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    Issiac | 2015 Chester, IL High School Senior

    21 May 2015

    I want you all to meet Issiac. He's a senior at Chester High School in Chester, Illinois and will be graduating with his class on Sunday. Issiac is such a handsome young man but he's more than just good looks. He's very smart and has a good head on his shoulders. He's accomplished a great deal of honors when it comes to his education and I cannot wait to see what this young man does in his future. But let's talk about his senior pictures for a moment. That is why you are all reading this blog now isn't it LOL.

    There were a few places that we went for Issiac's session. I first met up with him and his mother at the high school to take pictures at the football field. Then we moved to a friend's farm where there was an awesome barn and two vintage cars. The last place was down by an old abandoned church. I love old buildings, especially the ones with paint peeling off the sides and rust showing through. There's so much character in buildings like that and they make for wonderful backdrops for portraits. Right by the church were some train tacks so when we were headed home we decided to stop by real quick for a few there as well. I love me a good train track!

    I'm so pleased with how all of these pictures turned out and you are in for a treat! Enjoy looking through my favorites from his session.

    This pictures reminds me of the movie Varsity Blues! Anyone else agree?

    My absolute favorite from the day!!!

    Top 3 Investments I've Made In My Business

    20 May 2015

    When I finally took the plunge and decided to start KC Photography, I didn't really know what to expect. I had a tiny Canon Rebel and a couple kit lenses and hardly any education on how to run a business. You always hear that to make money you have to spend it and that's definitely the truth when it comes to any small business. Today I'm going to talk to you about my three biggest investments that I've made in the last 5 years and how they have helped my business.

    I'm a true believer that you should never stop learning, especially learning new things about your skill. The more I can learn about photography the better! I attended a workshop by Katelyn James back in 2013 and it was definitely the moment where I felt like I could really do the whole "wedding photography" route. I don't think I would have fell in love with weddings if it wasn't for that workshop. I learned so much from Katelyn and I'll never able to thank you enough for giving me the courage to keep doing this. I also attended another creative workshop in St. Louis too and it's so nice to keep those creative juices flowing. I hope to attend more conferences and workshops in the future and I cannot wait!

    Like I said before, I started my photography business with a Canon Rebel. In the beginning I only wanted to shoot portraits and what I had was definitely working just fine. I was still able to achieve great portraits with that camera and kit lens. But the more research I did, the more blogs I read, I was seeing better quality images and I wanted the same for my clients. I actually purchased my first Canon 5D Mark ii and a lot of L-series lenses from a guy off of Craigslist. I know that kind of sounds sketchy but he was a really nice guy who shot sports photography and was giving up his passion for a while so that he could spend more time with his family. He gave me a great deal and that's how I couldn't have been happier. From then on, I noticed how great my images were from the glass (lenses) I now had. From then on, I purchased another Canon 5D Mark ii for backup and I'm in the process of saving for a new 50mm 1.2 lens and maybe a 35mm 1.4. I feel like I'm giving my clients the best work possible now and I owe that to a LOT of blogs and other photographers in the field.

    A first impression is everything and if you're trying to represent yourself and your brand online in a cheap way then you're just asking for trouble. I learned from Katelyn's workshop about a brand called Showit and it is a software where I could design my own website, access and modify it any time I want and be able to deliver custom websites to my clients (+sites). I fell in love instantaneous and the minute I hit publish on my site I felt like it gave my business and brand the edge I needed. I felt more professional with my new website and I actually just had a redesign on it. My new branding and images that comes across is totally ME and I love it. Face it, if people don't like your brand/website they are not going to contact you.

    Ashley + Chelsea | A Beautiful Ceremony At The Wedding Garden, Carbondale, IL

    19 May 2015

    You all know that my favorite color is purple. It always has been and when I was growing up I always wanted a purple wedding. I still want that some day but I have to admit, the blush/pink and gold weddings lately have been absolutely beautiful and it's making me change my mind! Ashley and Chelsea had a beautiful pink and gold wedding at The Wedding Garden in Saturday, May 9. The day didn't start off so beautiful though. There were bad thunderstorms in the area and I drove about 40 MPH trying to get to Carbondale. I could barely see 2 feet in front of me but I was determined to get there and I prayed the whole way that the day would clear up for Ashley and Chelsea.

    Prayers were answered and right as I pulled into Carbondale, the sky opened up and the sun came out! Chelsea was running around like crazy getting all the details set up for the reception but as soon as she saw that sun come up she was all smiles and I think I could see a sign of relief. And when the moment came for her to put on her wedding gown, she was just beaming with excitement. She couldn't stop smiling! I think wedding days can get so busy that you forget to enjoy the moment but the moment a bride steps into her wedding gown I would like to think that time stops for a few minutes. There is a few minutes where each bride is quiet and taking in that very moment. It's not every day that you get to put on a wedding gown!!!! I guess technically we could all pull a Friends moment and just wear wedding gowns around the house like Phoebe, Monica and Rachel LOL. 

    I'm so excited that the weather cooperated and Ashley and Chelsea were able to have their ceremony outdoors like they had planned. We got some amazing pictures (you all know I love me some good cloudy light) and I'm so happy to show you my favorites from their big day.