the microscope

anyone who knows me knows that i love to look at things under a microscope. seriously. i just think there is so much that is missed with the naked eye, plus i am fascinated by the intricacies of things that i can’t see unless i zoom in on them with a really powerful source of light and glass. i look for specimen all the time, in every place i go. i used to keep a pair of plastic tweezers and a plastic bag in my purse just in case i saw something intriguing while i was out and about. i stopped doing that though, it started to just be, well, weird. ;) when i found out sherrie was a doctor i got all excited at the thought that she might be able to get me some fresh samples. she works in the er, good stuff happens there all the time. she laughed when i told her my obsession, she thought i was joking. ;) i am fascinated by her and her line of work. i am grateful that she cares so much for humanity, and all its weirdness (she told me some kooky stories; people do weirder stuff than collect specimen, that’s for sure.) and that she works so hard to save it. i appreciate good doctors and can tell she is one of them. her fiance, davin, is on the other end of the spectrum. he works to make people happy at the happiest place on earth: disneyland.

if i were to take these two and look at them under my microscope this is what i would see:

goodness in its truest and purest form. i don’t think these two know any guile for one another or the world they live in.

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humility: they care more about others, especially each other, than they do themselves.

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genuine kindness: their hearts are full of it. for everyone, even strangers.

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a strong sense of spirit and family: they are hawaiian. ohana means family. ;)

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sherrie and davin, thank you for a morning together! i think you are good people, magnified!!!!

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here’s to both of you and the happiness you bring others!!! and to your incredible wedding; it’s going to be beautiful!!! kj

i see dead people: oct 13th side kick

we all are going to see dead people at the oct 13th side kick.

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alright, katrina is going to style our models to be fashionable, well, “ghosts”. this could potentially be some of the best stuff you have ever shot.

come. it’s going to be spooky in a really awakening way!! ;)

kat and i made a visit to our venue, just to check it out.

it couldn’t be more perfect.

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side kick topic: composition

when: october 13th, 2010 300-630pm. we will meet for the instruction section and then we will be shooting by around 430ish-until the sun sets or we get too scared and have to leave!!!

we’ll discuss what makes an image visually interesting and how to achieve those concepts through effective use of foreground elements, different angles, patterns, colors, symmetry,  lines, depth of field, perspective, negative space, etc. i’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to create distinctive and visually aesthetic images. i will also share how to make a seemingly boring or cliche location work in terms of composition choices.

where: back flipping over the location. it’s in corona and i’m pretty sure it’s haunted.

it’s a carriage house built in 1893. the majority of its exterior and interior are the original structure (you will die, pun intended, over the interior.):

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how much: $195.00 (your side kick pass includes: instruction time, a fully stylized shoot to help you build your portfolio, and a few goodies to take home. we will be eating together afterwards, but dinner is not included in your tuition.)

jump on this one. the experience and what you will create will be worth it!!!

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shaking my head at how cool it’s going to be!! hope you can make it, unless you’re too scared…:)

join us.

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this one we can not explain. katrina took all of these with her blackberry.

we weren’t alone. that’s for sure.

we are going to haunt it with human “ghosts”, but there is something already there…

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don’t miss this! it’s going to be out of this world. ps there is safety in numbers!! :)

the details

first i must apologize that this post is so delayed. the blog has been bogged!! a few months ago i had the opportunity to team up with the incredibles: tammy and katrina for a fun and flirty shoot in laguna beach.

the shoot left me considering the idea of details.

in my line of work, it’s all about the details. It’s the combination of little things that fuse to make one complete photograph. When I was contacted by tammy to shoot some publicity photographs for her etsy boutique that showcased her beautiful handcrafted accessories, I was immediately intrigued. The details these little touches add to any look will immediately boost the confidence of any  girl or  woman lucky enough to wear them. And when Kitsch by Katrina Kirk got on board I knew that the shoot would be amazing. She has an impeccable eye for detail which amped up the already natural beauty of our models.

enjoy just a few details from our shoot. and head on over to tammy’s shop; she’s got so many neat things. they would make great stocking stuffers!! ;)

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tammy, thank you for the opportunity to shoot some very impressive details!! so excited for you and all your endeavors! thank you for all the support and encouragement you show me!

katrina, nothing but love for you!!!

and to all the ladies, sorry again for my tardy post! it was a pleasure meeting you and spending some time together playing dress-up!!

ralph, so good seeing you again! let’s get together soon!!!

now, to find some details, to complete my winter wardrobe…

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“I know that Kamee works hard to write all of her blog posts and make them unique and special. So to help ease her load a bit (and ensure that no embarrassing stories of college life are shared), I thought I would write our family shoot’s blog post myself. Here goes:

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

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You know those people who come into your life and you just know they will be a part of it forever? Those “kindred spirits” who feel like they have always been a part of your you? Kamee is one of those true friends.

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IMG_2362englishfamilyblog We met *cough* seventeen *cough* years ago. Both of us had recently graduated from high school and our military fathers had been transferred to the same base in the midwest. We knew no one and that fact alone brought us together. But then we both got summer jobs at the same mall (lets just say that Kamee’s obsession with shoes is NOT new, and I refuse to eat at Sbarros anymore), we found that we both loved old classic movies, and we both headed off to the same college. We shared bad date stories, roommate drama, and even a trip to Glamour Shots. We both married hardworking men who got along splendidly. You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas and share a hotel room with just ANY other couple!

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IMG_2181englishfamilyblog Over the years our lives have taken us to different states. We have gone months (and even years) without talking to each other. But when we do, it’s like no time has lapsed at all. We can pick up where we left off. We can be talking about the trials of difficult babies and balancing life one minute, and the next she is making me laugh so hard I think I am going to have to invest in some Depends.

I have loved watching Kamee’s talent as a photographer grow. It is so HER. Her attention to details, her desire for perfection, and her sense of humor (she kept a live Goldfish in an old blender when she was first married) all shine through in her photographs. So when our family decided to leave the dreary drizzle of Portland and head for some sunny fun of So. Cal., setting up family pictures with Kamee June was a no brainer. I even went the extra mile and scheduled a hair and makeup session with Katrina Kirk to fully embrace the experience. And neither one disappointed! It was so fun to be pampered by Katrina (who I believe is another kindred spirit — she is “my people,” as Kamee would say). And the photo shoot was laid back and fun. Even my husband Brian had a good time.

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Looking through the shots that night, many took my breath away And many had me laughing *so* hard. If only I had enough wall space to post all of the bloopers. And with a four year old comic for a son, there was no shortage of those!

The personality of my children came through perfectly.

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There is Jillise – the perfectionist. In every shot she is poised and smiling.

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IMG_1627englishfamilyblog Joelle – my quick witted, kind hearted girl. She always has a spunky little twinkle in her eye.

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And Jaren. These pictures speak for themselves. I love my girls, but this boy has my heart.

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IMG_1892englishfamilyblog I will always treasure these pictures of Brian and I. So often one of us is behind the camera (or at work) and so very few pictures of the two of us together exist in the 12 years since our wedding. Mental note: do this more often.

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IMG_2570englishfamilyblog Thank you for being you, Kamee. Thank you for sharing your talent, vision, and wit with all of us. I feel truly blessed to call you my friend. And I know that I’ll be able to call you that for a long, long time.”

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paige, thank you for this! thank you for always touching my heart and making me feel so understood and safe! i am grateful for you and our friendship! thank you for the great visit!! next time we come to you, with our umbrellas!! we love you guys, kam and fam

joe photo, payless shoe source, pocahontas, reese’s brownies, sunflowers: memories of a friend

“I know that Kamee works hard to write all of her blog posts and make them unique and special. So to help ease her load a bit (and ensure that no embarrassing stories of college life are shared), I thought I would write our family shoot’s blog post myself. Here goes:

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

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You know those people who come into your life and you just know they will be a part of it forever? Those “kindred spirits” who feel like they have always been a part of your you? Kamee is one of those true friends.

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IMG_2362englishfamilyblog We met *cough* seventeen *cough* years ago. Both of us had recently graduated from high school and our military fathers had been transferred to the same base in the midwest. We knew no one and that fact alone brought us together. But then we both got summer jobs at the same mall (lets just say that Kamee’s obsession with shoes is NOT new, and I refuse to eat at Sbarros anymore), we found that we both loved old classic movies, and we both headed off to the same college. We shared bad date stories, roommate drama, and even a trip to Glamour Shots. We both married hardworking men who got along splendidly. You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas and share a hotel room with just ANY other couple!

IMG_1508englishfamilyblog

IMG_2181englishfamilyblog Over the years our lives have taken us to different states. We have gone months (and even years) without talking to each other. But when we do, it’s like no time has lapsed at all. We can pick up where we left off. We can be talking about the trials of difficult babies and balancing life one minute, and the next she is making me laugh so hard I think I am going to have to invest in some Depends.

I have loved watching Kamee’s talent as a photographer grow. It is so HER. Her attention to details, her desire for perfection, and her sense of humor (she kept a live Goldfish in an old blender when she was first married) all shine through in her photographs. So when our family decided to leave the dreary drizzle of Portland and head for some sunny fun of So. Cal., setting up family pictures with Kamee June was a no brainer. I even went the extra mile and scheduled a hair and makeup session with Katrina Kirk to fully embrace the experience. And neither one disappointed! It was so fun to be pampered by Katrina (who I believe is another kindred spirit — she is “my people,” as Kamee would say). And the photo shoot was laid back and fun. Even my husband Brian had a good time.

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Looking through the shots that night, many took my breath away And many had me laughing *so* hard. If only I had enough wall space to post all of the bloopers. And with a four year old comic for a son, there was no shortage of those!

The personality of my children came through perfectly.

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There is Jillise – the perfectionist. In every shot she is poised and smiling.

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IMG_1627englishfamilyblog Joelle – my quick witted, kind hearted girl. She always has a spunky little twinkle in her eye.

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And Jaren. These pictures speak for themselves. I love my girls, but this boy has my heart.

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IMG_1892englishfamilyblog I will always treasure these pictures of Brian and I. So often one of us is behind the camera (or at work) and so very few pictures of the two of us together exist in the 12 years since our wedding. Mental note: do this more often.

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IMG_2570englishfamilyblog Thank you for being you, Kamee. Thank you for sharing your talent, vision, and wit with all of us. I feel truly blessed to call you my friend. And I know that I’ll be able to call you that for a long, long time.”

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paige, thank you for this! thank you for always touching my heart and making me feel so understood and safe! i am grateful for you and our friendship! thank you for the great visit!! next time we come to you, with our umbrellas!! we love you guys, kam and fam

seek inspiration

my mantra changes often: be present. just breathe. carpe diem. exercise is compulsory. get out of bed and make breakfast for your kids and read to them 15 minutes each a day remind them you love them the most (it’s longer than the rest, but also the most reoccuring. ;))

my most current maxim: seek inspiration.

i have been trying to find new mediums to help inspire my creative nexus. it gets bogged down sometimes and i don’t like feeling vacuous of inspiration. so i decided to try and find it in all of my activities: music, movies, books, my children, my relationships, in the things i see each day, and the people i encounter and work with.

a few weeks ago i got a huge shoot in the arm of inspiration. it came in the form of two people, two people who are madly, deeply, and truly in love.

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amy and scott are getting married next month; i am happy to be attending as relative and photographer. outside of shooting their engagement pictures i was also able to spend a lot of time with them while i was in colorado.

there is something so special about the way they treat one another and respect each other. they are so good together: the perfect dichotomy. they took me back to the beginning of my relationship with jaren (scott is jaren’s little bro); they reminded me so much of us.

they are a refreshing breath of crisp mountain air. warm pumkin bread with melted chocolate chips fresh from a fall oven.  they are laughter that resonates long after the moment passed.

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my brother, scott, has a good heart; that inspires me. he thinks more about the needs and feelings of others than himself. i love how thoughtful he is towards all people, but especially those he loves. when you hurt, he hurts. when you celebrate he does too. he quickly becomes a part of you, seconds after you meet; he is so warm and welcoming and immediately sees the good. i also LOVED to see how excited he got when amy merely walked into the room. it inspired me to show excitement anytime the people i love walk into the room, just so they know i am happy we are together, in the same place. he checked on me repeatedly throughout my stay, made sure my beverage was always fresh and refilled, and i really enjoyed our conversation on life and it’s progression and interesting twists and turns. i am so happy his switchbacks took him to amy, time and time again. ;)

scott, i am so grateful for you and your influence in my life. thank you for being such a great support of my little family and my dreams. i love you very much and am happy you found your someone.

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i love amy because she texts me right back; she is prompt, and that inspires me! ;) i also like her because she likes diary queen blizzards and all things made from pumpkin!! and i like her because she is my people: laugh-y and smile-y! she is so uplifting, i found  myself smiling too when she walked into the room! amy, much like scott, cares, profoundly for what matters to her: faith, family, friends, and her relationships, most importantly her relationship with scott.  i have no doubt she will always put him first in her life; that’s just who she is.

i am so excited to have her as a sister. i know we are going to get along just fine. two people who love shoes as shopping as much as we do are bound to create a nice tight bond when we break away from family reunions for just a few hours to hit nordstrom together. (kris, kim, stacy, and mom are all invited of course!! ;)) amy, i am so happy you are going to be a part of our family; we love you so much already!!

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something about the next one, i liked it so much!

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this one too. just a sweet moment, i thought. i love being a part of moments like this:

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love. love. LOVE. this one.

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scott and amy, may you always be inspired by each other and know that others now and for a long time to come will be inspired by you!

i love you both so much and i can’t wait for next month!!!

here’s to happy and smiley, both of you!! xoxo kam

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