We just wrapped up our FOURTH workshop in our new house!! I can’t believe it! 57 Photographers from different countries and different states have spent two days in our living room during 2017, and have become a part of our family. We prayed for this space to be used in this way and all we have ever wanted is for our workshop attendees to feel at home. From home cooked meals to snuggling under blankets with Bokeh Boy, we want these photographers to feel welcomed, loved and completely comfortable. Maybe it was the gorgeous styled shoot or the perfect weather or the fun group of photographers, but this one was one of my favorites!
As I scrolled through these images from behind the scenes, I felt overwhelmingly grateful for this year. I still can’t believe that we have the opportunity to do workshops like this… in a home like this. It makes me remember the night that I stayed up until 3am brainstorming how I could make my workshops different from everyone else and more “us”. I came to the conclusion that we needed to move and get a house that could hold 16 photographers in one room and you should have seen the look on Michael’s face when I told him. Basically, my 3am idea led to selling our house and we’ve never looked back!
Years later, we absolutely love this aspect of our business. I’m thankful for new friendships and the gift of being able to help 12 women move closer towards their business goals!!!! Enjoy these behind the scenes pictures of our final 2017 workshop!!!!!
Gotta give that girl some snuggles before I hand her off to her grandma’s for the whole day! That’s the only sad part of workshops… missing Evy!! My sister makes the most amazing home-cooked meals for our attendees!!!
How AMAZING is this SHOOT!!! I told Kat that I wanted it to be different with fall tones and a romantic feel and oh man did she deliver just that!!! I can’t thank these vendors enough! :
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Planning / Styling: @dearsweetheartevents
Hair & Makeup: @glo_out_glamour_bar
Paper & Hand-lettering: @paperandhoney
The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.
It’s an exciting day in Youtube land! We have just launched a brand new series that we’re really excited about!!!! So often when I’m going through KJ All Access episodes and editing our behind the scenes coverage of our wedding days, I find myself noticing a lot of scenarios that require a lot of thought and problem solving in order to create a FINAL image that I love!!
Gosh it feels good to do what I love to do again! This was my first shoot back since maternity leave ended and I loved every minute of it! I have known Matt and Abby for years and years and so while this was a true portrait session with paying clients and outfit changes, etc…. it was also a shoot with dear friends and it was wonderful to spend some time with them!
First of all, let me just say, I do NOT endorse not hiring a professional birth photographer! As you read this, keep in mind that I desperately wanted to have my friend and fellow photographer Jill with me during my fourth birth. I was heartbroken that she wasn’t allowed to be there!
Have you ever showed up for a wedding or a portrait session and took one look at the location and thought…. “You’ve got to be kidding me!!! How am I going to make this work?!” I have. I have had so many scenarios in my career where I have thought….“Ok, how in the world am I going to make this lousy location work as a great portrait location!!?”.
It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.