Artistique Collection – Actions and Textures – Freebie

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Artistique Collection

It is really and I mean really cold out!!! Blustery blizzard like conditions where I am. *shiver* I don’t do cold very well. Do you? Well, I wanted to do something to warm myself up and hopefully you too! I know some of you are patiently waiting for the new Artistique Collection to be released and it will be, but I can now say for sure it will be in early February. So, to both warm you up and tide you over, not to mention thank you for your patience,  I am releasing a sneak peek into the collection, for FREE!!! Yeppers…FREE! The first 50 people to grab it get it! So get ’em quick! Sharing is caring, so by all means share and tell your friends, let them get in on the fun too!

Look over the samples and the link to download is below the images!!!

Have a safe and WARM weekend everyone!!!!



* and special thank you to Melissa DeWitt Photography for the use of her images, you can go check out her awesomness HERE

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Follow the link HERE to go to the download and enjoy! ♥♥♥


Story book – A Fantasy Picture Story

My beautiful little girl LOVES to tell stories, to make little books and just about anything where she can use her very vivid imagination. This can prove to be very helpful when I want to make some images of her. I pick the places, pick her clothing and a few props and she takes it from there. She goes off on her adventure and I am there as just a witness to capture it all on camera. Of course now and then I have to interrupt and have her turn a little this way or that way or give little suggestions to add into her story that I think will translate in images.

We did this shoot last year and it took me a whole year to actually get to the images and get them processed. I was planning on getting them all printed in a book with her story (her words) as a keep sake for her to always remember to hang on to her imagination. However while I was processing and getting close to getting the book ordered, she stopped me. She has requested that we go back out to the same spot and get more images to add to the book. Of course we now have to wait until the weather breaks and it’s once again nice and warm. However, if we every get a fairly warm winter day where there is still plenty of snow on the ground, we just may have to take advantage of that as well. At some point I think I will have to stop her and say, lets finish this book and you can start another.

Here are a few of the images from her story book. It’s about a little girl who wandered into a fairy forest….and I will let your imagination take you away with her imagery and story telling just by her expressions and actions.

No More – Child Abuse Awareness – An Artistic Journey

I am continually updating this post as new pieces are complete.

Some of you may remember my post awhile back about me starting this series. I had very high hopes that I would finally be able to get to it after wanting to embark on this journey for so many years. I had managed to get one image done and it became a bit overwhelming to me. So many stories to tell were just flying around in my head and I couldn’t slow it all down enough to pull them out and tell them the way I needed to. Plus, I can admit that I was afraid. Afraid of how people would take it, or tear it down, criticize the story. It’s so personal to me, it’s my story, it’s your story, it’s a loved ones story, it’s a story that NEEDS to be told. Children are hurt every minute somewhere, by someone and just one more child having to endure this kind of pain is just to much. So many of us turn a blind eye to what is happening, sometimes right in front of us. With some encouragement from a group I am in, I had a new fire ignited in me to get back to it. If only for myself. I found that once I got started with new focutinues of child abuse, the pain, the fear and the innocent hope that all children find a way to hang onto through all of it. My daughter agreed to be my model for the pieces. I explained to her, as best as I could for an 8 year old to understand, why I was doing this. She liked the idea, but because she has not been touched by this in her life yet, she doesn’t grasp the full understanding of it. She looks at the images with her beautiful innocent soul and makes up her own story. She sees the sadness, but also sees the hope and light. I will let her keep her innocence, she deserves it, all children do. To many have had their innocence robbed from them and if my 8 year old is not as “worldly” as some others her age, I am wonderfully ok with that.

My husband asked me how many of these I was going to do. My answer, “when it’s done”. I really don’t know how many images will be made, I guess until I feel I have told the story the best I possibly can.

Here are the first 3 of the series. I felt I needed to put it out there, get over my own fear and tell the story. I will add more as they come to life. Feel free to share if you would like, I would be honored if you did and I know if just one more person can be enlightened, there is a child who would be grateful.

**Edited to add – 3 more images have been added. The “Isolated Dreamer” sequence was added. The sequence is about a little girl feeling isolated in her suffering, fear and pain from the abuse…yet she dreams and hopes for better days. My daughter requested the last image with the dove. She is my muse and reminds me daily why I am doing this series. While it may be hard and not the most pleasant of topics, it is one that should not be ignored. I look at my children and know that there are far to many who are missing out on the love that they know. If I can help it, they will never know the fear, the pain, the shame and the feeling of being alone that I once felt as a child. It has to stop. So, while I know this is not a pleasant topic, as uncomfortable as it may make me or any of us… is NOTHING compared to the children who suffer.

Many Blessings –
Kristen Marie

Lost and Found

The Light that Shines

See No Evil

Isolated Dreamer Sequence

Here is the next image in my child abuse awareness series. Titled – Healing Reflection – a child learning self healing, self preservation, self love.

“There is a moment in our healing journey when our denial crumbles; we realize our experience and it’s continued effects on us won’t “just go away”. That’s our breakthrough moment. It’s the sun coming out to warm the seeds of hope so they can grow our personal garden of empowerment ~ Jeanne McElvaney”

Healing Reflection

Safe in Daddy’s Hands

No Escape

Caught between seeking the light and the innocence of childhood and the never ending reminder of the gripping pain.

Keeper of Dreams

You can read the story behind this image here

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Freedom Surfacing

Breaking free of the effects of abuse and becoming a survivor. Letting go of being a victim.

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Thank you for taking the time to read and hear my story ♥

Artistique Collection – Photoshop Actions, Textures, Overlays – KML Creatives

Coming later January to early February the new Artistque Collection.

I am simply am in love with this collection already and I am far from being done with it. I have a huge love of old portrait paintings. I could stare and just get lost in them for hours. I am not a very good painter on a canvas, so I am creating this collection to help bring a little of the texture, smudges, the bumps, the light and soft tones so they can be added to photographs. I am enamored with what these tools so far help me create.

Here are a few samples.

Amy McMaster – Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Amy McMaster

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
AmyA friend shared pictures of her kids back in 2006. I thought they were so gorgeous. She shared some close ups- where the eyes were just amazing. The light in them- they just sparkled and drew you in. I’d never seen anything like it outside of random magazines shots. I knew I wanted to capture MY kids like that. I wasn’t sure how and I started asking questions. A lot of questions. My friend was most gracious in answering everything I asked. .

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Amy – I think my style is more of an approach. I want to capture what is really real. What is actually going on. I love using a more journalistic/documentary style approach to the bulk of my work. I love the imperfections. The off the cuff way you have to shoot. Unexpected results sometimes because you are not always in control of the light or the subject. I like that. I am extremely fond of black and white photography. Rich black and whites with a lot of contrast. I do like some color though. Not usually bright color- but warm with a subtle flat finish is my preference.

I use this approach when shooting pets, farm animals, kids…or families.

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Amy- I am generally a pretty thought-filled person. I love to deep think. I love to pull apart ideas and talk them to death. I love to figure things out- the who and the why and the how. But when it comes to my work I literally just feel. I don’t find myself spending 30 minutes thinking about a set up, the lighting, what lens…I shoot. I shoot what interests me in the moment I am in. I think this always challenges me to be on my toes.

Another thing I think that helps ME grow, be creative and sometimes…unique is that I do like to challenge myself with lighting, pushing my camera, and when I get the opportunity to try something new- I usually take it. Even if it’s NOT my usual style. I might come away from the experience with something that just furthers me along in my personal journey.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Amy – I am going to be frank on this. It’s very challenging. I personally found it very difficult to balance business, art and my personal life. I managed for three years and finally chose personal life and art…and let my business go this year.

It was hard. But I am a homeschooling mom to 4 young kids. That is my 9 to 5 during the week. Plus two ago we started a small farm. I love it. I love everything about the life of a farmer. I couldn’t balance them all anymore. So I made the choice that was best for my family. I am STILL shooting. I shoot for friends, I shoot my farm, I shoot my kids and I just shoot life. I share those things with others. I am enjoying going back to my roots of shooting what I love and what is happening.

In a few years, I will revisit this decision and decide if it stays or I want to venture back out there as a business. But for now, I am happy.

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Amy – These images are simply a collection of my eclectic life. They are everything I love about my life. My images do not always show the tears or sweat that comes with this life. I hope it is implied. Farm life, being a mom, a wife…just being ourselves…it’s just flat out tough stuff. But I love to capture the things that remind me of why I love my life so much. Why I pick up my camera and shoot it all in the first place. Chaos amidst chaos and all it’s raw beauty..

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Amy – My bag is simple. A Nikon D700 and a small arsenal of simple, inexpensive lenses. My work horse the 50 1.4, 24 2.8, 15mm Sigma Fish Eye, 60 f2.8 Macro and for length I have a 105 f2 (no, not the macro) and my handy dandy humble 70-300 VR zoomie. Oh! And for a break from the norm – a Lensbaby with a slew of Optics for funsies! I carry all this in a cheap but sturdy bag I got off Amazon. I have an old Speedlight I use sometimes, a ring flash that I rarely use but it’s fun to play with and that’s really about it.

Look on to see a sampling of Amy’s amazingly pure images!

Thank you so much for sharing with us Amy! ♥♥♥

to see more of Amy’s work, be sure to check out her website HERE


I LOVE sales!!! Don’t we all???

So to close out twenty 13 and bring in twenty 14 you can head over to the KML store and save an additional 25% off your entire order! There are several items already on sale, including the popular Autumn and Winter Collections and you can save an additional 25% on  them and  ALL items, even the already reduced price ones! Head on over there and take advantage of the savings! Just enter in the code thankstwenty13 at checkout!

Sample from the Autumn Collection

Sample from the Winter Collection

Sample from the Candy Shoppe Collection

Black Friday & Cyber Monday – KML Creatives

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

So here’s the deal-io on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale and giveaways! Ready? Here goes!

All items at KMLC will be on sale with a 30% savings! (items already marked down excluded) All you need to do is enter in the code: givethanks at check out and your savings will appear in your cart. Code will be posted at 12am Friday!!!

Now, here’s the fun stuff!! On top of the sale, you can get a chance to win a $50 store credit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday simply by sharing the Black Friday sale post and image from the KMLC facebook page. Share and leave a comment on the image that you shared and there will be a random drawing each day! Must have at least 15 shares and comments in order for the drawing to happen. Only 1 share per person please. The winner will be announced the following day.

The Cyber Monday giveaways!!!! 2 chances to win a $30 store credit! The first way is the same as the previous days, just share the Black Friday Sale image on facebook and leave a comment that you did and there will be a random drawing. The second way is a chance for you and a friend to each win a $30 store credit to KMLC. How this one works is, if you purchased KMLC products during the Black Friday Sale, leave a comment on the Cyber Monday Giveaway image on the facebook page. In your comment, leave the last 4 digits of your purchase receipt number AND tag a friend in your comment. There will be a random drawing for this as well and if your comment is drawn, both you and your friend will get the $30 store credit. Again, there must be at least 15 comments in order for the drawing to happen.

That’s it!

Look for these images to be posted on Facebook

Black Friday SALE – for the daily drawing of a $50 a KMLC Store Credit


Cyber Monday Giveaway and sale – for 2 chance to win a$30 KMLC Store Credit!!!

The Black Friday image will be posted daily Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Monday Cyber Giveaway image will only be posted on Monday. Please leave your comments under the images in order to qualify for the giveaways. If you won previously during this Black Friday/Cyber Monday giveaway you will not be eligible to win again.

A Walk on the Dark Side – Halloween

OK, call me twisted if you must, I am ok with that. I happen to really love and I mean LOVE a bit of a darker side of art. I don’t get a chance to play in that arena to often. My daughter is my model most of the time and well, she’s all girl and loves to be pretty and floaty and dreamy. I love that too, lets face it, she’s a gorgeous little floaty princess. But this year for Halloween, and all on her own I might add, she said she wanted to be a scary witch!! My heart skipped a beat and my breath caught in my throat and my mind went crazy!!! I knew exactly how we were going to make her costume and I had a pretty good idea of how we were going to do her make up…AND I knew I HAD, absolutely HAD to make a little mini session out of it all before she hit the town to scare everyone and cast her little spells on innocent people whose doors she knocked on to get all that yummy goodness called candy.

SWOON – she makes the best little witch ever!!! My friend Stephanie said and I quote “If the bad witch in Wizard of Oz had a daughter this would be her & it looks like she’s come back to Kansas to look up Dorothy.” PERFECT!!! Please enjoy my little witch….do so at your own risk, she is mighty good at casting spells and you may just find yourself enamored by her bewitching charms. 😉

Light in the Shadows – KML Creatives

So, I am a notorious backlight shooter. I love it, it makes me swoon. I have no shame in it. I love soft, dreamy and whimsical images. I love images that draw you in and just kind of make you sigh, make you want to climb right in and soak in the peacefulness. I like to look at an image and see my subjects lost in their own thoughts. I strive to make images like this. Sometimes I win, sometimes not so much. But it’s a never ending quest of mine. However, I have been wanting to challenge myself a little, step out of my comfort zone of backlighting while keeping all the other aspects of what I love. So, I’ve been on the hunt for pockets of light in the shadows. There is this spot right out my front door that I’ve been watching while the sun is making it’s southward journey. I knew I had to get my sweet girl into this sweet little spot. I knew it had to be a clear day and had to be during the golden hour. Ya know, that last hour before the sun sets. This way I had a natural reflector from the sun shinning down on my front lawn and the wide open sky in front of her. The sun to her back, with little light rays filtering through the trees behind her. I know, it sounds like I am still backlighting, but this is very different from my usual backlighting. There is no open sky behind her at all, just bit of sun dancing in the leaves of the tree behind. I knew it would make for some dreamy bokeh. So, off we went, all 50 steps out our front door, my sweet little one and me.

I can honestly say I am tickled pink with the results. The images made are still everything I love, with some new feelings gently tossed in the mix. I think I will be challenging myself much more in the future.

equipment used : Nikon D600 – 50mm 1.4G
wide open sky as a natural reflector
settings: ISO 100 – 1.4 – 1/1250s

Blessings ♥ Kristen Marie

The Apple Orchard – Childhood Photography

After a over a month of being confined to my bed, I FINALLY am getting around to a bit of normalcy!!! WOOT!!!

One thing I have been desperately wanting to do is this session with my daughter. I had found this adorable 70’s vintage dress on Etsy and have had this session in mind since the beginning of August. It was an incredibly beautiful day yesterday and I was feeling pretty much amazing, in comparison to what I have been feeling and I was determined to do this session. I don’t normally blog so many images, but it was next to impossible to pick just a few. I wanted the whole story told as best as I could. I adore these images. They may not be technically perfect in anyway, but honestly….I DO NOT CARE!!!! They represent some fun quality time with my little baby girl (who really isn’t so little anymore) something that she has been seriously missing since I have been bed bound. My whole family has been missing, well…me. It’s not easy being stuck in bed for so long. Hopefully I am on my way to health and getting back to being a mom and wife.

These images are a treasure to me and I just had to share them. I hope you will enjoy the innocence of childhood that I was trying to convey.

Have a blessed day.

Please do forgive my storyboards being a little out of whack! I was in to much of a hurry to get it done…shame on me 😉

Equipment used: Nikon D600, Nikkor 50 1.4G
Settings: ISO 250 – f2.2 to 2.5 – 1/800s to 1/1000s