up interstate 95, the dark clouds kept approaching. The closer I got, the darker they became. It eventually began to down pour and I thought to myself “welp, this isn’t good”. I was almost to DC and there was no way we were canceling! I had been looking forward to meeting this couple since Kristen first emailed me! Brian and Kristen are both Lawyers in DC and will be getting married in LA next June. They wanted their engagement session to really show off their life together in DC and I was honored that they asked me! I pulled up to Union Station and as I frantically searched for an umbrella, I was hoping that there was just an ounce of
my mother’s preparedness in me somewhere! I’m happy to say that I actually had 4 umbrellas in my trunk! My mom would be proud. I made it to the front of the station with my all of my lenses and camera body dry and safe. I felt like getting to the station was a huge accomplishment in and of itself! However, it was still down pouring and we had an engagement session to shoot! I explained to Brian and Kristen that they were going to start their session in the hardest situation possible but that it would only get easier from there (way to be encouraging Katelyn!). We started shooting under the archways at Union Station with the rain pouring down right beside us and travelers and tourists walking past. It was loud and hard for them to hear what I was saying but let me tell you…. they ROCKED it. 100% pros. I explained that if they can pose and be relaxed and have fun in a situation like that… the rest of the session would be a piece of cake… and it was.
As we walked around the city, changed outfits, talked about their life, their families and their wedding planning, I quickly forgot about how horrifying the weather was when we first started. Kristen and Brian are an incredible couple. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous, they love to go dancing too. Yea, they’re perfect. I absolutely loved my time with them and I can’t wait to show you their images! Brian and Kristen thank you for being patient, waiting out the storm and for trusting me with your engagement session!!! I wish you the VERY best!!
Kristen you’re beautiful!!!
Definitely a favorite!
Nice Brian! I wish I could say this only took me one try…. but I’m afraid we had to do this a few times before I got this shot:)
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
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.