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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lots of Dates to Remember

As promised, here's some more images from our little cousin session...







I'm sorry I haven't been able to post very often lately, and I am so indebted those Die Hards out there who are still checking the blog every day for updates. I did want to post a quick reminder about my Christmas deadlines. Without fail, I always have someone call me a couple of weeks before Christmas wanting to give portraits for the Holiday, and I have to turn them away. If you are interested in giving portraits as gifts, or you want one of those awesome Custom Christmas Cards this year, please pay attention to the following dates:

If you want your portraits created for Christmas, the latest date to schedule your session is November 15. All Portrait Sessions after this date will be available for previewing purposes, but I can not guarantee any finished product for Christmas.

All Highlights Album orders to be guaranteed for Christmas must be placed on or before November 19. All portrait orders to be guaranteed for Christmas must be placed on or before November 26 (the day before Thanksgiving.) Anything ordered after this date will not be placed in the cue for processing until after the holiday.

Orders may be picked up by appointment up until December 23. I will not be available on Christmas Eve for portrait delivery appointments.

A couple of other things to consider:
I am currently booked until the middle of October, and I am only able to schedule two sessions per week. If you do the math, that means that I only have 10 remaining sessions available for Christmas delivery. If you want one of these sessions, call me today, or you may risk losing your opportunity. As always, you may call or email me with any questions: (801) 556-1661. kris@kdportraits.com.

Friday, September 19, 2008

And the award for the cutest two-year olds ever goes to...


This is one of the coolest thing my parents ever did for me: they finished their back yard. I have been wanting to photograph it all summer, and the visit of my little neice prompted this awesome session. I am hoping to post some more from these BFF's later, so stay tuned! Big huge thanks to Mom and Dad for all their labor and money put into my new "portrait park!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just for you, K -

Here's my other three competition prints this year, by request of K...

"Rich New Life"


"Debut"


"Lily"

Breaking through the Mask

One thing I strive for in every session is that moment when a person drops their "photo" face, and lets their true self shine through. I feel like one of my biggest strengths as a photographer is providing an atmosphere for this, and coaxing the personality out of each of my clients. This particular woman was fairly camera shy, but willing to do just about anything I asked her to. What a good sport! She was doing a great job, but I still felt that curtain of self-consciousness between us. Finally, towards the end of our session, in one instant, I felt that curtain drop. That's when we really started having fun, and I got my favorite image...

B, you really do remind me alot of Audrey Hepburn, and I hope you are as thrilled at these as I am. Thanks so much for these fun memories!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kodak Gallery Award

Ok, so I've been DYING to post this image on the blog, but I've had to wait until the IPPA print competition was done. This is "Ascension":


I took this image in an old church in Switzerland. I have to give C. & L. props cuz they said, "Hey, Kris, come check out this cool old stairway!" while I was photographing other things. The minute I walked around the corner and saw this, I was blown away by its possibilities. It was one of those moments when I just knew this was going to be an awesome image... and now it's earned me another Kodak Gallery Award! I gotta be honest here, I LOVE those shiny little crystal pyramids! I also picked up Third place in the Illustrative/Pictoral catagory and Third place in the Portrait of a Child category. Anyway, I would be so relieved that Competition is over... but it's not! Now I have the Regional print competition in TWO WEEKS (sheesh! talk about a quick turn-around!) so I don't even have any kind of a break before I have to ship my prints down to Texas. I'm totally needing some Swiss chocolate...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Life Goes On at a Break-neck speed

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has inquired after my family and our well-being. My last post generated a lot of panic and frantic phone calls from concerned friends. I don't want to give too many details out of respect for the privacy of my brother and his family, but I can say that we lost my sweet little niece, and even though I had never met her in person, I will miss her! Thanks to everyone who expressed their sympathy and love in words and deeds.

On a lighter note, I wanted to post this great image that I finished tonight. This is from my little newborn's session a couple months ago. Look at these sweet siblings! I love how much connection they have to each other in this image - look at how everybody has to be touching the baby somehow! This little one is SO going to get what ever she wants!