Hello! My Name is Kim.

And I’m a giant slacker! Gah! I haven’t blogged in a  while. Oops! We were at a week long course in Graf two weeks ago. It was an amazing course, and it was definitely what I needed. Supposed to take this course before Aaron took command, but better late than never, right? I’ve done a lot of soul searching lately and this class helped guide me a little more toward the peace I have been looking for. I just need balance in my life. lol. Don’t we all. ;) Since Aaron has been in command, I’ve found it harder and harder to actually work and be a full time photographer. We pulled Kelcie out of daycare two weeks ago as well, so she’s now my little office buddy. And let me tell you, she is a horrible office buddy lol :P She just doesn’t have the attention span that I would need her to have. Her being home has definitely changed up my schedule. Now, I only working during nap time. I try to have her in bed for a nap around 11:30, and depending on what day it is, I’ll only get to work until 1:45. Not much of a full time gig, huh? Having this “slow down” has been nice, but I still need a creative outlet. I can’t just turn it off. I’ve had to find other ways to have “Kim Time” and feel like a productive member of society. I decided to focus more on my Shop Talk stuff and more on networking with other photographers. I actually love it! I love being able to talk shop with my peers again and get together again. I did this while Aaron was deployed and it really saved my sanity. Saving my sanity seems to be a big theme around here lately lol. Anyways, staying on that theme, FB is full of drama and distractions. I decided it was time to start moving my Shop Talk groups, yes, all three of them, off of FB and on to a forum. It’s nice. No drama, just photography. :) I’m excited to see how this new adventure will take off.

One of the main reasons why I created the photography Facebook group was to be able to network with and learn from other photographers in my area. Now, having the forum we have to “move” all of our content and build it back up. I’ve been working on tutorials, blog posts, workflow, etc. to post over there to help my fellow photographers grow. Yesterday, I was able to get some of the things I have been working on up in the forum. One was a workflow of an image that I took of Mac at the park on Friday. The park has some spots that just have amazing light! Here’s the before and after:

SOOC (Straight out of camera) RAW image

Straight Out Of Camera For Photographers The Tog

Final edit

Final Edit For Photographers The Tog

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  • March 19, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    melissawilsonphotography - Thank you for sharing this post. I love seeing sooc images and then how they look edited!
    I will check out your link showing more info about your shop talk! -mwReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    Shannon - Love seeing the RAW and the edited, some nice light for sure and its a good edit. Will have to look at your forums and see what they are all about.ReplyCancel

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  • March 19, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Anita Allen - Anita Allen Photography - I love seeing the sooc and after images. I liked your shop talk fb page. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    Tara Colburn - Gonna have to check out your shop talk!
    And I love your clean edit.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Sylvia - I can so relate to the distractions of facebook, lol. Seems like the better part of a day can vanish just like that!
    Very nice edit on your image, and good luck with your new goal!ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Nicole Suddeth - I have two little ones at home as well and my husband is in the Navy so I feel you on this post! It’s nice to know I”m not the only one that struggles to find a middle ground between owning a business and being a mother.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    Nicole Suddeth - Great post! I’m a mother of 2 little ones and a Navy wife so I feel you on this post. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one struggling to find a middle ground between owning a photography business and being a mother.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    Rebecca - I am in awe of that SOOC photo! I wish my photos looked HALF that nice SOOC!ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 1:21 am

    Lori - Great before and after! Love seeing the workflow and process from beginning to end.ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Karen Cooley - Gorgeous! Love seeing both sooc and finished.ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 3:24 am

    Dorie - Looking forward to checking out Shop Talk. I agree FB can be distracting for things like this. Great edit too!ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 3:34 am

    Monica Grimes - Thanks for sharing..great photo!ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Beverly Williams - adorable little girl and beautiful editing!!ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Natjonesphotography - Great example of SOOC..Thanks for sharing..ReplyCancel

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