As I was gathering images for this post, I had moments of thinking “Gosh, is this even real?! My baby sister has her own BABY?!” Oh, it’s very real and it’s so wonderful! We haven’t met our little girl yet, but watching Micah enter the world and become a part of our family was truly amazing. He is so loved!!! We got the call that Emy’s water had broken late on Christmas Eve, and we were 6 hours away! So we did Christmas with Michael’s family, Corey left Christmas celebrations with his fiancee’s family, and we all headed up to PA!
Michael and Corey drove through the night, and we got there around 4:30am. We slept in, since Micah wasn’t here yet, and then we headed to the hospital! It was Christmas Day and so it was a Christmas we’ll never forget! We had Christmas dinner in the dining hall of the hospital, and then later that evening Micah arrived!! And he was perfect! Emy did an amazing job being patient, and once they decided that a C-section was the best choice, it was only a matter of 30 mins and he was HERE! Joe came out of the operating room double fisting two iPhones with pictures, and we all crowded around to get a “first peek” at this new little family member!! He was perfect. Two by two we were allowed to go and see him after he had some time with his momma. It’s really hard to describe how amazing it is to give your pregnant sister a hug and a kiss, and then see her an hour later holding her first baby!!!! Maybe it’s just the pregnancy hormones, but I cried a lot that day!! God has been so good to our family and I’m excited to introduce you to our newest family member!!!
Joe’s parents meeting Micah for the first time!
Momma and daddy walking away after meeting their first grand baby! They were quite excited!
My first time holding him… hand brace and all!
Two of Joe’s sisters!
Michael and Corey!
More Malizia siblings!
Now I’m not a newborn photographer… so don’t judge… but I think I did a pretty decent job considering that I had trouble shooting with my messed up hand! Newborn portraits with a 3 day old baby are so much easier than a two week old baby!
Shuba loves his brother!
I think it’s safe to say that he is a well-loved little fella!! And just because we think he’s the cutest, here’s a recent video of his little personality starting to shine through!!!
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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.