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My TV debut~KSL Studio 5

I posted on my facebook page on Sunday night that I’d be sharing some photography tips on Monday on a Utah TV station. I’m here visiting family, and about a month ago, I was in contact with a few different people that work with the station, who asked if I’d be interested in coming on their segment and sharing some photography tips.  “Of course, that sounds fun!”  I said immediately.

So here I am on the good ole’ TV show.

For this excursion, I took along a sidekick: my son. I thought it would be a fun experience for us to share together. My hubby had already gone back to Texas, so he was my next natural choice. He was the one that snagged all of these phone pics of me in the studio. And, wow, is this horrible lighting, but I just love this mother son moment.

I don’t generally get too nervous speaking, I teach workshops, no biggie! But I had written up the summary of what I would talk about (after chatting with the host, Brooke, we decided on what I’d present a few weeks before) but I was sent a script based on my post that I wrote up, and I was worried it wouldn’t flow very naturally because of that. My son helped me practice the script a few times in the car on the way to the studio that morning.

In the minutes before, I got pretty nervous.

But then I got my mic to clip on the back of my pants, and I set up my books and camera…
I was actually told to wear bold/bright/jewel tones, and I did just that! I don’t have a problem with bold and bright;)

…and I was SO happy that my segment was first! I was directed where to sit, and I went for it!

It was very fun to do my first stint on TV! Check it out right here:

{if for some reason, the video isn’t working on my site, click here, and see if it works}

I was also very excited to meet up with a blogger that I met briefly at SNAP in April. She came up to me, and we got to chit chat before and after our segments. She did a fun segment on kids and snacking during the summertime. Check out Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything (click on this link and you’ll see her video). Here is a little snap of her segment:

That’s all, folks! Thanks for tuning in;)

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  1. How cool is that! You did very well! Congratulations!

  2. Very cool Kristen! You did great! :)

  3. Congratulations!!! Great interview. And I finally have a voice to go with all the posts I read! :)

  4. Joanna S. says:

    What a fun segment. You did a great job!

  5. look at you, you’re famous, my friend!! how fun!

  6. Awesome! Good job!

  7. Nice segment! Studio 5 does a great job finding interesting people/ideas for that part of their show. I wish I had watched it more regularly when I lived in Utah.
    I had the same thought about your voice – now we know what you sound like :)

  8. WOOOOHOOOO!!! This is the start of many things to come for you. I just know it!!!

    Hey, btw…I don’t think we’re friends of FB. I’d like to know when exciting things are coming up. Do you mind if I send you a request?

  9. I watched your segment on line and you were a natural! Great job>

  10. SO awesome! I’m totally impressed. You are a wonderful photographer and did fabulously on TV. Go you! Nice outfit too. ;-)

  11. You did so awesome! What a fun experience for you! Looks like your trip up to Utah is pretty awesome. :) Congrats, friend!

  12. So neat! I’m still trying to convince my husband to buy me your books!

  13. So cool! You did a great job! How fun to be able to share some of your knowledge on TV.

  14. Nice job, Kristen!

  15. so awesome! you did a great job! i would have been like uhhhhhh-hhhhhd-uhhhhhhh LOL :) can’t wait to see again!


  16. Great job! So fun! :)

  17. Looking good my dear! what a fun cool experience! loved it

  18. AWESOME… so exciting… :)

  19. Kristyn says:

    Woo hoo!! You’re a celebrity!! Great job! You really did awesome! :) XO

  20. Kristen! that is amazing!!! you did so well, you seemed calm and relaxed and like a natural! I will have you do pics for me ONE DAY and I can’t wait. u are SO talented and I love all that you do! congrats on the tv segment!

  21. Jacqueline says:

    Cool! And it’s neat to see you a little bit more “in person” after reading your blog for so long!

  22. Heather says:

    Great job, Kristen! You were a natural out there. That is so cool that you had the opportunity to do that!

  23. tricia dunlap says:

    Kristen! This segment was AWESOME!!! You gave so many cool tips and your son must have been BEAMING just watching his mom being filmed for TV! This is something he will never forget!! Your family is so proud of you!!

  24. This is AWESOME!!! I’m a real visual learner when it comes to stuff like this, so this video segment was really helpful. I hope they’ll have you back to do more. Or do you have a YouTube channel?

    I’ve been playing around more with manual settings. It’s fun.

    Oh, get this, I’ve been asked to take photos for a friend’s business – taking photos of the staff and the office. It’s my first real “job”…and I’m totally nervous. I’m friends with the business owner and his wife. The wife is familiar with the photos I take, mostly landscapes and objects…but she has confidence in my ability.

    I’m so excited and so nervous, too. After she told me about the opportunity on the phone, I felt like throwing up. Then I was really giddy like a kid on Christmas ;) :) :)

    I think I’m going to purchase your books, too…soon, because they look really handy and useful :)

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  25. Oh Kristen you did amazing :D I don’t know what its like to be on TV but Ive been in front of large groups and I know for myself I always feel like imstumbling over my works. You were so so good! I had no idea you would be on that channel but well done you :D amazing

  26. Hello Hollywood!

  27. What a great segment! Wish you could do one each week. I love your blog and your wonderful , creative photography is my inspiration. I was wondering what professional photo lab do you use? Is it a local one? Thank you so much for being such an open book with your photography and your weight loss story. I just read it all last night. I need to get my head on straight and go for it. : ) You are an inspiration on many levels to us all!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You are so sweet, Margie, it makes me happy to hear that I inspire;) I use White House Custom Color ( for most of my print needs. I submit online and they roll their shipping cost (2 day ups) into the very reasonable prices. You have to have a tax id to sign up with them, but call or email them for more info.

  28. How many Kelly Moore camera bags DO YOU HAVE??? lol jealous!! ;)

    • Silly me! That’s not a Kelly Moore bag it’s a JoTotes!! As soon as I wrote that I knew it was wrong lol… still jealous non the less! I’d love the see a post on your BAGS!! :)

      • Kristen Duke says:

        ha! that’s funny, yes the pink is my first kelly moore bag (and first I’ve reviewed). my hubby bought me the Jo Totes for Christmas a year ago. I like to have color options!! i now have too many camera bags…


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