Katie + Alan

Remember these two cuties?! They're hitched! They bring so many wonderful people together and so many smiles :) Congrats Katie + Alan!  And a huge thanks to Stef Mishica for assisting me during their wedding! Here's a preview of their day in St. Anthony, MN:

Keep Creating,

KP

As Seen on The Knot

The Christman Family

We had a perfect night for the Christman's family photographs at Minnehaha Falls–leaves changing colors and music on the patio! My favorite part of the evening was when Terri + Brian (Mom + Dad) told me they brought some props for their hippie themed Christmas card! Love it! I can't wait to put my copy of that card on my fridge ;) Thanks for getting everyone's schedules organized, Amanda! And it was so great to meet you, Terri, Brian, and Josh!

Keep Creating,

KP

Moving Towards Minimalism

I am a child of garage sales, thrift stores, and hand-me-downs. The best way to grow up, to be certain; however, it means I have acquired quite a lot of things over the course of my short life because I am a sucker for a good sale. During a walk-about with my good friend, Matthew, we got to chatting about this subject and de-cluttering our lives: physically, mentally, and emotionally. He introduced me to the website: 

http://www.theminimalists.com/

It has really resonated with me. PLUS, I am moving this weekend, which presents the perfect opportunity for me to try one of their exercises, 21-Day Journey Into Minimalism. It involves packing up my life, everything in my studio apt, and moving it into my new location (a shared two-bedroom condo).  Then, over the course of the next 21 days, I am only to unpack what I need, when I need it. This goes for everything! From my toothbrush, clothes, art on the wall, to books, electronics, coffee mugs, and jewelry.  Then, after 21-days, whatever is still packed up will be donated or sold. YES. Even though I had already donated quite a bit by the time I read this article, I decided to carry out the exercise with what I had left.

I'm sure settling into a new place with boxes staring at me for that amount of time will be frustrating. But it can't be any more frustrating than getting to this point, when I am tearing apart my place in search of one damn power cord:

#reallife

Real life. As someone with a creative brain, who is always moving 100 mph, working on 1,000 projects at a time, a new method of organization and general brain-space will be thoroughly welcomed. I look forward to having a space that is conducive to creating again, at any given moment. Will you join me?

Keep Creating,

KP

Forgotten Film

Earlier this summer I dropped off some black + white 35mm film to be developed at West Photo annnnnd I completely forgot about it until yesterday! I can't even tell you which camera I shot this roll with. Probably my trusty AE-1? Location = NYC! Circa May 2013...mayyyybe 2012? I can tell you the film is Kodak 400TX. It's been fun looking through these forgotten photographs! Apparently, I was really interested in capturing people walk across the street. [No filter or edits applied.]

Keep Creating,

KP

A Photography Toolbox

Guest writer, Kayla Trulsen, is a summer intern for KP Creates. In May of 2015, she will be graduating from North Central University with a BA in Communication Arts.

Hello once again, friends. This summer, I've been doing a lot of research for KP Creates, and I thought it would be a good idea to collect the best of the photography blogs I found during that research. These are my favorites that I would like to share with you. Consider this page a little toolbox for your photography needs.

First off, here's a fun photography blog for everyone to check out. Photography Blogger is a great place to find fun and creative photos and articles about all kinds of topics. They also have some neat tips and tricks for photographers. For example, in this article, the editors put together a list of careers in photography for people who don't want to start their own business.

Second, Digital Photography School is a blog that covers everything from equipment to lessons in photography. This is a good place to start out if you are new to photography or even if you are a photography veteran. You can always get better at your craft by learning from others. In this article, the editors give a refresher on how the three elements of the exposure triangle work together to create a creative and/or correct exposure.

Speaking of giving lessons in photography, the third photography blog I suggest checking out is The Cooperative of Photography (COOPH). I have enjoyed their creative articles and little tidbits of information that they share regularly. For instance, this article give some do-it-yourself tips for capturing creative photos using household objects.

The last photography blog I would suggest checking out is Eric Kim Photography. Eric Kim is a street photographer, so his blog is focused solely on street photography. He shares some great insight into his craft. If you're interested in this area, check out his blog. Here is just one example of Eric Kim's knowledgeable articles where he shares 5 tips for busy street photographers.

Before I close the subject of great blogs, I do want to add in this travel blog. I happened to stumble upon this blog one day, and hey, photography and travel do go hand-in-hand, after all. Solo Traveler has great tips for people who prefer to travel alone. Here are two great, succinct articles that the editors put together for travel safety and the art of packing light for travel. Be sure to explore this blog more if you are interested in any kind of travel, not just solo travel. They have many helpful articles.

If you have any blogs, articles or ideas to add, give us a shout out @kpcreates on all the things.

Keep Creating,

Kayla

WANTED: Guest Writers

Guest writer, Kayla Trulsen, is a summer intern for KP Creates. In May of 2015, she will be graduating from North Central University with a BA in Communication Arts.

Greetings, creative ones! Here at KP Creates, we are looking for guest writers for the blog. We know that there are many of you out there who have a lot of insight into photography and other creative areas. We would like to hear your tips, tricks and ideas. If you would like to have a guest post on the blog, please send a short e-mail to KP at kp@kpcreates.com with your name, why you love photography, and your idea for a blog post.

Keep Creating,

Kayla