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On top of the World

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As you have noticed, I haven’t been posting on the blog or sharing a lot of photos this past year. Part of me needed a break from trying to capture every moment on a camera, part of me lost inspiration, and part of me simply didn’t want to share every image with the world.

Photography had become a hobby, turned business, turned expectation in my life. There has always been a feeling among those who share images via social media that the more people who like/favorite your image the better a photographer you are. If you were someone who didn’t get a lot of likes/favorites you sucked. It didn’t seem to matter how good you actually were as a photographer, likes=success. Who doesn’t want to be liked and succeed? Over the past year, I wanted to take a step back and look at my photographic vision for me, and me alone. Posting images online is great, but I found the more I posted the more I doubted my work; I compared my images to others. It was easy to get a false sense of goodness when a lot of people liked the images I felt I liked enough to post. Getting a lot of likes/favorites made me feel like I was on top of the World! It’s like being a T-Rex… big, bad, respected (even though it’s because they would eat you), but know their weakness and they crumble. A T-Rex couldn’t even hold a camera for heaven’s sake.:)

Having taken a break from posting every image I snap to social media, I’ve learned to appreciate my photographic vision. I have even been able to see my vision in my images. Seems funny to say that, but those who get it, will get it.:)My vision is up close and personal. I don’t shoot with long lenses so you don’t know I’m there, I shoot with the camera in your face. Sure it’s not for everyone, but it’s how I connect with my subjects. It’s a conversation between the subject and me, my camera simply documents the exchange.

With all that said, I encourage all those who are having a hard time finding inspiration in their work to take a step back for a while. Put the camera down and enjoy the world by living in the moment. Take away the expectation you feel others have for your images. Capture truly what you want to capture with a camera for you, not because you want to post it online so other people can like it. A while back someone had posted in one of my photography groups, I believe it was on Facebook, they only shoot 10 pictures a day when on an outing with family. They had stated it helped to balance living in the moment and documenting their family. I loved the idea and now try to do the same thing.

Today, I’m looking forward to the new year, new experiences, new images, and a renewed love of the camera.

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Melissa Ann Barrett-Desimone - November 12, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Kim, you wrote this just in time. As today has been one of those mornings that was spent a little emotionally drained, crying, and focused on how much of a crappy photo taker I am. My instagram and facebook on a great day get 20 likes or less, and I started to doubt myself. Because to me, the images mean the world. I captured reality in my home, or on an outing. How do I expect others to feel that outing, they were not there. The truth of the matter is, I have to get back to reality. These photos are for myself, my kids, my loved ones. As long as they appreciate them, as long as it zaps them in the heart, that is all that should matter to me. I can’t keep up with the social network, and its been draining to my soul trying. I need to get back to the root of why photography moves me. Thanks so much Kim, have a blessed day.

Leslie Zuniga Rhodes - November 12, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Yes! Amen. Well said and every photographer needs to read this! Love ya!

Meghan Davidson - November 12, 2013 - 5:54 pm

I really resonate with your words and sentiment, Kim. Thanks for sharing your view and feelings. I think many of us can relate!

Jay Seppanen - November 19, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Great expression of your thoughts Kim, I completely understand everything you said and agree with it all. Bottom line is keep taking photos as you see fit and don’t worry about your feedback. Your photos are great and I enjoy them. Keep up the great work. And thanks for taking the time to share your photos with us.

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a Spider’s Web

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Woke up this morning to fog and large spider webs throughout the garden. The patience of such a small creature, to build such an intricate trap is amazing. The size of the web was a reminder on the spider which wove it. As I was trying to capture this beauty on 4×5 film, the said spider decided to make known its existence. I have no clue where it came from, one second no spider, the next HUGE ugly-looking spider appeared in the middle of the web. It was then I decided to walk away. No more photos and no pulling the dying flowers on the patio today.:)

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Remembering 9/11

9/11/2001 will forever carry a different meaning for everyone. At first, it was a time of great sadness, anxiety, and many unknowns about the future. Now as I look back I want to remember the day/events as a time when we as a nation came together to love and support our neighbors. It was a time when we showed how strong we are as people, families, communities, and a nation. It was a time I wish we all would remind ourselves of how to give and live everyday.

(The film images taken in a Nikon FM are from last October while visiting NYC;  friend and I spent some time at the 9/11 Memorial. At the time there was lost of security to get into the construction site, but once inside there was a sense of calm and peace. It’s a beautiful memorial, one I suggest you see for yourself if ever in New York City. )

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Sisters

While laying in bed a few weeks ago, thinking about the start of a new school year and how fast my girls have grown. Like a diagram of a circle as the main thought and various off shoots of ideas, my mind started trying to think of all the things in life I want them to remember about their childhood. One thing I constantly reenforce is how special it is to have a sister. Sure my girls argue over petty things, but I know they are each others security blanket. When Chris and I aren’t around they watch out for each other and find comfort in the other.

As I was lost in my thoughts that night, I knew I wanted to capture the raw and innocent bonds siblings form. It doesn’t matter where these two go in life, whether they continue to get along or become best friends in adulthood, they will always have a sister who will understand the crazy things their mom put them through.

 

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ben Innocent - September 10, 2013 - 6:24 am

Such a beautiful set of images, the thought you put into your images really shines through in your work. Always inspired by you.

Meghan @ Life Refocused - September 10, 2013 - 10:32 am

Adore these photos, Kim!!

Meghan Davidson - September 10, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Adore these photos, Kim!

Meghan Davidson - September 10, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Adore these photos, Kim!

Celina Wyss - September 10, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful girls. What a great keepsake they will always have of those moments.

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A quiet space.

Summer is going by too fast. Having the girls home all days, running in and out of the house, I am reminded how important finding those moments of peace can be. I cherish this time with them, but honestly my mind becomes scattered because it’s hard to complete a task or thought without being interrupted. For example, in the back ground is one child singing/talking to her Furby while the other tries to play her guitar to drown out the other child. What ever happened to the Calgon commercials.;)

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Kathryn Dyche Dechairo - August 1, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Sorry, I had to laugh.

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