dancer Fact 4: Aside from being an artist and photographer, I am also a dancer. I began studying as a young child and by age 16 was performing several times a year in all genres of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, point and international folk. I even performed with CARNIVALE! in Walt Disney World in 1993. As an adult I have focused my studies on Latin American Ballroom and it continues to be my favorite of all the dance I have done.
goonies Fact 12: My favorite movie of all time is the Goonies. I have watched it more than I have watched any other movie. There were actually several cuts of the film and I have seen them all, my favorite being the original version.
britt Fact 601: The tattoo on the inside of my left arm is a Quaking Aspen tree that I drew in honor of my brother who past away in August of 2004. They are indigenous to Lake Tahoe, Ca where he lived and worked as an Emergency EMT for almost 20 years. And just for the record, “Yes! It took over 2 hours and hurt like hell but I never cried.”
adventure Fact 1: I am always planning a trip to discover a place I’ve never been before. Since I was 16 I have been traveling, independently, Internationally and I only hope the adventures become more and more exciting as the years pass.
rapper’ Fact 128: I know every word to the songs Shoop, Parent’s Just Don’t Understand, Paul Revere and Bust-A-Move. I can be caught singing them in any public setting if they can be heard playing in the background.
happy Fact 273: I have worked for many years on finding my inner strength and loving who I have become in the process. As a result I have found a resounding happiness. I remember to smile every day, sometimes all day long.
biker Fact 100: Although I loved riding my bike as a kid it wasn’t until just recently that I have rediscovered those amazing inventions that balance on two wheels. In the summer I try to bike at least 10 miles every other day.
mormor Fact 82: My Mormor and her friend Gloria have been best friends for 60 years. They met in grade school and still spend time together at least once a week. They have taught me the meaning of friendship and I long to have that when I am old.
snorkle Fact 760: Originally, I wanted to become a Marine Biologist. Because I tested at a certain level, as a kid I had the opportunity to study with Project Oceanology and The Mystic Marine life Aquarium in Connecticut, where I am from, all the way through high school. At age 16 I traveled all the way to Belize to help assist researchers on a Dolphin and Reef research project. To this day my love for marine life is ever-present.
banana Fact 12: I am allergic to all tropical fruits that contain tiny black edible seeds in them as well as mango. They cause me to go into respiratory distress. Thankfully I can eat pineapples, my favorite fruit.
firefighter Fact 27: I once helped saved people from a burning building. My friend and I were driving through the city when we noticed a couch on fire on someone’s porch. She kicked in the door and rescued the people inside while I stayed on the phone with 911 until help arrived. Within 4 minutes the entire building was up in flames.
flugtag Fact 1977: In 2003 I competed in Red Bull’s international competition called FLUGTAG. Teams from all over the world submit blueprints to build and attempt to fly non-powered flying machines. My team was invited to compete in the event that took place in New York City. We did not win.
mingus Fact 32: All of my pets are named after famous musicians. My two cats are named Ani (after Ani Difranco) and Myla (after Miles Davis). The newest addition is our English Cream Golden Retriever. We named him Mingus after Charles Mingus, a jazz bassist.
myla Fact 8: My cat Myla loves when I sing Opera to her. It’s like I am the pied piper, whenever I begin to sing she has to find me and crawl up onto my chest, regardless of where she is or what she is doing.
decaf Fact 19: I have been caffeine free for almost 14 years. It causes me to have hospitalizing panic attacks, so I’ve never tried Jager Bombs or a good ole’ Absolute and Red Bull. You will, on occasion catch me sipping on a decaf hazelnut coffee, and sneaking a Reese Cup but only in very small doses.
cake Fact 49: My favorite part of the reception is the wedding cake. Aside from an all-chocolate one, I ALWAYS make time to sit down and eat cake. And for the record, my two favorites are Carrot and Key Lime.
worms Fact 326: I once competed in CBR, a cross-country scavenger hunt that is filmed from beginning to end. During one of my challenges I had to eat 4 live crickets, 2 live earthworms and whale blubber. For the record I won that event!
Kirsten’s Very Own Collards It’s taken about a year for me to perfect this recipe. I personally am not a HUGE bacon fan and I don’t particularly like it in collards, so after many many trial runs, I have FINALLY found a combination that makes a really rocking Vegetarian Collards dish. What you’ll need: 1 bunch of local [...]
Thank you so much for stopping by to the most fun blog in all of Cyberworld, at least that’s what my mother tells me. It’s here that you will find anything and everything you might want to know about me, my work and my services. I have recently added several galleries just for your perusing of some of my most favorite weddings of all time. There is also a section now dedicated to my most favorite vendors to work with, so you can feel confident in choosing awesome people that make me really happy. There is a handful of helpful information in the, wait for it, INFO section . . . . so clever, huh? And, because more than likely you are super far away from me, I have also included a visual guidebook, so to speak, to all the products that I offer. Please feel free to spend some time in the section directly above all of this gibberish. It’s here that you will find all sorts of interesting facts, stories and favorite recipes of mine, because in my kitchen I am Julia, Rachel and Giada. If you have any questions, comments or are interested in booking a session with me, by all means shoot me an email at email@example.com
FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE a 4 part Webinar with me I am really honored and excited to announce that Robert Provencher has invited me to give a 4 week Webinar after a very successful 1 hr one about a month ago. It will begin on Tuesday March 26th and will be proceeded by 3 more, [...]2 comments view
FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE
a 4 part Webinar with me
I am really honored and excited to announce that Robert Provencher has invited me to give a 4 week Webinar after a very successful 1 hr one about a month ago. It will begin on Tuesday March 26th and will be proceeded by 3 more, the 3 following Tuesdays, all beginning at 9pm EST. The title of my 4 part series is Finding Your Own Voice, something I have worked very hard on doing the last 11 years as a professional. It isn’t easy, it takes a lot of hard work and soul searching, but is so extremely rewarding once you begin to recognize your own voice coming through your work.
Part one MARCH 26, 2013 9:00PM EST
WHO AM I AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Taking the time to figure out what you like to photograph, who you want to photograph and what kind of work you want to be making. Get rid of the stress of finding a “style” box to squeeze into. How to set your work apart from all of the other photographers around you.
We will start by taking a look at some of my favorite photographers who have successfully found their own recognizable voice in their work and identify how they stand out from a never ending sea of the seemingly “same ole’ shit” in our industry.
I’ll talk about my struggles to define myself as individual, the seduction of just wanting to fit in and how I finally made the decision to only focus on myself and how that really influenced my work.
I’ll give you some cool activities to try out that have nothing to do with a photographer but inherently have everything to do with being an individual and artist.
Part two APRIL 2, 2013 9:00PM EST
WHY DO MY PICTURES SUCK?
An overview of how to make great pictures that mean something. This part will be pretty technical.
I’ll go through the whole process of one of my shoots, from the editing process to the processing and delivery. We’ll touch upon composition and lighting, how to find good light in any environment and the importance of patience and persistence in making a great picture.
Part three APRIL 9, 2013 9:00PM EST
SOMEONE NOTICE ME!!!
How to make the clients you want to work with, hire you, from your social media presence, web presence and overall branding choices.
I’ll talk about the business of the business and how I was able to be noticed in my market by being different. I will discuss how making a drastic change to my business name and branding changed my business forever. We’ll look at the small, seemingly insignificant choices I made and how they have delivered major impact on my client response. I also invite my Webinar guests to send in questions that I can try to answer during this segment.
Part four APRIL 16, 2013 9:00PM EST
THE POWER OF A PICTURE.
Part four will be all about the importance of a photograph to your clients.
I will also talk about keeping yourself motivated and challenged, talk about personal projects and finally how to connect with NGOs to use your talents to help others.
Recordings will be made available to all attendees.
Your investment for this one of a kind opportunity is only $100.00. Recordings will not be made available at that price afterwards.
julilo rivera Kirsten, you rock. The first part was awesome. I love the way you approach things, from photography to presentation to life... you have a unique way to see things... THanks so much for sharing your way of seen life. I can't wait to see tonights presentation. (April 02, 2013 03:09 pm)
Two years ago, the VCU RAMS made history when they beat the No1 seated team Kansas during the Elite Eight game, securing their spot in the Final Four during March Madness. I was sitting in this exact seat, editing images with the game on my little office television. Come half time I just KNEW they [...]0 comments view
Two years ago, the VCU RAMS made history when they beat the No1 seated team Kansas during the Elite Eight game, securing their spot in the Final Four during March Madness. I was sitting in this exact seat, editing images with the game on my little office television. Come half time I just KNEW they were going to win. I called my art director at Richmond Magazine, Justin Vaughn, and asked him if the magazine had any plans of doing a story on my Alma Mater team. He told me no. I told him, “Well, they’re about to win and make it to the Final Four. I’m going to go start shooting this story. If you want my pictures, you’ll have to give me the story,” and away I went toward downtown Richmond with an 85 on one hip and 35 on the other.
I headed down to Buddy’s, a local bar in the fan, because I knew that there would be a huge crowd watching the game. It was so incredibly crowded that I had to shoot behind the bar the majority of the time. The amount of energy in the room was crushing, I felt high just breathing. There was so much excitement that I had trouble focusing on just one frame. As the final basket was made and the last second dropped a roar louder than 747 swept through the bar. Although all I wanted to do was stay and celebrate, I knew I had to rush down to campus because the celebration there would be even more explosive. As I raced down Cary St my phone rang. “Kirsten, it’s Justin! You better be on your way to VCU. THIS IS INSANE!” I smiled. made a left and parked my car.
I continued to photograph the developments of the next week as they unfolded including a Pep Rally with thousands of Richmond Rams fans at 2am, autograph signing at the James Center, the official Final Four send off at the Siegel Center and following the team all the way to Houston to play Butler in the Final Four match. I chose to stay very close to the team and try to document as much as the nervous energy as the game came closer and closer. I photographed the second half on the floor, one of only 3 female shooter there, and tried really hard not to root them on and just focus on making great pictures. Despite all of the support, great team work and amazing coaching the Rams Cinderella story came to an end that afternoon. Probably the most difficult thing me to photograph was the energy in the locker room following their loss.
The next 2 weeks I spent working on focusing the story on Bradford Burgess, the then junior who would lead his team the next year as seniors Jamie Skeen, Brandon Rozzelle and Joey Rodreguez would graduate and move on to play professionally overseas. I had the opportunity to get to know the Burgess family who are seriously the nicest people ever. Bradford is such a stand up human being; exceptionally polite, including opening every door for me, quietly confident and incredibly humble. He spoke highly of his team, his experience playing ball at VCU, coach Shaka Smart and his brother Jordan who now is part of the RAMS family. It was a true pleasure walking around campus and photographing him at his childhood home. I am so happy that he is now living out his dream, playing professionally for the Leuven Bears in Belgium.
About 6 months after the issue hit the stands I received a phone call from Steve Hedberg, head Creative Art Director at Richmond Magazine. He was calling to tell me that the magazine had submitted my feature photograph to the Virginia Press Awards and that I had been awarded first place in the Sport Feature Photo Specialty division, the photograph I took of Bradford and his father playing ball together at his childhood home. To this day, this is my proudest professional moment. I worked so hard for this story, put everything I had into it and to have it recognized is really touching to me.
SO, why all of this now? Well, VCU fans already know. Today is the day that the RAMS sought redemption. It is the first time since the Final Four that VCU and Butler have met on the court and I am so happy to report that the RAMS dominated. The final score was 84 to 52. You can read all about the game here. I am just SO PROUD of them, it was a lot of fun to watch them fight back with a vengeance.
I wanted to share a collection of my favorite photos from my month with the VCU RAMS 2 years ago and thought my fellow Alum would love to finally see them.