January 29, 2016

I felt the need to be creative last week. But not “wild creative” where I get models, have them dress up, wear funky make-up and stuff like that.  That’s “wild” to me…just had to explain that.  Since I’m heading back to work next week, I was thinking about my portfolio.  I don’t really have any winter images to make it very diverse. So… I put out a model call! BAM!

I couldn’t have been more pleased who answered who answered my call.  I met some of the best young ladies early this week. I emailed each of them what I was looking for, how I would like make-up applied, how to dress.  They all stepped up to the plate!

I really have to thank their parents for raising such amazing young ladies!  They all followed direction and were wonderful!  It’s so easy for me to become cynical in this world via the countless news report apps I subscribe to. Then here I am going about my daily life and just like that…I find myself photographing 14 amazing young ladies who will make a wonderful impact on society and in their communities in a few short years!  Yes. They were all beautiful in their own way and you can see that from the posted photos.  But know when you look at these images….I truly saw a glimpse of the amazing woman to come!  And just like that…my faith was restored.

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Thanks for stopping by!

xx ~K


January 29, 2016

Let’s talk.  And I mean…let’s keep it real.

(breath in and out) In May of last year my loving and amazing mother passed away.

I was by her side until she took her last breath.

It was an amazing experience to have with her.  I’ll be forever grateful.

Since then, I have felt a bit lost in my life. Some days just going through the motions of grief.

Then I was reminded of a song Joni Mitchell once sang about, and in a flash I understood the meaning.

“I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day”

Living everyday.  To be truly present in the lives of my loved ones.  Since May, I can honestly say, I have loved so much more deeper. And that it was deliberate.

I have found happiness again in creating beautiful portraits for others.

I held my first teenage model call on Tuesday. I just wanted a few new girls to step in front of my camera and and be willing to try anything new.  I was blow away by the response. I was blow away by their beauty. I was blow away at how hard these girls worked to make things happen for them.  But what I loved most of all…our laughs together.  Just working out poses and looks.

I found I was happy creating portraits again.

I loved they were thankful. Excited. Respected.

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Thank you for stopping by!

All for now.



January 27, 2016

Well…I’ll be getting back to the swing of things next week.  My much needed creative break will be over and I’m anxious to get make into the studio to create, cultivate and dream.

To help me cultivate being creative, I offered a model call to high school students last week knowing they were off on Tuesday.  I was blow away by the response.  I spent 5 hours in and out of the snow yesterday and my feet were wet and numb when I was done…but I had the best time with these young ladies! I can’t wait for you to see what I captured.

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To the young ladies I met today. Who wanted to try something new, just for kicks. Who helped me out and trusted me with a vision even if it doesn’t work out. Your enthusiasm was contagious and amazing. I appreciate each one of you. Thank you for being comfortable in your own skin and showing up! You’ll learn as life moves on …that’s half the battle. Over the next few weeks I will slowly show you what YOU look like through another eyes.

xx ~K

January 21, 2016

Hey there!  Let’s talk about those holiday portraits you have but… are not displayed.

Since I’ve started organizing my professional portraits of my children a few weeks ago, I’ve come across quite a few Christmas and Easter portraits.  Now, these portraits are not what I want to display yearly in my home. But I also don’t want them to sit in a plastic bin for the next 50 years!

My creative solution was to find holiday frames to complement my portraits and then pack them with my Christmas decorations. Then next year, when I’m decorating my house for the holidays I can pull out these sweet framed memories.

Right now since the stores are wanting to get rid of their excess holiday merchandise, you’ll probably find some excellent buys on clearance frames.  I went in search of such frames the other day and found Kohl’s to have an abundance on clearance. (Oh Yeah…I hit the mother load!)  Plus I had my 30% off coupon.  Score! I was looking for more timeless frames, but did pick out a few cute frames.  Gotta love that little elf frame. (wink)

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I found 8×10’s, 5×7’s, and cute hanging ornaments frames.  I did need more 8×10 frames but I couldn’t find any that I liked. But I’m off to a great start! And that’s what I need…progress.

Once all frames were cleaned, I was ready to add my portraits.

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In the photo above I was adhering a 4×6 portrait to a 5×7 photo mat. Using Scotch tape is a HUGE NO-NO!  Unless it’s acid free!  I prefer the cute photo stickers above and they’re acid free so my portrait will be safe and not deteriorate over time.

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TA-DA!  All done!

Another idea I also would like to do is frame my yearly Christmas card I send out. I just think that would be another cute way I can watch my family grow and remember them through the years.

Let me know if you have a unique idea to preserve your holiday portraits from years ago.

Thanks for stopping by!

All for now.

xx ~K

January 20, 2016

Hey there!  If you’ve been following along you’d know that the month of January has been set aside for me to catch up on my personal photo projects.  Yep…that’s right…I get the entire month!  I’ve made some good progress, but I have plenty left to do.

As I’m organizing my children’s professional photos that have been taken over the years starting in 1999 with my first baby, I have come across damaged portraits.  In 2010 our basement was flooded and since I stored all of my treasured photos (professional and candid) in the cardboard photo boxes you find at Micheal’s, a few items were ruined. At that time I didn’t throw anything away. I let everything dry out and then placed everything “declared” of value in a bin for safe keeping.  Now that I have the time to look everything over properly I’m finding portraits destined for the trash and I’m ok with that!

Here’s why.

The family photo you see below was taken in 2006 (10 years ago!) while on vacation with our extended family who are not pictured. You can see where the discoloration is at the top and bottom of the photo, it’s brown and water-damaged.  YUCK! I have no problem throwing this image away because this photo wasn’t printed on professional paper and that’s why it looks the way it does.  At the time we made our portrait purchase my family also bought the digital disc in addition with the portrait order and that’s why I was able to make copies at the Wal-Mart lab. Knowing I have a disc of this image somewhere in a bin gives me the confidence to throw this cute family image away and move on.

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Now let’s talk about print quality.  In the photo above you see a small wallet photo of my cute girl and my damaged family portrait.  As you know, the family portrait was printed at Wal-Mart’s 1 hour print lab, and my cute daughters portrait came from a professional studio, printed on professional paper. Her photo also has water damage but you can’t really tell and the color quality stayed intact. If this was the only photo I had of her I would definitely keep it.  How and where you get your photos printed is very important if your thinking about future generations viewing your treasured portraits.

I have now made myself a note to find the said family portrait disc from 2010 and create a more professional copy for each of my kids. But the realization is….if I never find the disc or take action on printing this image again it will be lost forever and I have to be ok with that.

Thanks for stopping by.

All for now!



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