photographers ask me what I wear to weddings. I tell them I wear DRESSES and they GASP! Well, I don’t really know if they gasp, but their response is something like this: “Really?, Isn’t that restricting?! And aren’t you uncomfortable?!”. The answer to those questions is no. I really love it and I feel more comfortable in a cute dress than in anything else. I want to look like a “Professional Guest”. I have attended weddings where the photographers wear what looks like a black jumpsuit…not cool. If that works for them, that’s great! … It just doesn’t work for me. I want to blend into the crowd and still look stylish and professional. I’m a direct
representation of my brand at EVERY wedding I shoot. Some photographers don’t really dress up too much for weddings because they”re working and sweating and moving around constantly… well there is a way to be professional, stylish AND practical! These pictures show me in my FAVORITE wedding outfit. I LOVE this $40 Target dress! When I wore it to shoot my cousin’s wedding, the zipper got stuck when I was trying to get it on and for a few minutes, I thought it was a goner! AHHH!!! However, my dad fixed it and it’s all better. Whew! Daddy can fix anything:)
So I love this dress for many reasons. It has ALL the qualifications for a good “shooting” dress. Here are my qualifications:
1. It can’t show sweat
2. Modest is Hottest…(yes I just said that) It can’t be too short or too low cut in the front.
Now I know that a Target dress that gets used over and over is not going to last years and years. So next wedding season, I’ll go on a hunt for a NEW shooting dress that meets my specifications!! My point is, I think it’s important to LOOK PROFESSIONAL & STYLISH at my weddings. People are watching and potential clients are at every wedding and they are looking to see how you present yourself and your brand! However, this is just me and my opinion!
** For all of you out there that ask “How do you squat down or move around?”. Well, I just do it! This past wedding I was shooting and squatting in the middle of the road and if you squat with your knees together, there really isn’t an issue!**
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.