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While visiting Cape Town we went on a tour of Robben Island, the prison where many political prisoner such as Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe were held. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip and was so educational. It was really fascinating.
Well I'm finally getting around to sharing a few of my photos from my fabulous recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa! Quick recap: some of my favorite clients (not that I play favoritism ;-) moved to Cape Town recently. Kaitlin & Charlie graciously offered to let me come visit, and Kait's wonderful sis & brother in law Megan & Grant (whose wedding I also shot) came to visit at the same time. Needless to say, a fantastic time was had by all and I'm so thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit!
Without further ado, here are the first batch of photos. More coming tomorrow, and lots more will be up on Facebook then too.
This beautiful lady made the most gorgeous crocheted clothes (I may have bought a few items form her ;-)
Sunday I shot the new promo photos for my good friend Melissa's (of Nine Lives fame) new store, Spaghetti Western and we had such a great time!! Melissa wanted to use my hubby for the male model (duh, he's adorable :-), her cutie daughter, GiGi, and gorgeous Rachel. Here's what we came up with.
Last Saturday Josh & I held our second Shoot Day and it was just as fun as the first! It's really great to see newer photographers (and more seasoned ones, too) having such a great time shooting and experimenting. We definitely plan to hold more of these in the future, so if you haven't jumped on board yet, come out and play!
This day's attendees included:
Heather Cole, one of the most fabulous and fun chicas I know, made a special guest appearance...and we immediately put her to work doing the girls' hair :-) She just rocks like that.
This time around we focused on couples, and honestly - we couldn't have had better subjects! Jordan & Richard were our first couple - I'm sure everyone remembers her cuteness :-) And the one and only Ashley, my fabulous new studio manager, and her FIANCE (they just got engaged ;-) were our other gorgeous couple. Check out how much they worked it!
Sorry for the lack of updates! Lots coming soon, I promise :-) For now, we're getting geared up for the OPEN HOUSE (March 27) and the super-fun-fabulous SHOOT DAY 2 (this Saturday)!!
I had a question for you all though...2 questions actually. First of all, Josh & I have an idea...a challenge for you, but first want to see if there would be enough people who could participate (isn't this obnoxiously vague?) - please answer below:
EDIT: Sorry, the polls weren't working at first - they should be now!!
And this next poll, well - I was just curious :-) Please don't be afraid to answer!
And just for fun, one of the pics Josh snapped of Ashley & I "working" at the new studio ;-)
Hey girls! I'm in need of a very specific looking girl to be the face of a fantastic new store I'm involved with (details to follow :-) We need you to be tall and thin. Red headed...Long locks are a plus. No prior modeling experience required, but it would definitely help :-) Need to have a mature look - as in, you can't look like you're still in high school!
You must be available for shooting March 15 or 22 in Kansas City. You'll receive a CD of edited images for use in your portfolio. Ok, go!
EDIT: So there are a few more things we need...an abandoned-feeling farmhouse, chickens...maybe some goats. Green grass is a plus. Barns. You get the idea. Ok, go again!
open house! finally! see above :-) everyone is welcome - the more, the merrier!
and basically, the same principal goes for announcement #2! the second shoot day that josh & i are hosting will take place saturday, march 14. the first one was SOO much fun and this one will be a blast too - don't miss out :-) you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
Wow. I seriously can't even say how much fun Josh & I's first Shoot Day mini-shop was. First we had the most beautiful weather ever (70 degrees...seriously!!) then were stoked at the huge response we received. We ended up with about 16 participants yesterday and they were all totally fabulous!! Everyone had a great time and we're definitely planning on holding these shoot days again, so stay tuned and be sure you've emailed Ashley (email@example.com) if you're interested. And while you're at it, let us know what you'd be interested in learning!
Anyway, on to the photos! Here's a list also of our fantastic shoot day attendees - be sure to check out their shots!
Hope you enjoy my view of the day's images - we decided on an 80s Rock theme and I think our girls, Kristin & Jessica, ROCKED IT OUT, don't you??? (More on facebook, as usual!)
So lately I have been getting a LOT of emails from aspiring photographers. While I looooove to help give advice and such, it's getting a little overwhelming for me! Therefore, I've decided to team up with Josh and offer a shoot day (afternoon, rather :-). This is going to be a super low-key, but super fun afternoon of shooting, learning, and experimenting. We'll provide a few models and show you some of our favorite techniques, including some off-camera lighting and a general Q&A.
When : Wed, Feb 25 @ 3:00 (it's Josh's birthday - bring him a cookie ;-) We'll just shoot till we're worn out!
Where : We'll be meeting at Josh & my new (not completely finished - don't judge ;-) studio in the City Market, and then wandering the area.
Who : Anyone who wants to learn! That being said, a basic knowledge of apertures, shutter speeds, ISO's, etc. is strongly recommended. We won't be starting at the very beginning this time.
How much : $50/person for this first time
Email Ashley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested in joining us! We're thinking of offering more of these mini-shops in the future if we get a good response, so be sure and email even if you can't come to this one. Hope to see you there!
Finally, after much planning and thinking, it's time to announce the new baby in the Coquette family! I'm so excited to bring you Peep Shows! This is a collaborative project between myself, Katie (of Mink Artistry, who we all love for making us look more beautiful), and Melissa Robbins (who owns Nine Lives in Parkville - she has the most fabulous vintage style).
Peep Shows are the new girls' night out (or day in...whatever ;-). Invite your favorite girlfriends over (or have the show hosted at one of the fabulous downtown hotels we have arrangements with), have some wine, listen to some great music and get makeovers, customized scene styling and mini-Coquette shoots. It's a fabulous gift for the man in your life, and even more - for YOU!
We'll be hosting a few events in the near future so you can come meet the girls behind the curtain, as well as having a new fantastic website launch, but I just couldn't keep it to myself any longer!! Stay tuned for more info and start planning your own Peep Show!
Attention Shoppers :-) Hope you've all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Just a quick note to remind you to get your outstanding orders in ASAP if you want them by Christmas! Two of our wedding album styles' deadlines have already passed. Art books (that's you, Portrait book people) and canvases must be ordered by the end of this week to guarantee delivery by Christmas. Regular prints must be ordered by Dec. 10 to guarantee putting them under the tree!
And now, back to your regularly scheduled program.
Hey everyone - Just a quick note. As you know, we're moving downtown, and it's ALL happening...ummm...now. As in this week. Along with everything else (I'm a little frazzled :-) So first off, thank you for your patience in dealing with me!
Secondly, we have LOTS of cool vintagey stuff for sale at reallllllly reasonable prices. Stop by or give me a shout if you're interested in seeing what we have. Pretty much everything in the studio is for sale and needs a new home ASAP. I know it's not a very exciting picture, but here's just a few of the things we have. Also have several small tables, 2 desks, some great old doors & windows, lots of accent chairs, and a partridge in a pear tree :-)
Email Ashley@kelley-photo.com for more info on anything. Everything is also listed on Craigslist if you'd like more details.
At the beach Kristy & I met another super-talented photographer who just happened to have the cutest son. He and his adorable girlfriend were frolicking around the beach having so much fun, I couldn't help snap a few :-)