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. 😉





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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

Michele Coleman Photography – Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Michele Coleman Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Michele – I fell in love with photography while in college studying Journalism. Back then I shot film, and there was nothing better than the “rush” and excitement I felt after I developed my images and saw them for the first time. I guess what drew me in was the art and the challenge of the craft. I always knew I would be an artist of some form. Before I found still photography, I dabbled in poetry, collaging, video production, painting, and other mediums.

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Michele – Spontaneous, Artistic, Edgy and Colorful. I love to capture or create emotion, nostalgia, and innocence in my work with children. With High School Seniors it’s all about telling their story, showcasing their personality, and style. I equally love vibrant color, black and white, and a little vintage. I love to mix things up constantly.

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Michele -My motivation to keep digging deeper and becoming better at my craft stems mainly from an overwhelming desire to create. I think all artists strive to continually create better work. Recently I have begun to incorporate my love of decorating and putting together colors and elements into my photography. It’s working out great and given me a new boost of creativity. I am also a highly motivated and independent person, which I get honestly from my Mother. Hard work and perseverance run through my veins. I have a dream of the life I want to live and my career is a means to see it become reality. Loving what I do and getting to create art everyday make it so much more enjoyable, of course! I also love to inspire others and strive to that through the images I create.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Michele – I would be a liar if I told you that I have found that illusive balance. Still aiming for it. Traveling a lot seems to help. I love road trips, seeing and experiencing new things, and spending time with loved ones whenever I get the chance. Keeps me refreshed. I am, however, one of those people who can never seem to really “rest.” Even when I try to put the camera or computer away, I find myself itching to get back to it.

KMLC- What KMLC products do you use?
Michele – I use all of KMLC’s texture sets, especially Whispers and Whispers 2! I also love Light Leaks!

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Michele – This set of images is of Sam, one of my Class of 2014 Senior Spokesmodels. Sam has a big personality, and is very outgoing. She’s into Dance, Theater, Music, Disney, Vintage, and Harry Potter. I wanted to help her showcase all of her various interests and she made is so easy with her awesome style and willingness to go along with every random idea I came up with. The tomato shot was done right beside of her house, and she worked in the field growing up. When we showed up to the location, the workers were still in the barn and told me I could use anything I wanted. I pulled together a few props and magic happened. I love that image. What I love most about it is it’s not just a cute senior portrait but it has a real story behind it. It means something to Sam because it represents a big part of her childhood.

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Michele – A Nikon D4 and a D700 for a backup. Favorite lenses include the 70-200 VR, 85mm 1.4, 105mm 2.8 Macro and the 24-70mm 2.8. Other lenses in the bag: 50mm 1.8, 35mm 2.0. Lighting in the studio: Calumet Travelites with varied sizes of softboxes and a beauty dish. One Larson reflector. I also use a Ringlight, IceLight (new favorite toy), and some LED video lights. For on location photography with Seniors and Weddings I always pack my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger setup and a few Nikon speedlights.

Thank you so much Michele!!! Gorgeous images as always!

To see more of Michele’s work be sure to 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 HERE

Be sure to share and spread some love around!!!

Sarah M Photography – Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Sarah M Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Sarah – I had purchased a used fixed lens fujifilm to take on a trip to Denver last year. When I got home and went through the images I was surprised to find that not only did I have fun, but I might possibly have an eye for it. After that, I became obsessed with learning everything I could- learning manual, composition, all the ‘rules’.

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Sarah – Weird. LOL. I guess I’ve always been a secret weirdo and photography is just the perfect outlet for that. I love anything that’s dark, creepy, weird, beautiful..I have an obsession with gas masks and chiffon.

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Sarah – I definitely don’t lack motivation, photography is like crack! LOL, but really, I’m truly obsessed and find inspiration in everything-especially music, movies, books, and art. I find something that speaks to me, then put my own spin on it.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Sarah – That is definitely hard. I don’t have a perfect balance, my family comes first, and then I squeeze in everything else-thank goodness for smart phones!

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Sarah – This session was inspired by the book, “Valley of the Dolls.” I’ve read it several times and just love it. It’s about several girls in New York in the 40s and 50s who turn to booze and pills to cope with life. I also used Lana Del Rey as inspiration for the styling and the emotion. I wanted to portray a young girl, battling her inner demons, because I think we’ve all been there at some point, it’s just how you cope that matters.

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Sarah –
I shoot on a Canon Rebel T3 (Don’t judge!). I don’t need a million focus points, I love grain in my images, so my little rebel works just right for me.
My go to lens is my 35mm, but I also use my 50 1.8 and occasionally my 24-85.
But, my bag doubles as my purse, so it’s always with me!

Thank you Sarah!!!

to check out more of Sarah’s work go 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

Cora Edwards Photography – Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Cora Edwards Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Cora – My parent gave me an ancient Olympus OM-1 for Christmas in 1997 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve always had a fondness for small details that might otherwise go unnoticed and I think what initially drew me into photography was the fact I could highlight these details and show people the way I see the world. Things that can so easily be overlooked have a way of springing to life through photography. Even though I’ve been taking photos for a long time, I only just decided to pursue it in a professional capacity 3 years ago. My husband’s job has us moving quite frequently and this profession can move along with us. Anywhere we go, I have a job. It’s great!

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Cora – I’m all over the place. Mostly I’m inspired by art, music, and nature. I love conveying a sense of emotion in my photos and really strive to be a “storyteller” and not just a “picture-taker”. I would say right now, my style is a cross between vintage, fine art, and composite work. I also do a lot of composites on my Iphone using apps for Instagram and that has opened up a whole new world for me!

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Cora -I think I could say my number one motivation to grow is to always be pushing my own boundaries and never getting into a rut. I never want people to look at my photos and think “They all look the same”. I always have that in the back of my mind when going to a shoot. It’s so easy to get into a comfort zone and stay there, but that does not a good photographer make. I am constantly trying to think of ways to set myself apart from other photographers. Most of all, I think it’s important to just stay true to myself and not be overly concerned about how many “likes” my photo is getting on Facebook or Instagram. That’s not what it’s about. (even though it’s fun!) It’s about getting ideas and following through with them, going with your gut, and not being afraid to go off the beaten path.

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Cora – I am not a business oriented person at all. My brain just doesn’t think like that. Numbers and lists and graphs, oh my! Not for me. Unfortunately this is inevitable when you own your own business. Thank God I am married to a man who is quite business savvy. He keeps me in line and reminds me to save all of my receipts. Really the only challenge I have in regards to my personal life is reminding myself that not every single photo has to be finished in one day. It’s not the end of the world if I have to get outside and go for a walk. The photos aren’t going anywhere. I’ve been spacing them out a bit more and that has helped decrease the stress-levels significantly.

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Cora – This session was inspired by “Ophelia” as well as one of my favorite paintings “La Jeune Martyre” by Paul Delaroche. I’ve always had a fondness for images and art depicting women floating in water. I think it’s so tragically romantic. I was also inspired by “Anne of Green Gables”, especially the part where Anne pretends to be the Lady of Shalott. That movie has been a favorite of mine since I was little and I used to act out that part. ha!

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Cora – Currently there is a Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, my Mark 5d II, some bug spray, sunscreen, anti-bacterial gel, a small pack of tissues, and some peanut M&Ms.

Thanks so much Cora!!! Amazing images!!!

to check out more of Cora’s work go 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

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…)

 

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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.

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…and the winner is

 

Vivian Peralta Fotografia

 

Congratulations to Vivian Peralta Fotographia! Her number was drawn and she is the winner of the KMLC new Grungier Texture Collection and a feature blog post right here!! Go check out her facebook page, show her some love!!! Fabulous image!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their submissions, so many great images. Over the next few days, be sure to check your emails as I will be sending a little thank you to everyone who entered!

Blessings,

Kristen

 

 

Top 5 images of the KMLC Texture Giveaway

Boy this was tough! I had to pull in two more judges to get this narrowed down to 5. So many good images that it was hard for people to choose just 5. Sooo… what I am doing is having the top 5 image with one wild card image, existentially making it a top 6.

The random drawing will be tomorrow evening and the winner will be notified by email and announced on the blog.

Thank you so much to all of you who sent in images. What I love is that, for some of you, this was your first time using textures and I am amazed and inspired at how well you implemented them with your image. So, thank you … all of you!

Here are the top 6 images in alphabetical order.

 

Image 1 – Adam Furtado of True LAFS Photo

 

Image 8 – LaBella Vita Photography

 

Image 9 – La Valle Digital Art

 

Image 11 – Lisa Marie Photography

 

Image 12 – Melissa DeWitt Photography

 

Image 19- Vivian Peralta Photography

 

Amazing work everyone, now reach around and pat yourselves on the back!

Be sure to share and brag a little, it’s ok to do that now and then.

Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KML Creatives Texture Giveaway Entires

First, I want to thank everyone who sent in images! SO many great ones and I so glad I don’t have to choose.

To refresh your memory, all images submitted are posted here. The judges will then pick their top 5 favorites and then the top 5 images will be posted in another blog post on Wednesday evening. They will be numbered 1-5 in alphabetical order. They will be up for a few days (just to show ya off a little) and then the numbers will be placed in a random.org selector. The winner will then be notified by email and also here on the blog. The winner will receive the new grungier texture collection from KML Creatives, PLUS get a feature in an upcoming blog.

So, with out further adieu, here are your images!
In alphabetical order.

Image 1 – Adam Furtado of True LAFS Photo

Image 2 – Carole Anthony Photography

Image 3 – Dalton Lane Photography

Image 4 – Donald DeWitt

Image 5 – Integrity Developments from Dawn

Image 6 – Jason M Portraits

Image 7 – Kelly Broyles Photography

Image 8 – LaBella Vita Photography

Image 9 – La Valle Digital Art

Image 10 – Lisa Epsy Photography

Image 11 – Lisa Marie Photography

Image 12 – Melissa DeWitt Photography

Image 13 – Michelle and Jason Photography

Image 14 – Michele Coleman Photography

Image 15 – Michelle Renee Photography

Image 16 – Mindy B Photography

Image 17 – Push Play Photography

Image 18- Tricia Scrivner Photography

Image 19- Vivian Peralta Photography

Be sure to leave some comment love for your fave images too!!! I mean we ALL love a little ego stroking now and then,so spread the love ♥

Blessings,
Kristen

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