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Saturday, February 27, 2010

What's with the Orchid? (Salt Lake Newborn Photography)

I've said it before - I love making each session different and personal. When the Mom of this sweet 6-day old baby girl called to arrange her newborn portrait, she told me about receiving a beautiful potted orchid as a gift from her co-workers. She also had purchased a basket, and wanted to incorporate these into the portrait session. Of course I calmly expressed that this would be a lovely idea (and inside I'm jumping up and down squealing like a 12-year old.)

The results of the last couple of sessions with the customized props have ignited me creatively, and I want MORE! So, I am hosting a "personalized prop" giveaway. Here's how you enter: email me a photo of something that has meaning to you (kris@kdportraits.com.) It can be anything from furniture to toys to jewelry, etc. Then in a brief message, let me know its story, and how you imagine it being used to create an heirloom portrait. I will pick one entry to receive a complimentary session and a 20 inch portrait from the session. You can enter as many times with as many props as you'd like, and so can your friends and family. Your entries must be received by March 6, and the winning session must take place before March 31.

By the way, how gorgeous is this birth announcement idea? What a precious happy baby! Seriously, J, it was a pure joy to create these images. Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Last thing a Minotaur ever Sees (Salt Lake Children's Photography)

So I met this guy named Percy Jackson, and there was something different about him. He always seemed to be caught up in stuff way bigger than him (bigger than life, more like it.) He had a really cool pen that he called "Riptide", and he kept telling me to be quiet and looking around like he expected something to attack us at any second. If you haven't met Percy yet, you can read all about him in the book "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan, and the other books in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. Thanks so much, Percy for letting me follow you around for an evening. Tell Annabeth and Grover I say "Hi!"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Vote for Me! All of your Wildest dreams will come true.

I entered a small photo contest at the site PowerofMoms.com. Go to the voting page and vote for my five images. If they win, they will be published on the site, which would be really cool. Tell everyone you know to vote for KD Portraits... we can offer you our protection....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine, You're Out of this World! (Salt Lake Children Photography)

I have been dying to post these whimsical portraits for a couple of weeks now. I had to wait until today because they were a Valentine surprise that I couldn't spoil. I won't even tell you what the Travel Fee to this location costs! :-) Here are my kids' Valentine bookmarks as well. We actually had two designs for each child, but these were my favorites. I hope you all had a love-filled Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekend Local Business Spotlight - Zeus Printing

As a small business owner, I appreciate and like to use other local small businesses. I have had several extremely positive experiences lately, and this has prompted me to do a weekly spotlight on local business that have impressed me. Hopefully, this will help spread the word, as well as generate some business for them. I want it understood that I am NOT being paid or compensated in any way for doing this - in fact, most of these businesses probably won't even know I'm posting a spotlight on them. It's my way of just saying thanks to them for great products and services.

This week I had the great fortune to find Zeus Printing. As a family, we do all kinds of crazy and fun events, like the Percy Jackson Party we hosted for the premier of "The Lightning Thief." I had tried to do make some custom tee-shirts for the event, and used an ink-jet heat transfer paper for the logo. It turned out TERRIBLE! It was glossy in the "clear" areas, and the black didn't transfer completely in some areas.... lesson learned - seek a professional! I didn't have much time as I started looking for a custom tee-shirt printer on Sunday evening, and the party was scheduled for Friday that week. I did a Google search, and came across the Zeus Printing website. I didn't think there was much chance I'd find anyone who could do the order with such a short time-frame, but Jami from Zeus Printing emailed me directly on Monday morning, and told me she could have all ten shirts done by Friday morning! Her quick response and promise that she could meet my deadline totally sold me, and I sent her my design (which was an incredibly easy task via email.) She kept in contact with me the whole week, and on Friday morning delivered my order directly to my house! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my tee-shirts, and our party was a huge success. Everyone at the movie theater was asking us where we got our shirts, and my only regret was that I didn't have enough of Zeus Printing's business cards to pass out. Thanks so much, Jami - you totally made our night!

Friday, February 5, 2010

One Year and Sparkling (Utah Child Photography)

One of the reasons I love photography so much is because I can't remember diddly-squat. If it weren't for my images, I would lose much of my life to the fuzz of my grey matter. This is why moments - like a first birthday - are so important for me to record. Also, I love to see a passage of time by comparing images. I remember scanning my mother's photo album with our yearly portraits, flipping the pages back and forth like one of those hand-made doodle animation pads.

This session is Miss S's one-year old portrait. There are so many things in these images that are unique and special to her and her family. I love how personalized her mom made everything. I've said it before - the more planning that goes into an image, the better the results will be. We even rescheduled her original session just so I could paint a backdrop to accommodate Mom's artistic vision. I love these images, and struggled to resist posting the entire session. Thanks, T&M for this experience!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Something New (Utah Wedding Photography)

I am so glad my family lets me experiment on them! My baby sis wanted to do her engagement portraits... dun dun dun dun.. in the dark! Yikes! I have never done a night portrait before, and was pretty nervous about getting the right light/exposures, etc. How can I go wrong with two people as gorgeous as this? Seriously, guys, you look good in anything. Thanks for braving the numb toes, the cat-calls, and my equipment juggling! Oh, and props to my assistant, B! I could not have done this without you.