Category: Just Because

How Kim of Queens changed my LIFE

· October 29, 2014 · 7:40 pm · Just Because










So when I received the call from Kim Gravel asking me if I could do some very specific photographic projects for her, I was stunned, amazed, honored and in downright disbelief.  You see, I was already one of this woman’s absolute biggest fans!  It took all I could do not to just blurt this out to her right over the phone.  But instead, I kept my professional composure, held it together and reassured her that I could make her every photographic wish come true.  I was on cloud nine after our call because this lady was going to be coming all the way to Dothan Alabama just to shoot with ME and for no other reason than because she liked my worked and had a “good feeling” about me.  Really?  Do people really do things because they just think you’re a good person and they like you based of what they have heard about you anymore?  Come on now, was this lady for real?

I’m here to tell you that this lady is VERY REAL and one of the most genuinely NICE people I have ever worked with!  Not only did we have one seriously fantastic photo shoot, but we have gotten to know one another very closely since then.  Spending countless hours going over images and coming up with design ideas together had a way of leading into other conversations and had us brainstorming until well after midnight on more than a few occasions.  I wouldn’t change a moment of it and I wouldn’t trade my friendship with this lady for anything.  Even if her show never reappears on television, I will forever call her my friend!  You see, Kim Gravel did something with me that no other client has ever done and she did it out of the goodness of her heart.  SHE PRAYED WITH ME!  You read that right!  SHE PRAYED WITH ME…

So, after much thought and prayer of my own, I have decided to ask you all to sign the petition that has been created in an attempt to get the Lifetime network’s attention.  Will it actually make a difference?  Who knows…  But, if you are like me and want to give a good and decent person a chance at success then I hope you will sign it using the link below.  Thank you.
Cindi K

Marah from the Lifetime Network's Kim of Queens!

· March 13, 2014 · 1:28 am · Get Inspired, Just Because

     Dee Dee and I recently had the pleasure of working with this fabulous young lady!  We created several amazing looks for Marah and her mom Angie helped us to come up with so many fun ideas throughout the day.  We are creating her new set of autograph cards and can hardly wait to get them back from the printer!  You can also expect Marah to compete in the most photogenic category using images created right here at Studio EnVogue.  We are one blessed photography studio!

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just a little RESPECT

· December 19, 2011 · 3:52 am · Just Because

I was thinking of some good ways to approach this whole blog thing and how to write about issues that photographers deal with on a day to day basis as well as a few that only come up every once in a while.  So I thought that maybe tackling issues as they arise may be the best course of action.  One of the things that we as professionals have to learn to deal with is other photographers.  We each have our own practices, very unique talents and personalities.  But unfortunately we don’t always show true respect and or dignity to one another.

I have learned many difficult lessons in this business and learning how to be respectful of other photographers hasn’t always come easily.  You see in the dog eat dog world of business the competitive spirit has a way of becoming a little TOO competitive.  Let’s face it, sometimes we choose to view our competition as the enemy and it really shouldn’t be that way.  Although I don’t have personal relationships with each of my fellow local photographers, I have come to understand and appreciate each and every one of the them in a myriad of ways.  I have also come to respect each and every one of them.  Who better to understand the day to day challanges of a photographer than another photographer?

Just this past week I was given an opportunity to show a tiny amount of respect to a fellow photographer.  I certainly hope I handled it with dignity and professionalism…  The entire situation revolved around my daughter’s graduation this past Friday night.  She cheerfully asked me to take photos of her on stage and although I agreed she didn’t quite understand why I simply packed my tiny point and shoot camera in my handbag and didn’t take my ‘work’ camera with all bells and whistles.  But, she quickly understood when I explained to her WHY I would NOT be going paparazzi as she walked across the stage at Wallace Community College.  You see she had mentioned earlier in the week that a fellow professional would be there and that they were offering a very affordable photo package of the event.  Once I learned a fellow professional would be attending in a working capacity my decision was easy.  For one thing, I’m a mom and I truly didn’t want to attend my daughter’s graduation with my professional DSLR in hand because I would have felt as though I were at work instead of celebrating an amazing moment of my daughter’s life.  Secondly, the school had hired a very capable professional to do the job and I honestly felt I would be disrespecting them by walking in with my professional gear.  Get the picture?

I’m so proud of the snapshots I took with my handy dandy point and shoot camera at my daughter’s graduation, but I’m sure they will pail in comparison to the one’s captured by the very professional photographer who was hired to capture this most wonderful event.  So, I write this in hopes that my fellow professional photographers take the night off the next time they are invited to an event that involves family or friends.  Hopefully they will walk away knowing they did the right thing when it came to being respectful of a fellow professional photographer.  Being a true professional in any field not only entails actually learning the trade and having excellent skills, but it should also include showing true respect and admiration for others in the same line of work as we are.  Have a blessed evening!  ~Cindi Kay

Oh, by the way…  the image below was shot with a Canon PowerShot SX120IS from the very back of the auditorium using some very fast settings and of course NO FLASH.  Sweet little camera!

Be kind to your NURSE (aka: HERO!!!)…

· December 17, 2011 · 6:15 am · Just Because, ,

MEET NURSE ANNA!  I photographed her a few months ago for a series of “HERO” billboards.  The home healthcare company she works for chose her to represent the best of the best in her field.  How cool is that!  You’re about to learn WHY today was the day that Nurse Anna’s session was on my mind and why I’m saluting ALL NURSES TODAY!
You see, on this amazing day, my daughter graduated the practical nursing program at Wallace Community College!  I couldn’t be more proud of my baby girl because I don’t think she could have possibly chosen a more noble profession.  She and I spent the better part of the afternoon getting ready for tonight’s ceremony and we made lifelong memories in the process.  My dear friend Dee Dee Morris volunteered to fix us up with some lovely hair and makeup while I continued to finish up our last few sessions of the week.  Sooooooooo, just imagine me snapping portraits of a newborn baby with curlers in my hair LOL…  Now that was a session I’ll never forget!  Mom & Dad giggled along with us and thought it was so cool that I was waiting for my hair to set while creating something truly inspiring of their baby.  To be honest, I believe it’s days like today that make it all worth while!  I can just imagine mom and dad telling their beautiful daughter all about her first portrait session years from now and how much fun they had with that nutty photographer who had rollers in her hair.  I’m truly thankful for parents like them because I never want to feel as though I can’t share my life with the people who spend quality time in my studio.  After all, my studio is a very big part of who I am, what I’m about and if you get to know my studio then you are very likely to get to know the real me.  I’m very cool with that!
So today was an AMAZING DAY all the way around!  My daughter graduated college, we both had great hair and makeup AND I had an awesome experience working with yet another beautiful newborn baby!  SERIOUSLY, for this nutty artist, it just doesn’t get any better than that!!!!!!!!!
So I’ll end this post with a great big SALUTE to nurses.  They are TRUE HEROS and after today they will forever hold an extra special place in my heart!  ~Cindi Kay

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Sometimes a girl’s gotta say what a girl’s gotta say and so I’ve created an entirely new place for me to do just that. I have been a photographer for over 25 years so I like to think I have much to share about the business of photography. I have learned many difficult lessons over the years while building my business and I now find myself on a mission to help others by teaching them how to avoid the pitfalls of this business. I’ve decided to share as much as I possibly can about my experiences in the world of photography including the good, the bad and the really ugly stupid. I’ve also decided to share some tips and tricks on how to DO IT RIGHT and that includes sharing how I learned from my mistakes and found myself as an artist. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it certainly has NEVER once been a boring journey. I hope you’ll join me here on my new blog as I take you down memory lane, teach you a few new tricks and even offer some heartfelt advice to those who have chosen professional photography as their career path. Over the years, I have helped many up & coming photographers to develop their skills and I have enjoyed each and every moment of it. I have accomplished a great deal more than I ever dreamed I would behind the camera including winning the coveted FujiFilm Masterpiece Award, the Kodak Gallery Award as well as having the honor of being awarded the Photographic Craftsman's Degree from Professional Photographer's of America. Mix that in with a few 1st Place print competition awards a "Best of Show" and "Photographer of the Year" and hopefully you have the makings of a few good stories.

Cindi Kay McDaniel, Cr. Photog., CPP