A Floating Workshop: Camera Cruise, Let's Go!

How cool is THIS? A 4 day "Camera Cruise" with yours truly and the likes of David Beckstead, the Bui BrothersFrederick Van Johnson, Sara France, Kevin Swan, Shaun Austin, Frederick Van Johnson and more! It's a floating workshop where you get personal attention from some of your favorite professional photographers who have been there/done that and and are eager & willing to help you rock your world! Thursday, November 11, 2010 4:00 PM  – Monday, November 15, 2010 10:00 AM $1,250 includes four days full of workshops, shooting and face time (AND lodging/meals). Leaving from/Returning to: Mobile, Alabama Stopping in: Isla Cozumel, Mexico

I'll be sharing my wicked fast workflow and album production process using none other than Adobe InDesign. Join the revolution!

For full details, check out the Camera Cruise blog or the Camera Cruise registration site.

Get Ready Lincoln... Yours Truly is Hitting the Dance Floor, Salsa Style!

Quick, quick, slow... Quick, quick, slow... around the dance floor Nick and I will go! My voicemail indicator was staring at me, as it usually does... letting me know I had a new message. It was late (the middle of the night), and I was curious. I dialed in and a few moments later, heard a woman's voice (the fabulous Deb Schulte) kindly telling me that I was invited to participate in this year's "Dancing With the Stars of Lincoln." I squealed with excitement and immediately began fantasizing about music/wardrobe. :) Needless to say, it was hard to go to bed after that! :)

A fundraiser for the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, it will be a night of great music, wonderful food, and pure entertainment... all with a good cause. The catch? I have about 3 weeks to finish learning and polishing our routine to hopefully avoid total humiliation on Aug. 20th. Yikes!!!

Other folks you may know that are participating incude Nancy Becker (LPS), Nancy Biggs (LPS), Gene Brake (Home Realty), Dave Hansen (Swanson Russell), Dr. Paula Harre (Harre Orthodontics), Brittany Jeffers (Channel 8), Amanda McGill (Nebraska Legislature), Corey McKeon (former Husker player), Gina Sherwood (B107), Dr. Jeff Tomjack (Women's Health Center), Terry Wagner (Sheriff), and my dear friend and crafty extraordinaire, Sarah McCurley (Emmy & Ivy).

The best part? You're invited!

Friday Aug 20, 2010 @ Embassy Suites Doors open at 6:30 (be there to snag the best seats!) Dinner & cash bar start at 7:00 pm, Dancing competition starts at 8:00 Tickets (including dinner): $75.00 per person ($850.00 for a corporate table of 10)

To get your tickets, contact Dr. Michael & Rita Dowd @ 402.421.2173 or Dale Miller @ 402.421.4639

Here are some heinously low-quality images (captured from low-res video stills) of myself and our choreographer Sean Siedhoff (Basically Ballroom). My awesome dance partner, Nick Hernandez was operating the camera (thanks Nick!). :) Next time, I look forward to capturing some imagery/footage with him in it! :)

Now... what to wear!?

ps: If you think you'll be in the audience, let me know! A gal performing a dance she learned at lightning speed can never have too many cheerleaders! :)

Get Lit Up About Going Dark! | Earth Hour

Sometimes it's great to feel part of something bigger than ourselves... When was the last time you felt like that? Here's another opportunity, that's easier (and more fun!) than you thought.... On Saturday, March 27th at 8:30pm local time, people around the world will be turning of their lights for one hour to send a strong message about their concern for climate change and this lovely jewel of a planet that we all call home. Be part of the fun & join in! (The kids will LOVE it!) :)

To learn more, visit MyEarthHour.org.

WPPI 2010 Wrap Up + Photographers Ignite: Uncle Bob Photo

(If you're looking for the Uncle Bob Ignite video, it's at the end of this post! :) - Enjoy!)

What fun we had again in Vegas this year! We arrived on Sunday, dropped off our bags and immediately checked out the scene at the conference.

Emir came along and was an INCREDIBLE source of support and encouragement. I absolutely enjoyed having him there with me... and don't know what I'd do without him! I love you sweet thing! Here, he solves some last minute IT challenges.... :)

Sunday night, we got cleaned up... (I know, worst camera phone EVER!) and I was surprised to discover that I actually fit into this dress.... Hallelujah! I suppose that all the running has really started to pay off! ha! I'm proud to say that I continued my training by cranking out another 13 miles along the Vegas strip in the wee hours of the morning during the conference. (It was kinda crazy to see people in the casinos at night when we were going to bed, and again in the morning.... still in the same seats at 5:30am the next day when I headed out to run.... I guess they were really having a great time!)

Sunday night meant dinner w/ friends (gasp! no photos!) and surprise tickets from me to Emir for Cirque's LOVE. (Which, is aptly named... as we LOVED it!)

Later, Emir held his own as the only guy alongside Michele M. Waite, Kellie Kano, Stacey Kane, (Emir & I), Rebecca Peters and Melissa Jill. One of the best things about attending conferences, is the opportunity to connect (and re-connect) with so many friends! Great to see you all again ladies!

I've been looking forward to teaching my first WPPI Master Class since last year's WPPI.... and was so excited it was finally here! I was bursting at the seams with passion to help fellow photogs be the best they can be. We talked about using Adobe InDesign as part of a regular work flow as well as some basic design principles to really hit the ground running.

Last year, while boldly following my heart down a path that eventually lead to this year's Master Class, I found myself under the supportive wing of this fun fella... Joe. :) He introduced me to the rest of the Rangefinder family and welcomed Emir and I back to Vegas with his hearty grin and a big bear hug. You're the best Joe!

I am eternally grateful to Adobe, AsukaBook (Lindsay... you rock my world!) and Banti Album Proofing for helping to bring this class into existence. Their support made this learning opportunity a reality, and I'm not the only one who was grateful. One quote I received after the fact was from Jake who said: "2 years of WPPI and @kplicanic was hands down my best class yet!" Those simple words made the countless hours of prep, writing, planning (and stressing!) completely worth it. I am THRILLED that everyone seemed to really enjoy it and left better equipped to rock their businesses. Yay!

It was ultra exciting to have Adobe dream team members Julieanne Kost and Allison Goffman sitting in on my session. Truly an honor ladies! Thanks so much for your support!

The icing on the cake was afterwards when we met up with other Adobe conference speakers including Kevin Ames, Jim DiVitale, and Art Suwansang for drinks later that night.

We had a lot of fun... but no fluff here! This class was bursting at the seams with hard-core substance! (Hence, the serious looks of concentration... ;)

Of course, I was up to my usual antics.... (I have no idea what I was illustrating with my wide open arms.... document bleeds perhaps?)

One of the awesomest book publishers around, Peachpit Press, was kind enough to send a few copies of one of my favorite design books ever: "The Non-Designer's Design Book" by brilliant artist/author Robin Williams. Five lucky folks went home with one of her books (Peachpit generously also included a few copies of another of Robin's books that I love, "The Non-Designer's Design & Type Book"). Thank you Scott!!!!!

Following my Master Class, I got to visit the great people over at the AsukaBook booth where I did a couple of quick demos explaining how to export from InDesign specifically for AsukaBook. If you've never checked them out.... some seriously great folks over there! Luv you guys!

Me, gettin' my 'Britney' on. (Love the headset mic!)

Ok.  So, yes..... that horrible looking man pictured below.... is me (Thanks to Jen Mckendrick for snapping and sending such fun shots!). (Scroll down for the full 5 minute VIDEO)

Kevin Kubota and crew organized what was the very first (and hopefully not last!) "Photographers Ignite." Featuring 20 photographers, each with a single 5 minute presentation to share. It was wildly fun and entertaining! Other speakers I was honored to share the stage with included: Kevin himself, Vicki Taufer, Scott Bourne, Ace Cuervo, Doug Gordon, Carolyn Wells, Jerry Ghionis, Gustavo Fernandez, Craig Strong, Mike Steelman, Sarah Petty, Riz Crescini, David Jay, Becker, Katie Trujillo, Jed Taufer, Jessica Claire, Amy Parrish and Jules Bianchi w/ Joy Bianchi Brown.

It was to be the official closing session for the conference and it was suggested that I submit some proposals. So.... submit I did. Perhaps as many as 5? After finishing what I thought was my last proposal idea.... I was brushing my teeth one day when the idea for Uncle Bob came to mind. I ran to the computer, submitted it and quickly went back to brushing my teeth where it dawned on me.... I might actually have to go through with it (costume and all) if it was chosen. Ha!

So.... I began writing...... then editing. Then writing some more. Then, I threw the whole thing out and started over. TWICE.

Write/re-write. Then.... record to test timing. Followed by (are you surprised?) more editing and re-writing.

Eventually, I went thrift-store shopping... not for fun things like shoes or purses.... but for.... "Bob's" clothes.

I roped Emir and my soon to be sister-in-law in on the action and created the imagery for the 20 slides that would auto-advance every 15 seconds for what was to be nothing more (or less!) than a 5 minute presentation. These are a few of my fave slides....

I enjoyed the entire creative process almost as much as the live performance. :) The days leading up to the event were spent twittering on behalf of Uncle Bob (much to the confusion and bewilderment of those he reached out to!).  It was a riot to watch people's faces wash over with a smile as I walked through the audience before the show welcoming everyone, shaking hands and telling them how great it was to see them again (since the last wedding they photographed where they surely ran into me.... er..... I mean, Bob!).

One email I found waiting for me upon my return home said: "Hey Khara! Just wanted to say, AWESOME 5 minutes at Photographers Ignite. I really ALMOST did wet my pants!! LOL. Great Job!!" People almost peeing their pants? SCORE! (wow... I continue to be amazed and how truly unattractive I am in this outfit! ha!)

If you want to see the whole 5 minutes for yourself.... check out the video below. :) What you can't see well in the video is the final slide, which brings home the point of the whole presentation. It says: "Don't be Uncle Bob! You just spent a week learning great things from great people. Go forth and put your new found wisdom into action! (Don't be Bob!)

Vegas Bound!

'Tis that time of year again! I'm headed out west where I'll be presenting at this year's WPPI Conference. I am *so* stoked! If you're a photographer who will be there and want to connect, I'd love to meet you! Here's a bit of what my schedule looks like:

Monday, March 8th: Speaking at the AsukaBook Booth (#1619)@ 3pm

Tuesday, March 9th: Teaching a Master Class @ 11am (sold out!), but you can catch me later in the day at the AsukaBook booth again at 3pm

Thursday, March 11th: You WLL NOT want to miss Photographer's Ignite! 20 mini-presentations in 2 hours. It's going to be a blast! I have some special things up my sleeve for my presentation... if you're planning to attend, let me know (email or twitter message me @kplicanic), I'd love to have you there!

Seriously, come say hello.... It would be so much fun to meet you!

In between all of those fun things, I'll be connecting with photographer friends, colleagues and some of my favorite vendor pals. This industry is all about relationships... and WPPI is a chance to put names to faces, shake hands, say hello and spend some quality time with the rest of the incredible team who (in addition to my fabulous clients!) makes my job so much fun. I can't wait!

Special love & thanks to my generous and ever supportive sponsors: AsukaBook, Banti Album Proofing, and Adobe. I {heart} you all big time!

Openin' Up in the Big O!

Yours truly is proud to have been invited to come speak at the Co-Op Photography Studio, My Studio, in Omaha a week from today! (That's Monday, Feb. 22nd folks!) I'll be discussing: Design basics Intro to Adobe InDesign Marketing & Social Media (Blogs/Twitter/FB) Wedding Photography – The Big Picture

The cost (which includes lunch! Yum!) is $109.

For info on signing up, contact Tina Gunn or Tanya Siragusa. I hope to see you there!

Lincoln's Own Brand of Awesome Sauce

I love being part of a community that's rich with great people, talent, innovation and ideas! Toolulu's Deb Averett & Christy Nelson recently produced a one-of-a-kind event in downtown Lincoln called "Awesome Camp."

It was a conference of sorts, where everyone was welcome and anyone who wanted to could sign up to present a 20-minute seminar on the topic of their choosing. Topics ranged from kayak water-polo, to wind energy, to book publishing. Very neat!

Yours truly jumped at the chance (are you surprised, really?) and presented "Awesome Photos in 10 Simple Steps" and "Twitter: How Not to Suck at It." Emir got in on the fun as well with a web usability presentation!

The event was generously held at Red 9 (have you eaten there lately? we were treated to salads that were out. of. this. world!) and sponsored by great folks like Screen Ink, A to Z Print, SMC  Lincoln, Toolulu, Think-Do-Be-Create, Firespring, Fierce Robot and of course, the fab peeps at Red 9.

Silicon Prairie News was on-hand and recorded this video (they apologize for the sound and video being out of sync... kinda funny!)

Here's a video of the mavens behind the event, Deb Averette & Christy Nelson

See more images and read more about it at Silicon Prairie News and Toolulu.

Secret Special Project: Volunteer Models Needed!


I'm looking for peeps to appear in some promo shots for something fun I'm developing (top secret!). If you're game (at least 21 years old) and available this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 9th) from 7-9pm, email me (khara {at} kabloomstudios {dot} com) and I'll follow up with more details. (I will make it worth your time, promise!!)

Will be a good time for all!

Dramatic Interpretation: UNL's Social Media Club

The fine folks over at UNL's new Social Media Club invited me to join them at their most recent meeting last week to talk about how I use social media in my business. What a great group! They had fantabulous questions and a tangible buzz around what they're doing. Talk about bright future leaders of tomorrow.... wow! :) Thanks for the invite guys!


Emir catches some more silly shots of my energetic (and sometimes dramatic) interpretation. Ha!


Gasp! That's Private! (and way too fun) | Photo Classes Lincoln

So.... what do you do if there's something you want to learn, but you can't make it to any of my other classes? Or maybe you're looking for something specific (or advanced)? Or, you want an excuse to get together with friends for a customized learning experience? Go private of course! :) Here's a few shots from a private class I taught on Tuesday. Loads and loads of information..... but always a good time.

(Hey! No laughing at my overloaded laptop desktop! ;)


Special thanks to Kim for hosting!

Self-Branding + Twitter: A Dramatic Interpretation

I was tickled pink when Katie Becker contacted me abut speaking/presenting a breakout session at Ad Camp (via the American Advertising Federation - Lincoln) last Wednesday. It's always fun to get together with other creatives to talk about anything and everything, so naturally I was game. My presentation was called, "You Tweeted What!? Self-Branding + Social Media (and how not to suck at it!)." Emir came along to snap some photos, later revealing my dramatic antics. Too funny!


And now, for the full melodramatic reenactment.... (my favorite is what appears to be an operatic aria in the top right corner... ha!) As you can see... the energy level was not exactly lacking... ;)

social-media-presentation-07social-media-presentation-03social-media-presentation-04Thanks so much for thinking of me Katie (and the rest of the crew at AAF-Lincoln!). And big thanks to the students for your enthusiasm and wonderful questions! :)

AsukaBook Webinar "Ask the Expert" Series Featuring Yours Truly (FREE!)

The fine folks over at AsukaBook invited me to host one of their new FREE "Ask the Expert" series of webinars. (Color me flattered!) Join us September 22nd (this Tuesday!) as I introduce you to InDesign: Photoshop's Best Friend. I'll be showing you how to set-up, create and export an InDesign document into Asuka ready files. Whaaa? You didn't know you could do that, did you? :) You bet you can. And I'm going to show you how!

Click here for start times and to sign up!


Bloggin' Bride

Can I tell you how excited I am to be shooting Stephanie's wedding!? This girl is on FIRE! She lives in St. Lake, UT and I haven't officially met her yet... but we've talked on the phone, played email ping-pong... and.... we've blogged. She started a wedding blog to document her inspirations and the planning of her big day... and quite the fantastic writer she is! She was recently chosen to write yet ANOTHER guest post on Elizabeth Anne Designs about planning her wedding and choosing her photographer (a-hem!).  Check it out here! Great job as usual Steph... can't wait for your big day! eanne

Featured on theknot.com TV {Tomorrow!}

Last night Kiersten from theknot.com contacted me to request the usage of an image from Katie & Nathan's wedding on their weekly web TV show. Cool beans! Tune in at 11am central time TOMORROW (Wednesday July 15th) to catch Katie & Nathan in this week's special geared towards eco-friendly 'green' weddings!

UPDATE: You can find the image of Katie & Nathan (plus more eco-friendly ideas) featured here.