Archive for 'family photography'

Aug
6

For my dear, dear friends, who I love with all of my heart. They’re celebrating 15 years of marriage, three kiddos, one doggie and a whole lot of love and laughter. They amaze me always and inspire me to not take life so seriously and enjoy every moment we’re given. I was there when they started dating and when they said, “I do.” I’ve watched their beautiful family grow and I love every moment I can be with them. They make my heart happy. Always have, always will.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Aug
4

Hello friends (I’m waving at you)!

Well, we’ve made the 3,100 mile move back across the country and are calling Seattle home once again (YAY!), but before the last box was packed and our cars shipped out west, I finally made a visit to the Poor Porker in Lakeland, thanks to a dear photographer friend in Tampa. The talented and beautiful Laurel of Laurel Photography photographed me and my boys (oh, dear clients, I felt your pain trying to rally the kiddos and come up with decent outfits, etc.) and then I got to get behind my camera and photographed her and her sweet crew. It was HOT, I’m not going to lie, we almost melted, but delicious beignets and the fabulously funky furnishings surrounding us kept us going! Florida friends, if you’re in the Lakeland area, you’ve got to stop in, like right now. You’ll love it! And, just to tempt you, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from our little outing…

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

 

May
4

I don’t think there is anything more exciting as a photographer than to see your work in print! We’re talking so much excitement that when when I pulled the May edition of the new Life on Davis Islands magazine out of my mailbox, there was some happy dancing happening on my front porch. I’ll be working with the awesome Life on Davis Islands team and photographing the featured family each month. I’ll be sure to sharing a few favorites from the shoot here. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun-loving family for my first shoot. They have such a great story and fun energy that didn’t stop throughout our boating, biking, soccer adventures.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

 

Jan
14

WARNING: If you’re a Vikings or Panthers fan, this post might NOT be for you.

The northwest is indubitably (fancy word, I know, but I just had to use it to make the point) a SEAHAWKS nation! We moved to Washington as a Bucs (my hubby)-Patriots (me) family. Our boys were going into kindergarten and were more into Power Rangers at the time them they were into sports. The soccer bug bit them first (how could it not living in Seattle) and then they were introduced to Seahawk’s football. We were all hooked! We were those kind of parents who didn’t go to work and pulled their kiddos out of school to attend the Superbowl Victory Parade in 2014 and literally almost froze for six hours in the process, but loved every moment of it (maybe except for the part where we couldn’t feel our feet). Whether they win or lose, we’re in because we’re 12’s! Even after our move back to Florida this past summer, our Seahawk’s flag is proudly displayed outside, we wear blue on Friday’s and if their game isn’t televised, we’ll sit around the computer and listen to it online. Yep, TOTAL 12’s!

Of course, we’re not alone! Some of our dearest, most favorite friends in WA are huge fans too! So much so that they themed their mini session this past fall around it! We had 15 minutes (that’s it) due to soccer schedules, but I love what we got! And, apparently my boys did too because they’ve already requested our next family session be just like this one! Aren’t my friends adorable?! GO HAWKS!

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Oct
26

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.

-Paramahansa Yogananda

Hello friends! Time for a short break from my shooting and editing marathon going on right now to bring you this month Twelve by Twelve post, eyes. The talented Tampa Wedding and Family Photographer, Melissa of Contemporary Captures will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

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Keep the blog circle party going! Be sure to visit the blog of my dear friend, who happens to be a talented family photographer in South Tampa, Laurel Photography.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Sep
17

Hello Florida! I’m back.

This needed to be the first session I shared on my blog after our move back. We had all things Florida… the warm sandy beach, flamingo outfits and large beach umbrellas. Plus, two adorable sisters (one especially giggly) and the sweetest parents. The mom is an old friend that I haven’t seen in years and years. It was great to reconnect and photograph her beautiful family. We explored the beach and a nearby town. While I miss the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, I will say this about Florida, there is no lack of charm. I’m looking forward to more beach sessions, having a sandy car for a week is totally worth it.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

 

Jul
27

It was Victor Borge who said, “laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” And, I couldn’t agree more. Laughter has this magical way of knocking down walls, creating bonds and filling a room with sunshine for the soul. I just love it’s contagious power. Being a family and children photographer, half of my job is spent laughing. I mean, how could it not, when you’re working with some of the most fun-loving people around! It’s always those images that end of being my favorites from a session. I can look back at them and start giggling all over again.

Speaking of LAUGHTER that happens to be this month’s Twelve by Twelve theme, which was chosen by Jen from Shooting for Keeps Photography. She’ll be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page as well, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

Be sure to visit the blog of Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography HERE for her post about “laughter” and then follow the blog circle along.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Mar
25

I’ve always loved these lyrics from Renee & Jeremy’s, “Welcome to This World”

Welcome to this world
Whether you are ready or not
Welcome to this world
Come give it all that you got
Before you know it you’ll be
Singing right back to me
Welcome to this world…

They played over and over again in my head as I edited these precious sessions. Despite the serious chill in the air, snow covered ground and icicle lined barn, I just loved my afternoon capturing their maternity session. They were serious troopers and so much fun to work with. Mommy-to-be glowed like the rays from sun. It was the perfect timing. Then just a few months later, their family grew and they welcomed their sweet little prince into the world. He was just a few days old when we met and such a cuddle bug. His four-legged big brother, Emmitt, was quite the protector. He had to be right by his side, which totally melted my heart.

I’m looking forward to seeing this beautiful family again, but until then, I’ll be soaking up all the light and newness from these two sessions.

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Welcome to this world… 

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Feb
26

Saying “I like these two” is like saying, “I like donuts.”  If you know me, you know I LOVE donuts. I’d have one everyday if I could. I’d wallpaper one room in my house with donut wallpaper. I’d run in a donut race every year and dress up for it too–OH WAIT, I already do that. Well, that just goes to show how much I LOVE donuts and how much I LOVE these two… because I LOVE them like I LOVE donuts. They’re two of my VERY FAVORITE PEOPLE ON EARTH! Really, they’re incredible people, who happen to carry pockets full of sunshine everywhere they go! And, now they’re going to be parents… to a sweet baby girl. Oh, little Evie has lucked out with the most loving mom + dad. I’m counting down the weeks until my trip to Tampa in April when I get to squeeze all three of them and photograph their beautiful little family. Until then, I thought I’d share some images from their visit to Seattle in January.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Feb
14

Meet seven of the nine members of our Camera Cuties Club (they’re the cuties in the top left image below)! They’re the sweetest group of first and second graders, aspiring to be little photographers, event planners, marketing geniuses, fashion stylists and set designers (for the moment). Last weekend we pulled off our first charity photo session event… photos with HEART! These girls raised over $230 for our local animal shelter! They were by my side for every session… checking in clients, helping with props, taking polaroid pictures and making sure every kiddo left with a cookie. I couldn’t be prouder or more grateful to have them in my life! It was an incredible day filled with probably more fun then should be allowed and laughter that could be heard blocks away! I’m sure this is only the first of many special projects to come with the Camera Cuties Club, so stay tuned for future events. Oh, and the beautiful studio, a HUGE thank you to my friend, Sarah of Sarah Sweetman Photography for letting us have it for the afternoon. I just love this photography community! 

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie