SLC Engagements | Aliana & Brandon

These two remind me what love looks like.  It was a blast walking around this forest looking trail for a while just snapping all the photos my camera would allow so I could document the love they have for each other.  I am so excited, and can hardly wait to photograph their wedding in August!
Just take a look at how cute they are!

SLC Wedding Photographer ©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer
©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer ©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer
©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer ©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer
©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer ©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

SLC Wedding Photographer
©KaLee Kilgrow Photography 2014

 

Keep an eye out for Alianas beautiful Bridal session!   You wont want to miss that one!

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Solo Gallery Show at Luxe 218!

I couldn’t be more excited about my very first solo gallery show at Luxe 218 in Indianapolis Indiana.  It ran from February 2014 to the end of March and I was completely shocked to hear about the amount of people who looked at my work!
Here is a tally from the March opening:

Counter started 2 HOURS after the doors opened!!

Counter started 2 HOURS after the doors opened!!

 

This has been such a great experience for me in my photography career.  The year started off a little rocky, to say the least, with the loss of my grandma late in 2013 and a lot of new changes happening early 2014, I wasn’t so focused on my photography work.  After seeing the photos from my first gallery (In an entirely different state, none the less) I am so inspired to keep running hard toward my goals and working harder than ever to be as successful as I dream to be.
I know I talk about myself and my goals a lot, but this one is a little different.  I read a blog about writing to yourself from the future about who you are then.  Listing a few things that make you a better person than you are today.  By doing that you can give yourself a role model that you can actually strive to be like, rather than looking up to a completely different person.
I wanted to post a few things that I am hoping I can say to myself 10 years from now:

- You make it. You make it past the point you are now.  It’s hard to believe in the moment, but you make it.
- You give more.  In your art, you give back to what you believe in.
- You express yourself exactly how you want to, there is no holding back.

These are things that I want to work toward and be more like the future me.  The future me is someone I can aspire to be exactly like!
I don’t take photographs to become successful, though that is something I aspire to become, but it’s not first and foremost importantce wise in my creative journey.  I want to inspire others, and I want to share my life with the entire world.  I have some really big things coming in the next few months and I am so excited to share them with you.  But for now I will leave you will a few photos from my very first solo gallery show!

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“I look up to my future self instead of someone else who I can never become, because after all, the best person you can ever hope to be is the best version of yourself.”
                                            ~Brooke Shaden

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6 things I wish I would have known when I started photography

I was thinking the other day, I have learned so much from the first time I picked up my camera to now.  I have made so many mistakes and I’m sure I will continue to make mistakes and I will continue to learn from them and become a better photographer from them.  Here is a list of things that I wish someone had told me from the beginning.
I wanted to compile a list of my thoughts and “failures”, for lack of a better word, but I wanted to keep it more general.  For all creatives alike!  So I am talking about photography in my life, but these can absolutely be applied for anything creative that you enjoy.
A wise man (my dad) once told me that in anything creative, there will always be people who live their lives solely to make you feel bad about what you’re doing, because they can’t do it themselves.   There will always be someone you look up to and hope to be like in a few years, likewise, there will always be someone who thinks the same about you.  So keep growing and challenging yourself and it will happen!  We are all creative- It’s just takes some time to remember how to use it.

"To Feel Something" ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014 Model: Miss Amber La Roux

“To Feel Something” ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014
Model: Miss Amber La Roux

6 things I wish I would have been told when I began photography:

1. Be yourself. 
There is a fine line between being inspired by a persons art and duplicating someones art.  It’s easy to do, and it’s done so much!  I do understand that there are no new ideas.  It’s like that with any creative world.  Music is all borrowed–>revised–>released, art is the same way.  Just remember to know your story and you will put your fingerprint on all you create!

2. Listen to others, but don’t let them rule you. 
The public can be such a great encouragement when you post your work online.  We have all seen it before: you spend hours working on a piece then you post it online. Almost immediately you have so many likes and comments on how beautiful and magical what you created is, but then that one person has something to say that may not be as positive and it ruins your whole outlook on life in that very moment.  Don’t let this happen by loving everything you put out into the world before anybody has a chance to do anything but love it as well.

3. Don’t spend too much time looking at other peoples work.  Let yourself be inspired.
This goes along with number 1.  Being yourself sounds a whole lot easier than it actually is.  I think we have all had our moments of loving someones work so much that it gets to that point where you want to be them and create the same work they are creating.  I know we all have that person that we look up to and learn from.  For me, and so many other people around the world, this person is Brooke Shaden.  I watch all of her videos, I schedule time out on my calender when she is on CreativeLive or doing other interviews, I have seen every one of her photos on flickr- many times, I have her books and follow her workshops (I wish I could afford to actually go to one!!).  Around the beginning of my fine art journey I actually wanted to create the same work as her.  I would study her photographs and I would look at every detail until I had it memorized!  I don’t think this was healthy for me, personally.  I love her work and I will continue following her for the rest of her career!!  Though I came to a point when I realized she is a human.  Just like me.  She was “just starting out” once!  She was once not as amazing as she is now.  It took practice for her to become the person she is today and it inspires me, down to my core, to know that I can become “as good” as her one day.  But I don’t want to be her.  I want to be me.

4. Just because you’re one type of artist, doesn’t mean you can’t be another.
So many times in my creative life, I have wanted to venture off into some other creative industry, but I thought it wasn’t allowed because “I’m a photographer” and I can’t do anything but take photographs and that is all.  This scared me because personally I am a very creative person. I love to write!  I am absolutely no good at it! But I do it for me and no one else so it makes me happy!  I am here to tell you that it is allowed! You can be as creative as you would like and if that means you take pictures, play music, write books, and paint then so be it!  Show the world your creative heart, it will make you happy, and that will make others happy.

5. Learn as much as you can!
When I picked up my first camera I actually thought I knew it all.  I was the photographer who wanted to do everything myself and I wouldn’t take anybody’s advice because I thought I had all the answers.  Turns out, I didn’t.  I think this subject is so important!  As an artist, it feels natural to be extra sensitive when people give you advice or critique your work, but remember that they have been where you are and chances are, they only want to help you and see you succeed.

6. Make everyday an adventure- be inspired by the world around you!
This one is a big one for me, personally!  I have a hard time finding inspiration while looking at the same scene I look at every day on my commute around the city, but lately I have tried to look at the world differently!  I’ll give you an example!  Spring is coming a little early this year!  I am very afraid of bees and other flying bugs and I saw my first bee the other day while getting into my car.  I did what I normally do when I see a flying creature- Ducked and ran into my car, slammed the door and locked it to be sure it can’t get me!  Then after I did that I watched it for a minute.  It was flying around my window and a thought came over me that this bug is one of the first of its kind out in the warm clean air.  It has no intention of hurting me, it’s only doing what it was created to do.  I found something so beautiful and poetic about this bee, it helped me to see the world in a different way that I would normally.  I am making it a personal goal to search these moments out because those are the things that inspire me to create.  Try it for yourself- it’s truly a warm feeling when you see the thing you’ve seen your entire life in a whole new light.

I have many thoughts that I would like to share, so I decided to split this blog into two different posts.  Part two will be coming soon with some exciting news about what is happening with my work!

If you have anything that you wish you would have known before you began your creative journey, I would love to read about them!  Leave your comments below and follow me by clicking the links below.
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A New Direction: Week 3

For this weeks image, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and push myself a little farther than I’ve ever gone before.  I got together with one of my good friends and went to the local cemetery, from there we went with how we felt.  We just let the our creativity lead.  I had a few specific details I wanted, things like I wanted her in a long cloak, and I wanted darker makeup and red hair, other than that we just ran with it!  She did so great as I asked her to run to me wearing 4 inch heels through show down a hill.  Or when I asked her to spin in a circle while running toward me without tripping on the cloak.
Here is my favorite image so far from the set:

"A New Direction" ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014 Model: Miss Amber La Roux

“A New Direction” ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014
Model: Miss Amber La Roux

And a before and after:

Before and After

Before and After

I spend a while on this image making it into what I had envisioned on location.  I liked the blue lining in her cloak, but I wanted a pop of red because her character reminded me of little red riding hood making her way through the woods to visit her grandmother, but in this story she got scared in the woods and ventured off on a small road headed in a different direction.  She is lost on her own and trying to find her way back to the woods that she is so familiar with.  It is a classic story that has been done and re-done many times, but I have always had a strong love for nursery rhymes and their dark meaning! I look forward to recreating some of my favorite classic nursery rhymes!
The rest of this series will be released throughout the next week on my facebook and instagram accounts!

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Week 2, A Learning Experience

Have you ever had an image in your mind of how something was supposed to work out and it ended up turning out terribly different?  This weeks photo is exactly that.  I’m not saying this weeks image is terrible.  I actually like it.  Though, it’s nothing like how it was supposed to turn out. I had this vision appear to me months ago about this concept and I wanted to portray it perfectly, and this is not it.  Actually without a description, I couldn’t imagine anybody could decipher the story it holds.   I have had this idea in my notebook for months and I have made so many plans to find the perfect doll, the perfect model, the perfect dress, the perfect location, etc, that I got too close to it.  I planned too much and let my camera/vision get in the way of my passion for art.

This weeks work is not my best or my favorite, but I don’t consider it a failure, because I learned from it.  I felt something while creating it.  In addition, I got to meet a new friend, Lines, who did amazing while I experimented with throwing baby powder at her while taking the photos, and as we climbed through icy snow to different areas of the location.

"Come Set Us Free" ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014 Model: Lines

“Come Set Us Free” ©KaLee Kilgrow 2014
Model: Lines

All in all I am happy with the results of this image, I am looking forward to what the 52 week project brings, 2014 has already been a roller coaster of emotions.

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“Come Wake Our Souls” Week One

I set many goals for the new year, some of them can be seen here.

One of my goals for the new year was to start a 52 week project (and finish it, of course).  It took me a little bit longer to get started on this one but I have my first photo of my new 52 week project!  This photo is titled “Come Wake Our Souls” and it is a story of a girl who is alive and well on the outside, but inside she is dying.  She is looking into the mirror and all she see’s is the death that is becoming her.

Be sure to check my facebook page to see outtakes and behind the scenes from this shoot!

"Come Wake Our Souls" ©Kalee Kilgrow 2014

“Come Wake Our Souls” ©Kalee Kilgrow 2014

I can’t thank my beautiful model Emily Lefler, and my amazing assistant (and photog bestie) Laura, enough for all of their help on this shoot!
I look forward to all of the amazing memories and images that will be created in 2014!

My Favorite Image of 2013

"Fly on the Wall" ©KaLee Kilgrow 2013 - All Rights Reserved

“Fly on the Wall” ©KaLee Kilgrow 2013 – All Rights Reserved

I recently posted about my favorite image of 2013.  The image is titled ‘Fly on the Wall”.  It’s a self portrait and It’s my favorite image from 2013.  Not because it’s amazing or spectacular or anything.  It’s actually not that great from a technical stand point, but it is my favorite, because it made me feel something.  I don’t normally take self portraits because it forces me to look at myself.  Not just my physical appearance, because I do that in a mirror everyday, but it is almost as if I can see into my own soul when I take self portraits.  There is something about being the only person involved in the entire creative process.  I love working with other people as models, and a team of hair and makeup.  In the moment I was forced to figure everything out on my own, it was the funnest I have ever had taking photos.  It was just me and my camera alone in my living room.

I didn’t wake up feeling so inspired to take a self portrait in my living room or anything.  It was just a thought that randomly popped into my head mid day and I wanted to roll with it.  I didn’t know if the photo was going to work out or if I was jumping around my living room in a night gown for no reason.  While shooting, I discovered I have the worst timing and I couldn’t figure out when my 10 second timer was going to fire.  So I decided to pull out my trusty remote.  After setting it up for the remote I got in position and tried to click the camera and nothing happened.  I quickly realized my remote was out of batteries… Then I remembered I downloaded the Canon EOS remote app on my iphone and it all fell into place then!  The whole process took about 20 minutes and I felt so alive in my art during all of the technical difficulties and troubleshooting that I fell in love with the image that was created.

I haven’t taken many self portraits but I will be taking many more from this moment on.

 

"Reality" It's not always what it seems.  © KaLee Kilgrow 2013 - All Rights Reserved A Self Portrait

“Reality” It’s not always what it seems.
© KaLee Kilgrow 2013 – All Rights Reserved
A Self Portrait

"To Be Alone" ©KaLee Kilgrow (4 of 52)

“To Be Alone” ©KaLee Kilgrow
(4 of 52)

"Dream Life" ©KaLee Kilgrow 2012

“Dream Life” ©KaLee Kilgrow 2012

 

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