Our final workshop for the foreseeable future is going on right now and yesterday we had the most amazing styled shoot. The perfect people were involved... especially our models. @sharonhundley you are such a joy to be around. It made my day getting to hug you and Chase. You are beyond stunning. @emilygeraldphotography and @jesscreates, our house just feels right when you’re in it! 😭❤️I love you both! @katschmoyer of @dearsweetheartevents, you are one amazing friend and planner. I have so many people to thank but have girls pulling down my driveway in a few mins for day two so I’m just going to leave you with some sneak peeks!! Vendors: Photography: @katelynjames Planning: @dearsweetheartevents Bridal Gown: @chantillylacebridals Bridesmaids Dresses: @renttherunway Hair: @glam_by_dana Makeup: @angelasutak Flowers: @amandaveronee Ribbon: @courtneyinghram Rentals: @paisleyandjade Paper & Calligraphy: @sincerelyamydesigns Cake: @sorbysweets #theworkshopexperience
Can you all do me a favor? @thebump is honoring parents who have lost precious babies by hosting “Infant loss awareness week” this week. They have published an article sharing the story of BOTH of our children and we are so grateful. Will you comment on their recent Instagram post and thank them for sharing our sweet James’ story?! You can find the link to the article in my profile. I just want them to see how appreciated it is that they are honoring moms who don’t have the picture perfect motherhood journey. Having an account like @thebump share the story of our sweet boy along with our complicated journey during Evy’s pregnancy means the world to us and we’re grateful. Our hope is that our story will empower other parents with who have hard journeys to realize that they can experience joy in the midst of pain and victory in the midst of struggle. Hope doesn’t have to be lost even our lowest seasons. #jamesmichaelalsop ps. Sorry there isn’t a link to the article on @thebump ‘s profile, but you can find it in mine! ❤️
These two... making “advanced posing” look easy since 4 mins into their engagement session! 😍We love us some Allie and Will!!! My favorites are on the blog!! #kjbrides #kjcouples ps. Her sister was a KJBRIDE and I’m so honored to be invited back into this sweet family for another exciting season!!!!
8 years ago today @michaelalsop and I got married at our home church where we grew up together! We had a massive reception in my parent’s backyard with 415 people. (All you wedding vendors are like 😳) Michael reminded me that we’ve officially been married just as long as we dated. To the day. He asked me out in high school on Oct 10th, 2002 and we were married on 10-10-10! This time last year, we were two weeks from finding out that we were pregnant with James. If you think about the timing of that... he was an anniversary baby.... which seems appropriate since his life and our journey with him challenged and strengthened our marriage more than anything else we have ever walked through. There are so many things about James that changed us. We’ll never see marriage the same after living through losing a child together. The change that happened in our marriage will forever be part of the legacy that James left behind and it will affect us and the people around us forever. Last night Michael had made dinner reservations and it was a surprise. We pulled up to The Jefferson And then he told me to look in the back seat. He had packed overnight bags because we were really staying the night and I had no idea. He surprises me like this a lot and the older I get the more I realize how rare it is that I get treated this way so often. It has just always come natural to him. Trips, dinners, experiences, gifts.... he’s really good at that stuff and I’m incredibly lucky. In the past we have celebrated our anniversary and it felt like just another year but this year we celebrated and it felt like we were celebrating what God had brought us through. Somehow our marriage has taken on a new level of significance to me. It’s one of small ways God has used grief and pain to pull beauty from the ashes. Michael, happy 8 years of marriage and 16 years of being together. Over half of my life has been spent by your side and That’s one of the greatest blessings of my life. You are an incredible dad, you are an amazing surpriser, you love me even on the hard days and you have never made me walk through anything alone. I love you so much. Pc: Mimi and @jasminestar ❤️
Oh the glow! Allie and Will’s session was perfect tonight!!! Look at that light! Get excited to meet these two soon!!! #kjbrides #kjcouples
Oh my gosh yessssssss. Tonight may have been dreary (weather wise)... but you’ll never know it in these images! So excited for Tommy and Kayla and this season of their lives!!! It’s an honor to be a part of their story! #kjbrides #kjcouples
Cannot thank the following amazing people enough for making today’s shoot happen! Swipe to see the goodness! Wow!!!! : Planning: @dearsweetheartevents Florals & Silk Ribbon: @courtneyinghram HMU: @glooutglamourbar Paper Details & Calligraphy: @simplyjessicamarie Rentals: @paisleyandjade Cakes: @sorbysweets Bridal Gown: @bridalimpressions Bridesmaid Dresses: @renttherunway #theworkshopexperience Thank you to our team of helpers and to Rob, Heather, Jessica and Emily for modeling!!!
Tomorrow I’m hosting my second to last workshop. It’s sad but it’s also exciting because new things are coming.😉 I’ve found myself often wondering why people still want to learn from me. Maybe it’s all of the life that has happened to us recently or the fact that I’ve been doing this for ten years that makes me think that I’ve changed... like I don’t have as much to offer as I used to. You change after walking through what we have walked through. I know that the thought that I have nothing to offer is a lie. It’s just what my insecurities want me to believe. The truth is that what I have to offer now is much deeper and more important than blogging tips and editing hacks. What I’ve learned about life and business recently far surpasses what I teach about posing and natural lighting. Those things are really important in the photography world... and I’m going to teach them... but there is more to life. There is so much that I could share about what we’ve walked through and what we’ve learned that it seems impossible to know where to start. The more I think about it, the more I start to feel like I really have nothing to share because everything I could share is too sad or too intense for people to hear. Again... those are lies. I know they are. The challenge for me is to remember that God uses us and our stories that He is writing in our lives in ways we’ll never fully comprehend. It’s not my job to share perfectly... it’s just my job to be willing to be used. Whether it’s sharing about James or teaching what I know about marketing... that needs to be my goal. Tomorrow 13 amazing women will sit in my living room and I’m praying they learn amazing things to take home to their businesses but I also hope they will leave changed because we have been changed. ❤️I’m excited to share life with them these next two days... and I’m also excited to eat @emilymalizia ‘s home cooked meals!!! #bestpartoftheworkshop
This was a simple bedroom with white paint and a single window. It was wonderful!!!!! I literally took 50 different portraits of @nicoleamandaa in this spot because I loved it so much! It doesn’t take anything fancy to create beautiful images! Sometimes... actually, most of the time... simple is best! Their full day is on the blog! Link in profile! #kjbrides #kjweddings #pronouncedpigeon
Congrats to these two!!! Tornados 24 hours before your wedding and a massive power outage couldn’t stop you from having the most amazing wedding day!!!! It was such an honor to be there every step of the way with you both! #kjbride #kjcouple #pronouncedpigeon