Every bride has things that she cares about. I cared a lot about having a bazillion lanterns at our reception tent because I wanted it to “glow”! Some brides spend big bucks on the dress! Others spend a ton on stationary. I LOVE photographing beautiful invitations on wedding days! However, if you’re a bride who didn’t splurge on your invitation, I STILL want to photograph it and here’s why!
You may not be in love with your invitation but I really need it on your wedding day. If I’m not you’re wedding photographer, then I’ll speak for your photographer and say that they should need your invitation too!! The invitation usually plays a big role in the bridal detail shots… especially if the invites are neutral in color and have beautiful script or serif fonts! Some brides have said “Oh I forgot the invitation but that’s ok, I don’t need a picture of it!” and that’s why I’m writing this post!
I don’t need the invitation just because I want to document what it looked like, I need the invitations to use them as a “Connection Element” throughout the other detail shots! I teach about connection elements in our SHOOTING DETAILS MINI-GUIDE but the basic idea is that if you use a similar element in your detail shots somehow, they will pair together so much easier on the blog and in your album! I usually use my bride’s invitations for the large suite shot, earrings, and multiple ring shots!!! So if you are a photographer and you have problems with brides not bringing their invitations for you to use, make sure you explain that there is more too it than they think!!!
Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends!!!
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.