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  • I help clients capture their child’s personality. Oh, and I’m really good at acting (I used to be a performer in a former life), terrific at eating dessert (my fat jeans would definitely agree), and my Russian accent is stellar (Russians have confused me for an actual Russian until I give them a blank face when my Russian vocabulary runs out). Clients love my creative whimsical photos and are always commenting on how I’ve captured them in such a unique and beautiful way. Personally, I think my ability to return emails faster than Superman’s flight speed is pretty impressive. My Momma thinks I’m determined and that I have great hair and beautiful eyes. My friends envy my ability to balance everything on my overly full plate (they should be envying my husband because I certainly couldn’t do it without him). My clients love that I effectively capture their family and bottle moments in time for them to savor for years to come; I help them hold on to their memories.

Interview With Kristen Kalp | Brand Camp Blog

Brand Camp BlogI am a huge fan of Brand Camp. Kristen’s candid writing is both fresh and funny and totally in your face. And completely relatable. I love that she puts it all out on front street for you. She is one of those people that you read two sentences and feel like you are reading an email from one of your best girlfriends. Oh, and did I mention that she knows what she is talking about? She’s pretty much amazing. So, when she put out a call for interviews, I was all over that. When I got the reply in my inbox I literally had to “squeeee!” and felt like I met a celebrity. If you couldn’t tell, I pretty much adore Kristen and her “creative-midwifery.”

Without further ado, Meet Kristen, my marketing hero!

Q: How did you get into this whole marketing thing? Aren’t you a photographer as well?

I started Brand Camp as a place to point out the dumb things I saw other photographers doing – it was really just an outlet to vent. Slowly, I’ve shaped it into something that helps without judging, and that (hopefully) challenges business people to live their best lives while creating their ideal businesses.

Q: What is your very favorite guilty pleasure and how often do you indulge?

The Real Housewives on Bravo. All of ’em, and whenever they’re on. I also enjoy re-runs, because the drama can be so distracting and I love it!

Q: What do you find to be your very best marketing for your own business? How difficult was it to implement?

Talking with and making relationships with other business owners – both brick & mortar stores and online businesses – has been immensely difficult for the introvert in me, but has paid huge dividends. Get out there and make friends, people!

Q: I love that you toss around phrases like “wrap that hot dog” on a regular basis. Is this something you play up in your writing or do you naturally talk this way as well?

I talk like that as well – and I chose CrossFit as my gym because you’re allowed to swear. No one busts out the f-bomb while doing yoga, which is why I am not a yogini.

Q: Fess up: most embarrassing moment?

Ya know, nothing is coming to mind. I’m a klutz and a goof, so I embarrass myself all the time and then laugh it off.

Q: You seem to be an expert network-er. Got any tips?

You’ve gotta find a way to network that makes sense to you. I’ve learned that I’m much better at networking one-on-one, that a glass of wine should be involved, and that I’m great at

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following up and scheduling meetings via e-mail or text message. Great networking for you might look completely different, but would be no less effective at building relationships!

Q: You always have ah-MAZE-balls giveaways on your blog. I want to do amazing giveaways too! How can I set something awesome like this up? How do I get started?

Ask nicely. Vendors you frequent are happy to do giveaways and the like if you’re providing value for them – new eyes on their work, a dedicated e-mail to pimp their services, a shout-out via Facebook, etc…

Q: Got any pets? If so, what are their names and how did they acquire said names? If not, why not? Don’t you love animals? 😛

Two cats and a dog. Big Kitty, Little Kitty, and Hermione D. Granger. You try having one cat that weighs fifteen pounds and one that weighs five and coming up with different names! Hermione is named after the Harry Potter character, but the D. stands for danger. She is a ferocious little thing.

Q: Mac or PC?

Ya know, I prefer PC but currently have Mac products. Obviously I’m not very picky.

Q: What inspires you?

Books. Just walking into a bookstore is my favorite feeling. All those worlds that open up when you start reading!

Travel. New places. Exploring. Fresh foods. Sunshine. Shooting film. The beach. New coffee flavors. Charity work. Creative craft projects. Beautiful films with gorgeous costumes.

Q: How do you continue to come up with new ideas for blog posts?

They just kind of happen – I record ideas in a little notebook and then wait for inspiration to strike to flesh them out into full blog posts. If I relied on just remembering the ideas, nothing would ever get written!

Q: Do you have any quirks and/or “special talents”?

I have a crazy sense of direction, and can do mental math faster than anyone I know. I’m great to have along during sales where the prices are not posted in department stores. 😉

Be sure to check out the Brand Camp blog; Kristen’s got lot’s of goodies over there for you to check out. Then head over to Facebook for even more super duper fun times (and who doesn’t love getting a few more fans?) and to keep your finger on the pulse!

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paula - I got this “off the wall” email from a Kristen @ Boot Camp and thought for sure I had been hacked! However, not wanting to miss out on anything I decided to Google it before I deleted it forever. I chose this “interview” for my investigation and immediately recognized your website and fantastic photography. I think I was originally introduced to you from Alicia’s website and Served Up Fresh.

I assume Alicia has had her baby.

I am not a portrait/wedding/event photography but simply a “wannabe” and to share my “America the Beautiful” photos. I live vicariously through photographers such as you.

My camera beckons . . .

Twirl Cafe | Seattle Commercial Photographer

I had the extreme pleasure of being able to attend Twirl Cafe‘s Mom & Me Night Out as a sponsor and the official photographer.

face painting at Twirl Cafe

My kids and I are Twirl addicts! I am there on a very regular basis and am so very lucky that it is in my neighborhood and we don’t have to go far to get our fix.

Twirl Cafe menu

With such a great combination of delicious food, quality coffee, and an amazing play space (that is filled with quality toys and even though it is often messy from the parade of kids coming through, it is always clean) on a daily basis, how could it now be a wonderful escape for parents and kids alike? Not to mention the steady stream of fun events, classes, and community meetups with a variety that is sure to have something for everyone.

kids playing at Twirl Cafe

Seattle mommy friends

I especially love how Becky, the owner, supports local businesses and uses them when she can (for example, they serve food from local places like Macrina Bakery and Smith Brothers Farms and they partner with places like Queen Anne Books for story time and College Nannies and Tutors for supervised play… how cool is that?!) and how Twirl is just a very welcoming place for the community. Such a great addition to Queen Anne and Seattle in general. As far as I know, there isn’t a place like it anywhere!

Twirl Cafe play area

Now that I’ve gushed about how amazing Twirl is, I want to share some of my favorite photos from the Mom and me event with you! It was so. much. FUN! I mean, surprisingly so. Normally, i cringe at events like this, but this truly was fun.

Just ask the ladies from CityMommy Seattle.

moms and babies at Twirl Cafe

And the lovely Keren from Frantic Foodie and Foodportunity showed up with her adorable boy. (See? I told you the food here was great. You know if a foodie frequents this joint, then the food has to be pretty good!)

adorable baby boy with his foodie mommy

And speaking of food…

food at Twirl Cafe in SeattleI seriously could have inhaled the entire platter of this squash/bacon/rosemary/pasta delight. It complemented the 3 gallons of rosemary lemonade (a Twirl specialty!) that I imbibed quite nicely.

little girl having a snack at Twirl Cafe in Seattle

mom feeding baby at Twirl Cafe in Seattle

babies playing at Twirl Cafe in Seattle

There are quite a few more photos on Facebook so go check ’em out. Maybe you’re even in some of them (feel free to tag yourself!)? Then head on over to Twirl (here’s a google map for you, just to make it that much easier), try ’em out, and let them know I sent you. Twirl has graciously said that if you show them a receipt or an invoice from Hope and Memory Photography that they’ll let you into the play area for free! I promise that your family will fall in love with this place as much as mine has. So now you have no excuses.

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What To Wear | Older Boys, Summer 2011

In an attempt to help my clients out more, I am going to try to make Wednesdays my weekly “What To Wear”

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10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Photographer

Or, more specifically, 10 reasons why you should hire me!

  1. I am known for being able to capture the personality of whoever I am photographing. Seriously. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “That is SO my kid!” and it is a huge compliment. Parents just can’t believe that I am able to capture their child so well, often after having just met them.
  2. You want a gorgeous smiley photo? I have special tricks up my sleeve and I know how to get it.
  3. I know what I’m doing. Does this sound cocky and arrogant? Yes, a little bit, but it’s true! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: portrait photography is an industry in which you usually get what you pay for. I’ve spent countless hours studying, practicing and honing my craft and I will continue to do so.
  4. I have pretty awesome customer service. I get to know you in a totally-not-creepy-way before the session so that I make absolute sure that we are on the same page and I am getting the shots you really want while still letting my creativity flow and making your session unique to your family. Truly, no two sessions are ever the same! I treat my clients the way that I would expect to be treated, and let me tell you, that is setting some HIGH standards. If you’ve ever read my yelp reviews or talked to my husband, you’ll understand where I am coming from. Yes, I am that person – the one that is notoriously hard to please when it comes to customer service – so when I give a place a glowing review it is really saying something. I’m telling ya, I’ll treat you right.
  5. I have that adorable Southern charm.
  6. I have teamed up with the very best of the best professional print labs to bring you absolutely stunning products. Email me and we can talk more about it! Plus, when we meet for your pre-session consult (where I treat you to a cup of coffee or tea… or a glass of wine if that is more your thing) I bring a few of them with me so you can see them for yourself!
  7. Your kids are going to love me. I’m fun and I chase them and let them be goofy. Sometimes, I even let them play with my magical fart machine (scents not included).
  8. It is nearly impossible to offend me so dads, husbands, boyfriends, moms, and <insert whichever family member is notoriously loud, obnoxious, or politically incorrect here> can relax because it truly does not bother me.
  9. I have a super quick turnaround time. In most cases, clients have their ordering session scheduled within a couple days of their session!
  10. This one is the most important. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m a pretty good photographer. I take some pretty great photos. I haven’t had an unhappy client yet (although, I’m sure it will happen one day, no one is perfect; when it does, you can be sure I will do everything in my power to make it right!). My photos capture emotion and connection and that, my friends, is what it is all about. <3

And, just because I

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