Thursday, August 30, 2007

Katie and Brian Slideshow

I finished Katie and Brian's slideshow today; it can be viewed at:

I wish I could figure out how to post the video to the blog here, so it could just be viewed from this page. It's getting late, though, so that can be a query for another day.

I'm still just in awe of the beautiful location where we shot their engagement session. And what a happy and cute couple they are! I just love all those candid moments where they are laughing and talking together. I have to say--I love my job! I love being able to be a part of one of the happiest and most special moments in people's lives. It is a real privilege and blessing.

I'll have Kim and Brian's up next, no later than this weekend. Thanks for being patient, everyone! It took me a couple of days to learn the new software, but now I've got the basics down.

Oh my gosh, I've been looking ahead at September and October on my calendar, and wow, what a whirlwind my fall will be! I've got 5 weddings in the next 6 weeks (one of them in Gatlinburg and a welcome extension to our beloved yearly girl's trip to the mountains), a couple of family portrait sessions scheduled, albums to finish and start, and all the associated editing and processing that goes with all that shooting! Don't get me wrong, I'm absolutely thrilled and feel very blessed to have all this lined up. I just hope my close friends and family understand if I'm a bit more scatterbrained than usual for the next couple of months! :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Publicity--and the best kind too!

Free, that is :)

Some of you know about my stock port on When I was pregnant with Connor and spending a lot of time on the couch in front of my laptop, I managed to build up a decent sized portfolio of stock photography. It is very time consuming, because the quality of the pic has to be absolutely flawless--no artifacting, no chromatic aberration, tack sharp, etc, but like I said, I was pregnant and not moving around that much, so I had the time. Pretty much the opposite of now, which is why I haven't uploaded anything to iStock in almost a year. But anyway, my portfolio there is still earning a small but steady stream of extra cash, which is pretty good for something that just sits there!

So back in February, I had an inquiry about one of my photos being used for a book cover, which was pretty exciting. Usually you have absolutely no idea where your photos end up after they are purchased. So to make a long story short, this photograph of mine has ended up on the cover of a new nationally released fiction book, which will be in bookstores in September. I even got a photo credit on the inside cover! The book is called The Lace Reader, and is the debut novel from a New England author, Brunonia Barry. You can learn more about the book at I have started reading the book, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I probably would have finished it already, but I had to read Harry Potter first, of course.

The 2 links above are articles in both The Courier-Journal and The News Enterprise about my photograph and the book. The News Enterprise story was really more about me and my photography business than the book, which was pretty neat. They wanted a picture of me, which of course made me cringe, but my good friend Ryan came over and took several pics of me that I was actually pretty happy with, which speaks very well of his photography skeelz, yo :)

So here is what the book cover looks like, and also the original photo that the design was taken from. And below that, a few of the fun headshots that Ryan took of me. I'm not used to being on the other side of the camera, but like I said, I actually don't totally hate these! So thanks Ryan! :) (Photoshopping and collage by me)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

KY State Fair, parts 1 and 2

I've had the kids out the state fair twice so far, but we haven't made it to the midway yet. We plan on going back later this week and letting WC ride a few rides, so I should have more pics later on. On Thursday, I was thrilled to run into Geri, Jenny, Markie and Mike, and all the associated kiddos and grandkiddos. Wesley was so happy to have other little kids to run around with. He didn't stop talking the whole time I think, which is typical. Geri was walking along holding his hand, and she kept looking back at me, laughing, and making that "chatterbox" motion with her hand :)

Here are a few cute shots of the kids. I've been experimenting with some new color effects I just got, so the color in some of them is over the top, I know. But I was just playing around for learning purposes, and they don't have to be perfect. The kids are cute enough as is. :)
Adeline was having fun petting the goat, until she realized that he was eating her hair ribbon!
The cotton candy was, of course, a big hit. Look at Wesley's face!
Here are some post cotton candy faces...
Lizzie was totally cutting a rug in the kid's area. I wish I had some sequence shots of her dancing; it was so funny!
"Safety Town" was a big hit too. Geri and I were cracking up watching the police officers trying to direct all this toddler tricycle traffic! He's trying to get them to go one way, half of them were going another, and finally he just threw his hands up like, "I give up!" So funny.
Go Lizzie!
Go Wesley!
Connor was there too, but as long as she had puffs to munch on, she was happy.
Wesley loved the mules. Sean is very talented with his little trick to get the mule to stick his lip out (ha ha).
More candy for Wesley, like he needed it...
These guys looked pretty comfortable! Kind of a funny modern twist on a historical yearly event.
I hope to have some midway pics up soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Katie and Brian

Now here is the second of the two engagement sessions I had last weekend. Once again, I get carried away and can't narrow down my favorites, so I post too many. :) I am so grateful that they had the idea to do the session here--what a beautiful spot! I can't wait to take my kids back down there for a picnic soon. This is the spot where Brian proposed to romantic!

I had a special assistant on this shoot too. Kayla was a big help and was a natural in front of the camera too!

Best wishes to this beautiful happy couple, who will be making it official at the end of


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kim and Brian

I had two engagement sessions last weekend, so here are my favorites from the first of the two. I hope Kim and Brian had as much fun as I did, despite the heat! They are the most adorable couple, and I knew halfway through the shoot that we were getting some GREAT pics. They were just as natural and comfortable as they could be in front of the camera, and it shows. I'm definitely looking forward to their wedding in the beautiful Smokey Mountains!
Kim requested black and white, so I made sure to include plenty of those, but I couldn't help but showcase some color ones as well. The light was just so gorgeous the evening we were out!
This last one was a special request of Kim's. I love it; I hope she does too!