Melissa DeWitt Photography – Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Melissa DeWitt Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Melissa – When I was younger, art always intrigued me. Not regular pretty art you saw in homes, but crazy abstract art that didn’t make sense to most people. To me, it made perfect sense and it made me feel normal. At a young age I found out I couldn’t draw or paint but I could write, which I did frequently. It never crossed my mind I could be a professional photographer until AFTER I finished college. Seeing a black and white photograph that was so emotive and offered a piece of history did something inside of me. I wanted to capture that same timeless emotion. Once I had children and became a stay at home mom, photography was my outlet. When my first daughter was born (4 years ago), I pursued it as a business and have been very blessed since….. however, business aside photography will always be an art first.

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Melissa – When I first began my business, about 4 years ago, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I KNEW I wanted to capture that same abstract emotional feel I saw in art and in black and white images but I didn’t know how to achieve it! The problem was, I was focusing on other photographers and what their style was. I was trying to do what worked for them because for some crazy reason I thought it would work for me. Once I focused on what kind of art made me happy, my photographs changed into something that pleased my soul. I would say my style is me…a part of me. The part of me that loves shadow, matte, raw emotion, and surrealism.

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Melissa -Ah, my crazy dreams. haha. Now here is the part where you all decide that I am strange. And, I am okay with that. I am one of those people who dream in color… vivid crazy dreams where the emotion sticks with you long after. That is my motivation toward my imagery….to try and stuff an image full of life that screams at you even after the image was taken…10 or 20 years from now.

Being creative is something I enjoy because it is where I can totally be my weird self and embrace it. I love surrealism and I love making an idea come to life through images. Movies, old poetry like Poe or experts by Emerson, children, and life around us motives me to be creative and to create something unreal. Being unique is easy…anyone can do it. All you have to do is be yourself 100%, and don’t worry about what other people are doing. No one…NO ONE, can be you. Ever.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Melissa – This is a hard one. I struggled my first couple of years to find this balance and it still is a struggle sometimes. But now that I am comfortable with my art and where it is going, I only work on specific days, hold proofing sessions on specific days, and the rest is play time. I try to stick to that the best I can because I have 2 young children and a husband….so some sort of balance is crucial.

Cool fact of the day, my husband has became a huge role of this business lately by offering Fusion Films and Stop Motion Films for sessions/weddings!

KMLC- What KMLC products did you use on these images?
Melissa – Overlays, textures, actions….the whole shabang. My creative conceptual shoots extends to creative edits…KMLC products are perfect for the creative brain.

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Melissa – I asked a friend to give me a word. She said, “love”. I wanted to build a concept on “love”. But how could I show it without being obvious? How do we come to love ourselves and how do we define love? These were the questions I asked myself. Soon enough, the concept to this session was created.

It is about a girl who is running from becoming something she does not want to be. Society is clawing at her forcing her to blend in and she feels the pressure and fear of not knowing what to do. Running from the voices of society, she stops long enough to find simple beauty….simple creatures of this Earth (butterflies). At that point she transforms into love because she can finally see how simple her world can be. She feels beauty and finally her feelings are coming from within and not from an outside source. She can be herself and love herself for it.

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Melissa – Lint. 🙂 Just kidding.

Camera:
Nikon D800, Nikon D700, Nikon D5100

Lenses: 35mm, 50mm, 85mm (

I use natural light 95% of the time, and will manipulate it with reflectors or foam board. For when natural light is not cutting it, I break out my studio light set up (Einsteins, beauty dish, barn doors, soft boxes).

From time to time I do rent the 105macro and 24-70mm for special occasions.

Thank so much Melissa!!! Gorgeous images, amazing concept.

to check out more of Melissa’s work head over to 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 HERE

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Featured – KML Creatives

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This weeks featured images and the creative photographers who created them. Boy, ya’ll didn’t make it easy on me. It was hard to narrow it down to just a few of my faves. I picked from images posted June through … Continue reading

Giveaway, Giveaway, Giveaway!!!

And the winner is comment #21 Jessica from Dalton Photography!!!! Congratulations!!!!  Jessica, please email me at kmlcreatives@gmail.com to claim your prize!

I used random.org, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me paste the code here to show the widget. So I did a screen capture and then enlarged the numbers.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

A huge thank you to all my vendors! Amanda Reed Photography, Gracie Wolf, JHP Couture, Kelly Broyles Photography, The Posey Pillow and TC Soy!!!

It’s the KML Creatives 1200 giveaway!!!

I honestly didn’t think we would get to 1200 as fast as we did, but we did and we have surpassed it!  [pondering the 3000 giveaway]

I am so excited and I have some awesome vendor sponsors!!

First, lets go over the *rules* ya know we gotta have ’em.

The giveaway begins 2/10/12 and will come to a close on 2/17/12 at midnight (est) Originally I was going to run the giveaway for 2 weeks, but I just think that is much to long to make anyone wait, so I changed my mind [ we’re all entitled to do that] So here’s how it’s all gonna go down. Winner will be chosen at random by random.org, so be sure to read carefully on how to get your name in as many times as you can. There will be one winner.

For your first entry you can have your name placed up to 5 times. How?  Post on your facebook status (not posting on the kmlc wall), tagging the KMLC facebook page (1 entry) Like ALL the vendors facebook pages and give them a shout out, they are all fabulous and deserve some love (2nd entry and I will be checking), tweet about the giveaway tagging KMLC facebook (3rd entry), pin it on Pinterest tagging me (4th entry) and you can blog about it with a link to the KMLC blog (5th entry) This is just for day 1. What you need to do is come back here and leave a comment for each entry, if you combine them all in one comment it will only count as one entry as I will be entering the number of comments left for the random drawing.

For the rest of the week you can have your name entered in 2 times a day, yes….twice.a.day!!! Post on facebook tagging the KMLC facebook page. Tweet tagging KMLC. Be sure to leave separate comments for each entry.

Any entries posted after midnight, that’s east coast time, on 2/17/12 will not be counted. Please don’t leave more than 5 comments the first day your enter and no more than 2 comments each additional day. Duplicates will be deleted. Winner will be announced here on the blog on Monday 2/20/12 in the evening.  NOTE: It is your responsibility to check who the winner is. Winner must contact me via email at kmlcreatives@gmail.com to claim your prize and to get contact info to claim your prize from the other sponsors. Winner will have 48 hours, if I don’t hear from the winner after 48 hours another winner will be drawn. Please follow the rules, they really are so easy and I don’t want to have to disqualify anyone if they break the rules. I would if need be, as it is only fair to those who are playing nice ; )

The winner of the KML Creatives 1200 fan giveaway will win a gift certificate from me in the amount of $150 to use on or toward ANY KML Creatives products. This includes logo design, marketing kits, texture collections, templates, digi papers, digi frames…anything from KMLC. If you are drawn as the winner, we will be in communication about how you would like to spend your $150 KMLC gift certificate.

KML Creatives facebook page

KML Creatives website

Kristen Marie pinterest

Now on to the good stuff!!!

(vendor sponsors are in alphabetical order)

Amanda Reed is a mega watt kick ARse superstar photographer. She has worked hard to grow her business. She has grown huge in a fairly short period of time. Not only does she has the respect of her peers, but she is highly sought after by clients, both new and old. Amanda has a fabulous high school senior clientele and her work with them is out.of.this.world. She has a fabulous e-book that shares her secrets to making her senior program work!!! Her Senior Synergy is full of great info! Even though it is called “Senior Synergy” you can take the information she shares and use it for ALL genres of photography. It’s full of beautiful images that also serve as a posing guide! An amazing e-book and she is donating it to whom ever the lucky winner is. Value – $149

Purchase Senior Synergy here

Amanda Reed Photography facebook page

Grace Wolf, another fabulous photographer AND artist. Grace creates some AH-MAZING one of a kind pieces of art. Wonderful mixed media canvas pieces. Seriously wonderfully whimsical and creative. Each piece is created with passion by Graces hand.  They are bright, vibrant, full of texture (you may just have to run your fingers across it every time you pass it) and Grace is donating a one of a kind piece size 12×12. If you love whimsy…you will love this piece!

Value – $125

Gracie Wolf  facebook page

Jennifer Hampton of JHP Couture, photographer and creator of all things cute! JHP Couture has some of the cutest, prettiest photo props all made by her. They are colorful, soft and safe to use. She really makes some adorable things. Jennifer is giving away 3 headbands and 2 cheese cloth wraps, perfect for newborn photographers or to use on your own sweet little pea pod.

Value – $38

JHP Couture facebook page

Kelly Broyles, also a fellow photographer and artist. Kelly creates one of kind word art pieces. These are custom designed for you. You can choose your name and your significant other, your new baby, or just something fun that fits your personality. These pieces are so fun and great way to memorialize special events, moments or feelings in your life. Kelly is giving away a one of kind 11×14 canvas finish print, custom word art piece to the winner.

Value – $35

Kelly Broyles Photography facebook page

Joie King, creator of the Posey Pillow newborn (poser) photo prop. Oh you newborn photographers will love this thing!! Each piece is carefully made by Joie. Since she started to make these they have literally been flying out her door!  A must have for the newborn photographer. Joie is giving away 1 Posey Pillow in the winners choice of size. She has a studio size 40″x12″ value – $94.99 and a travel size, perfect for on location photographers 33″x10″ value $74.99.

Posey Pillow facebook page

Posey Pillow website

Valerie Meyers of TC Soy, maker of the single most fabulous smelling, long lasting, clean burning soy candles you will ever know.  I do not exaggerate! I LOVE these candles. They are all natural, the smell divine, there is NO waste…as in they burn fully down. You know when you get a candle and you burn it until the wick is gone and there is all this wax still on the sides and it goes to waste? You will not have that with TC Soy candles. They burn clean, no soot…that nasty black stuff that sticks to the jar, nope you won’t have none of that. The scents will fill your house and tickle your nose. The best candle ever! To know they are made with such care is a big bonus. Plus, burning soy helps to support our soybean farmers!! Valerie is giving away 2 16oz  jar size candles.

Value – $24

NOTE: Valerie is also a FEMA employee and she has been called out to help those in need. She will be back in March. I will contact the winner when she is back home safe and sound so that you can contact her to claim your prize.

TC Soy facebook page

TC Soy website

That’s it! Those are all of our wonderful vendor sponsors! I want to personally thank each of the sponsors for so graciously donating their talents and gifts to help make the KMLC 1200 fan giveaway so wonderful.

Thank you to each of you for the support you have shown me over the last 9 months since I began this part of my journey. I never imagined I would grow as fast as I have and I am humbled and grateful for everything I have been blessed with.

Ok…go now..post away! Remember up to 5 entries on the first time you enter and up to 2 times a day for the remainder of the time!

Good luck and many blessings!

~ Kristen Marie