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I spent Sunday night laying in bed listening to the downpours of rain, not a wink of sleep. LITERALLY!(check my facebook statuses for proof). I have never experienced such relentless amounts rain and thunder. At 6 a.m., my friend Evelyn called, also unable to sleep, and filled me on on the road conditions. It seemed as if everything was shut down…as if we weren’t going to make it to the convention.

But alas! We had been waiting for this for months and were not about to miss it because of the first time since I can remember… Georgia flooding. We hopped in the car and braved the roadways. I called my friend Lora on the way for updates(she was ahead) and we navigated the roads. Arriving half an hour late, we snuck though the cracked door, trying not to make a ruckus as we slid past people to get to the few chairs that sat vacant. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to focus as the speaker continued her presentation, my mind unwinding from the adventures of driving.

We had a session break and that was when the fun really began…we could talk! I met up with Lora and different vendors and mingled with other photographers that were from Atlanta. The rest of the day was spent learning and socializing.

Then we reached the last session of the day…To say I was exctied would be an understatement, especially since I was sitting next to Lora, who was a giddy as could be. You would have thought she just met Tom Cruise! We had been waiting for this…It was time for Kevin Kubota’s session. In the photography world- he’s like a legend! He’s created tools for editing that would be comparable to the idea of sliced bread! He’s KEVIN KUBOTA! We listened intently to every word, not wanting to miss a thing. I was re-inspired by this convention and ready to go shoot- to put into practice all that I had learned!

So tonight, my roommate came home from the salon with her hair all done – she is testing hair styles for her upcoming wedding:)and I said “hey, lets take some pictures!” I had her squat in front of the refrigerator for a background. Whatever works! Here’s one of a few more to come.

Gorgeous!
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lora ayers -

This is BEAUTIFUL! so, tell me about the light you used , PLEASE! :) I love it!

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot family night at my apartment complex. Different families came in and got a portrait taken and management purchased each family and 8X10 photo. A great time was had by all!

I won’t be posting these family sessions on the blog…but this got me thinking…I HIGHLY recommend that everyone use a professional print lab for their photos. CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc are definitely great prices, but the quality you get for a few extra dollars with a professional lab is far superior!

I received an order in the mail last week of some 8X10’s I ordered of previous sessions and I was blown away by how great they looked! Here’s a picture of some of the pictures…but keep in mind that this is a picture of a picture( I just wanted to say picture):)and it doesn’t have the same WOW effect as it does in person.

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I was waiting for him to call… to call and tell me he didn’t need my help anymore. I was doing it for free so, who would turn that down, but I still expected THE call. I was invited to assist Ken Schneiderman Wednesday on a photo shoot for Atlanta Magazine. To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. I told everyone. I tried to keep my big mouth shut, but I just couldn’t help myself. Ken is a celebrity photographer who has shot everyone from President Bush to Miley Cyrus. Yea.. for real… and I had an opportunity to go on the shoot with him and watch him work!

After I spoke with Ken on the phone it all became real. I really was going to go! I slept about 3 hours Tuesday night. I was like a kid on Christmas eve. I woke up Wednesday morning, got my coffee fix, and drove down to Locust Grove. I was so afraid of being late and of course hitting Atlanta Traffic, that I arrived 30 minutes early.
I met Ken and another assistant Chris(the REAL assistant) and we went to set up. Everything was outdoors, so we had a lot to set up. Ken threw out a bunch of directions as to what he wanted and I have to be honest, I had no idea what any of it meant. I felt like a moron. I had never worked with outdoor set up or lighting, let alone knew what any of it was called.

I decided to do the ol pick stuff up and look like I know what I am doing… but that lasted about a minute. It was obvious I had no idea. Ken gave me pointed instructions and Chris began to walk me through what each thing was and what it did. Thank goodness they were nice! They would talk about fashion photographers they had worked with and experiences on set. Geez…I was lost.

Eventually everything was set up and we needed to test the light. I jotted down some camera settings and Chris and I took turns posing so Ken could check everything. Whew…now I was starting to feel comfortable.

The shoot was at Noah’s Ark. This place is unbelievable. “Noah’s Ark is a rehabilitation center for animals and a group home for children from birth to 18 years old. The non-profit facility is home to over 1,000 animals and is licensed by the State of Georgia to provide residential care for up to 24 children.” (http://www.noahs-ark.org/). They have all kinds of animals- its like a zoo! Admission is free and completely run by donations. If you have the time, it is definitely something to check out!
We(Ken) shot at 3 different locations. He even pulled out a 4X5 camera! These are the old school cameras that use film and Polaroids. The great thing is…by the end of the day, when it was time to tear down I felt useful- I knew what I was doing! I really learned a lot and it was great to see another photographer in action. It was validating to see his process and how mine compared. I am so grateful for the opportunity and hope that I actually helped some too!
The spread is scheduled to be in the December or January issue. I’ll be sure to post!
In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of a recent family session. More to come soon!
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Sorry it has been soooo long since my last post. Blogspot has proven to be difficult. I have tried several times, only to have it erase or pop up with error messages. (I blame the server, although it may really be my lack of HTML knowledge).

This is a family session I did for my roommate Jennifer. It was sooo hot outside we decided to stick to the shade for the shoot. We were all drenched with sweat by the end.

Just to prove that my roommate does exist(for those of you who have yet to meet her) you will see her in a picture below- with a caption to make sure you don’t miss her!:) Not only do you now get to see her, but also her family!

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I love this face!
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Here she is! Jennifer Broome…my roommate! (She’s on the left).
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Here are a few of the pictures from a wedding I helped second shoot. I had a blast and it was great getting to work with Lora and see her in action. At the end of the day I was exhausted, but I have never been more sure or passionate about what I wanted to do. Enjoy!

This boy was adorable! I took pictures of him all day.

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Father/Daughter dance. What a sweet moment!

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I love these pictures! My favorite is of her legs, it's unique :)

lora ayers -

hooray Kelly!! I'm so excited for you, these look great! I can't wait to see your family stuff too!! I am so glad that you 2nd shot with me. You were so much fun to work with, and a HUGE help too, looking forward to doing this again! :)

PiterJankovich -

My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
P.S. Sorry for my bad english

kellylane -

Hi Piter! I started photography professionally in June of last year. Before that, it was a hobby though! I deicided to jump in and pursue my passion!

Hello all! I am so excited to finally start posting!

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to help out a friend second shoot a wedding. The day was amazing. I was completely exhausted- but I have never felt so much peace and joy about something I was doing!

I was so excited about the pictures that I had to show my mom immediately. She gets to hear all of my dreams and ideas as they change and to help shoot a wedding is a dream come true! She had to see them. She must.

I opened the computer and started the slide show, nervously awaiting her response. I was expecting the worst. When the slide show was finished I thought “Oh no here it comes…” And it did come, but what came out was not what I expected to hear. Unknowingly, she defined my dream for photography: “I don’t know this couple, never have met them, but I feel like I was there. You didn’t just take a picture, you captured the emotion of the moment.” WOW! Mom you are a wise woman. In one statement you pretty much summed it up. This is what I want. This is my dream. Thanks for your support!

Pictures to come VERY soon- as soon as I can figure out how to post them:)

Anonymous -

Ya made me cry, love you

Mom