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


KML Creatives Featured Artist – Kelly Broyles Photography

I am so excited to be getting back into featuring fabulously talented artists!!! It’s been a long time in the making and it is now all ready to go. I am honored to be featuring, not only a wonderful photographer, but a beautiful woman as well.

So with out further delay….

Kelly Broyles Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Kelly – Growing up I always envied the kids with artistic talent. I couldn’t draw. I couldn’t sing. I could write to an extent but it never kept my interest. There was one thing that always kept me entertained: Dad’s 35mm camera. Anytime he would let me “play” with his camera I was sucked into a magical world of taking photographs. I become obsessive with photographs. Then when I was 10 I shot a photo of my brother on a swingset with a disposable camera that my parents blew up to a 8×10″ and to this day they still have it. The satisfaction I received in capturing that memory and the feeling of being proud I felt lit something inside of me. I didn’t actually decide to pursue photography until 2009. College years kept me busy (class, parties, etc…) so when I got married and settled down I finally had time to follow my passion.

I knew that I never wanted to look at my kids someday and tell them, “follow your dreams,” but deep inside know I had not followed my dream. Now someday whether I quit photography tomorrow or stay in it 40 years I can honestly look at my children and tell them I followed my dream.

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Kelly -Clean and timeless. I want to create photographs that my clients love not only now but also in twenty years.

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Kelly -I have a very tight knit group of photography friends from all over the country who are my motivation when I need a swift kick forward. We openly brainstorm together, share ups and downs and essentially have formed a photography family. They are my strength when I find myself down.

Aside from that I find inspiration in the world around me. I try (though sometimes it’s hard) to steer clear of Pinterest and other photographers work because I want to find my own inspiration. Cinema, books and magazines all inspire me. Most of the time I find when I sit back, relax and clear my mind I can find inspiration.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Kelly – I work full-time and photography is my part-time business plus I am married and expecting our first child in the Fall… combine those things together and learning to manage my time was crucial. I had to find a happy balance between being successful at my full-time job, growing my business/passion for photography and having a personal life.

The thing that helped me the most was having a set schedule. I do not shoot on Sundays unless it’s an absolutely must for a client which keeps a free day open for my husband & family. And when things get extremely busy I outsource editing. I used to almost feel like outsourcing editing was “cheating” but sometimes it’s nice to know I can take a breather, walk away and let someone else handle the basics then I just do artistic editing once they’ve done the lifting for me.

KMLC -What KMLC products did you use on these images?
Kelly -I couldn’t pick just one favorite session to feature so Kristen told me I could pick a selection from a couple sessions.

I used KML Creative’s Cloud & Sky Overlays and KML Creative’s Dream Overlays (specifically the bokeh-licious.)

KMLC- Tell us about these images.\
Kelly – I adore capturing engagements. Happy couples in love anticipating their wedding day make me smile. And these two couples made me smile even more than usual.

The first session is my baby brother & his fiancee. Naturally since he’s my brother they have a special place in my heart, but my (future) sister-in-law has also become one of my very close friends so capturing their photos made my heart jump for joy. We shot these photos at Kanawha Falls just a short drive outside of Charleston, WV. By luck we were driving past and saw some gorgeous flowers growing after we had spent hours searching for the perfect setting!

The second session is a bride & groom which is getting married next week! We headed to downtown Charleston, WV and found ourselves inside Taylor Books, a quaint book store in downtown. Since Taran & Erik are fun loving they wanted to throw in a bit of their personality (wedding & music magazines) to their session. After the book store we headed to the (former) Sunrise Museum that overlooks Charleston. We found a stunning rustic bench that made the perfect backdrop for their photos.

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Kelly -I am an absolute oddball in the fact that I shoot Sony. In my bag I carry two camera bodies plus an array of lenses including at the current time 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 135mm 2.8, 28-75mm 2.8, 70—20 4.0 (If you shoot Sony this lens is a gem!), Lensbaby Composer Pro and lots of other fun goodies (speedlights, light modifiers, etc…)




Thank you so much Kelly!!! Such gorgeous images!!!

to check out more of Kelly’s awesomeness you can check out her website HERE and her facebook page HERE


If you would like to be considered as a KMLC Featured Artist, follow the link, fill out the interview and send in your images per the directions at the interview.