With KGP you have the option for the Lifestyle in-your-own-home newborn session or you may chose to come to my Keller studio (in my home) for the studio look. Here I’ll shoot simple classic newborn poses with some basic blankets, backgrounds, wraps, and baskets. KGP studio work strives to keep a simple modern feel where the baby is the star not a bunch of cheesy props. You get to decide the type of session you prefer Lifestyle or Studio.
I’ve been noticeably behind posting dreamy sessions because my kids are home for Summer, but I’m trying to get caught back up! This family is downright special to me! I photographed their wedding so many years ago, and now all three of their angel babies through their first year. In fact, little Robby, was my first baby to use the KGP angel wings and now all three of them have photos as a KGP angel with big pretty canvases on their wall at home. I just love popping in and photographing families in the very relaxed setting of their own homes; no fancy anything is needed, just love. Nothing like that morning light and the shiny eyes of siblings to a new a baby.
So, I met a client to deliver this incredible 7 canvas gallery in the parking lot right BEFORE Christy’s session and in the process managed to dump my entire camera bag on it’s head from my car. We are talking the most epic drop of gear hitting the pavement of my ENTIRE career!! My main camera body was completely obliterated. So were my flashes and a couple lenses. However, as a true professional I had back up. I actually had back up to my back up, because well, stuff happens. I was maybe a bit rattled for a few minutes, but pulled myself together before they arrived and WE ROCKED THIS SESSION OUT! They didn’t even know anything had happened just before. The right before sunset light was gorgeous and a later session actually worked really well for these kiddos because they had dinner and weren’t rushed.
I was doing a little light test and my little model just whipped out this pose so the frame wouldn’t be wasted 😉 Isn’t she precious!?
I met Shawn Reeder a long time ago when I was speaking at a photography conference. He embodies that adventurous spirit and lifestyle that is straight out of a magazine…He can sleep in his truck and makes his living photographing landscapes all over the world as well as creating some timelapses that you might walk in and see lighting up the screens of an electronics store. I knew Yosemite was his “home” park so to say. He lived in the area once upon a time and has an intimate familiarity. Lucky me; Shawn offers one-on-one mentoring for photographers and I was THRILLED he was available to meet up so I roped in a friend and decided we were going to Yosemite! Worth every single penny and more.
Of course on the way out Laura and I couldn’t resist stopping with a camera sporting carved bear at the Cedar Lodge on the way up!
We met Shawn at the classic Tunnel View parking area where he immediately took us off trail just a few minutes away from the MASSES (it was a holiday week after all!) Next thing I know we are scaling some boulders and edging near a steep drop and my heart rate picked up a bit. A short hike and a glorious solitary log awaited a STUNNING unobstructed view just minutes from the droves of people.
I started bawling. Like serious tears. It snuck up on me. The overwhelming magnitude of the view, the excitement of the night ahead, but more importantly the pride and relief that I was doing something for MYSELF. So often, I don’t. It’s my kids. My husband. Responsibility. Don’t spend on this. Why take time to do that. All the mothers I know are nodding. It struck me to my core. The way something hits you when you are reaching back at yourself. I am so often not the person I used to be and while that is glorious in its own ways, my wanderlust spirit and adventurous self was shining. Shawn being the amazing guy he is, hugged me a deep meaningful hug. He knew. He commented something deep about the magnitude of this special place and it’s energy. That kind of thing a rock climber says. But he was right. You can see the right side of edge we walked over on the lower right of this image and through the brownish tree in the center right the parking lot of droves of people unaware that are view far beat theirs.
All images are for sale, just touch base with me if you are interested in buying a print of any size or licensing for commercial use. I am now offering wall murals of any of my photography if you want something large in your home. We will be putting on these half-dome with starry sky images up in Hayden’s big boy room as focal wall.
It’s always a blast to go down and see the Almaraz family in San Antonio. Stella girl just turned two and this Summer marks Karsten’s 7th year, so that means for 7 1/2 years I”ve been photographing this sweet family as they have grown! What an honor! We did a little Riverwalk fun where it rained on us. It made it pretty tough to shoot, but we were able to duck under into this beautiful stairway! Isn’t her “oh so San Anotonio” Fiesta wreath just adorable?