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Dear Friends,
It’s been a really long winter.
I’ve been in and out of artist darkness for a lot of months now.
It’s been difficult.
And cold.
And lonely.
But now that spring is here again,
Finally
And along with it, the sun, the green and the warmth,
I feel like a huge part of myself is reemerging.
And I’m ready.

April 5, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Amanda @ willful/joyful - Oh boy. I could have written this. Winter is beautiful, but so, so hard. I’m glad you’re finding spring as reviving as I. Looking forward to what you do next.

Shattered

These photos are from a collaboration I did this fall with my friend Michelle Frampton.

    Our inspirations were:

Anything reflective including…
Sparkles.
Sequins.
Metals and metallics.
Mirrors.
Reflections.
Ceremonials.
Film.

We prepped many hours for this shoot. We went as far as hanging mirrors from the ceiling and steaming black sheets/backdrops for hours, all so we could achieve this very specific look. It was harder than either one of us thought it would be. Then I went and dropped a mirror on the ground. It shattered but instead of being bummed about it, we realized that the shattered glass provided a new and very interesting prop. Immediately the options became limitless.

By the end of the day she an I both were so visually stimulated from all the warped images that we both had headaches. It was well worth it though. Even though these photos are visually a lot to look at and even more challenging to figure out, I felt so personally satisfied by this exploration. Personal work is the most satisfying work I could ever do with photography.
I think I should do it exclusively.
One day maybe…

Mamiya 645
Polaroid Spectra
Polaroid 600

May 11, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Kristin - these are very spectacular. broken glass has the coolest fragmented affect.

February 12, 2013 - 2:02 pm

annie (the annilygreen one) - these are incredible. so stunning.

Chappell Portraits

One of my favorite families of all time, besides my own I suppose, is the Chappell Family. I have been shooting them for years and each time I get the opportunity to photograph them in and around their beautiful home and property in Alpine, I am reminded of how much I enjoy each of their personalities and how quickly our children grow. These twins turned one year old this month! Time goes by too quickly. I shot this session digitally but also shot a roll of film (plus a couple frames). These are the scans from their session. All I did was resize and post. Yet another reason why I love shooting with film.

Mamiya 645
Kodak Portra 400
The Find Lab

February 11, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Amy - Thank you. Thank you. ❤

Paint

I have been thinking about paint for a while. How much I miss it and have felt like doing it again. I got the idea that I wanted to print one of my photographs on canvas and paint over it with oils. I am not a very experienced painter but I figured with a paint by numbers approach, I could mix colors and swirl paint around fairly easily. This particular photograph I had printed on fine art paper and mounted on foam core. It is a double exposed polaroid taken of me by my friend Ashley Thalman. It features an sx-70 polaroid camera and flowering rose bushes. It’s one of my favorite pictures of myself. I’m still not sure how the oil will do on fine art paper but so far it seems to be ok. Probably not archival but that’s alright. I’m just experimenting. I love the possibilities of heading in this direction for a bit. It feels good to be creative in a different way. Maybe I’ll even getter better at painting in the process.

Huge thanks to J. Kirk Richards and his lovely wife Amy for allowing me to paint with them in their home.
It was a fine winter day in Woodland Hills.

February 12, 2013 - 2:41 pm

jen - no better way to expand your creativity and vision than through exploring different mediums. Love it.

February 8, 2013 - 11:45 pm

Ashley Thalman - Wait. What? This is perfect. A totally natural extension of your aim at deliberate, permanent, well-thought. I love it.

Thursday

I’m trying not to over think this
but for some reason, this is hard for me.

I feel like I need to prime the pump a bit…recover my voice.

The words aren’t flowing today so I’m going to leave you with a quote. I am currently reading Simple Abundance. It’s is an amazing book.
I read a quote in that book today that really struck a chord with me. It perfectly encapsulates how I am feeling right now.

Completely and totally unsure. About most things.

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…The artist never entirely knows.
We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”
Agnes De Mille.

This blogging challenge is a leap in the dark for me.
I feel brave.

Happy Thursday!
Tomorrow is Friday.
Holla!

Asher Leo.
Hiding behind the cabinets.
Mamiya 645

February 12, 2013 - 2:34 pm

jen - I so needed to hear/read this. I love this moment of your day.