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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!