Three years ago I was at a leader’s dinner during the United conference. Michael and I were at David Jay’s house in Santa Barbara when I got the text that read “You need to come back to the hotel ASAP!” This text was from a friend of mine who had been having some amazing conversations with some other friends about faith and Jesus and what our ultimate purpose is. She sent an urgent text message because our sweet friend had come to a place where she wanted Jesus to be a part of her life and she wanted me to be there. What happened that night literally changed the REST of life.
That hotel room was full of so many amazing women. We all piled onto the two queen beds and talked, prayed and cried…. for HOURS. One of these amazing women came to know the Lord that night and because of the intimacy that we experienced throughout that experience, we made it a priority to keep in touch. We’re from all over the country and so weekly coffee dates weren’t an option…. so we did what any group of millennials would do and we started a Facebook group. Over the last two years we’ve had emergency google hangouts when life throws some of us curveballs and we’re constantly checking in.
We decided last year to take a girls trip to Charleston and RE-UNITE! It was a sweet time of southern food, morning devotionals and A LOT of hangout time with one another! This year we came back for round two and I think it has been even sweeter!!! I can’t really sit here and type out every reason that this group means so much to me but I can tell you these few truths about friendship and faith…
– Finding a group of women who love and care for one another without insecurities that fester jealously & resentment is RARE… like, almost unheard of. What a GIFT!
– When your identity is based in the truth of who Jesus says you are, you can watch others succeed and soar and it doesn’t steal your own joy. Because of this, you can be vulnerable, honest and transparent within those friendships because you’re not putting on a “front” or a “show” that makes it seem like everything in your life is just peachy ALL of the time!
– When you find women who can push you closer to your creator AND encourage you to buy AND wear your first romper EVER…. you know that you’ve hit the jackpot in the friendship department!!
That night in the hotel room wasn’t just about one decision for Christ, it united the most amazing group of women and we STILL celebrate that day!!! I thank God for these incredible women and that I get to call them my friends and my sisters. Making time for all of us (we miss you Tori!) to get together with our crazy schedules is nearly impossible and yet we made it happen this week. It’s ALWAYS worth it. Happy Thursday friends! If you have some dear friends that God has used to change your life… maybe text them today and just let them know how much sweeter your life is because they are in it. :):)
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.