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New Portrait Special!

This San Diego portrait photographer is offering a limited time special for mini-portrait sessions.  These will be great for your LinkedIn or any social media page.   You most likely will receive one that you’ll want to print!

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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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Playing With Food

For this month’s 10 on 10 post I’m playing with food!

Though I already love cooking, I’ve been in the kitchen even more than usual these days.   I think because it’s fall and there’s something even more special about the aroma and the warmth it provides as it permeates the house this time of year.

Walking through the produce section at the grocery store one day last week, I passed some figs and knew I needed to cook with them.  The closest I’d ever come to eating one was the fig newtons my grandma used to give me as a kid.    So I grabbed a bunch and headed home to see what I could do.

 

Before I figured out a recipe, I took a few shots because I think they’re so beautiful alone and make great subjects for still life.   I love the burgundy/green colors — they remind me of the upcoming Holidays.

Then I started looking online for fig recipes.   Not that this recipe needed figs, but these pancakes looked so good with their crispy brownness, they were vegan and gluten free, so I thought I’d give them a go and have some figs on the side.   I’m not vegan, but I do try to eat gluten free whenever possible because I like the way it makes me feel.

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They were delicious, and so were the figs!

Then I looked through a new cookbook of mine by world renown chef,  Yotam Ottolengi.  The book, ‘Jersusalem’ is filled with gourmet vegetarian dishes.  I hadn’t made any of his recipes yet, and noticed there was this one savory recipe that included figs–Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Fresh Fig.   I loved all the ingredients together– sweet potatoes, figs, green onions, red chile,  topped with a balsamic reduction.   This was absolutely delish!!   Both Phil and I gobbled it up the second I finished photographing it.

For this recipe, go here.   I replaced the sugar with honey and it was amazing!

Continuing with figs, this was my go-to snack for as long as my figs lasted.

A slice of toasted gluten free bread, topped with thinly sliced Machengo cheese, fresh fig slices, and sprinkled with a balsamic reduction.  To die for!

That was it for the fig portion of my cooking fest.   I am also really drawn to pomegranates so I picked up a few!

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I hadn’t actually eaten a pomegranate since I was a kid so I thoroughly enjoyed munching on these yummy seeds. I didn’t even mind the work it took to get to them.

I decided to try a savory recipe so again chose one by Yotam — Aubergine with Buttermilk Sauce.

Well, I’m not a big fan of eggplant, but decided to give it a try anyway.   I figured maybe I just needed to try them prepared a different way.  I was excited to try something completely new, sprinkled with za’atar – a middle eastern spice I’ve never used, but is common in Yotam’s recipes.

Needless to say, I didn’t like this recipe, but I gave myself props for trying!  Phil ate part of it because he was super hungry, but didn’t think pomegranate seeds worked well with eggplant.  It could be that I left out buttermilk because I don’t eat much dairy.  If you want to give it a try, the recipe is here.   Sure is pretty,  eh?  Looks like Christmas to me.

So…lastly, on this particular cooking spree I made paleo brownies.   While in Australia last month, my friend Cath and I frequented a paleo cafe called Primal Pantry.  Nearly every day we’d grab one of these treats to take with us on our daily adventures.   Fortunately they had the recipe available to go.

I like that there’s no sugar, grains or dairy, yet they’re still moist and taste fantastic!!   Some of the ingredients…

And here’s the finished product!  They didn’t last long!

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If you’d like the recipes for the pancakes (gluten free and vegan), or the paleo brownies, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to post.

Please follow around the 10 on 10 circle starting with my dearest friend, the very talented, Kathleen Ries.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays!  For Thanksgiving I’ll be trying a new recipe.. paleo pumpkin pie!  What will you be making?

P.S.  My still life images are available at my Society 6 shop!

 

 

 

 

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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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