Sunday, December 28, 2008

Delving into the commercial side of things...

I had a lot of fun working with the beautiful gals at Oasis Day Spa of  Bend. Such a beautiful facility, I'm glad they chose to show it off with professional photos! You can sneak another peek in my Recent Work gallery on my website.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cutest Baby in the World

Okay, I might be biased, but she is a doll! We had so much fun last night, I just couldn't wait to share these images! See a few more HERE, in my Recent Work Gallery.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Squeaking by with a Nice Day

Despite the fact that it is mid November, we managed to find some fabulous weather, AND some color! This was one charmed shoot!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This morning's shoot.

I got to spend the morning with this little guy.
Think I have the best job in the world? You are right!

We wiped him out, poor little biker!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This is hard work!

It has been such a busy fall for me personally, that the professional stuff has been a challenge to get through. Lucky for me I love it and am challenging myself nearly every shoot I do. I'm really trying to broaden my tool chest, so to speak, and develop my confidence in using supplemental lighting to make even better portraits. What an artform! I just need to build some confidence in using the equipment, then watch out, world!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oh my... I LOVE my job!

I can't believe how many FUN jobs I've had recently... Here are a few links to my most recent:

This fall is proving to be busy as well, and I'm really looking forward to working with more families.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What fun... Summer pictures!

I've had so much fun taking pictures this summer... and am excited to share a few here! I just got the Olympus 850 for in the water fun... and I love it! You can check out the rest of our summer fun pictures HERE.

Monday, June 9, 2008

New Lens

I had the opportunity to test drive my new lens, the Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 and WOW... am I impressed. I love it, and am so excited to keep playing!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ready for Summer...

Boy am I ready for summer, and I'm quite certain the rest of Bend is as well! I just got a new lens to play with and can't wait to show you the results! Check back soon..

Friday, April 18, 2008

I'm stepping up in the world...

I've started my own website... and while it is still in progress, I'm VERY excited! 

Check me out at

... and let me know what you think!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Oh Lord, Stuck in Salt Lake City... (again).

Okay, so the "again" part isn't relevant, but the stuck certainly is. Ugh. Lightning storms caused a 2 hour delay in Orlando, and I missed my flight to Redmond. So, I'm staying the night in Salt Lake City, and will fly out tomorrow, about noon. I miss my boys, all three of them!
See you soon, guys! =)

Friday, April 4, 2008

The sprint is over, and the marathon has begun.

I'm certain that I may never truly sort out what I've just learned at this conference, but I'll try to tell you here what I'm taking away.

It is exciting to learn and be challenged.

I'm pretty good at Photoshop, if you want to know the truth. I'm planning on entering the Guru awards some day. I think I've got a good shot at the finals, in what category I've yet to determine.

I have, in no way, figured out what lies ahead for me professionally. There are so many paths available... it's really intimidating. 

I'm determined to work on my technical skills photographically. It will be a challenge, but a very exciting one. I have specific things I'd like to master, and thankfully the first one or two don't involve additional equipment. 

I bought Painter X. I can't even express here how exciting that was for me. I feel guilty for how excited and indulgent I feel by that purchase. If you aren't familiar with Painter... check it out, I'm sure you can find it at the Corel website. It's basically a natural media painting program. What's so exciting now, is that it works seamlessly with Photoshop, including preserving layers, where it didn't in previous versions.

That doesn't include everything I'm taking away... but it's a start at least.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

One long day...

Just when you think you couldn't cram any more information into your head... you get hit with one more day of Photoshop World. Really... amazing. This is certainly a time to take advantage of any information that you can manage to retain... and at least I feel like I'm making smart decisions about what types of classes I'm taking, as well as when to call it quits. Yesterday, the day my blog didn't really go as planned, I left about two classes worth early. I was DONE. I had just spied the Corel booth at the Tech Expo, around 4:00 in the afternoon, and I couldn't even stop to check out the new Painter software, which was something I really wanted to see. I saw it, confirmed they'd be there today, and left... I couldn't take even one more creative possibility at that moment.

Yesterday I had my portfolio reviewed by Joe McNally. I had no idea who he was... just that they'd paired me with him because of the type of pictures I take. Turns out he's quite the renowned photographer. He had decent things to say about my portfolio. I actually had shown him our family photo book alongside my "formal" portfolio. He had positive things to say about my shooting, but what I took away was him saying, if you want to be taken seriously as a photographer, you need serious equipment. 'Da here that, honey!??  While he didn't say anything negative, per se, I didn't really leave the session ready to take more pictures. This could have contributed to feeling a bit overwhelmed yesterday!

Today, however, I had a much more positive day (not that yesterday was negative... I had great classes, but I was simply exhausted and overwhelmed by the end of the day). I slept in past the first round of classes (smart move, I didn't leave the convention center until 9:30 at night), and begun with two sessions on introductory Lightroom. Okay... I'll likely convert from Bridge. Then I took a class from a very down to earth instructor, and was blown away. He taught a class on channels and Lab color mode. Really, very cool stuff. I'm going to play around with it a bit later. 

The very exciting part for me, today, actually, I should say gratifying... was after watching Joe McNally for an hour in the Nikon Theater (yeah, he's their main photographer for the D3), I hung around and asked a few questions of one of the Nikon reps about his opinion on how best to move forward in upgrading my equipment. Yes, it would be nice, I quipped to him, to buy a D3, but we'd just purchased a travel trailer and couldn't afford it this year. The conversation inevitably led to kids/travel, etc. As a proud mama, I whipped out our 2007 iBook family photo album, and he first asked about the book itself, and thought it was very cool (I agree)... then he started looking through all of the pictures (the vast majority taken with my D80) and was very impressed with the shots. "Lifestyle" pictures he called them. I gave him my business card and he said he'd pass it along to the person in charge of that kind of thing (marketing, I'd imagine...), and not to be surprised if I got a call from Nikon in the future... Okay, while I have to admit I'm on cloud nine... I'm honestly not going to count on it. I'm just so gratified that he thought so highly of my pictures. Hee hee! 

Okay, I just realized the time. I'm beat, and have an early class in the morning.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Oh my...

Ack! I just typed my blog in Word... and tried to cut and paste into this space. It's not working! I'm WAY too tired to troubleshoot. Shoot! I'll keep trying tomorrow, but I'm DONE.

Don't forget I'm updating a few pictures a day to the album linked below, in Monday's entry.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday, April 1st

Today's workshop was the On Location Wedding Shoot with David Ziser. I learned that I have a LOT to learn about flash photography. I did pick up some good information, and look forward to that challenge. 

In David's opening comments, he recommended the following:
Compare the sameness and differences from your competition, then change the sameness into differences. You can sell differences a whole lot more than sameness.

I like this!

I am also learning that one of the best resources here is going to be the people I meet. I've already traded business cards with a few people and look forward to staying in touch, in one way or another. 

So, I'm off to bed, after a 20 minute video chat with my family back in Bend. Thankfully Sam's pink eye has greatly improved!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Safe, sound and ready for bed.

I've arrived without incident, and after lengthy chats with Dave, a bedtime story for the boys... I'm ready to unpack and curl up in my bed. Tomorrow's agenda is fairly simple. I'm very excited to be participating the pre-conference workshop "On Location Wedding Shoot." It's from noon to 6. Looks like from the drive in, that I'll have a fairly decent walk to get over to the conference center. Guess I'd better do some research into the good coffee places at the conference center!

Oh, the most important thing... I'll probably hold off on posting too many pictures here, but you can view the lot in my Picasa site: (or click on the link here)
Kimberly's Photoshop Adventure

I've already posted some great shots from the plane in Salt Lake City. It was beautiful.

Phew.... I'm on my way!

I've got a little less than an hour before takeoff... and then I'm ON MY WAY! I'm very excited, but to be honest, I've had precious little time to prepare. This morning we got out of bed (of course Sam had come in just after Dave left for work, about 6am, and we got a nice cuddle in). So, up and out of bed, and I look at poor Sam and his eyes are super red, goop in the corners and crusty yellow nose. Oh, baby... pink eye! So, instead of a leisurely morning assembling my items and gear thoughtfully, we sqeezed in a trip to the doctor for antibiotics for my baby boy. I supposed I shouldn't call him a baby... as he weighed in at 52.5 pounds at the doctors office. 

Anyhow, he's doing great, and I'm just hoping I've packed enough memory cards and all of the types of chargers I'll need for all my gear. I'm packing Dave's MacBook (thanks, honey!) so I'll be able to do "homework" after a day of Photoshop clinics and classes, as well
 as keep in touch through this blog and most (fun) importantly... Video chatting with the family back home. Can't wait!

I'm off now to plug in the computer, and charge up the batteries enough to get me through a couple of f lights... I suppose this will be a good indicator of whether or not to invest in the mag-safe airplane power cord...


Here are a few pictures of our goodbye.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Preparing for Photoshop World '08

I can't believe that one week from today I'll head out for my adventure in Florida. I hear there's some weather going on out there... but I doubt it will rain in the convention center... so I guess I'm not too worried.

If you are interested in keeping up with the goings on of Photoshop World... check in beginning Tuesday, April 1st... most likely in the evening. I'm going to attempt to retain as much information from the workshops as possible, by recounting the days events in this blog... I hear it is a bit overwhelming!

So... I guess I'll get to putting the house in order before I go. I've got one week to keep up with laundry, fix a few meals for the freezer... and spend as much time as possible with the boys and Dave.