Announcement from Liana

Hello everyone! It’s Liana here, and I have a little bit of an announcement to make, so bear with me!

I need to start by saying that I absolutely LOVE weddings. I love photographing them, helping out the day of, and the whole process leading up to the wedding day. So naturally, when I found a job opening at Complete Weddings + Events for a Marketing Manager position, I immediately filled out the application. Once applied, I waited patiently to hear back from them. Three days later, I received an email to set up a first interview, and the rest flew by fast.

Last Thursday, I was offered the position out of 300 resumes, 20 first round interviews, and 4 second interviews, and I accepted.

I’m sure you’re all wondering why I’m taking time to tell you all of this, and I don’t blame you! The reason I’m explaining this to you all is because per conditions of my new role, I was required to sign a non-compete clause. What this means is past the two remaining weddings we have for 2019, I will no longer be able to photograph weddings. Now, this does not mean that K&L Photography will no longer cease to photograph weddings; it just means that the L part of the name is no longer there. Katie and I discussed this decision at length, way before my initial interview with Complete. Katie understood and agreed that she should still continue to run the business.

Again, let me stress that for our two October weddings, I will still be there! I explained this to the company and they allowed me to grandfather those two weddings in. I will still be editing photos and connecting with our current brides and grooms. However, as of October 20th, I will no longer be photographing weddings.

This was a tough choice, but the right one. This job opportunity is much more than just a paycheck to me; it’s what I want to do in terms of my career. I thank you all for your support, and again, Katie will be taking over all social media, emails, etc.!

Thank you <3
Liana

Re-Intros!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and Katie and I have decided that we needed to do a re-intro blog post! We’ve had a lot of new followers in the past several weeks, and even though they may know Katie or myself, we still want to share our stories! We created this handy bio sheet a while back for a wedding event, and it works perfectly for today!

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We also need to desperately update our headshots! Haha. We will definitely be doing that the next time we get together! We hope you enjoy getting to know us a little bit better, and look forward to getting to know all of you as well!


Fall Classic with a New Twist!

Hey there everyone! It's Liana here, and I've got a great post for you tonight! I'm taking a break from our regular families/engagements/weddings to share a new recipe I found! Recently the weather in St. Louis has been fantastic, so I've been going out to a local apple farm to pick my own apples! Last week I made up a couple of different desserts, and I wanted to continue that streak this week! 

I've been a follower of King Arthur Flour for a while now, and they post some great recipes and inspiration! The most recent recipe I found was Apple Crumble Slab Pie, and I wanted to make it a little bit easier on myself to make!

(http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/apple-crumble-slab-pie-recipe

The recipe calls for a homemade crust, but I switched that up! Instead, I bought two packages of pre-made sugar cookies (the pre-shaped ones!) and flattened those out to make the crust! Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T! I used a mix of Golden Delicious, Empire, and Jonathan apples for the filling. The recipe does call for Apple Pie Spice, a product that King Arthur sells, but there's a hack to that as well. It's really just a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon allspice. I used Vietnamese Cinnamon from Penzey Spices, which is 'apparently' the highest quality cinnamon you can purchase! (I used quotes because I don't necessarily know, I don't go around tasting cinnamon all day haha!) 

FILLING

  • 8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples; from about 3 1/4 pounds whole apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Instant ClearJel or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup boiled cider; or frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed*
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • *Boiled cider will yield much better flavor; but if you don't have it, use the concentrate.

For the apples, I have a great tool to help peel and core the apples in a snap! I purchased it off of Amazon a couple of years ago, and am just now getting it's worth! (To be fair it's only $16 or so!)

  1. To make the filling: Combine the sliced apples and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Instant Clearjel or flour, the sugar, spice, and salt. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples, stirring to coat. Stir in the boiled cider and melted butter. Set the mixture aside.

CRUMBLE

  1. To make the crumble: Stir together the oats, sugar, flour, spice, and salt. Work in the butter until the mixture is unevenly crumbly. Set it aside.
  2. Spoon the filling into the chilled crust, then top with the crumble.
  3. Bake the pie for 55 to 65 minutes, until the crust and crumble are golden and the filling is bubbling.
  4. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool; it will hold together better if you let it cool completely before serving. (Though honestly, who'll really take offense if you serve them a warm, slightly messy piece of pie?)

GUYS. THERE'S SO MUCH BUTTER. PAULA DEEN APPROVES. (I would imagine anyway..)

I baked this for 55 minutes, mainly because I was afraid the cookies might burn if I baked it any longer. I let it cool for about an hour, and then I just had to dig on in! 

IT'S DELICIOUS. OMG. It's better than I expected it to be! I really encourage you all to try this recipe out! You won't regret it! 

Welcome to the New Website!

Hey there everyone! We are so happy that you've stuck with us through the changes over the past couple of weeks ❤️️ We are very appreciative of each and every single one of our clients and followers! Without you all we wouldn't be where we are now. Over the next few weeks we will be adding previous blog posts, but we encourage you to still come visit and check them out! Katie and I want to make sure that everything is running smoothly, and that every part of our website is user-friendly! 

In honor of the new website, Katie and I wanted to share some fun facts about ourselves! 

Q. What is your favorite part about being a photographer?
Katie - I love the fact that people will hold onto our work for years and years to come, and it allows us to share in the most special times in a person's life. I love that I get to meet people I otherwise would have never met.
Liana - My favorite part about being a photographer is sharing in some of the happiest moments of people's lives! I love getting to capture the proposal, their engagement photos, and of course their wedding day! Being invited to share and capture those moments is such an honor, and I appreciate every single person who invites us. <3

Q. Other than weddings, what is your favorite subject to photograph?
Katie - I love capturing seniors and weddings! Seniors are always so much fun and always incorporate their true selves in the shoots and hearing about their future plans is exciting. Weddings are one of my favs due to the fact the couples are always in love and really living in the moment. The amount of happiness and love in the air is the best feeling in the world.
Liana - I absolutely love to travel, so landscapes have to be my next favorite! I love photographing the places I've been, printing them out, and reliving each trip every time I look at the prints hanging in my room! My goal is to travel to all 57 National Parks and photograph my way through them!

Q. Best memory with each other?
Katie - Honestly, there's too many to even count! Lol Liana has been of the greatest friends I could've ever asked for. One of my best memories with her though would have to be my wedding. She was one of 7 bridesmaids and I was so happy to have her standing next to me the day I said "I Do". At the reception I was having some trouble dancing due to my giant dress, so her and our friend Erica each grabbed an arm and spun me around and we danced and laughed! <3
Liana - Oh my gosh, where do I even begin? Haha. Katie and I have been friends for close to 6 years, and we've shared so many good times, especially with college! I think one of my best memories with Katie was when her then-boyfriend, Beau, asked me to photograph his proposal and she had no idea. However, there was a time during the photo shoot where I thought she would find out! It was October and a little chilly out, so she put Beau's jacket (ahem, the jacket that had the GIANT ring box in it) around her shoulders. I quickly scooped in under the jacket with her to stop the box from touching her! Shortly after that, Beau dropped to one knee (almost dropping the ring with him) and the rest is history! 

We look forward to this year, and the amazing couples and families we will be photographing!