Couples that email me about a winter engagement shoot without hesitation always impress me! They aren’t worried one bit about the cold or lack of color… they just want to get their portraits done and they trust me! …. And that means a lot! Chris and Carley we in town for Thanksgiving and we just happened to be in the same city at the same time! We were all over the place for Thanksgiving this year and so it’s a small miracle that this worked out! We met in downtown Richmond and everything was perfect….
until I ran my car up on the curve and popped my tire before the shoot. Yep. I promise I wasn’t texting… I literally just got too close to the curb and when I felt the tire rub it, I over corrected and BAM!!!! It was instantly flat! I felt my car tilt to the right and then as I limped over to the parking lot, I heard the sound of my wheel hitting the asphalt. Not pleasant. The worst part wasn’t the loud POP that could be heard for miles or the fact that I had to call Michael to drive down and save the day while I was shooting, it was that I passed a whole group of biker dudes that were judging me hard core! They all stopped their conversation to watch my wheel scrape along the road with every inch that I moved forward. They looked at me like “Um, lady… you realize you have a flat tire right?”. Yes. duh. I think I’ve realized that by now but thank you for your concern and judgmental glares. One nice man offered to help but I told him my husband was on his way. :) So after all of that… it was time for an engagement session! Whew!
Thank goodness I was working with Chris and Carly! They are the most chill couple ever and I was so thankful that they were so easy to work with. After my little whoopsie, it was so nice to just walk away from the car and go take pretty pictures of a sweet couple in love!! Chris and Carly both have equally amazing smiles and such warm personalities. I have known Carly for several years because we both went to CNU together!! It’s so amazing to reunite old friend and get to meet the awesome men and women that God brings into their life after college! I couldn’t be happier for these two!!! We are so excited to be a part of their wedding this coming summer! Enjoy this downtown Richmond Engagement shoot at The Tredegar by the James River!
I’ve shot in front of these old doors so many times… and I always love it! See! We still have pretty color in December!!! Not sure what was so hilarious but I’m loving Chris’s face:)
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.