03 Apr Just For Love Photography
I first met Kylie from Just For Love Photography Last year when a mutual friend of our asked us to work on a styled shoot together at kooroomba Lavender Farm. We instantly hit it off! Kylie has the most beautiful, sweet nature. She is genuine and kind. As a photographer Kylie has an eye for detail that is rare and her ability to catch the unique moments is impeccable. Her absolute love and care for her clients translates in every form of her being, which engages people from the other side of their screens.
When I decided to do a blog series on vendors that David and I love of course Just for love was one of the first names we came up with.
Here is a little more about Kylie –
Tell us a few tidbits about you. How did you get into Photography?
Oh gosh, where do I start. I suppose, my love for photography actually started when I met the love of my life, Nick who was a budding filmmaker at the time. Nick already had all the camera equipment and so, after I started to learn the basics and play with his gear – it was all a bit of a natural progression to want to develop my photography skills – which then led to developing it into a career & business. I often joke that becoming a photographer actually chose me, as it certainly wasn’t something I ever thought of ‘becoming’ – but now, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
What’s the story behind Just for Love Photography?
As far as JFL Photography goes, I’ve always been a romantic, so being a part of the day that a couple become husband & wife is a dream come true for me… so wedding photography was always the obvious choice. I’m really very lucky that most of my JFL couples find me via word of mouth, whether that’s other couples/friends or lovely vendors like yourself – so each year I’ve gotten busier & busier as more people hear about me – hopefully that continues as I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t doing this!
Why do love what you do?
More than anything I LOVE the opportunity to play such an important part of my JFL couples wedding day. I love getting to know them in the lead up (normally couples book me 12 months in advance, so we have an entire year to get to know each other!) and being the one trusted to document moments that will never happen again gives me the warm & fuzzies. I just imagine their kids and their kids, kids looking over the photos decades later as I do with my own parents wedding photos (mostly laughing at the puffy sleeves and styles that were ‘in’ back then but it’s so special to be able to look back in time at my parents younger selves!)
Do you have any career highlights so far?
A couple of years ago Nick and I shot a wedding in South Africa and got to spend 3 weeks travelling around with the couple and their closest friends. It was an amazing experience and an opportunity of a lifetime to see a beautiful country & document a wedding on a private game reserve, made complete with bridal portraits surrounded by giraffe & elephant. We still remain great friends with the couple and often catch up with them – reminiscing about such an epic trip!
What are your three absolute FAVOURITE parts of your job?
My JFL couples – and becoming friends with them (that includes a lot of coffee dates & a bottle of wine here and there!) I also run a private FB group for my JFL brides to connect, ask for advice and tune into FB live sessions that I do just for them, to try and help them as much as I can. One of my past brides actually called me their Wedding Fairy Godmother – which I LOVED. It tells me I’m doing a good job when they think of me like this!
Getting to travel and photograph in new wedding locations. I’m constantly inspired by new venues – there is something so exciting about photographing somewhere for the first time!
Photographing bride prep on the morning of a Wedding Day. I adore gathering all the pretty details together and photographing them in a way that you’d see in a magazine… every bride has their own style and I really enjoy the challenge of creating photos at such a high standard for them.
It’s Sunday Morning (and you have the day off). What would we find you doing?
If you had of asked me this last year, I would have said I was checking out new venues or catching up with my couples for a good coffee. While the good coffee part hasn’t changed, my private life has a little as I gave birth to a gorgeous little human in December… so now, Sunday morning are full off nappy changes, milk drunk smiles and baby fun with our little man, Spencer. I must admit, I do love this new ‘normal’ we’re in at the moment! It makes my home life even more fun than it was before!
Do you have some Words of Advice for clients-to-be?
I strongly believe that the most important element when choosing your wedding photographer is their style AND personality. Not so much what camera they shoot with or how much they cost (I know that comes into it, but roll with me here)…a photographer’s style needs to be in line with your own personal aesthetic, in order for you to love your wedding images. Do you want photos that are romantic using classic poses – look for that. If you prefer someone that is just documenting the day without much instruction, look for a more documentary photographer (that shows images of people interacting rather than looking at the camera). Don’t simply book off a recommended vendor list or use the photographer your cousin had because they were nice… make sure you do a little research first and check out their style – following that up with an in person catch up to see whether their personality is a good fit. There is no use booking a photographer if you don’t like them as a person, remember they’re going to be with you for 8, 10 or even 12 hours on the biggest day of your life so far – you want to like being around them!
If you could work on a major event what would it be? (if your wildest dreams could come true)
Not so much an event, but I would love to photograph some weddings in the States – they have some incredible venues (check out The White Sparrow barn on insta – @thewhitesparrow) and I also want to tick NZ off my bucket list. I would LOVE to do a wedding on the south island where we can take a helicopter to the top of a mountain for portraits – I follow some of the most amazing photographers that are based in Queenstown and oh. em. gee. Some of the mountaintop photos they get to take are just INCREDIBLE.
Who inspires you?
I do have some US photographers that I’m inspired by – but not so much for the photos they take (even though they are very talented) but more so by the way they run their business and personal life. I’m in a stage of life where I’m figuring out the balance now being a mum, owning a business and still wanting to deliver an exceptional experience to my couples… so photographers like Katelyn James & Jenna Kutcher I find very inspiring at the moment.