Kylie Marie Photography: Blog https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog en-us (C) Kylie Marie Photography kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:28:00 GMT Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:28:00 GMT https://www.kylie-marie.com/img/s/v-5/u852974644-o243435745-50.jpg Kylie Marie Photography: Blog https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog 96 120 Senior Photo Session: Patrick https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2018/1/senior-photo-session-patrick 008008 Hi everyone! I haven't been very consistent about blogging recently and, to be honest, I haven't been doing much portrait photography either. Capturing people's personalities is still something very near and dear to my heart but I have SO many other things going on in my life, it's been hard to make time for it all. 

Despite not promoting my business much, I received quite a few portrait photo session requests late last year which was a blessing and a curse. It was a curse because I work for the ballet and The Nutcracker season is nothing short of utter and total chaos. It's a blessing because I get to visit with people like this amazing young man and his family. 

Patrick's aunt was one of my closest friends in middle and high school. She was one of my bridesmaids and even though she lives three hours away, we've managed to stay in touch over the years. I actually remember when Patrick was born and how excited his aunt was to have a wee little nephew! 

Well Patrick is all grown up and getting ready to head to college (don't cry Kylie, don't cry). I couldn't believe it when I saw this tall, handsome man step out of their car in Eugene! WHERE DID THE YEARS GO? 

Anyway, Patrick and his family were in town to check out the University of Oregon campus and decided to get his senior photos done at the same time. We went to one of my favorite spots near the river but it happened to be a particularly cold day so we didn't have a ton of time. Luckily, Patrick was totally at ease in front of the camera and had great style and energy. I had so much fun capturing his personality and hearing about his big plans for the future. Recently, I learned that Patrick was accepted to the University of Oregon and will be starting school next fall! 

Even though I haven't been around in the photography world as much, even though I have been insanely busy and fitting it all in can be challenging, I'm so thankful for the moments when everything comes full circle. Congrats Patrick! Remember, no matter how old you get, you're never too old to go down the slides on the playground. 

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I tried to do it all. 

I tried to have a career with the ballet, with a side career in photography, with a side side career in social media coaching.

I tried having a couple thousand hobbies including crafting and gardening and reading and playing video games and cooking and editing photos and doing yoga and hiking and and and AND... 

I tried to improve my meaningful relationships and create new ones. 

I tried to squeeze every last quenching drop out of life because tomorrow it could all damn well be gone. Poof. Finished. 

The problem is, I didn't prioritize. I didn't force myself to figure out what was really important to me and what could take a back seat without effecting my Happiness Bottom Line. Trying to do all the things all the time led me to only give 50% of myself and my effort. That's when everything in my life began to suffer. 

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So, I took a break. I let go of yoga. I let go of coaching. I stopped seeking new photography clients. The only thing I really threw myself into during the last six months was the ballet and enjoying the people around me.

Other things happened during this time, some good things and some bad things. Losing all the photos on my hard drive was painful (I ended up getting them all back). But turning 30 surrounded by the best people a gal could ask for was pretty spectacular.

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Ultimately, I realized that I desperately missed taking photos. Whether it was of scenery or my dogs or spring flowers or tiny, adorable clients, I just missed having a camera in my hand. There are some photo opportunities at the ballet and I take them when time permits but the limitations in availability and creativity are not enough.  

So, I'm back. I don't plan on taking every job or attempting to fill every weekend with photo shoots, I just want to it to be a part of my life again. 

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I'm looking forward to rediscovering all the things that led me down this path in the first place. I'm also hoping to learn knew things that will help enhance my photography and push my limits within this medium. Regardless of what happens, of who is listening, I'm glad to be sharing photos again. 

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Note: These photos were taken on our recent trip to Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Forest. 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer photo photography photos https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2017/4/priorities Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:31:06 GMT
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Little Harriet is baby number two for my childhood friend, Shelly. In fact, Shelly and Tim's first daughter, Cecilia, was the flower girl in our wedding!

Here's a cute picture of my husband holding adorable little Cece on our wedding day: 

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Watching childhood friends graduate, get jobs, meet their significant others and have babies has been so exciting and fun for me. I'm also thrilled when they want me to photograph their new editions and exciting milestones. It's just lucky that my folks have a lovely house with lots of light so we can capture all the cuteness when I'm in town. Check out Cecilia's newborn photo session and first birthday photo session! 

For baby Harriet's first photo session, Shelly wanted to include her big sister Cecilia but Cece had other plans. We weren't able to get her to take a photo with her little sister but we got some adorable shots of both of them. 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer family family photography newborn photography photo photography photos https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2016/12/baby-harriet Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:13:03 GMT
Kaylie - 12 Months https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2016/5/kaylie---12-months It's been awhile since I've written about my recent photo sessions! To be honest, I haven't had as much time for photography as I'd like recently. Between buying a house and a demanding full-time PR Coordinator position, I've had my hands full. I'm also one of those people who has too many hobbies for the amount of time I allocate to said hobbies: gardening, hiking, cooking, yoga, and writing all take up a generous chunk of daylight hours. Luckily, I was able to escape up to Portland last month where I, once again, met up with the Duke family at one of our favorite places to shoot, Cathedral Park. 

It was a gorgeous day in Portland and little Kaylie and her big brother, Jacob, were wonderful subjects for me. I'm super happy with how this shoot turned out and I'm thrilled to have two more shoots in Kaylie's first year package to fulfill (even though her first year is officially over). Here are some of my favorite photos from our shoot. 

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Senior Session - Orion https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/12/senior-session---orion To be honest, I don't book a ton of senior photo sessions but they are SO fun to do! High school seniors tend to be at least slightly more confident than older adults or small children. They also know what they want and aren't afraid to try different poses or settings. So when my friend Samantha asked me to photograph her son, Orion, for his senior photos, I was so excited! Sam and her whole family are super stylish and knew they wanted some fall foliage in the background. We chose to photograph at Skinner Butte in Eugene and hoped enough of the leaves had changed for some autumn flare. Of course, Mother Nature performed beautifully and so did my subjects! I love how much of Orion's personality you can see in these photos and I just love the few shots I got of all three of them. Looking forward to a family shoot in the future! 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer family oregon photography, oregon senior photos, photo photography photos senior senior photos, https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/12/senior-session---orion Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:58:53 GMT
Baby Eileena https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/7/baby-eileena I'm a little behind on updating you all. To be honest, my life is slightly crazy right now and I LOVE it!

For starters, I recently accepted a new job and will be leaving my beloved Marketing Assistant position at Fall Creek Nursery behind. This was a difficult decision as I truly love my boss and my co-workers but my new position will mean great things for my future (more on that later). 

In September, I am marrying the man of my dreams! Jason and I have been together for nearly nine years and on September 19, it will be official! I'm so excited to celebrate with our friends and family. 

Besides a new job and new husband, I'm taking photos, traveling, camping, looking for a house, cooking, writing and so many other things so I haven't made as much time as I'd like for blogging. 

Even though I'm way behind, I wanted to blog about this very special family. 

I first met Krissy and Lucas a few years ago when they were pregnant with their first child. They live near a farm on the beautiful Sauvie Island which I had never been to and instantly fell in love with. The maternity shoot yielded some of my most popular maternity photos to date and I still look back on them fondly.

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After little Adah-Leigh was born, I took her newborn photos and one-year photos also at the farm! They turned out better than I could have hoped. 

Fast forward to 2015 and Krissy emailed me to say she was pregnant again and wanted me to make a trip up for a photo session! I was thrilled. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to their maternity session due to car problems but I did make it up after their little girl was born. Eileena is perfect in every way and it was so lovely to meet her and see how much Adah had grown! 

One thing I absolutely love about this family is how loving and close they all are. Krissy always requests a photo of them on their front porch. She told me, "I know it's not much to look at but something about a front door of a baby's first home is meaningful to me." I can't wait to watch this family grow and change over the coming years. 

Here are some of my favorite photos from Eileena's newborn shoot: 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer family newborn oregon photo photos https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/7/baby-eileena Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:26:54 GMT
Baby Kaylie https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/6/baby-kaylie I met Ryan and Air Duke a few years ago when their baby boy, Jacob, was born. They opted for the First Year package which includes six photo sessions in a baby's first year. This is a wonderful way to truly get to know a family especially after having their first baby. Watching new parents develop and blossom is a wonderful process and I get to capture it with my camera! At the end of Jacob's first year, I was sad knowing I wouldn't be seeing them every three months but knew they would be back eventually. 

In March, Air emailed me to announce that she was pregnant and wanted to order the First Year package again! I was ecstatic. Not only was it a joy to see Air and Ryan again but meeting little Kaylie and seeing how big Jacob had gotten was such a joy. Little Kaylie fussed for a bit but we eventually got her to settle down. These are some of my favorite photos of this beautiful family: 

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Merry Mother's Day https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/5/merry-mothers-day 1986

I always get so emotional when I write about my mom or Mother's Day. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't always the best daughter to a wonderful mom or if it's because I know people out there who aren't as lucky as I am, either because their mom is gone or isn't deserving of the title. 

One of the qualities I love about my mom is how much passion she has. I know myself to be a highly sensitive person and I believe she is too, but while I consider it to be a weakness in me, it's a strength in her. I've seen her cry for perfect strangers and pray for no one that she knows. When she faces difficulty, she quietly researches before tackling the issue head on. Whether it was my broken knee or my sister's Tourette Syndrome, she took this approach. I once saw her work for many hours over several days trying to get a computer game to work for me because she "refused to be beat by a machine." I think I spent less time playing it than she spent simply making it work just for me. 

Though she has a calm, light-hearted demeanor, she's also fierce and fearless and a little scary. Of course, she has fears, but I've never seen anyone square off with someone quite like she does. Once she gets her finger involved and starts telling someone exactly why they're wrong, it's slightly terrifying, and also awesome, because that's my badass mom. That guy at the flea market or the dude at the bowling alley had no idea what was coming towards them. 

She's also funny, like really funny. We both love to laugh - at ourselves, at our animals, and at vegans (sorry vegans). She loves to be silly and sing loud and proud. Last October, my sister, mother, and I all drove to Seattle so I could try on wedding dresses. The night before we went to the bridal shop, we went to a dinner theater called Teatro Zinzanni and had the best time. On our short walk back to the hotel room, Mom began singing "California Dreamin" by The Mamas & The Papas (she loves songs that require more than one person to sing). Soon my sister and I joined and we were singing loudly while dancing down the sidewalk,  jumping on benches, and swinging around light posts. We passed a woman who was sitting on a bench with a big smile on her face, half-laughing at the mini-show we were putting on. Then we were gone. I like to think we made her night.    

That's what my mom does. She passes on smiles. She loves inside jokes. She's sentimental and creative and crazy smart. 

I honestly hope to be half the mother she is. 

 

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Maternity: Jon and Kay https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/5/maternity-jon-and-kay I've known Kayleen my entire life...literally.  

When my mom was eight months pregnant with giant me, she waddled into the supermarket across the street from the house her and my father had recently bought. Kayleen's mom, Debbie, was a grocer at the Eagle Thrift Market and asked if my mom needed help with the baby. My mom said yes and many lifelong friendships were started in that one moment. Debbie watched me often and I played with Kayleen and her sister as we grew up. Many years later, Kayleen and I would end up working together at Boise Cascade and she would introduce me to my fiance at the local Starbucks. 

Kayleen met Jon not long after her and I reconnected and they got married in 2010. Now, they are expecting their first child and I couldn't be happier for them! I can't wait to meet their little one and I'm counting on Jon and Kay to make it look easy for my fiance and I! I was telling Kayleen how much I love going through these milestones with childhood friends. It seems like so many of us are finding careers, getting married, and having children around the same time. We don't see each other as often as I'd like especially since I don't live in the Rogue Valley so I treasure these photo sessions even more. 

Here are some of my favorites from Jon and Kay's maternity photo session last weekend: 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer family maternity oregon photo photography photos southern https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/5/maternity-jon-and-kay Wed, 06 May 2015 03:24:10 GMT
What Does Mom Want? https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/4/what-does-mom-want Heart hands on a pregnant belly. "Before you were born, I carried you under my heart."

What do Moms want? 

They want healthy, happy babies. They want kids who play and believe in magic. They want to hear laughter, and feel warm hugs. 

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Moms want to reluctantly watch their children grow up and need them less, but still call once in a while. 

They grow so fast.

Moms pass on their smile. Mom's pass on their smile. She'll always be there. She'll always be there.

Moms want to watch their children fall in love and find happiness in the world. Moms never want to stop being needed and loved. 

If you have a mom in your life, consider getting her something that will remind her why it was worth it<3

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Pray for Nepal https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/4/pray-for-nepal As many of you may know, the small country of Nepal was hit by a large earthquake two days ago. I've personally never been to Nepal but two of my former clients visited the mountainous nation recently and I so enjoyed learning about it through their photos and posts. Of course, any natural disaster that results in a loss of life is upsetting and sad, but Nepal was especially devastated by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Historic buildings and monuments collapsed trapping and killing people in the rubble. Mount Everest is in Nepal and the earthquake caused an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain as well as others in the range killing several guides known as "sherpas" and mountain climbers. 

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Communications have been heavily interrupted making it difficult to reach people and slowing aid to devastated regions of Nepal. Aftershocks continue to cause damage also hindering aid. For those of us who are thousands of miles away, it feels we can only sit and watch the horrors unfold on the internet as hundreds and hundreds of photos appear. As amazing and wonderful as photojournalism is, it also aids in my feeling of helplessness. It makes me, and many others, want to do something, anything short of quitting my job and hopping on a plane to help. Luckily, I found this news article that features seven aid agencies that have been vetted so any donations will be used properly. Like many of you, I have bills and plans and rent, but if we all gave a small amount, just $5 or $10, we could make an impact. 

My former clients said when they visited Nepal, the locals kept saying it stood for "Never Ending Peace and Love." Let us show Nepal that we support them in this dark time. 

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James & Janeva https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/4/james-janeva I've done several shoots for the Doyle family over the years so I was thrilled to hear Carmen was visiting from Bend and wanted to do a shoot at a park in Eugene. She got up early and met me at Skinner Butte Park where we ran around and captured candid, un-planned photos (which are my favorite kind). 

Carmen brought two props with her that I thought were pretty genius. The first was a container of these colorful little puff balls. This was smart because toddlers like Janeva have super short attention spans and typically move around a lot. The puff balls got her to sit still for a few shots which was super helpful. The other thing she brought was a few books, although Janeva was not super interested in hers. 

Overall it was a great shoot and I so enjoyed photographing them again! As always, my favorite shots are below. 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer butte family park photography skinner https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/4/james-janeva Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:54:39 GMT
Hiking in Clear Lake, Oregon https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/3/hiking-in-clear-lake-oregon I have to admit, my motivation has completely disintegrated lately. I've been putting a lot of my energy into work at the blueberry nursery I work at and wedding planning but I finally made myself get my hike on.  Last weekend, my fiance and I got into the car and started driving up the McKenzie River in search of a new adventure. We've hiked a few places on the McKenzie River Trail and I have been wanting to explore more of it. About 50 miles down the highway we pulled into Clear Lake Resort and instantly fell in love. This quiet, pristine lake is surrounded by thick forests and and a few small cabins. We ended up hiking around the entire lake which was about five and a half miles. Luckily, it was a beautiful spring day so I was able to take my camera and photograph parts of the trail. As much as I love my job and am wrapped up in planning the wedding it's so nice to take my camera into nature and explore. 

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Baby Cece's First Birthday! https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/3/baby-ceces-first-birthday I can't believe it's already been a year since I first met and photographed little Cece. I don't get to spend as much time with her or her family as I'd like but it's been a joy to see her the few times I did and to watch her grow through photos and videos on social media. Luckily, I was able to go to her first birthday party! It was a ton of fun and I was so thankful to be able to take photos of her and this special family again. Here are my favorites from a surprisingly warm February day: 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Cecilia Keppler Kylie Marie Oregon Photography Southern baby newborn photographer photography https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/3/baby-ceces-first-birthday Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:04:41 GMT
The Matthews-Graves Family Photos https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/the-matthews-graves-family-photos Kelli Matthews was one of my professors at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. Shortly after I graduated in 2011, she became a client. She was going to be having a second child and wanted to have one last photo shoot with her first boy. Ever since, I've completed a maternity, newborn, and two family sessions for her. Watching her family grow and evolve is one of the things I adore about my profession. Kelli has become a talented photographer herself and I enjoy the photos she posts of her growing boys. 

Late last year, she messaged me saying she wanted to photograph a new family session. I was super excited to be working with them again! Unfortunately, winter in Oregon can be difficult to work with. If it's warm, it's raining. If it's sunny, it's freezing. It was sunny. 

Luckily, I was able to get to the location in time to play with the lighting so when they arrived, we only shot for about 45 minutes but it was well worth it:) Here are a few of my favorites from this session:

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer family of oregon photo photography photos session university https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/the-matthews-graves-family-photos Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:34:00 GMT
100 Hikes in 2014 https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/100-hikes-in-2014 #100hikesin2014#100hikesin2014

It's done, it's finished.

It feels weird to not have hikes hanging over my head and I have to admit, I'm a little down now that it's over.

When I set out to do 100 hikes in 2014, I didn't think it would be as difficult as it was. 100 hikes works out to about two hikes per week which is totally doable right? However, previously unforeseen challenges presented themselves throughout the year: it was hard to motivate myself when the weather was less-than-ideal, many times I didn't have anyone to go with and I broke my wrist and had surgery because of hike #51.

Eventually, I overcame these things and crossed the invisible finish line with unmeasurable glee. After my heart stopped fluttering, my next thought was, "now what?"

Of course, it felt great. People congratulated me, my parents gave me a lovely note and gift card to commemorate and my fiance took me to dinner. People who I didn't even know were paying attention to my constant photo-posting told me how inspiring they thought it was.

I accomplished so much more than the hiking because of this goal. I saw more of Oregon, my home state, than I'd ever seen. I learned the value of silence, of nature, of my health, and of time. I discovered how much I enjoyed my own company and became less-reliant on social interactions to feel fulfilled.

Several people have asked me, "what's next year's goal?" and for awhile, I didn't have an answer. This goal was stressful at times and I was worried about creating an even loftier one only to fall short. A few days into 2015 and I am already itching for a new adventure.

So, here are my 2015 goals:

-Hike 400 miles in 2015. I like this goal because the longer hikes will add more than the shorter ones I did for most of 2014.

-Discover and conquer 10 new challenging hikes in Washington, Oregon, California and Costa Rica. This will include some bigger ones like the South Sister and Mt. McLoughlin.

-Compete in at least one race. Let me make something clear, I hate running. My hatred for running is part of the reason I hike, hiking gets my heart rate up without having to run. Despite my loathing for cardio, I did actually run with my dad a few times this year and realized it wasn't quite as bad as I thought. So I figured, what the heck? I signed up for a run in 2014 but didn't actually go through with it (who knew you had to pick up your packet the day before and couldn't do so the day of?). In a way, I'm recycling this goal from last year but I am fine with this. If anyone has a good race they think I should consider, please let me know!

There it is. Large? Yes. Doable? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Finally, I want to say again how thankful I am for the support. Getting others involved was probably the only thing that kept me from giving up on my 100 hikes goal. The people who came with me or suggested other hikes were wonderful, but even the little comments, the folks who said they liked my photos or mentioned how proud they were, made a huge difference in my motivation and my life.

Thank you all. You helped me make 2014 a great year for me. Come hike with me in 2015!

Here they are, all 100 hikes from 2014:

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) 100 hikes in 2014, Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer broken wrist, photography https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/100-hikes-in-2014 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 19:44:55 GMT
Newborn: Baby Roxy https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/newborn-baby-roxy Just a few years ago, the Millers contacted me about photographing their brand new baby girl, Kaia Rose. They had a beautiful nursery with lots of light so we filmed there and had a wonderful time. I also ended up photographing Kaia at six months and one year old, she was turning into the cutest little girl! 

Recently, the Millers contacted me again to tell me they had another brand new little girl named Roxy and wanted me to photograph her! They had moved to a new house but the nursery still had a good amount of light and I'd be photographing Roxy with many of the same items that were in her big sister's newborn shoot! It was a blast to see Kaia again as well, she absolutely loved the camera and had no shyness reservations what-so-ever.

I had a great time reconnecting with the Millers and I can't wait to meet little Roxy again.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot.

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer millers newborn photo photography roxy https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2015/1/newborn-baby-roxy Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:56:27 GMT
Six Steps to Goal-Setting for 2015 https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/12/2015-goals IMG_9684.JPGIMG_9684.JPG

I've always admired those who set New Year's resolutions. They come bursting out of the corners, still covered in leftover Christmas decorations, ready to dedicate their precious time to drastically improving an area of their lives they feel is lacking. And what better time? The holiday season madness is over, the weather will start improving (eventually), it just feels like a prime opportunity to start something new. 

However, we all know the track records for resolutions: by February gym memberships are sitting unused or cancelled, blood pressure is still too high, and savings accounts aren't any larger. So what are the hurdles to these resolutions and how can we overcome them? 

1). "2015 Goals" Not "New Year's Resolutions" 

Resolutions tend to be broad and at least slightly vague. According to this list, the most commonly broken resolutions are large and do not detail how the resolution will be reached. Also, the words "New Year's" refer to the year being new even though it eventually won't. We typically don't hear folks talking about their resolutions in September right? Instead of making resolutions, create goals. Then, print or write these goals out and place them where your eyes have to glance over them frequently. The fridge, your desk, a bathroom mirror or a bulletin board are good candidates. This will ensure that you revisit these goals throughout the year. 

2). Make It Measurable

Just before 2014 began, I hiked a popular local hike with my cousin and had a wonderful and uplifting experience. While it was cloudy and chilly in the city, it was fresh and sunny at the top of of the butte and I loved how accomplished I felt when reaching the summit. I told my cousin, "I'd like to hike this thing 100 times this year" and suddenly, my goal was born. This goal would help me with the broad things I wanted to achieve: lose weight, improve my health, spend more time outdoors, and spend less money. By specifying how many times I wanted to do something and an end date, I had something I could easily keep track of and measure. 

3). Create Smaller Goals

Small goals provide milestones that can help guide you to your larger goal. If your main goal is to learn a new instrument by 2016 you could set smaller goals that include learning a song on the instrument every three months. You could make the songs more difficult each time and if you complete them all, you'll know you've completed your overall goal. Just make sure these are also measurable and have a deadline. Some of the smaller goals for my 100 hikes in 2014 goal were: 

-Hike Spencer Butte bare foot by October. 
-Hike in the redwood forest in August. 
-Discover five new hikes by 2015. 
-Hike Mt. McLoughlin in the summer (I did not complete this goal in 2014 but I will in 2015).

4). Get Others Involved 

For my hiking goal, I found that getting others involved was the biggest motivation to keep going and complete my goal. Initially, I told those closest to me about my goal. Then I used the hashtag #100hikesin2014 on social media and documented each of my hikes with a photo. Soon people were asking me which hike number I was on or suggesting other hikes to try. These comments, whether large or small, kept me going when I was ready to give up. Getting others involved kept me honest and helped me push myself to keep going especially when I didn't want to. 

5). Don't Sweat It

If you don't reach all of your smaller goals or your main goal, THAT'S OKAY. Take advantage of falling short to find out why you weren't able to reach this goal and reflect on the reason. Create a similar goal for the next time frame or complete it after the time frame. You'll be glad you did. Most importantly, don't beat yourself up over it. Accept that you were daring enough to set the goal in the first place and and will learn from the experience. 

6). Reward Yourself

Go away for a weekend, get a massage, or buy something you've been wanting. Whatever it is, give yourself a reward for completing your goal. You earned it!  

Some resources to help you with your 2015 goal-setting: 

-FREE Goal-setting worksheet from Money Saving Mom 
-Goal-setting phone apps. to keep you on track such as Lift.
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Getting and using a planner or journal will be a lifesaver.

So, what are your goals for 2015? I'll be posting mine in the next few weeks! 

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."

 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) 100 hikes in 2014, 2015 Kylie Keppler, Oregon Photographer goal-setting, happy new year https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/12/2015-goals Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:21:52 GMT
Senior: Drisana https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/10/senior-drisana I've acquired clients from many sections of my life (work, friends, etc.) but this was the first time my Boston Terrier, Scout, had gotten me a job. Scout was our first Boston Terrier and less than a year old when we met Jessica and her Boston Terrier, Dexter, at the Amazon Small Dog Park. Scout and Dexter instantly got along as they both have tons of energy and like to run. I feel that "run" isn't even the best way to describe it. Scout will literally sprint, mouth open, tongue flying wildly in the wind, making a giant circle while all the other dogs attempt to keep up. We soon learned, other Bostons liked to do the same thing and decided to start our own club for Bostons and their owners. It's pretty simple, we share photos, ask questions, and mention when we are going to the dog park on our group page. It's an easy way for us new Boston Terrier owners to stay connected and get together and now we have 66 human members and a few less in Boston Terriers and Boston mixes! All because Jessica and I met at the dog park on a cloudy, Eugene day. 

So when Jessica asked me about taking her daughter's senior photos, I was thrilled! Senior photos are such a fun, unique photo session because the focus is on just one person and who they are at a significant milestone in their life. It is especially important to capture and reveal this individual personality in a frozen moment which can be more difficult than it sounds. Drisana knew exactly what she wanted but was also open to suggestion which was really refreshing. Most folks are uncomfortable in front of the lens but she was confident and had a killer outfit (that hat had a personality of it's own).

I also discovered a new location thanks to this shoot, Jessica and Drisana chose Hendrick's Park for the setting it was perfect! I hope to do more senior sessions AND sessions at Hendrick's Park in the future.

Here are some of my favorite shots of Drisana:

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer photo photography senior https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/10/senior-drisana Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:48:02 GMT
Wedding: Daniel and Shikha https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/10/wedding-daniel-and-shikha Before the longer days of summer began I received an email from Daniel and Shikha asking to discuss photographing their July 2014 wedding. I was so excited, especially after meeting them! Shikha is from India and they would be having a traditional Indian ceremony there before their wooded Oregon wedding at Daniel's childhood home. I absolutely loved the idea of filming this intimate forest wedding. 

Then, one of my biggest fears came to life. 

12 days before Daniel and Shikha's big day, I fell on Spencer Butte and broke my wrist so severely that surgery was required. I weighed my options: 

-Back out, return their deposit and help them find another photographer. 
-Attempt to find a second shooter to help me with the heavy lifting. 
-Buy a monopod and film the wedding without holding the camera. 

The third choice was what I wanted to do but I had to make sure I could actually still use the fingers of my right hand to steady the camera and push the button. I picked up a monopod and tested it out with great success. Now it was time to tell them. 

I emailed Daniel and Shikha to let them know what had happened and what I proposed to do but also gave them the option of finding someone else. They responded saying if I felt I was able to still photograph the wedding that they'd prefer to have me do it instead of attempting to find someone else. 

I was very nervous on the day of the wedding. I purchased a few bottles of water to stay hydrated in the July heat and had a good night's rest as well as a big breakfast. I was as ready as I could be. 

The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Nestled in the woods of tiny Walton, Oregon at Daniel's childhood home, there were so many beautiful vignettes and details. Daniel and Shikha were relaxed and excited for their non-traditional wedding day. The monopod worked very well and after five hours, I was tired, sore and thrilled with the shots I'd captured. 

Here are some of my favorite photos from Daniel and Shikha's wedding day: 

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kyliekeppler@gmail.com (Kylie Marie Photography) Kylie Keppler, Kylie Marie Photography Oregon Photographer walton, oregon, wedding photographer, wooded wedding, https://www.kylie-marie.com/blog/2014/10/wedding-daniel-and-shikha Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:00:06 GMT