Purrrrrfectly Captured New Work from Grace Chon for Fancy Feast!

July 20, 2017 in Grace Chon, Uncategorized

We are so thrilled to share Grace’s recent shoot for Fancy Feast with the infamous Phoebe! Within this campaign, Grace captures the gorgeous Phoebe being spoiled in her natural habitat. With such a stunning subject, Grace’s photos show why Phoebe has become the famous face of Fancy Feast.

Stay tuned for more beautiful images coming from this campaign soon. In the meantime, check out more of Grace’s work with Fancy Feast on their website and ours!

Beautiful work, Grace!

Spring Cleaning: Decluttering You and Your Life

April 5, 2017 in Amy Herold, Chris Strong, Dana Sabre, Grace Chon, Kim Knight Represents

This month is all about spring cleaning! This includes your life, your diet, your habits, your pets and your cluttered spaces! In preparation for the upcoming season, we wanted to dedicate this month to helpful tips on starting spring with a fresher, cleaner outlook.

There is something wonderful about coming home to a clean space. As much as I love the feeling of finding everything in its right place and having an organized home, clutter has always been something I’ve struggled with. This spring, I buckled down and decluttered and I’ve got some helpful tips for getting started and keeping it up.

First thing, lets talk about how beneficial decluttering can be! Working and living in an organized, clean space has been proven to restore clarity and reduce physical and emotional stress. Spring is a time for new beginnings as we welcome the warmer season and prepare for new (hopefully healthier!) habits and cleaning out the clutter can create that “fresh start” sensation.

1. Start Small & Keep Going

Photo by Chris Strong

Decluttering your home is a big goal, so don’t expect it to be finished in one day! Start small and move from there. This is great practice for the bigger parts of your home and also may help you realize the habits that have lead to a cluttered space. Pick a small problem area that you’ve noticed recently and clean it out. Conquer the junk drawer! Empty that overflowing closet! Gut the cabinet under the sink! Even a messy desktop on your laptop can serve a great jumping off point. If you don’t use something, toss it. If it doesn’t have a place of its own, make a place for it. This is about shirking off the unnecessary and organizing the necessary. Think of this as your point A, and a clean, clutter-free space in point B.

2. Go Room to Room

Photo by Amy Herold

Once you’ve got your small project done (didn’t it feel great?!) go room to room and keep the momentum going. For example, head to your kitchen. Appliances take up a lot of space, so if it doesn’t work, get rid of it. Containers for leftover food are useless without a matching lid, so gather the pairs and toss, or recycle, the spares. Try hanging pots and pans for extra storage space. Move from room to room with this attitude and start gathering the things your ready to let go of.

3. Get It Out

Photo by Dana Sabre

It’s best to do this step incrementally as you move through your home. As you gather the clutter you’re tossing, you might notice the pile getting pretty large. Take a break between each room and start to plan an exit strategy for the clutter pile. Do you plan to donate it, recycle it or trash it? Does it fit in a trash bag? Is it easy to transport? This is also a great opportunity to donate your unwanted things to charities that give back. One of our personal favorites is the Chicago based Economy Shop, which will sell your clutter and donate the profits to various charities like The Children’s Clinic and the Animal Care League. The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA) is also a wonderful organization that accepts your gently used furniture to be donated to struggling families in need. A lot of these organizations, including the NFBA, will pick up your larger items, so do some research and find one that works best for you. Websites like donationtown.org maintains a list of local charities in your area that will assist with donation pick-ups so make sure to utilize these tools while you’re working. Once it’s out, it will feel awesome and this feeling is what will help you keep going.

4. Keep It Up

Photo by Chris Strong

Decluttering your home takes work, but recluttering is easy. Part of maintaining your newly clean space is breaking bad habits. There’s no need to make this your new obsession, but dedicating 5 minutes a day to maintaining your progress is a great start. Put things away, wipe off surfaces, and take out the trash. These are simple day-to-day routines that can help keep up the cleanliness and make everyday feel like a fresh start.

Spring Cleaning Your Pet

Photos by Grace Chon

Shirking off the clutter and cleaning your space can be healthy for you, but your pet can benefit from it too! Spring is the prime time for a good grooming session for your pets as they prepare for the warmer seasons.

Grooming isn’t just about maintaining a good-looking coat or managing your pet’s cleanliness, grooming is also about maintaining your pet’s physical health. Brushing helps remove dead hair, dandruff and dirt as well as distribute the natural oils in the fur to maintain a healthy, shiny coat.

If you choose to groom your pet yourself, its a great opportunity for some special one-on-one bonding. On our busier, hectic days, our pets can feel a little left out, so these grooming sessions are a fantastic way to reconnect and give them plenty of attention.

Essential Oil Blend for Clarity of Mind

Looking for a little extra clarity? Try this roller ball recipe to create and promote focused thinking.

Mix together…

6 drops Ginger Essential Oil

5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

4 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Fill the rest with carrier oil of choice, I personally prefer fractionated coconut oil.

Message onto your temples and the back of your neck.

With a clean home, a pet with a healthy coat and an essential oil blend for mental clarity, you’re ready to face the warmer months with a fresh start and a new outlook! Spring won’t know what hit it!

Stay Energized Through the Last of Winter

March 14, 2017 in Dana Sabre, Grace Chon, Sabrina Helas

The end of winter is in sight (thank goodness) and its almost time to spring into the spring season. But as the chilly days begin to dwindle, some of us begin to feel a little worn down. The mornings feel harder, the days seem longer, and springing into anything, even the warmer season, seems impossible. It’s tough to face a long day at the office while the end-of-winter-slump has you down. Well, today we’ve got some great advice on keeping that spring in your step.

Chronic or seasonal lack of energy can benefit from something as simple as a change in diet, aroma therapy, or a shake-up of your daily routine. Below are some of our favorite tricks for keeping the winter blues at bay!

Get Hydrated!

Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and greatly reduce your energy. In fact, tiredness is the first sign of dehydration, so fill up that water bottle! Not drinking enough water can affect your mood and your ability to think, so a couple days of hydration will keep you perky and productive. In addition to improved mood and focus, H20 can keep migraines and headaches at bay, help with weight loss and flush out toxins.

However, even with all these benefits, we understand that drinking water may not be the most appealing option. When we have coffee and sugary juices to choose from instead, water is not always be our first choice. If you’re aiming to stay hydrated this season, try adding some healthy flavors. You could try a pinch of cayenne pepper, or lemon or orange slices. Our favorite is a little bit of basil, sprigs of mint and cucumber slices. Tastes like a spa in a bottle!

Nuts, Seeds & Oils

Nuts, seeds and oils are a fantastic source of healthy fats which are great for keeping your energy up while helping you feel full and satisfied. Its a great way to start your morning with a jolt! Coconut oil, avocados, peanut butter, almonds and walnuts are just a few ways to help yourself to some healthy fats. Whether as a side to your breakfast eggs, tossed into a smoothie or as a midday snack, these ingredients are healthy additions to your daily routines.

Dark, Leafy Greens

Spinach, kale, cabbage and their dark green friends are plentiful source of vitamins to keep you going all day. These veggies are high in vitamins A and C, and they’re loaded with B vitamins, known as the energy vitamins. Try a leafy salad for lunch and ride out a healthy energy buzz that’ll last you all day!

Want to keep your energy up once you get home? Try one of our favorite essential oil recipes! Its a great scent to add to your diffuser for a bright, exciting scent that will keep you focused and productive even when you’re wearing your slippers.

In equal parts:

Lemon

Grapefruit

Peppermint

Here’s to an energized spring into the coming season and warmer days to come!

Watch! Grace Chon Talks with Circa about Pet Photography!

March 9, 2017 in Grace Chon, Kim Knight Represents

This week, Grace Chon sat down with Circa.com to talk about her animal photography, the joy of working your dream job, and dished out some tips and tricks for the amateur pet photographers out there. Currently at 126K views on Facebook (and growing!) it looks like Grace and her furry clients are a hit! Way to go, Grace!

Check out the full video and interview here!

(psst… you can also find the video here if the first one didn’t work for you!)

Grace Chon Captures Clinton Kelly for Woman’s Day Magazine!

December 14, 2016 in Grace Chon, Kim Knight Represents, Uncategorized

 

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Extra, extra, read all about it! Grace Chon recently shot with Clinton Kelly as he visited Pet Rescue in Larchmont, NY, bringing tidings of doggy make-overs! Pet Rescue holds a special place for Clinton Kelly, being the very same shelter where he adopted his own dog, Mary. This year, Clinton decided to return to Pet Rescue and help the remaining dogs find homes just in time for the holiday season. In an effort to promote furry friends still without homes, Clinton treated the dogs to a bath, trim and some fun accessories to bring out their true personalities.

Grace then worked her magic and produced a series of beautiful photos that showed these animals as their best, happiest, friendliest selves. Thanks to Clinton Kelly, Grace Chon and Pet Rescue, many animals we happily placed in new homes with loving families.

Be sure to run out and grab a copy and enjoy with your holiday cheer!

KKR’s Latest and Greatest!

October 20, 2016 in Amy Herold, Amy Mikler, Chris Strong, Colby Lysne, Dana Sabre, Grace Chon, Harold Lee Miller, Kim Knight Represents, Michael Spain-Smith, Mike Tittel, Sabrina Helas, Uncategorized

blogpostredoThese past few months have been a blast! From signing on three incredible photographers, to spending a week visiting agencies throughout Minneapolis and having the opportunity to take part in the fantastic LeBook Connections event here in Chicago!

We had a great time at LeBook Connections, held at the stunning Chicago Athletic Club, mingling with creatives from all across the country, and receiving excellent feedback for our work. Following our success at LeBook, the vibes were also running high as we set up our portfolio shows at Clarity Coverdale Fury, Colle McVoy, Olson, Periscope, Lifetime Fitness, Mono, and Preston Kelly. As always, it was the best of times having Mike Tittel, Colby Lysne, Michael Spain-Smith and Dana Sabre join us on our journey! Thank you to all of the creatives for allowing us to come in and show you what we do.

We look forward to finishing this busy fall season strong with more shows and good times to come!

 

Grace Chon’s New Personal Project – HAIRY!

July 26, 2016 in Grace Chon, Kim Knight Represents, Uncategorized

We can’t get enough of Grace Chon’s stupendously adorable new photo series HAIRY that has gone viral over night and is gaining increasingly more attention from the press! These images showcase the before and after transformations of a group of seriously shaggy pups. To prepare for the shoot, each dog grew their hair much longer than usual and were each given a new ‘do using Japanese style grooming by the groomers from Healthy Spot. From her experience capturing the transformation Grace learned a lot about the art form of grooming; “I don’t have dogs that get groomed, but watching the groomers up close made me realize how much time and dedication goes into a cut especially when the majority of it is being done by hand with scissors. The groomers I had the pleasure of working with are so creative and great at what they do.”

Currently, you can see the series on: Bored Panda, Design Taxi, Hello Giggles, My Modern Met, Yahoo, Dog Milk, If It’s Hip It’s Here, Insider, Refinery29, Adventures of Yoo and The Huffington Post. The list keeps growing!

Beware of cute-overload!

Yuki Before

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Yuki After (grooming by Alyson Ogimachi)

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Rocco Before

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Rocco After (grooming by Patricia Sugihara)

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Lana Before

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Lana After (grooming by Koko Fukaya)

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Biggie Smalls Before

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Biggie Smalls After (grooming by Cameron Adkins)

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Athena Before

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Athena After (grooming by Donna Owens)

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To see more of Grace’s work and more images from the series, click here!

Grace Chon Featured in Seventeen Magazine!

July 12, 2016 in Grace Chon, Kim Knight Represents

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Hello Boo! We are loving Grace Chon’s tearsheet from the August 2016 issue of Seventeen Magazine featuring the famous Boo the dog. Be sure to to pick up your copy!

Happy Fourth of July!

June 30, 2016 in Amy Mikler, Chris Strong, Colby Lysne, Grace Chon, Harold Lee Miller, Kim Knight Represents, Michael Spain-Smith, Mike Tittel, Stacey Van Berkel, Uncategorized

4thOfJulyGrid“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday weekend from the entire KKR team!

The Healing Power of Nature!

June 14, 2016 in Amy Mikler, Chris Strong, Colby Lysne, Grace Chon, Harold Lee Miller, Kim Knight Represents, Michael Spain-Smith, Mike Tittel, Ryan Heffernan, Stacey Van Berkel, Uncategorized

JuneGreatOutdoorsblogpostAt KKR, we believe that being out in nature does your body, mind, and soul some good! According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be. On the contrary, those who live in urban areas were more prevalent to anxiety and depression. Since June is National Great Outdoors month, we are excited to share some inspiring, stunning shots from our photographers as well as tips to get you outside and living a more fulfilled life!

Health benefits of being outdoors:

Vitamin D – Has shown to prevent cancer, hormonal problems, inflammation in the body, and obesity. Vitamin D has proven to strengthen the immune system.

Improved sleep – Because our circadian rhythms are naturally tied to the sun’s schedule, spending too much time indoors and away from natural light can alter these rhythms.

Psychological health – Being outside has shown to massively effect mental wellbeing. Spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans, boosts in serotonin.

Here are some fun ways to get outside:

Gardening – From planting a vegetable garden to planting a few flowers, both activities get you outside regularly and allow you to connect with nature.

Take vacations – For your next scheduled break, visit a state or national park or go to a beautiful beach.

Find a trail – Whether you best enjoy biking or hiking, there are trails all around the country for you to explore.

Sit outside – The next time you need a break, try sitting outside quietly and just appreciate the natural beauty around you. Notice the scents, sights and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.

Go to a local park – Ask others around you which park is their favorite to visit. Then the next time the weather is good, trade your usual gym workout for an outdoor one.

Commit to the outdoors, rain or shine – When you’re properly prepared,  you can enjoy the outdoors in any season, cold, wet or hot. There are many activities that can be done all year round!

Cheers to your best self!