Painted Skies – KML Creatives Overlays

KML Creatives Painted Skies Overlays

overlays for the creative soul

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These sky overlays were created to be used to help add a little drama to your images. Whether it’s to take a boring sky and give it life or if you are digital composite artist. These sky overlays are a little different from KMLC’s previous overlays in that they are more of a painted look. It took me 6 months of watching the skies daily to find the right look that I was going for. I have compiled my favorites in this collection and love the painted look each of them has. There are 15 all new skies, each one with 2 tones for a total of 30 sky overlays. In the images below you will see how I used one of each of the 15 different skies. The first is the original sky used in my fine art piece titled “Carried Away”. I just wanted to show each of the overlays in use so you can see how they work within the image.

The Painted Skies Overlays will be available for purchase 7/31/14. Want a chance to win the collection? Share this blog post on your facebook page with a link to the KML Creatives facebook page, come back here and leave a comment that you did so. You can get another chance to win the collection by going the KML Creatives facebook page and click on “share” this image here and leave a comment under the image that you shared. Do both and your name will be entered twice into the random drawing. Name will be drawn Friday 8/2/14, so that will give you from the time of this blog post until 11am on Friday. You can share once a day, today. tomorrow and Friday morning. Just be sure to leave those comments so I know you shared. The more you share, the better your chances are of winning the collection. If you purchase the collection before the drawing and your name is picked, you will be reimbursed or you can choose a store credit for the value.

That’s it! Easy as pie 🙂
Thank you and many blessings,
Kristen Marie ♥

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Burdens – Fine art portraiture

 The Burdens We Carry

I’ve been horrible at keeping up on blogging. So, I am just going to get started blogging my fine art pieces one at a time.

First I want to start off by thanking my son who so graciously agreed to pose for this image. He did a great job and I want to encourage him to help me out more in the future 😉

I am starting with this piece because it is so representative of why I am so horrible at blogging. We all get into a space now and then where we feel weighed down, like we are carrying a major heavy load and we feel like we can barely move. No matter how great or how small, we as humans tend to let burdens get it the way. Whether it’s lots of little troubles or just a few really big ones, we feel it. The goal is to keep moving, to keep pushing forward and to find a way to shed or carry our heavy loads the best way we can. I am guilty of sometimes falling short in this area. I sometimes feel like I am carrying so much that I can only manage to do the bare minimal, only doing what I have to do to just get by. I let some things slide (like blogging as an example) thinking, I will get to it tomorrow (which by the way never comes) I know I am not alone in this. I am human, we are all weak from time to time. However, I tend to be an optimist….annoyingly so. So I always “know” that things will get better, things will lighten up and I can and will keep moving forward, whether I am hauling burdens or find a way to kick them to the curb.

This piece represents the determination to keep moving despite the load we may feel on our back. The ball and chain that we drag behind us. Sometimes we end up moving so slow that it feels like birds could come roost on us. We keep moving though, we keep trudging through and walking towards the light where we know things are brighter and lighter. We want to get out of the shadows. Only light can create shadows, so we only need to step out from being whatever it is that is creating that shadow. We begin to appreciate peace and calm and the weightlessness of it because we know the weight of the burdens we carry.

 

 

 

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I truly hope to continue to blog and not let things slide or take for granted of all that I am given, including my burdens.

I need to send a big shout out to my fine art family that I found about 6 months ago. It’s a wonderful group of artists who have come together to support, learn and grow within their art. It is truly an incredibly supportive place. I think finding them helped to push me in pursuing what I knew I needed to be doing. Telling my stories, bringing my imagination and dreams to life through imagery. If you’d like to follow along and gaze upon some incredible art you can find it all right here at The Fine Art Portrait Photography Guild facebook page.

Blessings, Kristen Marie

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Artistique Collection – Actions, Textures and Overlays

It’s HERE!!! Finally released and I am so excited! Head on over to my store to get it for yourself! You can get just the actions (not compatible with photoshop elements) or just the textures and overlays or you can … Continue reading

Keeper of Dreams – Child Abuse Awarness – KML Creatives

My daughter and I were making photos for another piece that I was planning. She had asked if I would get one of her just looking down at her flower. I, of course, complied. When she is helping me I am more than willing to give her something she wants. I kept staring at this image, knowing it was to sweet, to innocent and to beautiful with the stillness of it that I HAD to do something with it. I could not just let it sit without giving it the love that it so rightly deserved. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it, but I just dug in. I started building the room, I placed her in it and it all came to life. My daughter is my beautiful dreamer, her imagination is boundless and she is forever telling stories. Anything we see as an ordinary object, she see life it in, animates it, gives it a personality and a story. Sometimes when she is off in one of her little worlds, I just listen without her knowing, I absorb her, taking all of her into my heart. This whole piece is based on her and her imagination, her light.

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Now, you may be asking how I can attribute this piece to my child abuse awareness series. I can and I do because this image represents the dreams and imaginations of all children, especially those who are afraid and being hurt. Knowing my daughter and her giving and kind little soul, if she could, she would reach out and save everyone of those children, take them into her world with her and let them feel the freedom that she feels inside her imagination and dreams. She of course can not do that, so instead what she can do, is to imagine that she is saving and keeping all those dreams and hopes alive and safe, letting them out when the time calls to do so. She is the keeper of dreams.

This was not a planned piece, but it has become my favorite of the series. Sometimes plans are not needed, sometimes we just have to let go and listen….listen and feel and let the world breathe life into you. I just love the quietness of this image and the life I feel from it.

Thank you for stopping by, many blessings to you and yours.

Kristen Marie

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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

YEAR END SALE – KML Creatives

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

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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!

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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