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Amanda & Darren // Wedding Photography

Happy first anniversary to Amanda and Darren! Their wedding was the Saturday after all the huge storms in the Twin Cities last year when the power went out for three days in some areas – remember that? When I showed up at the church the morning of their wedding, I was’t even sure if the church was going to have power. Thankfully it did. Not only for the sound system and lights to work during the ceremony, but for the air conditioner – it was HOT outside. Amanda, Darren, and myself would run and do photos outside quick and then run back in to cool down and kept doing this until we got all the photos we wanted. Amanda and Darren were so calm despite the storms and the heat. You didn’t have to be around them long before you knew that their soon-to-be other half was all that they were focusing on that day. The two compliment each other so well and they are full of life and love. The pink bridesmaids dresses, gray tuxes and Amanda’s birdcage veil were a perfect combination for a vintage inspired wedding. Happy Anniversary Darren and Amanda, I hope this is the first of many, many more to to come!

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Saly & Misha // Wedding Photography

The Stillwater Historic Courthouse was the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous couple, Saly and Misha. The details of their wedding made me gush. An old car, the champagne colored bridesmaids dresses, Saly’s beautiful jewelry, and the red carpet lined with rose pedals and lanterns were just a few of the wonderful details that really made this wedding elegant and charming. Saly and Misha had a outdoor ceremony at dusk and then the party continued inside with a delicious five course meal (catered by Afro Deli),  traditional exchanging of the rings and lots of dancing. Your wedding was an evening to remember! Best wishes Misha and Saly.

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Angie & Will // Wedding Photography

Weddings like Will and Angie’s make me wish that American weddings lasted longer than a day. I could have easily had a good time with this couple and their friends and family for a full week. Everyone was so nice and love and laughter filled the room at Edinburgh in Brooklyn Park, MN. Angie was able to take everything beautiful about fall and bring it indoors for their decorations. It was the best fall themed wedding I have been to so far. Congratulations Angie and Will! Thanks for letting me be apart of your day.

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Paul & Jocelyn // Wedding Photography

Despite the beautiful sunshine, it was freezing for Paul and Jocelyn’s wedding. Planning for an outdoor ceremony, the couple went back and forth about whether to move the ceremony inside. At the last minute they decided they really wanted to be outside against the beautiful backdrop of the autumn leafs. Their guests bundled up and shared blankets, while the bridesmaids and I wore jackets to keep warm. The ceremony and reception were held at Mount Frontenac Golf Course in Red Wing, MN. After the ceremony, the guest went inside to warm up while the wedding party and I braved the cold a little longer as we rode around course in golf carts capturing some fun images. Paul and Jocelyn both have fun and outgoing personalities. Along with the wedding party, they had me  laughing all day with them. It was a day of true happiness and love. Congrats Paul and Jocelyn!

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Nicole and Rolando // Wedding Photography

Nicole and Rolando are two of the nicest people I have met, and you only need to take one look at them – looking at each other to know they have found their perfect match. They tied the knot at the Double Tree Inn in St. Louis Park. I loved the classic black tuxes with bow ties and the bridesmaids little black dresses with the pop of white and red that the wedding party had. It was beautiful and elegant. Many blessings on you Nicole and Rolando – here is to years of happiness together!

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Joan & John // Wedding Photography

Joan and John’s wedding was the perfect small wedding. The day was serene with wispy clouds floated peacefully in the blue sky above the back patio over looking the beautiful Saint Croix River in Stillwater, MN. Joan and John were supported by their loving daughters and their husbands. The few hours that I spent with them, there was much laughing and love. It was a privilege and honor to be in the mist of such beautiful love and family.

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Kelly K Photo Joins Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce

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Kelly K Photo is now officially apart of the Hudson Area Chamber or Commerce! Yesterday the Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Kelly K Photo as a welcome into the Chamber. Kelly K Photo was supported by many business owners/employees in the community. I’m very excited to see where all of these opportunities will take us in the future.

 

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Hudson Hot Air Affair

This year was the 24th anniversary of the Hudson Hot Air Affair. This event starts in January with events all over Hudson. Everything from an art show to geocaching; a trumpeter swan walk to fireworks and concerts. The grand finale is the first weekend in February when 30-40 hot air balloons launch from a local elementary school field. Hundreds gathered at the field to watch the mass assent into the clouds. It was a beautiful production of colors and flame. Until you are standing on the ground next to a balloon as it inflates, it is hard to get a good grasp as to the massive size of the balloons. It was pretty spectacular to watch. Click here to watch a time lapse video of the balloon arriving, inflating and taking off one by one. Mark your calendars now for next years events!

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Remember to check out the time lapse video on our Facebook page!


Top 11 of 2011

Looking back on the year 2011, I have many things to be thankful for and proud of. I have learned a lot, personally and professionally. I got married, moved and still continued to run a successful photography business. I could not have done it without the support of my friends, family and all the wonderful people I have met along the way. Here is a list of my top 11 experiences from 2011.

11) Continued health & safety; for myself, friends and family.

10) Having the opportunity to DEVOTE MORE TIME to my business and explore new possibilities.

9) Having an article about Kelly K Photo published in a local paper.

8) Photographing some of my CLOSE FRIENDS and their expanding families.

7) Having the opportunity to EXPERIMENT with a new style of photography -product photography- with Fleurish. Not as easy as it looks!

6) Working with the wonderful staff and volunteers of St. John’s Church for the second year in a row.

5) Having the opportunity to work with OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS in a studio and photograph hundreds of kids and families.

4) Spending a lot of time with FAMILY & FRIENDS (at the cabin, with the new in-laws, old friends from out of town and new friends in town).

3) Photographing SENIORS; working with young men and women and telling their unique stories and personalities through photos.

2) Photographing WEDDINGS; sharing special days with special people.

1) MARRIAGE; the wedding was good, but the marriage is great!

THANKS to everyone who has helped make 2011 such a successful year! I look forward to more fun and adventures with you in 2012! ~Kelly


Tricks & Treats.

While driving through the middle of no where Wisconsin, we ran into a different type of biker gang. Trick riders in costume. It was very entertaining to watch. Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!

 


Profession & Hobby

I am so blessed to have my profession be my hobby, and my hobby be my profession. I recognize not all people can say that, so I appreciated my job even more. I love that fact that my work hardly feels like work sometimes. Here on my blog, I usually post images from my “profession”, but today, I decided to post a few that I took while being a “hobbiest”. My husband and I spent an afternoon at Willow River State Park in Hudson, WI. As usual, we hiked around with our cameras. Below are shots from both of us. Truth be told – Phil took the shots of the snake. I almost stepped on it, and I will admit, I screamed a little. I backed away and Phil ran towards it with his camera and got some pretty neat shots. I stayed my distance.

 


Fleurish [freelance photos]

I was introduced to Lindi, owner of Fleurish through a graphic designer friend
Nate. He’s building them a website, and needed some new/updated photos for the site. This is where I came in. For an hour, I toured the store and took photos of all the sweet things they’ve got going on. Fleurish has been located in Wayzata for about 4 years now and is continuing to expand as business picks up.
Fleurish offers unique and affordable gifts for any occasion as well as
personalized stationary, cards and invitations. Check them out. www.fleurishllp.com


St. John the Evangelist

On Sunday I went to St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Paul for a freelance gig. It was an absolutly beautiful church, and I am pretty sure that everyone I made eye contact with smiled at me and many even started a small conversation. It was a very welcoming experience.

I climbed up into the old choir loft for this picture. Once I got up a winding narrow wooden staircase that I was told to watch out for things that might fall from the ceiling, it was a nice view of the sanctuary. As I was setting up my tripod and getting my camera gear out toget this shot, someone started playing the organ for the start of the service and it just about made me jump out of my pants! Those shinny new organ pipes in the picture above did their job!