where to start. I was THRILLED when Clare commented on the blog for the first time… MANY months ago. Then I was even more excited when she emailed me exclaiming that she was ENGAGED! ….. But then it got even better! Clare and I were looking at some dates for their engagement session to be done in Richmond. Clare and Matt live in NYC but are getting married in Richmond so they would be down in VA every now and then for wedding planning appointments. It made sense to shoot here…. but then I had a crazy idea and after running it past Michael, I asked Clare if we could come to THEM!
Luckily for me, Clare was JUST as excited about the idea as I was… if not more! We picked a date, I worked out travel and lodging (Got to see Britney! Score!) and we planned a super fun engagement session for memorial day weekend. They were off from work and Michael was too so it was great timing! We met at 8:30am… yea. It was EARLY for me but I really didn’t feel tired because I was so ready to DO THIS! As we started their session in Harlem, we walked around the streets and realized that no one was around! The streets were empty for the most part because it was 1. early and 2. a holiday! It was wonderful! These two have portraits in front of the Apollo Theater with NO people in the background! That’s amazing!!! Now Times Square was a different story but we’ll talk about that in Part II. I figured a Part I and Part II post would be the best way to show all of these fun images! I couldn’t narrow them down! I want you all to experience as much of this session as possible because I LOVED IT!
I knew I would click with Clare from the beginning because she’s obsessed with Adele and admits to singing her songs a little too loudly at times and I can relate. Matt wowed me with his willingness to literally walk MILES and try anything I asked. I love it when the guys love the session as much as the girls! It makes it so much more enjoyable for everyone involved! Matt even had some awesome location ideas! Perfect!!!
So because I have a whole other post to write and prepare, I’m going to stop rambling now. However, you need to know that I ADORE this couple and I can’t believe I have to wait a whole YEAR before their wedding!!! The countdown has begun!!!!!!
Michael woke me up at like 6am that morning and showed me the radar… HUGE STORMS blew in from 6-8 and I’ll admit I was a little nervous! However, Clare got to wear her awesome HUNTER boots so it worked out just fine! The rain stopped and it created awesome light!
Moving on to Columbia University for a few shots!
LOVE Clare’s ring! Matt, you did well my friend!!
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.