I’m Kirsten Kowalski. Also known as Ddk Portraits, “Mom” , “Deedee” or just “Heavy D”. Also known as the lawyer/photographer who tearfully deleted her Pinterest boards. But that was a while back. (It still amazes me that post received so much attention – and still does!).
In any event, I am an attorney and a professional portrait photographer. I am also a writer, a mother, a wife, a Grammy Award winning singer and an ex Solid Gold dancer. Oh wait, the last two are just dreams. Oops. Darn.
I created this site to discuss legal issues photographers face, life, love and just anything in general that inspires me. When I was a little girl, my grandmother, “Nana”, used to love those little tins of hard candy and she would share them with me. My favorite was the lemon drop. I just couldn’t get enough of that sweetness tinged with a biting sour that reminds me now of how life is – a lot sweet and a little bit sour. So this blog is basically a hodgepodge of stuff I think about, stress about, laugh about or just feel that others should know about. Hopefully it will educate, entertain, anger, frustrate, enlighten and maybe just inspire you. Kind of like a lemon drop.
A quick bio so you know I have the credentials for the legal stuff:
I am a practicing attorney living in Vero Beach, Florida. I graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1996 where I was a member of the Cumberland Law Review. I have worked as a litigator and as a transaction attorney, practicing mainly in the area of commercial real estate and shopping center development and leasing. I served as VP Legal for Colonial Properties Trust for several years and then moved to Georgia where I worked with a real estate law firm and then was hired by Fickling & Company, Inc., a full service real estate company, as General Counsel. I currently reside in Vero Beach, Florida where I have a photography studio across the street from the beach and practice law part time.
I have extensive experience in real estate law, commercial leasing, contract law and corporate law. I also hold a BA in photojournalism from Samford University. I have been published in various newspapers and magazines.
Whew, okay so that should confirm somewhat that I am qualified to run this blog at least, right? And it should tell you that I am a pretty busy woman. I am also a mother with two beautiful daughters who require quite a bit of time and attention. One is still young enough to fill my days with sweet while the other is a teen and provides plenty of sour (although still some sweet). My point is that my time is at a premium. So, if I haven’t posted in a while, feel free to give me a nudge. Also, I am open to suggestions for articles! So, if there is a legal topic in which you are interested and want to learn more about, please drop me an email or leave a comment here and let me know!