I remember being so worried that when I had kids and didn’t shoot 30+ weddings a year that I would lose my touch as a photographer and I would never create work that I was really proud of! It’s an interesting experience to have done a craft for over 10 years and to have the skills to capture what I hope to capture…. and yet force myself to think beyond what I know works and be creative!
Well, the good news is, every year I fear I’ll lose my touch and every year I realize that it didn’t happen! I always have a collection of images that are my favorites from every wedding season and I’m so grateful for that!
This year of KJP Weddings had an intense season but then it leveled out. We had our son, Graham on April 23rd and then I started my wedding season on May 18th. I know, it wasn’t ideal…. but we were just so thankful for our healthy rainbow baby that we didn’t care about the crazy timeline. We knew we would just have to make it work…. and we did! I actually photographed some of my BEST work of the entire year just 3 weeks after giving birth! I’m so thankful!
Overall, I feel so proud of this year and the work we created and I’m excited to share some of my TOP favorite images with you from both engagement sessions and weddings!!! Enjoy!
This destination engagement portrait session in the Scottish Highlands was a highlight for sure!
The most classic shot of downtown Richmond!
This southern Georgia wedding stole our hearts!
Oh Dover Hall…. what a dream!
Pippin Hill in the summertime is gorgeous!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!