LADIES & GENTS

🌻 Deidra | Beauty Comes From The Inside Out | Dallas Lifestyle & Fashion Photographer by KSimon Photography

Happy Thursday, beautiful people!

It’s been a while since my last blog post, so I’m dropping in to share some bright, warm, and pretty pictures with you today! 😃

Next on the blog? Deidra and her fabulous, vibrant studio session of beauty from the inside out!

Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

🌻 ABOUT DEIDRA

Deidra is so gorgeous and full of life! Her bright spirit lights up any room she enters and her eyes are truly windows to her beautiful soul. It was incredible capturing the magic of her smile, which is refreshingly contagious. This session was full of laughs and so much fun!

Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

The following quote perfectly sums up my interactions with the lovely Deidra:

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

🌻 THE GORGEOUS PORTRAITS

Deidra truly exudes beauty that comes from the inside out, which is so remarkable and evident in the resulting photos! Here are my remaining favorites from her unforgettable session:

Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Makeover Portrait | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

Professional photography requires a lot of hard work, sacrifices, and dedication. Yet, it continues to provide opportunities that allow me to connect with the most amazing people.

Because of wonderful people like you, the priceless connections & memories, and the lives that my work impacts are the reasons I will continue to do photography, keep striving to improve personally & professionally, and put my heart & soul into my photos - for the rest of my life. I’m so thankful that you guys are here with me as my journey unfolds. 💛💛💛

Interested in scheduling your dream photo session? My team and I would love to work with you! Email me to schedule yours today! Currently booking: May, June, & July dates for lifestyle & family, fashion & beauty, and business & product marketing sessions.

Until next time,

Kimberly 😘

📷 Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer


Makeup: Nijia Britt at Nijia Britt | nijiabritt.com | @nijiabritt

Retouching: Nicole N. and Kimberly S. of KSimon Photography

Photography & Creative Direction: KSimon Photography | ksimonphotography.com | @ksimonphotog

💜 MaCara | A True Story of Triumph Over Domestic Violence | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Beauty Photographer by KSimon Photography

Greetings, beautiful people!

October is commemorated as National Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this special month, today’s blog post celebrates those who have lost their lives to this violence or disease, those who have endured or are enduring their suffering, and those who have overcome or are overcoming the odds with triumphant, courageous, and resourceful lifestyles.

In fact, the statistics related to domestic violence and breast cancer are astonishing. (Sources: National Domestic Violence Hotline and CNN)

  • 1 in 3 women will be a victim of domestic violence.

  • 1 in 7 men has suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with cancer.

  • More than 250,000 US women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

However, there are many among us who are overcoming these odds. One such person is on the blog today: MaCara and her inspiring story of triumph over domestic violence!

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

💜 ABOUT MACARA

In addition to being gorgeous, MaCara is a caring mother of two beautiful children and has such a warm spirit. She is an absolutely amazing person, and I have so much admiration for her!

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

With courage, strength, and willingness, she shared her story with me regarding her experience with domestic violence:

“I am a survivor of domestic violence. Every morning, I wake up and see the physical scars that remind me constantly of that day. I used to be ashamed that I allowed myself to be in that situation. I completely shut myself out from the outside world and succumbed myself in complete darkness. While he was sent to prison, so was I - mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually locked. One day, my son came to me and said how much he loved me and will protect me forever. I knew then I couldn’t allow this person to imprison me any longer. One day I woke up, looked at myself, and said, ‘Thank you, Jesus. I’m ready to start this new life and be free!!!!!’ I have to live my life. I have a business to start. I wanted the old me back. So I’ve been getting myself together mentally, emotionally, and spiritually now - growing closer to God.“

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

MaCara is also Founder & CEO of her professional organizing business called Re-D3sign Divas, which redecorates, reorganizes, and renews productive spaces such as homes and offices in a stress-free and aesthetically pleasing manner. Her business donates 10% of its proceeds to the Genesis Women’s Shelter (GWS). GWS provides women and children in abusive situations with a path to lead an independent and safe life.

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

In her free time and especially during the holidays, MaCara volunteers at GWS. She also recently donated her birthday on Facebook and campaigned for donations to this shelter. In addition, she participates with the domestic violence ministry “Voices that Shout” at Friendship West Baptist Church.

💜 WAYS TO SEEK HELP AND COPE

Through overcoming struggles from her abusive situation with a positive, nonviolent lifestyle, MaCara shared several ways to seek help and cope with domestic violence:

📌 How can a person in an abusive situation seek help?

  • Genesis Women’s Shelter (GWS) is a great organization for those who are experiencing domestic violence or survivors of domestic violence and can be contacted via phone at 214-946-4357. GWS offers free and confidential services, including counseling, emergency shelter, and long term housing. The shelter will also help with developing an escape plan that will allow one to act fast when his/her life is in immediate danger from abuse.

  • Parkland Hospital offers a 24/7 Victim Intervention Program (VIP)/Rape Crisis Center, which can be contacted via phone at 214-590-0430. Parkland has a wealth of additional helpful resources. For example, Parkland connected MaCara with a plastic surgeon that helped diminish some of her physical scars from the act of domestic violence that she experienced.

📌 What advice should be followed by those that have experienced domestic violence?

  • Please get help.

  • Do not stay in a relationship with anyone who is abusing you in any way, shape, form, or fashion.

  • There are places you can go and get help. You can’t change a person.

  • It’s important to heal. Seek a support system with counseling.

  • Please don’t blame yourself or be embarrassed. It’s not your fault.

📌 How does a person cope with and overcome an abusive situation in positive ways? Here’s what MaCara had to say about how she coped and what helped her overcome domestic violence:

“Actually as a survivor, you’re always trying to cope. Dating is the hardest. However, I found out that opening up about my situation allowed me release the pain I’ve held in and not allowing the person who committed this act of violence to have this hold on my life. Sharing my story also allowed other women who have been in the same situation to come to me and tell me how much they appreciate me opening up because they’ve been scared to open up. I know how hard it was for me to share because you feel like it was your fault, or you allowed for it to happened, and just fear being judged. But once I opened up and attended counseling and support groups, I was able to overcome some of the pain. And just time itself helps you to cope.”

If you or someone you know is currently in or has experienced an abusive situation, please seek help or encourage and support him/her with seeking help.

In the words of MaCara: “You are beautiful and deserve so much more. You are loved and cherished.”

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC

💜 THE AMAZING PORTRAITS

Given MaCara’s experience with domestic violence and the astounding odds she has overcome, I designed a photo session to showcase and celebrate her beauty, courage, and strength.

MaCara, you are a beautiful person inside and out, and thank you for being such a great inspiration to us all! It has been an honor getting to know you, photographing you, and sharing your inspiring story with others.

The resulting photos? STUNNING!!! MaCara completely blew me away!!! Here are my remaining favorites from her unforgettable session:

Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
Fashion Makeover Portrait of Beautiful Woman | Dallas Fashion & Lifestyle Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer | ksimonphotography.com | © KSimon Photography, LLC
  • Need to capture keepsake moments reflecting your unique lifestyle and personality?

  • Are you ready to take your brand, career, or project to the next level?

  • Haven’t seen how beautiful and fabulous you are yet?

Shoot me an email today to schedule your session! Currently booking: November and December dates.

Stay blessed and keep looking up,

Kimberly 😘

📷 Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer ️


Makeup: Nijia Britt at Nijia Britt | nijiabritt.com | @nijiabritt

Retouching: Nicole N. and Kimberly Simon of KSimon Photography

Photography & Creative Direction: KSimon Photography | ksimonphotography.com | @ksimonphotog

📷 Woman Behind the Camera | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle, Fashion & Business Photographer by KSimon Photography

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Hey there, loves!

Can I be transparent for a moment? Ok, here goes…

I receive a lot of feedback from my clients and friends that I should step in front of the camera more. They always tease me, “How are you a photographer but don’t like being photographed!?!?” Ha! I guess they raise a good point!

Being photographed has always been very tough for me given I’m such an introvert. I must admit that it’s ironic how I absolutely love taking pictures of people but shy away from being photographed. What can I say…I’ve always been a nerdy, behind-the-scenes type of person.

Well, it will take some time but I’m working on coming out of my shell. Whew! 😳I decided to wear my favorite color purple, coordinate my makeup with it, and try out a short hairstyle. Let me know what you think!

Much love,

Kimberly 💜

📷 Atlanta + Dallas Fashion, Lifestyle, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer ️

Photography, Creative Direction, Makeup, & Styling: KSimon Photography


by KSimon Photography

“Look into my eyes and hear what I’m not saying, for my eyes speak louder than my voice ever will.” ~ Unknown 
 - Kimberly 💕   📷  Atlanta + Dallas Fashion, Lifestyle, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer

“Look into my eyes and hear what I’m not saying, for my eyes speak louder than my voice ever will.” ~ Unknown

- Kimberly 💕

📷 Atlanta + Dallas Fashion, Lifestyle, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer

⭐️Jason⭐️ | Portrait Awesomeness and Inspiring Story About Overcoming Adversity | Atlanta + Dallas Lifestyle & Fashion Photographer by KSimon Photography

Happy Friday, everyone! TGIF!

Next on the KSimon Photography Blog today - Jason’s portrait awesomeness and his inspiring story about overcoming adversity!

I am so excited to share Jason’s inspiring story with you!  He is one of my amazing clients and a dear friend who has always supported my passion for photography - even when I was debating on whether or not to launch my photography business.  It was such a privilege to capture awesome portraits of Jason.  We had a blast!!!

⭐️ABOUT JASON⭐️

Jason is a very wise and witty person.  With his fair, direct and no-nonsense leadership style, he is currently climbing the corporate ladder in management.  Jason recently helped his company meet all objectives in 2013 and his region earn the “Center of the Month” award in February of this year.  These are first-time achievements at his company!

His goals include leveraging his leadership skills, innovative strategies, and work ethic to “raise the bar” and change the culture at his company in positive ways.  Jason’s philosophy is simply this: “You can like the people you work with, like your job, and/or like the income. If you have two of these three things, you have it made!”

Jason holds a Business Administration degree from Paul Quinn College and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  His hobbies include fitness, modeling, fashion, and cooking.  In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at the Mission of Arlington to help provide food and shelter to the homeless.

⭐️OVERCOMING ADVERSITY⭐️

Whenever possible, Jason does what he can to inspire others.  He is one of those people that is always positive and full of energy - the last person anyone would ever think is having a tough day.  So I was shocked to learn that he recently lost his mother to cancer.

What did Jason do in the midst of such adversity?  He used his mother’s death as motivation to take better care of his health and inspire others!  He has already lost 50 pounds! Absolutely amazing, right?

Jason is now a strong advocate for raising awareness about the importance of people taking care of their health and well-being.  He often runs in marathons to support cancer awareness and raise funds to find a cure for cancer.

In addition, he is diligent about preparing and eating healthy meals and follows a strict workout routine.  He teaches others to do the same.  Jason attributes his christianity and strong faith with his abilities to overcome life’s obstacles and remain focused.

⭐️THE AWESOME PORTRAITS⭐️

Jason, thank you for trusting me to capture portraits of you at such a special time in your life!  You are an inspiration to us all, and I wish you continued success and blessings!

Below are my favorite picks from Jason’s awesome, magazine quality portraits:

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Like what you see in today’s blog post? CONTACT ME to book your customized session with KSimon Photography!  There’s no better time than the present to have your special moments captured and cherished for a lifetime.

Until next time,

Kimberly 📷🐞

📷 Atlanta + Dallas Fashion, Lifestyle, & Business Portrait Studio and Outdoor Photographer