Sometimes you must put the lens down….

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This summer started with a long adventurous vacation that took me by car from Austin to Michigan to Chicago to plane to San Jose, CA train ride to San Francisco with a bus trip to the Golden Gate Bridge back to train to the airport (San Fran in 8 hours on layover) to plane across the country to Charlotte, SC and finally to Costa Rica.  We backpacked throughout Costa Rica for 3 weeks with the number of buses and cabs somewhere past a dozen.

While in Costa Rica I carried a 60-ish pound backpack and a small sling camera bag in the front.  Funny….as much as I love photography I loathed that camera bag! I could not put it on my shoulder because of the hefty load that already occupied my 5’6″ frame, so I clipped it to my hip belt and let it pound against my right leg & knee. Around week 2 I realized I had barely looked at my large DLSR camera, or the 3 lens I brought, let alone snapped any photos with it.  Most days I left it laying weightlessly on our bed in our hotel room, relieved it was not a burden on our adventures climbing over rocks on the ocean’s edge or bumbling through the jungle through mud to 3 tiered waterfalls.

I love my camera. I love it for the things I can do with it, for the things I can create with it, and for the endless amount of memories captured for so many people.  But I had to renew my love with it after it’s presence throughout our trip. I know I should have captured so much more of Costa Rica’s beauty through my lens but this vacation was my first “real” vacation in 3 years. (besides visiting family) I had just finished around 41 shoots from March-June and I was ready to be in complete abandon and zen.

Why is probably the word you are grasping for now.  Why am I telling you all this when I am a photographer and I obviously want your business and I LOVE taking photos?  I say it because if there is one thing I absorbed from going on our excursion, while I was there and when we returned. People are becoming so obsessed with documenting everything through their phones, social media, and are shriveling into themselves. Losing empathy, attention to small joys all around us, lacking communication with each other, and most importantly just being present in a single moment with real live humans!  I know, I know I rant but take one moment after reading this and close your screen or put down the phone/tablet and  go ask someone how their day was with 100% of your attention. Play fetch with your dog, or a board game with your family. Then when you come back….you can book a session with me for portraits in your new found joy and zen with your loved ones ;)

xoxo Kelly

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The big sister

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The energetic duo

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I adore some of the photos from this shoot. How can you not love golden sunlight dousing a little boys blonde curls?  These two never slowed down even for a minute but we got some great realistic family shots.

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Home for the spring

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Katie contacted me for some family photos while her son was home for a visit from the military.  I was thrilled and her youngest had me laughing the whole time.

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Kasye and the boys

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Family shoot where we made the best of a cloudy gray day.  Kasye and her family were easy going and open to my suggestions.

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Alissa’s silly girl

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A while back I got to photograph an adorable little family of 3.  The leading lady loved making faces at me and had beautiful blue eyes.

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It’s been a while!

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It has been a bit since my last blog update.  I just got back from an amazing 5 week trip that was long overdue with my family.  I will be updating the blog over the next few days and I have a contest coming up! Stay tuned!

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New product! Custom USB & presentation box!

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I am so so so so excited to introduce to you my newest product for my clients.  Drum roll….

Custom pop up usb drives that are amazing and come in your own beautiful presentation box and delivered to your door!  This is a new product that I am offering for FREE when you buy your entire gallery of edited digital images for $300.00 or you can buy it for the images that you already purchased from me (such as your 25 images from your deal voucher plus all the other edited images in your gallery) for only $75.personalized usb w images and box

Each USB is personalized and comes with a personalized print release so you can print your images anytime you want.  The USB comes in a beautiful personalized presentation box that is perfect for storing your usb and momentos from your yearly photo sessions.

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If you ALREADY purchased or received images from your shoot (such as the 25 from a deal site) you can purchase the USB and presentation box for only $75.  This includes your edited images that you already purchased or received from your deal site voucher PLUS the rest of the edited images in your gallery.

 $75.00 Custom USB w/presentation box

If you would like to purchase your entire edited gallery and receive the custom USB & presentation box shipped to your door for free, you can do it with the button below.

$350.00 Custom USB w/ presentation box with all your edited images and a print release. 

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have at kelly@kellywendt.com

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11 x 14 Canvas print Special-$50!

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This is a deal to knock your socks off….or better yet Mom’s socks!  $50 gets you a high quality 11 x 14 canvas print shipped to your door (or mom’s).

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Deal is good until Thursday May 1st at 12 midnight (Central time). Share this with your friends!

How it works:

1) Click this Buy Now button and pay $50 through Paypal.

2) I get your order and you tell me what image you would like to use for your canvas print. You can do this by providing the image name from your shoot.

3) Tell me where to send it and who to send it to.

That’s it!  I’ll take it from there and email you if I have any questions.

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Bianca’s little ones

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Here is Bianca’s little guy celebrating his 1st birthday with the coolest onesie she found on Etsy!  After crawling around Butler park for a while he and his 3 year old sister got to enjoy huge cupcakes made by their mom, they were super professional looking!

You can see more here: Bianca photo gallery

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