Kim KuhlmanChief Photographic Artist and Dog Mom
I’m a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and and Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). I earned a PhD in Engineering Physics and worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Planetary Science Institute for a number of years. Imaging of one form or another was involved in every scientific/engineering job I’ve ever had. I bring a knowledge of physics to my photography that gives me a unique perspective on creating award-winning images.
I really enjoy creating classical portraits of animals, whether in the studio or on location. I also donate time and images to local shelters that are in need of photographers. Great images REALLY DO help animals get adopted more quickly.
I got my start as a professional dog photographer was back in 2001, thanks to a friend who was running the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Assn.’s National Open Championship near Porterville, California. I was still using film at the time, and made portraits of approximately 120 champion English Springer Spaniels, running the film in for processing and printing in Bakersfield several times during the week. Purina Pro Plan sponsored the portraits for each participant. I continued to do the portraits for the National Open and Amateur at various times over the years, ending up with six portraits hanging in the National Bird Dog Hall of Fame in the National Bird Dog Museum, in Grand Junction, TN. I love to watch these amazing dogs at work in the field. We currently have four field-bred English Springers at home – Dream, Strike, Kai and Colt. You can find out more about their antics and how utterly spoiled they are on Instagram at TheSpanielNation.
Over the years I have photographed many canine events, including agility trials, coursing trials, field trials, Dock Dogs, flyball, and conformation, obedience and rally events. I have also photographed many equine events including hunter/jumpers, dressage, conformation and rodeo. I achieved my Master of Photography degree and CPP with predominantly canine and equine images.
More recently, I’ve taken up still-life photography for competition, focusing on flowers with constant lighting and through-focus imaging. Next, I plan to work on my Master Artist degree and develop my digital painting skills further.
I am also the owner of Blue Sky Digital Strategy, a digital agency that helps small businesses with WordPress website design, search engine optimization (SEO), content and email marketing, and social media management. Blue Sky Digital Strategy provides WordPress coaching, security, SEO and website maintenance services.
- 2020 Best Portrait – Master Division – PPANM
- 2019 Bronze Photographer of the Year – PPA
- 2018 Master of Photography
- 2018 Photographic Craftsman
- 2017-2020 Certification Liaison – PPA
- 2017 Grand Imaging Awards – Top 10 Animal Portrait
- 2017 Silver Photographer of the Year – PPA
- 2016 November Best in Show – PPSDC
- 2015 Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) – PPA