You may be thinking “Wow, do you guys live up in the DC area, because you seem to be up there all of the time!”, but that’s just because it’s engagement season! It just so happens that a majority of our sweet 2019 couples are living in the DC area and so we used some classic, historic locations in that area for their engagement sessions! This one was beautiful! Alec and Courtney were so easy to talk to and get to know. As soon as we introduced ourselves, it felt like we had known them forever! As we walked around Alexandria, we heard about their families, their wedding planning, their jobs, and what they love most in life.
It’s sessions like these that make me so thankful for clients who could be our everyday friends in normal life outside of work! We are so excited for their wedding next year at Stone Tower Winery. After ten years of shooting, I have yet to photograph a wedding there, and I’m so excited to finally get a chance to! It’s a gorgeous location and after getting a peek of Courtney’s dress, I just know it’s going to be perfect!!!
Courtney and Alex have the sweetest story. She was studying at GW and would frequently go to the Barnes and Noble close to campus. For two years she went there and Alec was working there. She always noticed how sweet and kind he was…. little did she know that this guy was going to be her future husband! He asked her out and the rest was history! Now they are preparing for their 2019 wedding and loving life in Alexandria!
It was so nice to have local Alexandria residents with us to show us some new places and new locations for their portraits! I love how classic these feel. Maybe it was Courtney’s amazing dress… maybe it was the historic homes in the background… or maybe it was just a great day because we were working with such great people!! We can’t wait to see them again! Enjoy getting to know Alec and Courtney via their engagement pictures!
I just love this classic home in the background! I love this wall! It reminds me of Charleston and Williamsburg!
Because it was overcast, I could shoot ANYWHERE! I love these shutters!
We had a quick stop down by the waterfront!
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.