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Introducing the KJ EDUCATION Site!

& Why I Love Being a Showiteer!

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There are THREE big takeaways from today’s post! Lets start with #1! The first thing I want to share is that I have been with the SAME website company for SIX YEARS!!! Do you realize how RARE that is? It’s strange and almost unheard of! So WHY have I been with the same company for SO long?! Oh there is no way that I can answer that in one sentence! Let me give you the run down of why Showit STILL fits the bill for my website needs…. even after SIX years!

So here are a few of the numerous reasons why, even after THREE different websites, I have never changed the TYPE of website that I use. It has always been Showit! Disclaimer, my BLOG is not a Showit site, it’s a custom designed WordPress Site from Jen Olmstead, coded by Flosites . My current Showit Site was designed by the fabulous Jen Olmsted and I’m so happy with it I could just SCREAM! Every time I visit it, I think “I can’t believe this is MY site!!!!”. If you haven’t clicked around this site, OH MY GOSH! Warning! You’ll get lost in there!! So here are some of the reasons I’m obsessed with Showit! :

  •  I can change my site with one click! Publishing, tweaking and updating is easy, instant and user friendly!
  • Unlimited Plus Sites! I create mini-sites for all of our clients and I can create sub sites for my website too! I actually have a BRAND NEW SUB-SITE to share today! Keep reading!
  • It’s DRAG and DROP! No coding! You want to move a text box? You just move it!
  • This isn’t template based at all so my site is guaranteed to be unique!
  •  There are options upon options. Don’t want to design yourself? You can pay a designer! Have some design skills but need a starting place? You could buy a Tonic or GoLiveHQ site!
  • The people behind Showit are AWESOME! Support is awesome! And the future of Showit is awesome! I’ve seen the next version of Showit and you’re going to be amazed! We’re pumped!

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So what’s the SECOND thing I want to share today?! Well! Today we’re launching the NEW KJ EDUCATION site!! The purpose of this site is to have a HOMEBASE for ALL of our educational resources! Coaching, Workshops, helpful links, equipment we use, links to The Collection, etc! It’s nothing too intense but I’m excited to have a pretty site to grow and advance as our the educational side of our business continues to grow and advance!! So be sure to go CHECK IT OUT HERE! Ps. HUGE thanks to Jen for helping me figure out some advanced Showit stuff… couldn’t have done this without her!

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Last but not least, let me talk about PLUS SITES for a minute! Why do I love them?! Because they are a HOMEBASE for my CLIENTS! Their blog post, engagement gallery and wedding gallery are all linked on ONE page! So I only have to share ONE URL during the entire process and it keeps their whole experience in one location. It’s also easy for them to remember how to find their pictures! It’s just their names + Plus sites ALSO introduce all of their friends and family to ME! With Showit, Plus sites are unlimited and the possibilities are endless! I believe in Plus sites so much that I’m actually offering these three plus site templates in THE COLLECTION! You can purchase all three template and decide which one matches your style the most! If you’re a Showit user and you’re interested in enhancing your client’s experience with a plus site, download them today and use them for your next engagement session! ENJOY!!! PS. If you’re ready to begin your SHOWIT adventure, CLICK HERE! 

PLUS SITES are available today! The first 50 sold are 20% off with the code “KJPLUSSITE”! Visit the shop! 

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Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Tyler + Abby | Engaged A Washington DC Capitol Engagement Session

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!!!


Brian + Shannon | Engaged Virginia Arboretum Engagement Session


KJ Student Spotlight November 2020

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!!!


Nikhil + Paige | Engaged A South Congress Engagement Session

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!


Samantha + Evan Private Estate, Backyard Wedding


Nick + Katherine | Maternity Oatlands Historic Home and Gardens Portrait Session

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!




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