California Winter

Recently I had the chance to shoot a feature for Mini Style blog with knit fashions from Bel & Beau, Cabbages & Kings, Hansel from Basel, Mamy Factory, Oeuf NYC, Tane organics and Toto Knits. Sound like maybe I've done this once or twice? Thing is, not only had I never heard of a single one of these brands, I was new to Mini Style too. And me + kids fashion = barely acquaintances. So in the end, that's what ended up making it so special.

The opportunity came from an Instagram friend who likes my work and extended an invitation. We trampled with these cuties around the local botanic gardens and Jamie and I were able to meet in person; smooth and comfortable, I felt like I'd known her for years. It's just another thing I love about the Instagram community.

Interested in having me shoot for you? You can always contact me HERE

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Year in review

One year ago this week I joined Instagram. Urged and encouraged by my sister, I began fiddling with my iPhone and retraining my eye to recognize light, color and composition and have fun with photography again.

Through IG I found a community of exceptional photographers, many of whom I've grown to consider friends and whose work infuses my days with an energy, passion and desire to be my very best behind the lens. Not just behind the lens, but in everything.

Fourteen years ago I'd gone to grad school for photojournalism. But somewhere along the line I got cold feet and felt I lacked the confidence and talent to pursue it outside the classroom. I stopped taking pictures all together, didn't touch a camera for years and instead became lost in the world of young parenthood, family and my nine-to-five.

But in the first days of 2013, Corey said I should start taking pictures again. And something somehow, inexplicably clicked. The bug came back In full, abundant effect. Without question, my camera phone became the portal to boundless personal happiness and fulfillment this year.

2013 was defined by a resurgence in my love for taking pictures.

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{Besides lower left, collage is all iPhone. If you haven't found me yet on Instagram,
I'd love it if you would. Please follow along @kksweda}