mr. boo and the ducks

doesn’t that sound like a rad name for a child’s story book? i thought so too.

the baby for sure takes the cake…

but the ducks? a close second for sure.

 

the story of this little one’s life is going to filled with mud puddles, bug collections, grass stains, and endless support and encouragement from two people who love him the most in this world.

his story is going to be rich with love.

sarah and justin (and mr. boo) thank you for sharing your home and hearts with me last weekend. may the first tender chapters of aiden’s story always fill your memories with the sweetest endearments. thank you again for sharing a few moments with me!! much love to you all, kj

the rest of the kisses and ‘staches

one of my favorite authors richard bach wrote, “the bond that links true family is rarely one of blood; it’s one of love, joy, and respect in eachother’s lives.”
so grateful for the levels of family and how it manifests itself in our lives!

can’t wait to see how these appear on the walls of their home: a reminder to all who enter that these are really, really special people.

love you all, so much!! excited to see the christmas card!! xoxo me

the holiday greeting: merry christmas from 3 princesses and 1 frog

dear joy,

your virtual cmas card…

if you don’t mind everyone seeing it before you address it, lick it closed, stamp it and mail it. ;)

start with this:

then add this:

then choose either this:

or this:

or even this:

finish it with this:

and top it all off with some festive greeting about making merry, and then sign the card, with love, 3 princesses and one frog. :) you let me know where you want it printed and i will have it drop shipped and on your doorstep in two days. :)

or you could just call this your card, direct everyone here and save yourself a whole ‘lotta time and money. just sayin’. ;)and these are because i just couldn’t help myself. pass me a spoon, i want to eat her spunky yummy ice creamy deliciousness!!

ps i love you!! ;)

 

my friend

i am infintesimally grateful for this woman.

i love her, her family, and everything she stands for and believes in, and i am so glad she is a part of my life.

from my heart, love you amanda!!

aj, hope i didn’t spoil the christmas card!! i just couldn’t help myself!!! love you to bits!!!! xoxo kj

twinkle lights personified

it’s coming. almost here. can you feel it? taste it? i know you see it. it comes earlier and earlier each year. this year i felt a particular compulsion to listen to what the christmas decorating fairies were whispering in my ear: decorate early. get it all up. lengthen the spirit of it all… so i did. i pulled it all out yesterday. we are up to our knees in gold glitter, sparkling ornaments, ribbon, candy jars, stockings, all of it! my kids are beside themselves. they have drafts and drafts of christmas lists. it’s the most wonderful time of the year is currently playing on pandora. one of my favorite parts of the holiday season however is the lights. i love them, am mesmerized by them. i especially love white twinkle lights. i just think they are so sweet, so romantic, so softly perfect and inviting.

i feel the same way about this family as i do white twinkle lights. they captured me at the first glisten!! so happy to have met them and to be under their spell!!

ahhhh, the personified twinkle light. don’t you love it? i do. so much.

alyssa, kev, madison, and taylor, thank you for being a part of my holiday season. thank you for bringing the sparkle. so happy we met!! much love to you all!! happy holiday, kj

ps alyssa, get ready for 2012; i have plans for us!!! ;)

{elevate} a fine art photography exploration: project 3

i love brides. i love weddings. i dreamt about my own, and loved planning and living it. now i dream about being a part of others. i feel a certain affinity for all things wedding.

several months ago i contacted my friends katrina and rachel and pitched a project. i wanted to shoot four different genres of bride: four different dresses, four different styles, four different movements. i knew, i was going to love the project.

these images aren’t new to my blog or my posts, but i have found myself revisiting one of the brides in the series. she just calls to me, and reminds me that i am an artist.

kalynne, my friend, and a beautiful model was our couture bride. she is also this month’s fine art! this is a revisit to a past shoot, but fine art nonetheless, because i can’t get her images out of my mind. i reread them like old love letters, replay them like favorite melodies, re-feel them like the beating of my heart after my first, real, kiss. may they move you too on some tangible level.

i have had several discussions lately with my friends concerning fine art and subjective definitions. it has been enlightening listening to the differing opinions. i am mostly interested in what people feel you should do with something that is considered fine art. put it in a museum. publish it. frame it. hang it on the wall. my friend and a colleague i admire x 1000, renee hindman, recently shared with me that her best pictures, her fine art, is of her children (was so inspired by that too!!). every shoot she has with her children she publishes in an album for them to have later: the fine art of their youth. i was so moved by this that i have started compiling images of my children to follow suit. thank you renee for reminding me to publish the fine art that is my children and their fleeting youth. it also made me think of everything i have published in an album. albums, i feel, are fine art. the culmination of the entire experience. several families ask me to make them albums, but mostly my weddings end in the delivery of a fine art album. it was only appropriate to join forces with my dear friend and album designer, april, of photostory albums, to create a display for the fine art couture bride.

“it’s here!” the text read!

i couldn’t stop smiling! i was so excited to see it in person, feel the pages, enjoy the color, celebrate the accomplishment.

i shook my head in disbelief at the turn of each page, “i took these? i really took these. they are pretty. really pretty.” i kind of, to be honest, felt like crying. you know, when you write an outstanding essay and you can’t stop reading it because it’s so good.  or when you just finish running a marathon you have spent months preparing for. or when you see your child being the friend to the friendless. or when you work so hard to accomplish something, and after tremendous labor, you do it!! you know, when you accomplish something really, really good, noteworthy, and cool and you feel so proud… that’s how i felt.

couture bride belongs on fine art paper, in a fine art album. there is no other place for her…

the watercolor paper, the full bleed of images, the negative space on the image and the page design. all of it, each page, another audible response. to my friend april, thank you! thank you for joining me on this project and for reminding me that our art should be published, if not by others, then for sure, by us!!

i shot the image above with my macro lens so you could see the grain of the paper. it’s to die for! really, really beautiful!! the texture of it too, is unbelievable. and that paper has been coated so it’s protected against fingerprints, etc.

april surprised me with something when she came to deliver the album. something new she has been drumming up: an album box!! i couldn’t get over how gorgeous it was! i had visions of delivering albums to brides with their image on the box, and all i could do was smile, and, alright, i got a little emotional. i’m just that way, ok? ;)

i feel april is one of the key members of my kamee june family. one of my favorite things about her: the answer is always yes! that’s what she tells me when i call with album questions and inquiries. “kam, the answer is always, yes!” you must contact april for any of your fine art publication needs!!

you will be so happy you met her and had the opportunity to work with her! check her out here and contact her at april@photostoryalbums.com, today. she is a fine art experience in herself.

every bride i meet will also meet couture bride which means she is meeting kalynne, katrina, and april too!

thank you to katrina for sharing her art with hair, make up, and wardrobe.

thank you to kalynne for being so perfectly beautiful!

and to my good friend april for being a visionary and always being willing to jump with me!!!

may you do more with your fine art than just frame it; make a lasting memory that deepens with the turn of each page.

thank you again to everyone who was a part of this and who inspired the project and the push. i am grateful!!

for more fine art check out wendy vonsosen and follow all 15 fine art links. you will be inspired; i am sure!

ps for those of you who made it to the bottom of this post and are almost engaged, already engaged and planning a wedding, or know someone who is close to engagement or already engaged; the album above is the one i am gifting in this month’s i-am-grateful wedding promotion! ;) read the details and spread the word!! would love for my brides to have this album in their homes as fine art, only filled with their own images from their incredible day!!

some lips and a few ‘staches: a sneak peek

if you know her, you love her. there is something intoxicatingly magnetizing about her. it’s undeniably true: everyone falls head over heals for kat kirk.

i love her. i love her people.

she has us all under her spell; that’s for sure.

she’s the classic trend we all want to drape ourselves in. she’s the gloss we can’t live without. she’s the snuggie, favorite movie, and chilled diet coke we turn to for comfort.

she’s everybody’s girl, and everybody loves her.

including me!! :)

more lips and ‘staches real soon!!

the kiss

for the longest time klimt’s the kiss has been one of my favorite paintings. it hung above our bed for years. i just think it’s so symbolic, so true, and so beautiful!

this is a poorly represented image, but it will give you and idea if you have never seen it.

a week ago a got an email from christie, someone i knew i was going to really like. she shared, “I did want to let you know that my
husband has been trying for years to get a great picture of us in some sort of kiss fashion.  He’s obsessed with it.  Either him kissing my cheek, us
kissing, something…”

christie and jason, klimt would be so proud!! ;) i hope you hang a kissing picture above your bed! ;) ha! i’m kidding. the wall will be just fine. ;) can’t wait for you to see the rest! loved spending a day with you two and your so kissable family!!

because i am grateful: a gift for future brides

i have been seeing several “gratitude” posts lately on facebook and various blogs. the concept is to post something every day that you are grateful for until you have 24 posts that lead to thanksgiving. i love the idea and have had something similar floating around in my head but of a relatively different genre. i am grateful for the 21 brides (and grooms) who opened their hearts, friendship, and one of their most intimate days to me this year. i am grateful for their stories and for the opportunity i have had to immortalize that forever through portraiture! i feel blessed that they choose me to be the recorder of their wedding day memories! thank you, from my heart, to all of them! i feel humbled and so appreciative; thank you!!

i have been thinking about how i can show and share this gratitude with future brides. i decided that for the month of gratitude, the month of november, i would run a special promotion on my wedding packages! if you book your wedding with me in the month of november (the package booked must be my current package pricing; not a customized package) then as a thank you i will gift you

two additional hours of shoot time on your wedding day (package includes 6; now you have 8),

your favorite 10 fully enhanced and artistically edited images (perfect for printing and framing; the package includes all the images on dvd as they were shot, but this special will also include your favorite 10 with full edits!!),

AND i am also going to gift you my FAVORITE wedding album right now, a 9×12, linen cover, watercolor artistic paper wedding album!! it will include your favorite 20 images from the day: a 10 spread, 20 page beautiful representation of your day!!! and as an extra bonus i will include the images used in your album on a disk; that’s 30 fully edited files for your printing and framing pleasure!! ;)

you have the month of november to book this special!! if you or anyone you know is looking to get married (you don’t even have to have a date; this is good from now until…well, whenever) please send me an email to discuss details! i would love to witness and record the blessing of your weddings!!

here’s to being grateful!

i hope this special offer lights up the hearts of brides looking for a photographer who would love to be a part of their most momentous day!! excited to meet, and celebrate with you and your families!!

in honor of my 20th bride, bri, something bright from their first dance!

looking forward to hearing from potential 2012 brides (and grooms)! thank you again, to everyone who made my wedding season this year so rich and fulfilling!! i am so blessed and so thankful! kj

note: although i am grateful for the brides who have already booked for next year, this offer is only valid in the month of november. i will do something special for all of you; i promise. just wait; you’ll see!

and future promotions or discounts will not be applied to this special.

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