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From Fantasy to Reality

Human Interest
7/24/2012 - From Fantasy to Reality 

With a gleam in her eye, camera in hand and $500 in her pocket, local photographer Kimarie Richardson opened her first studio. Not knowing what to expect, her first clients were girls who had an interest in glamour shots. “Interesting thing is that these girls grew up, became women, which meant engagement photos, got married-- wedding pictures, had babies--baby pictures,” said Kimarie referring to the cycle of her photography career.

Kimarie has given back to the community by providing gift certificates for fund-raisers but has often felt she could give more, “I always wanted to donate my work to Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Center but I didn’t know who to approach,” shared Kimarie. As luck would have it, a hospital employee came in to pick up her son’s prom pictures and commented on how wonderful the baby portraits were and how great they would look in the hospital’s newly remodeled birthing center rooms. Kimarie immediately said she would donate framed portraits for ten rooms!

In addition, Kimarie supposed that others might feel as generous to UVMC as she did, “I went to Paul Williams at Roundtree Glass and told him about the project. He generously donated all the glass for the framed pictures. Like me, he was happy to give back to his community”.

“I never had children of my own but had the opportunity to observe and photograph a birth. I have the utmost respect for women who give birth. It is amazing how beautiful both baby and mom are, as they look at each other for the first time. I love capturing the beauty of these babies and am happy to share the beauty of life with new moms at the Family Birth Center,” was Kimarie’s heartfelt thought. A sentiment shared by the Family Birth Center at UVMC.

Kimarie is the proprietor of Fantasy Stills in Ukiah located at 101 S. School Street. You are encouraged to schedule a tour of the Family Birth Center at UVMC and see the newly updated suites and beautiful photography up-close and personal. If you are a mother-to-be, you can also take advantage of the birthing classes at UVMC by calling (707) 463-7550.

(Pictured: Local mother-to-be, Adriana Dakin, tours a newly renovated suite in the Family Birth Center at UVMC which displays Kimarie's photograph on the wall behind.)

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