Hi, I'm Kailee Trippett
From a young age, I always said I wanted to be an artist. It is my desire to create beautiful quality photographs with an artisan flair that become heirlooms with age. I should be so blessed as to have the opportunity to witness your happiest moments! Thank you for stopping by my Journal. Here you'll find my recent work, and little glimpses of my life along the way.
I am so thrilled to finally publish this lovely January wedding! It’s times like this that I am grateful to live in FL, because while everyone else is in the dead of winter, I get to photograph warm, golden ceremonies! (I promise, I’m not being bragadocious…..I'm just grateful!)
I photographed the sweetest little country wedding this weekend! This is just a glimpse of how cute and southern it was! I was enough to make me want to thicken my drawl, get a little dirt on my boots, muddy up my hemline and guzzle some SERIOUS sweet tea! I can’t wait to post more! Enjoy this preview!
Taylor and Mason's wedding was one of the sweetest I've attended yet. It reminded me of my own wedding in the desire to be married without the fanfare or need to be noticed by others. Their ceremony was simple and sweet, their party a PARTY, I TELL YOU. It was so much fun! From the beginning, I knew they were the perfect KTP couple because they cared not only about my work but about me, just like I cared about them. At our very first meeting, they couldn't say enough thank you's and stressed how much it meant to them that even if I was done working/snapping photos, I should stay and celebrate with them. I danced the night away on the dance floor, and had an amazing dinner! Which, by the way....y'all. This dream couple went the extra mile to check and see if I had received my dinner yet, and even went to the kitchen themselves to remind the chef that I had a plate reserved and should be served.
I am so thrilled that Anna and Anthony are finally married! They met while working in the same building complex and kept their relationship a secret for the first few months...how romantic! I can't speak high enough of Lakeland, their city in which they got married! All three of their venues- the getting ready hotel, church where they were married, and reception hall- were all around a gorgeous lake named Lake Morton! I felt so alive!
This gorgeous April wedding was the perfect start to my 2018 wedding season! Nestled on historic family farmland, the Johns Family Farm is the perfect venue for southern weddings! Complete with a groom's cabin, bride's farmhouse, and a spacious barn venue with an adjacent dance floor, this charming venue is perfect for brides looking for southern charm, an awesome history, and all-encompassing experience. Check out Meara and Drew's amazing wedding day!
A perfect fall wedding in an exotic Florida botanical garden.
It was such an honor to photograph the marriage of two sweet, young hearts! I am beyond excited to share this wedding tonight. My favorite part of their story is that exactly one year before, to the day, Hunter was helping Alexa and her family unpack their moving trailer. Little did she know that exactly one year later, she would be standing at the altar of her new church with that boy carrying the boxes. My heart! <3
I have been trying so hard not to post Lillie's senior session before it was due and have been biting at the bit to press "Publish"!!! Well, finally, today is the day!! I was so inspired by her go-get-em attitude, style, easy-to-work-with demeanor, and not to mention she's GORGEOUS!
So, last week, I posted this incredible senior session. I am head over heels for it! But tonight, I got the film scans from the roll of film I shot alongside digital, to fulfill my adopted roll of a hybrid photographer. Look at me, fancy pants!
I had the immense joy of photographing Rehanna's senior session and just couldn't get enough of her camera loving self! I have to say, my SRHS Seniors I've photographed so far are total BOSSES. Rehanna not only is a senior and has played sports for years, this year, she is dual enrolling, will graduate with her A.A. in Nursing, and on top of that, works as a lifeguard! Can you say #bossgirl ??? She loves the water so the beach was a natural fit. It was an honor to add Rehanna to my Senior Portfolio!
It's that time, my friends! Senior year is here! And if anything, it means having so much fun making memories that it flies by in the blink of an eye. I want to be a part of your highlight year in high school by creating the senior portrait experience you dream about. You know, the hair, the makeup, locations nobody else has been to, and the chance to work what your mama gave ya!
FujiPro 400h | TheFINDLab
One of my favorite things to do these days is to grab Petunia the Pentax and find little treasures to capture on film. Usually this means that I’ve got some frames left on a roll from a session or wedding and need to get through them so I can send out the rolls. On this particular fun trip, I knew I wanted to take some shots of Rib City, which is an old train station turned BBQ joint in Grant, FL. Folks around here still call it the Old Grant Station. When you drive past, you can’t help but notice the old European style building with its textured walls and stone foundation.
In my last entry, I wrote about my journey with two distinct film stocks, Kodak Portra 400 and Fujifilm Pro 400h. I have such mixed feelings about which film I love using. They are both great films but very different. One is very warm and slightly punchy, while one is cool toned and muted. In the right setting, Fujifilm, the cool toned film just shines. It soaks up light which I love. On the other hand, Portra is warm, contrasty and filled with color! I find that my style is often a combo of both. Warm, medium to low contrast, with pops of color. In the past, I’ve shot on Fuji and warmed it up to look like Portra. So, naturally, I’m thinking Why not just shoot Portra?
I wasn’t sure what to call this post, but I finally settled on divided because that’s the place from which this post is being written. As I fast from social media, one of the most unexpected challenges I’ve felt is being prompted to reevaluate my film work….namely, film stocks. Film is such a huge part of my workflow now, it’s almost like questioning my work entirely! (yikes!) Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as all that. LOL! It’s more exciting than anything!
Here in FL, “winter” isn’t so much a winter as it is a break from the sun’s broil setting. We’ve had maybe two or three weeks of low temperatures in the 50’s and maybe even the 40’s on occasion, but for the most part, things have been pretty mild. With the impending bloom of spring, comes my yearly infatuation with plants and greenery, and I start stocking up on so much green!
Just a heads up, these images aren’t very wintry at all! LOL! I hope it’s not too much of a stab at the folks hunkering down through all the winter storms up North! If it helps any, the temperature while I was out photographing these images was in the low 60’s and high 50’s! (Brr, I know.)
Today I just want to lift up a praise of gratitude. I woke up this morning with such a spirit of thankfulness. There have been so many wonderful things in my life and business that are a result of grace. You know, things you can’t or didn’t orchestrate yourself. Opportunities you prayed for and then happened even though you have no control over the situation. Grace upon grace. So know today that as a child of God, your prayers do not fall on deaf ears. They do not go unheard. What are you thankful for today?
HIya, friends! Happy New Year! This is a joyous time filled with new beginnings and let me tell you, this post is a jolly whopper! Today, I’m taking you along as we view my new site and talk about what’s to come this year! Let’s go!
Gosh, it feels so good to be home. Joshua and I returned home last night after our four-day Thanksgiving holiday. We shuffled all our things from our overstuffed car to our home and bustled around, getting settled in. We emptied our bags, put our things away, found new homes for our Black Friday finds. I tucked my things away in my office and let them be, then I slipped into something comfy. I diffused cinnamon and Lemon Vitality to freshen and liven the place back up, and did one good wipe-down of all the counters. Having fresh wiped counters is therapeutic for me. Even if they don’t really need wiping, I wipe them anyway sometimes.
HI, friends! I am so thrilled to share that I will be a featured vendor at the White Magnolia’s monthly event, “Sip and See”! The White Magnolia is a premier, award-winning bridal shop that is poised to meet your most southern and chic wedding dreams!
This story speaks volumes about who I am inherently and season of life I am in right now. The longer I live, I learn that when authors pen a story, some part of that story reflects themselves. Whether Tolkien dreamed of being an unlikely hero like Bilbo Baggins or Frodo Baggins, an unwavering devoted friend like Samwise Gamgee, or perhaps he revealed himself to struggle with power and greed like Smeagol turned Gollum, I think we’ll never fully know. But I do know that this visual story tells so much of myself. It tells of the next stepping stone in my business journey, and it tells of the physical seasons changing. It makes me so thrilled for what’s to come and incites excitement for me in this new direction.
That was one heck of a title, huh? There may be a better one out there but it was important to me to be concise when titling this entry. Speaking of words…..
I posted an Instagram entry a few days ago that sparked a fire in many of it’s readers. There are so many of us that want to break free from the trend, yet can’t quite get behind our own individual tastes just because it’s not the majority. We strongly believe in what we believe, but if it’s not on trend, we just don’t share. Or if we do, it’s very subtle and not a bold voice in the crowd.
How are things going?! I'm over here cooking up ideas in this creative brain juice of mine! One of my favorite things about being a business owner is how I get to make my own ideas come to life. It's up to me and only me to make things happen. Lately, I've been seeing how many of those little details I've planned in the past year or two have fallen into place, and how they actually succeed.
I am happy to announce the launch of 2018 Farm Sessions at the Raulerson Family Farm! It would be my joy to welcome you to the farm on which I grew up to set the stage for organic, natural portraits! All types of portraits are welcome, from families to couples to seniors! There is an abundance of farm-style props such as wagons, tractors, an old barn and a sprawling oak tree that I actually got married under!
Hi, everyone! How are you? It has been HOT here in South FL! The past few days have been humid and hot, and all photoshoot fun has to be done before the sun comes up or while it goes down because it bakes here pretty quick!
So, yesterday, I was taking the pets for a walk and as I walked by my house to start the journey, I spotted a framing/composition idea while looking at our mango tree and the ideas started flowing from there! I quickly texted my little group of go-to models and set up a shoot for early this morning.
So while building my website (specifically, my Meet Kailee page) a while back, I wanted to get creative with the information I shared about myself and how it was presented, but most every About page I come across is so saturated. So in the end, I kept it simple, concise, and genuine.
Today, I'd like to share a few more fun things about myself that you probably don't know!
Sweet and simple. The way I like it!
1. My comedic influence is as strong as a toothpick. I'm not that funny. I'm quirky, but not funny. My timing is always off and it just doesn't get any better. I'm the only person that thinks I'm funny......HAHA
1. I am currently booking 2018 Weddings and Seniors. It's a grand mixture of meetings, calls, long drives, photoshoots, post-processing, wooing of my heart, loving, and squealing at the final result! If you're on this journey with me, you know I've been cranking it out lately! I shared on my Instagram Story recently that I've started tracking my miles for taxes and so far, I've earned around $350 in miles. That's WILD! :D
Christmas is fast approaching and as I sit here and reminisce on the season so far, I can't help but think that this is a wonderful holiday season so far. I don't know about ya'll but my perception of the holiday season is greatly affected by the temperature. LOL. If it's cold, it must be falll/winter! If it's hot (because we Floridians know that there's only a few types of temperatures with the majority being similar to a hot wing sauce scale. You know, hot, hotter, hottest, Fire, Insane, ect. And maybe a drive by cool front that's gone faster than it came.), then it's summer! I hate to break it to you, but there's no "spring" down here in Florida. It's always 75 degrees or higher. LOL.
Before Renly Baratheon. Before Joffrey, and before Tommen....there was Margaery Tyrell alive with love in her home kingdom of Highgarden. The scene is set....Margaery leaves for King's Landing tomorrow. Shall she and her lover forget one another?
Good Morning, friends! Today's post is another installment of the Adventures in Film series! I recently uploaded a post with my new Canon Elan IIe + Portra 400 + TheFINDLab! Those portraits were DA BOMB. Like, I fell in love with film 100%. This roll was probably my first roll of Portra 400 out of the pack. It was also in the Olympus auto camera from one of the first Adventures In Film posts! I think the quality of Kodak's finest grain film really shows up here, even in a camera that could be seen as....a really bad camera. LOL. I don't mean to hurt your feelings, camera. *pats the Olympus*
The force of social media is so relentless these days. It's hard to scroll the feed and not want what someone else has. Or rather.....what someone else has staged. Does that mean that they don't have that "thing" either? Or if they do, it's only for a second, for a moment. Sometimes the truth of one of those images shines and you see that someone curates beauty that they see in the world around them. But still, when we spend so much time, even the truth of those images is warped and we find ourselves longing for something someone else has. We find ourselves coping with the falsity that what we have isn't good enough because it doesn't fit the parameters of "trendy".
Today I'm reporting from day 3 or 4 of dark, rainy, stormy, WINDY weather. I've been barricaded inside for the past few days and while there are moments that I love the wind and rain (like when I'm falling asleep and waking up), there comes a point when I need, no NEEEEEDDDDD some sunshine and fresh air! I think I have 12 inch long fingernails, protruding eyeballs and an ever growing humpback......