Monday, May 5, 2014

New Website and Blog | Portland Baby & Child Photographers

It's been a little quiet over here and that's because all the action is happening at my new website and blog!! ;) This site will no longer be updated so please reset your bookmarks and make note of the new site address.

Visit the new website for Portland Oregon newborn, baby and child photographer, Kimberly Anne Knox by clicking here! 

The address is the same as my old portfolio website and will now be home to my new portfolio website AND blog all in one. Convenient and easy! The URL is:

kimberlyanneknox.com

Also, contacting me for a photography session is easier than ever too. Just visit my new site and click the "contact" button on the top right of the menu bar and a contact form will load right up!

Thanks and see you there!!


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Get Your Baby, Child or Family Portrait Session on the Books 'cause I'm BACK!

I'm so thrilled to be able to return to work without any restrictions! After only two and a half months, I'm am not only returning to photographing portrait sessions, but I'm actually better than I was before the surgery! Obviously that was the plan! Haha! But I was skeptical since the first hip surgery wasn't as successful as we'd planned for I thought there was a good chance this surgery would be a bust too. So very thankful to be feeling amazing and getting around pain-free, I'm going longer and stronger and everyday I'm feeling better and better still.

Having a total hip replacement, even at age 29, was the single best decision of my life. I have no regrets and I am eternally grateful to my physicians team at OHSU in Portland, I am dreaming up ways to give back to them. I can never, ever, ever, repay my surgeons for the freedom they have given me, they have quite literally given me my life back. My hip feels like it's four years old again, like I could run without reservation through an open field of flowers at sunset!! I'm so serious! :) I don't know how to equate that feeling with a gift to them. I have some ideas and I am determined to see those to fruition because I am so, so thankful.

I feel like I haven't done my best work yet. I feel like there's a world of possibilities out there.
-Liza Minnelli
SO!! Clients, future clients, friends, family, and anyone who still reads this old blog....I'M BAAAAACK! Come back here often to see what's new at Kimberly Anne Knox Photography! I have some amazing things up my sleeve, including a move to a new home with possible studio space within and if not I will be opening a commercial studio soon-ish (a short term goal -- like before we hit another Oregon winter), plus my website will be completely overhauled and a new blog on a better platform will debut soon (it's all in the works behind the scenes), plus I have some really neat specials coming up for families this fall, I am beginning a baby's first year plan and so much more.

Thanks for everyone's support through this whole ordeal, I appreciate it beyond words.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Total Hip Replacement in a Young Adult | A Perthes Story

Well here I am, recovering from a total hip replacement (THR) that I had 7 days ago as a direct result of a late diagnosis of Legg Calve Perthes Disease or simply Perthes -- a childhood illness that effects the hips. You can read all about my surgery last year and my Perthes diagnosis as an adult here.

The months leading up to this final act of desperation have been fraught with fear and disbelief accompanied by anticipation and hope. I have been in and out of Doctors offices for all the preoperative testing and preparation. I have been poked, prodded, and weighed (lol) more times in the last three months than I have in my entire life it seems. All leading up to this moment where I am on the brink of the better side of recovery. When all the surgical pain is finally (!!) subsiding and the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, faint and distant, but visible, giving hope and promise.

I had really hoped that the last surgery would have been the last of my hip problems, but the plan didn't quite pan out. And that's ok! We knew it was a gamble of sorts with the best case being all pain relieved (in the hip, knee and the lower back) plus a more even sit of the pelvis and bottom end of the spinal cord and also to repair a laberal tear.

Here's a little recap of my pre-(any)surgery hips/pelvis/spine map:

Perthes Hip X-ray Image

My orthopedic surgeon's plan was to take the greater trochanter (the area of bone jetting out to the top side of the femur bone) and place it a few inches down providing a relative femoral neck lengthening and an offset to the weight bearing portion of the femur (pictured below). The problem was, my femoral head was still shaped like a football, it was really flat and shaped all wrong for the socket on the pelvis it was supposed to fit into. As a result, we didn't see the progress of pain relief or a leveling of the pevis, as a result, the spinal cord was still bending at the base. That surgery was my only shot before we hit the end of the road running right into a THR.

Here's a quick overview of what we did the first time. The first image is pre-surgery, the second is immediately after and the third is from my eight week checkup.
Femoral osteotomy; moving the greater trochanter down, held together with screws.

Most Perthes patients will have to have a THR at some point in their lives, some sooner than others and some not at all, but especially likely to be high candidates for a THR are those Perthes patients that go undiagnosed and untreated for many years. I knew at the very beginning of my diagnoses that this was a real possibility as the first orthopedic specialist I saw said, "You had Perthes Disease as a child, it ruined the top of your femur bone and you will have to have a hip replacement." I wasn't expecting to endure a THR this early, this young though.

I haven't seen my post-THR x-rays yet, but I'll share them here as soon as I can. Also, in that same post, I wanted to explain the pre-op, surgery, post-op, recovery and all the ins and outs of that day in hopes of providing someone, somewhere a sense of what is to come for their own surgical procedure, especially a THR.

Thanks for all the well wishes sent my way!! Much appreciated!!
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Out of the Office | Recovering from a Total Hip Replacement

Hey clients! Friends! Family! And all the other cool people who stop by here now and again! :)

Just wanted to provide a little update and let my clients/prospective clients know I am now home recovering from a total hip replacement surgery. While things are going really well, I am healing up wonderfully and the worst is behind me, I am, of course, not taking clients at the moment. I will definitely be up chasing toddlers by early summer and anticipate the ability to take on maternity and newborn sessions about mid-May, but I do need to let a little time pass before I make any final decisions.

Thank you for your continued, amazing support and encouragement, I couldn't have done any of this hip stuff on my own. Every single one of you in my life has been such a huge part of this journey, thank you a million times.

For the whole story this time around click here:             

For the whole story the first time around click here: femoral osteotomy to treat late diagnosis of Perthes Disease

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Close Up Portraiture {Monthly Challenge Blog Circle}

Testing...1, 2, 3...is this thing on? Hello, Blog!!! I've missed you <3

It's been a pretty little month or so around here since my last post and I've missed writing and sharing images here. I do plan to be here more often, so let's start with January's challenge with the ladies at Clickin Moms. I'm not only a member at the most amazing photography forum for women, but I'm also involved in a few blog circles with some crazy talented photographers. This circle consists of monthly challenges where we set out to photograph something in particular, share it on our own blog and link to each other.

 I initially headed outside one evening when the sun was setting looking for some soft back lighting for this project. On our way back in to the house, I noticed the beautiful light pouring through the window...inside our garage :)

Close Up Portraiture - Canon 5D w/ 100mm 2.8 macro - 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 3200

I love the way the light falls dramatically across her face and the shadow lines softly hug her contours sliding deeper as they move to the left. There is just enough illumination to see her friendly expression and big bright eyes with such a content stare.

Please visit my friend LaShawn's Blog HERE to see more close up portraits :)



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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Portland Lifestyle Photographer | Our Everyday {December 2012}

Traditions. Our December is so very full of them. Some great, some small, many faithful and many more just plain yummy :) We bake Gingerbread cookies every year and cut them out into little men and let the kids decorate them any way they'd like. We set out frosting, chocolate chips, cinnamon candies, small pieces on candy canes and sprinkles in every Christmas color and make an afternoon of it. With Christmas music or holiday movies playing in the background and cinnamon candles burning on the mantle above the gentle roar of a warm winter fire. We are so very blessed to live our everyday together.




Full disclosure - recipe is from Betty Crocker's Christmas Cookbook :)




Kaylee is getting SO good at rolling out cookie dough!




This is Kaylee's almost completely on her own - rolling, cutting, and all!

Her after-nap hair...oh my gosh...






I just love him. That is all.









Taste testing is totally encouraged ;)


A few of the final masterpieces!





To see more Everyday Moments from some pretty amazing photographers and friends follow our blog circle this way ------------> Visit Misty's Blog post here.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Portland Oregon Lifestyle Photographer | Our Everyday

I've teamed up with a group of lovely and talented ladies to start a new blog circle featuring images of our everyday. A chance to turn the camera around and back on my family and my kids. The theme is pretty open and I intend to mostly showcase lifestyle images that expand on our everyday.

Sunday donuts. Church, donuts, nap: our Sunday ritual only broken on the occasion someone is sick or we are out of town or some unforeseen emergency. Sometimes we get a dozen donuts from the local bakery or the market, sometime we grab a few boxes of Hostess minis and take them back to the house for brunch, but one of our favorites is going in to the donut shop and making a date out of it.









Please visit Misty's blog here to view the next post in this blog circle :)


Visit my website here - Portland, Oregon lifestyle photographer, Kimberly Anne Knox
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