From baby bump to little bean!

A few short months ago I photographed a radiant Melissa and her beautiful family while she was nearing the end of her pregnancy. You may remember:

 

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Yesterday, I got to meet the newest member of the family!


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Commencement 2014

Right up there with weddings, commencements are some of the happiest events to photograph. This weekend I took part in five ceremonies. Here are some of my favorites!

 

 Why didn't I think of this when I graduated?

Why didn't I think of this when I graduated?

 Happy dance :)

Happy dance :)

 The man.

The man.

 Of the thousands of students I saw walk, my brother was one of them!

Of the thousands of students I saw walk, my brother was one of them!

 This about sums it up

This about sums it up

2:55 of delicious time lapse to sweeten your day

Over the past several years, photographer Simon Christen has been assembling some of the most beautiful time lapse videos I have ever seen. If you search for "Adrift" or "The Unseen Sea" you'll catch my drift. Two days ago he released A Time Lapse Collection. This three minute video consists of all the footage he never included in those epic productions. If you like what you see from his "discard" footage, then be sure to check out the rest of his stuff by visiting him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SimonChristenPhotography or his Vimeo channel at: http://vimeo.com/simonchristen

Turn up the volume, turn down those lights and watch this in full screen mode to lose yourself. Enjoy!



Inspire me.

Regardless of whether or not you work in the creative field, I feel strongly that you need to find sources of inspiration to stay on your toes. The monotony of the daily grind can leave you feeling sluggish and without confidence, but don't let the man stick it to you! Get out there and start searching for trend setters in your area of interest who are doing innovative things from which you can relate, and most importantly things that give you something to look forward to.

As a University photographer my "grind" takes place during the spring semester. A slew of dimly lit year-end banquets, recognition events, and portraits consume every waking moment of my day. During the dog days of March, April and May I try to keep my creative juices flowing by actively setting time aside for my own personal, professional and creative well-being.

Creative exploration and innovation can be manifested in so many different ways. The important thing is that you just get out there and try something that makes you feel alive and delivers a sense of self-worth. Find something to spend your time on that is meaningful and has value, even if it's outside your comfort zone.

Right now I am finding tons of inspiration in the stunning videography work of a Mr. Devin Graham - AKA Devin Super Tramp. Devin has amassed a following of hundreds of thousands of people and has made a career out of doing what he loves. His passion and drive has given him a ticket to travel the world, producing videos from Kauai, Hawaii all the way across the globe to Dubai and beyond. I encourage you to take a look at the following video which got me hooked on his work: Fighting for your passion:

Really though, watch the rest of his stuff... including his most recent video on Machu Picchu which was released yesterday!

I'm going to end this post with one of my favorite sources of inspiration - The Holstee Manifesto. I have this thing hanging in my office and it serves as a constant reminder to keep on keepin' on with the things that mean the most to you, whatever that may be.

 http://www.holstee.com

http://www.holstee.com

New look, same vision

We've undergone some cosmetic changes! With the help of my lovely wife and graphic design superstar, Joanna Walters, as well as some great advice from my good friend Mr. Edward Jenkins of Seattle, WA., we have implemented a new look and a more user-friendly website.

Land, love and life are the three new navigation tabs that will bring you to examples of my professional work.

Land: Where my love for photography began

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Love: Capturing the happiest moments of your life

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Life: Capturing the everyday

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The logo:

The story behind this logo actually started on some napkins over half-eaten bread sticks and all-you-can-eat salad at a local Olive Garden. From conceptual napkin scribbles to the final version, all along the way Joanna and I tried to keep it simple, yet easily recognizable and representative of what I am all about. The aperture ring is self explanatory and rather common in photography logos, but the treatment of the interconnected 'KW' within (and as a part of) the ring is still something I have yet to see! The black and white treatment is especially meaningful to me since I drew my first inspirations in photography from the American landscape photographer, Ansel Adams, who was famous for his work in black and white.
 

Thanks for checking out the new digs and reading a bit about KW Photo's fancy new makeover. Be sure to subscribe to this blog, follow us on social media and be on the lookout for a new "shop" section featuring original prints for purchase!

- KW