It feels really surreal to be writing this. I think it’s easier for couples who met each other in the mid-twenties to celebrate BIG birthdays. It’s not weird to celebrate your spouse turning 30 when you met him/her at age 24! When you’ve known your spouse since you were a LITTLE kid, it’s a different experience to celebrate their 30th birthday!! I remember when Michael was TWELVE!!!! We started dating when he was 17!!! And now he’s THIRTY?! It’s so crazy! I’ve literally known my husband my entire life and sometimes I feel like we take that for granted.
I’ve known Michael through all of his “stages”. I knew him when he was in the 12-14 year old range and he was FULL of ENERGY! He would come over to our house to hangout with Corey (my younger brother who is 8 years younger than Michael) and he couldn’t make it through an entire movie without coming up with a new, fun idea of something we should all do! One time, his adventurous ideas got us in trouble with momma James. I was probably 10 or 11 and Michael was over at the house and decided that we should play hide and seek…. BABY POWDER! How did this new game work? Well, whoever was “seeking” would squeeze the bottle of baby powder in the face of the person hiding once they were found! It was so much fun! I remember Emy and Corey running and SCREAMING at the top of their lungs with white powder all over their faces… and all over the floor…. and in the cracks of the old hardwood floors… and on the baseboards. My parents came home and the upstairs looked like Narnia!!!
That was a lifetime ago but I still see that fun side of Michael in our married life. Michael THRIVES off of fun times and being with friends. He loves coming up with fun ideas for vacations and leads the way whenever he has a new idea. This is why he’s such a good match for me. I tend to thrive in WORK settings and it’s not that I don’t know how to fun, I just naturally gravitate towards work and my to-do list. He reminds me that life is more than work and what is the point of work if you never get to stop and enjoy what you’ve created? I’m thankful for him and even though I loved the 10-14 year old adventurous Michael and the 15-18 year old cute and popular high school Michael…. my favorite season with Michael is the one that we’re in right now. Marriage isn’t easy and letting God mold and shape you into the spouse He has called us to be for one another can be hard at times but it’s also beautiful. I’m so thankful that I get to be the one who shares life with him and I’m thankful for his 30 years!!!
Happy Birthday Michael! Thank you for being so selfless… for taking care of me and Bokeh … for letting me dream and for reminding me to have balance in our life. You know me better than anyone else on the planet and you’re my safe place… whether we’re in an apartment that smells like garlic or in our dream house. 😃 I would be so much less without you. I can’t wait for our little trip with friends to celebrate you and Jilly’s 30th birthdays!!!! I love you!!!!!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!
Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!
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!