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Friday, August 28, 2009

Cycling into new Territory (Utah Bicycle Photography)

I had a unique opportunity this week to be involved with a commercial session for International Document Services. When approached by the ever-enthusiastic Mr. S, I have to admit that at first I was a little overwhelmed and nervous about the whole thing. Fortunately, however, once we started releasing that shutter, my photo-brain kicked in and I think we got some really great shots. Besides, bikers have such great sense of humors that I couldn't help but feel completely at ease. Thanks everyone for being patient with my commands and long shooting hours!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

So I had grand visions of an amazing cousins portrait that I wanted to create this summer. Unfortunately, due to the swine flu, we ended up not having all of the cousins here, and the ones that did come only came for one evening. I had literally about 5 minutes to pull this shot off with kids that I sprung this idea on about 10 minutes before that. Thanks to Pinkplicity for the cute 4th of July outfits. I vote a reunion tour 2010 sans the flu.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thanks Everyone! (Utah Children Portraits)

I just wanted to say Thanks! to everyone who participated in my Back to School Portrait event. Wow, what a crazy day it was, but I think all the kids did great, and I was so impressed with how willing they all were. I should have the gallery posted by the end of the week, so watch for your emails.

Ok, K - she may not smile, but darn it if she's not the cutest thing ever anyway.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Disney Style

My Boy turned eight this year. A big day, no doubt. We told him he could either have a big party or go to Disneyland. What do you think an 8-year-old would choose? It actually ended up being less expensive and far easier to plan than some of his other birthdays. I love you Boy-O!

Finally big enough to ride the Indiana Jones Adventure!! Yea!

I am hardly ever in the vacation pics. I am SO grateful to the anonymous stranger who offered to take an image of me with my baby girl. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

I'm going to brag a little here. Check out how cool these shots are: they are all taken straight out of the camera with no adjustments except a little cropping to fit them into the square format. You want to know the best part? These were all taken by my 6-year old daughter. It was wonderful to have somebody else in the family documenting our trip. I felt a little off the hook and was able to enjoy things just a little more. I think she has a fabulous eye... what's that? You think I'm a bit biased? Ok, well maybe a little...

And my absolute favorite Disneyland image taken by my girl:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Little Blue House

We were guests at the Little Blue House and of our Auntie and Uncle P for two days of our mega-vacation. I wish we could have seen you guys while we were there! Maybe we'll just have to suck it up and buy Disneyland season passes so we can see you lots and lots. We had a great time in your charming little chateau. I'm kind of bummed because I know K2 was taking all sorts of detail shots of your house, but I can't find them! I think she must have deleted them... sad.

K2 is my little blooming photographer. She did some amazing shots on the cruise I'm going to post later. Check out my hand-spread! You can tell I'm used to a bigger camera.

K3 had the BEST time picking your "flowers". I was going to leave them in a vase for you, but she insisted on bringing them into Disneyland with us. I'm sure they appreciated the seeds in their gardens.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Birthday Party of Three (Utah Child Photography)

Today was this little guy's 2nd birthday. How amazing is his mom to schedule his portraits on his birthday? Man, this squirt was SO CUTE, and his parents were so great to work with: easy-going, relaxed, happy, and they even appeared to be having fun. It was a great day, K, thanks so much for the privilege!

I wasn't going to get all technical on this post, but I'm so pleased with the result, I just gotta ramble some jargon! I usually use either daylight or studio strobes in my home studio, but today I decided to uses a mix of both. When shooting kids (especially a two-year-old), you have to have a faster shutter speed, and because of the cloud-cover, I just wasn't getting enough light through the window. I set up one light to act as a main-light booster and my second was on fill-duty. It worked great! I still got those awesome catchlights and buttery-soft light-to-shadow-gradations that I love my window for, AND I was able to maintain a fairly high shutter speed. *blah* *blah* *blah* Ok, enough geek-speak. I just get totally excited about stuff like this.

I have to post this one more.

Priceless (Utah Baptism Photography)

Cruise with family to Mexico: $3000
Hand crafted linen outfit from Lithuania: $150
Failed attempt to create portraits in Puerto Vallarta: $125
Excursion to Private resort on Cabo: $175

Getting perfect portraits of your son in Cabo San Lucas for his Baptism announcements:

Do I even need to say it?

He was so cute and eager to please the whole day. Even when I begged him to stand staring into the bright sun, he gave it his best shot. The hardest part was putting away my camera and just letting him play after we were done. Was this location worth the steep "location fee"? Absolutely! Anyone can hire me any time to do a portrait session on a cruise... I'll even waive the session fee if you pay my way there! LOL!

P.S. If you love R's shirt, check out this site: www.linenkids.com. I'll definitely be using them again for portrait clothing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mr. Eight (Utah Baptism Photography)

How much do I love the 8-year old teeth?
How much do I love the Mexican hat?
How much do I love the fact that the pillows are the same color as his hair?

This was my favorite day in Mexico. More to come soon.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back To School Event 2009

Do you purchase school portraits of your children every year only to be underwhelmed and disappointed when you pull that crinkly package out of their already over-stuffed backpacks? If you've been wanting more from your child's yearly portrait, you need to book an appointment for my Back to School Event. Here are just a few reasons why you'll love this event:
  • Preview and choose your images BEFORE you order. Take a break from the guess-work.
  • All images are fully retouched and perfected before they are sent to my professional lab. No more need to worry about those inevitable scrapes and bruises that always seem to happen RIGHT before picture day. No more anxiety over blemishes or shine.
  • Create your own package. This is the only chance you will have to purchase my high-quality portraits in unit (or "sheet") pricing. A'la carte units are only $21 each.
  • Purchase your digital files for archiving purposes and unlimited printing. This option is not available through my regular portrait services.
  • KD Club Members will receive a complimentary gift-certificate to my Halloween Portrait Event. Buy your school portraits now, get your costume portraits at no charge!

One day only: Friday, August 14. I know, I know - I've had a ton of people ask already if I can do another day, and the answer is no. I'm sorry! My "Christmas" Season starts at the end of the summer, so I really can not afford to set aside more than one day. However, if you can get a group of children together (at least 6 individuals) you can book a portrait party that will have access to the same Back to School portrait packages. Portrait parties will only be available through September 15, so if you're interested in this option, call me a.s.a.p.

Back to School Portrait sessions will be 5-10 minutes long of individual school-age children. No group portraits will be created. If you have a pre-schooler or toddler, you're welcome to sign up; however, I usually spend 1-2 hours photographing young children, and I can not guarantee a two-year-old will cooperate for portraits in just 5 minutes.

Printed portrait packages will range from $35-$85, and I will be offering a digital file package for $115. These prices are per child (except the digital package - it can be split between children), and I require a minimum purchase of $35 per child to reserve your appointment time. This can be taken care of quickly over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard. Here is a complete package listing as well. Just click on it to make it easier to read.

Don't settle for the cookie-cutter school contract photos. Call today to reserve your affordable and professional portrait session: (801) 556-1661.