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Tuesday
Nov162010

Finding my About Me

It took a long time for me to find an identity.  About 35 years to be exact. 

Let me back up a bit.  You know when you were younger and some of your friends danced.  Or played an instrument.   Or maybe they are amazing writers or artists. 

It seemed they had something that helped define who they are and where they were going to be in life. 

My friend Lisa for example, even in her late 20's was dancing in performances.  And to boot, she is a kick ass writer.  I remember sitting at one of her shows and being is awe of her talent and her dedication because of the happiness dance brought to her life.

I never had an identity outside of being Kim.  Quirky, not funny, corny Kim.  Then something amazing happened.  I became a wife and a Mom.  And being just Kim was not enough anymore.  I tried on a bunch of hobbies.  I really tried to be a scrapbooker, but O.M.G.. who has the patience for that?  Then I tried knitting.. Really?  that is fun?  Not for me.  

And then Photography found me. 

It is totally my husbands fault.  I joke all the time that he purchased my first SLR as a gift, little did he know that it would unravel into a business and my continuing love for yummy lenses.

Photography has given me patience to wait.  Wait for the shot.  Wait for the moment.  Yet, I laugh because I am still trying to find my patience when I ask my boys to hurry up and they decided they want to pretend they are stuck in slow motion mode.  :)

I still can't believe it is me sometimes.  When people ask what I do now, I say I am a photographer and it gets me each an every time.  I get to live my dream that I didn't even know I had. 

Once a person hears you are a photographer they always ask, how long have you been doing it and what kind of work do you do?  When I tell them it has only been four years since my husband bought me my first SLR they look confused. 

And I get that. 

I would be confused too.  Because like I said, most people have their hobbies already planned out when they are younger. I waited until I was 35, and I didn't even know I wanted it.

Yet now it consumes me.  I am constantly learning and trying to push my limitations.  Learning all about light is my biggest challenge.  Anyone can learn how an SLR works.  But introduce light, yummy, ever changing light and that is where I find the challenge and beauty in it all.  Each friend, family or client I have ever worked with teaches me how light can change the look of any photo.

I guess what I am saying is that one day when my boys are old enough to understand I will be able to say take your time when finding your own "About Me" because you never know when it will happen, but once it finds you, you will know.

(my boys at the beach this past September)


Saturday
Nov062010

Candles, Cake and Mush OH MY

I may not be the best cook.
I may put the coffee spoon in the dishwasher before he finishes stirring his cup.
I may make him play "Where did Kim put my stuff again?" wayyyy to many times. 

But birthdays I never screw up.  I own them.  I truly believe that birthdays are the "SPECIALIST" day of the year.

My husband Don's birthday is today.

Today I make sure I don't do any Kim'isms. 

Like burn dinner or forget to make it.

I can't wait to make a big deal out of his day.  Because he is a big deal to me.  And to our boys. 
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Dear Don,

I see how hard you work.  Even when you think I don't.  I can't pretend I understand it all, but I try.  I won't get any mushier, because I want to say everything in my heart to you in person later on today.

But for now please know that I would be lost without you. 

Thank you for every single thing you do for us.

More importantly, thank you for loving me. 

I love you Donald Joseph.
I love us.
3325.

Saturday
Sep182010

Blonde Hair + Blue Eyes + Pink & Purple = ADORABLE

When little C first showed up for her photo session her Mom said "she just woke up from her nap".  So I thought that it may take a little time to warm up to me.  Boy was I wrong! When she stepped out of the car and onto the beach it was like Tyra Banks was trained by HER!!

You don't ask sweet little C to pose, she does it for you naturally. 

Give her space and watch her work her magic on you. 

Did I mention she is THREE?  :)


I mean look at these eyelashes!

Give her a hat and watch her rock it out!


A quick wardrobe change and the magic continues..

And when I first uploaded and saw this picture in full resolution I said out loud.. AWHHHH..

Okay, I have to share one more.. just one more.. and then you need to head over to my Facebook page to check out the rest.. because little C was such a model. 


Thank you so much to Kristi, Kim, Theresa and Jamie for such a fun photo session.. Little C made my job easy!!!

Tuesday
Sep072010

Elementary Flash Back

I have known Leon since I was --> <--- that little.  Way before crows feet and kids came along.  There is a common bond you share with friends that you have known before you even knew who you were.

And old school friends accept you for who you are.  I mean Leon has seen my big hair, long black trench leather jacket days and he still speaks to me!

When I first photographed Leon's family it was right when I first identified my style.  I was still ironing out the kinks but I managed to get photographs they loved.  When he contacted me to photograph his family again this year I was ecstatic.  I mean I am still growing as a photographer, but I don't feel as paralyzed as I first did when I photographed his family the first time.

Let me just talk to you a bit of Leon and Patty's boys.  They are all sorts of funny.  Here are three boys so very dynamically different but who mesh so well that they are almost like a comedy routine. 

And? They totally have me convinced that they like me. LOL

Look at how handsome they are!

And here are Mom and Dad.. I so love this photograph of them..

Can you hear them laughing?  Makes me smile!!

This photo is one of my favorite from the day..

I want to thank Leon, Patty and their very cool little men.  I had a great time re-connecting with you again and I can't wait to see you guys soon!

If you want to see more from this session head over to my Facebook Fan Page.  :)

Monday
Sep062010

Me, Me, and Me... oh and Me

I have blogged on and off now for three years.  It is something that is super addicting to me which makes no  sense because I am literally the worst writer ever.  No seriously, if my blog posts were graded I would get the big ol' "F" on each one.  (if my friend Angie is reading this I totally know she is shaking her head!!)

My blog.  Ugh, I hate the word blog.  You mention you have a blog and you get the look.  And for those of you who blog you know exactly what that look is like.  Kinda like the look Nina Katz gave Carrie Bradshaw in the bathroom in Season 5.  If you were obsessed with Sex and the City like I was you totally get that sentence, but if not, you can move along to the next paragraph. lol

This blog here has taken on various overhauls.  I can never make up my mind. I love the idea of being real and who I am, but I also like the keep it professional side too.  However, I am jumping ship to the more personal side of me for now.  For a while anyway.  I want you to get a sense who I really am, and not just the posts about how amazing my client sessions were.

To kick off things off I am going to present you with random Kim-ism's so you can get to know me both professionally and personally.

~ I love how library books smell.  (random why that was my first share, but lets go with that).

~ I never really know where anything is.  This drives my husband insane because I will send him 14 other places to look before I finally remember where "it" really is.

~ Before every photo session I still get super nervous and wonder why anyone hires me. 

~ Starbucks Venti Chai Tea Lattes are laced with some sort of crack.  They are ADDICTING!

~ Being 5'11" you are never considered "cute".  I am WAY to big of a girl to be cute.

~ I quote movies all day long.  To myself.  Because if I said them out loud people would be giving me that Nina Katz look I mentioned earlier.  Just to prove the point, there is a quote from Duece Bigalow, Male Gigolo that I would totally say to my previous random fact but I won't say it for fear of Google slapping me on the "potty mouth" blog list. 

~ I used to make my Mom video tape a cartoon called "Pepper Ann" so I could watch them when I got home from work.  I was 25.  Thankfully now we have DVR and I can hide my inner child and catch up on all the iCarly's I miss all on my own.  (that Spencer is so nutty!!)

~ Reading makes me happy.  I love to read.  Though now I know you don't believe me after that last random fact right?

~ Reality TV is 85% of what I watch.  I am addicted.  Throw "Real Housewives" in front of any city and you can probably bet I am watching it (though I am sooo out on DC and Georgia.. LOL)

~ Cooking.  blah.  It gives me chills thinking about it.  If I had my way everyone would live off of Chai Tea Lattes, or have a personal chef.  Now I know why my Mom would hand us boxes of cereal when I was a kid and say dinner is served. 

~ Kraft macaroni and cheese is the cheesiest.  Velvetta is just wrong and tastes like Elmer's glue.

~ I secretly hope one of my boys falls in love with photography. 

~ If given free time you will find me napping.  Napping is underrated.  A great nap totally triumphs things like, hmm, the fall sale that is going on at Lucky Brand Jeans. (which is amazing by the way!!)

~ I own at least 26 pairs of jeans.  No lie.  And some of them are like 15 years old.  I know, I know, but old school Gap Long and Lean are like magic pants and I will never part with them.

Okay, maybe I will stop here.  Only because the Housewife of NJ reunion special is on (see fact #9 )

**just a small side note, I am doing a What the Heck? post on Friday.  If anyone has any other questions you want to ask me about photography please feel free to email at kim@kimpacephotographyblog.com.  I always keep who wrote the question anonymous, so if you worried about that, now you don't have to be!!

Thursday
Aug122010

Beachy Little Girl - Long Beach Photographer

When Jennifer contacted me to photograph her little girl she informed me that she is turning six months old!  Half way to ONE!  It is such a huge deal because time moves so fast and that sweet six month stage is gone in a blink.

While we were chatting Jennifer let me know that she loves Halloween and I nearly screeched because, um, hello, I am a Halloween Junkie. I dress up every year, and I make my kids pick a theme costume every year.  We have been the Incredibles, Pirates, Cops and Prisoners..

Okay, I digress. 

When I arrived to Jennifer's condo in Long Beach I was blown away by the light.  And then the cuteness of Baby E.  I mean check out this face!


And can you just die of cutness overload with this piggy pop photo?

You can tell Baby E is adored!

And lving across the street from the beach.. can you beat the view she gets to see everyday!!


I have to share one more.. Check out how Diva-licious she looks decked out in pink beads and a tutu!

Okay, one more.. because this shot melts my heart..

There were so many others that I want to share, so head over to my Facebook Fan page and check them out!!!

Thanks so much again Jennifer and Gerald for opening your home to photograph your beautiful little girl!

Sunday
Aug082010

Hodgepodge & a plan

Let's pretend I have had a minute to pull together a single, well thought out idea over the past two weeks.  And let's pretend that I don't have about four sessions sitting in queue waiting to be edited (you're next Leon!).  While we are at it, let's pretend I really have time to blog, no less redesign the blog. 

My life is always on repeat, fast forward. 

or. Fast forward, Repeat.

I have mentioned this before.  I am kinda like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. 

Well, except I am not a dude.

But what I am is FINISHED.

Finished with redesigning the blog.
Finished redesigning the website.
Finished redesigning my twitter page.

Now stay tuned for some new awesome sessions.
New awesome tutorials.
And all my mindless thoughts.

Happy Shooting! :)

Wednesday
Jul282010

Little Man J Makes Turning One Look So FUN! Suffolk County Photographer

A couple of weeks ago I met little J.  He was shy at first, didn't want Mommy to be to far away.  That is when Mommy really turned on her Mommy powers and little J opened up with smiles!!  She even jumped on the bed with him to make him belly laugh!!  How awesome is she?


Little J was fast.  Like lightening fast!  He was all go go go.. But I managed to get some super cute photos of the little man. 


Look at those eyes!!!!! All natural!!


There are so many other cute ones from this session with Little J.. Please head over to my Facebook fan page and check them out.

And lastly, thank you Christine!!! I had a great time photograhing your very handsome little man!!!

Sunday
Jul182010

Sleepy Little Girl - Long Island Newborn Photographer

When Martha contacted me to photograph her new little girl of course I jumped at the opportunity.  I never know what to expect when I am going to photograph a newborn because they run the show.  Most of my newborn sessions take about two or three hours but this little girl was soo sleepy that the whole session only took about an hour. 

I couldn't believe how she didn't make a peep.  Or a stir.  She let me change backdrops, change bows, all without any fuss. 

Look at this sleepy little face:

I dare you not to say awhhhhhhhhhh on this one:
(sometimes I get so lucky)

I love the way Moms hold their new ones so close:

And look how she holds onto Dad:

PLEASE head over to my Facebook page to see more from this session.

Thank you so much Martha and Ralph!!!!!

Wednesday
Jul072010

The sweetest lips with the sweetest name.. Meet Baby W - Newborn Photographer

Martha and Leigh are great friends with Erin and John.
Martha and Leigh decided to purchase a gift certificate for a newborn session for Erin and John back in May.
Erin and John were expecting their first child.  A boy.
When I finally got to meet Erin and John after little man was born I got the feeling that stress is not a word in their vocabulary. 
They were both so laid back.
So peaceful.
You would think they were seasoned parents with how amazingly calm they were around their new little man.
I mean look at this nuzzle from Mom.  So much peace and warmth in her face.

And look at those lips!!!

Here are a few more from the session that just makes my heart smile..

Can you just go awhhh with how snuggly he looks here?  I don't share names on my blog because of safety issues, but if you could know his name you would squeal with how perfect it is..

As I do each post, please Please, PLEASE head over to my Facebook page to see more from this session. 

Thank you Martha and Leigh for introducing me to Erin and John, and there sweet,sweet little man W.

And THANK you Erin and John for handing over little W to me to photograph without even blinking.  He was is heavenly. Keep enjoying every moment!!