Monday Mixtape - For The Love Of Duran Duran

I've known Dawn for almost as long as I can remember.  Our early friendship, back in 6th grade, was formed through a mutual love (read:  infatuation) for John Taylor, the bass player for Duran Duran.  It's hilarious to look back at photos of them with their big hair and makeup, but behind the glam, I still think he's gorgeous.  Don't try to argue with me :)  To this day, I can pick out the bass line in any given Duran Duran song.  We were kinda freaks about him.  We wrote short stories, casting ourselves in the role of his girlfriend.  We decoupaged our folders and papered our bedroom walls with his photos.  We basically competed with each other over who was the bigger fan, as if the girl who loved him most "won".

"Did you know that John, like, designed the video set for "My Own Way"?"
"Yeah, 'cause, like, his favorite colors are, like, red and black"
"You can, like, call me Nigel today"
"Like, why?"
"'Cause, like, it's John's middle name"

This was back in the 80's when we couldn't google him or head to Wikipedia for his life story.  We had to wait for the latest interview in Bop magazine.  We couldn't go to YouTube to watch our favorite videos over and over to our little pre-teen hearts' content.  Instead we counted the days 'til Friday Night Videos came on... and hoped out parents let us stay up late enough to watch it.   We did eventually grow out of it... for the most part.  They kind of fizzled out there for awhile ("Wild Boys"?  Ick).  Dawn went on to actually play bass guitar herself, and plays in a band.  So, needless to say.... She won :)

It's impossible for me to narrow down my favorite Duran Duran songs to just a few for this post, but here's kind of a random sampling of their complete and utter awesomeness.

"Save A Prayer"

"Planet Earth"

"My Own Way"

"Hold Back The Rain"

"Lonely In Your Nightmare"

"New Moon On Monday"

"New Religion"

I am super excited to be shooting Dawn's marriage to Adam next month in Oakland.  He plays guitar and performs vocals in their band, Red Voice Choir.  Told you... She won!

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Puppy Love...

When you need a daily dose of cuteness... there she is :)

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Senior Portrait Parties - A Girls Day Out with Janel KG Photography

Dude, I can't even tell you how excited I am for these super fun senior portrait parties!  My friends and I would've been all over this back in the day!  

Let me tell you a little bit more about how this works:  A lot of people are cool with hanging out, getting their hair and makeup done with their friends, but not necessarily comfortable "working' it" for the camera in front of everyone (that would totally be me).  So, we're not doing that.  Each girl gets her own private photo shoot while the others are chillin' back at the salon.  We'll be shooting in two locations, both within a short walk from the salon.  After everyone's done their individual session in each setting, we'll bring you all together for the group shoot!  So this is going to be an awesome 4 to 5 hour day, with arrival to the salon at 2:00, and finishing up around 6 or 7 - Perfect timing to hit the town for dinner since you'll all be looking fabulous!


We have six girls in our group... can we still book a Girls Day Out?  Totally, we'll just start earlier!

What if I only have a group of three?  No problem, I love trios!

How do I book a Girls Day Out?  It's super easy!  Contact me to pay your session fee and reserve your date!  I can accept a credit card over the phone or via email, or you can simply send me a check.  Moms, I understand this may be where you come in... Please feel free to call me with any questions :)

We want to book a party, but we're not available on either of the listed dates.  I hear ya... Call me or shoot me an email and we'll figure out a time that works for everyone.

This sounds fun, but we want more of a country setting for our portraits.  Do you travel?  Sure, my team of hair and makeup stylists and I are happy to bring the party to you!  If one of you happens to have the perfect yard, back alley, open road, whatever, your home can act as our "salon" for the day.  A small travel fee may apply.

What should we wear?  Ah, the ever-pressing question!  My first and foremost rule is "Wear what makes you feel amazing".  We'll be shooting in two settings with two outfits, so I suggest choosing one look that's on the more casual side, and another that's more dressy... maybe your "going out" look?  Once your session is booked, I'd love to meet up for a cup of joe or a smoothie and go over clothing ideas, answer any questions, and go over the details of your day.  In the meantime click here for some recent what to wear inspiration :)

What if it's just me and my one best friend?  Ooh, I love BFF sessions!  They work pretty much the same as my Senior Experience sessions, except you're sharing it with a friend!  I can do these sessions pretty much any day of the week, so they're easier to get on the calendar!  Feel free to contact me for more info on this fun option!

Don't wait to book your Girls Day Out!  I can only do ONE party per day!  

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Beauty right outside my door...

Everywhere I look, the world is coming alive... I can't help but smile to see the fresh buds on my dogwoods, the burst of pink flowers on my eastern redbuds, and the early signs of blooms on my hydrangeas!