Category Archives: Portrait Photography

The Streett Family Christmas Portraits

Mimi and John Streett and my parents have been as thick as thieves for years now. So when Mimi requested a family Christmas portrait session during my visit home, it was like asking if I was willing to photograph members of my own family. When Mimi requested that we use the grounds of St. Vincent’s School for Boys for our photo shoot, my heart skipped a beat. Growing up in Marin County, California, I knew St. Vincent’s to be on my top locations list for photo sessions in Marin. We were able to organize the session the day after Christmas… and every single member of her family wore red and brought their blue eyes! The littlest Streett is the first grandchild and wow, did she not inherit every good gene from both of her parents? I couldn’t keep my camera off her.

Without much further ado… The Streett Family!

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If I could…

…make pictures on Black and White medium format film all day, everyday, and twice on Sunday, I would die happy.

I cannot even describe with words how much these images mean to me.

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The Segal Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the fun and funny Segal family recently at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, CA.

This tight knit family was super easy to photograph and have fun with. I also fell in love with mom and dad’s Christmas/complimentary colored shoes!

This was my first Hybrid family photoshoot. Hybrid simply means that I shot both in digital and film. The images featured here are digital images, but as soon as I get my film images from the awesome FINDlab, I will post the side by side images here…



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Family Portrait FUNdraiser for UPNS

Recently I hosted a Family Portrait FUNdraiser for my son’s amazing cooperative preschool, University Parents Nursery School, here in Los Angeles.

This will be my family’s last year at UPNS, and the thought of that gives me a lump in my throat. We’ve been attached to this community for 4 years now!

What makes UPNS amazing is its diversity, loving teachers, and caring parents who actually work in the classrooms. We really get to know each child and each other.

One of my favorite things is getting people out in nature, and as many families had never been to Franklin Canyon Park, this was the obvious choice for our family sessions. From the winding trails and roads, turtle and duck pond, and falling leaves it was a great backdrop. We had our first blast of fall weather that weekend, which made dressing up in sweaters and fall boots realistic in our normally warm climate.

Here are some of my favorites from the weekend of family portrait sessions:

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The Liebermans

The twins have each been in my daughter’s grade school classes, so Adina, Matt and I have become friends these past two years. Adina is a “Redkin Rockstar” and travels worldwide speaking and teaching for Redkin. I have had the pleasure of sitting in her salon chair and boy does she do a mean cut and color. So when we decided a long time ago to do a family photo shoot, I knew it would be nothing less than flippin’ F-U-N.

We decided to shoot at Venice Beach because the boys in the family love to skate. When I asked Adina what the girls would do while they skated, she quipped, “Be beautiful.” and of course they were:


And here are the menfolk doin’ their sk8 thang…


But that was at the end. Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we?

I ventured around Venice Beach looking for locations to shoot, but also just to take in the view…tons of people, all with interesting visual tales to tell. But that is for another post. Here are a few of the environmental shots I took:


The rules for the skate park at Venice Beach are pretty extensive and so I had to get a shot of them, plus the cars that day at Venice Beach were, shall we say, unusual? And of course what kid doesn’t love a warm slice of pizza for early dinner?venice2

This family has blue eyes and shoes for days:


While getting ready for the family photo shoot I captured Adina doing what she does best: styling her daughter’s hair. You can take the girl out of the salon but not the salon out of the girl!


The Family that plays together, stays together! Thanks Adina and Matt for letting me spend the afternoon with your Bada$$ family! What a great choice of location – to skate and have fun in the sun at Venice Beach while showcasing your colorful, fun and beautiful family. Until next time…


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Muse and Creator + Kristen Papac Photography Collaboration – Amanda and Bill – Sneak Peek

Amanda and Bill walked into the studio prepared…make-up done for the former, hair coiffed for both, and outfits all in a row. They were a bit nervous, as most people are before a photo shoot, as was I. Admittedly, this was only my second engagement portrait session. Ever. However, inside I knew this was going to be a very special shoot.

My friend, the talented Geoffrey Rowe Lbipp, of Muse and Creator, had invited me to second shoot and assist him for this engagement session. Honored doesn’t quite explain how I felt when he asked me! He decided to set up a pop-up studio in his new space in Old Town Temecula. It couldn’t be a more perfect spot for an engagement portrait session for this country loving pair.

And it was a special shoot…everything just went smoothly, we had lots of laughs, and Amanda and Bill really got into it by the end! Now I know that if that feeling of warmth mixed with a little bit of lust and romance tickles all of us by the end, then we’ve done our job well.

He loves her so much he even wears her initial on his jeans!

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He loves her so much he even wears her initial on his jeans!


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Rebecca Rasmussen, Published Author

Rebecca Rasmussen and I met through our children’s preschool. We were both new to Los Angeles and getting our bearings. She, having hailed from the mid-west, was enthralled with California’s natural beauty and sunny weather.

After a while it came out that she is a published novelist. I have to admit, when I found that out I was literally amazed to have a celebrity in our presence. 😉 I guess I’m like Oprah when it comes to authors!

When she contacted me about the possibility of taking portraits for her new book coming out this summer, I felt incredibly honored. We went up to Topanga Canyon to capture her beauty amongst the rolling Golden Hills of California at sunset. This was very appropriate considering her novels deal with place as a through line, and she is greatly enjoying her time here in Southern California.

You can find out more about Rebecca and her first novel here: The Bird Sisters, A Novel by Rebecca Rasmussen

Or like her Facebook Page: The Birdsisters to hear more news about her upcoming novel!

xo, K

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