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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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These were shot at the NC Aquarium at Roanoke....more coming. I am so excited for the future and I am planning very ambi...
11/30/2017

These were shot at the NC Aquarium at Roanoke....more coming. I am so excited for the future and I am planning very ambitious things for this coming year. I hope you like these.🙂

I have a lot of portrait and wedding images, as well as nature imagery I am going to begin posting. I hate that I have not been producing and publishing images, content, and so much more this year. I am training myself to shoot and edit video and audio, and I intend to take things to a new level this coming year.

My time has been strained between my job with Federal Express (as I am still getting my business started) and the priorities I have in my friends, as well as my pets....and frankly, everyone has been tremendously neglected....yet another intended change to bring into this new year.

I am planning an extensive road trip across the country- though it is going to be done in pieces or segments (probably 2 weeks at a time). I hope to begin something epic and inspiring and I hope to meet a lot of people along the way.

MY PRINT CATALOGSThese are images 11x14 inch Horizontal Proof Books (Print Catalogs) printed to provide a physical examp...
11/30/2017

MY PRINT CATALOGS

These are images 11x14 inch Horizontal Proof Books (Print Catalogs) printed to provide a physical example of the color and quality of my artwork available for purchase as prints or for other products and purposes.

DETAILS:
Each Page (Including the Cover) = $5.00
Ring Binding $10.00

These are 11x14 Proof Books. If I shoot portraits or if you have a business, or if you want to make a proof book from images you shot on a trip or at a family gathering - these books can be produced quickly and easily for you. NOTE: Instead of doing contact sheets (where the images are small), your images can be the entire 11x14 page or be almost the entire page if you would like....composite pages can be custom built as well.

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.

MAKAELAH’S SIGNATURE ALBUMThese are page spreads from a 10x10 inch Square Album (custom Guest/Signature album) made from...
11/30/2017

MAKAELAH’S SIGNATURE ALBUM

These are page spreads from a 10x10 inch Square Album (custom Guest/Signature album) made from portraits preceding Makaelah's Quinceanera (celebration of her 15th birthday, and the transition into being a young woman). All the art work is custom and original by me- her party theme was “Alice in Wonderland (Vintage)”….

DETAILS:
10x10 inch Square Format Album (10x20 inches when open)
Combo (Front & Back) Photographic (Metallic) Cover w/ Champagne Floral Fabric Binding
Art Watercolor Paper
10 Spreads = 20 Pages
24 (Technically 40 – Counting Backgrounds) Images Used in Design
Total: $308.00 [This and other items were purchased in-conjunction-with/following me being the photographer for her Quince Celebration….when you book me for your event, you receive a 30% discount on your book/album orders. Original Price w/o discount $440.00]

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.

MAKAELAH’S PORTRAIT ALBUMThese are page spreads from a 10x10 inch album made from a portrait session of Makaelah, taken ...
11/30/2017

MAKAELAH’S PORTRAIT ALBUM

These are page spreads from a 10x10 inch album made from a portrait session of Makaelah, taken at Duke Gardens in Durham (these are formal portraits preceding her Quinceanera - celebration of her 15th birthday).

DETAILS:
10x10 inch Square Format Album (10x20 inches when open)
Combo (Front & Back) Photographic (Lustre) Cover w/ White Premium Leather Binding
Art Watercolor Paper
21 Spreads = 42 Pages
87 Images Used in Design
Total: $487.90 [This and other items were purchased in-conjunction-with/following me being the photographer for her Quince Celebration….when you book me for your event, you receive a 30% discount on your book/album orders. Original Price w/o discount $697.00]

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.

MARTHA’S SLOT CANYON PHOTOS (ART CONVERSION) BOOKThese are page spreads from a 12x12 Book made from snapshots taken on a...
11/30/2017

MARTHA’S SLOT CANYON PHOTOS (ART CONVERSION) BOOK

These are page spreads from a 12x12 Book made from snapshots taken on a point-and-shoot during a road trip through the western part of the US last year (by a friend). The original files are on the couple of pages. Some of the images are hyper-saturated (that is to help them print more vibrantly on Matte Paper....they are not as hyper-red in her book).

DETAILS:
12x12 inch Square Format Book (12x24 inches when open)
Combo (Front) Photographic (Metallic) Cover w/ Black Alligator Leather Binding
Matte Paper
24 Pages
42 Images Used in Design
Total: $429.00

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.

ROY’S HISTORY (FAMILY/RESTORATION) ALBUMThese are page spreads from a 8x12 Horizontal Album made from scans of 35mm film...
11/30/2017

ROY’S HISTORY (FAMILY/RESTORATION) ALBUM

These are page spreads from a 8x12 Horizontal Album made from scans of 35mm film and also some prints- brought into to Photoshop for restoration/repair and then color optimized....then arranged for book layout. NOTE: I apologize- the text (the story entries) are not yet completed, still being written and refined for my Mother’s final version of the album.

DETAILS:
8x12 inch Horizontal Format Album (8x24 inches when open)
Aviator Leather Cover
Art Linen Paper
20 Spreads = 40 Pages
162 Images Used in Design
Total: $560.00 [Any extreme rebuilds of severely damaged images would add to this price (based on hours required), but general color/contrast repair and minor retouching/repair is included in the $560.00.]

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.

DENNIS’ FAMILY PORTRAIT BOOKThese are page spreads from a 8.5x11 inch book made from the images from a portrait session ...
11/30/2017

DENNIS’ FAMILY PORTRAIT BOOK

These are page spreads from a 8.5x11 inch book made from the images from a portrait session for my friend Dennis and his daughter Angelica.

DETAILS:
8.5x11 inch Horizontal Format Book (16x12 inches when open)
Combo Photographic (Lustre) Cover w/ Black Graphite Mineral Fabric Binding
Satin Lustre Paper
32 Pages
81 Images Used in Design
Total: $477.40 [This and other items were purchased in-conjunction-with multiple large prints and framing in which the total was more than $700.00 which provides a 30% discount on books ordered within 6 months. Original Price of Book w/o Discount $682.00]

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.

This is a restoration from a 3.25x5 inch size original image in rough condition to an 11x14 print....the repaired image ...
10/05/2017

This is a restoration from a 3.25x5 inch size original image in rough condition to an 11x14 print....the repaired image shown here is cropped as a 4x6. The repair took 3.5 hours. It is an image of my father's father (and his father...so my grandfather and great grandfather).

This something creative and a lot of fun for me. My mother went to a reenactment my uncle was involved in and shot with ...
10/05/2017

This something creative and a lot of fun for me. My mother went to a reenactment my uncle was involved in and shot with a point and shoot (which she kept applying the camera's "special effect" options to the images....not my preference), and I used images of glass panes and moisture stains and some color and contrast tools (a bit simplified) to create this and I will post a series of these soon.

This is a service I call an "Art Conversion", where I take your images and put them through Photoshop to create Wall Art (in this case- the look and feel of Wet-Plate or Glass-Plate Imagery from Photography's beginnings).

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 Panoramics catalog.

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 Landscapes (General) catalog.

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 Flowing Water (Fresh Water) catalog.

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 Coastal Images catalog.

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.

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 Reptiles catalog.

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 Horses catalog.

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 Mammals (Non-Equestrian....minus a Zebra) catalog.

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 Birds catalog.

My Official Logo
10/01/2017

My Official Logo

My Business Card...
10/01/2017

My Business Card...

A few of my wildlife images....hope you enjoy.
10/01/2017

A few of my wildlife images....hope you enjoy.

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….

Legacy:During the middle of my first year in RCC, my parents went to Missouri to clean (and prepare for sale) the house ...
10/01/2017

Legacy:

During the middle of my first year in RCC, my parents went to Missouri to clean (and prepare for sale) the house of my grandparents (my mother’s parents’ home) to assist in paying for my grandmother’s medical bills- she had developed Alzheimer’s following my Grandfather’s death. While there, my parents found a huge collection of 35mm positives/slides, 35mm negative film, prints, and a plethora of equipment that all belonged to my grandfather (and a few things from his father before him)- sixty-years-worth of a photographic life.

Literally more than 4,000 35mm images shot over his lifetime, as well as film and prints he had protected and saved that were shot by his father, including some that were shot over seas during World War II (The negatives were oddly shaped, individually cut apart, and faintly planes and tanks could be seen in action next to troops.). It took me months just to look individually at each image. My instructors gave me access to a special room at RCC with huge light tables and I took out hundreds of my favorite images day after day in that room, trying to organize everything. I pulled them out of their storage boxes and put them into sleeves in a notebook. I laid them out to more easily and thoroughly analyze them.

In the process, I discovered something about our family history – I found out that my great-grandfather (Paul Hartmann) was a professional photographer with his own portrait studio, but more than that, he had a degree from a university in photographic technology (the same type of program and degree that I was pursuing… but from eighty years before me!).

My great-grandfather had a huge impact on his son (Roy), my grandfather, because he certainly seemed to have been moved by the experiences and photographic life that he had shared with his father, evidenced by how much he loved and pursued photography in various formats over the whole of his life (though in the end he became an architect and enjoyed his photography immensely only as a hobby).

It was unexpected and amazing, fantastically reassuring, and I guess life-affirming for me to know this part of our family history and to see the postcards sent to my Great Grandfather from his clients as a thank you for his services as their personal and professional photographer- this was a newly found legacy to live up to….

My First Studio Job:Melinda Stovall and Ben Reisser allowed me to intern at their studio during my second year at RCC. F...
10/01/2017

My First Studio Job:

Melinda Stovall and Ben Reisser allowed me to intern at their studio during my second year at RCC. Following my internship, they hired me as a Photoshop Technician, a Second Shooter for Portraits & Weddings, and a Photo Assistant (where needed). I owe them TRULY so much. They paid for half of my first portfolio (….my first exhibit....for graduation day- where I took over an entire Portrait Studio Bay with my prints). Thank you to Ben & Melinda for everything- your support, my first studio job, and so much encouragement and support. :)

www.cavinandstovallphoto.com/

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

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