Thursday, March 31, 2011

Introducing KL Photography!

I am so happy to announce the arrival of the KL Photography website! We are officially up and running, and you can book me to photograph your event, wedding, or portraits with a click of your mouse.

Check it out

I have always loved photography, and I can thank my dear dad for that. Growing up, there was ALWAYS a camera in hand, my dad lugging the ginormous 80's video camera around with us to document everything, and and pictures galore. I have at least 2 photo albums of pictures of me and my friends from middle school alone! Dad made sure I always had access to a camera to document my life, and I still remember that thrill of knowing our pictures were ready at Costco to be picked up.

Now I shoot with a digital camera, but the thrill is still the same. I can do a quick check on the little screen as we're shooting to ensure exposure and composition are what I'm wanting, but there's nothing like that excitement of downloading the pictures to be seen on the big screen in front of me!

Just a few weeks ago, my best friend and I shot a school fundraiser together (amazing to shoot with my best friend, 
WOW!), and even though we'd been running around like chickens with our heads cut off for 6 hours, as soon as I got home I just had to download and look at all the pictures I'd taken.

Bleary eyed, exhausted photographer looking at an 800+ picture slideshow at 10pm? The thrill is only slightly dulled by the fatigue! I love how pictures encapsule so much for us: they hold memories, sounds, people and smells from the event you captured in that one shot. This is my absolute favorite aspect of photography - capturing memories and being able to look at a photo later and remember exactly where we were, who was there, and what was going on when that shutter snapped closed for an instant.

To give you an example, here is one of my favorite shots, taken during our Belarus trip in August:

Isn't she just gorgeous? This picture makes me smile every time, because Olya was goofing around here while Yuri (her husband) is out of frame to the right, marching dramatically toward her. They are a couple of goofballs, and it was so entertaining to watch them blow off steam while the official wedding photographer changed out some equipment. We were right by a lake, there was a soft breeze that was very welcome, it was a stifling 115 degrees F, and my camera was hot in my hands. Literally, I kept shutting it off because I was afraid it would overheat!
These are details that can get lost in the vortex of time and memories on thier own, but with a picture, it all comes rushing back in vivid, colorful detail, as if it had just occurred yesterday.

This is why I will forever be in debt to my father for his love of the camera, forever be in love with the camera, and forever love my husband for tolerating my shutterbug addiction!

If you'd like to see some of my work, check out my portfolio, and send me an email to set up a time to have your memories captured!

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