More information on the puppies below.
Perfecting wedding photography through sports photography.
I am a soccer mom! I am also a football mom, a snowboarding mom, basketball mom, golf mom, tennis mom, baseball mom, t-ball mom among other mom things. I even drive a min-van. I have 5 kids, the oldest is 22 and I have been attending sporting events for 18 years. My oldest started t-ball when he was 4. Now I am going to brag on him a little. He went on to play college football for 3 seasons. He was the starting quarterback in his freshman year at Mendocino College where he went on to rank 4th in the state and 7th in the nation in his division. He also went on to a nice scholorship to be quarterback at IOWA Weslayan.
The Boys at HBO sports say, the hardest job for anyone in a football game is the mother of the Quarterback. It’s true. Shooting his games helped alleviate my fear and stress because it changed my focus from “Oh my god my baby!!” To “Oh my God!! Did you see that play? I got it!!” I learned to concentrate my timing, which created skill for me as a photographer, shooting on film cameras. Film is expensive and I felt like Annie Oakley. I had one shot, I better get it! Many times I did.
I am a soccer mom because that's what my kids chose for themselves. I was a city kid. My sport, public transportation, dodging weirdoes. I got good at it. Good enough to live and travel in New York, Paris and Rome on my own, at 18. Because I learned to navigate mass transit in San Francisco at 9, I was able to do the same in Manhattan, Paris and Rome at 18. Necessity IS the mother of invention.
I wasn't brought up on sports so I was determined to give my children more choices in that area. I have always let them choose there sport. No matter how good or bad they are/were at it. But once they chose, no quitting. Follow through unless injured. A natural consequences of choices. Learning to live with them.
I chose photography. Getting the shot is my sport and it is an endurance sport, shooting a football game, soccer game, rodeo or especially a wedding. Take any NFL photographer and put them on a wedding shoot and they’ll agree. It’s real tough work!
I prepare for a wedding like I would a marathon. I nutrify....I hydrate 3 days before, vitamins, sleep. and the day of, a calculated breakfast and lunch, with water being cut off (just sipping) at 11 am for a wedding starting at 2pm. God forbid I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of something important. I carry Luna bars, a handful of nuts , a small apple and water. I don't usually eat at weddings, I don't want to miss anything. I'll have a piece of cake later if conditions provide. There are many other things I do to prepare as well, to make sure I can run a 9 hour endurance course carrying a 12 lb camera and 25lb waste pack. The adrenaline helps very much. I can go 6 hours and not feel it. But, I know that is because of the way I prepare.
Shooting sporting events, especially football games, provided the timing I needed as a wedding photojournalist to get the shot.
If I haven't shot a wedding in month or so I am going to get my warm up at a sporting event. I’ll choose this before a celebration. Weddings are under pressure adrenaline rushes just like ball games, except A LOT prettier.
The ultimate rush is Rodeos. If someones not flying through the air then boots, belts, sun weathered faces, clowns, costumes there is always something to shoot at a rodeo.
If none of those are available to me.I go out onto the meadow and try to shooting hummingbirds or dragonflys or any fast moving living thing. That's real skill building stuff!!!
Scroll down to September and check out the shots in the B and B gallery show. You'll see what I am talking about.
It is senior portrait season. I did an in studio shoot of Kyle yesterday afternoon. We stayed inside because of the rain. I remember thinking, while I was prepping my studio for the shoot, I can put away this giant fan because I am shooting a boy and won't need it. HA...
Kyle showed up with his guitar. This was our first meeting. "Hi I'm Kim, choose your music. He picked out SKA. Which was great for me. What do you think about shooting this like a Rolling Stone spread?".
Kyle says "Sure, I brought my Grateful dead t-shirt. Have you heard of them?".
I have and we did shoot it Rolling stonish!!
The session began with eyebrow plucking, then moved to one hour of full make-up...after make-up our stylist, Sarah Williams, arrived to help me coordinate the clothes. We dressed Maghen and moved onto hair. A last minute decision was made to wash Maghen’s hair, while she was in full make-up and wardrobe to pull off the beauty look.
Maghen wanted an editorial feel to her session. I think we got it!
An all nighter!!
Our new Neopolitan Masitiff, Kira (we took her in), gave birth to 9 puppies the night before last. Starting at 1 am. Unfortuantely, I went to bed at 12 AM so I had one hour of sleep comparred to her none. I have been present for two natural childbirths, my sister's son and miss Kayler's birth,she was 10 pounds, her mom, Joan, is one tough girl. I coached Joan. I also had 5 of my own births. Ryon, Liv, Jane and Lilly were all nighters. I had my 16 year old and 15 year old at home. Natural child birth is rough on the mama, but great for the babies. Kira had an easy labor, just long, Kira had a puppy every 45 minutes and I went to bed at about 8 30 AM before the last puppy came. They are 100% Neopolitan Mastiffs, all tawny colored with a white patch on the chest. 5 girls 4 boys. All healthy and happy and nursing great!! I have been in the box with the puppies probably too much. I have a feeling I am not going to get much done over the next few weeks, but play with puppies. There is a pile of puppies and they make me SO happy. Poop and all. My washer and dryer haven't had a break in 36 hours and counting. Pictures to come!!