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10 on 10: A New Year, A New Phone, and a Wiser Me

It’s good to be back to my blog for my first post of the year!

I’ve taken some time to get settled in, set some goals, and say goodbye to anything that wasn’t working for me in 2014.

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I spent a lot of time by the ocean in the first ten days of this year — taking time for reflection, time with visiting friends, and time doing what makes my heart and soul soar with glee —  getting to the ocean to capture and share the beauty I see.    I began to love taking photos with my new iPhone 6,  which I used to take all the photos in this post.

I’ve been loving the freedom in only having to carry my phone–such a small device, while climbing rocks and hills, or running through the sand to get to the shot I see off in the distance.

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These days on the beach seemed to be more beautiful than any days I’d ever seen.  Sometimes the beauty made me feel my heart would explode!

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I’ve recently asked friends if they feel the elation and exuberance that I do while at the beach with perfect light, amazing clouds that diffuse and dapple the light onto the ocean, seagulls flying, pelicans soaring in the spray of the waves, colorful sunsets after the storms, etc.,  and for many the answer was no.  Sure, they liked it, but there was something else in their lives that made them feel the bliss that I do when I’m at the beach with my camera.   I’ve realized that I’m on the right path.   Living where I do definitely suits me and so does my work.

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So I’ll continue photographing families and women in nature, and I’ll continue creating  the seascapes that I love, and I’ll continue to run to the beach each time I sense that the sky will be lit up by the greatest brush strokes of God and Mother Nature, because the way that makes me feel is the way I want to feel every day of my life.

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Please follow around our circle of women photographers, starting with Kristina Rust.  Each post will lead you to the next of 5 or so women with different interests in photography that will inspire.

Oh, and since I’m such a little iPhone-aholic these days…please follow me on instagram here.

Also, these images are all available as prints and other products at my Twenty20 shop here.

Thanks so much for your visit!

Kim

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10 on 10: High Noon on the High Sea

This Saturday’s portrait shoot with Ana was a breath of fresh air.  I wasn’t sure it was going to happen because the day before had poured down rain, but I was prepared to shoot inside if the weather failed us.

With the amazing clouds in the sky, we decided we’d be out in nature as originally planned.

It would be an adventure.  We’d find a spot near the ocean where neither of us had ever been, and we’d create images.   We’d know the place when we saw it, and after searching for a while, at the end of one of the arbitrary streets, there it was!   Other than wave-scrutinizing surfers high up on the cliff where we’d parked, it was just us two.   The sun was so high up in the sky I was pretty certain we wouldn’t get much of anything, but with a limited window of time with Ana, I had no other choice but to go for it!

We climbed down the steps to a few flat rocks where we could set up, and a trail of more uneven, slippery moss-covered rocks that dropped off into the rough sea.  I had my reflector and did my best to hold it AND my camera.   I competed with the sun and the wind to put a little bit of light on Ana.

After a few trips up the steep stairs back to my car to find whatever I could to make it work, I settled on the tripod and remote allowing me the freedom to hold the reflector with two hands and it worked!  Enough for my liking, anyway.

As we were there a while, more daredevils came out to surf and kayak in the treacherous sea.   You can’t tell from the photos how rough it was, but I was scared for all the surfers who dared jump in to this spinning cycle of the ocean hoping to paddle over to waves that weren’t accessible any other way than to jump off a cliff.

Here are some of the shots of Ana and a few of the thrill seekers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please follow around the 10 on 10 circle of women, starting with the lovely Kristina Rust!   You won’t be disappointed!  This is our last 10 on 10 post for the year, so I wish you all very Happy Holidays!

P.S.   You can find me on instagram for images daily!

 

 

 

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The August Break

I have been following Susannah Conway’s blog, and decided I would take part in The August Break 2014, that she does each year.  We are given a daily prompt and given a little guidance each day, but mostly, I post an image of what the prompt means to me.

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This has been great for me because I’ve actually taken the time to bring some ideas to fruition– those that I swept under the rug long ago.

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It’s also gotten me back on instagram where there is a beautiful community of photographers sharing their creations.

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Today is...about kissing this face as much as I possibly can!

Today is…about kissing this face as much as I possibly can!


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My man works many hours and my dog is not very active these days so working at home alone forces me to really get my creative juices flowing, with no one to pose for me. It’s been an adventure and I look forward to more creating throughout the month. If you’d like to follow me on instagram, I’m here!

This is for my 10 on 10 circle of fantastic photographer friends. Please follow around the circle, starting with Laura Bastien, and see what every one else has been up to this month!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

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10 on 10: April – Lily in the Fields

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In the search for a new location for a family photo shoot this Friday, I decided to check out this spot of trees and wild flowers, about 10 miles from my house, right off the freeway. This is the time of year that I take advantage of the short time that the wild flowers are bright and colorful before the heat of the San Diego sun dries them out.

Lily, my favorite muse, came with me and wanted some new photos too, so when we arrived and saw that we had this place all to ourselves, we were ecstatic! I had to avoid the angles with all the zooming cars coming off the freeway, but that was definitely easy enough in this expansive space.

I love working with Lily. She is so willing to sit or lie down on the raw earth,even with the possibility of bugs and bees, and she often throws in her ideas which are always in sync with what I like too. Here are some of my favorites from that day.

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I enjoyed playing with different styles, and even bringing out the light, for more of a ‘senior portrait’ shot of Lily.

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Please take a look at the work of those in our 10 on 10 circle starting with the images of Michelle Kirnan and follow around our talented circle of women. It seems some of the links are not working…my apologies…I’m sure they will be fixed soon!

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10 on 10: March – A Little Bit of Me and iPhoneography

I recently came up against one of those creative road blocks, and for a week, couldn’t decide what I would do for this month’s 10 on 10. I thought about photographing my day, but my day consists of a lot of sitting at my computer — editing, and I didn’t think that would appeal to anyone. It certainly didn’t appeal to me.

I actually went to the beach one day and got sand, brought it home, and photographed shells. I thought I would pretty them up with textures, etc., but I wasn’t feeling it at all. I had already committed to 10 on 10, and now it was the 11th..yipes!

Then…I stumbled upon Susan Tuttle somehow. I think because I’d heard her name twice in one week, I figured I’d better look her up. I immediately fell in love her iPhone photos…the textures and effects she used–they were so artful! She offered an on-line class on iPhoneography, and it was half-price at the moment, so I jumped in. In one afternoon, I stuffed a lot of learning down my throat, and with little time to find things to shoot, I decided I’d follow her lead and photograph me. Nothing too exciting, but with blurring and lighting effects, I thought, why not?

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These are 10 images that I created off the cuff. I thank 10 on 10 and our circle of women for inspiring me to participate–to get out my camera (or iphone) and shoot, when I may get too trapped in my editing work, and encouraging me to simply create.

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The hardest part was taking photos hands free! I used a timer app, but still, I had to lean my phone up against things, stack up books so it would be high enough, and then it was a lot of trial and error…a lot!

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I look forward to creating much more iPhone art with the tools I now have and more that I’ve yet to learn. Please follow around our circle of women, starting with the lovely Suzanne O’Brien.

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10 on 10: February – Flowers for Love

For this month’s 10 on 10 post, I decided to photograph flowers. I was feeling a bit low on Sunday and went a little crazy cheering myself with flowers, plus, with this Friday being Valentine’ Day, I thought the timing was fitting.

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Ideally, I knew that I would make images with my purchase of pink tulips, red ranunculus, a red gerbera daisy, and hydrangea. Creating always takes me out of my funk, bringing me straight into the moment.

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I am thoughtful and careful in my styling, just as I am in my people portrait shoots, and I had no idea how exhausting it can be! I was on my belly a lot, changed lenses a lot and tried many different vases and positioning, all the while making sure the natural light was sufficiently bounced back onto them with a reflector or foam board. All in all, it was a full-on shoot.

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I enjoyed it tremendously though, and had been wanting so much to experiment more with textures and some of my photoshop skills to create these images.

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Because my Mom was on my mind the entire time I worked with these flowers, I am dedicating all these photos to her. I see how much of who I am came from her. She is the one who taught me about style, creativity and about beauty. These things have always been so important to her in the way she cooks, wraps presents, quilts, dresses, you name it! The petal doesn’t fall far from the flower! Because she doesn’t live close to me, this is my way of sending her flowers — flowers that will last forever! Big love to Mom!

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And just in case anyone reading isn’t familiar with the 10 on 10 project, there are 10ish of us women who take 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We post them, with a link to the next woman in the circle, and we gain inspiration from each other, while at the same time, many who wouldn’t normally get to see each person’s work now will get to through the sharing we do!

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Please follow around the circle and get acquainted with some amazing photographers, starting with Kristina.

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10 on 10: January – Just us Two

I’m so happy to be back to our 10 on 10 posts this year with a lot of new, talented women! I welcome them all and look forward to expanding our circle!

For this month’s post, Phil and I took a break from our hectic work schedules and headed out for a stroll on the beach in La Jolla. It’s one of my favorite places to be, plus it’s been feeling a bit like Summer here in San Diego.

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I’ve had a couple of rough days this week and I am definitely cheered by Phil’s love and always…the ocean!

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Please follow the circle around starting with Kathleen Ries’ post here!

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10 on 10: December – That Time of Year!

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This past month has been the busiest for me ever as a photographer here in San Diego. Much of it has to do with Christmas — creating family portraits, and a lot of it I suppose is just by chance. With the variety of work I’ve taken on — from pregnancy and newborn to glamour-style portraits and gorgeous children; I have had my hands full, but gratefully so.

I chose 10 images from a few of my sessions to share here in the 10 on 10 circle for the month of December.

It was such a heart-melting joy to photograph newborn twins. They were so good! They let me pose them however I wanted without crying and the parents were so trusting! Bless their hearts, they have a 20-month old girl who I also photographed as a newborn, so they were more relaxed this time around!

And on the theme of babies, I photographed one of my best friends and her hubby-to-be in her seventh month of pregnancy. The love and joy between them and this new life that will soon be in the world brought tears to my eyes!

There is a family from Mexico who hires me to photograph them when they come out about three times a year. It started with a maternity shoot of the Mom, and now the little girl is 20 months old. It’s always a challenge to get the shots you want with children this young, but I shoot a lot to ensure I’ll get something! Here are just a couple of the images I loved of mother and daughter.

I look forward to watching little Maria grow up and enjoy the opportunity to witness it through my lens.

Another fun family shoot was with the Holiday children. The five year-old twin boys were born on Christmas Day, and their four year-old Sister was born on the 4th of July. These few shots are a select few of this beautiful and loving family.

And finally, after seeing some shots I had posted on my facebook page from these sand dunes in Yuma, Arizona–this client asked if we could trek the 2 1/2 hour drive for a photo shoot. The weather was perfect, though I suspect that most days of the year are perfect in this area. I was grateful for my assistant, Kathleen, who helped with light and reflectors, as well as wardrobe changes, as there were a lot! Thankfully, we did a good job of dodging the dune buggies!

We stuck to jewel-toned colors, which was perfect for this stunning norwegian blonde. I haven’t yet edited all these photos but here are just a couple.

Please follow the 10 on 10 circle by viewing the work of Eva! Happy Holidays, everyone! May your days be filled with color and light!

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