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Dear all Photography By K and In Focus Properties clients, friends and family…This fantastic journey wouldn’t have been possible without you! However, after sincere thought and consideration, I’ve decided to set my sights on new goals and am closing my photography business.

As many of you know, Jason and I moved to Florida last year. At that time, I made the cognizant decision to focus solely on real estate photography and run this northwest Ohio ship remotely from Florida. My heart is heavy as I sadly announce that the time has come to once again refocus my efforts here in my new home…and wherever that journey may lead, I want to make sure I’m giving it 100% of my attention, care and love.

From the bottom of my heart – Thank you! Without you, I would have never been able to realize the dream of owning my own business, watching it grow and evolve, and turning that dream into a full-time job. Even though this chapter is ending, I plan to continue writing my story by doing what I love. Life’s too short to do it any other way!

I’m so excited to share our interview with our second realtor of the week, Jody Zink! Awhile back, Kathy and I started a new segment on the Photography By K social media called “Realtor of the Week”, where we ask a realtor we work with frequently a few questions and share them with you on our blog and Facebook! While it’s been a bit slow-going, due to some changes in the business, which you can read about here, we here at Photography By K are getting into the new groove.

So with that out of the way, let’s focus on Jody! Below are her answers to our questions. We hope you enjoy our second edition of realtor of the week!

Q: How long have you been in the real estate business?

A: 13 years.

Q: What did you do prior to real estate?

A: I was a television news reporter for WTOL.

Q: Where is your primary market area (Sylvania, Maumee, Bedford, Perrysburg, etc.)?

A: I work in Sylvania, Maumee, Perrysburg, West Toledo, South Toledo, and Bedford.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: Getting clients happily to the finish line with my amazing staff!

Q: What is one tip for sellers when listing their home for sale?

A: MINIMIZE. Remember, less is more.

Now here are some of our fun questions we asked Jody!

Q: What is your all-time guilty pleasure movie?

A: Dirty Dancing

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: I love Spouse like a House at Handel’s (Open year-round by the way)!

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: I would say a pony.

Q: Are you a dog or cat person?

A: Cat — they’re lower maintenance.

Q: If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be (superhero, a character from your favorite movie/television show, Santa, etc.)?

A: Jack Bauer! (He’s the protagonist of Fox’s television series 24.)

Here are some other fun facts about Jody!

Jody grew up on a hog farm.

Jody often carries a Scooby Doo lunchbox.

Jody has a figurine of Steve Jobs on her desk.

Jody ran the New York City marathon with P-Diddy in 2003.
How cool are all of those things?! Thanks for sharing, Jody!!
We really hope you enjoyed learning more about Jody! Here’s her information, if you’d like to contact her about selling your house, or if you just want to learn more fun facts about her. She has many!
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Phone Number: 419-938-4184

Hi, and welcome back to Photography By K’s blog. As you can tell, it’s been fairly deserted yesterday. Lots of changes have been happening around the studio, or should I say not at the studio, since it’s only been Roxanne there on her own!  While I’m sure most people check Facebook for all Photography By K news, I wanted to write a short recap of everything that’s been going on at the studio before I continue with normal blogs.

Let’s start with the boss, Kathy. She’s moved to Jacksonville, Florida! Jason accepted a new position with Southeastern Grocers, and the rest is history! Kathy hired Roxanne as our real estate photographer. We aren’t doing portrait photography anymore. However, Roxanne is doing a great job at all the houses she’s been photographing!

Now, I’ve also moved. While I wish I could have moved to Florida with Kathy, I’ve started college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I can’t help Roxanne with taking the photographs anymore, I’m still working with Kathy, especially as she’s getting settled in at her new home. I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, as I’ve been getting settled in my new home and adjusted to college life.

So, now you’re all caught up! I hope your excited as I am as more posts start coming from the Photography By K blog!

 

Here at Photography By K, we do lots of real estate photography. Kathy and I thought it would be fun to start a little segment on our social media called “Realtor of the Week”, where we will ask a realtor we work with frequently a few questions and share them with you on our blog. This week, we are introducing Kevin Warren as our first realtor of the week! Read his answers to our questions below!

 

Q: How long have you been in the real estate business?

A: 10 years.

 

Q: What did you do prior to real estate?

A: I was a carpenter.

 

Q: Where is your primary market area?

A: We work by referral, so we serve all areas including Michigan.

 

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: One of my favorite parts of this job is helping people get what they want.

 

Q: What is one tip for sellers when listing their home for sale?

A: My main tip is don’t rush to market, get your home ready, and use a professional photographer! Image is everything. (Wow, thanks Kevin! I swear he said this out of his own free will!)

 

Not only did we send out real estate related questions, but we sent some fun questions as well. Below are Kevin’s responses for those!

Q: What is your all-time guilty pleasure movie?

A: I like to watch any adult movie, since I watch kids movies 24/7.

 

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: I love cookie dough!

 

Oh this next question is my favorite!

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

A: Hmm, that’s a weird question. I would say a donkey, I mean I get called jack ass a lot. (I know it’s a weird question; Kathy came up with it! What a weirdo, right?)

 

Q: Are you a cat or dog person?

A: I’m definitely a cat person, I was never allowed to have dogs growing up.

 

Q: If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be (superhero, character from your favorite movie/television show, Santa, etc.)?

A: I would really enjoy to have lunch with Kate Beckinsale. She’s a really good actor! 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about Kevin! Here’s his information, especially if you’d like to contact him about selling your house!IMG11524

Website: warrengrouphomes.com

Email: kwarren@danberry.com

Recently, The Warren Group created a new website! After lots of work on their end, a new website is available to us that has so many more features than it did before! Most notably, they have a property search function! It allows you to search for a property by address, ZIP code, or MLS number. However, if you don’t have that information or you’re shopping around to find a house, there are other options too. For example, you can choose from a variety of houses that fit your needs, like location, property type, maximum and minimum price, and maximum and minimum bedrooms and bathrooms. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Here are some screenshots of the cool new features! Feel free to check them out yourself as well here!

 

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Well, here’s my last blog about my journey around Eastern Europe! Budapest was an interesting city. It was definitely the most beautiful, but I felt the least welcomed there. Maybe it’s because I could easily pass as Polish and I could speak a little too, whereas Hungarian is an incredibly difficult language and it was obvious that I was a tourist.

We traveled from Krakow to Budapest by train. While it took a long time with many delays, I was amazed at the thought that I had traveled in four countries in one day! We started in Poland and went through Czech Republic and Slovakia before arriving in Hungary. The first photo on the upper left was somewhere in Slovakia. The geography was so beautiful there, I sat in the train staring out of the window for hours.

 

 

Many of the other photos I took were of the many beautiful castles and architecture in Budapest. I learned that Budapest actually used to be three cities: Buda, Óbud, and Pest, but today most people only separated them based on which side of the river you were on. For example, on the third photo down on the left, Buda is on the left, while Pest is on the right. Buda is a nicer part of town, in my opinion. There were beautiful old places of worship everywhere and I never got tired of looking at them. One day while we were there, we saw six weddings! We went to the highest point of the city where we could see both Buda and Pest; that’s where I took a few of these photos.

Finally, the real reason we were there was to study the Holocaust. You can see a photo of the Israeli flag inside a metal shoe. This was taken at a monument representing the Jewish lives lost in Hungary during World War II. This monument was placed where a group of Jewish people were shot into the river one night. It was strange to see somewhere so nice and peaceful, knowing that something horrible has happened there before. One thing that interested me about World War II and Hungary is that it is still very controversial today. You see, Hungary was on the Axis side for awhile (with Germany). They helped the Germans by invading Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. However, later during the war Hungary went behind Germany’s back and switched sides. This angered Germany, so they invaded Hungary and bombed many bridges, leaving the city in two pieces once again: Buda and Pest.

 

Hungary’s culture is very unique because they’ve been invaded so many times. Some Hungarians say that their culture is a mix of all the countries they’ve been invaded by. The Hungarian people and their culture were delightfully different from Poland’s. While if I visited Eastern Europe again, I would prefer to go back to Poland, Hungary was amazing and definitely a city worth visiting.

Krakow was probably the most powerful city we went to. We visited Auschwitz while there and it was a deeply emotional experience. As you could read in my blog about Warsaw (remember I’m doing a short blog about each city), we went to a Jewish cemetery. It was strange to think that more than five times more people died at Auschwitz than there were graves at the cemetery, but there were no headstones for those killed at Auschwitz. I thought the camp looked so beautiful from a distance and with the architecture that it seemed crazy that so many horrible things happened there. Judge for yourself. Here are some photos from the camp:

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Well, once again, on a brighter note, there were so many fun things to do in Krakow! It was a beautiful city, definite the most welcoming. There were amazing castles and scenery. One of my favorite photos is the first one on the top right. The city was very stormy and rainy while we were there and I loved how the cloud looks above the castle. One of my classmates also bought a skateboard and let me try it out, so I skateboarded through Krakow a few times! Plus, since there was an old castle, much of the city was made to look old. In fact, they had a specific place in the city called old town, where there were horse drawn carriages. I got to pet one. Doesn’t he look so cute in his little viking helmet?!

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Stay tuned for my blog about Budapest!!

Well, I’m back! I had an amazing experience of a lifetime in Poland that I can’t wait to share with all of you! I went to three main cities, Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest. I figured the best way to break this down was to describe each city and my experiences there. So, let’s get started!

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In Warsaw, we went to three main places: a holocaust museum, a Jewish cemetery, and the biggest public park (it actually used to be the king’s hunting grounds!). The Holocaust museum we went to was somewhat of a blur: we went to it the same day we got in and all of us were incredibly tired from the plane ride. However, I did take a few photos of the museum. My favorite was the one I took of the Star of David. Next, we went walked through the park on our way to the cemetery. It was really interesting to me that it’s so common in Europe for parks to have been the king’s hunting grounds in the past! Finally, at the Jewish cemetery, I felt very disappointed. Walking around the massive cemetery, I saw overgrowth and cracked tombstones as far as I could see. With the rest of my class, we discussed how it could be this way. Our teacher explained that there are many families that were entirely wiped out, so no one could come to take care of their ancestors that died before the Holocaust. Going to the cemetery felt very real and left me with many emotions about the Holocaust.

On a brighter note, in the top center photo, I am posting with the largest building in Warsaw! It was built by a Soviet architect in 1955 and dedicated to Stalin. However, after the Soviet Union fell, the dedication to him was revoked. The palace is controversial to Poles; some see it as an inevitable part of their history, while others see it as a remembrance of their time in the Soviet Union, and therefore do not like it. This controversy and its history are what intrigued me, along with the fact that it is the tallest building in Poland, seventh tallest in the European Union, and in the top twenty for tallest buildings in all of Europe.

Well, this blog was a bit longer than I intended. I will write a little about Krakow and Budapest in separate blogs that will come out in the next day or two!

Last week, I left a teaser at the end of the blog article I wrote about my senior prom. At the time that this blog posts, I’ll be on a plane! I’ll be in Europe for about the next two weeks. I’m exploring Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary with some friends. While I’m very excited and will have lots of fun on the trip, it won’t be a vacation! I’m going to Eastern Europe to study World War II and the Holocaust. Together, we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to information about the holocaust. I even spoke to a Holocaust survivor about his experiences throughout his five years in 4 different concentration camps in Germany at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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I’m so excited to be able to have the wonderful opportunity to travel and study overseas again! Maybe some of you remember that I did a three week internship with Kathy in January 2015 through a program at my school called Winterim. If not, I’ve linked to the website I made about it, but I will also explain it a bit more here.

“[Three times throughout the year], Maumee Valley suspends its regular course schedule for approximately three weeks so that Upper School students may engage in an intensive learning experience. Students study one topic in great depth throughout the entire [intensive] period. The intensive format encourages experiential education where students take advantage of community resources in focused classes, participate in educational trips, pursue their passions in independent studies, or study at sister schools in the Network of Complementary Schools.”

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There’s an excerpt from my blog in January about Maumee Valley’s unique intensive experience. So, this relates to my trip because I’m going with my school as an educational experience. Throughout my travels in Europe, I am going to keep a blog as a journal to keep my thoughts and experiences in. I plan to share some of these articles I write to the Photography By K Facebook Page so that you can check up on what I’m doing and seeing in these next two weeks! I hope you check it out! Do zobaczenia! That means see you later in Polish!

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Last Saturday was my senior prom. It was so exciting to spend a night with my friends dancing to music! Kathy agreed to take some photos of my friends at the park, but the weather wasn’t great, so we instead went to the studio. Here are some of the photos that Kathy took of my friends!

Here’s a photo of all the couples and our eleventh wheel, Thomas. The one that isn’t wearing a tuxedo is Sam. He wanted all of us to dress up as different superheroes, but everyone backed out, except him. Oh well, Sam.

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Oh, and speaking of Sam, Kathy and I thought it would be funny to give him a superpower in Photoshop since he was Batman. What do you think?

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Here’s a photo of Jacob and Thomas. They didn’t go as a date, but we joke that they’re a couple.

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Here are photos of all the girls and guys (silly and smiling). Chris wore crazy striped socks, so the guys were making fun of him for that:

 

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And finally, here’s the whole gang, including our bachelor, Thomas, as the star of the photo.

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Prom was amazing and so much fun. I’m really glad Kathy could get these cool shots of us for our final prom altogether as friends! I hope you enjoyed my atypical blog post today. I promise I will get back on track soon with a new segment, but I have a surprise for you all next week. Come check it out next Friday! 😉

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