that talk a big game… ya know.. they tell others how to run their businesses and they’re considered big shots in the industry….there are A LOT of those in the photography industry… but there are some that talk the talk… AND live it OUT! I’m not hating on anyone… really! I have NO ONE in mind when I’m writing this. I just know that with FAME and POPULARITY…. there can sometimes be a huge disconnect with the people that are looking up to you. I don’t know that from personal experience because I’m FAR from the “big shot” category…. but I think this happens in every industry. If you rise SO high that you can’t
stop to care about the FRIENDS in your life…. then what exactly are you accomplishing? I thought about this a lot last week after I received a RANDOM package from Anthropology… I opened it and inside was a little “Pure and Good” candle (that matches my office perfectly!). I searched and searched but there was no note. No “To” & “From”…. nothing. Then I saw the invoice. At the very top of the page in tiny type, I saw the address. Now, I’m not a creeper but I’ve sent a few things to Justin & Mary and I only have like 3 friends in CT!! So as soon as I read the address, I knew who this was from. Justin and Mary just do stuff like this for no reason….. I can’t wrap my mind around it. I have NOTHING to offer them… except a friendship and an encouraging blog comment here and there:)….they are the real deal. In the midst of CHAOS and shooting over 40+ weddings a year and speaking at every conference under the sun…. they have time to send me a candle… and not even take credit for it. The candle is so appropriate… it’s TEAL and perfect!! My friends Justin and Mary have PURE hearts…and I’m so thankful for the example they set for our industry! If you don’t already follow them…. you should probably get on that!!
Speaking of things that are “Pure and Good”….the internet is filled with some nasty stuff… but every now and then I find something hilarious and CLEAN! So enjoy some really STUPID things from the internet that are just PURE and GOOD! Happy Friday!
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.