Two years ago I finished a project that had taken me TWO YEARS to complete!! My goal was to create a Bridal Magazine for my brides to enjoy and to send this to them as their “Welcome Gift” right after they booked with us! Well, what I didn’t realize was that this Bridal Guide was going to become the single greatest piece of my entire Wedding Experience AND give me some of my life back!! All I was hoping for was a great gift for my couples and this 76-page magazine started to transform our wedding days in the most AMAZING ways possible!!!
You see, when you start showing your brides your work in magazine form… printed and in their hands… they WANT that. They want that glowy, dreamy bridal portrait while they are getting ready… they want to share that intimate private moment and receive 40% more portraits because they opted for a first look… they want to sneak out of their reception for 20 mins to have portraits in the BEST light of the entire day!! So why weren’t all of these amazing things happening BEFORE the bridal guide?! Well, they weren’t happening because I wasn’t educating my brides. I thought I was since I was blogging and sending out a MILLION emails… but the truth is, those only educated SOME of my brides. Nowadays, I have brides who don’t have time to read EVERY single blog post. I’m so VERY thankful for the ones who do, but until I sent a magazine to their doorstep filled with 76 pages of my work and tips for creating a photography-friendly wedding day, my bridal education wasn’t sinking in 100% of the time!!!
The KJ Bridal Guide was SUCH a success for my business and it changed so much about how my brides prepared for their day. Soon after my brides started receiving their bridal guides, I realized that if I experienced this much success with this magazine, maybe other photographers would like to transform their client experience too!! And that’s how the KJ Bridal Guide Template was formed!!! Now introducing…
The KJ Bridal Guide 2.0!!
Two years after creating the Bridal Guide, it was time for a makeover! My style had evolved and I had so much more information that I wanted to share!! So I tweaked and re-designed the majority of our template and we re-designed it to include the following NEW PAGES OF CONTENT!! :
– New welcome pages to introduce yourself to your new couple in detail!
– How to Prepare your Groom for the Engagement Session
– How to determine your Engagement Session Start Times Based on Different Seasons
– Family Formal Portrait Sample List
– Wedding Advice for Different Seasons
– Why You Should Trust Your Photographer’s Locations
– The Daddy/Daughter First Look
– Rainy Wedding Day Prep
– The “Controlled” Exit Explained
– Albums Promotional Page
– How to Use Your Online Gallery
– The Importance of the Bridal Bouquet
– Veil Options for Portraits
– First Look Expectation Management
Not only does the KJ Bridal Guide 2.0 include these new page of Bridal Education but it also now comes with :
– 4 Cover Design Options so that your magazine can be completely unique!
– Design tips throughout the template to help make your customization process fast and easy!
– Updated Instructional Guide to help you with printing & tweaking help!
– Access to a FREE Indesign Tutorial Video made by yours truly!
We’re often asked if this Bridal Guide would be beneficial for all types of wedding photographers and the best answer I can give is this… If you like what you see in our weddings and you wonder how we accomplish what we do, this would be an incredible resource for you because you would have the ability to educate your brides the same way we do!!! This Bridal Guide would be perfect for any photographer who is struggling with the following areas in their client experience:
– No couples are opting for the First Look.
– Your Bride and Groom don’t allow enough time for portraits.
– You have an abundance of Family Formals that take away the Romantic Portrait time.
– Your clients email you over and over again because you haven’t educated them.
– You don’t have a welcome gift that really blows them away or helps prepare them for what they just invested in!
The KJ Bridal Guide Template is being used by hundreds of photographers around the world and I absolutely love hearing their feedback!! However, I also love hearing feedback from our KJ BRIDES because the guide was created for them in the first place!!
The KJ Bridal Guide 2.0 includes 76 pages of pre-designed LAYOUTS and CONTENT that you can use! All we ask is that you change the images!! Because we aren’t just selling a template, we’re selling all of our BRIDAL EDUCATION along with it!
WHAT PROGRAM IS THE TEMPLATE MADE IN? Indesign! If you don’t know how to use Indesign, we include a link to a tutorial video in your Instructional Manual! Adobe Indesign is affordable and you can use it month to month through Creative Cloud!
TESTIMONIAL: “I’m IN LOVE with my bridal guide that I created using Katelyn James’ template! It was incredibly easy to customize; the only hard part was choosing which images to share in it! I had never given my brides anything like this before in the past and now having sent out several, the feedback I’ve gotten from my brides has been incredible.” -COURTNEY
CAN I ACTUALLY USE YOUR WORDS OR DO I HAVE TO RE-WRITE THE COPY? You can actually use MY words! Just make sure it still sounds like you before printing it!
TESTIMONIAL: “The timeline was extremely helpful! I wouldn’t have had any idea how to plan a timeline without your guide! I used it to map out my whole day, and it worked perfectly! Loved the guide! And I still have it lying out because it’s GORGEOUS!!” -KATHRYN (KJ Bride)
WILL THIS TEMPLATE WORK WITH OLDER VERSIONS OF INDESIGN? We have an older version included in the download for those with older versions of InDesign!
TESTIMONIAL: “My experience with Katelyn’s Bridal Guide has been amazing; I have gotten so many compliments from brides! Since purchasing the Guide, I feel much more confident as a wedding photographer and more organized in my client workflow. I’ve also noticed my weddings have gone so much smoother now that my brides are well educated on how to best prepare for their day.” -CAROLINE
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PRINT AND WHERE DO YOU PRINT? It costs $16 to print but only $12 if you order 25 at a time. I print through Magcloud.com and the color is fantastic! Also, you can just print ONE at a time if you need to!!!
TESTIMONIAL: “The details section helped me realize the importance of those photos that people aren’t in! They help create a wedding story of the entire day and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on that because of your direction!” -BRITTA (KJ Bride)
CAN I JUST USE IT FOR ONLINE AND NOT PRINT IT? Well sure! You can definitely do that!
TESTIMONIAL: “When Katelyn released her guide, I automatically decided to purchase it because I knew that she is known for her exceptional work and getting the best out of her couples leading up to and on their wedding day. This guide does not disappoint!!! I never imagined having my own magazine designed and completed as quickly as I did with Katelyn’s template!” -TERRI
WHAT IF I ALREADY BOUGHT THE FIRST EDITABLE TEMPLATE? Well, we appreciate you and you need to check your email for a little surprise!
TESTIMONIAL: “This bridal guide was a GAME CHANGER for my business! It gave me a beautiful way to demonstrate to my clients how their experience should go, why I make the suggestions I make, and it gives them something to refer to over and over again! Every wedding I have booked and sent this guide to has had my preferred timeline and went so much smoother allowing me to be more creative!” -CANDI
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!
Whether you’re brand new to business or have been in business for quite a while, this brand new Youtube video is for you! Michael and I, early on in our business, struggled to relinquish tasks to other professionals outside of our business. Really…. It was more of MY STRUGGLE than his.
Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!
Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!