A Fun New Adventure For KKH Photos!

A fun new adventure for KKH Photos has begun!

I have set up at my first vendor event and shared the space between KKH Photos and KKH Crafts. This first event was a small one. Small is always a good way to start on a new adventure! And it was close to home as well. Bonus!

I called in re-enforcement for the day in the form of siblings #4 and #7. It’s always a good idea to have extra hands when beginning a new adventure.

We arrived at the location, the Smith County Fairgrounds in Smith Center Ks, just minutes before 8am and was told where to set up. The first step was to man-handle the canopy and put up the sidewalls. Thank goodness for truth in advertising because this new canopy really is easy to set up. I added 7.5 lb weights to the legs in anticipation of the Kansas wind blowing. But in reality it behaved itself all day. Nice!!

The event coordinator had allowed a 2 hour set up time before the “gates” were open to the public and… we managed to set up in about 1 hour and 58 minutes. Hmmm. I’m going to have to get faster at that task! Especially if I will be attending these kinds of things alone. Either that or grow a couple more pairs of arms!😀

At 10am the 2nd annual Spring Chicken Festival officially began. There was a poultry and rabbit show, a buy sell and trade event, vendor booths, a mini “train” ride, an egg toss, demonstrations on egg candling, gardening, and worms! There were doves released, a giant chicken for a photo op with the kids, Donald Duck made an appearance, there were crafts, face painting, snow cones, funnel cakes, chicken on a stick… Everything you’d expect from an event like this!

We had a nice amount of people stop by the booth to have a look around. On the KKH Photos side a few notecards, postcards, and magnets went to new homes. A few business cards were handed out. A few free candies enjoyed. A few new Facebook friends made. And images were viewed and some even ooo’d and aww’d over.

We even had two chickens and a rabbit visit the booth!

By 2pm things were winding down and by 3:30 or so we were on the road home to a tasty fried chicken dinner.

Did I mention that the day involved a few chickens??

Even though it was not a huge sale day for KKH Photos it was, I would say, a successful first vendor event and I look forward to the next one coming up Mother’s Day weekend.

So the next time you are at an event and you see those vendor booths all in a row take a closer look. If you happen to see one with banners that say KKH Photos and KKH Crafts come on in and have a look around and say hi! And if you happen to have your chicken with you bring him on in.

 

10 tips, tricks, and ideas to help you capture your best photos this summer

Spring weather is here and summer isn’t far behind!

I’ll bet that you have already begun making plans for summer break. All the ballgames, picnics, road trips, campfires…. it’s going to be a great time!

Is your camera ready? Get those batteries charged and that lens cleaned. Find that strap and format those memory cards.

Here’s a few more tips, tricks, and ideas to help you capture your best photos this summer.

  1. Summertime means picnics, sand castles, Frisbees, blue skies, blazing heat, fishing, swimming, roasting marshmallows, and flip flops. Make sure that as you take those summer photos of the kids’ bright shiny faces you also capture these little details that help tell the whole story.
  2. The dull gray and white landscapes of winter are gone. There’s a big colorful world out there search for those colors and include them in your family’s memories.fb_IMG_0971
  3. Bright sunny summer days can be the worst time for taking photos. Avoid those dark shadowy faces and squinty eyes by moving your subject into the shade.
  4. Take your photos during that “golden hour” just before and just after sunrise or sunset. You’ll find the light to be gentler and more flattering to your subjects.
  5. The kids move fast during the summer months be sure you capture all the action with a faster shutter speed. Try something like 1/250 and even faster for those ball games!sep_2015_IMG_1544
  6. Trying to capture the kids as they play in the cool grass? Be sure to get down on eye level with them for a better view and a more natural looking image.
  7. Everyone loves summer blooms and you can grab some beautiful garden images if you use your wider angle lens and get in nice and close. Try using a wider aperture like f/2.8 to let in lots of light and give your flower images a shallow depth of field.floral photography wall art and home decor ideas
  8. Don’t always rely on your zoom lens to do the work. Your camera’s best zoom features are your own two feet. Move around and find just the right view before you snap that shutter.
  9. Toasting marshmallows at the lake? Capture the magic of that campfire with a wide aperture and a sturdy tripod. Use the self-timer or a cable release to prevent any camera shake from messing up your image and don’t use that flash; let the natural glow of the fire light your scene.
  10. Whatever you do this summer don’t forget to put down the camera once in a while and just enjoy the time with your family and friends!

 

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