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Monday, December 17, 2007

Its a Marshmellow World

I made it! Lab deadlines have come and gone, and all that's left is to make sure everything is picked up before Saturday. I am feeling much merrier now that I don't have hours and hours of work hanging over me. Last week we had an awesome snowstorm that dropped perfect snow all over us. Although we get the white stuff regularly all season, this kind of deep, packing snow only seems to happen two or three times a winter (if we're lucky.) This is the kind of snow that kids dream about, and Christmas carols are written about. It brings neighbors out of their houses, and invites them to play outdoors together. These are the days I hope my kids remember, and make me so grateful to be a photographer!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Kindred Spirits

You know those kind of people who come into your life, by some strange chain of events, who end up becoming some of your closest friends? I met this wonderful couple through a referral from a florist when M was planning her wedding. I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph their wedding, and since then, they have been successfully assimilated into the "Doman Vortex" of people we love. They are truly kindred spirits to my husband and myself, and I don't know if you'll ever find a bigger group of nerds as the four of us together. I can't wait for our next Lord Of the Rings Risk tournament! You guys are going down... again...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No, I haven't dissappeared...

...I'm just working like a mad-woman trying to get all the orders in before my lab's deadline. I thought I'd give a quick post for the benefit of A, who is leading my "#1 fan" list at the moment because of all the referrals she has given me this fall. I know she has someone specific in mind to show this cute little guy to. This is my nephew who is completely obsessed with trains. We did his 2-year old session at the Tooele Train Museum, and it was so much fun! He was the most co-operative 2-year-old I've ever photographed. What a charmer!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

These are some images that I took of my dear friend and her boyfriend in California last week (see previous post!) I was really intimidated creating portraits for a dazzlingly talented photographer, but I'm pretty proud of the results! R and G, I can't thank you enough for such a great day. I'm serious about the cooking at my house next thing. G, be warned: my husband is WICKEDLY competitive when it comes to card and board games.

Obsession at its Finest

I became a photographer because I am first and foremost obsessed with photographs of myself and my loved ones. I know, it sounds a little Narcissus-esque, but I've always had kind of a lousy long-term memory unless I associate it with an image. So what does a photographer do when she needs portraits of her family and herself? Well, fortunately, I have had the privilege of associating with some of the finest photographers in the nation, and for some reason, they are also some of the most generous and loving people as well. Here's two stories of my recent portrait experiences in chronological order:

Allison is one of three women in our state to hold the title of Master Photographer. She's also the youngest person ever in our state to achieve that status. She's won multiple national awards, teaches classes to other professional photographers, and has one of the most creative and original-thinking minds of any business person I know. You'd think all this awesome-ness would go to a person's head, but not so with Allison. She remains practical, easy-going, extremely generous, and most importantly, fiercely dedicated to her family. I've had the honor of being able to help her with some of her post-production work, and the education and support she gives me is worth far more than my salary. After I tried (and FAILED MISERABLY) to do my own family portraits, she galloped to my rescue and created my favorite family portrait ever. Check out that incredible lighting and gritty urban background! It's completely different than anything I've ever seen before, and I LOVE it! Yes, this is going on my Christmas card this year, so enjoy it twice! Check out Allison's blog and website for more phenomenal portraits: http://www.englishphoto.com/.

The other photographer in my life is Rachel. She and I kind of went through "photography high-school" together, meaning we worked at the same portrait studio together for about 3 years as "sales associates". We had similar educational backgrounds, but very different photographic styles. Just like high-school, those three years were filled with all kinds of emotional upheaval and life-changing experiences for both of us. The kind of events that cement people together forever. I recently had a chance to visit Rachel and her boyfriend in California before my husband and I departed on our 10th anniversary cruise. They took us on the full Southern CA experience complete with In-N-Out Burgers, Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood walk of fame, and Pinkberry frozen desserts. The best part, though, was just hanging out with two people who were really fun to be with. I asked her to take some "10-years later" snapshots of my husband and myself, and what she created makes me cry, they're so beautiful. I don't think anyone (myself included) has ever been able to capture the absolute essence of my husband the way she did: his teasing smile, his "I adore you" stare, his tickle face... These images reflect how our children will remember their Dad, and how I'll always remember my Luv. Go check out Rachel's blog for more images from this slice of a perfect day: http://www.rachelthurston.blogspot.com/.

These portrait experiences have reconfirmed to me how important my job is, and how lucky I am to be able to create these same kinds of experiences for other people. I know you hear me say all the time, but I am completely sincere when I say I feel very humbled and grateful every time I am given the opportunity to create portraits for other people.

Christmas Portrait Deadlines

'Tis the season for portraits! Without fail, every year I have someone call me a week before Christmas, wanting to give a portrait as a gift, and I have to tell them they've missed the deadline already. In an effort to try to avoid that kind of disappointment this year, I'm posting my Christmas deadlines here so everyone knows what to expect. Please pass the word along to anyone that you've given a referral, or who may not check the blog regularly. Please remember that Christmas is my craziest time of year, and although I will try to accommodate any request, I am only human, and have limitations. I also have a family that I have to attend to, and I'm sure they would appreciate it if we could avoid any lynching. Thanks to everyone who responded to the October Location Portrait Event! It was a record-breaking month for me. I can't wait to see all those awesome custom Christmas cards in my mailbox!! :-)

Deadlines include the day listed until 9:00 pm. I accept orders via phone, email, or in person by appointment only.
Last day to have your portrait created in order to receive portraits by Dec 22nd: Nov 21.
Last day to order portraits in order to guarantee their delivery by Dec 22nd: Nov 24.
Last day to order custom Christmas cards in order to guarantee their delivery by Dec 22nd: Dec 7.
Last day to order KD Portraits Gift Certificates (in any amount) in order to guarantee their delivery by Saturday, Dec 22: Dec 20.
I will be available for Portrait delivery appointments Monday's through Saturday's as my schedule allows, until 9:00 PM on Saturday, Dec 22.
I will not be available for portrait delivery appointments either Sunday, Dec 23, Monday, Dec 24, or Tuesday, Dec 25.

Take care, and Please call or email if you have any questions.
Kris Doman
(801) 556-1661

Friday, November 2, 2007

Adios, Muchachos!

I am going to celebrate my 10th anniversary with my HOT husband, so I will not be available until the 12th. If you need to drop me a note, please e-mail me: kris@kdportraits.com. You can also leave a message on my voice mail if you prefer. I'm going to leave you all with a sneak peek of two brothers' families. I have known this extended family for years, and it is so fun to see how much their families have grown. What awesome, well-behaved kids, too. Yes, I said well-behaved: it's true. My only complaint about these two sessions is that my collection is not complete. Where are A & T?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kris wins the Kodak Gallery Award!

Twirling - Winner of the Kodak Gallery Award and First Place Child Portrait: IPPA 2007

Anyone who knows me well knows that October is competition time. For those of you who don't know, I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America (the PPA.) IPPA (Intermountain Professional Photographers Association) is an affiliate of the PPA and was established for the Intermountain Region which includes Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, and Wyoming. Every year the IPPA puts on a three-day intensive convention for the education and inspiration of its members. There are classes, social activities, a trade show, and the print competition. Each photographer who is brave enough enters four photographs that are given a score by a panel of judges. This process can be exhilarating, or downright painful for some. I have never had the personality of a competitor, so I fall into the "painful" category. It's always difficult for me to place a photograph, in which I have invested so much time and artistic attention, before complete strangers and wait for them to tell me how I rank according to national standards. This year wasn't so bad. I received the Kodak Gallery Award for Portrait Photography with my image, Twirling.

Kodak's website says this about the award:
"Kodak introduced the Gallery Awards in 1985 as a way to honor and promote the importance and value of excellence in professional photography. The Gallery Awards are judged on a state or regional basis, with winners going on to compete at the national level for a Gallery Elite Award."

*STUNNED SILENCE* Umm..... WOW! I can't even begin to explain how cool this award is to me. Twirling also won first place in the Child Portrait category, AND I made it into the Court of Honor, which is essentially eight photographers with the highest cumulative scores. I didn't even prepare an acceptance speech. Ok, well, I'd like to thank my adorable model first, who is the definition of beauty in the flesh; Allison who gave me Painter and gives me the confidence and encouragement to continue day after day; my girls from Soderberg: you are all my kindred spirits; my parents of course, and most especially my husband who, as I was accepting my award, yelled out, "KRIS IS HOT!" I think that was almost as good as the Kodak.

Seventeen in September - Print of Distinction

Blue-Eyed Bloom - Print of Distinction

Joy Train - Accepted for Exhibit

Friday, October 26, 2007


Back in the studio! It was really nice to get back in the studio this week after all the location portraits I've been doing. These are the children of one of my most loyal clients and friend. I love creating portraits of her children, because (contrary to her opinion, I'm sure!) they are really easy to photograph. They have amazing eyes, and are well-behaved as far as kids go. I also love seeing them grow through the years. You can't help creating a certain report and trust with kids when they see you frequently, and know what to expect when they come over to have their portraits taken. A, I have some really great Christmas card ideas for these images! Keep your mind open....

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Patience is a Virtue

I have come to realize over the years that I am not a fast photographer. What I mean by that is that I'm not what you might think of as a photojournalist. I don't record events as a completely impartial bystander, without any influence on what is going on. I like to mold a scene to create the feeling or vision I have in my mind. Not often am I willing to call it quits before I get what I want. This can be very difficult with an unwilling subject. The little girl below happens to be 18 months old. As I stated previously, this can be one of the most challenging ages to photograph. She started screaming from the first frame I captured. She was not comfortable in her strange surroundings, or being asked to sit still without her mom. We worked with her for almost 2 hours before we finally got her comfortable enough to actually look at the camera without crying. The result was one of my favorite series of images this year. M, I have some great images of your boys, too, I can't wait for you to see them all!

The Location Portrait Experience

I love classic family portraiture. My parents had a professional family portrait created at a location similar to this one when I was about 12 months. It's one of my favorites of our family because it's the only one my parents ever did outside. My brother and sister were about 5 and 3, and I can totally imagine how difficult a session it must have been for the photographer. There is something very unique about a location family portrait experience. Mom trying to get the children and herself ready; Dad either threatening or bribing everyone to be good and smile; the crazy expressions and sometimes tears; kids getting their nice clothes all dirty; the weather! It's all part of the memory that is preserved in the final portrait. I hope this family will remember how soggy the day was; the way we kept jumping under trees during outbursts; and the amateur elephant calls. It will certainly be one I won't forget soon!

Monday, October 15, 2007

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

So this weekend turned out ANOTHER rainy Saturday. Doesn't mother nature know that we photographers need nice weather on October weekends? I don't mind the clouds, but if she could just hold off on the rain until after sunset, that would be really great. I'm starting to hum "the rain may never fall till after sundown..." Anyway, this cute family gets my good sport award for tossing out all preconceived notions of how a portrait session is supposed to go, and embracing the soggy reality. We had discussed going further west into the valley (where it was not raining), but I am so glad we didn't. I'm fairly certain the park would not have had the fabulous fall color that the canyons had. We seem to have been blessed with a unusually colorful fall this year. I wonder if it has anything to do with all the rain....

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Next Generation

This is one of my closest friends. We've know each other since we were six (which happens to be the age of her oldest.) I have very few memories growing up that don't involve her. It was a deep honor to be able to create portraits of her family. Her girls are the kind of beautiful that makes you inadvertently stare at them. Look at those eyelashes! K, I anticipate that you will be the "cool mom" like your mom was, and your girls and their friends will respect you the same way I love and respect your mom. You'd better keep a close eye on your youngest, though, just to be safe...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How to Beat the Weather...

RESCHEDULE! We had this portrait session scheduled for Saturday. Mother Nature decided to drop a snow/cold bomb on the valley that day, so we had to reschedule for today. What fortuitous circumstances be these? It was 80 degrees and sunshine all the way today, so I don't feel gypped even a little bit.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Only Seventeen

This is my baby...well, sort of. She might as well have been. It is her senior year, and I've done much reflecting on the past seventeen years of my life, and speculating on the next few of hers. I hope that all this outstanding beauty will not spoil her, and she will remain kind, modest, and humble (yeah, right: if you looked like this would you be humble?) One can only hope. My dear sassy girl, remember that there is only one thing that really matters: your family! LOVE ATTACKS! chin chin chin

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Timeless Portraiture

What a classy kid! This little guy has always reminded me of those good old days when men wore suspenders and hats, and stood when a woman walked into the room. He has been a "little man" since he was a few weeks old, and I photographed him in his first bow tie. I love the ageless look of these portraits, and I can envision him pulling these out for his grandchildren. He might recall those good old days when people used digital cameras and gas was only three dollars a gallon!