Google+
Archives for About Me

20142014…and I finally, FINALLY created the new website!  I was supposed to get that done in 2013, but better late than never, right?!?  I’m excited about the new, clean, look and feel to the site.  I’m just as excited to hear what you think about it, too, so let me know!

This weekend we were busy, busy with our holiday mini sessions. Our clients were festive not only with their spirit but their outfits too!It was a fun memorable weekend!

Come visit us this Thursday for Downtown Sylvania’s Downtown Delights Chili-N in Sylvania. Benefits Sylvania Family Services and the Sylvania Historical Village. Come and vote for our “Chorizo Chili Jack Attack” ! Other merchants downtown will be having chili tasting as well . Who will have the best? It will be a yummy good time! Stores will be open until 8 so come get your holiday shopping started!

Welcome Alex ! This cute little pumpkin was born October 3, weighing in at exactly 5 lbs! I had the honor of capturing his first pictures. The proud grandma is my assistant Mary. Congrats to the proud grandparents and parents, Aimee and Kyle!

WWW.  No, it’s not an unfinished website address.  It’s what I am now.  I’m finally, officially a Weight Watcher Woman.  (pause for applause) [crickets] Buehler? [crickets] Ugh.

I weigh more now that I ever have in my entire life.  Here’s the thing.  I’ve never been “skinny”.  Oh sure, in high school and college I was slim—-mer than I am now.  I was a fairly healthy weight.  I could also eat whatever I wanted.  Oreos?  Check!  Pizza?  Check Check!  Oreos for dessert after Pizza?  I wonder how the weight came on?!?!

I got married young.  Jason was 22 and I was 21.  I still had a year of college to finish.  We were poor.  We ate really, really, bad for you things.  I packed on some lbs.

I joined a gym.

I quit the gym.

I started working a very high-stress job right out of college.  I travelled a lot.  I ate out…A LOT.

I bought work-out videos.

I dusted those puppies religiously once a week!

I quit the high-stress job and swapped it for a local one with a small company.  I decided that this would give me ample opportunity to start my own photography business.  We stopped cooking because we didn’t have the time.  I gained. More. Weight.

In 2012 I quit working for other people and put my efforts full-time into this photography gig.  I love it, and wouldn’t trade the decision for the world.  Except now?  I’m working at home.  Where the fridge is.  I also won’t bore you all to tears with my serious bout of depression that I overcame last year.  A story for a different day.  I found help in ice cream.  And?  Gained 20 lbs more!  20 lbs in one year?  Yikes!

I had to go to the doctor recently for my normal well-visit.  She looked at me.  Looked at my chart.  And promptly ordered a full cholesterol work-up and prescribed me…to lose 10% of my body weight before seeing her again in 3 months.  Double yikes!

Now some of you are getting amped to tell me things like “Dude, the answer is P90X!” or “It’s all about the HCG!” or “Try these magic beans!”, but, I know the answer for me.  Eat less.  I have a fairly active career.  I don’t spend all day sitting.  I have a little dog who loves walks.  Sure, I could always exercise more, but quite frankly, I hate the idea of “working out”.  Plus, and I really mean it when I say this, I simply just eat too much.  THAT is my problem.  I’ve always known it, but just didn’t care.  So now, I’m finally going to do something about it.

If you know me personally, do me a favor and ask me how the WWW is going when I see you next.  I’m using you.  You are all becoming my extended accountability group. 🙂

P.S. – 10 lbs down already.  Just by eating less.  I swear!

So, okay.  I’ve failed at my end-of-the-year resolution for the new year.  And? I’ve failed the readership out in the blogosphere.  I’d LIKE to blog more frequently, and with that in mind, I just had to share some news that I found interesting:

Dear Sports Illustrated, Ethnic People Aren’t Props for Your Swimsuit Issue

Intriguing title, no?  Well, I clicked.  I read.  I followed the link to the original article.  I read some more.  As a photographer (and obviously a woman), I too feel the need to chastise SI a bit.  Ugh.

If you don’t agree with me…that’s okay…at least you got some eye candy! 😉

Yep, I’ve made the transition.  My “small event” packages now include boutique wedding events.  What’s a “boutique” wedding?  Weddings with less than 100 guests, where the wedding and reception are held in the same location. 🙂

Here’s an example from the Farrell-Basilone Wedding at Mon Ami Winery on Catawba Island.  MJ and Rick were wed on Saturday, January 19th, 2013.  What a great, fun, family to meet!  I had such a great time partying with this crowd…here’s just a quick sneak peek of their nuptials:

So, you’ve read yesterday’s post and come back for more?!  Yea!  Today is all about AFTER that hard decision to hire a professional to take photos of your home.  Now what?  There’s lots to do, so let’s jump right in!

1. Staging

Everyone who is selling a home should have their home professionally staged for the photography.  Not to mention the fact that the staging – in my opinion – is absolutely necessary for all showings, too.  Oh, did I just mention it?  Yep.  Staging, staging, staging.  I have a great stager to recommend, too: Michele Thrasher from Staging By Mon Brio.  Just take a gander at the photos above one more time.  They portray a picture-perfect home.  One that we all THINK our homes actually look like.  I say THINK because, well, look around you right now.  If you’re anything like me at all, you have a pile of mail over here…some laundry waiting to be put away over there…that extra bookshelf in the corner that doesn’t quite fit (or match) but you really need to put your stuff on it…etc. etc.  Michele will explain to you that staging a home for sale is VERY DIFFERENT than our everyday life.  She has great tips on both design/function AND keeping you and your loved ones and your loved belongings safe during the time when your home will be on the market.  Plus?  I absolutely LOVE photographing a home after Michele has been there… 🙂  Call her.  You won’t be disappointed!
www.StagingByMonBrio.com  |  monbrio@yahoo.com  |  419.350.5654

2. Scheduling

We’ll want to schedule your photography to occur before your home is actually listed in the MLS with your REALTOR.   This should occur sometime between when you’ve signed your listing contract and when the agent actually places the your home for sale on the internet.  When I call to schedule a photography session with you, I’ll typically request access to your home for approximately two hours (longer or shorter depending on your home’s size).  I typically plan to either meet you, a spouse, another family member, or sometimes your real estate agent at your home for this appointment.

3. Tidying

Is that a word?  Sure!  The last thing to do right before your photography session is to tidy up your personal belongings.  Yes, Michele will explain all of this in your staging appointment, but here are just a few things that often get left behind the morning of the shoot:

  • Personal care items – place them out of sight.  Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, razors, lotions, soaps, etc., etc. should all be put under the sink or into the medicine cabinet.
  • Family photos – remove and replace with generic art.
  • Pet items – hide away.  This includes food/water dishes, toys and crates. 
…and that just about covers it!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about getting ready for a real estate photography session!

Okay, okay, so this post isn’t for everyone who reads my blog.  But if you have ever, or are planning to ever sell your home…or if you are a REALTOR, then you’ll want to read it; this one’s for you!

Real estate photography.  Many of you are probably thinking, “but I hired a real estate agent, won’t he/she just take the photos?”  My answer?  Probably.  However, there is a very important reason why this isn’t a great answer, and it has to do with getting your home SOLD.

The first step in preparing for professional real estate photography is simply deciding that it’s necessary. Here is some food for thought:

1.  Images create first impressions.  

We are no longer in the age where buyers wait until an open house to view a home for the first time.  According to NAR (National Association of REALTORS) statistics “The use of the internet in the home search rose slightly to 90 percent, and for buyers under the age of 44 this share increased to 96 percent.”  This means that the first impression of your home will come from the photos used to advertise it online…they better be good great!

2. Quality photos = more showings.

“Listings with photos taken by professionals have about 61% more views than other homes…across ALL price tiers.”   – Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2012

So, now you probably agree that quality images, taken by a professional photographer, will most likely equal more views online, more showing appointments, and most likely, a quicker sale.  But, what is “professional photography”?

1.  Professional photography = NO iPHONE PHOTOS!

Yes, the iPhones and iPods and Galaxy Whatsis take cool pictures.  Yes, I use mine for personal stuff when I don’t want to lug my pro camera around.  NO, they don’t take the quality photos needed to make your house shine online.  Period.  I bring my professional cameras (yes, plural), professional tripods, and professional lighting equipment with me to every. single.  home.  Just take a look at the difference my equipment makes in a couple of before and after shots, below:

2. Experience and Service

I’ve got the experience needed to photograph your home and to help REALTORS market your listing.  I’ve photographed over 100 properties for real estate agents, staging professionals and home owners in the last year alone.  That experience, coupled with my desire to help your listing get the attention it deserves online is what sets my service apart.  The Photography By K website, blog, Facebook,  Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube (OH!  Did I forget to mention that EVERY home photographed gets a personalized video slideshow, too???), and other social media sites all help to make sure that your listing shines and that you attract qualified buyers to view your home.  Also, I KNOW the work that is needed to sell a home in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan real estate market.  I worked for a locally-owned real estate broker for 5 years, and I’m familiar with real estate technology in today’s market, such as the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). { References available upon request. }

Convinced?  Great!  Come back tomorrow to find out how to prep your home for professional photography!

Miss the beginning?  Get caught up on the previous posts in this series here:
Preparing for…Couple Photo Sessions
Preparing for…Family Sessions
Preparing for…Baby’s 1st Birthday and Toddler Photo Sessions
Preparing for…Newborn Sessions
Preparing for…Series Launch!

You’re graduating?!  Yea!  Most high school seniors want some creative portraits in addition to their yearbook photo during their senior year, and I am here to deliver.  Sure, I can take your yearbook photo in my home studio*, but in order to really get creative, we’ll want to get outside!  This is why the most popular time to take senior photos is during the warmer months – over summer break before the start of the senior year.  Let’s discuss how to prepare for your session…no matter when it’s scheduled!

*Special note regarding yearbook photos: some schools require the yearbook shot to be taken by a particular, pre-determined photographer.  Typically, instructions will be distributed at the start of the school year; regardless, you won’t be required to take your creative portraits at any one studio, and I hope that you’ll consider Photography By K!

1. PEOPLE

First and foremost, high school senior sessions are typically all about the senior.  And, while that’s true, it’s also a wonderful time to take the opportunity to snap a few photos with some other loved ones.  Life is crazy…one day, you are taking photos of your kids every. single. day.  Then, it’s about once a month when you pull out the camera.  Then, it becomes just for special occasions.  When is the last time that you took a photo of your family?  When is the last time you were IN that photo?  My point-and I do have one-is that everyone should celebrate this great accomplishment and rite of passage.  Mom and Dad should hop in a photo or two.  Sisters, Brothers, Best Friends, Furry Best Friends (aka the dog/cat) are all welcome at the session!  Sure, the senior is the star, and we’ll probably only snap a few quick shots of the others.  But?  If you take the time to get everyone together, you certainly won’t regret it!

2. PLACES

I personally think having multiple locations for a graduating high school senior is awesome.  Some folks are okay with just one place, and that’s cool, too, but having a nice variety of backgrounds, colors, and textures, will make a really killer portfolio display for the graduation party!  Take, for example, the hockey dude above.  We met at the Toledo Ice House for a few shots both in the locker room and on the ice.  Then, we came to my home studio to get really creative with lighting (and to take care of the ever-important yearbook photo).  Finally, we ended up at Wildwood for some great shots on the boardwalk leading up to the covered bridge (not pictured here, sorry!).  The gal?  We headed to downtown Toledo and hit up about 5-6 different locations to get lots of colors and grungy details.  The only limit is the time…I’ll hit up as many different places as you’d like during your 2 hour session.  Get creative, and get outside!

3. PROPS

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with #2 above.  Your backdrop may determine your props.  However, I not only allow, but ENCOURAGE you to bring as much stuff and as many changes of clothes as you’d like.  Again, the only constraint is the 2 hour time limit for each session.  If you want to change twice or ten times…great!  If you want to wear a uniform or bring your instrument…go on with your bad self!  The bottom line is that I want to make sure that the senior’s personality is captured.  This is what makes everyone’s session unique.  No two seniors that book me will have the same photos!

4. POSES

I get a LOT of questions about posing.  How to…?  What should I do…?  Where does my hand go…?  You want me to what?!?  I take a very hands-off approach to posing.  Instead of instructing the seniors to copy a position, I’ll guide them into a pose by telling them to sit or stand or turn, etc. etc.  I take pride in making sure that you look the best in every photo.  Do I fall short sometimes?  SURE!  Everyone does; after all, we are human.  I love it when I take a photo too early/late and get a wacky expression (I promise to never post those on Facebook!)…those are the kind of perfect, happy accidents that help to relax everyone.  Posing is an art, not necessarily a science.  What works for one, doesn’t always work for all.  Not to worry…I have lots of tricks up my sleeve, and if a particular pose doesn’t work for your senior, I’ll guide him/her into the next!  Oh, and one more thing.  I promise…no danger at my sessions.  If your senior ASKS me to capture them doing something mildly dangerous (jumping, climbing, balancing), I’ll look to mom/dad first.  You make the call.  I will never, ever SUGGEST a dangerous pose.  And?  I’ve personally only fallen down on someone like…twice……Kidding! 🙂

↑ Top of Page