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Monday, February 28, 2011

My Dancers (Utah Dance Portraits)

A friend asked me the other day why I put so much effort into my high-volume dance accounts. She stated (probably correctly) that I spend way too much time and money on something that ought to be cranked out as quickly and cheaply as possible. I thought about it for a while, and then told her that the whole reason I started doing dance portraits was because I wanted really nice dance portraits of my daughters. And if I wanted nice dance portraits of my dancers, wouldn't it stand to reason that every mother would want high quality dance portraits of their own children? It is for this reason that I put so much effort into my dance photography - and I try to photograph every dancer as if he/she was my own child. Too much? In the end, I don't think that is possible.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I want to be a ballerina! (Utah Dance Portraits)

Another quick image from Wasatch Arts Center dance photos this week. J, you are a masterpiece!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dance Season Has Begun! (Utah Dance Portraits)

Thanks Miss S for being my guinea pig today, and helping me get my lights just right. You are so gorgeous!

If I disappear for a while, it's because over the course of the next three months, I have the amazing opportunity of photographing around 1000 of these beauties. I love my dance studios! I will try to check in every so often, and hopefully post a few. If you haven't heard from me by June, please send someone to find me and dig me out! :-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Here it Comes! (Utah Spring Photography)

Oh Joy and Rapture! Look what I found in my front yard today...

I think ole Punxsutawney Phil might be right this year, and we really might have an early spring. I have spring fever SOOOOO bad! Anyone else out there? I thought I'd give you a time-line of what I have in store for this year's spring and summer bloom portraits. All dates on these are not exact science, and mother nature is never very predictable. It should be a fantastic bloom year, though with all that snow this winter!

April: Garden Blooms. My private portrait garden is STUNNING when the pink, white, and purple tulips bloom. I will be booking mini garden sessions all season for a minimum deposit of only $125! With Easter coming in late April, this is an ideal location for fancy Springtime dresses, bunnies, bare feet, and candy-smeared faces! This is a very casual and fun location to relax and be a kid.

May: Orchard Blossoms. I am in the process of finding a fruit orchard for families this spring. My good friend may have a solution in Salem (just south of Provo.) I will be waiving any travel fees to this location. This is one of my all time favorite family portraits taken by Allison of English Photography. The setting is SO romantic, and perfect for families. Blooms vary every year, so stay tuned for more precise timing.

June: Sally and Cotton Candy. Meet Sally. She is my hand-painted carousel horse that I purchased last year for Wasatch Arts Center's Circus-themed dance recital portraits. She now resides in my hall-way, and we will be featuring her in a large grassy field sometime in June. I envision cotton candy, balloons, and maybe even some clown costumes for a one-of-a-kind portrait experience. Please leave a comment if you are interested as I need to find out what kind of response I can expect before finalizing plans.

July: Lavender Fields, Mona, UT. Young Living Family Farms is about an hour and a half south of West Jordan, and it blooms for only about 2 weeks midsummer. If you have never been to this location, it will absolutely knock your socks off. Not only do you get the vast fields of lavender, but an entire medieval village, old western town, and exquisitely landscaped portrait gardens. Sessions here could last HOURS depending on the subjects. There is a $75 fee for this location, but trust me, it's worth more than double that!

August: Albion Basin. The wildflowers up Alta Canyon have always been a favorite portrait location for me, but I have never done an Albion Basin event. I want to know how many people would be interested in this location. It does get fairly crowded at its peak on summer evenings. Let me know your thoughts.

September: The Bonneville Salt Flats. I will be headed to Lake Tahoe at the end of September, and am considering a day or two layover in Wendover. This location is one of the most unique portrait opportunities in the world, and it's right here at our doorstep! The lighting at sunset is out of this world.

Many of these locations are available year round, but they all have their peak seasons. These aren't the only locations to choose from either. I would love to hear some feedback about where you would like your portrait session. If I get enough comments about a location, I may run an event around it. I want to hear what you have in mind! Leave me a comment here or email kris@kdportraits.com.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Little Star (Utah Newborn Photography)

This newborn session is quite a bit different from my usual work. For one thing, we did this entire session at the new family's home, which was very comfortable for everyone. So much of their personality shines through in the decor and home environment. I LOVE creating newborn portraits this way! Thanks A&J for letting me spend an afternoon with my newest gorgeous niece! You guys are so relaxed for first time parents... you'd think you had been doing this for the past decade.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Winter Portrait Sale! (Utah Professional Photography)

If you've been waiting for that great deal on portraits, now is your chance! All through the month of February, I will be offering:

15% off all gift size portraits (8x10 or smaller)
Buy one Wall Portrait (16x20 or larger), get one FREE!!

These specials are good on previous portrait sessions, or new portrait sessions, and expire Feb 28.

I would LOVE to do some more location winter portraits, either families, kids, couples, high-school seniors! With these majestic Utah mountains and famous Utah snow, there is some pretty amazing potential for portraiture right at our Wasatch Front doorstep.

Also, urban portraits are great any time of year, with more focus on architecture and textures instead of foliage. Cold weather also lends great opportunities for lots of layered clothing, which looks fantastic. There are also a couple indoor locations in the valley that have greens and blooms if you are interested (additional location fees apply.)

And studio is always great when it's cold too.

Totally Made My Day!