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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big Announcement

You've probably noticed that the blog has been pretty quite lately. The reason for this is that I am moving. My business, KD Portraits, is merging with Highlite Photography in Gardner Village this fall. I am so excited I'm having a hard time sleeping! My life-long dream of having a storefront studio is finally coming true.

A few of my best clients that I've told about the move have given me the same reaction: PANIC! Everyone is really worried that I won't be doing their portraits anymore. This is absolutely NOT the case. I will still be creating the same highest-quality work, but now I will finally have a professional and gorgeous setting from which to meet, with regular business hours. I also have complete access to a full team of highly trained people to support me and conduct the everyday tasks of running a business. This means my clients will get phenomenal customer service and faster turnaround times on their custom portraiture. It's seriously the coolest thing to ever happen to KD Portraits, and the real winners will be those of you who have been so loyal from the very start of my career. Really, the only difference will be how you contact me. I will be at kris.highlite@gmail.com or (801) 568-1749.

Of course, with moving comes logistics and minutia that must be attended to. Here's the skinny on moving my business:

All portrait sessions and weddings that were photographed before January 2011 will be removed from my archives (meaning I will be getting rid of EVERYTHING - negatives, cd's, digital files, etc.) If you would like to purchase the packet of negatives/files and a printing license, I am selling archived sessions for only $35 each. This includes weddings and special events. Click the "email me" button above right to contact me for your archived session. If I don't hear from you by September 30, I will assume they aren't important to you, and will toss them in the recycling bin.

Prints from sessions that were photographed after January 2011 will still be available for purchase through Highlite Photography at their prices. Just call the desk to arrange an ordering appointment: (801) 569-1749.

I will not be selling anything through KD Portraits after September 30th for tax purposes, so everything must be taken care of before that date.

I would love for you to come check out my new home at Highlite Photography in Gardner Village. There are boutique shops, antique stores, a day spa, Archibald's Restaurant, and all sorts of fun things to do there. My kids thought me getting a job there was like me working at Disneyland. They have nicknamed Sweet Afton's Candy Store, "Honeydukes" (Harry Potter fans will know the reference.) There are some really fun events coming this fall, especially the crazy popular Witches Night Out. Come visit me and make a day of it! Hope to see you all soon.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wild Wild West Clarified

I've received many questions about the Wild Wild West event coming Tuesday, July 31st. Here are some answers to the questions I've received, in hopes that they will clarify things to everyone. If you have any other questions, please email kris@kdportraits.com.

  • We will be meeting at the This is the Place Heritage Park Visitor's Center at 6:00 PM. That's evening, not morning. 
  • I will only be choosing EIGHT kids to photograph inside the park that evening. Their admission will be paid for. I have no idea how much response I am going to have to this event, but I will not have the resources to work with more children.
  • If your child/ren are not chosen as models, you are more than welcome to purchase admission to the park and bring your own camera to photograph them yourself! Please check with This is the Place Park for admission rates and photography rues.
  • The costume contest will be from the children I photograph, and I will be posting their images on Facebook for votes. The winner will receive a signed canvas portrait of the image I use for the contest. 
  • All parents of kids I photograph will be asked to sign a model release allowing me to use the images on my website and for future marketing pieces.
I am looking for really awesome costumes for this event, and kids that are full of personality and easy to work with. I am hoping to be able to create some really authentic "Old West"-looking images, so the older the costume looks, the better. I hope this helps if you are considering joining us!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scratch and Sniff Portraits (Utah Family Photography)

I really wish there was a way to allow you to smell these portraits. The best thing about being in Albion Basin is the aroma of pine trees and wildflowers - absolutely intoxicating.

New and Natural (Utah Newborn Photoraphy)

I'm going to be completely honest for a minute. I've been really struggling with newborn portraits. Not just mine - but everything that is currently popular about photographing babies - the baskets and containers, the hats, the props, the furniture, the tree branches... (Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln, the tree branches!) Don't misunderstand me - I have used all of these things in newborn portraits (except the tree limb - I've never tried that one) and I think I've nailed down what makes these kind of images popular: newborn babies pretty much all look the same. So as a photographer, it's a real challenge to do something different with each baby, and make it look unique. At least when Baby is a bit older, that expression and those little blossoming personalities are enough to carry the weight of the portrait, but when that little snuggly lump of a person is so helpless and can't even hold its own head up, what is a photographer to do? Enter the hats and baskets and branches.

Well, I am on a quest to find a better way to photograph these precious tiny people, and one of the things that I find great pleasure in capturing is the relationship between them and their families. Think about it for a second: when do we ever see a newborn baby alone? Maybe in his/her crib, maybe in the car-seat (but who wants to photograph that?) but usually every newborn I've seen is being held by someone pretty much all the time. What could be a more natural way to view a baby than in her mother's arms? Or with her tender big sister? I'm not saying newborns should never have their own portrait, (and yes, we DID photograph her in the basket as well, and it was adorable) but that maybe there needs to be a little more thought put into why we are doing what we are doing as artists. After this session today, I feel like there is hope for my own future newborn photography.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Model Call for Wild Wild West

Due to the confusion over my event on July 31, I am altering the entry rules. If you would like to participate, just show up at the This is the Place Heritage Park Visitor's center at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, the 31st. I will select the 8 kids with the best "Old West" costumes to photograph. I will be using these images for some HUGE marketing campaigns this fall, so this is your chance to be famous! I will also be holding a costume contest on Facebook and the winner will receive a signed canvas portrait. The address for the park is 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue Salt Lake City, Utah. Call me if you have questions: (801) 556-1661

Thursday, July 19, 2012

One of a Kind Family, One of a Kind Location (Utah Family Portraits)

I had one session in the lavender this year, and the whole time I kept wondering why I am not shooting down there every single day it's in bloom until the harvest. We have a ton of unique scenery in Utah, and so much variety. I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather do my job. Ok - maybe Hawaii - but I think I'd get tired of jungles and oceans. I love our deserts, mountains, fields of flowers, vast stretched of salt, red rock canyons... on and on! Anyway, thanks again P family for this great evening. Hardly feels like a job when you're having this much fun with such great people. Your family is truly delightful.

Friday, July 13, 2012

American Boys (Utah Child photography)

Summer. Cousins. Water. Sand. Don't get much better than that.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Model Call! Wild Wild West is coming...

I will be creating a Wild Wild West character session on the evening of the 31st of July in Salt Lake City. I will be selecting 6-8 finalists to be featured in some exciting promotional material and new website I am working on. If you would like your children or grandchildren to be considered for this exclusive opportunity, please email a photo of each child (with age) and his/her costume, and your contact information to kris@kdportraits.com or text to (801) 556-1661. This will be very similar to the "Big Top" circus event I did last year, but will be by invitation only, instead of open to the public. If you need costume ideas, Hale Center Theater costume rental or Mask Costumes have rentals that are very authentic and awesome!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Priceless Gift (Utah Family Photography)

My best friend gave her mom a pretty cool birthday gift this year. She gave her a portrait session with each and all of her daughters. Even though this was a gift "for" her mom, I think the giving was really the other way around - this was an outstanding gift "from" her mom, allowing each of these precious relationships to be captured. I know as many women age, they get more and more self-conscious about having their portrait created. There are so many things that they think are important like weight, wrinkles, hair-do's, etc... In reality, our family sees us all the time with our imperfections, and they love us anyway. The documentation of these relationships is far more important than whether or not we feel like we belong on the cover of a magazine. I know a certain relationship in my own life from which I would love to create a portrait, and this experience has strengthened my resolve to do something about it. Thank you so much, ladies, for spending the evening in the Garden, and the good belly-laughs we had!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The KD Portraits Garden Event 2012 (Utah Child and Family Photography)

I am so lucky to have access to a beautiful and private garden. It has such gorgeous evening light! Kids are especially fun to photograph in this casual and barefoot environment.

The hollyhocks and daisies are just starting to bloom, the lilies are gorgeous right now, and in a few weeks the cone flowers and runner beans will be showing off.  Also, as August closes, the apple tree and table rock are always a favorite, and I'm hoping for a pretty cool pumpkin patch this year. 

I am offering all custom portrait sessions in the garden for only $39 on weekday evenings (Mon-Thurs) in July and August. 
Or, choose one of the following special print packages:

Traditional Package:
(for individuals only)
One 15 minute session,
One 8x10 portrait, two 5x7 portraits, and 8 wallets (all from the same pose)
$49 (compare at $215)

Mini Portrait Package
(for small groups or individuals)
One 30 minute session,
Two 8x10 portraits, and one 11x14 mounted textured portrait
$129 (compare at $246)

Custom Portrait Package
(for small groups or individuals)
One 45 minute session,
and either Five 8x10 portraits *or* 
One 16x20 mounted textured portrait with Two 8x10 portraits
$199 (Compare at $352)

This is the perfect opportunity for you to have your child's yearly "back-to-school" portrait created in a stunning setting by a Master photographer, rather than the assembly line studio that you know is coming soon to a school near you.
Please note that I will NOT be offering printable digital files on CD this year. I am taking a stand on an issue that I feel very strongly about - the importance of the printed portrait. More to come on that soapbox later. Please call if you have any questions, or to schedule your portrait session: (801) 556-1661)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Noemie and Jerome - Moutier Switzerland Wedding

When I did my first Swiss wedding four years ago, I had no idea it would be the start of so many friendships with a group of sincerely the most hospitable people in the world. I was so thrilled and honored to be invited to be the photographer for N&J this May, and I want to thank them again for the incredible experience. Stuff of dreams, people - stuff of dreams.