children's photography

Illuminating La Luna

La Luna | El Corazon photography by Kim Campbell.
El Corazon Photography by Kim Campbell - girl with stuffed hyena.

How serendipitous that I would come across a gal named Luna. If you follow my Lotería project you might notice that I haven't fulfilled my 'Luna' card yet. Well Luna and I got together and went through her closets and found lots of interesting things including this fabulous plastic wig thing-a-ma-jig. My creative sculptor husband Francisco crafted me this moon out of Styrofoam. I love a good team effort.

This shoot took place at Old Portland Hardware & Architectural where I am having my El Corazón show next week. The owner Bret has been great about lending me props and even offered up his space for a photo shoot which I couldn't resist. I love places that evoke a sense of history, curiosity and discovery.

Well one of the more interesting pieces in his collection is this hyena. He was perched high a top a shelf of glass lampshades. With Luna's mom's permission we hoisted her up on the bookshelf and played a game of girl vs. hyena.

Luna was a great sport and tried on all kinds of costumes and masks on for me. I'm curious to know which of these images 'sing' to her.

Landing in Oz x 2

Twins Audrey and Abby had been coming to our Campbell Salgado photography studio since they were in utero - a mere eight years before. I've always had such a fondness for this creative little duo that I couldn't wait to have them step in front of my camera for an El Corazón style portrait. You'll have to see how their love of all things Wizard of Oz manifested itself into a wicked portrait in my portfolio - Abigail and Audrey. Maybe it's the doppelgänger effect that I find so evocative...two Dorothies. With their matching American Girls dolls and outfits I found these simple portraits above singularly stunning. Their directness with the camera makes me feel like they are looking into my soul. Which knowing these striking girls...they probably are.

The Quince and I

El Corazon fine art photography by Kim Campbell.

Taking simple objects and creating mood in a photograph is an ongoing exercise. Photography that is choc-a-bloc full of mystery, passion and delight is always my starting point. If I could pinpoint some of my earliest shots with the El Corazón collection it might be this one with my son Tamaio. Each Spring this scraggly bush that I've considered removing 11 months of the year comes to life with the magical blossoms. The Quince is alive I always think when it emerges. Taking branches into my house is a Spring ritual. This year I asked my six year old son to simply hold it for me. This kid is always obliging so he gave me at least five minutes of his time and presto...a portrait that's both about beauty, life and childhood was born.