world to them! As we were leaving, one of Anna’s bridesmaids came up to us in tears and thanked us for capturing her best friend’s special day so well. Those are the kinds of conversations we cherish and that give us motivation to finish out this season with a bang!! I just LOVE awesome bridal parties and awesome couples for that matter!!
Pat and Anna are the type of people that you feel like you know better than you really do. They just feel like old friends! Anna and I laughed about how we feel like we’ve known each other forever but in reality, we’ve only been around each other once before the wedding day!! In my opinion, that’s how it should feel. You need that type of relationship in order to make a wedding day a success!!
So Saturday’s weather wasn’t really in our favor but I have to say, Pat and Anna made the most of it and it’s AMAZING all that you can accomplish on one tiny little porch!! As we arrived to the reception, they had a mariachi band serenading their guests as they ate pop corn from Chicago and all sorts of other goodies! This was just the start of what was going to be a GREAT night! As the sun set and the lights dimmed and the music got louder…. the party got started! Pat and Anna have some hilariously awesome dancers in their friend group!! :) I loved seeing everyone having such a wonderful time celebrating a wonderful couple. Pat and Anna, you two were such a joy to work with! We’re a little bummed that this process is over because you’re the type of couple that we just love spending time with!! However, I’m glad the stress of planning is behind you and now you just get to relax, enjoy married life and get used to calling each other “Husband” and “Wife”! Crazy!! We love ya’ll and we are so honored that you chose us to be a part of your beautiful day!! Enjoy your blog post!!!Loved Anna Maria’s dress!! So simple and classic! Love this shot from Michael’s time with the guys. Mom sewing the veil… HER veil! :) Going to the chapel!! Love these next three moments! I think EVERY bride would just die to have a shot of their groom looking at them like this. :)
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.