K&M PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog en-us (C) K&M PHOTOGRAPHY 2018 kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:26:00 GMT Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:26:00 GMT https://www.kmphotographynj.com/img/s/v-5/u602098368-o996961907-50.jpg K&M PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog 81 120 A Trip through the Midwest https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/10/a-trip-through-the-midwest Growing up and living only in NJ allowed me to experience a lot of what this great state has to offer.  I love the change of seasons; the colors of the autumn leaves in Essex County, the smell of the winter air, the renewal of local flowers, and the summer breeze off the shore.  I have been spoiled by New York City, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world.  Naturally, this would be the city that I would judge all others by, but I know every city has so much to discover.  Last year, I was luckily enough to see what parts of the beautiful state of Utah looks like in the winter.  Still, I want to continue traveling and see more of this country, and hopefully more of this world.  This summer, we decided to take a road trip... to Minnesota.  

After leaving our state's western border, we found ourselves driving through rolling hills and endless farmland.  And I mean endless... Our first stop was in Columbus, Ohio but that wasn't for more than one night.  The next day we set out early to reach St. Louis, Missouri.  Before we left, we did some research.  We found out about a collection of shrines, just outside the city center, in Jefferson County called the Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos.  It is a peaceful place with statues and examples of great dedication to various saints of the Christian faith.  Each grotto is filled with such intricate detail, from shells to glass windows to personal momentos left behind by visitors.

We couldn't leave St. Louis without making our way over to the Gateway Arch.   We only had two nights in Missouri before continuing nine hours up to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  Our trip was planned around an annual Summer Meeting for a company we also work for, and this year, I was being nationally recognized.  I won Best of Category for one of the four submissions I entered for the Chairman's Award in 2013.  Any achievement at this level of competition is of the highest honor, and chosen among hundreds of images.  It was truly an experience I will not soon forget.

Below is the image that won it for me, my "Olivia."  Not only is she featured in this image but she is also one of my two amazing cats.

After a work week spent in Minneapolis, we continued on through the midwest to Chicago.  We had been to the city once before, but never had a chance to see all the sights or much of anything.  We made sure this time around, we would not make the same mistake.  So yeah, this meant we would do all those things tourists would do.  And it felt great! One night, we went out exploring to get a better look from one of the bridges above the Chicago River.  Luckily, Matt ran into a guy working for the Wendella Tours and we were able to book a trip on the last boat to set out that night.  We took the water taxi earlier in the day and knew that the tour would take us further than the taxi had offered.  We travelled down the river and into the Chicago lock.  The view was incredible.

After almost two weeks away from home, and our beloved pets, our sort of vacation came to an end.  It was finally time to settle back into suburban Northeastern Jersey, away from the repetitive green pastures, countless cows and single lane highways.  And of course, time to get back to work.  

- Kristin

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 St. Louis boat chicago grotto illinois midwest missouri summer water taxi https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/10/a-trip-through-the-midwest Fri, 11 Oct 2013 01:32:13 GMT
Baby's Christening https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/6/baby-s-christening My favorite part of being a photographer is having the invite to celebrate the special moments that mean so much to us all.  Not just to observe, but more importantly to capture all of the little instants that made the event so memorable.  This past Saturday was the big day.  We were asked to photograph the baptism of our friend's beautiful baby boy.  The ceremony took place in a gorgeous Greek orthodox church in Roseland.  Personally, it was a new experience to witness a baptism in this way.  Of course, this made getting all the details so interesting to find, and easy to get caught up in.

After the little guy is presented to the church, he had to prepare for the next step... ...which was a little overwhelming for him.  But, with his loving parents and Godparents at his side, he was certainly in good hands. After being immersed in the baptismal, he sported this amazingly adorable hat (even though it did not stay on for very long...)

Thank you all for letting us be part of Little Man's special day.

 

- Kristin

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 NJ New Jersey baby baptism boy ceremony christening christian greek orthodox religion https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/6/baby-s-christening Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:20:06 GMT
Sunshine and Dinosaurs https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/6/sunshine-and-dinosaurs One of the most refreshing things to witness is the love of a family.  You will see what I mean in just a moment.  In the early afternoon of day three of the first heat wave this year, we had planned to photograph the Sanchez family.  And what troopers they all were!  They had picked a perfect little park that they live near.  Everyone braved the strong heat as we tried to remain under the shade of the trees around us.  

And yes, those are dinosaurs.  The kind of dinosaurs that are more like green, inflatable family members.

Take a look at this little fella... With that kind of love, I'd be smiling too.

This pretty little lady is the latest addition to the beautiful Sanchez family. 

Look at those eyes!

After a few hours in the hot sun, we all felt a little like this guy.  All those smiles required a lot of work for someone his size.  Clearly, this is the sign of a job well done.

 

- Kristin and Matt

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 NJ New Jersey baby family love park portrait summer toddler https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/6/sunshine-and-dinosaurs Mon, 03 Jun 2013 01:49:56 GMT
L&M's Engagement Session https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/l-ms-engagement-session I love these guys you're about to meet.  These two are some of my favorite people.  Ever.  My beautiful, vivacious cousin Linda and her warm, comical fiancee Mike are an amazing couple.  I was so thrilled when Linda asked me if I would want to take their engagement photos.  Of course I said yes!  We headed on over to Verona Park on Sunday, a gorgeous park in Essex County complete with flowering trees, a playground, gardens, and an ornate stone bridge over a large lake in the center.  As you can see, they certainly made my job easy.

Can't wait until next October :).

- Kristin

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 april couple engagement flowers park portraits ring https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/l-ms-engagement-session Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:23:13 GMT
Waiting for Aurora https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/waiting-for-aurora Reports on the news and all over the internet claimed that an aurora borealis would be visible from New Jersey last night.  Sounds unbelievable, right?  Even with the slightest chance of capturing this amazing event, we made our way to Jenny Jump State Forest.  This 4,200 acre forest is about an hour west of where we live, providing enough distance from one of the greatest sources of light pollution, New York City.  We arrived around 7pm to scout out an area that had a large clearing.  Since we had never been there before, we did get a little lost and settled on an open spot near the park office.  Initially, we were joined by two families to catch the sunset.  Once the sun fell below the horizon, we were left alone to wait until the sky was its darkest.

Around 9pm, we decided to seek out a new location.  At this angle, we were facing the direction of the sunset, which created that orange glow at the horizon.  We wanted to find a spot to have the darkest sky possible.  The next place we headed was the observatory within the park.  Truthfully, we wanted to get there from the get go and couldn't find it... but it was worth another try.  Luckily, within a matter of minutes, we found it.  Signs posted alongside the slender road told us to only keep our parking lights on.  The car's lights were illuminated by the small red reflectors found on both sides of the road.  Once at the top, we had several guys direct us to a designated parking spot, since the area was already filled with other observers.  

Once at the observatory, we could see red lights stationed at the base of the facilities that housed equipment used by the United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey.  These lights created a red hue all around this area that was not entirely visible to the naked eye.  The lights from the town below was also reflected by the wall of clouds above us. Of course, as soon as we arrived, the clouds came too.  And we waited... and waited... According to the radar from weather.com, there was no indication that the cloud cover would let up.  At least not until maybe 2/3am.  We did stay until there was maybe one or two other cars left in the parking lot.  As you can see, the most activity we saw in the sky was the occasional airplane.  

Well, as it turns out, some things are too good to be true.  

 

-Kristin

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 April Jenny Jump Jenny Jump State Forest night observatory sky stars https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/waiting-for-aurora Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:37:19 GMT
Tartan Day Parade https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/tartan-day-parade Neither of us happen to be Scottish, but it doesn't mean we couldn't enjoy the Tartan Day Parade that New York City has to offer.  Between 45th and 55th Streets, bagpipers, dancers and proud Scots made their way down 6th Ave to celebrate their heritage.  Onlookers waved their complimentary flags eagerly as we all watched the parade march on.

Things took a turn for the strange when I saw this...  

No Scottish parade would be complete without a few knockoff Disney characters...

 

But then these guys made their way down the avenue.  

Gotta love the Vikings.

-Kristin and Matt

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2013 NYC New York City Scottish Tartan Tartan Day Vikings bagpipe parade https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/4/tartan-day-parade Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:28:59 GMT
Fourtieth Anniversary Celebration https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/1/40th-anniversary-celebration This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of photographing the surprise 40th anniversary party for our close friend's parents.  Everyone gathered at Bella Italia, a charming local italian restaurant full of their family and friends, spanning several generations.  When the moment arrived for Mr. and Mrs. Mannes to enter the room, you could see how shocked and grateful they were to see all of their relatives and friends awaiting their entrance.  The afternoon was filled with many laughs, tears, and heartfelt joy that is so refreshing to witness.  Thank you Rich and Karla for letting us take part in your family's special celebration.

-Kristin and Matt

 

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How awesome is this family?

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Arches, Bison, and Brigham Young https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/1/Arches-Bison-and-Brigham-Young As December began to slow down, Matt and I were able to spend the remainder of the month and the start of the new year in beautiful Utah.  A special thanks goes out to our dear friend, Sar, who made this experience possible.  The first half of our trip took place in Salt Lake City, checking out Temple Square, the local slopes, and scenic Antelope Island.  From the modern Mormon buildings to the surrounding towering mountains, Salt Lake proved to be an exciting city with deeply rooted religious values and an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and shops.

 

 

Afterwards, we drove four hours south to Moab, home of Arches National Park.  Living in New Jersey, we would never be able to see the night sky the same way this small town showed us.  While the park is only a mile from downtown Moab, the next closest town is about twenty miles away, creating very minimal light pollution after sunset.  The park itself is open 24 hours, which was perfect to check out the stars on our own.  Luckily, no one else wanted to spend their nights in 4 degree weather.

 

 

Aside from the endless star filled nights, Arches is gorgeous during the day.  Locals mentioned that this has been an unusually cold winter so far, and the snowfall was a bit of a surprise.  We did not initially know what to expect with desert weather, but certainly were fortunate to have clear blue skies and no wind.

 

 

Just about forty-five minutes outside of Moab, we found ourselves in Canyonlands, another one of the many national and state operated parks in Utah.  This and Dead Horse Point State Park are vast tracts of land, full of deep valleys and massive canyons that you would never find on the east coast.  With the kind of fear of heights that I have, my camera experienced the highest level of shaking to date.  Thank goodness for deep breaths and a fast shutter...

 

 

...and it was totally worth it.

-Kristin

 

 

 

 

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) LDS arches canyonlands dead horse point moab mormon national park new year new year's eve salt lake city utah winter https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2013/1/Arches-Bison-and-Brigham-Young Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:08:26 GMT
Procession of Ghouls https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/10/procession-of-ghouls The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has been home to an annual Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls.  As one of the largest cathedrals in the world, it is the perfect venue to host the costumed celebration of this macabre holiday.  The evening begins with a showing of a classic silent film, this year being Nosferatu.  An organ player fills the church with eerie melodies as the film is shown to an audience of adults and children.  After the screening, Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company’s elaborate ghosts and puppets make their way down the center aisle.  A demonic creature leads the way from a smoke filled altar, followed by ghouls and outlandish monsters that interact with those who dared to sit closest to the procession.  If you are in the New York City area, it is definitely an experience you should have - just make sure to get your tickets early!

-Kristin 

 

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2012 Halloween October cathedral ghosts ghouls nosferatu procession puppets st. John the divine theater https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/10/procession-of-ghouls Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:17:21 GMT
Zombie Walk 2012 https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/10/zombie-walk-2012 For the past five years, Asbury Park has been the home to an annual gathering of the undead.  In 2010, New Jersey's Zombie Walk had set a record for having the highest participation of people in costume in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. This year, we decided to document the event.  Children, adults, and pets dressed the part with full makeup, which they had the option of having professionals do on site.  The boardwalk was full of individuals in character, which of course included groans and calls for braaaains.  The Walk started with announcements from the event's creator, Jason Meehan, and a rehearsed dance routine to the tune of Thriller.  Starting at the Convention Center, the herds of the infected made their way towards the Downtown area of Asbury Park.  What a great way to start October.

-Kristin and Matt

 

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2012 asbury park boardwalk convention hall new jersey october walk zombie https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/10/zombie-walk-2012 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 17:11:23 GMT
B&M Wedding https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/9/b-m-wedding Earlier this month, we spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Craigmeur Recreational Complex in Newfoundland, NJ photographing the wedding of Belinda and Matt.  From the first time we met the bride and groom-to-be, we knew their do-it-yourself attitude would be such a fun aspect of the ceremony and reception.  Their ingenuity, with the help of their family and friends, created a beautiful arrangement of personal touches, including Belinda's handmade flower centerpieces and their Mac laptop "DJ."  Together, they are a vibrant, delightful couple, full of sincere warmth apparent in every moment of the day.

-Kristin and Matt

 

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M&M Wedding https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/9/mm-wedding Last weekend, we had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of a wonderful couple, our friends, Marisa and Matt.  The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm, perfect for a summer gathering.  They chose to have an intimate celebration of family and close friends on the grounds of Bello Giorno, a charming venue in western New Jersey.  From the first mention of The Princess Bride to the stones on their guests' seats, the day was filled with personal sentiments that genuinely represented the bride and groom.  

Marisa and Matt, we wish you the best of luck in your lovely new home, for the rest of your lives.

-Kristin and Matt

 

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) 2012 bride ceremony groom summer wedding https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/9/mm-wedding Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:39:26 GMT
Capitol Trip https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/7/capitol-trip This past week, we were given the opportunity to travel to St. Paul, Minnesota.  Our time was filled with many meetings, early mornings, lots of photography enrichment, and more walking than either of us are used to back at home.  One of the highlights of this trip was working with students and models at our own pace.  Despite the nearly record breaking heat wave, it was certainly worth it.

-Matt and Kristin

 

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Day Trader and The Early November https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/7/day-trader-and-the-early-november I have always had a love for music.  I feel that as I get older, I allow less and less time to dedicate to the bands that have been a part of my upbringing.  Not only the ones that I hold dear, but the new ones that I have just discovered.  Or even the ones that I should know by now, yet I still can't seem to remember who they are or what that song I enjoy so much is... I must say, last night I took a step in the right direction with a close friend of mine.  And it was glorious.  Thank you for coming home, TEN.  

-Kristin

Day Trader, Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ

Day Trader

The Early November, Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ

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kmphotographyllc@gmail.com (K&M PHOTOGRAPHY) Day Trader NJ New Jersey TEN The Early November concert hoboken music https://www.kmphotographynj.com/blog/2012/7/day-trader-and-the-early-november Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:50:22 GMT