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Organics – The Making of a Woman – A Poetic Experience Photo Shoot

As women we have so many facets to who we are.  When we come together to support, encourage, lift up, debate, love, pray and sometimes just listen, it can be healing to our souls.

It was a blessing to be able to photograph these talented ladies and on February 24, 2018 at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego, you can hear their stories in poetic form as they share the complex issues we as women sometimes face and the healing that can be had.

Let me introduce you to the cast:

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Kim Rochelle Allen

Cynthia Carlisle Fields

Anissa Vincent

Jade Miller

Arwen Jamison

Veronica Earley

During the photo shoot I wanted to capture the essence of their characters and as I went through the photos after our session, I could feel the emotion of each character.  A few even broke out in song and dance and that was a real treat.

Thank you so much for letting K. Chappell Photo Creations be a part of this amazing journey!  God is good and I love how He allows me to meet such amazing people and have the blessing of having them in front of my lens…it’s one of the things I love the most about what I do.

Check out the video below for more information on the show.

Ms. Michelle’s Birthday Photo Shoot

My cousin, Ms. Michelle is such a phenomenal woman that I simply adore and admire!  I was blown away from the very first time I saw her theater play, Is That Man Your Husband on dvd, then I saw her live play TransParent that had me in tears, then her movie Institutionalized on the big screen at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival that she founded and is now going into its 5th year this April, I knew she was a woman of God that walked her talk and she is such an inspiration to me.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for her in 2018.

She has accomplished sooooo much in her life and she definitely deserved to celebrate her 50th birthday!!  She drove all the way from Las Vegas to do a birthday photo shoot and as always, she killed it!  She is so much fun to photograph as you will see from a few of my favorite pictures below ♥

I asked Ms. Michelle what are some words she lives by and would like to share.  I love her response, “Everything you are EXPECTING in life is already EXPECTING you”…now that’s something to ponder!!

She brought over 12 outfits with her and we almost got through all of them lol!  We started off with a fun cowgirl look…and of course her hat was in her favorite color orange…and she wore it well!

Yeah, she really is a boss in front and behind the camera…Cmon’ now, she is the founder of the Las Vegas Black Film Festival where she will be premiering her movie, Is That Man Your Husband…God is using this woman in a mighty way!

We kept it going even after the sun went down.  It was great because she brought so many different looks and it gave me a chance to play with some night lighting too.  It was tough narrowing down what I wanted to share.

After it got too cold, we took it indoors and kept it moving!

I liked the picture below with her chilling on the imperfectly torn paper on the floor…I could’ve easily gotten rid of the tear but I liked what it added to this look.

 

You know we had to bring the sexy in ♥

Cousin Michelle, thank you for being the beautiful soul that you are and for sharing Gods gift and glory through everything that you do…you always inspire me!

Thank you Jackie and Anika for being great assistants throughout the shoot!

For more information on the Las Vegas Black Film Festival  see the flyer below.

Happy 1st Birthday Caleb!!

What a FUN Carnival Extravaganza Caleb’s First Birthday Party was!!  I was having as much fun as the kids!  They had everything a kid would want and more!!  Here’s a few photos from Caleb’s very special and memorable birthday!!

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Sylvia did a fantastic job with the treats and the table!!!  She made cupcakes that looked like popcorn (as you can see on the stand below, they went fast lol) and cookies with Caleb’s edible image on them, candy apples and so many other goodies!!  Sylvia you are amazing!!

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…and then there was the TRAIN!!!!  Yesss, they even had a train ride!!  All Aboard!!caleb-0302

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After a long day of fun, the birthday boy was out, but what a fun filled time we all had!!  Chris and Carolyn I think you get the coolest parents award after this amazing day 😀

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Thank you to the Lee family for letting me once again be a part of your very special moments!!!  It was soooo much fun!  Happy Birthday Caleb!!  xoxo

If you have an event that you would like K. Chappell Photo Creations to capture contact kathy@kcphotocreations.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shake Those Nerves! Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

When I first started pursuing my dream of being a photographer, I used to get soooo nervous…even NOW when I have a big event, I STILL get nervous, but I refuse to let that stop me…ever!

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One thing I do when I have a big event that has my stomach in knots, I schedule “me” time the following week so instead of focusing on my nerves I focus on the treat to myself AFTER my big event and it really helps lol.

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I love to treat myself to an overnight stay at a nice hotel where I can relax and also work with my laptop and enjoy a little time away.

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When you have a big event or just something that is nerve wracking, what do you do?? I’d love to hear about it!

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Canyon Golf Club Wedding – Luis and Jill

When I first met Jill and Luis at their Laguna Beach engagement session, I instantly fell in love with these two!

Well, it actually wasn’t an “engagement” session because they  previously eloped and they wanted to have a ceremony and reception to celebrate their love and commitment to each other publicly before God, family and their friends.

Jill’s dear friend, LaResha, did a fantastic job coordinating this very special day.  I was so impressed with the way LaResha transformed the space she had for the wedding then quickly transitioned it to the reception so smoothly and after months of planning,  the Alva wedding was a total success!  Jill and Luis looked amazing and the love they have for each other is so evident and a blessing to see!

Here is a sneak peek of a some of my favorites!

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I love this sweet mother and daughter moment!

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Jill wore a beautiful David Tutera dress…and she was simply stunning in it!

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Jill and Luis decided to do a first look, which means they see each other before the ceremony.  I LOVE first looks because it gives the bride and groom a private moment to be with each other before the rush of the day begins…it was a beautiful moment as their anticipation grew to see each other.

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Wedding time!!!

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They did their first dance to Ed Sheridan’s song “Photograph”

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…then Luis did a father daughter dance to Butterfly Kisses…it was sooo sweet!

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Jill and her brother danced to “That’s What Friends Are For”.

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…then came the mother son dance.  Luis danced with his mother, Patty.

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…then with his mother in law to the Temptations, “My Girl”.

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Jill ended with a mother son dance to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley…it was simply beautiful.

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Time for a few toasts to Mr. and Mrs. Alva!

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Both Jill and Luis shared their appreciation for this special day.

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Alva!!  It has been such a pleasure to work with you both!!  Thank you so much for letting K. Chappell Photo Creations be a part of your wedding…it was beautiful!

A big thank you to LaResha for the referral and for putting on yet another spectacular event!!  We appreciate you!

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If you would like K. Chappell Photo Creations to be a part of your special day or event, contact kathy@kcphotocreations.com or 951-541-7481.

Photo Assistant/2nd Shooter: Ron Chappell

DJ: BeatzNMotion/Alexander Hards – Hardsalx@aol.com

Cake: Kathy’s Cake

Flowers: Michael’s Flower Girl, Murrieta, CA

Food: Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina, Corona, CA

 

 

Great Oak High School – Brandon Presley – Class of 2015

When I got the request to do Brandon Presley’s Senior Pictures, I was thrilled for the opportunity to photograph this talented young man!

Brandon is an all around athlete!  He played basketball, football and ran track.  He played an important part in making Great Oak history this year during their amazing run in basketball and he has received a full ride football scholarship to UNLV…need I say more??!!

Congratulations Brandon on an amazing year and I am sooooo excited for what the future holds for you!

Here are just a few of my favorites from our session!

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K. Chappell Photo Creations would like to Congratulate you Brandon on your graduation and acceptance to UNLV!!!

Thank you Karen Z. for the referral!

To book your session, contact Kathy@kcphotocreations.com or call 951-541-7481

 

Oak Creek Golf Club – Dr. Sarah Kasko’s Grad Party!

It was the perfect day at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA. for Sarah’s Graduation Party! After years of hard work and dedication, it was time to CELEBRATE her amazing accomplishment of graduating from Western University of Health and Sciences in Pasadena, CA. as Dr. Sarah Kasko, with a specialty in Psychiartry! Sarah was surrounded by many friends and family to help celebrate this special occasion and what a fun time it was!  Here are a few of my favorites! blog-6801

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We snuck away for a few photos and it made my heart smile to see how proud her father was of his beautiful daughter…You obviously did a great job Dr. Andre Kasko, because she followed in your footsteps! blog-6915

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Sarah’s proud father shared a few words from the heart and it was so beautiful… blog-7248

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Sarah also shared words of gratitude with her friends and family ♥ blog-7264

Then it was time to PARTY!!!  Manny Soto of Elevated Pulse Productions did a FANTASTIC job of getting EVERYONE on the floor as he ROCKED the house!! Sarah_blog5

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Marlon Perry of Optic Photo Booth Rentals added a LOT of fun for everyone with his super cool Photo Booth!!! Sarah_blog6

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What a FABULOUS event!!

Thank you Dr. Andre Kasko and Dr. Sarah Kasko for letting K. Chappell Photo Creations capture these very special memories!

Congratulations Sarah!! A big thanks to LaResha for the referral…you rock my friend 🙂

If you would like K. Chappell Photo Creations to capture your special moments, contact kathy@kcphotocreations.com or call 951-541-7481.

DJ:  Manny Soto – www.elevatedpulsepro.com

Photo Booth: Marlon Perry – www.opticbooth.com

The Rock Church Temecula Valley

I LOVE being a part of the photography team at The Rock Church in Temecula Valley.   We had a special service Sunday to dedicate the upcoming new building and it was such a blessing to be a part of documenting this wonderful day!  I am thankful with each click of my shutter to capture special moments such as this!  Thank you Jennifer Partch for connecting me…you are appreciated♥!  Here are just a few of my favorite images.  Enjoy!

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I appreciate how Pastor Hennie brings the word with passion, conviction and grace. ↓ Rock_One-9008_blog

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 The Rock Church, 38710 Sky Canyon Dr., Murrieta 92563

Happy 30th Anniversary David and Cynthia!

There was no way I wanted to miss the opportunity to be a part of David and Cynthia’s anniversary celebration.  I did a photo session with them last year and it was such a blessing to do.  They used the images to give their parents this beautiful gift.

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Their children, Tiffanie and Michael arranged to have a surprise vow renewal for their parents and it was sweet, intimate, and filled with so much love!  It was just 6 of us, and it was amazing.

They did all of this at the Villa de Amore Winery, which is family owned and they were incredible to work with!  The winery was impeccable!  ↓

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Tiffanie and Michael’s uncle, Patrick, officiated the ceremony ↓

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Tiffanie and Michael were so happy that they pulled it off beautifully!! ↓

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When the ceremony was over, they had a private dinner for the well deserved couple of 30 years of marriage!  ↓

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What a special and memorable time this was.  Thank you so much for letting K. Chappell Photo Creations be a part!!

Your events do not need to be big to have a professional photographer…if you have a special moment you want captured, give K. Chappell Photo Creations a call!!

Happy 30th Anniversary David and Cynthia!