me over TWO YEARS to get this project done! TWO! Want to know why? Because this is too big of a project to start from scratch! Making a 40+ guide for my brides wasn’t something that I could just make happen overnight…. and because it was so overwhelming, I avoided it. I would work on it for two or three days and then I would hit a wall and stop. After two years I realized I needed to dedicate a full week to creating this thing. I was so disappointed in myself for not getting it done. It was the never disappearing item on my to-do list and it was hanging over me. It was the one thing in my business that I just couldn’t seem to conqueror.
I knew I needed to have something to send to my brides when they booked with me. I wanted it to be educational, helpful and personal. I love the idea of mailing a wedding magazine to brides but a standard wedding magazine that comes off of the shelves from Barnes and Noble isn’t from me! I wanted to send them something that would educate them and help them plan a wedding that made for a GREAT photographic experience! People ask me all of the time, “So how do you take so many bridal detail shots?! Does your bride have all of her details waiting for you? How do have so many portraits of the bride and groom?” …. It all stems from educating your brides. We have found that even though we have blogged DOZENS of “Wedding Wednesday” posts for our brides, the Bridal Guide is most effective form of education!! One of my favorite stories from 2014 was when a bride wrote this in her timeline:
“2-2:15 : “The Window Effect” Time”
I honestly didn’t know what she was talking about and so I asked her! She said “Oh you know, page 14… “The Window Effect!”. Hilarious! I loved it! She read her Bridal Guide and built in bridal portrait time into her timeline!! That’s a sure sign that the Bridal Guide is working!
So not only did I finish my own bridal guide with 40+ pages of content plus several pages to display portfolio work….I created a TEMPLATE! So now ALL photographers can have their own bridal guide! AND! It’s not just the template, you can purchase the content as well. Now you will need to make sure you customize it a bit but overall, the hard work is done. I have been so relieved and encouraged to hear that other photographers are finally getting their bridal guides accomplished because of this template!!! I know how GREAT it feels to finally have a magazine done and ready to ship out and so I’m so thankful that others are able to feel the same thing!!
Speaking of other photographers who are finding the Bridal Guide handy, here are some working files from Abby Grace!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what these look like PRINTED!And this is a PRINTED guide from Brianna Venzke!!! I just love her style!! It’s so fun to see other photographer’s images in our template! They look amazing!!!! Gah! Look at that timeline page!!! So gorgeous!!
There are two options for purchasing the Bridal Guide:
1. The Bridal Guide PDF : You can purchase the PDF as if you were a KJ Bride and have a digital copy of your own!
2. This is the way to go! You can actually purchase our ENTIRE Bridal Guide…. content and all! This means that if you want to educate your brides like we do, you can! Just insert your own images into the magazine template, make a couple wording tweaks here and there and you’re done! There are over 40 pages of educational content included… not to mention a beautiful design! (If I do say so myself!:)
Get something DONE during your off season and start your bridal magazine HERE!!!
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.