Hiatus Update

Recently you might have noticed we went on a small hiatus that turned into a few forced months of absence. Many may recall that our Owner and Head Photographer has LUPUS. Check her original story here -> (5 Year Journey).  Now that we are settling back here is a update and few words from the warrior herself:

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Lupus has been a part of my journey for year now, but I have been managing it so well these past 7 years, that many who know me  actually have said  they forgot I had this disease. I always been  hesitant about speaking to much on my personal life on here,  as I have always been taught to separate the two. However, since my absence was so sudden and I value the understanding,  respect,  patience, and loyalty that so many of my clients had I really wanted to  express my appreciation! 

After shooting back to back weddings and laying the frame work for our busy season it was to my surprise that what felt like HORRIBLE allergies was actually my body going into full kidney failure. By the time I went into ER I was in full kidney shut down and feeling terrible.  From this point I spent almost 30 days in the hospital and another 30+ home recovering. During this time I really had the chance to reflect on where/what I was putting my time, energy, and stress into! Some of it I was okay with and some not.  

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Things I know it's not all worth it, take time to rest, and its A M A Z I N G to have a solid team behind you and your brand!

All this to say we are going to be rolling out some awesome changes and updates soon! Why, because with a month on bedrest we had a chance to brainstorm as team and most importantly read and review all the amazing feedback from our clients over the past months/years! Our goal is to constantly keep improving and moving forward to bring the best in portraiture to some of the best clients in the Bay! So stay tuned as new collections roll out and all I can say is.... WEDDINGS = MIND BLOWN! Because yes we are tired of the wedding industry tacking on a extra $1000 just for hearing the word 'wedding'! We are here for you; it's the premises and foundation of this company....be kind to others and they will be kind to you; Kind Hearted that is!

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Watermarks Yes or Nah?

DISCLAIMER: I am in no shape, way, or form talking about anyone in specific who uses watermarks to copyright their work. Everyones situation and business’s are ran differently. I respect whatever decisions they make towards their work and all that is said below is STRICTLY my personal feeling. Now tuck your sensitive button away, and let’s proceed… lol. Seriously though this personal beliefs. 

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I have actually been asked this by several fellow photographers and even a few clients. Honestly, when I first started out I would watermark everything I shot. No questions asked. I didn’t enjoy watermarking my images, in fact I always struggled with where to place that logo and how to scale it appropriately. 

Hold on lets backup…what is the original or intended purpose for a watermark? Watermarks are basically used to protect/copyright infringement and also create an audience for your business. People see a great photo and instantly know who took it. Wonderful! Harmless right?

Well, for me I believe like all things in life theres a point that things like this go overboard. Yes I want to protect my photos and create a consistent audience. However, for me it's like at what point is this about social media engagement vs. my creativity/vision. I attended a WPPI in 2017 and I will never forget what the amazing Jonathan Canlas said it in the best/simplest way ever…”Watermarks are Eye Garbage!” 

Lol and he was so right! I was only doing this because some 'unsaid' industry rule said I should. These watermarks are not adding to the stunning images I am taking, and not allowing viewers to really get the full impact of what I am doing. Also, my photos speak as an introduction to who I am. I don’t want people to look at it and every time just ‘hear’ "Hi im Kyra i'm a photographer!" that's weird and annoying. As is scrolling through 100+ IG pictures all with the same watermark. I'm sure your logo is great; so stick it on your business cards, website, stickers, and paper products. Leave your art as the way you saw it at first glance. When you whole heartedly loved it. Your viewers and followers will so the same!

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