July 2009 Archives

Family Portraits

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 -

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I’m so excited to announce my newest venture. We don’t talk about it much. But Jim Kennedy Photographers has been photographing families as long as we’ve been shooting weddings. Now I’ve become part of a company that is taking family photography to a whole new level. Wouldn’t you love to have some beautiful outdoor portraits taken of your family and be able to own the images from the shoot. Even better than that. Own a disk of enhanced images in color,black & white and sepia. All printable files that you can have printed at a local lab. Even better you could have them printed right at a Costco near you. Well as you will read below. Now is the time to book your family portraits. Read on to find out more about this amazing company I’ve become a part of for family portraits. If your a Costco member you will be even more excited to get this family portrait session at an even better price.

It’s not often that I pester EVERYONE I KNOW for help, but this year I’ve partnered up with a new company Family Tree Photographers.

Family Tree Photographers (http://www.neversaycheese.com) has been given a tremendous opportunity; one of those rare once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, by Costco Wholesalers.

I personally love being a part of this new business.  Family Tree Photographers decided to redesign a family photography business that doesn’t only fulfill a need, but also wants.  For example, I know after years of shooting family photos what families want these days!  They want their photos outdoors at their favorite parks or beaches, by an independent, talented photographer… and they want the high resolution photo CD.  So wouldn’t it make sense that if you could provide both in one photography package that people would love it?

Turns out Costco agrees with us, as they have been thinking a lot about how to offer family photography without lowering themselves to the likes of K-Mart Portrait studios!  And after about 9 months of going back and forth with their corporate headquarters in Seattle, they have finally given Family Tree 4 stores – two in Denver, CO and two in Orange County, CA to see if we can prove to them that our unique model works indeed.  Between the 4 stores, we have just 40 days (10 days per store) to show them what we can do on a national scale.  THIS is where we can use your help!

HOW YOU CAN HELP (there are two ways you can help!)

Please see our locations and dates below.  If you have been thinking about family photography, now is a great time!  In Colorado and California, we have reserved our most talented photographers for these shoots, as we want to make an extra good impression on Costco.  Costco members are saving about 30% off of our family photo sessions, too so it’s a great deal!

Don’t need family photos?  You can stop in and purchase a session as a gift for someone special in your life!  It makes a great gift.

Finally, and something I hope everyone can help with, email everyone you know, and help us create a buzz!  Of course we don’t believe in spam but if you feel so inclined to email everyone you know with a link to this blog post, that would be great!  The power of numbers is no joke.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT FAMILY TREE

I have kept this business under the radar for 2 years now, trying not to talk it up too much, but it’s a brilliant new concept in family photography.  We have positioned our business as “Photography for Today’s Family”.  So I am proud to finally stop keeping secrets and tell you all about it.

Our goal is to create a new household name in family photography!  When you think about indoor portrait photography, chances are, you think “Olan Mills”,K Mart or Wall Mart.  When you think about outdoor family photography, we hope that someday in the near future, no matter where in the USA you are, you will think “Family Tree”!

I truly believe that this concept will take off for many reasons:

Our photographer network is nation-wide, and already we have talented “up-and-coming” photographers working for us, from New York to Laguna Beach, CA and everywhere in between.

We specialize in outdoor photography.  This is great for kids!  Indoor portrait studios often scare kids and they won’t sit still in a dark studio.  Outside, we actually encourage kids to run and play.  Meanwhile our photographers are photographing them, being exactly who they are.  You just can’t do that in a studio.  In a studio you are forced to “say cheese”.

We are ready to put an end to holding photo CD’s hostage and trying to force customers into purchasing crazy fees for a print that you know you could get on your own at, say… COSTCO for a sliver of the cost!  And to take it to the next level, we give our clients full rights to the images, ready to print in COLOR, BLACK AND WHITE, AND SEPIA.  So 3 versions of each image.  Just bring your photo CD back to Costco and get great enlargements for a matter of dollars.

If you have any other questions, please give me a shout, my email address is jim@jimkennedyphotographers.com I hope to hear from you, and more importantly, see you at Costco in the next couple weeks!

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Cabo San Lucas Wedding (Brittany & Clint)

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 -

Well how lucky was I to get to shoot 2 weddings while I was in Cabo.

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Cabo Azul Wedding Cabo San Lucas Mexico (Victoria & Jonathan)

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Friday, July 24th, 2009 -

Over the last week I’ve been hanging out in Cabo San Lucas. I was lucky enough to book 2 weddings in the same week. The first one took place on Saturday July 18th. It took place at the beautiful Cabo Azul Resort.

I knew it was going to be a fun day especially when I saw all the fun shoes.

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Victoria and her girls were so great. It was around 100 degrees when we headed outside. That didn’t stop them.

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Jonathon loved his gift! A For His Eye’s Only Album.

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The guys got a visit from a couple bridesmaids wrapped n towels. I don’t think they had a problem with it.

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I really loved how we ended the night. I wish I could end every wedding this way. I was in the pool taking this shot. I loved it.

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There I am working the camera

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This is my favorite shot. I had to get a group shot of all of us in the pool.

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Ritz Carlton Wedding (Anne-Lise & Gene)

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Friday, July 24th, 2009 -

This was a great wedding. It was a destination wedding. The couple and her family were from Canada. It was a great group of family and friends.

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Her brother really wanted to be in the shot

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Marci & Jack Engagement Session (Laguna Beach)

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Friday, July 24th, 2009 -

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Kim & Ralph Get Married

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 -

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Lisa & Michael Get Married

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 -

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Laguna Beach Engagement Session (Kristina & Rob)

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 -

Well I had a blast hanging out with these two. They were cracking each other up. It makes my job much easier when they couples are just easy going.

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The Fairmont Hotel Wedding (Candace & Jay)

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 -

Another great hotel in town for a wedding is the Fairmont Hotel right by John Wayne airport. They have a great staff. Every time I shoot there everything goes very smooth. Also having Lisa Moon of Lisa Moon Events coordinating the event is another big bonus. They also hired one of my favorite bands The James Gang from West Coast music. The reception was a blast.

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Moab Vacation

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Saturday, July 11th, 2009 -

Well it was time for a summer vacation. I actually took a summer vacation. That is really rare for me. I usually have every weekend booked with weddings. This year I decided to block out a weekend and take the kids on a summer vacation. I’m so happy I did. We had such a blast. I recently started mountain biking. I heard Moab Utah was the mecca of mountain biking. So I thought lets head to Moab. I love vacations that are very active. Moab was so amazing. So beautiful and the mountain biking was amazing. I’ll be headed back there very soon. 

It was a road trip. It’s an 11 hour drive to Moab from Huntington Beach. So we decided to break it up by stopping in Vegas. 

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We made a few stops along the way. Beaver Utah is a very small town in Utah.

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There is some beautiful country in Utah. In this shot that is Stephanie is in the background. That tiny blue dot in the background.

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Stephanie and the kids working the camera

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I love climbing the rocks

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Matt loved climbing the rocks

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After a long day of driving we made it to our Cabin. The Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab. I totally recommend to anybody staying at Red Cliffs. It is some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen.

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They even had horses

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We did some running on this vacation. Look at my wife go. I grab this shot with my iphone.

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The very next day we headed out to get on the mountain bike trail. We had so much fun mountain biking. It’s my new favorite thing to do when I’m not shooting. 

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Time for a break. Matt decided to climb this rock during break time. It was pretty hot out. It was around 100 degrees on most of our rides. 

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Stephanie is running from a desert creature. I think.

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I needed Matt to get this rock out of the way for us.

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I just love all the red rock backdrops

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So many amazing rocks to climb

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The heat is getting to the kids

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Everything is so grand here. We decided to really get off the beaten trail. We had this whole area all to ourselves.

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everybody decided to break into yoga poses

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Lets hit the road

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We deciding to go down some random road. We came across these cave homes. People have actually blown holes in the redrock and made it their home. Crazy!

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There is also this great place called Hole In The Rock. If you are ever in Moab you have to check it out. Check out this jeep.

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Matt is having fun

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Nothing like a steel bull to hang on 

 

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I love a 2 story out house

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Somebody actually use to live in this rock. They made a home in this big redrock. You have to do the tour. It’s so funny. They don’t allow pictures. I wish I could show you the inside. Your just going to have to check it out for yourself. 

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Back to riding. All our amazing rides were made possible by a great mountain bike tour company. www.solfun.com

They were such a blast. They took us on some amazing rides. 

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Can you believe this amazing backdrop for mountain biking.

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Matt and I needed a rest.

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we always ventured off when we weren’t biking, we came across a great flower field

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every where we drove was beautiful

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It was fun to get off the paved roads at times and take my car off roading

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they were some rough roads

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back to the bike trail, If it was up to me we would of been on the bike trail everyday

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matt needed some discipline

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Here are the kids with our amazing guide Heidi. She was so great. 

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I got to ride 4 days of the vacation. The 4th day I went solo. Stephanie and the kids went for a horseback ride. I wanted to go to Slick Rock Park. I heard so much about it. Heidi said I had to do it before I left. I’m so happy I listened. It was so much fun. Some crazy steep hills but the climbs were worth it. It made for some fun downhills. Luckily I love to climb hills. I actually like it more than the downhill.

Here I go climbing 

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This was a tough climb

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Here I am with my Guide Heidi and Allan. Allan is the owner of Sol Fun. He cam out on a couple different days with us. I was so happy to see him out on the slick rock park day. He is a real inspiration. He is 67 years old and out there tearing up the hills. I love it. Age should never slow you down. I know it will never slow me down. 

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Look at Allan go

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The views were amazing. Thats the Colorado river in the background

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After a long day of riding it was nice to have a pool to jump in

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You have to drive through Arches National Park. So beautiful.

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We had so much fun in Moab. I really suggest that everybody should make Moab high on the list to visit. 

For sure check out The Red Cliffs Lodge. It’s about 20 minutes outside of town. But totally worth it. It is set in such a beautiful setting. Views to die for. They have great 2 bedroom cabins. So it’s great for the family. Just don’t eat at their restaurant. Not very good. It’s worth driving into town to eat. 

Then you have to call Solfun to set up some amazing mountain biking for you. They are a smaller more personal company. That’s why I picked them. I hate large groups. They keep it smaller and much more personal. If Heidi is available ask for her. Also hopefully Allan can come out for a few rides with you. You’ll love him.

A couple great places to eat are Miguels Mexican Restaurant. It’s a small hole in the wall. But well worth it. It’s on the Main st. in town. Also right down the street from Miguels is Pasta jays. They have great Pizza. We also ate at the Moab Brewery. You have to have the Jalapeno Cornbread. Amazing!

Another great bike shop to check out is Poison Spider. They have a great staff. You can pick their brain for all the bike info you need. 

Moab Rocks!!!!!!

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