June 30, 2010

Wednesday's Words

This post by Seth Godin is absolutely brilliant. It can relate to all of us in anything we desire to accomplish in our lives. Thank you Seth. I needed to hear it. 

"Validation is overrated
If you're waiting for a boss or an editor or a college to tell you that you do good work, you're handing over too much power to someone who doesn't care nearly as much as you do.
We spend a lot of time organizing and then waiting for the system to pick us, approve of us and give us permission to do our work.
Feedback is important, selling is important, getting the market to recognize your offering and make a sale--all important. But there's a difference between achieving your goals and realizing your work matters.
If you have a book to write, write it. If you want to record an album, record it. No need to wait for someone in a cubicle halfway across the country to decide if you're worthy."

June 29, 2010

"I'll send ya a postcard, from Paradise Falls!"

The only thing I could think of to title this post is a quote from one of my Daughter's favorite movie's called Up. Although we didn't quite make it to Paradise Falls, Brant had arranged for us to take a sunrise hot air balloon ride to celebrate 5 years of marriage together. We were supposed to take this ride a month ago on our true anniversary, but it got cancelled because of high winds. (Booooo Salt Lake weather!)  But in the end, it all worked out and it was a wonderful, memorable experience. We ascended over the cute and quaint Heber City. I would live there in a heartbeat!  We had beautiful views of the back of Mt Timpanogas, lakes, trees, and towns. At 2000 feet above the ground, knowing that there was just a basket between me and the atmosphere was a little frightening.  Brant was a nervous wreck that I would drop my camera over the edge.  We made it out alive, and I didn't drop my camera.  I loved that there were a lot of other balloons taking their flight that morning along with us. Here's some pictures from the morning.

Our Shadow

Da Hood

I love this mountain.

Utah truly is so so so beautiful!

Happy Anniversary Hon! Thanks so much for 5 years of laughs, unconditional support, love, backrubs at night, and for giving me the happiest and most memorable experiences of my life.

June 28, 2010

Stay Tuned

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June 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Claire!

There are no words in the English language, or any language for that matter that can even come close to expressing the love I have for this little one.  Today she turns two.  She is vivacious, a busy body, tender hearted, loving, kind, gentle, curious, attentive, confident, independent, and knows what she wants, when she wants it, and how she wants it! (Does that sound familiar to anyone?)  She loves other kids, loves to learn, loves to socialize, begs to be read to, insists on watching Kung Fu Panda, and utterly adores her Daddy.  We joke that when he's around, I'm "chopped liver".  She is and has been the biggest and best blessing of my life so far.  I cannot remember life before she was in it.  These past two years have been, at moments the hardest, but by far the happiest of my life.  Thank you Claire for bringing me immense joy every single day that I see your sweet and happy face.  You truly are your namesake: bright.  Happy Birthday to you, may all your sweet little two year old wishes come true! 

Her must have accessory at all times.

Thursday's Thoughts...

Thursday's Thoughts are my personal ramblings inside my brain.  If you want to see photos, feel free to skip.  If you'd like to get to know me better and my random thoughts that so happen to fall on Thursday, keep reading. :)

It's technically not Thursday anymore.  It's an hour past. I have been so busy all day and can't quite shut my head off to drift into dreamland yet. (Unlike my husband, so peacefully snoring beside me. Lucky dog!)

Just a few thoughts about this blog: Kate Pease Photography. Some photographers do such a fantastic job at separating their personal work from their professional work.  They have two blogs or websites  One doting the cute/quirky/ordinary/everyday personal work, and the other is strictly professional, and so beautiful.  Both are inspiring, and great.  I had pondered this idea thinking: Is this something I should do for this particular blog? Would people take me more seriously if I didn't goof around about my personal side and went strictly professional on my blog?

These thoughts graced my mind for a few moments, and I came to a swift and firm NO.  The reason being, photography is just an integral part of who I am. I have always known it, it's just recently that the flicker inside has turned into a flame that I and others continue to fan. I cannot separate it from myself, and me personally. This is why I have a lot of personal work intermixed with my professional work on here. (Including Wednesday's Words, and Thursday's Thoughts which are an insight to what I find inspiring or feel like rambling about that day.)  This is not to say that someday I won't ever have a strictly professional website.  I plan to have a strictly professional website/portfolio (stay tuned!).

 I enjoy sharing a part of who I am on this blog. I watch my blog feed, and where my visitors come from; and some places are places I have never been, or know anyone from.  I have readers sprinkled all over the country: California, New York, AZ,places back east, lots from the south, and even a few in Canada. (Hey y'all! Thanks for reading, whoever you are!)  I feel that I share a sense of transparency with myself in this blog.  Since photography is so personal to me, you will probably see some faults, slips, bumps, and (hopefully) triumphs.  I plan to fail, get embarrassed, succeed, learn, grow, wonder, and share with all of you.

I don't like the word "client" because it sounds so impersonal, so I am going to say: I hope that my future (and current) friends will want to incorporate me in their lives by taking photos and capturing their memories not just because of my skill behind the camera, but also because they want to work with me, as a person....personally. :) I find it a huge honor to be asked to capture on camera one's precious memories.  Because to me, your memories are the most important thing to an individual.

Creating and capturing those memories are just as important. If your'e going to run out of your burning house, you are going to grab your photo albums, not your plasma TV.  Photos are your heirlooms. They are passed down. For example: I hope that Erika's little one (inside belly posted below) looks back on these photos years from now and finds joy in seeing his/her mother pregnant with him/her, and the love Erika felt towards this little one before they even met.  I asked Erika to think about this beautiful life she was growing inside while I took her photos. At one point, she got a little choked up. Photos and the emotions that are captured are a part of who you are.  They carry so much emotion and can take you back to that exact moment in your life.  They are priceless. They are deeply personal to each individual.  So that's why I can't separate it, at least not on this particular blog.  So here I am, Kate Pease, personally sharing many things with you.  Thank you fellow readers for taking part with me in my journey.  *Loves*

June 24, 2010

Erika's Maternity

Pink or Blue? We wish we knew!

Just a side note: All these pictures (other than the B&W) are completely un-retouched. Yes, Erika is that gorgeous, and the lighting was that amazing!

To view entire event and order prints, go here

June 23, 2010

Wednesday's Words

"Picasso was sitting at a table outside a Paris cafe. A woman came up to him and asked him to sketch her. He complied. After five minutes he finished. The woman asked what she owed him for the sketch. He said the equivalent $5,000. Aghast the woman said — “but it only took you five minutes!” Picasso replied — “no Madam, it took me my whole life.”

I read this on a photography forum today while Claire napped.  I like to read and learn as much as my little brain can handle. :) Anyway, I came across this quote and it struck me.  Although I have not devoted my entire life to photography, or my art, I think this quote can translate.

Post Edit: One more thing to add that I read today.  It is a great piece of wisdom and translates to anyone and their situation: "Don’t worry about things you can’t change. If you’re rowing a boat in the ocean, you are surrounded by water. You can do one of two things. You can sit there all day worrying about the big ocean, or concentrate on getting any water that slaps over the side of your boat out of it and back into the ocean where it belongs. Concentrate on the things you CAN do something about and forget the rest." - Scott Bourne

San Diego Wedding

June 21, 2010

In San Diego I saw:

I have so much to show you! 


I saw:




Babies on Beaches





Temple covered in scaffolding

Bromeliads, or as I like to call them: "Cool tropical looking flowers"

More Flowers


Mad Hatter




Bright Happy Windows



Cool Colored Cliffs

Lunch Spot

Zinnia. Or as I like to call it "Cool looking orange flower"

Cathedral turned museum




Sunset with sprinkling of surfers