The Fall madness is just about to get underway! Whoo hoo!! I love this time of year!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! While moving things around and getting organized and geared up for the big shooting season I realized, WOW, we were crazy busy this summer! So, for fun, here’s a little recap of what my Spokes Model team did this summer…
On a fall afternoon Alex Opat’s mother told my mother about a Spokesmodel Program with KellyK Photography. I had never heard of anything like this before, but I thought what the heck how hard can it be, it might be fun. So on a Saturday morning I curled my hair, put on some make up and headed to Valparaiso University for my first photo shoot. I meet Kelly – we talked and she started taking pictures and I loved it. She was so easy to work with, working with Kelly has allowed me to discover both sides of my personality and with her camera and vision we have created images that show who I am.
Let me explain my concept shoot I have chosen for Blog Day Monday. I have chosen two concept shoot – The Spring Concept and The Poison Ivy Concept shoots. I feel like I have two sides. One side is my love for beautiful things and my everyday life. I love to dress up, experiment with make-up and wear different hairstyles. This is my creative side. I would love to be a model, but at 5 foot tall, this is a challenge. So I’m attending Ivy Tech in the fall to study Mortuary Science – a funeral director.
My other side is a bit dark. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I work at a haunted house in October and I love all things scary. This still involves dressing up, experimenting with make-up and wearing different hair styles – but it’s all on the dark side. It’s completely opposite of my everyday look.
This shoot was done in two parts. We took the first shots before the “Spring Concept Shoot” It’s pretty and delicate – showing my first side. A few months later we did the “Poison Ivy Concept Shoot”. This shows me transforming into a more evil character – showing my love for the “dark side”. I hope you can see my two sides as these photos transform from everything beautiful to everything haunting.
Who knew that after two years I would still be curling my hair, putting on make-up and meeting Kelly for concept shoots? I’ve met and worked with some extremely talented Spokesmodels. We come together for a few hours, all with our own personalities and under the talented direction of Kelly we have created some beautiful images. I also want to thank my mother – my personal Rachel Zoe – my stylist – who helps me bring my ideas to reality. The only thing that has really changed is Kelly is no longer a stranger that I met that first fall day two years ago. She has become a friend, a mentor and someone that has challenged me to do my best – in front of the camera as well in my everyday life. It is truly an honor to be a KellyK Spokesmodel and to be Team Captain – a title I wear with pride. Love you Kelly and you will never know what an inspiration you have been to me. And to my fellow Spokesmodels – you are simply the best!
The Chicago Star – “Sex in the City” – Kalese Thomas (aka Chicago’s very own Carrie Bradshaw)
‘The recent gossip from the Windy City? Upcoming trendy photographer Kelly Swart has been gracing Northwest Indiana’s social scene with her beautiful photographs. From senior portraits to unique concept photo shoots, she has marveled people of all ages with her creative artwork and her amazing sense of design. Ever since she put together her team of models, otherwise known as the “KKP Spokes Models”, her photographs have been seen from not only numerous counties and towns in Indiana, but worldwide. Viewers from Eastern Europe have fawned over her photograph styles for months. She specializes in trendy, non-traditional shoots; show casing the natural beauty of her clients and models. Gone are the intense photo retouching appointments that most high-end photographers go through: Kelly prides herself on “natural lighting”, making colors more vibrant and the beauty of her subjects even more flattering. Word in Chicago is that Kelly and her team have something big planned; something that will leave fans wanting even more. We’ll just have to keep updated, and keep checking back on her page. Kelly K Photography is definitely a photographer to watch for Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland Area. Who knows what custom photo shoot is next? (; ‘
Let me first introduce myself: my name is Kalese. I’m a 19 year old from Gary with an awkward smile and a wicked sense of humor. So here’s the deal…I’ve never been the girl to smile in front of the camera or strike a delicate, effortless pose before the shutter fires. I’ve always been the girl who stands along the side lines. I decided to join the KKP Spokes Models team in May, and I was left speechless when I was actually accepted. I had no prior modeling experience. Low and behold, I was extremely nervous my first photo shoot with her. I had no idea why; Kelly was so laid back and funny that I immediately relaxed. She has a way of making her clients comfortable and frankly, she has a way of making them feel beautiful. I have met some of the most talented and amazing woman and guys from modeling for her. There is never a dull moment during car rides to locations. We’re all one big group of smiles and laughter, and it shows in the photographs. I couldn’t imagine modeling for anyone else. Kelly is the photographer to go to for any occasion.<3