• Now is the Time!

me over TWO YEARS to get this project done! TWO! Want to know why? Because this is too big of a project to start from scratch! Making a 40+ guide for my brides wasn’t something that I could just make happen overnight…. and because it was so overwhelming, I avoided it. I would work on it for two or three days and then I would hit a wall and stop. After two years I realized I needed to dedicate a full week to creating this thing. I was so disappointed in myself for not getting it done. It was the never disappearing item on my to-do list and it was hanging over me. It was the one thing in my business that I just couldn’t seem to conqueror.

I knew I needed to have something to send to my brides when they booked with me. I wanted it to be educational, helpful and personal. I love the idea of mailing a wedding magazine to brides but a standard wedding magazine that comes off of the shelves from Barnes and Noble isn’t from me! I wanted to send them something that would educate them and help them plan a wedding that made for a GREAT photographic experience! People ask me all of the time, “So how do you take so many bridal detail shots?! Does your bride have all of her details waiting for you? How do have so many portraits of the bride and groom?” …. It all stems from educating your brides. We have found that even though we have blogged DOZENS of “Wedding Wednesday” posts for our brides, the Bridal Guide is most effective form of education!! One of my favorite stories from 2014 was when a bride wrote this in her timeline:

“2-2:15 : “The Window Effect” Time”

I honestly didn’t know what she was talking about and so I asked her! She said “Oh you know, page 14… “The Window Effect!”. Hilarious! I loved it! She read her Bridal Guide and built in bridal portrait time into her timeline!! That’s a sure sign that the Bridal Guide is working!

So not only did I finish my own bridal guide with 40+ pages of content plus several pages to display portfolio work….I created a TEMPLATE! So now ALL photographers can have their own bridal guide! AND! It’s not just the template, you can purchase the content as well. Now you will need to make sure you customize it a bit but overall, the hard work is done. I have been so relieved and encouraged to hear that other photographers are finally getting their bridal guides accomplished because of this template!!!  I know how GREAT it feels to finally have a magazine done and ready to ship out and so I’m so thankful that others are able to feel the same thing!!

Speaking of other photographers who are finding the Bridal Guide handy, here are some working files from Abby Grace!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what these look like PRINTED!

And this is a PRINTED guide from Brianna Venzke!!! I just love her style!! It’s so fun to see other photographer’s images in our template! They look amazing!!!! 

Gah! Look at that timeline page!!! 

So gorgeous!! 

There are two options for purchasing the Bridal Guide:

1. The Bridal Guide PDF : You can purchase the PDF as if you were a KJ Bride and have a digital copy of your own!

2. This is the way to go! You can actually purchase our ENTIRE Bridal Guide…. content and all! This means that if you want to educate your brides like we do, you can! Just insert your own images into the magazine template, make a couple wording tweaks here and there and you’re done! There are over 40 pages of educational content included… not to mention a beautiful design! (If I do say so myself!:)

Get something DONE during your off season and start your bridal magazine HERE!!! 

xoxo, Katelyn
14 Comments Photography
  1. Jill reply

    can I ask where you get your Guide printed? I purchased your PDF version the day you released it but lately am considering the rest too!!

  2. Michele reply

    Love the PDF version- I’m also considering getting the editable version. This is gorgeous.

  3. Candi reply

    Where do you print? I’ve made one but looking for a place to print good quality!

  4. Allison reply

    Hey Katelyn! I purchased this a while back and I love it!! One catch for me was that I have Photoshop Elements (not the full photoshop program) so it won’t let me change out the images since the layers are locked… thoughts on how I can fix this??

  5. Caitlin reply

    La la love!! So beautiful and educational! Where do you get something like this printed?! :)

  6. admin reply

    @jill We have them printed through and we LOVE them! Highly recommend them! More info about that part of the process is in the packet once you purchase!

  7. admin reply

    @candi is the BEST! amazing color and quality!!

  8. admin reply

    @caitlin is awesome! We print everything through them!

  9. elizabeth. reply

    Go Katelyn! This is so beautiful + I’m sure your brides LOVE it. :D That story about the “window effect time” is awesome, haha =)

  10. ashley reply

    i need this in my life!

  11. Lauren Jones reply

    I’m with Allison, I have Photoshop elements. I haven’t bought the template however, but I didn’t know that I couldn’t be able to change the photos.. could you help??

  12. Jill reply

    Thanks so much for the printing info!!!

  13. Abby Grace reply

    Katelyn thank you SO MUCH for offering the bridal guide to other photographers! I’d been hoping to create something like this for my couples but had no idea where to start, so you offering your guide was SUCH a life saver. I can’t wait to get my butt in gear and finally finish mine during the off season!! And thank you so much for sharing some of my working files- seeing a few of my images on your site always makes me feel the need to pinch myself :).

  14. Sabine Lange reply

    I really like your bridal magazine a lot. may i ask you to send me a piece to germany? that would be very great. i am really looking forward to your response.

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