we were little, we had some extravagant vacations with my family. Not extravanagant in the sense of “fancy”… they were extravagant because of all that we accomplished. When I was about 11 or 12, my parents loaded us up in our family motorhome and drove us out west… like, to the GRAND CANYON! ha! It was a three week adventure and we explored Yellowstone, the Rockies, the Badlands, etc. I remember it all. Well, now that we’re older and our schedules are all different, it’s hard to find an extended period of time to all be together.
Thankfully, Michael and I stuck to our guns and saved a weekend in July to have some time off. We had to do this a year in advance in order to actually make it happen and we are SO thankful that we did!!Just one Saturday off can do WONDERS!!! So since we had this time off, our family planned a little vacation from Thursday to Sunday. It may not seem like a long trip but it was awesome! We rented a house on Smith Mountain Lake and I think we spent more time on the Boat than we did in the HOUSE! :) I have the sunburn to prove it!! It was a blast and as much as I loved the boat rides, looking at pretty lake houses and getting thrown off of the tube… my favorite part of the trip was being with my family. I’m so thankful that we love each other and enjoy time together! Family vacations are always a highlight of our summers and I’m excited to give you a little peak of our time together. Warning: There are a TON of epic tubes shots. They may get old to you but we’re going to be laughing at these for years to come and so I’m blogging a lot of them!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this blog isn’t just about our business, it’s an online scrapbook of our life!! I LOVE looking back at vacations I posted YEARS ago! :) So here’s our Smith Mountain Lake adventure of 2014. Enjoy!!!
So as soon as we got there and unpacked, Michael and Joe decided to hang their hammocks…. over the water. It was quite entertaining watching them try to actually get INTO them! First attempt:Oops.Second attempt….
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.