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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?