over the weekend

i shot a doubleheader.

both weddings i won’t soon forget.

bonnie and chris’s totally thematic gala event:

and katherine and dave’s perfectly sweet wedding filled with their closest people:

all four of them are honeymooning in hawaii. not together. you know know what i mean. still, a really romantic way to cap their incredibly personalized and intimate wedding days!!

more soon. for now i am packing; i leave for london in a week!!!

stay tuned though! there is so much coming soon, PLUS, a really great june special you won’t want to miss!!!

happy week everyone! may it be filled with your favorite things!!

cheers, kj

today: katherine and dave

when you love the way they do, it reminds you that what you are living isn’t a dream, but a real life that feels like dreaming!!
much love to katherine and dave today!! so excited to be a part of your wedding and all your very sweet and tender celebrating!!

may you love, even more deeply, than you do today! xoxo kj

a thousand years: ashley and brad

this bride became my friend. she’ll be my friend for a very long time. the kind of friend i’ll meet for lunch. the kind of friend who takes a genuine interest in me, my life, the lives of my family and my children. the kind of friend who will always remember my birthday and won’t care for a second if i ever forget hers. the kind of friend who will forgive first, and the kind of friend who will love me come what may, no matter what!

i am certain everyone who knows her feels they are someone special because of the way she loves. her brad? no different. together they are something truly special.

there is nothing but love, kindness, and warmth in their hearts.

together they make the most perfect pair, and i know their future will be filled with much love!!

ashley and brad, so grateful for you both! thank you for sharing so much of your hearts with me!!

a few highlights and a slideshow from their day!!!

enjoy! xoxo kj

the way they love each other and their people feels exactly like this looks:

this too:

much, much love to you both!!!

super senior: sneak peek

it feels so good to be a high school senior. to be graduating in a few weeks. to have the world at your finger tips. almost feels super human, wouldn’t you say lex? more on that, and for sure more from lexie and her senior portrait session soon!! for now enjoy these power punchers!!

was so fun! can’t wait to share more!! so happy and excited for you lexie!! kj

knock the wind right out of you

when i was young my neighbors got a new play house complete with swing set and attached slide. everyone on the block was ultra excited about it. it was almost as if we had never seen anything like it before in our lives. or the fact that something so spectacular could exist in a backyard was beyond belief. we played there after school every day, for weeks. months. probably a full year. one day my friend and i had the whole play structure to ourselves. i couldn’t believe it. the whole structure. TO OURSELVES!!! i ran outside as fast as i could and jumped for a swing. the next part is hazy, but i do remember landing flat on my back and feeling like i couldn’t breath. to date, it is one of my scariest recollections. i didn’t know what was happening, but i felt like i was going to die. at least i’d die by the beloved play house and swing set. if i was lucky they would bury me under it. then i would for sure be the last kid to play there! ;) after some significant spinning, and a surreal haze settling in i finally took a breath. then another, and another until finally i could breath again, steadily. the power of the play place could not be minimized. it was a force greater than any i had ever known. it literally knocked the wind right out of me.

louise and antonio are the adult equivalent to the childhood swing set/ play place. the second we met, while we were shooting, and then revisiting their images post process i metaphorically had the wind knocked out of me! i guess that’s what being in love with something or someone will do to you!

may your wind be knocked right out of you too!!

potentially my favorite:

louise and antonio, i hope i can breath at your wedding!! it is going to be nothing short of spectacular, just like the swing set/ play place of long ago!! ;) thank you so much for the opportunity to be there!! much, much love to you both!!! so excited to see you again!! cheers, kj

to be a bride: museum duex

to be a bride is something so profoundly sublime.

to photograph a wedding surpasses sublime. it reaches incandescent.

i love my job. i love all brides. i love weddings; i would love to be a part of yours.

thanks you to nancy, jessica, tym, and amanda. i appreciate you all so profoundly. thank you from my heart!

here’s to all the brides i am shooting this year; i love you all, very much! and to those i have yet to meet; i love you too, you just don’t know it yet! can’t wait to meet and be a part of your sublime!!

the nearness of you

i was raised on old films and old music.

we will be in an elevator, and i will start singing along with the instrumental music playing; jaren will look at me funny and shake his head in disbelief that i know the words to a very old song, being played now, in an elevator. i love the oldies: billie holiday, ella fitzgerald, louis armstrong, those really oldies but really goodies! about a year after we got married jaren and i bought this album! we LOVED it, still do!! we listened to it again and again. every time i listen to it now, in fact, i am transported to a specific time in our life. it fills me with such nostalgia. it also reminds me of the six months we spent apart. we weren’t separated by a sad choice, but by our circumstances. i had a semester left of my student teaching and couldn’t leave the classroom or i wouldn’t get my credential and he had gotten a job and had to leave to start work. so we moved him to california and i stayed in utah to finish the year. it was agonizing!! i pined for him. ached to just feel close to him. i had felt homesickness before, but when i was away from him i understood the base root of being sick for what you know to be true “home”.

allie and hunter are away from each other right now. she has gone home (VIVA ECUADOR!!!) for a little bit and he has gone back to school for a short while (VIVA BYU!!!). there wedding is in july, but it feels, for them, like it’s still years away because of their proximity. i know. i remember. i can still feel the ache of it even though my man is just in the room, next door, sleeping audibly!! ;)

one of the songs on that album that i listened to over and over again is resonating right now as i work on these images and think about hunter and allie. i want to dedicated it to them while they are away from each other. may the lyrics bring you closer; may these images make you feel nearer to one another!! much love to you both! kj

“it’s not the pale moon that excites me
that thrills and delights me, oh no
it’s just the nearness of you

it isn’t your sweet conversation
that brings this sensation, oh no
it’s just the nearness of you

when you’re in my arms and I feel you so close to me
all my wildest dreams came true

i need no soft lights to enchant me
if you’ll only grant me the right
to hold you ever so tight
and to feel in the night the nearness of you.”

may the time pass swiftly!! until then may all of these bring your closer!!

simple and sweet

it’s the simple, sweet memories that breathe love into every day.

more of paige and angel’s incredible romance soon.

for now, may you feel love that looks like this, today:

the stern and starboard side: louise and antonio sneak peek

just a couple, for right now, from two people that i am “drowning” in love with!!! so excited to be a part of their wedding in july!! can’t wait to share more of their engagement!! for now just a couple from the stern and the starboard side!! xxoo kj

have a great week everyone!! may you sail into all of your ports happily!!

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