Things that I learned about myself during our less-than-48hr trip to NYC on Sun/Mon. 1. I need to practice looking both ways before crossing the streets. 2. I need to stop buying $15 shoes from Target that offer NO support what-so-ever to my already huge and slightly damaged feet. (My poor feet have problems… that’s a whole other blog post) and 3. I hate driving while Michael is in the passenger seat. One little jerk of the wheel and he can’t fall asleep because he’s scared for his life. I’m really not THAT bad of a driver. My husband actually deserves a lot of credit for this shoot. You see, when Michael
travels with me, he takes over… and I’m fine with that. He figures out directions, he drives the majority of the trip, he pumps gas and he fights with the GPS…. I just sit there. Actually, this trip I wrote over 75 thank you notes while we traveled! (And I’m so very pleased with myself. I was so proud of what I accomplished that I came home and called my mom to tell her! ha!) So Michael is a wonderful travel buddy because he takes control of the driving and I get to relax and prepare for the work ahead of me. Once we start shooting, he tags along, lets me throw lenses at him (not literally, but almost) and makes sure I don’t walk into incoming traffic when I get a little carried away. All this to say…. Michael, I love you and I couldn’t do this without you!
So this Part II post is the second half of Clare and Matt’s NYC engagement session and I have to say that I think I like this half BETTER! Maybe it was Times Square, or shooting in Central Park… or it could be Clare’s AWESOME chunky pearl necklace that I LOVED! Shooting in NYC was such a huge learning experience for me. You have to shoot in a TOTALLY different way! Even when I’m shooting in downtown Richmond, there aren’t masses of people everywhere. So I had to get a little creative with angles and light to make it work. Clare and Matt were up for anything. I asked them to sit on probably the most disgusting doorway in all of Manhattan and they did it without question (and those shots were worth it!). I could have continued their session all day and had three more outfit changes but we had to hit the road. Clare and Matt, I can’t thank you enough for allowing us to come and capture your love in the BIG APPLE! (ps. Why is that a nickname for NYC?…I should google it). I can’t WAIT for your wedding and I’m so excited to continue to document this amazing time in your life! Enjoy your Part II!!
Seriously LOVING my 35mm for this shoot! If I had taken this with my 24, Matt’s arm would have looked distorted, the 35 is GREAT wide angle, portrait lens! I’ll hopefully blog a review about it one day!
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.