Michael and I have known each other our whole lives! So that means that even before we dated in high school, our families knew each other. I remember seeing his cousins, grandparents, aunt and uncles around during the holidays LONG before we were a couple. After we started dating, I started going to Thanksgivings and family trips to Charleston, WV. I feel like I’ve known his cousins my whole life!! So when Eric brought Kayla to Thanksgiving one year, we were all really excited to meet her. Not only is she gorgeous, but she has a heart of gold!!
These two are incredible athletes and their modeling skills aren’t too shabby either:) I could have photographed them for HOURS and HOURS!! Michael and I were so excited when they got engaged and we’re so thankful that it worked out to meet up with them in Sarasota after our cruise for their engagement session!! I’ve decided that the end of November is an amazing time to shoot in Florida! It was a perfect 80 degrees! The only thing we encountered that was less than ideal were RACOONS! I’m serious! Now I don’t know if things are different in Florida but in Virginia, if you see a racoon in the broad daylight, you RUN! That normally means that they have rabies! Maybe things are different in Florida because these little critters were EVERYWHERE! We rushed through a few portraits in the tall grasses because the coons were coming out of the bushes left and right! I have to say, that’s a first for me! :) And I never expected that to happen in Florida of all places!
Besides the racoons and a few sand spurs stuck in my feet, this engagement shoot was perfection. I was so proud of our location scouting and timing. We started their shoot in an artsy district of downtown Sarasota that I had spotted over a year ago and then we ended the shoot on the beach as the light became soft and glowy. During the session I think I said at least 5 times that I just can’t wait to photograph Kayla as a bride. She’s going to be beyond stunning! It’s going to be such a happy day and we can’t wait to be a part of it! We’re so happy for these two and we know that God has amazing plans for them as a married couple!!! Enjoy some of my MANY favorites!!!!!!Love this one! Those teeth!! They’re perfect! FAVORITE! Kayla you’re gorgeous girl! So thankful we had such glowy light! Love it! Here we are in racoon territory!!! It was worth the risk dont ya think?! Love this light! Another favorite! Love this! Gorgeous!
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.