noticeable change happening in our life right now. It’s called “The End of Wedding Season”. It’s the time of the year when things begin to slow down a bit. I start going to bed at a decent hour… and sure, there is still a ton to be done but it’s more manageable. I have time to work on albums, hunker down on big projects and still end the workday at 6pm. The GREATEST part of this new season is that I have several WORK FREE Saturdays! Isn’t that wonderful?! I’m trying to get better at turning my “work” mind off when it’s after hours. If you’re a small business owner (aka workaholic)…. it’s hard to do. My whole family was watching the VA/VT game on Saturday
and I was designing Christmas cards and thinking about…. you guessed it… WORK. I’m realizing that if I’m going to get WORK off my mind, I have to CHOOSE to not think about it….. it’s not going to happen naturally. I’m WIRED to run a small business…. and I think it’s a good thing to be constantly dreaming and moving forward but there are moments when we need a break. Our minds need a break. Thinking about OTHER THINGS and doing activities that are non-work related will ultimately help you grow as a business owner. Everyone needs a refresher every now and then!! Last night, my refresher was Christmas decorating. Michael brought in all of the multiple boxes of garland, ornaments and candles and I went to town. Now, our house can be decorated in an hour and a 1/2… it’s tiny!! But that little amount of time that I was focused solely on something else was good for me!!! If you struggle with getting WORK off the brain… here are a few suggestions:
1. Stay OFF the computer…. if you’re a smal business owner, even Facebook/Pinterest & Twitter pull you into work mode!
2. Make a decision to think about something else…. if you don’t DECIDE not to think about work, you’re going to, it just happens.
3. DO something! Anything! Use your free time to do something personal or for others and WITH others.
Our little living room is all decked out for Christmas and I wish it could stay this cozy and glowy all year!! Bokeh has enjoyed it too…. why? Well because our tree has fake pine cones on it and Bokeh is determined to get one off!! This is Bokeh’s first time around Christmas decor and so we’re praying he doesn’t find it very interesting!! Have GREAT week and be sure to turn work off some this week!!! xoxo
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.