November 2016 Archive

The 2016 Holiday Sale is HERE!

It’s pretty rare that I run a sale, so I wanted to do something this year that extends to EVERY SINGLE CLIENT I’ve ever had. Yes, that’s right…even those of you with long-archived photo galleries. In an effort to encourage my sweet clients to print those gorgeous family heirlooms we work so hard to create, I thought I’d offer some pretty significant savings to help you get those images off of your computer and onto your walls and albums–where they belong!

I’ve noticed quite a few companies this year not only announcing, but offering their black Friday sales starting as early as yesterday. I think this is a FABULOUS idea. Personally, I’ve felt like the focus on holiday shopping instead of leisurely and lazy downtime with family on Thanksgiving Day was getting to be a bit much. So, with that being said, here’s the “Black Friday” sale I’ll be offering until Wednesday, November 30th. So, whether you have someone to buy for that you think may love preserving their family heirlooms OR you are that person, this is for you. (:Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 1.23.45 PM
HOLIDAY SALE 2016

If your sessions have expired with me, fear not! For this sale period ONLY, I’m reopening ANY requested galleries that have ever been photographed with me. If you have an expired gallery that you’d like to make an order from, send me over a quick little email to kali@kalinorton.com and I’ll be happy to reopen it for you at no additional archiving fee!

+++ OFFER VALID UNTIL WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT CST.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Messy Sheets and Newborn Cheeks | Keane: Hammond Newborn Photographer

“It’s all messy–the hair, the bed, the heart, life…”

Shiloh posted this quote along with a recently taken photo of her and her little babe, and oh my heart, I couldn’t shout it from the rooftops more. The more I adult, the more I learn to love the ooey gooey imperfect mess of love and life. I have adored watching her adapt to motherhood in all of its perfectly imperfect facets and learning curves–and swooning over every hiccup and drool of the little life in her hands along the way.

I’m not sure why, perhaps because Shiloh and I are alike in so many ways, but something felt different in me as I watched her go through pregnancy and the sweet love she has for her little bear. Shi, you kick ass at a lot of things, but watching you become a momma might just be the most natural thing I’ve ever seen you do.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

You may recognize her name or face as well from my recently styled holiday sessions. Shiloh is immensely talented with an eye for styling. In fact, stay-tuned for updates in the future, as she and I are trying to figure out how to offer more of her styling and consulting within the realm of the photography experience I offer my clients.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

We went for much more casual feel for this newborn session. I’ve wanted to do an “at home” shoot like this for a while now, but sometimes changing the way you offer a style of art for clients can be a little scary. So many fears run through your head like, “Will they like the concept? What if they hate it because it’s not like the other newborn sessions I’ve shown? What if they don’t like that every hair isn’t in place?”

Truth be told, I enjoy THIS type of photography far more than the kind where every hair and thread of clothing is perfectly placed. Organic emotion and an accurate portrayal of a particular stage in life is what fills my soul—it’s truly the type of work that makes me proud to offer as heirlooms for my clients.

Shiloh was stressed, as most of my new mommas are, that she didn’t feel as “put together” as she normally would feel for a shoot.  Really though, there is so much irrevocable beauty and glow in a new mom that I don’t think she could have done anything differently. Can I get an “Amen?!”

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

This is Luna, Aster’s much more shy, cat-like big sister. She was not quite as thrilled to be a part of this family party on camera. I think she was just playing modest…

Keane, however, had no problems hamming it up with his inherited perfect hair from his momma and height from daddy.

Keane Latham Newborn

Keane Latham Newborn

Shiloh and Daniel, here’s to your sweet, happy little family of three…and your perfect hair. Definitely, your perfect hair.

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The BEST Time of Year is Here! | Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipe

I love all of the weather changes when they come; however, the start of November is A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y my favorite. Cozy blankets, festive spiked cocktails, cuddling up to the twinkle of Christmas tree lights–there is not much I find more warm and inviting than that, friends. Since yesterday marked the end of Halloween madness, I felt it was safe to get a little festive with some after-dinner drinks last night.

Spiked eggnog is a staple in my house during the holidays, so I decided to share the recipe for the way we like to sip it…

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HOLIDAY SPIKED EGGNOG WITH CHOCOLATE-RIMMED GLASSES

INGREDIENTS:

Eggnog (Regular, not spiked. I prefer Borden or Kleinpeter)

Southern Comfort Liqueur

Almond Bark (comes in huge brick, only need one square to melt)

Heath Bar Toffee Bits (baking aisle)

  1. Melt 1 small square piece of almond bark in a small bowl for 60 seconds. Continue to heat at 30 second intervals until melted. While chocolate is melting, pour out Heath Bar Toffee Bits onto a plate generously. Once chocolate is heated, dip rims of glasses in chocolate, then in Heath Bar Toffee Bits. Place glasses to side to harden.
  2. Mix equal parts Eggnog and Southern Comfort Liqueur. I basically fill my small glass with both, leaving only enough room for ice. (Here’s where your recipe may differ. We like our eggnog strong. Who wants the calories of eggnog without the appropriate liquor? For a less strong drink, simply add less Southern Comfort.)
  3. ENJOY! PS. Nibble on your toffee and chocolate as you sip–it makes for the perfect dessert after dinner!

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