We arrived to their quaint little neighborhood on Capitol Hill. I’ve always said that I would never live in a location like that because it just isn’t my style. However, when you start hearing about what life is like for other people living in unique areas like this little, it peeks my interest! Michael and I absolutely loved our time up there a few days ago and I think it’s safe to say that we have a much better understanding of just how AWESOME it can be to live like that!
Nick and Laura have a gorgeous home that has a white exterior with light blue trim on the windows and doors. It’s a townhouse that is aligned perfectly with similarly gorgeous home As soon as we pulled up to their place, I saw the DUKE flag flapping in the wind. All of Laura’s emails started coming back to me. I remember her mentioning that DUKE held a special place in their hearts. It was THEN that Michael and I realized “Oh no, the championship game is TONIGHT!”. We didn’t what time the game started but I immediately started thinking of ways that we could speed their sessions up so that Nick wouldn’t have to miss any of it! Luckily, it was a 9pm game and we had PLENTY of time to walk around their neck of the woods and get to know these two a little more!
After outfit numero uno, we decided to introduce Piper into the mix! Piper is a 9 month old chocolate lab and let me say this, she’s a GREAT pup! No barking at all… just a little excitement on the leash! :) Bokeh is the same way. If we’re walking him and he sees something he wants to go, his 4 classes of puppy training go out of the window. We’re working on that but the sad part is that he’s 3 and Piper is still a puppy! She’s the life of the party and I hope Nick and Laura don’t mind but I included a few “real life” dog shots because lets be honest, shooting with a dog is tough AND entertaining!!!
We love Nick and Laura because they have such gentle and soft spoken personalities. After walking to the restaurant where Nick took Laura the night he proposed and hearing about their life on Capital Hill, I left feeling like I had a clean glimpse into their life and I tried my best to capture the essence of it! We can’t WAIT for these two to get married down in Richmond at one of our FAVORITE venus, The Mill at Fine Creek!!!
They are such pros!
Oh the trees! Such a beautiful neighborhood!
Oh I LOVE this portrait!!!! So natural! … Even though there were a TON of people watching them. :)
Her ring is stunning!
Piper!!! Such a good girl!
Oh how I love this!
We’re small dog people… but this makes me rethink that! :)
Look at that light!
Ha! Piper is strong!!
WOW! Laura!! Get it girl!
HA! How cute is this?! Piper was on a mission!
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.