Dear Tiffany & Co.

Dear Tiffany & Co.,

I am not afraid of a shameless plug. I would like to pitch these two for your next ad campaign. Tell me you don’t see your Tiffany blue all over these. Tell me you don’t see your writers’ new muses, in front of your faces. I mean, if it’s love in a box that you’re sellin’, then baby, these two could push little blue packages with satin white ribbons in adorable crisp bags out your doors like they were the new drug. I’d walk in to any Tiffany & Co. and buy this love; if I could. Take that to your advertising team and see what they come up with, then swing back on buy (see what I did there ;)), for the rights to the images!!

I do love you Tiffany & Co. I believe ours would be a true love too!

Jokes in my pockets. Megan and Doug, if you could bottle up your love and sell it, we’d all get in line for just a taste!! Much love to you both!! xx KJ










Feeling Nostalgic

My good friend Ashley and I have been gathering images to help create and album for a bride and groom. I know the experience is different for each person, obviously, but I get so nostalgic looking back at images that I shot. I know what my role was while I was there, and I hope I execute it well each time, but when I review the photographs and I feel everything that was happening all over again, it makes me feel, well, like I wasn’t there as a vendor, but rather there as a good friend of the family taking pictures. I love that. This family imparticular has become quite dear to me. I recently photographed Shayna’s sister’s wedding (you’ll see it soon too), and I am great friends with their mom. We text regularly and meet at Starbuck’s regularly, just for fun! I love them all so very much, and am grateful how this work has provided me with opportunities to find the people who always needed to be in my life!

Shayna and Alex, I am sending you both a big hug. Thank you for sharing all of these gorgeous memories with me!! Both of you are so kind and so filled with generosity of spirit and mind!! Thank you again for welcoming me into your family!!!








































Shayna and Alex, I know you are truly happy. I see it every time we are together, but I wish you year and years and of hearts filled with even more happy than you could imagine!! Much love to you both!! xx KJ

Causes Eyes to Sparkle

I am working on some images from a wedding I shot a while ago. I have been meaning to share every wedding, right after I shoot it, so each special day and all my brides and grooms gets the love and attention they deserve. Then, well, my real life takes over and one of my favorite pastimes (writing) and posting (all these pretty pictures) is put on the side.

I was glad when April was in touch. I LOVED revisiting their wedding; it filled my heart. I hope it always fills theirs when they see these! Just a few from their portrait session!!

Much love to you both!! Thank you for sparking the nostalgia in me!

Just read this…thought it was sweet and true. Here’s to the feeling we all love to love!!


“A wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes the eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and the lips to pucker. “

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Meg and Matt. NO!!! It’s Megan and Doug, Darby and Brett, and Erin and Matt

Funny story…

There are so many Brides and Grooms in my life, and I LOVE it!! I have to super concentrate on wedding day so I get all their names right! ;) While prepping for a wedding in early September I kept calling the groom, Brett. The Bride, ALL her friends on FB, everyone, kept telling me the Groom’s name was Matt. It became a huge joke and we still laugh about it today!!… “Thank goodness Brett didn’t show and that you married the right person…Phewww!!!” Was funny. Still it. I love Erin and Matt so much! Their full wedding will be on her…someday. All these weddings will!! ;)

Then jump forward…I got a payment from a Doug. I referenced another bride I met with previous to her wedding that her Doug had made their payment because I had seen it come through previous to our meeting. “Doug?? Doug, who?” “I’m marrying Brett!!!” Yep, and I keep getting them mixed up. So ladies, what you need to know is that YOU know your man’s name!! ;)

Let me introduce you to Matt, Brett, and Doug…and their ladies of course!!

Matt and Erin…Sighhhhh, her dress fit her like a dream. #sweetestgirlever!!! #neverbeenthankedsomuch #neverhadagroomkissmychecktosaythankyoueverytimehesawme #wassweet,notweirdatall!! ;)

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Brett and Darby #hersmilewillmakeyousmilefordays #genuine,bothofthem,totheirverycenter #hottypatatties #giverscarerssharers

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Megan and Doug #shinebrightlikediamonds #complete #theybleedhappyhealthyandlove #petiteandohsosweet #oneofthebestgroomreactionsatseeinghisbrideever

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Kamee June Pre-Black Friday-Cyber Monday Annual Sale



(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:

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

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!!

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!!!

She, Her, Kara Keough Boz

If you know her, you are addicted. Even if you don’t know her personally you are addicted to her. She is just that type. You know the kind you meet for ten minutes but find yourself strangely magnetized to? And when you find out you get to spend more time with her on another occasion you get all giddy inside because you know she is going to make you feel like you are the only person in the whole world, even if you only get to talk to her for 30 seconds. That’s her. The one you never get enough of. The one you wish you always had more time with. The one who makes all the hard feel softer. The one who makes all the sad way happier. The one. Kara has been my friend for over a decade now (hard to believe, right Kar?).

She was first a student in my English class, then a yearbook staffer, and her senior year, the year I left teaching she was the yearbook editor. I knew, even though I didn’t see her every day that we would still be friends. There are certain people that come in to your life at a certain time for a certain purpose. Kara, for all these years, has continued to be in my life, and has continued to be as consistent as the tide and time.

I often think of how many of my former students, post graduation, have stayed in touch, and how our relationship shape-shifts from teacher/student, to true friends. One of my former students, Ashley West, is one of my very best friends. Kara, is another. The age gap doesn’t exist anymore.  Now we are just two people who share a mutual respect and love for each other and each other’s lives! Kara has become a friend who knows my heart and keeps it safe. I love her very much for that. She has helped me pursue dreams, has reminded me I have a place to fall, has kept my head on straight, and each time we are together, each time, she makes me feel like I am the most important and the most loved. I am am grateful for that. She is treasured in my life. I hope, I make her feel as loved as she does me.

Her wedding was just as we all expected it to be: gorgeous, breathtaking, and of course FUN!! What I kept thinking while I was there, however, was that nothing, not the dress, the shoes, the diamonds, the flowers, the details, cake, entertainment, nothing, was more beautiful than her and Kyle, and their relationship.

Kara IS the dress, she IS the shoes, she IS the cake, she IS and always will be the diamond!! This post is just for her!

I will share the rest (don’t worry, Kyle, your post is coming too!! I can’t promise it won’t be riddled with the funny things you say!! ;)) of the wedding soon!! I don’t know if she will ever know the depths and breadths of how important and special and loved she is by me, but I hope this touches the surface, just a bit!! Love you so much, Kar! Thank you for being so dear to me!! Thank you for sharing this time in your life with me!!













































Kar, You will always be a stunner, a charmer, an enchantress, and a warm soul and safe place!! Love you friend!!! xx Me

The rest, the two of the together, and all their pretty little details,are coming  up!!!



Promise, Promise: A Big Bear Elopement Love Story

Many of you have asked about the story of the bride in the flannel. I love that so many have been so curious! I know that Wray, would be happy to know that her story has been shared, in many uplifting conversations, many times, and after the telling of the story most respond either with welled eyes, or some kind of “Ohhh, that gave me chills!”, response!

When Wray and Cody were dating and she was trying to decide what to wear she would ask the quintessential question, “What should I wear? I have no idea what to wear!” Cody would always respond, “Wear my favorite flannel!!” So she would.

Hold right there for just a moment…

When Wray initially contacted me she was planning a regular wedding: lots of people, big party, etc. There was a shift somewhere in the planning that shapeshifted the entire wedding day. It went from formal celebration to intimate mountain elopement with a guest list that could be counted on both hands.

It is one of my most favorite weddings I have ever shot. Ever.

This is what I believe: I LOVE all weddings. ALL of them! Big, small, near, far, party, romantic dinner, formal affair, all of it, I LOVE!! This wedding was different because I feel it really captured the true reason weddings happen, to promise to live a life of honesty, integrity, service, devotion, and full purpose focused on one other person. It really all gets down to the vows that happen that day, the promises that are made!! I love, love the vow part. The part where they swear, where they “promise, promise”, as Wray and Cody would say, to love, that person the most, for the rest of forever.

Wray and Cody realized during their planning that a big event wasn’t true to their hearts or their romance, so they decided to elope to Big Bear to make their special promises the nearest to God you can get: in the gorgeous mountains, the fresh air, and the tall trees. They brought their closest people: parents, grandparents, and a few dear friends. What mattered to them most was that they were making that promise, their promise. Not that there would be a big fanfare after the fact. In reality, it was a very “spiritual” event. It was still, quiet, and one of the most intimate and truly romantic ceremonies I have ever witnessed. I am emotional thinking about it. Their love, their day, their families and friends have filled a few of the holes in my heart. Wray didn’t know when she hired me how much I was going to need her and Cody! She had no idea why I would need to be a witness to their wedding!! I am so grateful I was there. So thankful for the experience. Thank you Wray; thank you Cody!! Thank you for loving me and sharing this time with me!

Their preparation time was different as well. Everyone got ready together in a cabin they had rented for the weekend. They saw each-other prepping, Wray fixed certain things on Cody, got her man all set. We all chitty-chatted, laughed and relished in the happy we were all feeling while Wray’s finishing hair and make up touches happened (Her mom is a stylist; how special to have your mom do your hair on wedding day!!).





















Then there was a calm when everyone but Wray and her mom left to head to the ceremony site. This is another moment I love on wedding day, when mother dresses her child for her most special moment. As a mom myself I dress my kids every day. I have, obviously, since they were infants. There is a symbolism behind dressing your daughter on her wedding day, a significance much deeper, than we think: I have dressed you, cared for you, loved and nurtured you your whole life. I have covered you not only with literal clothes but also with the warmth of my heart. And now, I dress you one final time, wrapping you up in all the memories of your childhood and youth, all the moments, all the time, and all the space of your life, I pour it all back into you as I latch, wrap, and tie you beautifully into the last dress I will put you in.

There was a sweet stillness as Wray’s mom dressed her in her most beautiful dress of her life.




“We can’t forget the flannel!! That’s the most important part!”

I thought, “The flannel? Oh, maybe it’s a flannel piece of blue.”

Her mom reappeared with a flannel that had just come from the cleaners, pressed and ready for its next wearing. Its next wearing as a part of her wedding ensemble. Wray told me they bought the dress with this flannel in mind, that it was Cody’s favorite, and that she had to wear it on their wedding day!!

When a groom see’s his bride walk down the aisle to him, it is special, regardless. When she walks down the aisle to him wearing not only a beautiful gown, but also his favorite flannel, the emotions that evokes are truth, personified.











There is so much I want to share from this day, my heart is full again, remembering it all. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. One more thing before I do: Wray and Cody wrote their own vows, another touch I adore, they kept saying something different: I promise, promise…” I loved it. I knew it had sentiment to them and meant something. It was endearing, sweet, and made the promises they were making more, real, more solid, more emotional.

















I asked Wray if they would share their vows with me so I could post them publicly, because they were beautiful and because of the “Promise, Promises” they made. She, I am so grateful, obliged!

I also asked if she would share where the “Promise, Promise” came from. This is what she told me, “It’s hard to tell exactly when “promise promise” came about, because we’ve used it ever since. We were most likely having a serious talk about something in the beginning of our relationship and one of us asked, “Do you promise?” And the other responded, “Promise, promise.” It’s kind of like a pinky swear. It’s a double promise! You can’t break a double promise!”

I LOVED their double promises. Thank you for being willing to share them publicly here. May they inspire and touch the hearts of all those who read them.

I promise, promise not to be the best man I can or the sweetest, kindest, or most caring, but I promise, promise that I will always be the man you fell in love with. The man who stole your heart knowing all of the imperfections and struggles I came with.
I promise, promise to be your big booty boyfriend who didn’t know you even saw him come in (to The Coffee Grove) let alone watch him walk to his truck.
I promise, promise to be your best friend, your partner in crime, your soul mate.
I promise, promise to be understanding, loyal, and genuine, but most of all, I promise, promise to just be. To be who you need me to be then and there at any moment, at any time because just being who we are and doing us is what led us here. The most natural thing I’ve felt. Our love. Our relationship. Us.







Before I met you I had the strangest feeling that there was this huge love out there for me and it was right under my nose. And that morning when I saved your bagel I really had no idea how far that would take me, but now that I know you, I know that that was the greatest decision I could have ever made.
Our journey has been magical. From how unbelievably sore my cheeks were after our first date, to after you told me you love me for the first time and my body literally felt like that sparkly tornado thing that happens to Disney princesses.
I feel like everything in my life had lead me to this relationship. All of the heartbreak and sadness was so that I could laugh the hardest with you. Life with you is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I was, without a doubt, put on this Earth to love you.
With that being said…
I promise, promise to continue to laugh with you and keep you happy.
I promise, promise to hold your hand and walk with you through the darkest days and brightest moments.
I promise, promise to keep your belly full.
I promise, promise to be patient in times of change and the pace of which it comes.
I promise, promise to share your dreams with you and support you as you work hard to make them come true.
I promise, promise to always keep faithful to you.
I promise, promise to be the best parts of me that fit perfectly with the best parts of you.
I promise, promise you today and forever because I know that through our union we can accomplish more than I could alone.
I love you Cody James. Every time I think about how much I love you, I realize that I love you even more than before. 

I promise, promise to love you even more tomorrow and for the rest of our lives. 







Wray and Cody, I promise, promise I will never forget those moments, never, in all my life!! Or the rest of the day for that matter. Especially when Grandpa gave me that big smooch!! ;)














And just for the fun, let’s all flash back to this awesome moment from Wray and Cody’s day!! I got a big smooch from Grandpa!! Grandma said it was ok; so I went for it!! ;)


Everyone there was filled with such a great love for these two. Their favorite friends were our favorite friends by the end of the evening too.




My good friend and colleague Amanda Jane was with me for this awesome day!! She grabbed the next few shots!! LOVE the bridal party ones! Thank you Amanda!! So glad you were there!!






I shot this one while I could get all these party people to hold still!! ;)


Then there is the peaceful moment when everyone leaves but the bride and groom. There is a visible, sometimes audible breath because they are alone (well, kind of…).






















Their party was intimate, petite, and sweet; I would have expected nothing less to cap off the day!! We were welcomed as guests and treated like family.















To Wray, Cody, your families, friends, and especially Grandpa, I promise, promise I will remember this day forever, too!! May you continue spreading happiness, joy, friendship, and love to all you meet; you have touched my life and I am thankful! Thank you again, for sharing it all with me!! From my heart, thank you!! xx KJ

Chinese New Year

I am not really sure when the Chinese New Year was this year! But I know what today is; it’s Alex and Wes’s FIRST new year anniversary!!!  365 days ago the universe’s elements (and a lot of friends and family) aligned and combined for the nuptials of a truly special couple!! I don’t even have the words to tell you how special they are to me. I have tried writing this blog post in my head now for 365 days! I just can’t put my mind on the feelings and sentiments I have to share with you all to know what incredible people they are! They have touched my life, left their thumb prints on my heart, forever! We met through an unfortunate circumstance. That sounds odd, but it was actually quite fortuitous! I, was, actually, profoundly grateful they had had photography troubles! ;) We met for dessert, isn’t that quaint? They hardly knew me, and they chose to meet me for a baked good! Before I arrived I got an email warning me about Wes: “I never know what is going to come out of his mouth so I will apologize in advance!” I knew the evening was going to be a laugh at least! ;) I love when immediate connections are made. I love when immediate similarities rise to the surface of conversation, and I love when brand new friends make you feel like you have been friends since birth. I wanted to keep ordering dessert, keep chatting, keep enjoying a new found friendship! I walked away thinking, “I’d PAY them to shoot their wedding; I like them SO much!!” They met in a biology class at CSUF. Alex was all about her studies and Wes was all about making friends and making people laugh; Alex couldn’t be bothered and didn’t find anything about him funny. In fact, she’ll tell you, to this day, “He annoys  me, but I love the way he annoys me.” Wes, a smart guy, knew a good thing when he saw it and was determined to make her laugh. That biology class turned into a great chemistry between the two! And together they are the perfect fusion of people!! Alex is the type of person that gives presents to her guests on her birthday! She writes thank you notes for a thank you note written to her. She sends personalized notes to friends-just because. She thinks about you and then telephones or sends a quick text. She cares more about the people who fill her life than anything that has to do with herself. She learns your love language quickly and then she uses that knowledge to tell you that you are appreciated and special to her. She is lovely. She is graceful. She will make you laugh so hard you feel like you have done 200 sit-ups, and she can take a joke and allow others to tease her too!! She is witty, fun, wicked-smart, stylish, kind, and a model person and friend. I am so grateful she is one of mine. Wes, you are good people! If I asked you for your shirt, first you’d make a joke about how I needed to get a job to get my own shirt, then you’d say, “I’m kidding!!” and take off your shirt, give it too me, along with your Nike kicks, and any cash you had in your wallet. You look all tough, but you are as sensitive as they come and I love the way WE make fun of Alex!!! :) You are warm, generous, and you care about the good of people, especially Alex. I just texted Alex, right this minute, as I was typing this, and told her I was thinking of her!! She texted me right back! It was sweet and made my heart happy, just like these images do, and the fact that I was a part of their day, but have somehow, someway, been blessed to now be a part of their lives!! Alex and Wes, Thank you! Thank you for sharing all this joy and friendship with me! Thank you for opening your hearts and for sharing your mad, phat, rad, chemistry with me!!!! I love you both, very much!!!! Cheers and Happy 1st Anniversary!!!! I think some Kate Spade shopping is in order!! ;) Your first year anniversary images will shared properly soon too!!!  Much, much love, KJ 2014-07-19_0001

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Wedding Traditions According to Kamee June And Her Man Jaren

Most weddings have the same ebb and flow: get ready, get married, get dancin’! The majority include all the classic wedding traditions too: vows, cake cutting, first dance, etc.

At each wedding I wonder what the traditions mean. The funny thing is I have never looked or researched, which is so unlike me. I just keep shooting weddings and keep wondering why for centuries of time we have done the things we have done at each wedding. The other night I was editing and sorting through some very sweet first dance photographs. It got me thinking again about these wedding traditions. I really want to know how they started, why they started, and above all what they mean! They have to be symbolic of something! They have to mean something!!

While I was editing I looked up at my man, Jaren, and I started asking him questions about our wedding day. I was curious to know what he remembered about it, and how our memories compared; in true bride fashion: I remembered more! He remembers our food, and having fun taking photographs. He doesn’t even remember what I looked like! I had to prod to get that memory out of him!!  “Big, white dress.” Was about the extend of his memories of me! ;) Then I asked him what he thought all the commonalities found at weddings meant. Instead of going to the great Google God we, together, we came up with a few ideas about the wedding traditions that make me most curious!


Cutting the cake together!! What does this mean? Why cut a cake together? Jaren and I have cut ONE cake together in our life, that’s it. It’s not like we go around finding cakes to cut or like we make it a point to cut our children’s birthday cakes at their parties, together. Or like I make a cake out of nowhere, for no reason, and when it’s ready for slicing call up to him, “J, Darling, Dearest-Love, come down so we can cut this cake together, just as we did on our wedding day!!” What does it mean? Why cut the cake together??

Jaren and I decided it’s the first effort of doing things “hand in hand” and “side by side”: a major effort in marriage through every season of the life they have just committed to living together. The feeding each other the first piece of cake has always been enigmatic too. We figured that is representation of serving each other; I serve you, you serve me; I focus on you and not me, you focus on me and not you. Smashing cake, however, I am oblivious to that completely!

I love the first kiss as a married couple! I how many kisses have been shared previous to that kiss, innumerable ones: quick ones, silly ones, long ones, passionate ones, soft ones. Unless of course you are a member of the Duggar Family, and you wait for your first kiss for your wedding day when you are pronounced man and wife! We, Jaren and I, think this kiss, in front of all the people who love and support them the most, is a sign to them, a symbol of their romance, it’s a tender and open promise to everyone present that they will love, only the other, romantically, emotionally, and spiritually the rest of their days! I adore the first kiss as man and wife.

The next tradition and last one that J and I qualified is the first dance. When you attend weddings, stop what you are doing during the couple’s first dance and please watch them. Smile at their sweetness for each other. Listen to the words of the song they have selected as their song. Recomite yourself to love the person you love the most in this world on a deeper more emotional level, and, watch, watch how the couple dances together. Do they talk seriously? Do they talk at all? Do they look at each other and smile sweetly? Do they laugh? Do they wave at their guests and ignore each other? How to they move together to the beat of their song? The first dance, according to us, me and J, is seeing eye to eye, meeting in the middle, and still holding each other closer even if you don’t always agree or like the music the other one is playing, all while dancing to the ever changing rhythms of life. The couple’s first dance indicates to me, how they will take the staccatos and legatos that come after the happiest day ever!

Scott and Ashley’s wedding day was a symbol to me of true love and a perfect pairing of opposites made to be together. They fit perfectly. I was so happy to be there. I got emotional a couple of times being near their extraordinary respect and love for each other.

Their first dance was a tribute to them, a symbol of their mutual admiration for each other and their effort to keep in step with the other. They only looked at one another, and they way he looked at her, his wife, his one true person, would have made any heart melt. I know mine did, but I of course, was watching, like I always do- inspired by all love and the stories the accompany it!

To Ashley and Scott, thank you for sharing this time and this day with me! I was so happy to be there, so grateful for the experience! Thank you for touching my heart and for sharing your love!! May you continue to dance, regardless the beat, held on to the other and with much love!!







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This one, the way he looks at her says it all, she is his, and he will forever smile the way he does here, because he is hers.


Ashley and Scott, Thank you again, for sharing this time with me!! Much love, KJ



A Mother’s Prayer: Ilissa + Cody

I have a daughter. The sun rises and sets with her (It does with my son too; I adore both of my children, but there is something a little more resplendent about my baby girl; I hope you understand what I am trying to say. I don’t have a preferred child; I love them both equally. There is just something really special about my little doll. Maybe it’s just that she is so feminine, so into all things pink and pretty, so into glitter, sparkle, and pizzaz!). Larkin is only five, but in those five years of life I can assure you I have thought about her wedding day a time or two. Maybe because I attend so many or because I love weddings so much, regardless, I have to wonder. I have to think, what her day will be like. What choices she will make. What man she will walk to and hold on to forever. I know she is young and is learning basic ABC’s right now, but I hope she is also recognizing what it feels like to know love, be loved, return love, and to really feel it when she is in it!! I hope her father, brother, and grandfathers model how men should treat women; I hope the man she marries is deserving of her sweet and sparkly heart and soul. I pray she marries someone who will love her and take care of her as much, if not more (if that is even possible), than I do!! And I hope he cherishes her and carries her heart carefully their entire life!! We have time, she is still little, but it’s never to early to pray that someday the perfect person will make her the happiest she has ever been.

I feel blessed to be a part of all the weddings I shoot. I am so grateful that brides and grooms and their families trust me with their wedding day memories. My heart is so full when I book, shoot, and deliver images and albums because I am so genuinely grateful for the blessing of being a part of the experience. It feels almost sacred to me, like I am allowed to share the most important day weekend after weekend. My heart fills over and over and I am so profoundly grateful.

Ilissa and Cody’s day made my heart overflow. It was peaceful. There is a certain ebb and flow to wedding day, a rush and then a still. Their day was mostly still, mostly moments of taking it all in. Mostly just being present, in each second, drinking in the love and happy, the smiles and hugs. A complete stranger could have come to that wedding and told you that whatever event was happening on that Temecula Winery was special because of the way he felt being there!

At the end of the evening I made my rounds saying thank you and goodbye. I found Sandy, Ilissa’s mom, and gave her a big hug. I felt a little emotional just because it had been such a tangibly sweet day. I thanked her for sharing it with me and told her that it was so distinctively special. She said, “Oh, really? Thank you!! I was praying it would be! I prayed that it would be meaningful and memorable. The message the minister gave, the toasts from friends & family and just pure celebration with those closest to us just captured all our hopes!” Meaningful and memorable. How very lovely. It was so sweet to hear that, and to experience an answered prayer.

To Ilissa, Cody, your families and friends, thank you, from my heart. Thank you for sharing this day and time with me. I was so touched and so grateful to have been a witness to a perfect day. May these images always take you back. May they always remind you that prayers are answered and that happy hearts are shared with those you love. Thank you again for making my heart so happy!!! Much, much, love, KJ

Much love to you both Ilissa and Cody; may you have a lifetime of happiness (and lots of great dancin’)!! xx Kamee

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