Summer is here and we are out and about doing what we love like it’s our job! (Wait a minute…) One of the best parts about our job is meeting with future KJAD Couples, getting to know them, and being given the opportunity to create for them during their engagement session. So, while we spend the weekends capturing the weddings of our 2022 Couples; during the week, we’re in full portrait session mode, including spending time photographing engagement photos!
Earlier this year, we wrote a blog on the “How To’s” when it comes to Winter Engagement Sessions (psst..click here if you’re planning ahead), and now that the sun is out and the warm weather is here to stay, its time to give spring and summer sessions the same love! Only this time…it’s a series. Starting with Kendra + Matt at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Here is how Matt proposed in Kendra’s words:
“Matt and I met during our time together on Luzerne County Council. One day, he told me we were going to the courthouse to support his dad for an award he was receiving..there was no award, but Matt proposed in the place where it all started! Our families were waiting close by to celebrate!”
And that all led to us meeting at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion in May to capture these early summertime engagement photos. We are so, so excited to celebrate with them in 2023!
It’s the second installment of our Summer Engagement Session Series! Now, this was technically a Spring session just as the trees were coming back into bloom, but with the beautiful blue skies, sunshine, and lush greens of the Huntsville Golf Club, how could we not include Marlee & Tim’s photos!?!
This session with Marlee & Tim kicked off our Spring/Summer engagement photo season, and what better way to take in the sun than with these two on a golf course? When the days are getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the greens are greenin’, golf courses/clubs are a great place for engagement photos during mid-spring to early summer. So, if you and/or your partner are members of Huntsville Golf Club, Fox Hill Country Club, Glen Oak Country Club, Glenmaura National Gold Course, or one of the other local clubs, these are beautiful locations to keep in mind for really any portrait photography session.
As for Marlee & Tim, we can’t wait to celebrate with them in 2023 !!
Steve is now featured on Shotkit! Shotkit is a great resource for photographers in any field at any skill level to get an in-depth look at the gear photographers around the world are using everyday! Photographers can get advice, read reviews, view tutorials, and much more and we’re so happy to be a part of this community! To see Steve’s Shotkit, click here.
A few weeks ago we posted 50 photos on our Instagram Story that we submitted to the 2022 Shoot & Share, and the results are in!! 9 of the 50 we submitted across multiple wedding categories received accolades. Check them out below! Scroll all the way for our highest awarded photo. =]
Looking back on a winter that brought more frigid, chilly temperatures than whiteout snowy days, we thought it might be good to offer advice and ideas on how to turn unpredictable Pennsylvania weather into long lasting memories.
Pick A Few Possible Dates… Pencil in 2-3 dates to anticipate schedule changes. Of course we will do our best to make the primary date work, but set aside another day or two backup days in case of heavy snow or blistering temperatures.
Dress Warm… We know, we know, it sounds like an obvious one, but hear us out. You won’t want your entire photo gallery to feature winter coats, and if we’re outdoors the shivers can hit quick. So, sweaters, flannels, long sleeves are all good for when we ditch the jackets. Don’t worry though, we’ll get everything set and ready to go, then bring you into the frame so you’re not bearing the cold for too long. We do our thing, but also do what we can to keep you as comfortable as we can.
Location, Location, Location… City strolls, nature walks, holiday lights, or warm and comfy in-home sessions are things to consider! Think of what best fits you as a couple and choose from there. You can see a few examples of places we photographed some awesome couples this past winter. =]
I’m so so so thrilled to be sharing this bit of “steve news” with you.
For the past five years, I have been aware (and mostly obsessed) with an international photographer’s collective called “Fearless Photographers”. The incredible work found on this curated site is all around stunning, inspiring, jaw-dropping, and most definitely filled with compassion, not only from the subjects, but clearly the photographers. In my opinion, it’s an extraordinary group of top notch, seasoned, photo pros that without question, love-love-love what they get to create. And I needed to be a part of this group. I wanted in, and to do so, I had to know the password at the door or even just the fancy members-only handshake. Truthfully, I had to continue to care for my profession and art and continually try to create long lasting impactful photos.
Over the past five years or so, I have had the drive to become a Fearless Photographer. With every photo, edit, and wedding photo gallery I delivered I wondered if I had what those photographers listed on Fearless had:
The ability to capture the magic in love.
To see a scene like no one else.
To be confident enough to get even closer.
To be gutsy enough to be farther away from it all.
To truly be patient.
To be even more predictive.
To be a little braver than before.
To be an even better technician by the end of each day.
And as a personal goal, to be more accommodating, caring, careful, and above all – expressively appreciative.
So finally, after too many years, I applied..and guess what?
I am now a FEARLESS PHOTOGRAPHER!!! I now know the secret handshake, and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank you for your continued support of me and KNOT JUST ANY DAY. We always have so many exciting things going on and with that comes opportunities for our couples, our community, our crew, and other creatives. You can see my profile here!
If you are interested, be sure to check out our newest subsidiaries of KJAD on Instagram and Facebook.
For business and professional portraits inquiries – @corporatebyKJAD
For families, kiddos, senior sessions and more – @portraitsbyKJAD
For wedding planning and coordination – @planningbyKJAD
For wedding invitations and all things stationery related – @paperbyKJAD
Did you know you can have a KJAD Photographer at your Bridal Shower to document all the memories the day brings!? That way you’ll have a whole gallery of photos of you with your loved ones to look back on time and time again. Better yet, your friends, family, and bridal party can stay in the moment and spend the day without worrying about if there are enough photos to have and to share!
Here’s just a small sneak peek at what we captured at Michaela’s Bridal Shower at The Banks in Pittston, PA.
As we close out the week and the 2021 season here at the KJAD studio, it’s impossible to look back and not be so tremendously grateful for our couples, crew, and families. We are thankful for everyone who made KJAD a part of their day (and lives) this past year. We navigated so much uncertainty together as you planned your weddings, and at the end of each day, we were able to do what we love with each other for genuinely great people.
Our mantra here is that we take the time to get to know you and what’s important to you, so we can make your wedding as wonderful as you’ve always hoped it would be, down to the smallest detail. Every kind word, review, holiday card, recommendation means so much to us, knowing that we were there for you in such a meaningful way. So, thank YOU. Not just for the kind words but for your trust in us. For giving us the opportunity to archive such important moments and create timeless art you’ll cherish for a lifetime. We’re excited to share more of our year with you as we plan an exciting upcoming 2022.
Thanks again…so so much,
the KJAD crew
Whether we were traveling to New York City, Colorado, the Jersey Shore, and more to be Destination Wedding Photographers or photographing, filming, and planning weddings here in NEPA, we were so happy to be out doing what we love. Scroll to see selfies, our travels, fun moments with our couples, fun moments with each other, how we captured the moments, and lots more.