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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pink Pink, You Stink!

I think it's funny that I know several people who think pink for little baby girls is too much... well... pink. My dear older sister is one of those people. She did NOT want to have portraits of her girl all in pink. We started with the doll images because that was the most important for her from this session. She has collected porcelain dolls all her life, and really wanted a portrait of her first real dolly with her other favorite girls (I do love the sweet blue velvet dress!)

Then we moved on to stuffed animals and an adorable red modern number. 

At what we thought was the end of the session, I asked if I could pretty pretty please do some really PINK photos on the pink rug with pink flowers - (GAG! I know some people are thinking.) But I happen to LOVE pink on baby girls, so I had to try!

After I got going, though, my sister was totally on board, and she went digging through the suitcase full of clothes to find a pink ensemble for little V. The last image of the day was so funny we were crying and shaking from laughing so hard, and I just couldn't hold my camera still any longer! Thanks for being a good sport, Nin, and letting me go all out pink with your girl.

Sweet Boy

What a handsome little guy! And so sweet (even without the chocolate.) I LOVE the great ideas people have been bringing into their sessions lately. Everyone has made huge efforts to really personalize their images. It makes for some really great images. This little guy's mom brought in a whole bag of Hershey's Kisses for his Valentine session. The best part? She left all the un-eaten ones for my kids! You can guess who their new favorite friend is. J, your little D is one good looking fella, and I know he'll melt some hearts with these Valentines!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Talented and Beautiful

I was so thoroughly impressed by these gorgeous girls. Their talents range from dancing for a major Ballet company to making the amazing hats in these images. They are going to be hosting a boutique to sell some of these hats in February, and I'll post more details on it later. I had to borrow one of their gorgeous hats to photograph my girl in. That image is above in the header. I've already placed an order for 4 of these delicious hats for my studio (oh - their mom did the one on my little newborn beauty a few posts ago!) I got to see their home and covet their craft room, too, and they even spin their own yarn! I gotta say, I love fellow over-achievers who appreciate the art and quality of hand-crafted goods. You girls were so fun to photograph. I'm really hoping you'll let me create some ballet portraits in the future...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Take three gorgeous girls, add some flowers...

I've know several families in my life that consist of three girls. This is a MAGIC FORMULA! I love these girls and their gorgeous Mom. L, even though I created portraits a mere couple months ago, your girls felt YEARS older to me this time. I can't believe how big they've gotten in both size and personality. We whipped out the bubbles at the end, which resulted in one of my all-time favorite images. I love how *PINK* everything is. Girl-Power!

PS - Yeah great big photos!!! So Yummy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Charming Beyond Words

I've had the great joy of photographing these kids several times over the last several months, and this afternoon, while my daughter sat on my lap, watching me process the images, she said, "That's my E! That's my T!" I feel the exact same way. These two and their parents are mine too. Not just my clients, but my dear friends... my other kids. I see them more often than some of my nieces and nephews! :-) They are very charming children, too, and so willing to work with me to give their mom amazing, sweet, priceless images of themselves. These gorgeous Hugs & Kisses portraits are so fun! Who could resist a Valentine request from either of these angels?

I figured it out, so I had to go back and repost these bigger!

A rose is a rose by any other name...

...but frankly, I'm really not really satisfied with my blog name "face and thoughts." I am not a wordsmith, and have a hard time conveying what I am thinking in type. So, here's the fun part: I am going to have a "Name the KD Portraits Blog" contest! To submit an entry, just comment to this post with your suggestion for my blog name. I will choose my favorite and reward the winner with a $50 portrait gift certificate, and all appropriate bragging rights. Get those creative juices flowing, and tell everyone you know to enter!! I love a variety of choices, so enter more than once if you want. Deadline for entries is Valentine's Day (Feb 14.) and I'll change the blog then. And because posts without images are boring, here's one of my Switzerland images that I've revisited. Enjoy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hugs and Kisses still available

I've got the sets for my Hugs and Kisses event all done! Thanks everyone for all your great comments on the color themes. I gotta admit, I couldn't choose, so I built BOTH! I know, I know, totally overboard, but I couldn't help myself. When I get a kooky creative idea like this, it kind of takes over and holds my brain hostage until I follow it through to completion. I also must add that these sets are FANTASTIC (if I do say so myself.) If you haven't taken advantage of this event yet, you are really missing out! I have a few appointments left, and it's only $35 for a session and 5x7 portrait. Call me if you want a place at the event: (801) 556-1661.

Here is one of the Valentine card designs I have created just for this event. Twenty-five of these double-sided, full-color postcards AND envelopes are only $19.95 when ordered in conjuction with the Hugs and Kisses event. Can you imagine how special your child will feel passing these out to his/her friends at school? Besides three card designs, I also have a set of 50 bookmarks available for slightly more.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kris in Phoenix and Photographer of the Year

So I've been in Phoenix for the PPA's annual international photographic convention (aka Imaging USA.) There were over 7500 people from around the world taking photography and business classes, creating social contacts, and SHOPPING in the humongous trade show. It was a blast, mostly because I was there with one of my best friends and fellow photographer, Allison. The highlight of the convention for me was hearing Anne Geddes speak. I seriously felt like she was talking directly to me about issues I have been struggling with for a while. It took me a long time to get a grip on my emotions afterwards, and was a life-changing moment for me. Then, the next evening, I was bestowed with PPA's Photographer of the Year award. There were only 4 people from Utah who received this honor, and I am the only one who operates from a home-based studio. It was a pretty big deal to me, and the capstone on an amazing year.

I thought boring awards-ceremony photos would be pretty... well... boring, so I thought instead, I'd post these snapshots we took with my daughter's little camera to try out some backdrops at the trade show. We were a little loopy after two solid days of classes by this point...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hugs and Kisses

Announcing the Hugs and Kisses Event!
I am so excited to invite everyone to my next portrait event: the Hugs and Kisses Event. It will run from January 16 through the 24th, and will take place in my studio in a Valentine-themed set. Admission to the event will include a 30-minute mini session and a 5x7 portrait, and is FREE for KD Club members ($35 for non-members.) If you want more information about the KD club, there is now a section on my main website about it. I am taking appointments as of today, so call now to reserve your session before it sells out. 
Also, for this event I am featuring 25 special Valentine cards with envelopes for only $19.95 (reg. $38.) There will be three mah-velous designs to choose from. In addition, I will be featuring 50 Valentine bookmarks for $38 (reg. $60). These bookmarks are printed in full luscious color on both sides, and I'm sending them as my kids' school Valentine this year because they are so unique and personal.

Now, I need some major help! If you will PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave me a comment and tell me which of the following color themes you like best, I would really appreciate some feedback before I build my set. Should I go with the Red Damask or the Neopolitan Ice Cream (pink and brown?) I've been stewing over this for weeks, and can't make up my mind, so I'm inviting all opinions and comments now. Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

100% Pure Angel

It's not unusual for a newborn portrait experience to last two to three hours, due to the nature of infants to fuss a lot and not want to be naked in a strange place. This session did indeed last three hours, but not because I was working with a fussy baby. It lasted that long because this was an AMAZINGLY cooperative angel, and I couldn't stop creating magic with her. It was astounding how long she let me mold her, tug at her, and generally make her uncomfortable any way I could. I had a really hard time choosing which images to post because they were all so beautiful. I'm still in awe over the whole thing, and can not thank her parents and Mimi enough for allowing me to have this opportunity. I've never experienced anything like it before. She is such a sweet angel, and I am SOOOOOO glad to have met her and her family. 

Monday, January 5, 2009

It's Raining Missionaries!

It seems like I always have a ton of missionaries needing portraits in January. This guy is going into the MTC on the same day as the young man I posted a couple weeks ago, and from the same ward! How cool is that? I love missionaries - they are always so optimistic and happy and willing to smile! This guy had a GREAT smile. Best of luck, E!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Limited Resources

You know, sometimes I get so frustrated that I don't have unlimited resources available (aka time and money) to be able to be completely unhindered in my quest for creativity. I know I've expressed my desire to have a "real" studio before. The time I long for it the most is in the winter with large family groups. I've photographed people in their own homes, in the snow, at the City Hall... it just never really works right. The best solution that I've found is to photograph smaller groups in my limited home studio and digitally composite them together. It actually works pretty well! The best part about it is that I can focus on fewer people at a time, and so I get better expressions and can pay more attention to detail. The families I've worked with this way seem to be more relaxed and enjoy the experience more, too. It's really not a bad way to capture a large group. So limited resources or not, I feel like this was a great session! Thanks, W family for being so willing to trudge through the snow and trust my artistic vision!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Santa's Visit

Here's our visit from Santa on Christmas Eve. This was a family-only event that was so awesome, I'm thinking about offering it to my friends and clients next year. You guys know the investment would be more than what you'd make at the mall. Would it be worth it to you?  I'm anxious to know what you think, so leave me a comment. 

What is it about boys and Santa? Even the baby was more excited than this guy... He must be anticipating some coal or something...

This little guy was more than a bit anxious about meeting the big guy in red. Ok, so anxious doesn't quite cut it. I feel lucky we got this one...