Two years ago tonight we were holding our two-hour old baby. Our first baby. It was the best day of my life. I have clung to the sweet memories of Evy’s birthday throughout this year. Her birth was such a victory for me and whenever I get scared of what’s to come with this third pregnancy, I remember that I can do this because I’ve done it before and the result was a healthy, screaming, huge baby girl! These last two years have been the best and the hardest of my life. Through all of our the heartache of 2018, Evy has been such a source of joy and happiness. I love this amazing age where she’s constantly surprising us. Michael and I are always saying to each other “did you just hear her? Did you just see that?” We love seeing her grow and change. We couldn’t be more proud of our girl or more thankful that God gave her to us!!!! Tonight there is a blog post with recent pictures and a video with clips from almost everyday of her life!! Thank you @1secondeveryday app! I love you sweet girl! Happy birthday!!!! Ps. I love these images from her birthday.. especially the one where our families found out how much she weighed! 9lbs 10oz 😂 pc: @jillypowers
@jillypowers has captured maternity portraits for ALL THREE of my babies and I can never thank her enough for the treasure that these photos are to me. This month last year we were taking James’ maternity portraits knowing that we were losing him. Those were the hardest photos to take but the ones I cherish the most. It was such a gift to be able to take portraits today knowing I’m carrying a healthy baby boy!! ❤️While I don’t use but a few of my own simple presets, I do love and appreciate that other photographers have defined their own style with presets of their own! Jill has made her presets available for other photographers and they are on sale through the weekend!! Check out @veilpresets!!! So proud of her!!!!!!! #30weeks
Happy Valentines Day to the my two favorite people!!! Michael, thank you for being an amazing Dada to Evy. You’re constantly teaching her new things and showing her how special she is. I knew back in high school that you would be a wonderful dad and I was right. I always thought we would just have girls... I have no idea why... but that obviously wasn’t God’s plan for our family and I can’t wait to see you with our baby boy in April. Thank you for loving me through incredibly hard seasons and for working hard on our relationship even when it would be easier to just stuff things away. Being a parent with you is one of my favorite things and I love watching our girl grow and change together. It seems like yesterday she was just a few hours old and we were in the hospital room wondering what we were supposed to do with her. 😂 That was probably the last time you weren’t confident in this whole parenting journey but it definitely wasn’t mine. I’m thankful for the way you approach life and always know that we’re going to be ok even when I’m stressed and worried. You’re such a gift to me. I love you. Evy girl, you won’t appreciate this until you’re much older... but I’m so proud of you. You’re so smart, beautiful and joyful. You may have two-year-old tantrums and challenge us some days but you’re also incredibly sweet and polite. When you say “Thank you Momma” without being prompted to, I just want to squeeze you!! You are caring and musical and kind. I’m so amazed that I get to be your momma. I love you!!!! Happy Valentines Day!!!
A year ago today we walked into our OB office really excited to let Evy see her sibling on an ultrasound screen. It was nothing like we thought. We ended up frantically calling my sister to come pick her up and calling my mom to come meet us at the office. All Michael could say on the phone to Momma was that “It’s really really bad. Something is really wrong”.... and it was. We’re a year removed from the hardest day of our life. I have tried to decide... was this day the hardest day? Or was there a harder one? I honestly don’t think the day I gave birth to him was the hardest day. It was awful but it was also wonderful in the midst of the pain. This day was probably the hardest for us because it was the loss of a dream and the loss of a life we thought we were going to have. Even though we didn’t know exactly what was wrong, we knew on February 12th of last year that we would either be losing our second baby or that he would never have an easy or normal life. There was so much that was wrong. It’s a sad story... but it’s it doesn’t end there. We had three more months with him alive inside of me. Some days It seemed like torture but most of those days had moments of joy and celebration for his life. We had the unexpected gift and heartache of TIME.... way more time than we thought.... way more ultrasounds than we thought... way more pictures and time to prepare for his birth than we thought. There was a song we kept on repeat in our house during this time... “Do it again” was always playing constantly and there is a line that says “Waiting for change to come, knowing the battle’s won... for You have never failed me yet.” When you listen to that line... it almost sounds like “Waiting for James to come, knowing the battle’s won”. I cry just thinking about that. I sang that song so. Many. Times. around our house In tears while I was pregnant with him... knowing that I could let him go because of the cross. The battle is won. Death is defeated. We have the hope of heaven because of Jesus. We miss this sweet, beautiful boy with his squished nose and red hair.... but thank you Jesus this isn’t the end. #jamesmichaelalsop
Anyone else out there have a love/hate relationship with styling details on wedding days?! I usually love it more than I hate it! But it takes WORK and brainpower to figure out what’s working, what’s too much, what’s not enough, what’s too heavy, what’s too busy, what’s too simple... whew! One of these days I’ll create a mini-course on this stuff because as much as it drives me crazy... when I do get it right, I LOVE IT!!! There is a gorgeous new wedding on the blog! It’s a southern dream! Link in profile!!!! #kjbrides #kjweddings
I meannnnn.... @madisoncarterphotography your wedding day was a complete dream and I’m having a REALLY hard time picking which image should be your FIRST official sneak peek on Instagram!!! We were honored to be the ones who captured this amazing day for you two. After 11 years (to the day!) of waiting, Seth is finally your HUSBAND!!!! 😭😭😭#kjcouples #kjbrides
Swipe to see how BORING this ring shot would have been without that dead twig!!!! 😂🙈Lauren’s ring is absolutely gorgeous... but photo-wise I needed to add a little something to make it a more interesting and visually-appealing ring-shot.... a dead twig was the perfect solution! 😂🙈 It’s HARD to make a dead-of-winter shoot look visually interesting but I think we did a pretty good job for Will and Lauren’s destination eshoot in Connecticut!! Enjoy! My favorites are on the blog!!! Ps. Yes, it will be on ALL ACCESS for our members! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
We flew up to Connecticut for less than 24 hrs to shoot a beautiful & CHILLY engagement session for a very special 2019 #kjcouple!!! Meet Will (Michael’s cousin!!) and Lauren (his beautiful fiance’)!!! There were a few things that shocked us during their shoot. 1. The temperature! BRRR!!! 2. How amazing Lauren’s model face is! Omg! 😍 and 3. Surprise bursts of sunshine and GLOW! It was such a beautiful wintery shoot! I can’t wait to share it on the blog AND share the behind the scenes footage with our KJ ALL ACCESS members! It’s a perfect way to learn how to make the most of a shoot in the dead of winter!!! More KJ ALL ACCESS info in profile!
I’m no newborn photographer... I’m also not a family photographer for that matter... but it brings me so much joy to capture these precious seasons of life for my family! I was in the room when Harper Grace was born and it will forever be stored in my “favorite life memories” category!! I had never witnessed a c-section but I have a whole new respect for women like my sister who have them and walk around just 10 hours afterwards. 😳 It was intense and way more involved than I thought!! The moment they lifted this sweet girl up into the air was amazing. It’s crazy, she could STILL technically be inside of Emy... squirming and rolling and kicking her in the ribs right now if she went past due. Holding her and all of her 8lbs of brand new baby goodness makes me so excited for April when I get to hold this little boy moving around inside of me. After our story these last 12 months, I have never cherished new life more than I do in this season. It’s hard to watch all that’s unfolding in the world around us while growing our third baby and missing the baby we never got to take home. I believe our family has a unique perspective on valuing life because of Baby James and I’m thankful for that. Life is so precious and we’re enjoying our new season with a brand new family member in our midst! She may be tiny and quiet and prefer to sleep through most family activities but she’s cherished and loved!!!!
Anyone feeling like it’s been years since you photographed a wedding?! Its like 20 degrees here in VA right now and so it makes sense why this is the off-season... but in just about a week, we’ll be heading down south for a gorgeous southern wedding and I’m excited to feel like a photographer again. These off-season months are busy for us with the education side of our business... but there’s nothing like getting out there and doing what made me fall in love with photography in the first place... and that is shooting weddings for sweet #kjcouples!! If you’re really wishing that you could photograph weddings professionally but it seems impossible to learn how, I let photographers watch me behind the scenes!! They learn from watching the hard moments and from the amazing moments. They see me make great decisions and they see me struggle! It’s the most amazing way to learn... ESPECIALLY for those of you who are visual learners and struggle to apply knowledge from online courses!!! Come be our virtual third shooter and become a member of KJ ALL ACCESS! Link in profile!! Ps. This month we’re including a FREE EDITING CLASS when you sign up now!!! Yesss!!! Enjoy!!