Kyle Warren Art Studio

Kyle Warren Art Studio I am a Wildlife & Portrait Photographer in Raleigh, NC- Landscapes, Waterfalls, Mountains, Animals. Portraits of Children, Seniors, Families, & Couples- as well as Pets, Weddings, Events, and so much more!

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QWAMAINE & TOYA’S FAMILY PORTRAIT ALBUMThese are page spreads from a 8x12 inch vertical album made from a portrait sessi...
11/30/2017

QWAMAINE & TOYA’S FAMILY PORTRAIT ALBUM

These are page spreads from a 8x12 inch vertical album made from a portrait session of Qwamaine, Toya, and their two girls at the NC Museum of Art and JC Raulston Arboretum.

DETAILS:
12x8 inch Vertical Format Album (12x16 inches when open)
Metal Print Cover w/ Black Floral Fabric Binding
Art Watercolor Paper
16 Spreads = 32 Pages
53 Images Used in Design
Total: $637.00 [The Metal Print increases the price – as a premium album option. (Non-Premium Price Alternative = $612.00)]

My products are custom ALWAYS, and they are drafted as contact sheets for review and changes as many times as needed before final retouch and color enhancement starts. My goal is to give something beloved and timeless.

SAGE & STUART’S WEDDING ALBUMThese are page spreads from a 12x6 inch album made from the images from a wedding of Sage &...
11/30/2017

SAGE & STUART’S WEDDING ALBUM

These are page spreads from a 12x6 inch album made from the images from a wedding of Sage & Stuart in Greensboro. Sage is the sister of one of my good friends from college. They got married on Halloween....

DETAILS:
6x12 inch Horizontal Panoramic Format Album (6x24 inches when open)
Entire Cover Photographic (Canvas)
Art Watercolor Paper
15 Spreads = 30 Pages
110 Images Used in Design
Total: $371.00 [This and other items were purchased in-conjunction-with/following me being the photographer for their wedding….when you book me for your event, you receive a 30% discount on your book/album orders. Original Price w/o discount $530.00]

My products are custom ALWAYS, and they are drafted as contact sheets for review and changes as many times as needed before final retouch and color enhancement starts. My goal is to give something beloved and timeless.

I have designed print catalogs for my wildlife images- other categories are coming....and so is my online store. These a...
10/01/2017

I have designed print catalogs for my wildlife images- other categories are coming....and so is my online store. These are the pages of my Flowers & Plants catalog.

A few of my first portraits - during my time at RCC.
10/01/2017

A few of my first portraits - during my time at RCC.

I worked at Petsmart in Garner for many of the last few years. I have always had a passion for keeping exotic pets (scal...
10/01/2017

I worked at Petsmart in Garner for many of the last few years. I have always had a passion for keeping exotic pets (scaly guys)….I love dogs and horses, etc. :P ….but I have raised and bred dozens of species of fish, invertebrates, lizards, amphibians, turtles, etc. I started my job at Petsmart because of a girl I liked- not the best move….but the job became something I developed a lot of passion for and loyalty to.

I hate that there is not more time in the day and that I cannot go back and change certain things (because there are many years in my past that could have been so much more, and where I could have grown so much more; but because of Petsmart (because of a friend….who I met because of my job there), I found so much of who I want to be.

She is and always was beautiful, and she loved to see my photographs and give me feedback (what she really loved in my images, but also, helpful feedback about things that she did not…. well, more-so things she felt could be stronger….like elements and details and colors I should try to accentuate and push to take to a different level). She had an immeasurable impact on me (and in inspiring me), and there have been a handful of friends who have had this sort of effect on me, but she was more.

She and her boyfriend were in a motorcycle accident only a few miles from his parent’s home. He was killed instantly, and she was left in a coma. That day and that week changed my life forever. We had been talking regularly for weeks about shooting portraits of the two of them and making a book- which she was over the moon about, because she was excited to be able to be so involved in the design and every facet of making the book (picking fonts, graphic design, papers, colors, fabrics, etc.).

I did not know what to do or to think for her. I had always wanted a purpose for my work (something that would be uplifting and inspire or bring meaning to others).

I wanted her to know that she was loved by everyone who knew her and that tragedies are a maze of emotions and difficult things to reconcile- but life even in the face of tragedy is full of beauty, promise, and blessings, and through our trials we grow and strengthen and often can find new purpose by helping others through something they face).

I spent several months while she was getting better to research poetry, powerful sayings, and anything else I could to create a book for her that incorporated design ideas we had talked about to make a book that could provide value and strength, for any day. I asked several of our mutual friends and some people who did not know her to read the book, and provide me feedback to improve it where needed.

I used my photographs in the book, and every day I looked at it, I was bothered in being unable to be confident in that the image quality (in the beauty and inspiring impact of the images)- my work was not strong enough or beautiful enough to be given to her- and I began to push my images- trying to take the color, clarity, and richness to a different level. Every day, I worked on the images sometimes pushing them too far, other times, not enough. In time, a new series of techniques began to take shape and the style for my work emerged.

The images here are a few page spreads from her book and her books front cover….

My College Years....Photo School:In high school, my mother set up a few doctor appointments for me to have moles removed...
10/01/2017

My College Years....Photo School:

In high school, my mother set up a few doctor appointments for me to have moles removed. My mother felt really badly that I had to go through the procedure, and so she took me to the local professional level camera shop (Peace Camera). I think we spent over two hours in the store. The employee assisting us asked what I liked to photograph, to which we told him “wildlife”, and he began to tell us about RCC and its four different Photographic “Concentrations” (areas of focus) - Portrait/Wedding, Commercial, Biomedical Communications, and Photojournalism– Photojournalism he recommended for me. I began looking into Randolph Community College later when I got home, but before we left the camera shop, we bought a forty year old Rollieflex twin-lens reflex medium format camera. I unfortunately never got fully comfortable shooting with that camera, and eventually it became a novelty possession and a prop (even though it is fully functional). That camera, and the day we bought it, played a pivotal role in moving me in the direction of the life I have pursued. I did not have the slightest knowledge of how to use a camera manually- I had a consumer camera that did everything for me…. I just saw a cool looking bug, aimed, and clicked the button, scrolling a dial to increase saturation and contrast.

Once I determined where RCC was, we got the information we needed to go there for a tour of the Photographic Department….

Entering the building was like entering a bomb shelter from another time period (which was really cool to me and fed into my avid imagination). You went through a simple and featureless door, down a concrete hallway with almost no details or distinguishing marks other than cracked paint and decades of age visible in the paint (it looked as if it were built during World War II). Cage covered bomb-shelter-looking lights hung down from the roof; the one thing out of place was the large wall display of newest work and portfolio selections by the students off of their most recent projects. From there, you turned to face a black pair of double doors with tiny windows, and you went through, on the other side, the floor was checkerboard black and white tile going in three directions.
Immediately on your right was a large open work area with giant tables for laying out images and matboards to be cut and combined; on your left was the equipment checkout office (a room filled with hundreds of cameras, lenses, strobes, and anything else you could imagine a photographer needing or wanting). Our tour lasted about two hours. We saw the computer-controlled color film processing equipment, the workrooms and various tools for cutting window mats along with the heat pressing equipment, the film scanners and large format digital printers, the computer labs for Photoshop classes….

We went into all of the various studio bays (from the giant commercial bays, to the portrait studio bays), and in a few cases, saw students working with their lighting equipment on projects, but the most powerful and exciting experience was in the chemical tray processing darkroom……… witnessing exposed prints being placed in developer! It was like magic! The print paper went into the developer tray pure white (the silver halides in the paper had a latent image burned into them that you could not see) and as the developer fluid came over the surface, the image began to instantly manifest and get darker and richer with each second- I was mesmerized!!!
I asked a few questions of the instructor (Greg Stewart- Department Head Administrator) who was giving us the tour. I was enthralled but also terrified by what I was seeing….I realized that in actuality, I knew next to nothing about any of this, so had to ask him if I was going to be able to come in with almost no knowledge and start from the absolute basics- from scratch. He told me that the program started at the absolute beginning and that those coming in with the least knowledge were almost always the most dedicated and accomplished photographers in the end. “Those students are usually the ones who do best and achieve the most here.” Now I knew I was absolutely sure that this was where I had to be!

I graduated RCC in 2006 with an Associate in Applied Sciences: Photographic Technology – Specialized in Portrait Studio Management. I made important friendships at RCC and my life changed and gained so much because of my time there- all of my instructors who truly cared about us learning everything we could, who had so much passion, and who gave me so much of their time and their knowledge (even away from school), and my friends who supported, encouraged, and inspired me.
Thank you so much!
-Kyle

09/15/2017
KW ART STUDIO - FAMILY PORTRAIT SLIDESHOW

This is a slideshow of images from a family portrait session in the park outside of the NC Art Museum in Raleigh. The later half of the images were made at JC Raulston Arboretum. Shyla is 3, and was nervous at first, but by the end she hamming and working it...

These images are right out of camera. I always build slideshows for my portrait shoots. I can build slideshows for Weddings and Events as well. I hope you enjoy the video.

https://youtu.be/wrN5txW9cPs

This is a slideshow showing the range of images from a portrait session in the park at the NC Museum of Art and JC Raulston Arboretum- Raleigh, NC. We had so...

09/15/2017
KW ART STUDIO - Makaelah Quinceañera

This is a slide show of images shot at Duke Gardens. The slideshow is 5 minutes, but it was put together to show all of the beautiful images that we came away with. The images are right out of camera. We had so much fun shooting these! Makaelah was having a blast- all the little girls at Duke Gardens kept waving at her (the Disney Princess).

These portraits were made for Makaelah's Quinceañera party. Thank you for watching.

https://youtu.be/lGDNNXbJLdA

This is a slideshow showing the range of images from a portrait session in Duke Gardens- Durham, NC. We had so much fun shooting these images! (These photos ...

09/15/2017
KW ART STUDIO - Nature Photography Slideshow

This is a slideshow of some of my wildlife images.

The song is one I draw a tremendous amount of inspiration from:

"If Elephants Could Fly" by Marcus Warner

https://youtu.be/Gbyw4ic381Y

This is an introduction slideshow of nature images- animals, flowers, landscapes, and more. All the images were taken by me (Kyle Warren)- more slideshows, a...

I will be adding a lot of video and images (product images and explanations, along with so much more- I needed time and ...
09/15/2017
HOME - KW ART STUDIO

I will be adding a lot of video and images (product images and explanations, along with so much more- I needed time and resources to build my books and albums and so much more) to my primary website in the next few weeks.

On my site, you can learn about Portrait Sessions, Event & Wedding Coverage, see galleries of work by me, visit all of my various sites, and visit my online stores & client private galleries sections (coming very soon). You can download questionnaires, see price lists for prints and other products, and much more!

www.kwartstudio.com

KW ART STUDIO

Welcome!My name is Kyle- officially my business is now Kyle Warren Art Studio, LLC!I will be updating as often as I can,...
09/15/2017
HOME - KW ART STUDIO

Welcome!

My name is Kyle- officially my business is now Kyle Warren Art Studio, LLC!

I will be updating as often as I can, so please stay tuned. I apologize for having this account and not posting until now. I would love to get feedback from everyone, and I will try my best to respond quickly to anything I receive. I will put links here leading to my other sites. Also, I will embed videos here from my Youtube Channel when I post them. I had to get some things organized- and I apologize for taking a while.

If you see a post that you like, or if you know someone who would possibly enjoy seeing my work (or need a photographer) please share my work, my sites, and this page with them.

Thank you, so much!
Sincerely,
Kyle Warren
www.kwartstudio.com

KW ART STUDIO

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Clayton, NC
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