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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Eve Peek

I have more awesome images from our Christmas Eve visit from Santa, but I had to quickly post this one until I can finish the rest. When I compare this image to the mall photos that even I was tempted to purchase, I am SO pleased that I didn't! I love the unusual angle and all the genuine expressions in this image. It makes me happier than a kid on Christmas morning... I love my job!!!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Field is White

Below is one of those rare post-production gems. I had to take a couple mug shots for his mission president, and after reviewing them, I totally fell in love with the light and expression in this one. I feel like it has so much story in it, and transcends its original purpose to the point of becoming a really unique work of art! It completely satisfied my need to be creative and expressive this week. Thanks for your amazing mug, B!
This guy is pretty darn awesome, and I know I'll probably embarrass him by saying that, but it's true. I have watched him grow from a shy teen to a confident, impressive young man. I wish him the best of luck in the next couple years as well as the rest of his life. I have no doubt he'll succeed in anything he wants to!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Welcome to the land of the living!

I made it, and I'm two days early! My lab's deadline for Christmas prints is Monday, so I've been working like a mad woman, shut up in front of my computer for months, it seems. And now I get to come up and enjoy the rest of the holidays with everyone! Yeah! I still have plenty of work to do, but at least all the gifts are done and I don't have such a crunchy deadline looming over my head.

I've been dying to post this session since it happened several weeks ago. I wanted to wait, however, until my Christmas Cards went out so I wouldn't spoil the surprise. What is the absolute best thing about being a photographer? The fabulous portraits I get of my own kids! What is the absolute best thing about photographing my own kids? I only have myself to please. This session was a riot, if you can't tell. I started out trying to pose them and get those great smiles, but as it often does, the session started to morph to THEIR idea of how things were going to go down. I don't mind at all, in fact these are some of my favorite images I have of my kids. This one makes my cup runneth over.... *SIGH* I'm so in love with these little people.
This was what they gave me when I instructed them to "relax your faces!"
Photographing a 2-year old is always an adventure... you gotta click on this one.
She looks so much like me in the one on the right, it's quite alarming.
I had so many faces of this one I had a really hard time deciding on which one to use.
"The Epiphany"
Here's the card for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Complete with an extremely annoyed Serafina the cat. He (yes, HE) was NOT happy about this crazy costume and being forced to stay in one spot. I owe him big time...

By the way, the color saturation level appears to be off on this post. If you click each image, they look much better!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

For Photographers Too!

I just wanted to mention that my Switzerland calendars are not just for sale for clients. I know I have two or three photographer friends who may be interested in an hour of complimentary Photoshop instruction instead of a complimentary session. I would be more than willing to throw that in with the purchase of a calendar!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Only a Dozen Left!

I'm going to toot my horn about these awesome Switzerland calenders again, because it's not really my own horn I'm trying to toot, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation's horn (I know, that was a really bizarre sentence.) For those of you who don't know, this past fall, my niece and her family were treated like royalty by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a dream vacation to Disney World and other Florida sites. It has been one of the really amazing experiences in our family that has touched me personally and inspired me to raise funds to donate back. I have taken thirteen images from my trip to Switzerland this summer and created a one-of-a-kind, European-styled calendar that is available for only $24.99 (plus tax and shipping if applicable.)

Anyway, I currently only have 12 calendars left, and I really really really want to sell all of them so I can donate the total $350 to the M-A-W Foundation. So, for all you last minute shoppers out there (I know it's only the 4th, but lets face it - 3 weeks is NOT a long time.) I am offering a phenomenal deal:

The last 12 calendars will come with a gift certificate for a COMPLIMENTARY photo session. This is a $125-$200 value! The certificates will be valid until March 31, 2009. Both the calendar and the gift certificate will make a perfect gift, so don't miss this chance to score both for only $24.99! I can't even feed my family good Chinese take-out for that price. Most importantly, you'll be helping an amazing organization that is making a real difference in people's lives.

By request, I'm going to post all the calendar pages on the blog so you can see how beautiful they turned out. If you have any questions about the calendars, Make-A-Wish Foundation, or the complimentary gift certificate, please let me know: kris@kdportraits.com or (801) 556-1661. 

By the way, I was asked this question, so I thought I'd post it here. Because of the nature of this incredible deal, I will NOT be able to accept referral certificates on top of the complimentary sessions.

Switzerland Calendar pages

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Final Session of the Fall Season

Last Saturday was the last day to have a portrait session created in time to receive finished portraits by Christmas, and this was my last session of the day. In spite of cold fingers and runny noses, I really enjoyed this session. It was at a location that is very popular in our county, but I have never shot there before, so now I can say I have! I love walking into a challenge like this - not knowing beforehand where I'm going to shoot, because it really forces me to look at the lighting first, and the background second. Lighting is the very most important variable to consider when creating portraits, and we had some FANTASTIC light on Saturday! Thanks so much, H family for spending a couple of goofy hours with me, and for making me feel funny.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cold Little Brave Ones

Ok, A, you can stop checking the blog every 10 minutes.... Here's your sneak peek. For the record, I think this is the fastest I've ever blogged a session, so you ought to feel pretty special. It always amazes me how good your kids are! They were such troopers in that cold cold morning. They are honestly some of the easiest kids I ever have the privilege of working with. I did get some great images of your girls too, but I wanted to highlight your middle child on this one just because he is such a heart-breaker! I go nuts over his eyes every time. Your gallery should be up by the end of the week, and I'll let you know via email when it is. Thanks a million for this awesome session!


Ok, ok I couldn't resist... Here's one of your girls too.

PS - sorry, I haven't figured out how to enable image enlarging since I switched to my Mac. I'm working on it...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Growing Pains

I think I'm the last photographer I know of to switch from a PC to a Mac. My abomination of a PC this past week finally convinced me that it was inevitable, so I went out on Monday and bought a brand new, shiny iMac. I gotta say, it's so PRETTY! Anyway, now I'm trying to sort through all the problems of changing platforms, and still trying to juggle my holiday workload, so if I seem to disappear for a while, that's why. I will try to keep up with my posting, but with the lab deadline looming in front of me, I honestly don't know how often that will be. Please be patient and know that I'm working hard to get everyone's portraits finished by Christmas.

I want to quickly post these images of a sweet girl I met in Switzerland. She had me create these portraits just a couple days before I came home, and I haven't even had a chance to post them yet. Thanks, B for this opportunity! Even in the pouring rain, you look fantastic.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Studio Envy

I have a good friend, Ryan Cummings, who just the past year leased his own store-front studio. I cannot deny this is a dream I've had for a long time. There is just something about having that retail facade that really helps, I think, with marketing and name recognition. I've done numerous studies, however, and the overhead of running a store-front studio would be so great, I'd have to raise prices exponentially just to pay for that image, let alone have a successful, thriving business. I rented Ryan's studio on Saturday just to get a feel for the space and equipment, and although it was really nice, I left feeling like it wasn't anything I couldn't do in my current humble home studio. So I will be content with what I have for the moment, and frankly, it ain't so bad!K, your girls are so adorable! Thanks so much for being my guinea pigs! I have some really great ideas for your Christmas Card this year, and I LOVE the Scottie dog sweaters - they photographed perfectly. I'll have your gallery up soon.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Classics never go out of style

So I've been thinking a lot lately about the current trends in photography. Part of me really likes modern, hip images that aren't posed or refined. Images like that are fun to look at, and evoke emotion. That being said, however, there is just something about a classic, timeless family portrait that never seems to go out of style. You just can't beat a single image where everyone looks their best, and looks like they belong to each other. I don't know what the future will bring for my profession, but I have a hard time believing that traditional portraiture will become irrelevant. This family is one of my very first clients, and when we talked about what kind of session to do for them this year, we had to strive for something different from what we've done in the past, so we went very formal and very classic. I loved the whole session, and I can totally imagine future generations from now looking at these images and saying, "WOAH! Grandma was a hotty!"