This picture is hard for me to wrap my mind around. How do I have such a handsome husband and beautiful babies? I guess the handsome husband part has a lot to do with how beautiful the kids are. 😂 Everyone that knows Michael knows that he’s a lot of fun to be around.... well I get a front row seat to watching Evy discover that about her Dada. He makes everything fun.... especially the things that scare her or that she doesn’t like. It’s amazing how he finds a way to make her see things differently. He does that for me too. Michael sees everything about life with the glass half full. It’s a God given gift that compliments my tendency to worry and assume the worst in order to protect myself. I’m so thankful that God knew I needed this in my husband long before I ever realized it about myself. I’m also thankful that Michael isn’t just the fun one, he disciplines Evy (and eventually Graham) in a loving but effective way. I’m grateful for his patience and his presence in our children’s lives. They are going to learn very quickly how set-apart their daddy is and how lucky they are that he belongs to them. Michael, thank you for loving our babies the way you do. Seeing you as a dad is easily my favorite season of life that we have ever shared. Our care-free college and young-married years have nothing on our exhausting, joyful, and precious season with our young kids. You are everything I could ever hope for in a daddy to our babies and I’m so thankful for you. You deserve to be celebrated and I’m thankful that I’m not the only one who sees that!! Today you’ve been featured by the incredible @ledburyshirts and I’m so excited for you!!!! We both love this brand and it’s so fun seeing them feature you and surprise you with this Father’s Day shirt!!! Happy first Father’s Day with two babies here on earth!!!!! Ps. @ledburyshirts even did an article on Michael on their blog!!! The link is in my profile!
The entire front of this monument was covered in tourists, prom photo opts, a wedding ceremony and three other bridal parties getting their portraits done. 😳Sometimes it really works out to see things differently. This is technically the backside of the Jefferson Memorial. It doesn’t face the water, it faces I-395. There was absolutely no one on this side and complete chaos on the other side. This side offered partially diffused light and the other side was in harsh light..... but that’s the “front” and because it’s the “front”, that’s where everyone flocked to. It reminds me of the way people automatically run to gazebos to get “good” pictures. 😂 I talk about the art of seeing the world differently in our KJ Lighting and Location Course because I think as photographers, we need to embrace this side of our creative brains instead of just trying to do what we think our clients want. I’m sure my clients thought that we were going to use the front of the memorial... like the rest of the world. But instead, they trusted me and they got these portraits instead. 😍So what is the moral of the story? 1. Thank you Chris and Emma for trusting me. And 2. As photographers, we need to remember that we are being paid to see the world differently and make decisions like this to produce the best result for our clients... even when it isn’t the “normal way” of doing things. #kjeducation #kjweddings #kjbrides
Happy Birthday to my amazing sister who is an incredible momma to her babies, a reliable and proactive team member in our business, a trustworthy and hilarious best friend and one of the hardest working people in my life. I remember what it was like when we were little... we weren’t what you would call “super close”. We fought, we had different interests, we didn’t understand one another.... we were the furthest thing from best friends.... and now look at us. We pretty much live together and do every aspect of life together these days... and we love it. Even on the days when we aren’t together, somehow we end up seeing each other. We still fight sometimes but it makes us closer. Instead of feeling like we’re different as night and day, we’re more alike now than we have ever been. And unlike our younger years, we are best friends. I thank God often for the role you have in my life. I often say I wouldnt survive without you and that’s true! I’m thankful for your humor, your friendship, and that you make adorable babies like little Harper Grace. She’s so lucky that you’re her momma. ❤️ Happy Birthday Emy!!!!
Happy seven weeks to my handsome boy who is giving his momma and daddy the gift of sleep! Thanks Buddy! I know I’m biased but I think he’s adorable! This week I’ve been editing a new episode for #KJALLACCESS and it was filmed this time last year. As I watch it, I remember what that season felt like. It had been over a month since I had James and I had a lot of questions... “would we ever have another healthy baby? Is it crazy to want to be pregnant again after what we just lived through? Could I even be pregnant again after all that went wrong? Would we get to have kids close in age or did James’ story change that for us? What will our story look like next? I know it’s probably not likely, but could I be holding a baby this time next year?”..... So many unknowns... but we have had really had good practice trusting God with our life situations and so we just started praying about what would happen next. It’s amazing to look at this picture and know now that this Baby Boy was what was next for us. Thank you Jesus for answered prayers and for our miracle baby. This season is so sweet. ❤️
When you can’t pick a favorite you just post a handful all at once!! This gorgeous wedding is on the blog today and if you’re a city-wedding-lover.... this one is for you! Congrats ALLIE AND WILL!!! #kjbrides #kjweddings #kjcouples @brousseauevents @urbansetbride
That time you find a parking garage that you shot on top of like 6 years ago and you strike a portrait gold mine!!! Yes yes yes!!! I’m so excited to show the world Allie and Will’s wedding day! Coming to a blog near you on Tuesday!! 🙌🏻 loved working with.... ❤️ Ceremony + Reception | @thejohnmarshallballrooms Dress Store | @urbansetbride Dress Designer | @maggiesotterodesigns Florist | @brousseauevents Hair & Make Up | @loustevens_amanda_ Band + String Trio | @eastcoastentertainment @insideoutband @dcstringquartet (String Poets) Desserts | @sweetfix Catering | @homemadesbysuzanne Invitations | @minted Lighting | @lightingprofessors Engagement Rings + Wedding Bands | @shearerthejeweler Groomsmen Gifts | @sicksticksgolf #alliegotnex
Let the monthly blog posts begin!! This may be two weeks late but hey, he’s not two months old yet so it’s technically not late! 😂Visit the blog link in my profile for a photo recap of our first month with Baby Graham!! ... This month included lots of baths (because he loves them!), a contagious disease, a trip to @bigspringva, and lots of Evy snuggles. ❤️
This is our life right now. The newborn is easy and the two year old is crazy.... and has an abnormally long tongue. 😂Evy’s sass has gotten her in time-out a lot recently. However, it’s amazing to me how such a feisty little girl can instantly switch to being a sweet, kissy big sister in a matter of seconds. We can get her to do anything if she gets to hold Baby Graham afterwards. ❤️ We are doing well.... and I’m not sleep deprived because of a newborn... he sleeps all night and I’m so grateful for that.... I’m sleep deprived because we had a baby three weeks before wedding season!!! But you know what, I’m only sleep deprived from Sunday to Tuesday. I stay up late and get the hard work done so that come Tuesday morning, I’m free from the stress of having so much work looming over me for the rest of the week. Not really having a maternity leave was something we knew would be our reality this time around when we decided to try for another baby. It’s hard to manage, especially while I’m cranking out the 48hr Workflow (we teach this in our Consistency Course!)... but we have had the most amazing help and the motivation I have to get it done stems from the relief I know I’ll feel when it’s over and I’m not behind! 🙌🏻 I may have slowed down shooting when I had babies.... but I can still turn weddings around in record time and I’m proud of myself!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 @emilygeraldphotography thank you for images that truly capture our life right now!!!
I’m not one to post rectangular instas.... but sometimes you just HAVE TO! I love these sweet sisters!! As of Saturday, all of the Gill girls are married!! It was a gorgeous day in DC and our first @hayadamshotel wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful!! This whole wedding day is on the blog... complete with florals from one of my favorite florists, @sweetrootvillage, a Bentley, Gummy Bears, impressive DC views and a sneak peek from @tylerherrinton and @ashleyherrinton!!! #kjbrides #kjweddings
I’m culling through this wedding day today!! I still can’t get over how gorgeous Emma was!! It seems like just yesterday we were photographing her sister Maggie’s wedding!! One of our favorite things is booking sibling’s weddings of our past #kjcouples!! It’s like a big reunion!! Get excited to see this beautiful couple on the blog tomorrow!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #kjbrides #kjweddings