My Turn

Ashten,

It’s my turn to want to be YOU when I grow up. You are so special to me- always have been, always will be.

I have never had more fun talking about investment banking and birthing babies. You also inspired me to want to be on a kickball team.

I love you both, and your families, so very much!!

Can’t wait to do this again, in the Fall, in wine country!!

xx

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I could not “Passover” posting a few…

I adore this girl. She has been in my life for almost 15 years. I love her, her family, and now, her soon-to-be husband. She is so special to me; I couldn’t pass-over posting a few on this Easter, a few-days-after-Passover, Spring, Sunday-day. More to come, I promise, promise!!

Their day is going to be non-paralleled-just as they are!!

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Kamee June End-of-Summer Sale

I know it’s the end of August. I know. I feel it. We are all back to school next Wednesday. My kids and I are in complete denial. We have had one of THE BEST summers EVER!! I normal do the annual sale in June, to be thematic and all, but the summer sun and fun was just too magnetizing; I told myself I would do it in my birthday month instead. Then I decided to celebrate myself and being alive for a WHOLE month. I decided to make it an August sale. Then we moved. Now it’s the end of August and I decided, “WHAT THE HECK!! It is always a good time for a great sale!!” So, the Kamee June summer sale is finally happening; mylegit half-yearly is happening; I AM just like Nordstrom!!! Eeeeee!! Kinda. Sorta. In my head. ;)

The sale is EVERYTHING DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST AND ALL OF SEPTEMBER!!!

Now read the real post, but where it says that you have to book by the end of June it really means by the end of August!! ;) Then email me with questions or to get yourself booked!!! xxx

And now for the post written, ahem, two months ago. Sorry for the delay!!

I like to think I am a little, just a little like Nordstrom. They have a half yearly, so I copy them, and have one too. Something in June, because I am thematic that way, and something half yearly, in November!! I like the June one, because, it’s, well, June!!

When people first meet me they usually ask about the June bit, or they call me Ms June-thinking it’s my last name. Kamee June is a pretty cute name, right? Kamee isn’t even my given name, Kamaree is, and June isn’t my last name; it’s my middle name. I was named after my Grandma June. Then I am usually asked if I was born in June. Nope, July. Regardless, I love BOTH months!!

Anyway, enough about that, it’s June (August) and it’s Half-Yearly SALE time!!! Everything Kamee June, EVERYTHING, during the month of June is 20% off!!! (this is the part where you insert August and September!!!) Hoooray!!!! You do not have to use what you purchase in June (August/September), you just have to use it within the next year, so before June 2017 (August/September 2017) (weddings are a little different; we can extend them a bit if you aren’t getting married for a while, but know you want to take advantage of the sale). It’s easy, email me (kamee@kameejune.com) tell me what you would like to buy for 20% off, remember EVERYTHING KJ is included: portrait sessions, one on one mentoring sessions, wedding weekends with KJ, KJ gift cards (also 20% off! Perfect for friends or family and a great deal for you!! Buy a $100 gift card for only $80 with the 20% discount!!), AND both wedding packages are 20% off as well!! That’s right, because all of me, loves all of you…can you tell I shoot weddings? ;) No, it’s because it’s JUNE (August)!!!! Hooray!!!! Pay your deposit to lock in the the 20% deal (it will vary depending on what you purchase), and then you are set and we get to planning when you want to cash in (the balance is due the week we shoot, work together, gift cards will be sent over in pdf’s, or the month before you get married.)

So easy, just like finding the most perfect thing at the half yearly, and knowing it is supposed to be yours!

And because everything is better with a photograph here are a few from my brides and grooms from this summer! There have been so many more; I am working on their files now, and will post all that gorgeousness soon!

So excited to hear from all of you and be a part of your celebrating and memory making!! Much love, KJ

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This sweet bride, Caroline, even wrote me the kindest testimonial!! Both she and David have hearts filled with GOLD!! I adore them!! She shared, “Kamee is one of those people you meet and never forget. From the first time I emailed her about a quote, her radiance and zest for life was apparent. Her love for photography transcends not only through the lens of her brilliant and unique work, but through all of her interactions with her clients as well. She is an absolute natural at what she does and has a true gift of making you feel comfortable from the second your photoshoot begins (something that is so unnatural for me!) Kamee is special. I never knew how crucial it was to find a photographer that you connect with, and Kamee is one of those people that you will walk away from feeling like you knew her your whole life. She will go the extra mile to get you know you and your story, just to ensure your photographs speak to it and your individual experiences. I can’t say enough great things about Kamee, she is truly one in a million. If you can do one thing with assurance through your wedding process, book her. It will be the best decision you make! Thank you will never be enough Kamee!”

Thank you so much Caroline and Dave!! You will always be so special to me! xx

Ohh!! One more I found of she and her gorgeous people!!
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Oh, my Jenna Brown! I will always hold you close to my heart!! I love you, Doll. You and your sweet and kind man!!

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You’ll never meet hearts bigger than theirs!! For each other and for all their family, friends, and their God!!

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These two had me at “Southern Hospitality”! They live it, breath it, and really personify human kindness and goodness. I love these two and their families so much!!

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Annie and Andy may your hearts just grow and grow for each other and the sparkly life you are building for yourselves!!! Was so happy to be there to celebrate with you and your families!!

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Cheryl and Terry!! Your love for each other was so tangible and rich. Your hearts are so centered on what’s important in life!! So inspired by you both! xx

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Avery and Andrew, Take me on every beautiful adventure this life is going to offer the two of you, the two of you so very in love with each other!!

 

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Laugher will fill your hearts, Lauryn and Phil, every day, I know it!! Can’t wait for your celebration next year!!

There are so many more!! So many gorgeous images that cover my desktop. SO many memories that make my heart smile and my memory feel so happy. Thank you, to all of you, past, present, and future who willingly share these life celebrations with you! I love you all so very much!!

Alright, let’s get to booking more memory making opportunities! The sale will run until the end of September!! Email me with any questions and also to get you booked!!

Sending so much love to all your atmospheres!!  xx Cheers, Kamee

 

 

Hug Your Heart

Some people just do. These two people are no exception. They hug my heart, big time!! Grateful to be a part of their celebrating and memory making!! Much love to these gorgeous love-birds!

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Quick wardrobe change to the dress we are all in love with (she got it at Macy’s!) ;)

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Ummm, give me some good old fashion passion any day!! ;)

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Thank you so much, Jess and Korey, for sharing this time, with me!! xx KJ

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Kamee June Annual June (ahem, kinda) Sale

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I know it’s nearly August. I know. I know this post is two months late. It would take ages to explain where I have been and why I didn’t just click publish on this when it was ready…Whatever, it’s up now!! ;) AND, the legit half-yearly is happening, so I AM just like Nordstrom!!! Eeeeee!! Kinda. Sorta. In my head. ;)

So the sale is actually EVERYTHING DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST!!! August because it’s two months after June, one month after July…

Now read the real post, but where it says that you have to book by the end of June it really means by the end of August!! ;) Then email me with questions or to get yourself booked!!! xxx

And now for the post written, ahem, two months ago. Sorry for the delay!!

I like to think I am a little, just a little like Nordstrom. They have a half yearly, so I copy them, and have one too. Something in June, because I am thematic that way, and something half yearly, in November!! I like the June one, because, it’s, well, June!!

When people first meet me they usually ask about the June bit, or they call me Ms June-thinking it’s my last name. Kamee June is a pretty cute name, right? Kamee isn’t even my given name, Kamaree is, and June isn’t my last name; it’s my middle name. I was named after my Grandma June. Then I am usually asked if I was born in June, nope, July. Regardless, I love BOTH months!!

Anyway, enough about that, it’s June and it’s Half-Yearly SALE time!!! Everything Kamee June, EVERYTHING, during the month of June is 20% off!!! (this is the part where you insert August!!!) Hoooray!!!! You do not have to use what you purchase in June (August), you just have to use it within the next year, so before June 2016 (August 2016) (weddings are a little different; we can extend them a bit if you aren’t getting married for a while, but know you want to take advantage of the sale). It’s easy, email me (kamee@kameejune.com) tell me what you would like to buy for 20% off, remember EVERYTHING is included: portrait sessions, one on one mentoring sessions, wedding weekends with KJ, KJ gift cards (also 20% off! Perfect for friends or family and a great deal for you!! Buy a $100 gift card for only $80 with the 20% discount!!), AND my wedding packages are 20% off as well!! That’s right, because all of me, loves all of you…can you tell I shot weddings? ;) No, it’s because it’s JUNE!!!! Hooray!!!! Pay your deposit to lock in the the 20% deal (it will vary depending on what you purchase), and then you are set and we get to planning when you want to cash in (the balance is due the week we shoot, work together, gift cards will be sent over in pdf’s, or the month before you get married.)

So easy, just like finding the most perfect thing at the half yearly!!

And because everything is better with a photograph here is one of one of my brides getting married this summer!! This was shot at her friend, Kara Keough Bosworth’s, wedding. Her big day is coming this summer, and I can’t wait!!!! In two weeks actually; I can’t wait Court!!!!!

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Excited to hear from everyone!! Until then, happy June!!!

Kamee June Pre-Black Friday-Cyber Monday Annual Sale

SALE CLOSED!!!

 

(Pretend this posted yesterday!!!) :)))

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Happy Holidays!!! HAPPY SHOPPPPPPING!!!!!! Wanted to get this out there so you can start your shopping early and maybe, hopefully, save you from going out in the pandemonium referred to as Black Friday, but somehow starts at 900pm on Thanksgiving Day! :) Eventually, we’ll have a pre-Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping sale that will start on Halloween!! when the Christmas starts to emerge before we even get to Thanksgiving. ;) Poor Thanksgiving; it’s starting to be the lost holiday!! Alas, if you can’t beat them, join them? I guess, I am joining the masses, but just by a few hours!! ;)

Today, and all days, I am grateful for the opportunity to make memories with so many friends, clients, and even strangers who turn in to friends after our shoot!! I am particularly grateful for the power the camera gives to freeze time, and to take us back to those moments, now our documented past, and make us feel nostalgia, an hug our hearts!!

In an effort to be a part of your memory making this year I have put together a few “Skip Thanksgiving” or “Shop while in a food comma” sales!!

If you have any questions fire them off to me! I will be perfectly at my leisure, by the beach in Kauai, ready to answer and get you booked!! Click on the contact button at the top and I’ll get right back to you!!

In the meantime, Happy eating, Happy celebrating with family and friends, Happy setting up Christmas, and happy shopping. And may we take a little bit of time to be quiet and still and grateful for all we have!!! May we also be aware of those who are alone this time of year; may we find ways to serve them and give them a reason or a someone to be grateful for as well!

Much love!! Kamee

 

AND THE KJ Thanksgiving Day-Cyber Monday sales are…Drum Roll….

(Remember the sale is good for 1 year. It expires a year from today! Your event doesn’t have to be this month; you have a whole year to use your purchase!!)

 

Mini Portrait Session

30 minutes of time

All edited files sent to you by digital transfer

Regularly priced at $325.00

TODAY- MONDAY Same package only $275.00

To reserve this price I need a $100.00 deposit or if your pay in full today-Monday I will take off an additional 5% if you pay in full, making the new total $261.25.

All buttons to purchase are at the bottom!!

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The KJ Portrait Session

1-2 hours of time.

All edited files from session sent to you via digital transfer.

Regular Price $650.00

TODAY-MONDAY take 10% off the total package if paid in full take 15% off! 10% off is $585.00 and 15% off is $552.50.

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AND now for the weddings!!!!

I have two wedding packages. AND two deals for the two packages. You choose which deal.

My basic package is $2950.00

You can choose to either add and extra hour (making your total time 7 hrs) AND a 20 page (25 image) 10X10 engagement or wedding album OR 15% off the entire package if you book in full this weekend ; making your new total for the basic package $2507.50 if you choose the 15% off.  If you choose the extra hour and album then all you need to do this weekend to book is to pay 25% of the package total. To get the 15% PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL ME BEFORE BOOKING TO MAKE SURE  YOUR DATE IS FREE!!  And so I can elucidate any questions you have!! Also if you would like to add a la carte options fire me off an email and I’ll email the other goodies you can add to your package. We will customize your package so everything you want/need will be included in the discount! Right now email will be the best to reach me!

My Extended Package special is just like the first. Only there is a bit more bang with this one! To see the exact packages and what is included in both check out this link here: www.kameejune.com/info/

You can choose to either add an extra hour (making your total time 9 hrs.) AND a 20 page  (25 image) 10X10 engagement album (that includes TWO albums with this package, one engagement and one for the wedding!!) This package only requires a 25% deposit off your total booked this weekend, OR you can take 15% off the entire package if you book in full this weekend;  If you take  the extra hour of time and the 10×10 album the package stays the same $4950.00. If  you choose to book the 15% deal the extended package stays the same, but the new price will be $4207.00. To get the 15% PLEASE TEXT OR EMAIL ME BEFORE BOOKING TO MAKE SURE YOUR DATE IS FREE!! And so I can elucidate any questions you have!! Also, if you would like to add a la carte options fire me off an email and I’ll email the other goodies you can add to your package. We will customize your package so everything you want/need will be included in the discount! Right now email will be the best to reach me!

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More from Darby and Brett’s Lake Tahoe wedding soon!!!

Alright, let’s get to shopping…

Or you can send the money to paypal via kamee@kameejune.com.

I will send you a personal invoice for the wedding packages!! Your wedding does NOT need to be in 2014! (That’s funny when I think of it!!) You can take advantage of this deal even for a wedding in 2016 or 2020!! You just have to book by Monday at midnight!

If you have any questions about anything please email me at kamee@kameejune.com!!

You have today-Monday at midnight!!! Get your shopping on! I am headed out now to do some kayaking with my team; if I don’t respond right away I will by the end of the day for sure! Until then, sorry this didn’t post last night; I fell into my own food coma and then the coma turned to full on sleep!! Pretend it’s yesterday!!!

Much love to you all!!! Happy Holidays and happy shopping!!!! Would love to be a part of all your memory making!!!

If She Asked

If she asked for the moon, he’d say, “You’ll have it tomorrow!” And then an amazing origami hand- crafted moon would appear on her bed-side table when she woke with a note attached: I’d give you anything you asked. 

If she said I need time, he’d say, “I’ll wait.” And then he would, patiently, for five years.

If she asked for his heart, he’d say, “You’ve always had it.” And then she’d smile, knowing it was true.

If he asked her for her heart and to be in his heart forever, she’d say, “Yes.”

And that’s just what she did.

These two filled a few holes in my heart last weekend. Was graced by their love, laughter, spirit, soul, friendship, and romance.

So very happy to be a part of it. So humbled to be touched by so much love!

“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” –William Shakespeare

Well said Will! So fitting, don’t you think Nikki and Brandon? Here’s to you both, and a treasured love!

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Much Love, KJ

Summer Lovin’ And a Story About a Hammock

I am in Utah right now. Working a bit. Chillin’ a bit. Catching up with family and friends a bit. Mostly playin’ a lot! I love summer here. Especially the summer nights. I love summer nights in general, for summer reason they just spark memories of summer romance for me and I like those thoughts.

When my kids come to visit the cousins’ house they disappear. I don’t see them for hours, days, sometimes the whole week we are here. I look forward to the time I will have with them while on vacation and then when we get here I realize I am chump change compared to the cousins. It’s cool. I get it. I also get to nap while they are off making memories and playing in dirt pools.

Today I thought I would be cool to take my kids to campus, the place where they started, kind of, well, where their history started. Alright, the place where I met their dad and we fell in love. Let me hear it everyone, ahhhh…so, sweet!!!! I took them to the apartment complex where we lived while we were dating, then to campus where we would study together. At each spot I thought their enthusiasm would increase…”Tell us more Mom!! Show us where you picnic’d together and where you kissed under the umbrellas while it was raining. Fill us with the history of you and Dad!!! Please, we HAVE to hear more!!” It was more like, “Please, Mom, take us to the bathroom; we need a snack; where are the Cougars; how long do we need to be here?” It was anti-climactic to say the least, but my heart felt the nostalgia and I lived on that for a second, it and felt sweet. It took me back 14 years to a space and a place where an innocent love affair began and then developed into a laughter filled friendship, and finally a love that would lead to commitment.

Jaren and I dated a little while before I decided to take a break from school to pursue a humanitarian service project for a year and a half in Ecuador. Jaren was heartbroken for me to go; it was sweet. I was sad to leave him, but  knew I had to go. We promised we would write and keep in touch. At the end of my time their I was walking a local market. I came across a vendor selling hand-crafted  hammocks. I thought I would bring a few home for friends and family. I grabbed one for Jaren.

Today, on the way home from the tour of love, ahem, the tour of the BYU campus, we passed the apartment he lived in while we were engaged. It reminded me of that hammock. He strung it between two trees that were in the backyard. The summer before we got engaged we swung slowly in that hammock, together, our legs pretzeled, one of my hears listening to his heart pumping time, the other hear the cicadas, other summer insects’ night songs, and all the sweet words young loves say during a summer of romantic pursuing!

I’ll tell my kids that story one day, and they’ll listen, and think it’s sweet, or maybe not, but for me, it always will be one of my best memories from a summer of love!!

This entire summer I have been wanting to share Heather and Taylor’s Huntington Beach engagement images, but was waiting for the right moment, with the right story to share with them.

I think their love will always feel like summer love. Always.

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Here’s to summer love, wherever it may be, and however you may find it!! xx KJ

 

 

Kate Spade and the Perfect Accessory

If you know me well you know I live by several tenets. I won’t go into detail with my list, but several are common to most: live with integrity, be honest, leave it better than you found it, take yourself and those around you to higher ground in all you do and say, etc. etc. etc. I am sure those sounds like codes you all live by as well. My girlfriends also know that I strongly believe in the idea of retail therapy. I REALLY do believe that doing a little shopping and indulging in yourself, just a little bit, can be uplifting. It might be a temporary fix to a problem, and it might also give clarity on how to solve an on going problem: coping with a highly emotional child is much easier in a pair of Jimmy Choos.

I shot a wedding last summer in San Diego: Megan and Brad’s wedding. Like all the weddings I shoot, I walked away from this one saying, “That was my favorite!” They are all my favorites for their own reasons. Megan and Brad’s had many, but I was particularly magnetized to Megan’s choice in jewelry. She too is a total and complete Kate Spade fanatic. I walked in, saw the pink and orange, and green and turquoise boxes, and knew immediately, Megan was one of my people. The necklace she chose as her wedding necklace was the most powerful signature piece a bride could wear: elegant yet noteworthy, delicate yet powerful, stated yet understated. It was just all around magnificent. I knew I had to have it. Not steal it from her, but you know, get my own.

Ashley, my dear friend, and side kick at many of the weddings I photograph, couldn’t stop talking about it all the way home from the wedding. I was on a mission: I would find that necklace and call it my own. I was so obsessed I pictured myself sleeping in it!!

I was so tired after the wedding and the drive home, but I had to look on line to find it, and find it I did, and, then, I tried to find a knock off, something similar but a quarter the cost. It just wasn’t going to happen. Nothing I found could match the really Mackoy!! I had to have it, and I knew, one day I would find it and call it my very own.

Skip ahead to the dawn of Fall.

I found myself in crisp Boston, again, with my good friend Ashley. Boston is her current base, I was there to see her of course, and do a little work as well. I am a HUGE fan of all cities. I loved Boston the second I met it! It’s the most perfect little city: not too big, yet big enough, and SO rich in history and texture AND food!!!! Everything about that trip was so, uplifting. My heart was very happy in Boston. Again, I believe in retail therapy, and Ashley is a shopper herself, so she took me to a great row of shops. We popped in and out, enjoying the brisk when we stepped out, and drinking in the warm when we stepped in. We were almost to the end of the street when we saw it: THE KATE SPADE store!!!!! I turned to Ashley and she new without me even saying anything; we had to step inside, just to see.

I love the Kate Spade style because of the colors and the clean lines. It’s edgy fashinionista meets sophisticated debutant! We strolled around a bit, looking, chatting, and then, like a beacon, we saw it. THE necklace. And next two it? A half off sign. I looked at Ash, and this might sounds silly, but kinda, a little bit, started to get emotional. I took it off the neck frame, claiming it, and walked right to the register, well, I made a stop for a pair of earrings, but clutched the necklace the whole time. It was mine. I was happy. I wore it out of the store, and Ashley and I joked and laughed about our experience in Boston and how the necklace would always be a part of it.

I do love all accessories, not just this particular necklace, and I do feel they, like they are intended, finish an outfit. Roy and Brittany, arrived to their Boston engagement shoot with the only accesories they needed: each other and true love!! Brittany, like most brides, at their engagement shoots, was a bit, hesitant to start shooting. In her own words, “It’s just that these pictures are so important. I want them to be perfect because we will have them forever!!” I was touched. She understood the power of the photograph, and I understood the power of both: the photograph and the accessory!!! I shared with Brit and Roy the story of my necklace, then I opened my jacket and showed it to them!! Then I told Brittany, whose outfit couldn’t have been more fitting, and again she didn’t need ANY accessories, that I wanted her to wear my new Kate Spade for the shoot. I was endeared to her even more by her response, “Really? Wow! That is so generous!!” The truth is what Roy and Brittany shared, what all my couples share, with me is so generous. They all share their hearts and their love stories. Each engagement I shoot, each wedding day I photograph, I take with me a metaphorical charm, and I add it to this great charm bracelet accessory. It, next to the Kate Spade, is my favorite accessory. To Brittany and Roy, and all the couples I have met or have yet to meet, thank you, from my heart, for sharing so much of yourselves with me. Thank you for letting me into your lives to be a part of the memories you will have forever!! I love you all so much and am looking forward to being a sparkling accessory to you both TODAY on your wedding day!!

Here’s to Brittany and Roy, their romance, and the necklace!!2014-01-27_0007

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Looking forward to more celebrating with Brittany and Roy, their family, and friend in July at their Santa Barbara wedding!! Much love to you both!! xx KJ

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