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A few that got away…

Just a few shots from random film and random cameras. I have some exciting projects in the works! Including an awesome collaboration with one of my best buds…can’t wait to dive in!

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Me and Coen, on the side of a bus?

Maybe! I just received word from Getty that a couple of my images have been sold! This thrills me to no end, especially since my entire existence for the last 14 weeks has pretty much been limited to work and sleep, sleep, sleep. Unfortunately Getty doesn’t tell you exactly how the images will be used, but they do tell you what the images are licensed for…one for a textbook, one for outdoor transportation (?!?!?), one for print ad/ magazine, and one for point of sale and trade-show. The last three are rights for the same image…so I’m guessing they are being used in a campaign for some kind of product…although since the image is of Coen and I making fishy faces, I’m not sure what they’d be selling!

So if anyone is ever in Portugal or Brazil (yup, that is where the company’s are from!) and see me on the side of a bus or on the cover of a textbook drop me a line, LOL!

Maybe the knowledge of actually selling a couple images will help me get my tush in gear and answer the email that Getty sent out asking for 5 more submissions from their contributors (eek, I’m a “contributor”). How lame is it that I’ve been blowing it off? I can hear my Dad now, “Oh, Kirsten”… I will, I will, get on that, right after my nap. 😉

In other news…oh wait…yawn, I have to get to bed…more later, really. I’m serious this time. How long does pregnancy exhaustion last again?

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Getty/Flickr partnership goes LIVE!

And check it out! Here are my images!

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Not my best work for sure, LOL, but I guess the pics  fit whatever niche Getty needed to fill! (and I swear if the one of my hubby and I gets used for Viagra or something like it I’m going to crack).

I was pretty convinced that once these images went through the “official” approval process the people at Getty would say to themselves “What the heck were we thinking when we chose these?” but to my shock they made it through!

It’ll be interesting to see if any of them sell…I’ll keep you all in the loop for sure!

A few things I learned during this experience…

– ALWAYS keep your original file, even if you NEVER think you will EVER use that photo for ANYTHING. You never know who’s eye they might catch.  I had just deleted a bunch of my files when I got the email from Getty and unfortunately one of the images they liked I had deleted (and my Flickr version had been downsized for faster uploading)! Boo hoo!

– Try to crop in camera as much as possible…I’m a notorious photoshop cropper and this also makes the file size too small for sale.

You can see more of the collection here.

But I’m still pretty excited! And it made up for the fact that we woke up this morning to a blizzard and had to cancel our photo-shoot with Jamie that we were so excited about!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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I’m no Barbara Walters

Christina over at Momology did a really cute little interview with her daughter a few days ago. I really wanted to do a similar interview with Coen for his birthday but this was all I got…

Me: What is your favorite food?

Coen: No!

Me: Okay…What is something that you do really well?

Coen: STOP! Why are you asking me those silly questions? Why don’t you ask me if I want to go bowling or if I want to go to the Bouncy Place? That would be a good question.

I was laughing so hard and that was about as far as we got…maybe next year.

He models for M&Ms…
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I think this scary face was taken a bit too far…
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Jump!

This photo will make me laugh FOREVER! It’s definitely one to frame! We had a passerby click the shutter (can you image how hard it is to get 5 people to jump at the right time when you are using a camera timer? Not that we didn’t try!) and they thought it was hilarious.

There was more than one complaint of sore knees after that shot…I guess we really are getting old! Haha!

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From left to right…Alisha, Laurie, Amy, Heather, Me!

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We laughed, we cried…but mostly laughed

Have you ever laughed until your cheeks cramped up? My girls and I had the funnest time EVER in Seaside. I went with a group of friends that I have known for 57 YEARS, well, at least if you put all those years together! I am truly and completely blessed to have these lovely ladies still so close to my heart and home. It’s so awesome to be around the people you literally grew up with…they know all the history that makes you, YOU.

I actually didn’t take as many photos as I had hoped to…but sometimes you just gotta put down the camera and really enjoy the moments. So that is what I did. I did pound out a few though…but Amy took home the gold medal for taking some awesome landscapes, cool jumping photos (I will share them when she sends them to me), and one hilarious video of all of us (which I’m not sure if I am ballsy enough to share).

Thanks ladies for an awesome time! Even if we did accidentally slip into a few adult moments (um, waking up at 7am because we didn’t want to “waste the day”, when the heck did THAT happen? Oh and the conversation about the sinking economy, ack!), there was still enough potty humor to go around, and that makes me very happy.

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Example of why I’m not a landscape photographer…
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I love this one…I’ve always adored a good blurry photo.
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One more for the road

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I’m headed South to Seaside Oregon for a long weekend with my girls! We all celebrated our 30th birthdays over the last few months so we thought that deserved a special all girls weekend! I hope to do a few portrait sessions, hang at the beach, sleep in, giggle in my pajamas, stay up too late and just generally act like I’m NOT 30.

Have a great weekend folks!

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Seattle Flickr Meetup

Yesterday Jamie and I headed South on a mini road-trip to take some pics with a bunch of other Flickr peeps! We took loads of pictures, had mucho fun, talked a bunch (it was an hour long drive!), and both agreed that it was kind of strange that NOBODY was talking to each other. My favorite part was towards the end when a model showed up and we stole her for a little photo session! Here are some of my favorites from the meet-up, and make sure to head over to Umbrellablog to check out what Jamie saw through the lens too!

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Seattle Flickrites Meetup

Seattle Flickrites Meetup

Here is Jamie workin’ her magic!

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Seattle Flickrites Meetup

Seattle Flickrites Meetup

Seattle Flickrites Meetup

Seattle Flickrites Meetup

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Funny face

I think he gets his funny faces from me…

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Non-portraits

I love taking pictures of people. It’s so much easier and more interesting for me. But I also think that it’s a good exercise to practice taking photos of non-people (yup, I’m just going to lump it all together into one category).

A couple of months ago I took myself on a photo walk downtown. It was FREEZING and I didn’t last for very long before heading into a coffee shop for a little warm up. But I did snap a few pictures and was reminded how much more thoughtful you have to be about the composition and mood you want to capture when you’re taking a non-portrait. Not that you don’t have to think about those things for portraits…but if you don’t get it just right in a still or landscape…well then you just have a picture of a meaningless object…and it is starkly apparent.

Here’s one from that walk…(the dude you seen in the background was totally showing off for the camera, so I guess it’s not technically a non-portrait…

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And here’s one from this afternoon…the sun was out and Coen was playing happily in the sandbox, aaaahhhh.

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This Saturday, Jamie and I are going to a Flickr meetup at a vintage drug store (they are closing down the shop for 3 hours just for us to play around with our cameras!) and I am SUPER excited about it. Weeee for learning new things and meeting new people!

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