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Posted 1/21/2010 by Kim M. in General Photography
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Kim M.
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Posted: 1/21/2010 3:41:26 PM
First, thank you Nikki, for asking me to do this interview. You said so many kind things! But, let me tell you, you inspire me every single day just as much (if not more) than you said for me! You rock Mrs. Nikki!

Second, thank you to Max. Because of your super busy schedule, my sports photos don't need to follow his!

I live a pretty boring/normal life in Arizona. I hope I don't send any of you into a snooze-fest with this! Anyway...

...on with the interview!

Who are you ? Please include self portrait and any links to other sites featuring you, like your blog, website, etc. Pimp yourself out!!

Well, I'm Kim and I've been a Pea for almost 7 years now. I started out on the General Scrapping Board and then moved to The Pub when that started up. (I was the 4th poster over there!) I've been on the photo board for about 3 years so far. I'm one of the "old ladies" of the board as I turned 49 last month. I have no intention of turning 50 as you will see me boarding a flight somewhere on the other side of the international dateline on Dec. 17 of this year (Australia, New Zealand, Figi, Hong Kong...somewhere over there!). Yep, if I skip the day the 50 won't happen! Can you tell that I'm in denial?

I do have a blog, but really use it mostly for the Picture of the Day project (though I haven't posted in a few days) My Blog. I also have a Web Site which is being revamped to a cleaner and more simple style (like the blog) and should be finished and launched by Monday (YEA!)

What inspired you to get into photography? And when?
I was totally inspired by all of my Grandparents and Great Grandparents. They had photos of relatives going back to the late 1800's that were out in both of their homes. I could sit and look through books and books of photos for hours on end.

My Great Grandfather is in the middle, front row. My Great Great Grandparents are sitting on the setee in the middle. So, you see, putting furniture out on the street for a family picture really is not new!

This is my Grandfather (on the right) and his brother Robert taken up in Montana. There are 3 versions of this photo. I have the largest version of this (around 16x20) that is in one of those beautiful dome glassed ornate frames. The enlargement is hanging at my parents house, as this is my Mom's Dad. The 3rd version has my Great Grandmother in the photo.

I knew all of my Great Grandparents and my Grandparents. None of them passed until well into their 90's! Genetically, I'm not going anywhere for a long time. Of course, as each passed, I was the one that received the majority of the photos...because they all remember me as a little one pouring through their albums. I have scanned all of those thousands of photos and have them online for all of my cousins and sister to be able to print for themself, if they want.

What is your education? Degree? Self-taught? Workshops?
Originally self taught. I've attended photography classes and workshops for about 6 years now. I started attending classes about 6 months before going into business.

What kind of photographer would you describe yourself as? I would say that I'm contemporary. I'm not exactly "edgey", yet I'm not a classic studio portrait kind of girl. I primarily do Senior Portraits with a few weddings thrown in (not many...I freak out a bit. ).


I don't do too many children. I just don't seem to have the patience for them like I used to! But, once in awhile, I shoot kids.

I also shoot sports. Currently, I shoot all 18 sports for our local high school and have had this contract for 3 years now. So, you will find me on some field of play about 3-4 nights a week during the school year.


What kind of equipment do you use? Not every piece you own, but your favorites or use most often.
I'm a Canon girl. I mostly use a 1D Mark III or Mark II for sports (with a 300/f2.8 or 70-200/f2.8). I use my 5DII for most portrait work (normally you'll see the 70-200, 24-70 or 85/f1.2 in my bag). No flash for sports. 580EXII for OCF or AB 1600's for strobe (with either a Beauty Dish or Soft Box) hooked up to a Vagabond for portable power. I almost always have the Vagabond with iPod speakers hooked to it for music during Senior shoots. LOVE the music cranked in a quiet desert setting!

What did/do you struggle with the most?
I probably struggle with time management the most. There are somedays that I feel like I'm out of contact with the world as I process a few days worth of photos. Also, getting my settings in the extremes. Extremely bright days (we have a lot of those!) or dark settings. But, I continue on, keep notes (love my iPod Touch apps for diagramming and notes on photos) that I bring along and search daily for more information from a million different photographers!

What was your biggest "A-ha" moment? Can be something technical/camera-related, something personal as it relates to photography, or something you learned about yourself as a photographer.
Probably the day I learned to say no. No to over-booking myself. No to sessions that I don't feel I have the experience for. No to clients where it doesn't click or know that I can not exceed their expectations.

Biggest lesson learned? Can be either about photography, the business, yourself, etc. Have back-ups of everything at all times. Whether it's gear, external hard drives, batteries, CF Cards...extras of everything and with you at all times. You're dealing with electronics and anything can fail at any time...and it will when you least expect it!

What's your greatest triumph or achievement? Could be just opening your own business, to awards, to a compliment. Raising my son to the age of 19 without posting bail. Photography related, though, is everytime the client cries (in a good way) when they look at their shots...whether sports related or portraits.

What is one of the most important mistakes you made that served as a basis for your progression? Depending on the camera's LCD instead of the histogram. Big mistake. HUGE. I look at the histo during my test shots and throughout any series of photos. It's too easy to change a setting and not realize it until it's too late. Or, not change your settings as your natural light changes. So, histo, Histo...HISTO about every 15 minutes!

What is it about photography that makes your heart sing and your mind race with possibilities?
Wild thing...you make my heart sing. ok, maybe not. I would say that when I nail something that I've envisioned for a portrait. For example, when I went to CA in August with my 2 seniors. I knew I wanted beach waves in formal dresses for these girls. (They were totally up for this!) I knew I wanted sunset on into dark. And...that's what we did!

Added bonus was getting together with about 10 SoCal Peas for these Seniors and getting to stay with Carolyn, her hubby and the redhead (and cat and dog)! What a great group they are! And, other than the Seniors, got this shot of Scott and Natalie (Carolyn's +2) while at the beach. I just love this shot! It definately makes my heart sing!


Which do you like better - taking the photo or processing it? Why?
I prefer the shoot itself. But, they go hand in hand. I love the capture of the moment and bringing it to life with the processing. If only I could process while on a treadmill, I'd be ultra happy! (I hate just sitting for hours while processing!)

What inspires you? Could be anything - other photographers, nature, art, music, people, etc.
All of the above! It could be a location that I find, a recent shoot, art museums are a bonus, and music sets the tone. There are a few sports photographers that have set a bar that I would love to reach some day. Max is one of them. He really got me going in the right direction when he joined me for a Little League tournament about 4 years ago. He taught me so much of what I know in sports photography! There are a number of others, but props to Max (and a huge thank you!)

What is something about you that we don't know? Could be something serious or silly- your choice.

I was a television broadcaster in the Air Force. I lived in Italy for 3 years and that's where I met my husband (now ex). When I got married, I lived in Italy, my parents lived in Hong Kong and my sister was in college in Pullman, WA and we got married in NY. So, we planned a wedding across 3 continents!

I've been in all 50 states and 34 countries. Before I was 30! Since then, not as much travel (married, a child, a divorce, finances, etc.)
I want to go to South Africa. I'll get there...someday.

Can you share with us your loved ones? Especially if they have been featured in your work?
My parents live about 3 minutes from me, so I see them almost every day! Love them so much!

I only have 1 child. My son is now 19 and the poor kid has had a camera in his face his entire life! He started playing baseball when he was 6 (well, t-ball when he was 4) on through high school. He's in college now and did not pursue baseball, but is having 2nd thoughts about that now. He's now thinking of staying at school over the summer to work out with the team and try to walk on next year. We'll see. He's a 6'7" left handed pitcher, so there's a possibility if he can get in shape again! As long as his heart is in it...I'm all for it.



I have 1 sister, also. She, her husband and their 2 kids live in Chicago. I don't get to see them nearly as much as I would like to, though.

Can you share your top tip/technique with us?
I would say to expect the unexpected. In portraits, some of my favorite shots are in between the posed ones. The laugh, the grin, the flip of the hair. Or, in sports, the "after the play" shots of celebration or sorrow. These "unplanned" shots seem to carry more emotion. So, I would say to shoot beyond what you're planning.

Who are you picking next and why?
Max...because he was supposed to have been this week! Also because he has been in the photography business for awhile and can share a male perspective in the sports arena. His knowledge and eye are amazing and I know that everytime he writes, I learn something from him.

Please share some of your favorite works with us!!
Some favorite Seniors...










A few sports favorites...







and a couple of miscellaneous shots.



Wow...that was long!!! Thank you for taking a look at my mundane world! But, with as average as it is, I still it!


Kim

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Posted: 1/21/2010 3:52:47 PM
Love it! I think I want to be you when I grow up!

Seriously, your sports stuff and seniors are so amazing, thank you for sharing it all with us. Can't wait for your Photo Pea Class!

Coming back to say I LOVE the shot of the senior (I think your son, still) against the graffiti wall and the senior girl in the white dress, just beautiful!


~ Karen


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Posted: 1/21/2010 3:57:29 PM
tfs!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:01:12 PM


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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:06:37 PM
Oh Kim that was so worth the wait! What a fantastic interview and so inspiring! I love your photos of your grandparents. I have a box of mine which I must scan too. I love the silhouette cheerleaders. they are fabulous!
I hope that the rain is settling down for you now


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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:14:43 PM
Loved your interview. Thanks!
Just wanted to let you know, my almost 4 year old was looking at the photos with me and LOVED the sports shots! I also read to him about your son being a lefty pitcher and he really liked that part. My son is a lefty and LOVES baseball as well.

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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:17:30 PM
YAY!!! Soooo wonderful to (finally!) read the interview I have been anticipating. I have a few comments:

1. How can you call that an "Obit pic"??!! That is crazy! (Awesome self portrait though.)

2. That shot of your son tossing the baseball is one of my most favorite pics I have ever seen. Ever. It looks like National Geo or Life mag. Amazing.

3. In the pic of my DH and the redhead, you have captured their bond to a T! All 3 of us love it.

4. The pics of the seniors you brought out to L.A. are perfection. I also love one you took of Kim under the pier that is not included here. Such beautiful light.

You are so inspiring to me. I love to watch you in action and I have learned from you. You are also a wonderful friend. We were just talking about you last night -- were your ears burning? We hope you come back and visit as soon as you can!



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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:19:32 PM
I loved it..especially since I do sports also- my biggest struggle is still indoor light - I have yet to figure out how you all do it without the color distortion at 2.8 high ISO...oh how I would love to fly out to AZ and hang out with you for a week of sports shooting..

Love the senior photos too- I always look forward to your responses and knowledge. thanks for taking the time to post this.

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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:29:42 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about you. World traveler WOW. bet there are times when you wished you had a camera with you, really enjoy the shots that you have shared with us.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:35:45 PM
Fantastic interview, Kim! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about you. Your images are stunning. If I can get my daughter's senior pics to look only half as good, I'd be happy.

Thanks so much for sharing your world with us.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:38:01 PM
Oh, Kim! thanks so much for sharing with us, but I must admit, I had to read thru twice!
First just to ogle all ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC images then back to read. I kept forgetting to read, I was enjoying your images so much!
You are a real shining star!



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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:40:32 PM

I think I want to be you when I grow up!

I know, me too!!! Isn't she amazing???!!


Second, thank you to Max. Because of your super busy schedule, my sports photos don't need to follow his!


Nikki

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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:55:11 PM
Can I come live with you during baseball season? Pretty please? Serously, you rock!



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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:56:11 PM
Absolutely beautiful work! Loved your interview!



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Posted: 1/21/2010 4:58:21 PM
Consistency, consistency, consistency!!!!! That is what I noticed about your images. They just all flow together, like in a book. That's truly art and quite the talent.

I really enjoyed looking at those silouettes of the cheerleaders, made me feel like I wanted to all of a sudden, go to a bonfire

Thank you for sharing a little bit of yourself and allowing us a glimpse into your photographic world!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:07:21 PM
Any way I can channel you somehow when I try to get decent soccer shots of my Dh and kids? I love the one of the girl in the surf at night, and the jumping shots, and really just all of them


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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:07:47 PM
Awesome, Kim, just awesome. Well worth the wait! I second Heather's comment about consistency!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:13:38 PM
Well, thank you!

Jodie...scan them, NOW. Upload them or get them on a CD. Your relatives that don't have them will appreciate it and your children will have a legacy that no one else can leave! It really is so important!


1. How can you call that an "Obit pic"??!! That is crazy! (Awesome self portrait though.)

I meant to explain that! Woops! When I read the paper in the morning, I looks at the obituaries first. If I'm not there, I read the rest of the paper! The one thing that bothers me is when I see a picture of someone and it is obviously a snapshot from like 1987 with big hair at a party somewhere. And I think to myself, "Is that the best picture anyone could find? Was there nothing more recent? Nothing better than that to represent this person upon their death? OMG, is that the picture they put in that person's program? " Now, I hate HATE having my picture taken! Really, I do. But, I don't want my son looking through an old photo album and pulling some really bad big-haired-short-skirted-too-much-makeuped party picture from my single days that is 30 years old. So, every December (around birthday time), I set up a photo. I give it to my son and my parents, just in case something happens in the upcoming year. So, that is the story of my annual photo (whether I want to or not) and why I call it my obituary picture.

2. That shot of your son tossing the baseball is one of my most favorite pics I have ever seen. Ever. It looks like National Geo or Life mag. Amazing.

Thank you! It's one of my favorites, too. In fact, I have it as a canvas in my family room!

3. In the pic of my DH and the redhead, you have captured their bond to a T! All 3 of us love it.

I that one, too. Like I said...it makes me smile!

4. The pics of the seniors you brought out to L.A. are perfection. I also love one you took of Kim under the pier that is not included here. Such beautiful light.

There's a couple of each of the girls under the pier that I , but I didn't want to overload on those 2 alone. As it is, there were a couple that I wanted to include (and just added) as I tried to resize the others (sorry...they were a bit too big!).


my biggest struggle is still indoor light - I have yet to figure out how you all do it without the color distortion at 2.8 high ISO

Elizabeth, have you tried a custom white balance? If you don't have an ExpoDisc, I would recomment one. Especially in icky high school gyms, it really does make a big difference in helping to get rid of that yellow cast! And thank you...the door is always open if you ever come to the Phoenix area!


World traveler WOW. bet there are times when you wished you had a camera with you,

Thanks Robert! I almost always have a camera with me! I have thousands of photos from all over the place! I just really didn't want to bore everyone with travel photos. Almost worse than sitting through a slide show of the last vacation at your most disturbed aunt's house.

Rebecca, you take beautiful photos! I'm sure your daughter will be thrilled with hers!

Nikki, I know you'd be thinking that, too!

Thank you, again, for the compliments! Y'all make me blush!


Kim

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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:19:41 PM
So awesome!! Thanks for sharing!
Your work screams emotion and life to me like no others. You do such a fantastic job of capturing moments, it is very inspiring!
I love how you have the little notes beneath each shot too, really personalizes them.

I found my love of photography by looking through my Grandma's old pictures, I could spend hours looking through them. Old photograph's are just so neat. My grandma was also so good about writing on the back of each and every single photo in her perfect handwriting.

Thanks again for sharing!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:20:50 PM
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing with us. You're AMAZING!!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 5:23:08 PM
KIm...I am speechless. Truly. You rock the lighting like none other. THANK YOU!!!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:01:17 PM
Kim, you are truly AMAZING! I'm so very glad you were picked the POW because I might never have had the pleasure to both 'view your work' and 'hear your inspiring words'!!!
I do remember that one shot of your son in the locker room, and it left a lasting impression on me as being one of the greatest all around photos I've seen. Embarrassingly, I had forgotten who shot it, , but the photo was never forgotten!!
So, I am more than thrilled to see all your work and see what other wonderful and emotional creations cometh your way!!

Thanks so much for sharing!1


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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:08:45 PM
You are soooo talented!! Love your work!!! And thanks for sharing!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:09:51 PM
Kim, I LOVED reading your interview and you are a major inspiration. You have skills and talent I could only dream of learning. Thanks so much!

ETA: I love your Obit story....it's classic and such a great idea (I too hate having my pic taken and only have a handful of bad snapshots of myself).

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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:17:43 PM
I enjoyed your interview a lot but what caught my eye is that I live in Anthem also. Small world.



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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:18:02 PM

2. That shot of your son tossing the baseball is one of my most favorite pics I have ever seen. Ever. It looks like National Geo or Life mag. Amazing.

3. In the pic of my DH and the redhead, you have captured their bond to a T! All 3 of us love it.
Those two pictures are awesome! I bet that Carolyn and her family treasure that image!

Thank You for sharing, your images are always so much fun to look at. I was bummed to miss the last Pea Meet Up because I knew you were coming and I have always admired your work. I hope you make the next gathering...
Marisol

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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:42:19 PM


Your pictures are awesome. Thank you for sharing yourself and your work. You are an inspiration. I too am an "old lady" (48 tomorrow), and I also want to be you when I grow up!!!

Awesome....


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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:55:30 PM
I was so looking forward to this thread! I'm a big fan of your work. I too shoot mostly seniors and I love shooting sports. All 50 states and 34 countries?! You are my hero


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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:56:25 PM
Awesome interview Kim. Your work is just beautiful. So many incredible shots. Thank you so much for sharing. ~Jackie


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Posted: 1/21/2010 7:08:18 PM
Your work is outstanding!!



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Posted: 1/21/2010 7:21:08 PM
Loved your interview & thank you so much for sharing. Your use of lighting amazes me. I would love to have some shots that look even close to these.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 7:34:45 PM
WOW! I don't even know where to start! I have always admired your work and truly enjoyed learning more about you. I absolutely love your sports and senior images, and I especially really loved the photo of your son in his baseball uniform. And that is great advice about checking the histo - I always check mine, too, and find it to be very helpful. I also spent many hours poring over family albums as a child...I am sure that influenced my own love of photography. I need to get them all scanned. Thanks for the motivation to do that, and thanks so much for sharing with us!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 7:45:38 PM
Wow Kim! Thanks so much for sharing a bit of yourself with us! Your work is amazing! I adore the photo of your son sitting and tossing the ball! Breathtaking!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:02:00 PM
WOW. Absolutely speechless here. All of your images have such vibrance and life in them. Thank you for sharing those amazing images. What an incredible talent you have.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:11:59 PM
Thank you for sharing of yourself and your work.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:14:33 PM
Great interview! I gotta say after peamailing you over the last few days to get the directions to Big Marilyn, I was very excited to read your interview to find out more about you. You are an incredible photographer! I agree that your photos are so consistent! i hope to be there one day! great photos!

Suzanne

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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:38:58 PM

Consistency, consistency, consistency!!!!! That is what I noticed about your images. They just all flow together, like in a book. That's truly art and quite the talent.


Thank you so much, Heather! I look at my shots and don't see a "style" per se, so it warms the cockles of my pea-pickin' heart to hear you say that my style must be "consistent". Thank you!


Any way I can channel you somehow when I try to get decent soccer shots of my Dh and kids?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. <----That's me channelling my inner soccer-shooter self to you, Beth! Thank you very much!


Awesome, Kim, just awesome. Well worth the wait! I second Heather's comment about consistency!

You're such a sweet lady, Pat! Thank you so much!


Your work screams emotion and life to me like no others. You do such a fantastic job of capturing moments, it is very inspiring!

Wow, Trina. Thank you very much for saying that! And, I'm happy to hear that I'm obviously not the only one with grandparents that opened their albums for hours of non-stop analyzing!

Meaghan, Mandy, Nancy TREZmom and Celine...thank you so much!


I enjoyed your interview a lot but what caught my eye is that I live in Anthem also. Small world.

Holy smokes, Barb! We should sit down at Starbucks and talk photos and Peas and such one of these days! I knew there were a bunch of lurkers here in Anthem, but didn't know there was an active Pea, too! Next thing, you'll be saying that you watch Big Brother and have the live feeds, too! (That's my dirty little summer secret and found out that someone else I know here does the same thing! lol) I'm serious about meeting up though!


I was bummed to miss the last Pea Meet Up because I knew you were coming and I have always admired your work. I hope you make the next gathering...


Marisol, I'm sorry you couldn't make it, also! I probably won't get back over there til late spring/early summer. Too many shoots between now and then. But, I'm sure we will meet up sometime very soon!


I too am an "old lady" (48 tomorrow),

Happy Birthday a day early, Denise!

Thank you Denise, Melissa, Jackie, Terri and Shauna for your kind words!!

Awww, thanks Katie, Michelle and Nicki! I appreciate you all taking the time to read through all that I wrote!

Suzanne, I appreciate your kind words, and I was so happy that you found Big Marilyn and got a shot of your hubby with her! You'll need to let me know when you'll be out here again. Maybe for more than a weekend?

Now, I'm seriously curious how many people got their "start" by looking through their grandparents photo albums! That may be worthy of a poll! Hmmmmmmmmmm...


Kim

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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:48:28 PM
Loved it! TFS! I definitely need to pick your brain in future about OCF. You rock it! Oh, and if you ever want to come to Australia to skip turning 50, I have a guest bedroom!


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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:58:03 PM
Kim, these are just wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to put together your interview and share your wonderful photos with us!!

I love looking through old pictures of my grandparents and great-grandparents! A few summer ago I went through old pictures with my grandma and made 6 scrapbooks (for my parents, siblings and one for the family reunion). It was such a great time to put it together and work with my grandma on it. A few months later she passed away. I am so grateful I decided to do that project that summer.


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Posted: 1/21/2010 9:03:48 PM
Well, beautiful lady, I absolutely loved reading this! You have such a great sense of humor and great outlook on things, I hope I can hang out with you someday



Consistency, consistency, consistency!!!!! That is what I noticed about your images. They just all flow together, like in a book. That's truly art and quite the talent.





I couldn't agree more. I love all of your work, but especially the baseball shots. I'm a big lover of baseball

Thanks for sharing yourself with us


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Posted: 1/21/2010 9:49:07 PM
I love love love the high jump shots & the out at second base. You really know how to capture the moment! Thanks for sharing yourself

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Posted: 1/21/2010 10:02:55 PM
I LOOOOOOOVED reading your interview! Wow, your education and dedication really are apparent. And I love your "voice" when you write - you're funny!

Re. the "obit" photo - although it sounds a bit macabre, I TOTALLY get what you're saying! When my father passed away almost two years ago, the task of getting a photo ready for the obituary (as well as writing it) was given to me. I was sooo glad I had a good, recent photo of him, and I was proud that I had taken it. I think when you get in your 40's (I'm there, too!) you think about this stuff in a different way, for sure.

That photo of your son tossing the ball...perfection in every way. I'm glad to hear you have it big on your wall, because that's where it belongs!

Re. your family photos - second only to my own family historical photos are other people's family photos! Something about them just reaches out and grabs me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shot of your Great and Great Great Grandparents (how cool!) on the wicker setee - and who is the imp in the background?!

Anyhow, this was a great read, and your work is stunning! The girl in the surf...wow.

Anne

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Posted: 1/22/2010 1:29:08 AM

Raising my son to the age of 19 without posting bail.


That made me laugh out loud, that would be every mothers's best achievement.

Your photos are insanely good, you need to post them more often Kim! You've got some great sport captures. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted: 1/22/2010 2:26:42 AM
Wonderful, thank you for sharing!



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Posted: 1/22/2010 7:31:07 AM
Terrific interview. I loved seeing your work and laughed about the obit. pic. My dh and I have a running joke that if/when something happens to me it will be easy on the next wife because there will be no photos of me she'll have to live with Sick and twisted, but unfortunately true. I need to take an annual photo like this. Thanks for the inspiration.



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Posted: 1/22/2010 8:18:08 AM
Your interview is wonderful, Kim!! I loved reading every word. Your work has always inspired and awed me---now even more so!

Thank you for sharing yourself. Loved getting to know you better!

Looking forward to Max up next!


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Posted: 1/22/2010 4:42:32 PM
I just loved reading this interview. Everyone so far has been so unique, and you are no exception! I am surprised to hear you don't think you have a style per se- I find your photos to be distinctly "yours"- and so very, very gorgeous.

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Posted: 1/22/2010 9:48:50 PM
Amazing talent!!! Love, love, love every single image! I have to say that my favorite is your son with the baseball. I remember when you first posted that. It is incredible!

Thanks for taking the time to share with us!


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Posted: 1/23/2010 12:30:35 AM
Great interview, Kim! Now I not only want to live in your perfect BB world, but I want to be just like you when I grow up.

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Posted: 1/23/2010 11:37:14 AM
WOW!!!


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