“Even When I’m Gone” Music Video

September 28th, 2013

My husband Kevin along with his band, Quietdrive, recently debuted the single, “Even When I’m Gone” to mark the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness month this September. The song was inspired by Kendal Lividini who, at 17, passed away after a courageous battle with Acute Myelogenus Leukemia. Despite the circumstances she faced, she showed that hope, love, positivity, and strength are what really matter in life. Through Team Kendal Kidz, Kendal’s parents are able to keep her message and dreams alive by spreading smiles and hope to kids with cancer.

The song, released through Team Kendal Kidz, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Rock the Cause Records, is a tribute to those who lost their lives too young. It’s available to buy on iTunes and all proceeds go to Team Kendal Kidz and Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

The music video for “Even When I’m Gone” was released just last week, and I’m proud to say… PUNY produced it! I was excited to be a part of something so meaningful, profound, and close to my husband.

Please help to spread awareness and Kendal’s message by sharing the song or video with friends!

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Behind the Video
Lead designer Tousue Vang along with design director/PUNY partner Vincent Stall created a concept that centered around an eternal beating heart, that upon closer inspection, shows us the memories and legacies left behind by the kids who’ve gone before. Whether it be Claire’s love for art or Zach’s gift for music, the visuals give us an idea of the passion and drive contained within each young soul. My role in the video included designing a couple collages, gathering stock photography and image assets, image production, and some photo retouching.

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All of the imagery reflects the beauty held in the lives of the individuals and was meant to be symbolic for each person’s passions and accomplishments.

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These beautiful photos of Kendal help demonstrate the simple and natural image enhancements—done in effort to make the photos even better than they already were. A little bit of color correction and red eye adjustments really helped to increase the overall quality of the video. At the same time, we were conscious and very careful not to interfere with the nostalgia of these precious moments captured.

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This video is easily one of my favorite projects to ever take part in and I’m so happy that PUNY involved me. The message and meaning that this video carries surpasses anything I’ve ever worked on before and I’m so proud of my PUNY colleagues (Tousue Vang, Vincent Stall, Mark LaCroix, Mike Owens and Chris Handrick) for making this video great!

Taryn Christine Photography

August 1st, 2013

I’m excited to share that Taryn’s site is finally live! It’s a simple, responsive, one page design with a modal gallery and a blog feed in the footer. The design features muted colors—inspired by vintage globes & maps, hand drawn lines over beautiful photography, and watercolor textures behind cutout photos. The launch of her accompanying blog has been pushed back to September/October due to Kevin’s jam packed music schedule. I’ve included how the integration of her blog looks in the site designs below, but you may notice it missing on the actual site for now.

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The dual-sided “sticky” navigation bar converts to a one-sided menu button in the mobile realm that side slides to reveal the content areas and “follow me” links.

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Find Taryn at www.tarynchristinephotography.com and be sure to consider her for your next photo session! I know I can’t wait for her to take photos of my family again soon!

Team Truckenmunch

July 25th, 2013

Well, the Color Run came and went…almost two weeks ago now (geez I’ve been slacking on posts)…but boy was it a BLAST! We were in the second to last run of the day which happened at 2:00pm and despite the heat it was a beautiful day with some nice southerly breezes. We didn’t take Dakota on the actual course but saved some of the color packets for him to join in on the color fun later. Despite having 3 color packets left, 2 of them were the same color—green; the other—yellow. Somehow, even after receiving my degree in Graphic Design, I came to the conclusion that if we mixed green and yellow it would make blue. I was disappointed to find that this wasn’t the case, but didn’t think much about it until reading the book, “The Color Kittens,” about a week later to Dakota. D’oh!

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We couldn’t resist naming our team after something our good friend Shanita always calls us: Truckenmunch! I made a before and after cool comparison of our mascot Dakota. As you can see before the color fun he was simply a cool boy, but after he became a super cool boy!

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The post-run team shot! From left to right: me, Katie H., Katie S., Kevin, and my brother Mike. Can’t wait to do it again next year! Team Truckenmunch unite!

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The Fourth of July

July 14th, 2013

Our fourth of July weekend was filled with lots of food, fun, family and sun. We spent a good two days in Big Lake, Minnesota with the Truckenmiller family and as you’ll soon see their resident chicken—Jackie. She acts like a dog and follows/chases you everywhere. In typical Shiloh style she photo bombed a few pictures! Dakota enjoyed watching her most as she crazily flapped her wings from the railing of the deck.

On the fourth we trekked back to Minneapolis to watch the Twins nearly make a comeback against the Yankees…unfortunately to no avail… hmph. But we rounded out the day with a family BBQ and an amazing view of the Red, White and Boom downtown Minneapolis fireworks display. We enjoyed nearly 15 more firework displays from the roof top of my work’s parking ramp, which gave us an incredible view of downtown.

Here are a few pics from the weekend!

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The Epitome of Summer Desserts

July 3rd, 2013

Fruit pizzas are the epitome of summer desserts…the sweetness, the coolness, the perfectly ripe in-season fruit; it’s the taste no one can resist! Not only is it my favorite summer dessert, it’s my favorite dessert of all time. The delicious combination of sugar cookie crust, cream cheese icing, and fresh fruit is unsurmountable by other desserts to my taste buds. Oh! and there’s one more reason I love fruit pizzas more than any other dessert: they are a blank canvas for design, so let your creative juices flow!

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Recipe for the Perfect Fruit Pizza

Sugar Cookie Crust
⅔ cups shortening
¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoons salt

Combine the wet ingredients separate from the dry ingredients before mixing together.
Pat/smooth in well-greased round pizza pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350º.

Cream Cheese Filling
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat together until smooth. Spread over cooled crust.

Orange Sauce
1 cup orange juice
¾ cups water
¼ cups lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 dash salt

Boil until thick. Cool.

Fresh fruit
The best fruits for fruit pizza (in my opinion):
1 carton of strawberries
1 carton of blueberries
2 kiwis
2 peaches
1 carton of raspberries

Use your choice of fresh fruits and mix lightly with orange juice sauce.
Arrange as desired on cream cheese icing.
Optional: serve with whipped cream.

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Special thanks to the Leof family for sharing my favorite fruit pizza recipe of all time! Enjoy creating, sharing and eating this one!