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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dance Envy

I've been photographing a lot of dancers lately - over 700 in the past 3 weeks, with about 300 more coming before the season is over. I just spent the last week photographing The Children's Ballet Theater's Cinderella cast and performances. I won't lie - CBT week is hardest work week of the year for me. But it's always ALWAYS worth it to see the poise, beauty, and sheer hard-core athleticism of the young people who dance there. I love the staff, I love the dancers, and I love the parents who trust me to capture what they can't on these truly magical nights of performance. Thank you so much to everyone - especially MY staff - Heather and Em - without whom I would be crankier than a 5-year old in a blue-bird costume. You guys are truly amazing.

One of my clients this week (Hi, Crystal!!) said that she was just learning to appreciate the talents of others without feeling like she had to do them herself. I think I probably should have taken her advice, and anyone who views this image is no doubt thinking the same thing. I will leave the dancing to the professionals, I promise...

I will be taking a ill-timed but super-exciting break from dance portraits for the next two weeks (more of that fun little gig to come!) Until then, please do not try to reach me by phone (overseas bills and all...) If you need to get a message to me you can email kris@kdportraits.com as I should still have internet. Au' revoir!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dancemaker Studio (Utah Dance Photography)

We've been doing photographs for the Dancemaker Studio dancers for the past 4 years. This year, we talked them into coming to my (HUMONGOUS) studio in Sandy. What a relief to have super-high ceilings so they could actually stretch out and MOVE. I am always so impressed with this little dance studio and the people who dance here. They are among the most well-behaved and polite girls I've worked with. Thanks so much for your AWESOMENESS this year, girls and parents! Go here to order your portraits - do it by the 29th using the code DMAKER2012 to save 10%!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vintage Senior Portrait (Utah Senior Photography)

I completely fell in love with this classy lady's style and grace! What a charming and fun person to get to know. I was so impressed with your poise and confidence, L, and loved talking old (and new) movies with you. I am deeply touched by your family's loyalty to my art, and hope we get to see lots more of each other in the near future!

I love how each of these feels like a different era in time. It was so fun trying to incorporate your love of history into your portraits!

I love this last one, as the rain started really coming down! Perfect ending!

Love those Boots! (Utah Family Photography)

This post will be short and sweet - I'm knee deep into my busiest season, and don't have much time. I just had to give my whole-hearted thanks to the D family for the opportunity to photograph your family last week. I can't believe how much variety we were able to pull out of a mid-day session with bright sun! You were spot on with your location choice, and your family was so enjoyable to be with. My deepest thanks to your son for serving our country and his sacrifice for our freedoms. God bless you all in the coming months!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

And the award for the coolest "How we met" story ever goes to...

Everyone has a first love. Mine happened in ninth grade, about the same age that these cute kids were many years ago:

Not everyone marries their first love, though, and even less likely is finding each other again and rekindling that old flame 44 years later.

After all that time, this adorable pair are finally getting married, and guess who is the luckiest photographer in the world and gets to document their amazing wedding?!! :-) I'm so excited. I get goosebumps every time I think about it. I have the... best... job... ever!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Garden Blooming (Utah Child Photograhy)

Lets talk heirlooms. This buggy belonged to my infant Grandmother and her twin over 85 years ago. When she passed away, I was fortunate enough to be able to give it a home for a while under the condition that I make some photographs of Grandmother's posterity with it. I've been waiting for my mom's garden to bloom so I could incorporate another generation, and her legacy in the same photograph. Little miss S is one of my two nieces that we photographed last Saturday after the annual Easter egg hunt. I love this stuff... so much meaning in one image! So many of the people I love involved in holding reflectors and dancing like fools to get her to smile! I will post the other Little miss S in a few days - things are starting to get pretty crazy around here with dance season starting this weekend. Cheers!

Is she shy.....? Surprise! Nope!