Kay Kochenderfer Photography: Blog https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kay Kochenderfer Photography (Kay Kochenderfer Photography) Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:51:00 GMT Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:51:00 GMT https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u134068817-o515847620-50.jpg Kay Kochenderfer Photography: Blog https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog 93 120 Video of Opening Night of My Solo Exhibition at the Husar Fine Art Gallery https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2020/4/video-of-opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery As many of you know, I held an exciting, wonderful and successful Solo Exhibition of my artwork at the Husar Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills. Below is a beautiful and very creative video of the evening set to music, which you can watch by clicking on the box below.  The video clip is only 2minutes and 12 seconds, so it doesn't take long to watch and it worth it!! (If you want to know more about my Exhibition, look at my prior blog by scrolling down a bit on this page where I go into more detail about it.) Credit for the videography is to Jade Collins-Parnell.

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) abstract africa angels city of hope digital composite exhibition fine art floral gallery husar fine art leopard photography safari solo exhibition water music series https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2020/4/video-of-opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:49:48 GMT
BOTSWANA: A MAGICAL UNIVERSE AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2020/4/botswana-a-magical-universe-at-the-beginning-of-time2 By Kay Kochenderfer-Toomey

Even being charged by a herd of wild elephants could not dampen my enthusiasm for this beautiful country. My husband and I have traveled there twice now and have loved it each time. However, getting there the first time was not so easy.

I should back up to the events leading up to the first safari trip my now-husband and I made to Botswana. At the time I was still practicing law and had an extremely heavy caseload with little to no control over my schedule. Taking off to travel to the other side of the world with little to no communication (i.e., no cell phone or Blackberry reception) seemed quite undoable. Plus, I was quite scared to go on the trip. Riding in an open-air jeep with lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos, and other dangerous animals all around just seemed -- well quite dangerous. 

However, my clever now-husband had two strategies up his sleeve to convince me to go. One was to ask everyone we knew if they had been on safari and, if so, whether they liked it. Of course, everyone who had been on safari before, replied with an enthusiastic yes. The second, more long lasting and impactful strategy was that he bought a “fancy” camera for me for the trip. Neither one of us knew a thing about cameras at the time, but fortunately the salesperson had the foresight to recommend a 70-300mm telephoto lens, and that made all the difference. 

When we landed on a small dirt airstrip in a six passenger plane in Botswana, I was absolutely stunned. Everywhere you looked, there were different types of animals -- some roaming around on the “runway.” What I did not see was a scintilla of human existence -- no signs, no trash, no fences, no telephone towers, no wires, no roads, no structures, no humans except the driver who picked us up to take us to our camp. I remember having the feeling that we had been dropped into an alternative universe.  Not only did it feel like a magical, alternative universe, but it felt like we had time-traveled back to the beginning of time. It was pure, simple and amazing to see giraffes, zebra and impala roaming around the landscape as we made our way to the camp to settle in and eat dinner.

The next day when we went out on our first official safari run, thanks to our superb, uber-knowledgeable guide, we were very fortunate to find a leopard up in a tree with no branches against a gorgeous blue sky. This is where I took my first photos with my new “fancy” camera with the telephoto lens. I was absolutely amazed at the results. I was able to capture every single hair clearly on the leopard in the photos, as well as the gorgeous eyes and its cute pink tongue. That was it. I was hooked on photography from that moment on. One of the initial photos from this shoot is below.

Leopard On The LookoutLeopard On The Lookout

For the rest of the safari, I took so many photographs that my husband and the guide were having fun laughing at me. I think they had more fun laughing at me taking photos than watching the wildlife. My husband and I fell in love with our guide and tracker, both of whom were incredibly warm, genuine, hospitable, kind and most importantly, incredibly knowledgeable in all things wildlife.

This came in handy the day we had a rather heart-stopping experience. It was on the third day, after I had finally gotten comfortable with the notion that if you are in the jeep, not talking loudly and not standing up, the animals just ignore you – including lionesses who, in our experience, were literally right next to the tire of our jeep for a while. It is as if you are not there.  Well. . . . . not so fast. On this third day, we were watching a herd of elephants far in the distance. The jeep was stopped so we could watch them from afar. I was taking photographs of them and they were traveling across the area from where our jeep was parked. After a while, however, I noticed they changed direction and started coming directly toward our jeep. I was continuing to take photographs until I realized the whole herd of elephants was right on top of us (well, 5 meters from our jeep – we measured afterwards).

The lead elephant was pregnant and she was mad. The elephants were stomping their feet, raising and lowering their trunks and making a lot of noises to let us know they were unhappy. They walked part way around the jeep. Our guide keep saying, stay calm Kay. Hmm. I was not seeing a Plan B. We could not start the jeep and try to outrun them. Just starting the jeep would startle them enough to cause them to charge for sure. I did not see any guns in the jeep – and even if there was a gun, or two, I didn’t think it would help against an entire herd of elephants. Getting out of the jeep and running was obviously the worst thing to do. So, first I broke eye contact with the lead elephant and put my camera down. Then I bowed my head down, took deep breaths and waited and prayed, waited, and prayed, waited and prayed, and waited and prayed. After what seemed like an eternity, the elephants apparently just got bored with us and moved on. Whew!

In addition to Botswana, my husband and I have been on safari in South Africa and Zambia, both of which are amazing as well.  During the safaris I have been on, I have taken thousands of photographs. In between the trips, I studied the art of photography intensely. I immersed myself in the world of photography and my motto became “Photography Feeds My Soul.” Recently I was asked by a store that carries some of my photography products – the David Orgell store in San Marino, California -- to create a safari theme line of products for them, which makes perfect sense in light of the fact that when you first walk in the store, you see large, gorgeous silver leopards and jaguars. I wanted to create something very creative and unique for the project, in addition to the documentary photos from my safari trips.

I worked very hard and created a series of unique, magical-looking images. I took some of my photos that I had taken in Africa and then worked on them in post-processing. I used a number of techniques, including textures, brush strokes and other techniques to make the images have a magical and  “painterly” look. I had several of these images printed on canvas and included them in some of my Exhibitions. The combination of the relatively rough texture of the canvas, combined with the “painterly” techniques I used during the post-processing of the images resulted in the final, printed images looking like paintings when you see them in person!  Very cool.

One of the favorites in this style is my “Zebra Quartet in Lavender,” which is an image that started with a photo I took in Botswana of four zebras "posing" in unison for me. In post-processing, I put them in a field of lavender against a beautiful colorful background. It may sound unusual, but it is a beautiful, creative image that has turned out to be very popular.  You can see this image below.

Zebra Quartet in LavenderZebra Quartet in Lavender

If you have not been on safari, I highly recommend it. Take it from someone who was 100% opposed to it initially. I owe a big debt of gratitude to my husband for his persistence. Not only was the trip amazing, but I ended up discovering a new life passion in the process – photography. In a “truth is stranger than fiction moment,” my husband told me years later that when he bought the camera for me he had a feeling that somehow it was going to end up being very important for me. I think I married the right man!

Here are a couple of additional photos from my safari trips. You can also see more on my website in the “Safari” gallery. Happy viewing!!!

Giraffe Strolling Through Field of SunflowersGiraffe Strolling Through Field of Sunflowers Zebra PortraitZebra Portrait
 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) africa alternative universe beginning of time botswana charging elephants elephant leopard lion magical safari time-travel zebra https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2020/4/botswana-a-magical-universe-at-the-beginning-of-time2 Sat, 18 Apr 2020 23:50:52 GMT
Opening Night of My Solo Exhibition at the Husar Fine Art Gallery https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery I had a wonderfully successful Solo Exhibition of my artwork at the Husar Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills on May 18, 2019. I was thrilled with the amount of art I sold at the Exhibition!! A huge thank you to everyone who attended -- and an even bigger thank you to everyone who purchased my artwork. Below are still photographs taken on the Opening Night by Jade Collins-Parnell. Later I will also have a video with music of the Opening Night and I will circulate that when I get it. In addition to the Exhibition, the Gallery also served as the location for the filming of an interview I was requested to give about my artwork, to be aired on national TV on Fox Business. Once I know the air date, I will circulate that information as well.

I elected to have the City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of my artwork. In addition, I donated my "Silver Guardian Angel" piece of artwork to the City of Hope. I also am donating a number of my photographs to the "Art for the Heart" Project founded and run by volunteer and former patient of City of Hope, Chuck O'Shea. Chuck spoke during the Opening Night and explained that the Project provides hospital patients with artwork for their hospital rooms -- and provides them with the opportunity to change the artwork in their rooms every week. After Chuck spoke, Steven Rosen, the Provost and Chief Scientific Officer of City of Hope came up and spoke eloquently about the amazing work of the City of Hope. In addition, my wonderful friend, Ginger Bauer, purchased a piece of my artwork, the "Leopard on the Lookout," and turned around and donated it to the City of Hope. Having the City of Hope involved as the charitable beneficiary to my Exhibition made the event extremely meaningful to me.

I am extraordinarily grateful to my husband, who gave me massive support throughout the entire process of putting together this Exhibition (which was no easy feat). Thank you to Ruth Collins, Senior Producer at Spotlight TV, who worked tirelessly to help put the Exhibition together, Audis Husar, owner of Husar Fine Art Gallery for allowing me to use her Gallery and for her great work in helping me put the Exhibition together, Nadia Kelm, Assistant at the Gallery for her great work, Law Estate Wines, for their generosity in donating wine for the Opening Night, the Empty Vase for donating the most amazingly beautiful huge floral arrangements for the Exhibition, Whole Foods for donating food for the event, Chuck O'Shea for speaking at the event, Steven Rosen for speaking at the event, Candice Rosen for her support and enthusiasm for my artwork, Scott Archimbaud, Associate VP of Community Philanthropy and Engagement for helping with the Exhibition and if I am missing anyone, it is not intentional.

I displayed a wide variety of artwork at the Exhibition in terms of subject matter, style and materials.

For example, I displayed two of my Water Music Series pieces at the Exhibition, which are digital composites where I take photographs of musicians and then put them in a gorgeous ocean setting. These were large size (20"x35") and printed on canvas, which made most people think they were paintings. I sold two copies of one of these pieces at the Opening!

I also had a number of my safari photographs, all of which sold at the Opening - and one of which sold three copies. I made each of the safari photos very creative in post-production, adding textures in some of them. My "Zebra Quartet In Lavender" is an example where I took the photo of four zebras in Africa fortunately with their heads all bowed down in unison for the shot - and then in post-production, I added brush strokes to the image and a texture layer and then put them in a field of lavender to add interest to the image. For all of the safari photos with one exception, I printed them on canvas and they looked like they were paintings - as was observed by many people at the Opening. One of my safari pieces, the "Zebra Portrait" is one that I took in Botswana. It is a close-up of the face of the zebra. In post-production, I put the zebra's face on a solid black background, which makes the zebra, with it's black and white strips "pop." I then had the image printed and framed it with a white mat and a black frame. I sold three copies of this image at the Opening Night.

I also had some abstract work on display at the Opening and sold my "Red Passion with Silver Frame" piece of artwork. In addition, I had a number of floral images, some of which I had taken at the Huntington Gardens. My "Bird Admiring Yellow Water Lily" piece is one where I took two photos and merged them to achieve focus of both the bird and the lily. I then added a texture to the image to make the image more interesting. I printed this on metal (24"x30") with a flush metal frame. I sold two copies of that piece of artwork at the Opening. I also sold my "Pink Water Lily with Dragonfly," with I also took at the Huntington Gardens and to which I added a texture similar to the earlier piece. The two pieces are companion pieces and are both printed on metal. One of my doctors also has the "Pink Water Lily with Dragonfly" in her office. And, the hair salon where I go purchased four of my water lily images printed on metal and they are hung along a wall, which we affectionately refer to as the "Water Lily Wall."

In addition, in the theme of nature, I displayed, and sold, my "Matai Waterfall" piece of artwork at the Opening. I took this photograph in New Zealand. My wonderful husband drove me miles and miles and miles to find this waterfall and then hiked in with me to the falls and then found a rock to sit down on to read his book while I set up my tripod and worked on taking the photos of the waterfall. I was working with a neutral density filter to be able to keep the shutter open long enough (without impacting the rest of the issues for a correct exposure) to achieve a silky smooth look to the water as it cascaded down the fall. I think I had the shutter open on this photo for between 20 to 30 seconds.

I also displayed my "Silver Guardian Angel" and my "Golden Guardian Angel" at the Opening. These are not photography, but rather drawings that I made by hand using PS. I love angels and I had been wanted to create an image of one for a long time, but could not really figure out a way to do so with my camera, so I just decided to draw one. The first one I drew was the "Golden Guardian Angel." That turned out to be my husband's favorite piece of artwork that I have ever created. I had it printed on very high quality Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Metallic Fine Art Paper and framed in a white frame with white matting. Then I created a companion piece, my "Silver Guardian Angel," and had it printed and framed the same way. I am donating my "Silver Guardian Angel" piece of artwork to the City of Hope.

I also displayed a number of my photography books at the Opening, and sold several of those. In my photography books, I use my gorgeous photography and then match meaningful quotes to appropriate photos in the books. 

  • “Amazing Africa” - This book is a compilation of my photography during safaris through Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. It is full of remarkable wildlife, including leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, impala, crocodiles, kudu, cape buffalo, assorted colorful birds and more. The book also contains some beautiful sunrise and sunset photographs taken “in the bush” while on safari. In addition, the book contains some photographs of the extraordinarily stunning Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.

 

  • “Zen Through the Lens” - Photography is a portal for me. A portal to the phenomenal. A way to view the world in a more focused and different way. A way to really slow down and “take in” the wonder of what is really in front of you. A way of viewing the world in an exciting and fascinating way. A “zen through the lens” experience. It is almost a meditative state. The photos in this book come primarily from my photography of the stunningly gorgeous New Zealand, where I had many “zen through the lens” experiences. This book is also filled with inspirational quotes.

 

  • “Zen Through the Lens II” - This book is a continuation of my “zen through the lens” experiences. This book contains my photography while I was “taking in” the wonder of Colorado, Utah, San Fransisco, Sausalito and Big Sur. This book is also filled with inspirational quotes. I hope viewing the photographs in this book — and in all of my other photography books — brings you a measure of joy in your life.

 

  • “Kisses of Joy” - One of the many subjects I love to photograph is flowers. I often feel a burst of joy when I hear the shutter click and I see the beauty of what I have captured on the back of my camera. I call these “kisses of joy.” I decided to title this book “Kisses of Joy” since that is what I experienced taking the photos and putting this book together. The book, like most of my books, contains inspirational quotations paired with the photographs I believe enhance the quotes and vice versa.

 

  • “A Visual Symphony” - This book is an amalgam of the intersection of the visual arts and the human experience. It is an attempt to create a visual representation through my photography of the impact of music, which although intangible, is nevertheless powerfully real and meaningful. The book is structured in four “movements” or chapters, analogous to the four movements of a symphony. The book, like most of my books, contains inspirational quotations paired with the photographs I believe enhance the quotes and vice versa.


I also create greeting cards, tote bags, coffee cups and other items from my photography, which can be purchased at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kay-kochenderfer.html. 

Happy viewing. If you like what you see, I would love to have you make comments by clicking on the word "comment" at the top of this blog to the left under the title of the blog "Opening Night of My Solo Exhibition." 

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) angels art artwork city of hope digital composites donation exhibition gallery heart husar fine art opening night photography https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery Fri, 07 Jun 2019 01:10:18 GMT
Angels https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/4/angels Golden Guardian Angel

I really love angels and wanted to create some artwork depicting angels. I am a photographer and was having difficulty coming up with ideas for how to depict angels with my camera. So I decided to draw an angel by hand in Photoshop. As it turns out, the image, which I have titled Golden Guardian Angel, is my husband's favorite piece of artwork that I have created. Everywhere we went, he wanted me to show it to people (the image that I have on my iPhone). So, I decided to have it printed out for him (16x24) and framed (20x28). It is printed on very, very high quality fine art paper - Hahnemuhel Photo Rag Metallic paper, which has a relatively thick texture and a metallic shimmer to it, which is perfect for the gold image -- particularly the wings, which look like they have bits of gold in them. The frame is a sleek white wood frame and the matting is white. It is really gorgeous. The image of the Golden Guardian Angel is show below.

Silver Guardian Angel

Since that turned out so well, I decided to create a companion piece titled Silver Guardian Angel. This image has a sweet look to it, whereas the Golden Guardian Angel has more of a bold look to it. The Silver Guardian Angel is set on a silver textured background with an angel in a white flowing gown. Her arms come down in front of her and she is holding a red heart. The red heart stands out brilliantly against the predominately neutral silver and white tones of the remainder of the image. I have also had this piece printed out and framed in the same way as the Golden Guardian Angel. Both angels will be in two of my upcoming solo artwork exhibitions - one on May 18, 2019 at the Fine Art Gallery, located at 8670 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California and the second on December 7, 2019 at the Walt Girdner Gallery, located at 27 S. El Molino, Pasadena, California. The image of the Silver Guardian Angel is shown below. The framed wall hangings of both angels, printed as described here will be limited editions 1 of 5.

Greeting Cards

I also have made some greeting cards from the angel images. The cards are printed on pearl metallic paper, which gives them a shimmery look, which is perfect for the angels. I have used the following language at the top of the right page inside: "May your guardian angel watch over you and your loved ones, and bring you love, joy and protection." There is plenty of room under the quote to write your own personal message. For an added overall elegant look, the Golden Guardian Angel cards come with gold metallic envelops and the Silver Guardian Angel cards come with silver metallic envelops. If you have any interest in purchasing one or more boxed sets of eight of the Golden Guardian Angel cards, the Silver Guardian Angel cards or a mixture of half and half, please email me at kkochenderfer@mac.com so I can create them for you. I can use the language above or customize the cards to put any language you would like in them. These cards can be very versatile at any point in time of the year - as a get well card, a happy birthday card, a mother's day card, a father's day card, etc. However, they would be particularly good for Christmas or Happy Holiday cards. If you have an interest in having me customize the cards by adding "Merry Christmas from the Smith family" or "Happy Holidays from the Jones family" or something similar, I can certainly do that. Just let me know. Prices vary depending on the volume ordered. I watch out for price reductions from the printing vendor I use so I can pass on savings.

Inspirational Quotes About Angels

In addition to loving angels, I love quotes. I collect quotes and I use them in my books and greeting cards. I give thought to matching the photographs I take with quotes that think appropriately match the subject matter of the image. Here are my top ten favorite quotes about angels. I would be interested to hear from you as to which ones resonate the most with you - and whether you have other quotes about angels that you like and would be willing to share.

1.  "There stands an angel by every person at birth to guide him through the mystery of life.” - Greek Proverb

2.   "When life's arrows are bombarding we thank you, God, for angels guarding.” - Fred Bauer

3.   "While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondr'ing love.” - Phillips Brooks

4.   "Outside the open window the morning air is all awash with angels.” - Richard Wilbur

5.   "I saw an angel in the marble and I just chiseled until I set him free.” - Michelangelo

6.   "How many angels were there? One who transforms our life is plenty.” - Anonymous

7.   "Everybody knows that an angel springs from each good deed.” - Martin Buber

8.   "Where love abounds, angels hover overhead.” - Anonymous

9,   "Angel is the only word in the language which never can be worn out.” - Victor Hugo

10.  "Music is well said to be the speech of angels.” - Thomas Carlyle


  

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) angel christmas christmas cards comfort golden golden guardian angel guardian angel heart holiday cards holidays inspiration inspirational joy love protection silver silver guardian angel https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/4/angels Sun, 28 Apr 2019 07:56:10 GMT
Abstract Digital Art and Photography https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/1/abstract-digital-art-and-photography I have recently become very interested in creating abstract art. I have always been attracted to abstract art and if you look at the artwork in my home that I have purchased from others, I notice that it is almost all abstract. So in my work, I have been moving more away from pure representational photography (although I still do some of that work) and toward more creative and unique styles that end up being more abstract in nature. I end up using a combination of digital art and photography to create the abstract work I have been working on lately. Set forth below are some examples. 

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) abstract calm dance drama heart passion relaxation soul waltz zen https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/1/abstract-digital-art-and-photography Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:02:20 GMT
Exhibition of My Photograph "Quartet of Zebras in Lavender" at Palos Verdes Art Center https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/12/exhibition-of-my-photograph-quartet-of-zebras-in-lavender-at-palos-verdes-art-center I am happy to report that my artwork pictured below, "Quartet of Zebras in Lavender”, has been selected to be on exhibition in the Palos Verdes Art Center Gallery, at 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, for their Winter Show from December 7, 2018 to January 2, 2019. The Opening and Reception will start at 6 pm on December 7 and the jurist/artist who made the selections for which pieces of art to include in the exhibition will give a tour and explain his thought process for which pieces of art he selected for the exhibition. (I will be very interested to hear his thoughts on my artwork!). There will be a great deal of beautiful artwork at the exhibition, so if you have an interest, it would be fun to go take a look some time between Dec. 7 and Jan. 2. Click here for hours and map: http://pvartcenter.org/about/hoursandmap.htm. Interestingly, the same artwork of mine will be on exhibition in New York in December as well.

To see more about this photograph and other products using this photo, including greeting cards, coffee mugs, tote bags, wall hangings, etc., go to: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/zebra-quartet-50-kay-kochenderfer.html  

Zebra Quartet in LavenderZebra Quartet in Lavender

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) africa botswana exhibition lavender palos verdes art center quartet of zebras zebra https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/12/exhibition-of-my-photograph-quartet-of-zebras-in-lavender-at-palos-verdes-art-center Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:51:01 GMT
Sale of Pink Calla Lily Greeting Cards https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sale-of-pink-calla-lily-greeting-cards Announcement From Fine Art America:

Yesterday Kay Kochenderfer sold a set of 25 greeting cards of her Pink Calla Lily photograph (shown below) to a buyer from Dana Point, CA.

If you have any interest in the cards, go to https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pink-calla-lily-kay-kochenderfer.html?product=greeting-card  

Happy viewing!!

Graceful LinesGraceful Lines

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sale-of-pink-calla-lily-greeting-cards Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:59:09 GMT
SOLD - Announcement by Fine Art America - Sale 10 Giraffe greeting cards https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---announcement-by-fine-art-america---sale-10-giraffe-greeting-cards SOLD - Announcement by Fine Art America - Kay Kochenderfer recently sold a set of 10 greeting cards of "Giraffe Walking Through Field Of Sunflowers" to a buyer from New York, NY.

Kay took the photograph in Botswana, Africa. She was asked by the David Orgell store in San Marino that carries some of her photography products to develop a safari line of products for them. She wanted to come up with something very creative and unique, rather than just documentary photos from her two safari trips to Botswana and South Africa and one to Zambia. So, during post-processing she used various techniques to make this (and several others) look "fantasy-like" and like a painting. When printed on canvas, which has a somewhat rough surface, it really looks like a painting! Very cool.

If you are interested in purchasing a canvas wall hanging of this image, (which would make a great gift for someone and is quite beautiful) go to https://lnkd.in/gEewRvx and scroll down to the size you want (the most popular sizes are 20x16 and 30x20)

Or If you are interested in purchasing greeting cards with this image (which also make great gifts), go to https://lnkd.in/gp7uZP2

Giraffe Strolling Through Field of SunflowersGiraffe Strolling Through Field of Sunflowers

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) #giraffe #safari #botswana #texture hashtag#jaijohnsontexture https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---announcement-by-fine-art-america---sale-10-giraffe-greeting-cards Wed, 24 Oct 2018 06:00:19 GMT
SOLD - Announcement From Fine Art America - Sale of 10 Red Passion Greeting Cards https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---announcement-from-fine-art-america---sale-of-10-red-passion-greeting-cards Announcement from Fine Art America - Recently Sold 

Kay Kochenderfer sold a set of 10 greeting cards of Red Passion to a buyer from New York, NY.

If you are interested in the cards, visit 

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/red-passion-kay-kochenderfer.html?product=greeting-card

If you are interested in a 16x16 framed print of this image, visit

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/red-passion-kay-kochenderfer.html?product=framed-print

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) abstract cheer flower joy passion planets red tiny https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---announcement-from-fine-art-america---sale-of-10-red-passion-greeting-cards Wed, 24 Oct 2018 05:25:29 GMT
Braveheart Lion https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/braveheart-lion SOLD - I just sold a large canvas wall hanging of my "Braveheart Lion" image below. I took the photograph in Africa. During post-processing I used various techniques to make the image look like a painting. When printed on canvas, which has a somewhat rough surface, it really looks like a painting! Very cool. This particular image is part of a series called "Safari Heaven," which includes a number of different images of different animals from the safari using this "painterly" technique. If you are interested in purchasing a canvas wall hanging of this image, go to

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/braveheart-lion-50-kay-kochenderfer.html?product=canvas-print   

At other locations in this site, you can purchase greeting cards, tote bags, coffee cups and other items that made great items for yourself or for gifts. For example, some people have purchased a set of 6-8 of the matching floral coffee cups as a gift and others have purchased 6-8 coffee cups of different safari animals. #africa #safari #lion #greetingcards #totebags #coffeecups #fineartamerica #printswap #theprintswap #dailyshowcase #thedailyshowcase @greatescapepublishing #greatescapepublishing #painterly @theotherartfair #theotherartfair #beinspired #bejoyful #beinspiredandjoyful #creative 

Braveheart lion w textures, Topaz impression and watermarkBraveheart lion w textures, Topaz impression and watermark

Here is a photo of five other "Safari Heaven" photos that my husband and I have hung in our home. My husband purchased them for my birthday!

Giraffe Strolling Through Field of SunflowersGiraffe Strolling Through Field of Sunflowers Leopard on the ProwlLeopard on the Prowl 150B. Elephant Walking Through Field of Red Flowers with Watermark150B. Elephant Walking Through Field of Red Flowers with Watermark Leopard On The LookoutLeopard On The Lookout Zebra Quartet in LavenderZebra Quartet in Lavender

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) @greatescapepublishing @theotherartfair africa beinspired beinspiredandjoyfu bejoyful creative dailyshowcase fineartamerica greatescapepublishing jaijohnsontextures kathleenclemonstexture lion painterly printswap safari textures thedailyshowcase theprintswap wildlife zen https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/braveheart-lion Fri, 12 Oct 2018 08:39:32 GMT
SOLD - Zebra Portrait https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---zebra-portrait SOLD - I sold another photo today! I sold my Zebra Portrait. I took this close up photograph of the face of a zebra in Africa while on safari. During post-processing, I placed the photograph on a solid black background, which made the zebra's face "pop" with the black and white stripes. For the greeting cards of my zebra photos, I sometimes use the following quote: "To the white horse the zebra said: 'I am white too,' and to the black horse: 'I am really black.'" - Namibian Proverb. If you are interested in looking at this in more detail or buying any products with this image (wall hangings, greeting cards, tote bags, T-shirts, coffee cups, etc), go to: https://fineartamerica.com/…/zebra-beauty-portrait-kay-koch… #zebra#printswap #theprintswap #safari #dailyshowcase #thedailyshowcase@greatescapepublishing @theotherartfair #beinspired
#bejoyful #greatescapepublishing #theotherartfair #bejoyful #creative

Updated information. This "Zebra Portrait" has been very popular. I sold three copies of it at my May 18, 2019 Solo Exhibition at the Husar Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills. For more information about the Exhibition and the interview I have to be aired on national TV about my artwork, click on the following link, which will take you to a recent blog I wrote about the Exhibition:  https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) africa artwork creative fine art fine art america safari wildlife zebra zebra portrait https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---zebra-portrait Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:31:56 GMT
SOLD - Hummingbird in Mid-Flight https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---hummingbird-in-mid-flight  

SOLD - I just sold a large canvas print of this photograph that I took after patiently waiting for about an hour (well maybe not so patiently) for a hummingbird to be still enough to get a shot of the hummingbird in mid-air. You would not believe how fast hummingbirds move around. I finally staked out a spot and waited for a hummingbird to come to me, rather than trying to go to the hummingbird since by the time you would get to the hummingbird, it would be long gone. I was thrilled when I finally got the shot! And the purchaser of the photograph on canvas loved to image and is going to hang it in a special place in her house. #hummingbird #fineartamerica #printswap#theprintswap #dailyshowcase #thedailyshowcase @greatescapepublishing @theotherartfair#beinspired #bejoyful #beinspiredandjoyful

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/10/sold---hummingbird-in-mid-flight Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:52:05 GMT
Customer Testimonial About Four of My Water Lily Photographs Sold to Mark Taylor Salon https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/customer-testimonial-about-four-of-my-water-lily-photographs-sold-to-mark-taylor-salon I recently sold four of my water lily photographs to the Mark Taylor Salon, which are hanging along a wall in the salon. One of the owners of the salon made the following comments about my artwork:

"Kay’s photography is stunningly beautiful. I purchased four pieces of her photography, which are a series of water lilies that Kay photographed at the Huntington Gardens. Kay has turned the photographs into masterpieces by using some techniques that make the images look almost like paintings. The images are printed on metal, which makes the colors incredibly vibrant. The images are hung along a wall in my salon, which we now affectionately call the “water lily wall.” Customers of the salon often comment on the beauty of the images, which, of course, makes me very happy.” - Susan Bell, Mark Taylor Salon

Here are the four water lily photographs that were purchased. If you are interested in purchasing any of these photos in the form of wall hangings or greeting cards, tote bags, etc, visit me at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/yellow-water-lily-with-reflection-2-kay-kochenderfer.html. Enjoy!! #photography #waterlily #yellowwaterlily #HuntingtonGardens #atTheH #painterly #gardening #masterpiece #metalprint #enjoyment #joy #cheerful #peaceful #zen #tranquil #texture #textureart #clemonstexture

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/customer-testimonial-about-four-of-my-water-lily-photographs-sold-to-mark-taylor-salon Tue, 22 May 2018 06:27:16 GMT
Matching Product Collections https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/matching-product-collections I have created matching collections from many of my photography images that make great gift packages - gifts for others or gifts for yourself! For most of my images, you can purchase matching greeting cards, spiral notebooks with a beautiful matching image on the front and 120 blank lined pages inside for you to write your own thoughts on, coffee cups with the matching image, tote bags and carry all pouches with the matching image -- and other items. Set forth below is a slide show of many of the products using my Passionate Purple Rose image as an example. If you are interested in purchasing any of the items below, click on the following link https://fineartamerica.com/featured/passionate-purple-rose-kay-kochenderfer.html?product=tote-bag or email me at kkochenderfer@mac.com.  Thank you for viewing. Enjoy!!

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) collection matching products https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/matching-product-collections Fri, 04 May 2018 20:22:51 GMT
Water Lilies From The Huntington Gardens in San Marino California https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/water-lilies-from-the-huntington-gardens-in-san-marino-california I have spent many wonderful hours at the Huntington Gardens photographing the gorgeous flowers and other scenery. I have a special place in my heart for the water lilies. I have sold several of my water lily photographs as large wall hangings on metal print, which result in gorgeous vibrant colors. I also have a greeting card line with the water lilies paired with inspirational quotes at the top of the inside of the cards, which have become popular. Set forth below is a slide show of some of the water lily photographs I have taken at the Gardens. Enjoy!

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) bird bird admiring water lily huntington gardens water lilies water lily https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/5/water-lilies-from-the-huntington-gardens-in-san-marino-california Fri, 04 May 2018 18:28:26 GMT
Purchase and Testimonial from Dr. Lara Edinger, DO https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/purchase-and-testimonial-from-dr-lara-edinger-do Dr. Lara Edinger, DO, recently purchased a piece of artwork from me -- a photograph I took of a water lily and dragonfly at the Huntington Gardens and then worked on to create a final image with a painterly look. The final image was printed on metal, creating incredibly vivid colors. Here is Dr. Edinger's testimonial about the artwork that she purchased from me, which is hanging now in her office:

"I have one of Kay's pictures in my office. It is very bright and cheerful. Patients often remark how beautiful it is and I feel that it adds something really special to the atmosphere."

If you are interested in more information about this specific image, go to https://fineartamerica.com/featured/pink-lily-with-dragonfly-kay-kochenderfer.html

Happy viewing!

Updated information: This photograph has turned out to be very popular. I also sold a copy during my recent Solo Exhibition at the Husar Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills. To learn more about it, click this link to a blog I recently wrote about the Exhibition, which included this piece of artwork: To see more updates on my work, click on the following link for a blog I wrote about my recent Solo Exhibition: https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) dragonfly exhibition flower Husar Fine Art Gallery pink pink water lily Solo Exhibition water lily https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/purchase-and-testimonial-from-dr-lara-edinger-do Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:35:15 GMT
Collection of Customer Testimonials https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/collection-of-customer-testimonials "Kay's work has a profound effect on the soul. She captures those moments in life where time stands still and we are completely present. Her ability to interpret nature as art is a true and great talent. I bought a piece of her work for myself and my Mother fell in love so I gifted it to her for her Birthday. I've ordered another one for myself but I have a feeling this one will become a coveted gift once it's on view." - Todd Nickey, Nickey Kohoe Shop and Design Studio

"Kay’s photography is stunningly beautiful. I purchased four pieces of her photography, which are a series of water lilies that Kay photographed at the Huntington Gardens. Kay has turned the photographs into masterpieces by using some techniques that make the images look almost like paintings. The images are printed on metal, which makes the colors incredibly vibrant. The images are hung along a wall in my salon, which we now affectionately call the “water lily wall.” Customers of the salon often comment on the beauty of the images, which, of course, makes me very happy.” - Susan Bell, Mark Taylor Salon

 “I am incredibly impressed and thrilled with Kay Kochenderfer’s photography. I have purchased two of Kay’s photographs that are now hanging in my office. For the first, “Leopard on the Lookout,” Kay has done an amazing job of capturing a rare shot of a leopard in Botswana up in a tree with no leaves against a beautiful blue sky, providing a pristine full view of the entire leopard. The photograph is printed on metal, giving it a clean, vibrant, modern look. The second photograph, “Lake Powell,” is also hanging on my office wall and is printed on metal. This photograph has special meaning to me because I have spent time during 14 consecutive years with family and friends at Lake Powell and this captures the joy I feel when I am there. Kay has done a spectacular job of capturing the beauty of the lake. The water in the photograph is a gorgeous, stunning blue.” -- Greg Satz, Principal, Avitas Wealth Management

"I am a huge fan of Kay Kochenderfer’s brilliant photography. Her unique eye and painstaking craftsmanship combine to create truly one of a kind images. After purchasing one of her books, I became drawn to her greeting cards which are perfect for any occasion and I always have some available for quick notes or personal letters. She has created a visual and fantastic world which allows us to see the beauty which is all around us." - Greg Holcomb, Partner, Estates Director, Pacific Union International

“I have one of Kay's pictures in my office. It is very bright and cheerful. Patients often remark how beautiful it is and I feel that it adds something really special to the atmosphere.” Dr. Lara Edinger, DO

"The cards Kay Kochenderfer creates pairs her incredible photography with appropriate famous quotes. I love her cards! Whether to provide inspiration, hope or a friendly hello, those on the receiving end up framing Kay’s cards!" - Candice Rosen, Candice Rosen Health Counseling

"I had the privilege of being Kay’s colleague for more than 15 years. I was drawn to this picture [‘Room With A View’ taken in Provence, France] because it reminds me of a room with a view. Kay told me that she and Frank stayed at this hotel, and it’s now on my bucket list to visit. Thank you Kay for the wonderful piece of art that now decorates my new home." - Christoper Chorba, Partner, Gibson Dunn

"Your magnificent book was waiting for me when we got home last night. I love love love the photographs and the quotes, and how they go together, you have been quite the "busy bee" and I hope your sorrow has found a good place to rest for now. Kay, I would adore to give this book to people who I know would appreciate it. I have a dear friend, Michele, who's mom passed away last year, I showed her the book after our walk this morning, and she cried, (To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.) so I gave your book to her. Can I please BUY 10 (Michele wants four more), no questions, I know it costs to reproduce them." - Hilary Satz

"I just finished your beautiful book. Your photography is stunning -- you have a real gift." - Elizabeth Gibson, Managing Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales 

"I just saw your two books this morning.  Wow!  They are both beautiful.  Thank you very much for sending them – you know how much I enjoyed the first one, and these two are equally lovely.  You have a great eye for taking photographs.  I really love the ones (particularly the detail and vibrant colors) of the birds, the butterflies and the various flowers.  Also, your book on the Pasadena Symphony is fantastic – I can certainly see why they want to use it in their marketing campaigns!" - Susan Marcella, Partner, Gibson Dunn

"OMG! Your creation is absolutely wonderful! Thank you! This is a wonderful marketing tool in addition to telling the story of who we are. I will want a few of these!" - Robert Michero, Vice President of Finance, Board of the Pasadena Symphony

"Mom, Dad, and I were admiring your photography today and the books that you assembled.... We all agreed how truly talented you are and enjoyed your work!!" - Michael Boytim, CRNA at Kaiser Permanente

"Kay, OMG is the first thing I can say after reading your BOOK.  You have SUCH TALENT and an AMAZING EYE…. Nature is truly incredible and you have a way of capturing so much of it. . ." - Barbara Levy

"Kay, I just got your book.  Wow, it is absolutely amazing.  I am so impressed, and inspired (and, yes, a bit jealous).  Thank you so much –  if this doesn’t get me going on my photos, nothing will." - Ginger Bauer, Assistant General Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales

"Kay your book is sensational!!!!  Inspiring, insightful & comforting  thoughts-------throughout the spectacular pictures.   We will  display it proudly." - Li New

"Thank you so much for the wonderful book " Joyful Visions" . It really made my day much brighter." - Geng Passaro

"Thanks ever so much for that gorgeous book of photographs and quotations.I'm having a dinner party on Sunday for the CSUN piano faculty, and it will be on the table as one of the center pieces.  Then, after that...it will take its place with the book I pressured you into giving me from your trip to Africa on one of my living room end tables.  Fabulous.  You really captured some incredible scenes...and chose wonderful images to pair them with.  This creativity is certainly all traced back to your music studies!!!!!" - Edward Francis, Founder of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic

"I received the book and it looks amazing! Thank you so much for sending me a copy! I love all of the pictures you took of the quartet and the close-up shots of the instruments, so any of them that you would like to send by email would be great. We love playing house concerts and getting to connect with our audience, and I think when we show people your book, it will help us to get more people excited about having live music in their homes." - Carrie Kennedy, violinist with the Pasadena Symphony and Fiato Quartet

"WHAT CAN WE SAY!!! The memories will live on for ever within the pages of your creative  handcrafted  masterpiece. With deep appreciation of your thoughtfulness." - L. New and B. Etess

"I wanted to thank you for sending the beautiful book on the Pasadena Symphony.  I cannot believe you made that!  It looks so professional – how did you ever have time?" - Kim Udovic, Managing Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales

"I brought my copy of the Power of Music to the Women's Committee Board meeting today and everyone was so impressed. Several asked for information on how to order which I shared." - Sue Shieff, Past President of the Women's Committee of the Pasadena Symphony

"I am in awe of your books.  They are all truly beautiful." - Leslie Ripley, Chief Recruiting Officer, Gibson Dunn

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/collection-of-customer-testimonials Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:30:17 GMT
Purchase and Testimonial From Todd Nickey of Nickey Kohoe and Design Studio https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/purchase-and-testimonial-from-todd-nickey-of-nickey-kohoe-and-design-studio Todd Nickey, Nickey Kohoe Shop, purchased a piece of my photography, and made the following kind comments:

"Kay's work has a profound effect on the soul. She captures those moments in life where time stands still and we are completely present. Her ability to interpret nature as art is a true and great talent. I bought a piece of her work for myself and my Mother fell in love so I gifted it to her for her Birthday. I've ordered another one for myself but I have a feeling this one will become a coveted gift once it's on view."

If you are interested in this piece, to to https://fineartamerica.com/…/golden-aspens-vertical-kay-koc…. 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) aspens colorado dollar golden highway million orange trees yellow https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/purchase-and-testimonial-from-todd-nickey-of-nickey-kohoe-and-design-studio Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:27:13 GMT
My Photography Purchased By Avitas Wealth Management https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/my-photography-purchased-by-avitas-wealth-management Greg Satz, Principal, Avitas Wealth Management recently purchased two large wall hangings of my photography to hang in his office. Set forth below are his comments about the photographs, and below his comments is a slide show of the the photographs as hung the wall in his office as well as a close up of each of the two photographs.

Testimonial From Greg Satz, Principal, Avitas Wealth Management

“I am incredibly impressed and thrilled with Kay Kochenderfer’s photography. I have purchased two of Kay’s photographs that are now hanging in my office. For the first, “Leopard on the Lookout,” Kay has done an amazing job of capturing a rare shot of a leopard in Botswana up in a tree with no leaves against a beautiful blue sky, providing a pristine full view of the entire leopard. The photograph is printed on metal, giving it a clean, vibrant, modern look. The second photograph, “Lake Powell,” is also hanging on my office wall and is printed on metal. This photograph has special meaning to me because I have spent time during 14 consecutive years with family and friends at Lake Powell and this captures the joy I feel when I am there. Kay has done a spectacular job of capturing the beauty of the lake. The water in the photograph is a gorgeous, stunning blue.”
 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) africa artwork hung on wall avitas wealth management greg satz lake powell leopard on the lookout safari https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/my-photography-purchased-by-avitas-wealth-management Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:28:31 GMT
Artwork Shown in Sample Rooms https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/artwork-shown-in-sample-rooms I have put together a set of images that use a template of sample rooms that place my photography in each room to provide ideas of what colors, sizes, shapes and configurations of multiple images work together. This helps with the visualization of how different pieces of artwork work with different color schemes, different spaces in terms of size and how multiple images might work together on a wall. The stock templates I use were prepared by Ariana Falerni and the photography placed on the walls are my photographs, which you can purchase from me -- either through my website or by contacting me by email at kkochenderfer@mac.com to place an order. In addition, if you send me a photograph of one or more of your rooms, I can prepare a sample of what some of my photography would look like on your own walls using the photographs of your own rooms. Check back from time to time since I am constantly adding more sample rooms to my collection. I hope you enjoy! To see an update of my work, please click on this link to one of my more recent blogs:  https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/4/artwork-shown-in-sample-rooms Sat, 07 Apr 2018 02:37:45 GMT
Performance of Original Composition, Passacaglia, by David Lockington https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/1/performance-of-original-composition-passacaglia-by-david-lockington This is a performance of an original composition by David Lockington, the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS. David is playing cello in the performance. Kay Kochenderfer Toomey, the then President of the Board of the Symphony is playing flute in the performance. Diane Rankin, the former President of the Board is also playing flute in the performance. Hope you enjoy!!

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2018/1/performance-of-original-composition-passacaglia-by-david-lockington Wed, 31 Jan 2018 04:10:06 GMT
Purchasing My Photography Through Fine Art America https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2017/11/purchasing-my-photography-through-fine-art-america I am selling many of my photography products through the website Fine Art America, which offers not only wall hangings in multiple finishes and sizes, but other interesting products, such as greeting cards, notebooks, coffee mugs, tote bags, weekender bags, cosmetic pouches, phone cases, phone battery cases, yoga mats, blankets, towels, throw pillows, duvets, shower curtains and many other interesting products.  To access the Fine Art America site that carries my photography selling these products, go to https://fineartamerica.com/artists/kay+kochenderfer.

I think you will find some very fun and interesting products on the site! 

To see an update of my work, please click on this link to one of my more recent blogs: https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery
 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2017/11/purchasing-my-photography-through-fine-art-america Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:44:35 GMT
"Kisses of Joy" - New https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2016/12/-kisses-of-joy This is the cover page of my newest book titled "Kisses of Joy."  To see the entire book online, go to http://www.blurb.com/b/7566653-kisses-of-joy.  You can set to "full screen" and you will be able to scroll through the entire book online.  

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This is the introduction I wrote for the book:  I fell in love with photography when my husband purchased a “fancy” camera as a birthday gift for me in anticipation of an African safari.  Once I recognized the incredible joy I experienced photographing leopards, zebras, lions and other amazing animals, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, for the last year, I have been ill and have not been able to get out much for photo shoots.  I started missing photography in a big way, so I set up a photo studio in a spare bedroom and worked on flower photography.  I fell in love with photography when my husband purchased a “fancy” camera as a birthday gift for me in anticipation of an African safari.  Once I recognized the incredible joy I experienced photographing leopards, zebras, lions and other amazing animals, I was hooked.  Unfortunately, for the last year, I have been ill and have not been able to get out much for photo shoots.  I started missing photography in a big way, so I set up a photo studio in a spare bedroom and worked on flower photography.  I felt bursts of joy doing this photography, and it became a wonderful coping mechanism to deal with my chronic pain and exhaustion.  I decided to title this book “Kisses of Joy” since that is how I experienced taking the photos and putting this book together.  I have seven themes in this book.  The first is “Kisses,” where I take a large flower and place on top of it a much smaller flower as an accent or “kiss.” The Second theme is “Colors of Joy,” and focuses on flowers with strong colors.  The Third theme is “Waterdrop Kisses,” which contains flowers with an added element of waterdrops.  The Fourth theme is “Dreams of Joy,” which contains flowers photographed in a dreamy, soft manner (using a very large aperture and/or the Velvet 56 lens). The Fifth theme is “Musical Kisses,” where I add musical elements to the photos.  The Six theme is “Whimsical Joy,” and contains unusual flowers or flowers presented in an unusual manner.  The last Theme is “Dinner Party Flower Arrangements.”  Please Enjoy!!!  

If you do look through the book, I would be extremely grateful if you could let me know which 2 or 3 flowers or quotes you liked the best.  I am always interested in what resonate most with people.  Thank you very much!

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Amazing African Safari https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2016/6/amazing-african-safari My husband and I embarked on an amazing African safari earlier this year with our great friends Jeffrey and Tondra Lynford.  We traveled to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa.  Every part of the trip was filled with fantastic, amazing and wonderful sights.  From a photographic point of view, it was nirvana.  It was the most amazing trip you can imagine.  During the safari rides, we had great sightings of leopards, lions, zebra, monkeys, baboons, giraffe, cape buffalo, impala, hippos, kudu, elephants, crocodiles, rhinos, and a beautiful assortment of interesting and exotic birds.  In Zambia we were blessed with a gorgeous view of the double rainbow covering Victoria Falls.  In addition, we were greeted with some wonderful and colorful sunrises and sunsets.  All in all, it was a fantastic trip.  I am still working my way through all the photographs I took on the trip, but had posted here some selected photos from the trip.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos!!!

 

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) africa amazing africa animals safari https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2016/6/amazing-african-safari Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:29:46 GMT
The Colors of Colorado https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-colors-of-colorado My husband, Frank, and I took an amazing road trip through Colorado this fall.  We were very fortunate to be there just as the colors of the aspens were turning a beautiful shade of gold.  We visited quite a number of places in Colorado and loved them all!  One of the highlights from a photography standpoint was the Rocky National Park, where I was able to get a close-up photograph of a majestic elk.  We were there during elk rutting season, so we lucked out by seeing quite a few elk.  Another huge highlight from a photography standpoint was the "Million Dollar Highway" between Silverton and Ouray.  Every single second of the drive was filled with expressions of awe and wonder.  And, of course, there were many stops along to way to take photographs.  If you ever visit Colorado in the fall, this stretch of road is a "must do."  The colors are amazing and the views are absolutely breathtaking.  Another very interesting place we visited was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve.  It is a very interesting and beautiful place as well.  We also visited Aspen, which is a great place in the fall to walk around and explore.  There are some amazing restaurants in Aspen!  We also visited Vail, which is beautiful and fun.  We happened to be there during Octoberfest, which was a lot of fun.  In addition, we visited Telluride and found the most amazing photography gallery there (which I could have stayed in forever).  In a nutshell, Colorado is magnificent and being there in the fall with the fall colors was splendid!!  I hope you enjoy the photographs below.  Please feel free to leave comments or ask any questions.


To see updates on my work, click on the following link for a blog I wrote about my recent Solo Exhibition: https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-galler

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) Aspen aspens Colorado Elk Fall Fall colors fall foliage golden aspens Million Dollar Highway Ouray Rocky Mountain National Park sand sand dunes Silverton Telluride Vail https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2015/11/the-colors-of-colorado Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:39:10 GMT
The Phenomenal New Zealand https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2015/3/slideshow-of-new-zealand-photos My husband and I just got back from the most amazing trip to New Zealand.  It is a spectacularly beautiful place, with wonderful opportunities for photography.  We visited both the North Island and the South Island.  The scenery is stunning throughout both islands.  One of my favorite photographic opportunities was visiting Lake Matheson.  We arrived in the morning on a great weather day and walked about 45 minutes to get to the best place to shoot ("Reflection Island").  When we first arrived, the water was not completely still, but about a half an hour into the shoot, the water became completely still, resulting in the mirror-like reflection photo at the start of this photo slideshow.  We also visited a number of gorgeous waterfalls (one of my favorite things to photograph).  Hiking to and from the waterfalls provided us with a great deal of exercise.  One of the other great places we visited was the Abel Tasman National Park, most of which is only accessible by boat.  The water is a gorgeous shade of turquoise and there are some great coves.  We also visited two great gannet colonies and a penguin colony.

To see more updates on my work, click on the following link for a blog I wrote about my recent Solo Exhibition: https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2019/6/opening-night-of-my-solo-exhibition-at-the-husar-fine-art-gallery  The landscape in New Zealand is filled with beautiful hills and green areas with sheep and cattle.  We also saw some spectacular sunrises.  The food was great and extremely fresh.  And, of course, the wine was top-notch.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) . Abel Tasman Abel Tasman National Park exhibition fine art gannets Kidnappers Cape Lake Matheson matai waterfall Milford Sound New Zealand ocean penquins surfers https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2015/3/slideshow-of-new-zealand-photos Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:33:00 GMT
Slideshow of Photos With Quotes https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2014/11/slideshow-of-photos-with-quotes

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2014/11/slideshow-of-photos-with-quotes Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:19:36 GMT
Passion, Joy and Wonder Book https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2014/11/passion-joy-and-wonder-book The links below will take you to a book I made titled "Passion, Joy, Wonder:  Designed To Bring A Smile To Your Soul."  It is a book of photographs I have taken, along with inspirational quotes.  The first link below is to a softcover version of the book, and the second link below is to a hardcover version of the book.

 

http://www.blurb.com/b/5518326-passion-joy-wonder-softcover

 

 

 

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(Kay Kochenderfer Photography) book joy passion wonder https://www.kaykochenderferphotography.com/blog/2014/11/passion-joy-and-wonder-book Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:49:31 GMT