This beautiful session from so many gorgeous locations in downtown Richmond is so special to us for many reasons! First, this sweet couple drove over 12 hours for their shoot! Can you believe that?! That is one amazing road trip! There is no denying that they were dedicated to having amazing engagement portraits. Secondly, Nicole is a photographer and attended one of our workshops back in 2014!! It’s fun to have a familiar face in front of my camera but it’s also so amazing to photograph another photographer!!
Whenever I photograph other photographers, I feel a certain level of pressure because they KNOW what I’m doing. They know what good light looks like. They know what a great location looks like. Sometimes this makes me nervous but more often than not, it really just allows me to be a little EXTRA creative and it gives me an additional push to see things differently!
During Max and Nicole’s session, we walked down to the river at Belle Isle. Nicole had mentioned multiple times in our email exchanges that she wanted to have portraits on the river rocks! Richmond is known for its’ gorgeous rocks on the James River, but as we walked over the suspension bridge to the location where we normally walk out on the rocks, we realized that they weren’t there!!! The river was RAGING!! I have never seen the water so high but after multiple flash flood warnings in the area the few days prior, it makes sense why it was so high! Thankfully, after some searching, we found ONE spot where there was an accessible rock that was still visible on top of the water!
Moments like this remind me that engagement session are more about the adventure and the experience than they are about the images. The images are important but the quality time that we get to spend with our couples is what means the most to us! We loved our time with Max and Nicole and we are so excited to see them again in September!!
Enjoy this beautiful session! It was on a perfect summer evening and the light could not have been more amazing!!!
I LOVE THIS HOUSE!!!
Our KJ All Access students are going to laugh when they watch me shoot this! There were people smoking to the left of us and a raging river splashing to the right! It’s a miracle these turned out how they did!
I know I normally teach in my courses to make sure that your front exposure is brighter than your background exposure…. but in this specific scenario, breaking that rule worked!
Just so thankful for that glow! It was beautiful!
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.