everything: a sneak peek

every thing. every. single. thing i shoot with these two is magic.

remember this magic?

get ready for some of this magic.

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i know i said i was going to post the workshop photographs, but i couldn’t help myself. i had to share these.

love them. the images and the subjects.

hang on tight; i am pulling a bunny out of my hat with these two. stay tuned…

oh geez

i goofed!! i was reviewing my pricing for my personalized photography instruction and i realized i had added a “/kicker” where it didn’t need to be making the pricing super off…seriously…math was never my gig! oh geez…so sorry! it has been corrected now and makes a ton more sense! ;) check it out here.

and a taste at what’s coming from the jc workshop. get ready; they are up next:

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homesick

i have been feeling a bit homesick lately. for no particular reason, just having some pangs for home. i miss my parents and my sister, and am looking forward to our next visit.

i stumbled across these while doing some other editing tonight. they  made me feel happy and closer to home.

my dad is a very accomplished pianist. he is so amazingly talented. one of those pianists that can play it how he hears it and play it from just seeing it. gifted. for sure. my sister and i took lessons for  awhile, but begged our parents to let us quit. “you’ll regret it someday.” they were right; i do. i can still pluck out the right hand, but am so sad that i quit lessons when i did.

i hope my children grow up playing the piano: a tribute to my dad, a memory to his talented legacy.

i shot these when we were home for thanksgiving; good times and great memories.

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my parents are really cool about letting the kids plunk around for a bit. it’s “beautiful racket” to them. i guess when you become a grandparent annoying noise created by a grandchild becomes music to your ears.

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how priceless are these two with my dad. getting emotional. tears starting to well…

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i am not the only one excited to head to grandma and grandpa’s house soon:

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mom and dad, you were right about piano; bummed i quit. maybe i’ll take lessons again with my kids. ;)

i am thinking of both of you and missing you! i love you more than all the music notes in the world. nothing feels as good as coming home!! see you soon, xoxo kam

my namesake: kind of. sort of. not really at all.

they named her camille and will call her that. and that’s fine. i mean as a parent you get to call your child whatever you want, right? i mean you do get to name the babe after all. and call her whatever you want, but for me, i am going to call her cami, and pretend she was named after me. ;) even though it is short a letter and spelled completely different. in my reveries this baby is my namesake. kind of. not really. well, ok, fine. not at all, but a girl can dream can’t she?

allow me to introduce to the world wide web “cami”(since it’s my blog and my dreams i am going to call her that ;)) aka camille, baby extraordinaire:

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cami came into the world singing. opera. long operas actually. she’s probably singing one right now. listen carefully. if you live in california you might be able to hear the melodic shrill of baby cami:

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she has been blessed with a beautiful set of pipes. what a gift. ;) she didn’t “sing” that long, although i wouldn’t have minded if she did. i am quite accustom to that baby song.

cami settled quickly every time her mom (a very patient and kind woman who looks so amazingly GREAT after having just birthed a baby) was near. she recognizes love, pure and selfless love:

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baby cami was welcomed with much love by an adorable sister:

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who seems to be happy she is around:

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the score has been evened; one baby for each parent:

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there is absolutely zero jealousy here. nope. not a bit at all. ;)

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i love daddies and baby girls; there is something so special about the relationship they have.

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and the relationship a mother has with her daughters is something so intangible yet ultra significant and important:

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a few more of my most beautiful, talented, exceptional, and perfect namesake (dreaming, still dreaming!! ;)):

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a couple of the family of four:

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if cami does decide to pursue “singing” professionally, or if she takes the pop star route, she will have the attitude to go with it ;) :

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tracy, vincent, olivia and baby cami, thank you for allowing us to spend some time with you. as always, your family is warm, cheerful, welcoming, and a pleasure to spend time with. may cami sleep a bit more a “sing” a bit less. thank you again; can’t wait to see you soon, kj

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rain rain: a crying game

i have always had a big imagination. when i was little i thought the rain was god and all of his angels crying because something happened that made them all sad. when it rained for several days and flooded things i decided god and all those angels were really sad about something.

i know better now.

it has been raining for a week. hard. flooding things. god and the angels are crying because a couple of really awesome shoots that i was totally excited about have been canceled.

cry on.

a sneak peek of an angel, crying. more to come!!

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kickin’ it with kamee june: personalized instruction and workshops

i am a teacher. in my heart of hearts that’s who i am.  in fact teaching is what got me into photography in the first place. in addition to teaching english i also was the yearbook and newspaper advisor. my first year we published a book that wasn’t quite were it needed to be in terms of photographic quality. so that summer i taught myself a little bit about photography so i could teach my students. then i asked a few friends in the business, who were so kind and generous with their time, to come to my class and teach my students some basics for taking a good picture. while my students took copious notes on the guest speaker’s lecture, i sat in the back and did the same. after four published yearbooks, rubbing shoulders with amazingly gifted photographer friends, spending countless hours on the internet researching my most recent query, reading book after book on photography, feeling encouraged by other photographers and their more work, and a great deal of trial and error, i learned how to take a picture. i was and still am, so inspired by the work of my former students who, i hope from their experience in publications and life, have become quite accomplished photographers, two of which i ask to second shoot with me whenever they are available.

i continue learning from numerous fountains, and hope i always am progressing and trying out new things with my skills.

i get emails quite often asking me how i do certain things pertaining to picture taking and my little business operations. I LOVE THESE EMAILS; keep them coming! (I try to respond to all of them, not always in a timely fashion, but i promise i do read them, consider them, and i will respond to all of them and will help answer your questions. if i haven’t, resend me your email; maybe it didn’t come through or the email trash bin ate it and then was deleted. or post it on my discussion board on my facebook fan page. once you fan the page you will be able to join the forums; click on the discussion box to add your thoughts, questions, comments, jokes, etc. ;) that way you can get my response and several other gifted and talented photographers’ ideas as well. once again, i promise to respond; it just might take me a touch of time.) i am so flattered that the emails come in the first place; i love the opportunity i have to give back all that has been given to me, and also the chance i have to be thrown back into the arena i love: education. only now it is a love affair with teaching and photography, which really couldn’t be much cooler. (yes, the english teacher just used “cooler”.)

a few months ago i received and email from rhonda.

IMG_5456rhondasoooprettyblog she shared her love of photography and also expressed an interest in learning more and wanted to know if i would be interested in taking some time to teach her. it was a no-brainer. of course i would be willing to do two things i love all while being with a really cool person and helping her with her passions and future endeavors. i was even more encouraged and flattered when i found out she lived in delaware and was making the trip for me (with a little business mingled on the side). so cool. ultra, ultra cool!!

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we made plans. she shared with me everything she was interested in learning, and i prepared the best way to teach it to her. she told me she was really interested in learning how to take pictures with night light (this post was one of the first she saw on my blog). so i threw together a little surprise for her: a shoot, at night. before heading out, we discussed some of her questions, i showed her what’s in my bag and shared why i use the equipment i do, then we discussed how to shoot manually, which was the assignment for the shoot: to work with the light available and only shoot manually. that is like baptism by fire. shooting manually can be on of the trickiest things to master in terms of photography, but once it is, it opens so many photographic doors, and night light? well, the basic component in relation to photographs is light. shooting with minimal to poor light can be difficult, to say the least.

rhonda owned the shoot. she kicked serious night-light bootie.

rhonda picked up manual in about 30 minutes, and she did so well shooting with night’s light; she found where it was most powerful, was able to recognize the wanted and unwanted shadows it was casting, and was able to execute a good shot; i was very impressed.

she is for sure the ap student, and is such a beautiful and gifted person in so many ways:

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the sassy night-light sisters (photo credit to jen; thanks jen!!):

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i wrangled in my neighbors, who are so good and nice to me, to be our models. they were so patient with us while rhonda and i talked out the logistics of the shot, found our light, or discussed our settings and what was working or what wasn’t. i knew they were cold and hungry, but i was so grateful to them for being willing to help us.

just of a few of gorgeous jen and pat in some “beautiful” light:

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so similar to the one above with pat in the foreground, but i loved this image of jen. perhaps my favorite of the night:

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to both of you: thank you so much for being there; i am so grateful to have you as friends and neighbors. you rocked it!!

after feeding our models rhonda and i went back to my place to discuss post processing and photoshop. like when i was in the classroom and my students “got something” it was so cool to see the “light go on” with rhonda. i really enjoyed seeing her grasp something and appreciate the understanding of it, that up until that point had been an enigma. it was so rewarding, and i felt so appreciative of her too and the encouragement she so freely gave me and the desire to learn and progress. i was inspired by her spirit and the energy she possesses to grow in a passion. not to mention what a quick study she is. the next day we had a newborn baby shoot scheduled. we arrive at the location a touch early so we had some time to discuss light and practice shooting it’s different qualities.

we discussed. then practiced.

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head on over to rhonda’s blog for some coverage. she didn’t have an easy model to work with ;), but she (rhonda) totally worked her understanding  and came away with some really noteworthy images (not saying that because they are of me ;), but because she took what she was learning and applied it and did so well!!!). i loved how she didn’t get discouraged or down on herself for one moment, but kept trying and tinkering around until she had it right; so inspiring. one image she shot i intend to use as my new facebook profile picture; i loved it so much. ;) she soaked it all up, continued asking questions, practiced some more, and was so enthused along the way. it was such a pleasure meeting her. i knew i was going to like her from the correspondence we had had through email and facebook, but i didn’t know that we were going to form an immediate bond and friendship. she was such a warm person and took such a genuine interest in me and my family. we enjoyed her company so much we invited her back to spend more time with us after our shoot on saturday. ;) she was open-minded, interesting, thoughtful, sincere, kind, observant, and talented. she is someone to watch for sure.  it has been a week since she left, and gunnar has asked for her almost every day. it has made me miss my new friend.

i am also grateful to her because she helped spring board a goal i had been sitting on for a while: to combine my two loves and teach photography to those who are interested in kickin’ it with me. there has been interest in personal photography tutoring and some mini-workshopping for a while now, and i have decided to make it happen this year! with the help of several generous and thoughtful friends i will be teaching a few workshops in the spring and summer, maybe even the fall. dates, locations, and details are to be announced for those, but they are coming, and i can’t wait!! seriously, i am jumping out of my skin with excitement at just the thought of it!

until then i am now officially offering individualized photography instruction. i would love to be able to meet you and answer all your questions face to face in a relaxed setting; just us, kickin’ it with our cameras.

the full menu: personalized instruction pricing

an entire day of kickin’ it with kamee june: cheesecake factory style

8 hours personalized instruction style: a full shoot, lunch, and dinner

kickin’ it solo: $950.00

kickin’ it with a wingman: $1350.00

kickin’ it with 3 or more kickers: $550.00/kicker

a half a day of kickin’ it with kamee june: cafe rio style

4 hours of personalized instruction time: a mini-shoot, and dinner

kickin’ solo: $750.00

kickin’ it with a wingman: $1250.00

kickin’ it with 3 or more kickers: $450.00/kicker

kickin’ it with kamee june: starbuck’s style

we’ll grab drinks and talk for an hour or two

kickin’ it solo: $350.00

kickin’ it with a wingman: $480.00

kickin’ it with 3 or more kickers: $240.00/kicker

please contact me if you are interested in scheduling some kickin’ it time! until then keep your emails and comments coming. a big thank you to rhonda for unknowingly helping me to accomplish a goal i have been stirring for a while now! so thankful for you, and inspired by your eagerness to learn. keep it up; i can’t wait to see where you take your eye for this world!! (ps rhonda is going to the white house this week; wonder if she will be able to take her camera in? probably not. it’s going to have to be mental memories for us to read about on her blog. (add her to your bloglines; her blog has such a rad voice.) thank you to rhonda for making the trip and for spending some time with me and thank you to all of you, who like her, take a genuine interest in me and my photography.

glasses up!!

here’s to rhonda, my first student of 2010,and her insatiable desire to learn and master, and to setting goals and making them happen!!

keep your eyes on the blog for workshop details. they are coming soon!!! would love to see you all there!

and a sneak peek from my baby shoot with rhonda (a thank you to the allegre family for being so willing to share their time and family with us; thankful for all of you too. ;)).

more coming soon. until then…

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a british sonnet; an american beauty: princess diana

this sonnet will not be new to many of you. it was one of my favorites to teach my students. i thought it appropriate to couple timeless poetry and language with classic beauty and poise.

sonnet 18 by william shakespeare

shall i compare thee to a summer’s day?

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thou art far more lovely and more temperate;

rough winds do shake the darling buds of may.

and summer’s lease hath all too short a date;

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sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,

and oft’ is his gold complexion dimm’d;

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and every fair from fair sometime declines

by chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

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but they eternal summer shall not fade

nor lose possession of that fair thou owest’;

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nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

when in eternal lines to time thou growest:

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so long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

do long lives this and this gives life to thee.

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if you are totally at a loss for what this means check this out.

essentially the speaker is saying that as long as there are eyes to read and lips to speak this poem, his enchanting muse will live on forever (all that mingled with a really cool summer metaphor about how she is way more beautiful than the summer!)

same with diana and these images. she has been immortalized forever; as long as eyes can see she will live on.

diana was my giveaway winner. it was a pleasure photographing her and when she told me what these images were going to be used for i was even more excited for her that she won. diana is also in the photography industry. she has recently moved to oregon and is working to rebuild her clientele and business, something she had already achieved in orange county. she is getting ready to relaunch a new site with a new, fresh look; these images are going to be a part of it. that makes me smile, and feel happy. success will follow you diana; you’ll see!!

until then may you look at these and feel like a princess who is regal and beautiful and poised and articulate. thank you for the time together. see you at wppi!! kj

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a family of super heroes, and a hero of my heart

 a very long time ago i was in love with a boy. he loved me too. then he broke my heart, rather, shredded it, marinated it in lighter fluid, tossed it flippantly into a cold metal receptacle, then torched it, and walked away, whistling. (sounds like a good lifetime movie right? it actually is a really great love story that ended sadly. i will include it in the book i plan to write someday. until then, lifetime, give me a call.) it hurt. badly.  it happened during a summer term at school so there weren’t many witnesses to the calamity. one of my most understanding friends was there however, to help gather the charred remnant aftermath, and piece together the semblance of a girl, who once loved. (is that drama or what? come on. call me lifetime!!)

i was grateful for her presence in a time when i felt so alone, sad, and well, burnt.

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just looking at her now takes me back to a safe place. thank you michelle for being a good friend to me and for helping heal my heart! i have always been grateful for you. we actually had been friends long before the break-up occurred. we shared so many of the same interests: old movies, 40′s music, hats, great food, skiing, romantic novels, romance itself (i think that’s why she just understood when i was hurting),and travel. remember in anne of green gables when anne calls diana a kindred spirit? michelle is one of those for me.

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our paths went in different directions after college, but we have managed to stay in touch through an occasional email, phone call and/or visit. i always enjoy hearing from her; she has always been a person i have admired. 

her husband works for some big company and does something really important and special, with oil, i think. it’s important. so important it moved them away to saudi arabia. the company sends them home for a six week furlough each year though. (i think they have to leave the country for that period of time too for certain political reasons.) they spent this year’s break in the us during the holidays and i was on their list of things to do and people to see. i was honored to be michelle’s “only christmas wish”, and to also have the chance to reconnect and laugh with my friend. it was also fun to spend some time with her family and consider the days before we had little shadows…in our space…all. the. time.

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they are all  as charming and magnetizing as michelle actually, and i was happy to be able to spend some time with their family.

i love this image; the personalities are so apparent.

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and so sweet:

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chris and michelle currently are parental guidances to three super hero children:

zach: captain negotiator

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ethan: mega-energy man

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and graham: amazingly good and peaceful boy

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along with super mom 

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and patient dad

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they make wonder family:

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and i am happy to have them in my life and my heart and my memories.

a few more of the original team before the heroes landed:

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i love this image. i think it is my favorite from the shoot. i just loved the feeling of it and the moment:

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michelle, i am thankful for you. thank you for spending a little bit of time with me and my family during christmas. gunnar still talks about your boys being here; jaren asks me to try and recreate the meal you so generously prepared us, larkin doesn’t say much (but i am sure she had a lovely time too), and i was happy to be able to spend a little bit of time with a friend, a friend i love very much and have fond memories of. to all of you: michelle, chris, z, e, and g, when’s the next furlough, and can we be a part of it? much love, kam

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a baby: did you know?

i have shared before that my babies were rotten. i’ll say it; i’m not afraid. jaren would agree with me. we just birth really tough infants; however, they grow into really sweet and mild-mannered (for the most part) children, so i guess, it makes the first six months worth it. there is a thick fog that hangs over their first months of life, mostly because we are so sleep deprived and weary from all the crying that it is hard to remember much of that time, let alone enjoy it. just because they cried mercilessly doesn’t mean we didn’t marvel at the miracle of their little-ness and the joy they brought to our home. when i am with other new babies i do the same, and i am reminded of the blessing and gift new life is: silent or spirited. i am also so intrigued by what is happening inside their little bodies, and how they have the things big people have only, well, little-r. 

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did you know: babies are born with poor vision, but recognize their mothers right away? there is something to be said about that, not sure what it is, but something should be said. anyone want to say anything? ;) 

probably my favorite image of a mother and her new baby:

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did you know: babies are always born with blue eyes, within a few minutes of delivery their eye color can change. 

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did you know: according to research at the university of texas babies like pretty faces better than plain ones. (how did they come up with the data on that one? who knows, but it’s interesting right? and how does a baby know to distinguish beauty, and if it responds immediately to its mother then wouldn’t she automatically be beautiful to the babe? i’m just saying…)

amy, shane, and reese, your baby cries a lot. what does that say about your faces? what does that say about my face and jaren’s face? maybe that’s why our kids cried for six months. ;) (hahahaha! you know i am kidding!! i think you are all so gorgeous i left feeling like it wasn’t fair…)

she isn’t crying because she lacks love, warmth, food, care, fine accessories or beautiful faces to look at. she cries because she just has a lot to say. that’s all. someday you will love all her chatter.

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my new favorite little girl/big sister image:

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did you know: babies respond well to touch – which stimulates the production of growth-promoting hormones and helps the body become more responsive to these hormones. in one survey it was shown that premature babies who were touched regularly showed 47% more weight gain.

good to know. ;)

a daddy in love with his new daughter:

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did you know: babies sometimes need background noise to help them get to sleep (the womb is not the quietest place in the world). some sounds that are known to relax and soothe babies include: a recording of their mother’s heartbeat, the sound of a clock ticking, a recording of a stream, waterfall or sea, a vacuum cleaner, air bubbling through a fish tank, running water from a tap.

larkin fell asleep instantly to the vacuum. we have burn marks on our carpet from letting it run so long. (nothing caught on fire, it just got, well, warmish.) she still sleeps now with a noise maker; we never leave home without it.

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big sis might make a little extra back-ground noise. ;)

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did you know: newborn babies spend between 15 and 20 hours a day sleeping – in bouts of sleep lasting 20 minutes to five hours.

too bad those hours couldn’t be tacked together in a really long spurt at night, right? interestingly enough ruby didn’t sleep much during our shoot. too much to see and be a part of:

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did you know: contrary to the old wives’ tale, babies are not color blind. they prefer strong primary colours – particularly red and blue.

christmas was a great time to come to this world if red is a preferred color.

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i don’t think you need a statistic or any research to know this baby is so loved and was welcomed with much joy and anticipation.

amy and shane craved a new baby, and the craving was finally met. now i think they crave sleep, and quiet. ;)

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she has a big spirit in an itty bitty body, and did you know, that’s wonderful.

amy, shane, reese, and ruby, thank you for reminding me that babies are cool. i loved our time together. when can we hang again?

happy new year! may you enjoy the year’s moments with this new babe, and her rockin’ sister. 

much love, kamee

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