Dear Michael, It seems like we were just 14 and 16 years old and we were always hanging out at church, at youth group and at my parent’s house. I never thought it was weird to be such good friends with an older boy who wasn’t my boyfriend and wasn’t a cousin, because you had literally been around my whole life. It was middle school during 4-H Camp that I realized that I really liked you… and not in the “older brother” kind of way. It seemed impossible because you were older and everyone loved you, and I was two years younger with braces, freckles and I just knew you would never see me that way.
Well, fast forward three years and it was homecoming. You asked me to dance and as cliche as it sounds… I knew that something was changing the moment you took me out to the dance floor. I remember my friend Mallory smiling and giving me a thumbs up every time I would spin around and catch her eye. I also remember going home that night and thinking “What in the world just happened?!”. Was there just no one else to dance with or does he actually like me?! LIKE THAT?! I probably stayed up all night trying to figure it out. 16 year old girls obsess over that stuff. A couple of days later you asked me out… over Instant Messenger….but I didn’t even care, because I was so excited to be your girlfriend… and you said it was “Cutting edge technology”. haha
It’s hard to believe that that night was 14 years ago today. Sometimes I forget that our wedding anniversary is also our dating anniversary!! It seems like a lifetime ago. We have walked through some of the most amazing seasons and some of the hardest. We have lost good friends, we have dealt with cancer in our families, we’ve moved, we’ve changed jobs, we’ve traveled, we went through college, we almost broke up, we became adults together and we’re still figuring out how to be Christ-honoring spouses together. The crazy thing is that we’re about to enter one of the most anticipated seasons of our life! Everyone is telling us that our life will just be beginning once this little girl arrives and I believe them. But I also think that we have had one incredible journey up until this point. We always said that we had a “Five year plan” and God obviously wanted that to be a “Six year plan”. I’m thankful for His timing and his provision because I know we are exactly where we’re supposed to be. This next season is so new and so exciting! I have moments of being fearful, but I feel reassured when I think about you being beside me. You were created to be a dad. People told you that back when we were in middle school and we kept the toddler nursery together at church…. (and one kid escaped without us knowing it… yikes. I’m going to block that memory). I have looked forward to seeing you become a dad for so long and I can’t believe we’re just months away from that becoming our reality.
Happy Six Years and here’s to 60 more! I love you and you are truly the greatest gift in my life. Year seven is going to look VERY different for us and I’m so excited about it!!!!
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.