Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Spencer & Andrea

While I'm in AZ for the holidays, I snapped a few pictures of my sister Andrea and her Husband of one year, Spencer. These two are a lot of fun! They're both as silly as two year olds and it was a challenge to get them to both sit still and smile at the camera, but they did a great job.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I'm a Grad. . . How Rad!!!

If you graduated and you know it clap your hands!
*clap *clap

That's right! It's all over! The hard work and fun of college is officially over! I have mixed feelings about this. Half of me is excited, and the other half doesn't believe it.

The first of the graduation events was my BFA show (Bachelor of Fine Art Show). It's a senior exhibit where all the BFA students get a chance to show off a series or work. I had my photography exhibit on scripture stories using a shallow depth of field (which makes things blurry) to create more of a allusive scene rather than a literal documentary photo. I am very pleased with the way they turned out! You can see the whole gallery at my website under "galleries" and "faith."

The exhibit lasted for a few weeks and I had a great turn out! Thank you for all who came and supported me!

After the exhibit, it was graduation time! It was fun wearing the awkward cap and gown and listening to fellow graduates all wonder where this ridiculous tradition came from. And although they all though it was a goofy tradition, we all agreed that without it it wouldn't feel like a graduation, and so we wore them proudly.

Below is the group shot of the BFA photography grads. They're all a lot of fun and I can't wait to follow each one of them in their future photography adventures.

Nate (my hott husband) and I after the Convocation.

I got to sit by my good friend and old roommate Jerdanna.
She is the prettiest girl in the world.

And that was it. Just like that.

Now I look forward to interning with Gugelman Photography and then moving to New Mexico for the summer so Nate can pick up his summer job at the forest service. After that. . . ? It'll be fun to see what happens!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Selling Photos

I just wanted to let everyone know that the original framed images for my BFA senior show "faith of the followers" are available in Gilbert AZ for purchase. They are 18X24 frames with 10X15 prints. They're selling for $50 on a first come first serve basis. To see the entire exhibit, click here to go to my website. Please contact me if you're interested.

Merry Christmas!

From the Arnett Family!

This year I got to take photos for my parent's Christmas cards! Nate and I aren't doing a separate one for ourselves, so this will have to do for us too!

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I am so glad that this year Nate and I get to spend time with both of our families! Last year we were getting married on the 30th, so Christmas was pretty secondary (I forgot to get Nate a gift and so I ended up getting him a bathrobe last minute. To this day we laugh at that.) This year will be better because we can take in Christmas more slowly and enjoy our families. I'm so happy that we both love our in laws. It sure makes life convenient! Anyways. Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tessa Time

Before I was an aunt, I never understood what the big deal was about nieces and nephews. Countless times I have been stuck in the classic situation of someone showing me endless images of some little kid whom I have absolute no interest in. I thought it odd that people fussed so much when it wasn't even their kid, but their sibling's kids!

Then it happened. Suzanne had a baby - my first niece. The cool thing about it was that Tessa looks like part of my family. She looks a lot like I did when I was a baby. There's something exciting about that which makes me think she's the cutest baby on the face of the planet. I am two states away from her and I think about her ALL the time. I miss her so much and I love her to death. I suddenly understand that having nieces and nephews rocks! Though I try my darnedest not to burden others, especially strangers, with my love for Tess.

Anyways, here she is, in all of her glory!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Stock Family

Usually for the Holidays, I like to participate in something like a giving tree - you know, something that gets you in the giving spirit. This year, I read my friend Katie's blog about her cousin who's husband passed away two weeks ago, leaving her with her young family. The story is very touching and my heart really goes out to this family.

There is a fund raiser in their behalf and I encourage each of you to make a donation. Even if it's small. I think if anyone needs a little help this christmas, it's the Stock Family.

To read the story and/or make a donation,
please click here or here

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Exhibit Prints & Book for Sale

Faith of the Followers
has turned out to be a really neat exhibit. It had a great turn out and I'm grateful for all my friends and family who came out to support me. Now that I have it posted on my website (www.katemower.com under "galleries"), I'm also selling prints as well as a book for all the gallery images. Just click on the link below and you can order online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks again for all of your support through this exhibit!


Prints: http://www.millersalbums.com/?event=112412W2
Books: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1080309

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

O'Dell Family Pics

Who? The O'Dell's
What? Family Pictures
Where? Mesa Art's Center

Mission Accomplished

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gugelman, HERE I COME!!!!

About a month ago I decided that I was ready to apply for an internship at Gugelman Photography here in Rexburg (check it out! www.gugelmanphotography.com). I've had my eye on them for the last four years and believe that they are the best there is. I sent Travis (Travis Gugelman, the photographer) an e-mail expressing my desire to intern with him and received no reply. This was no surprise so I decided to call in and let him know I had e-mailed him. I talked with a woman who told me that they were not looking for an intern and that they don't hire them on a regular basis; they just make exceptions. I decided that I was going to be an exception. She told me I was welcome to turn in a resume and then we ended the conversation. I knew that if I did as she said and dropped off a resume that it would end up at the bottom of a pile, never to be seen again.

I wracked my brain to think of something that would make me stand out; that would make him have to hire me! Then, as I was walking across a crosswalk on 1st and collage, it hit me. Now, rarely in my life am I able to say with complete confidence that I have been truly inspired but this is one of those rare moments where I know it was inspiration. The idea came to me to make a book. I would make a photo album depicting why I would be the best intern. I did this and ordered it through Millers Lab. It took me about a week to shoot it and order it. Let me tell you, it is not easy to take pictures or yourself! But, with a little help from Nate and Beth, I was able to get it done! I also printed my resume and flush mounted it on matt board and painted the edges gold (I had printed it on plain paper by itself and the lady that handed it to me made a little dent in it with her thumb! It drove me crazy and so I found a no dent solution!) Now the album was supposed to arrive the same day that I was flying down to AZ for Lauren's wedding and the Thanksgiving Holiday, so I didn't think I'd get a chance to see it myself (which really made me sad). I was just going to go in and try to meet with Travis, drop off a resume, and let him know that I had something coming for him later on in the week. So I called in the studio to ask when the best time would be for me to stop by (I had already tried to go in and meet with Travis four times previous to this with no luck) and I was told that I might try the next day (which was the day before I was going out of town).

So the next day rolls around and I get everything ready and start heading out; and get this. . . the album was dropped off to my apartment JUST AS I was headed on my way to Gugelman's! I was shocked and ecstatic! I was so grateful and was saying a thousand thankful prayers in my heart as a walked to the studio! I quickly thumbed through the book to make sure everything turned out alright and mad did it ever! It was a beautiful leather book with gold stamped writing on the cover and each page inside was thick with vibrant colors. It was well worth it! When I got to the studio, Travis was there and had time to meet with me! He came out and I handed him my stuff. He quickly thumbed through it and told me that he was very impressed and that the presentation was "the best (he'd) ever seen." He told me that he was planning on telling me that they weren't looking for an intern, but he was reconsidering. He told me he'd talk it over with his wife and let me know the next day. I told him about my travel plans and we arranged for me to call him at 1:30pm the next day. I was so excited that I sprinted all the way home!

The next day I called and Jason (the guy who edits the pictures) answered and said that Travis wasn't there, but he had told him to schedule a time for me to come in again when I got back. So we planned on me coming in Monday Nov 30th. I had a great time in AZ but was excited to get back to see what was next. When the 30th rolled around, I went back to the studio and Travis met with me and offered me an internship position!!! I officially start in January, but will be going in a few times in December to get my feet wet. I am so excited for this opportunity and am so grateful for the aid of Heavenly Father! This winter is going to be the BEST!!!

Here's a little copy of the book that I made. Sorry it's so little, but you get the idea.

Allow me to introduce myself. My Name is Kate Mower. It is my desire to intern at Gugelman Photography.

Why? I'm so glad you asked. . .

Why Gugelman:
I really admire what Gugelman PHotography produces and I have never found a photographer I like better. I feel Travis has a lot to offer from all of his experiences and that interning with him will get me where I want to be as a photographer.

The best part is . . .

I'm exactly what you're looking for!

A taste of qualities I offer as an intern . . .

I know my stuff. Having gone through Brian Brown's Studio Lighting class and Tamara Brown's portrait class, I feel confident in my understanding of lighting patterns, ratios, additive and subtractive lighting, lens choice, and posing.

But that's not all. . .

I'm Handy. I am great at being useful. I like to stay busy, and will be happy to assist in any way I can. Plus I'm a novel reflector holder. I can penumbra anything!

Need more proof? . . .

I'm Honest. Honesty is a huge trait of mine and one I consider to be of great value. This includes honest work and accountability. If I say I will do something, I do it. If I mess up, I'll fess up. I am very dependable and hard working.

It doesn't stop there. . .

I'm Dedicated. Photography isn't just a hobby I picked up. This is what I want to do with my life. My education is an investment and I want to get all I can out of it.

Let's face it, I'm your woman!

So what do you say?

. . . please?

I look forward to hearing from you!