Posts By Kurt Thigpen

2013 Year In Review

Last January I decided to write out goals for the year. I had 13 things I wanted to do. I don’t really like resolutions, but I guess goals are a resolve to do things so…
13 in '13
I fulfilled so many of these on the list and that makes me feel really good.

  • I took a class from a local photographer, Jeff Ross.

Sparkle #behindthescenes #studiolighting

  • I ran the RTO, which was only one race but holy hanana-banana



  • I did swim in Donner, but only once, but we spent the entire day there and it was SO good.
Elemental Self
  • We fulfilled our camping quote and had so many great adventures! Santa Cruz (twice), Half Moon Bay, Smith Creek Playa, Morro Bay, and the kids and I went Cabin Camping at Steep Ravine. Also, I am not sure that you could call what we did this year camping, it was more like “Glamping” with Pop-up Penny!
  • Although the application process isn’t traditional, I worked with three new photographers, partnered with two local blogs, photographed for several local businesses as well as families, and I wrote up my first major proposal for a photography gig.
Tad but reflective as we head into the last bits of 2013.
  • The strangers challenge wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I had more of a street photography idea when I wrote this out, but I fulfilled this and then some. I photographed several business owners and artists in Midtown Reno (see my images and interviews here), during weddings I captured so many faces and moments that I can’t even count them all, and while documenting the various events around town I was forced to get over my shyness and hit the shutter button. I found out a little about myself during this process. I always am a nervous wreck before I start. It takes me a few shots to get warmed up and over myself and then I get in the zone and am a snapping machine.
  • Not sure if I did this completely, but we sure did cook and bake a lot this year. And the kids have started to BEG me to let them help out, which is a hoot (and a tad bit of a PITA) but I will take it since I want them to be kitchen kids! 

  • I may have failed at the book reading- I did finish the Hunger Games trilogy and LOVED it!
  • I know I did a lot of painting with my girl, Fifi and I made this a regular activity during the week.
Creating together. Hers is the white, mine is the pink. #artsaves #painting #momentswithfifi
  • I don’t know if I spent time alone or not. I know I feel a lot less claustrophobic then I did last January and a lot more ‘me’. So that’s a good thing.


    • I shot a ton of film. The majority of it was with my two Polaroid Land Cameras, but I also messed with my range finders and Minolta a bit too. Oh and I can’t forget about the Indisposable Concept! The most exciting film news? Three of my film photographs are in print. I can’t wait to get my copy of the NSEW book.
    orphans no more

    She is indisposable.  @indisposableconcept Fifi is on her game and helping me finish my roll this week. #momentswithfifi #film

    Classic cars and classic cameras go together like pb&j #believeinfilm #han #thisisreno #biggestlittlecity #film #polaroid

    • We really worked on making time for each other this year. Date nights were sometimes quiet nights at home without the kids, other evenings included a couple of friends and a few drinks. Making time for our marriage was and is important.
    ? 10 years strong.


    Last year I choose the word, “Shine” as my year long mantra.I truly feel like I did just that- I stepped outside of my comfort zone artistically, I pushed myself to ask and the majority of the time it was a yes and not a no. I wrote, photographed, networked and have made so many new friends along the way. I feel the light inside and out.

    This year, I choose the word, soar. I want to keep moving with all the momentum and fly high in my work, my love and my world. 
     2014's word:  soar   (sôr, sr) intr.v. soared, soar·ing, soars 1. To rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort. 2. To climb swiftly or powerfully. 3. To glide in an aircraft while maintaining altitude. 4. To ascend suddenly above the normal
    Let’s do this 2014! I am ready. Off I got to make my list of 14 things for the year!


    wrapping wrapping
    lazy first morning of winter break with the kids.
    making goodies, in-law winning brownies to be exact.
    just being.
    ghosts of Christmas past
    jingle all the way.
    Christmas with family.
    And now, on to the last week of the year!

    Happy Christmas!

    Wrapping is almost done.
    First day of winter break is off to a sugary, chocolate-filled start. #momentswitho #holidazzle
    The sugar high continues.
    Because this is the only proper way to leave the post office this time of year... #momentsintime #holidazzle #homemeansnevada #thinkreno #thisisreno #biggestlittlecity #stranger #ourcollectivetogether #mortalmuses
    Post Office was visited.
    We spread some Christmas cheer.
    Safe travels to all of you and a very MERRY road ahead.

    Teaching Her How

    It’s no secret with my family that I love to make chocolate chip cookies.
    And, I make a pretty mean one if I do say so myself. I have memories of making this same recipe with my mom when I was about three years old, the same age the Fifi is now. She has been more and more interested in helping in the kitchen lately and I am trying to have the patience and the time to let her learn what we are up to in there. I have been working in counting and having her get things from the cupboard.
    One of the best parts about making cookies is licking the spoon.

    Today I let her help me, and save for that one egg that was cracked and dropped on the table instead of the bowl, she did pretty darn well.

    Of course, I think she might be in it more for the spoon licking at the end. I can’t really blame her though. By the way, this is the proper way to stand while eating cookie dough. In case you were wondering…


    Reynolds Family – Family Photo Session at Lake Tahoe

    It’s always a mix of complete excitement and a bit of nerves when friends ask you to capture their family photos for them. You want them to come out amazing, because they are not only clients, but people you know and love. Not that I don’t want all of my clients to have great images from our session, but the pressure is just a little bit bigger when you might actually see the people again afterwards.

    When my friend Amy contacted me about doing some snowy family photos I was super excited. Amy and her husband Z are fellow Truckee kids and we were roomies in college. There are some very good memories of dancing around the kitchen while making dinner, late nights and great live music.

    It has been over ten years since I have seen these two and the first time meeting their sweet girl. What a fun way to reunite. Thank you to Amy and Z for braving the icy temps, we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day out there on Lake Tahoe.

    November’s 5 on 5

    November, you kicked some serious ass. In a good way. I once again had a busy month photographing for others, but also for myself.  here are my favorites, oh and don’t forget to click the link at the bottom and see what Adriana has been up to…
    My niece and Fifi- they are about 5 months apart and thick as thieves. They had just gotten up from naps on Thanksgiving day and were watching ‘toons at grandma and grandpa’s house.
    From the passenger seat on the way back home from Portland. Still sort of in awe at how fun that weekend was.
    Creating together at Jojo’s.
    new old

    I found a Polaroid Land Camera 360 at the thrift store. It’s a beauty, but the batteries are hard to come by and I had to do some experimenting and burning through some film before I got it working. 

    Now- keep the blog roll going and head over to see what November looked like for Smallroots.


    November ends and we move into the last month of the year. It’s the home stretch for 2013’s 365 project and I have to say I have truly enjoyed the process and the exploration I have done with my camera. It’s been a pretty amazing year, let’s see what these last few weeks can do for me…
    Gobble, gobble. Wobble wobble
    Exposed, double
    Making new friends jump with me. 
    Kelly, we need to work on your timing, thhhhhpppp.
    Also, don’t kill me for posting this picture.
    Must be the weather, feeling the need to catch some air this week.
    Late night, almost forgot to take a photo. but that always gives me a reason to play with lights and learn.
    Snow! pretty, fluffy and cold