August 27, 2014

Thinking about having your portraits taken?  Come on….I know you have.

Scheduling family portraits is always first in our minds but last on the to-do list.  Why is that?  Why don’t we just nail down a few dates, call the photographer, and *poof* (no pun intended) get it done?  I wonder sometimes, if freezing moments in our minds is better than having a tangible print to hold?  You know, something visible to look at, touch, and remember.  Something that shows time has passed. Life went on, and the children have grown.  I wonder sometimes if it’s too painful to document a happy family, because we all know, it’s not rainbows and butterflies daily.  But then again, it’s the happiness and joy we give and get from our loved ones that make our life worth living.  They make waking up everyday and finding immense gratitude in the small and big moments that fuel our creativity, make us dream bigger, and give us inspiration to keep going.   Why wouldn’t we want to celebrate and document that kind of love, happiness and joy?    Why leave those treasured memories in the corners of our mind?

Lately, I’ve been so busy with life and work, that I haven’t made the time to truly watch my children play and be happy in the moment with them.  I’m going to challenge myself to pull out my camera and capture who they are before another month goes by.  I challenge you to do the same!

I challenge you to call me and let’s discuss capturing your family now. Just as they are. Before another season is gone. I can’t wait to talk with you!

All for now!

~K

August 10, 2014

Yep. I heard it.  Those dreadful words that I don’t hear often!  “Mom, I’m board!”

Now these words weren’t spoken by my 9 or 6 year old, but by my 15 year old!  Come on now!  The first thought that came into my mind, “why can’t you find something to do?”  But I didn’t say that as I quickly switched into Cruise Director role.  I glanced at our Summer Bucket list and found crawdad fishing, sprinkler park fun, and Olson’s Ice Cream parlor.  I told the kids to prepare for fun in Chippewa and to call friends!

Visiting Chippewa Falls is a yearly Summer activity for my kids.  I know first hand how hard it can be to create your own fun in Eau Claire, and sometimes suggesting the Fairfax pool again is not what your kids want to do.  If you’ve never tried crawdad fishing in the creek at Irvine Park, think about taking your kids on a new adventure.  Just make sure you stop for ice cream or lunch at Olson’s Ice Cream.  I guarantee you won’t hear “I’m board” from your kids that day!

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What’s on your Summer Bucket list?

I hope you’re able to scratch things off in these last few weeks of Summer.

All for now!

~K

July 31, 2014

I’m struggling.  There I said it.

I’m struggling to find my voice.  Actually, just struggling with how much information do I share in the public arena.

I miss blogging.  I miss sharing my life in images.

As my children keep growing at such a rapid pace that I can’t even keep up, I’ve become very protective about what I share.  Knowing that I have almost 2 teenagers in my home, I’ve become more respectful of their private lives, so I’ve chosen not to share personal images.  This is what I’ve struggled with.  I’ve withdrawn from sharing on my personal Facebook page, and obviously, here on my blog. It almost feels like I’m not a proud parent.  But then again, I have found while teaching my children about being social media savvy, the lines have become blurred somewhere in the middle when sharing fun, endearing, or proud parenting moments, it’s misconstrued as bragging.  I sure don’t want to be know as “that parent.”  My solution is to ease back into blogging, posting once or twice a week either a past client session or spinets of my life.  I think I’ll be able to find my happy medium by doing this.

Recently I took the kids swimming at Coon Forks County Park, and we stopped at Tep’s Drive-In for lunch.  If you have yet to make the drive toward Augusta this Summer, I suggest doing so. It’s close, easy, and fun for with the kids!

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Thanks for checking in with my blog. I do appreciate my loyal readers.

All for now!

xx K

July 11, 2014

OK… So now you’ve booked your daughters senior session with Kathryn Rose Images!  Woo-Hoo! That first step was easy.

Now your beautiful daughter is trying to convince you it’s time for a full on shopping spree!  Hold it right there!!  Together, browse through your daughters’ closet and find what you love and looks best on her.  Next, ask her what she loves, and to pull it out.   Together, you both have selected two outfits.  Most of the time…ok, all the time, mother and daughter’s agree on the fashion.  I have yet to come across anything different, but there is always a first. (keeping my fingers crossed) When we talk about fashion, I always suggest dressing in layers.  Dressing in layers makes your images that much stronger in texture and colors. Not to mention, my lovely subjects look complete and polished.

Below you’ll find a few simple examples I found on Pinterest.     You’ll see how adding a scarf, cardigan, or jean jacket can be simple ways to add creative textures and color to her outfit choices.  And for the young girls who don’t care about fabric layers, I would suggest accessories.  Keep in mind, only add accessories, if they are truly your daughters style and she honestly wears them in her everyday life.  After all we want her portraits to be be authentic and shout…Simply Her!

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As you see from the example above, I used my Mallory’s, everyday fashion to serve as a suggestion.  Let’s break it down a bit.

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Here are 5 Simple steps to perfect layers from Lauren Conrad’s Blog.

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top. I suggest a solid, something neutral, or striped.
  2. Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. If you’re into color, this can be a great opportunity to mix in a bold pullover to give your outfit more intrigue and depth.
  3. Then add a jacket or coat. Again, I suggest a basic color: camel, black, navy, or even olive green.
  4. Next, add a scarf. It’s like the frosting on a cupcake. A must!
  5. Sprinkle on your accessories (bracelets, rings, watches).

 

So…before you hit the stores, look in your daughters closet first!  Chances are, she already has a look that’s all her own hanging in her closet!

All for now!

~K

July 7, 2014

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Nothing gives me more pleasure then to walk into a clients home and see how they’ve displayed their portraits.  I love it when clients see themselves as art.

All for now!

~K

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