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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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In celebration of EIGHT years photographing fun-loving families and children, I thought I’d do something BIG! Like, giving one lucky family a photography session + digital files, BIG! Instead of making you “like” me on facebook, share my page or tweet something, I thought we could make a positive impact on the community. Which is why, with your help, I’m collecting new or gently used children’s books for High Risk Hope’s BOOKS for BABIES drive!

You might be wondering why High Risk Hope collects books for preemies and if I didn’t have twins that spent three weeks in the NICU, I might wonder myself too. Premature babies face so many challenges early on. Delays in development, especially in speech and language development are known risks. The great news, several studies show that there are many benefits to parents reading to their premature infant in the NICU… an increase in their language abilities, feeding tubes being removed sooner than other preemies and a shorter NICU stay. Being provided children’s books from High Risk Hope is truly a blessing because when you’re faced with the overwhelming stress and uncertainties of having a premature infant in the NICU, purchasing books is probably the last thing you’re thinking about. By donating a book you’re touching the lives of those in your community, big and small.

For every book donated, your name will be entered to win a photography session + the digital files from the session. This could be a session for the family, just the kiddos, your senior, you and your spouse or your four-legged fury family members.

Books must be received on or before Monday, February 15th. One winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 16th at 9am EST!

Questions you might have…

Q: If I donate more than one book, does my name get entered more times?
A: Great question! And, yes, your name will be entered equally to the amount of books you donate.

One Book = One Entry
Two Books = Two Entries
Three Books = Three Entries
Four Books = Four Entries
Five Books = Five Entries
Okay, I might be getting a little ahead of my self, but…
One Hundred Books = One Hundred Entries

I’m sure you get the point. :-)

Q: How do I get the books to you?
A: You can mail them to me, drop them off on my porch or plan a meet-up. The post office does give a shipping discount when sending books domestically, mention MEDIA MAIL. If you are wanting to mail them or drop them by, email me at for the address.

Q: Where will the session take place?
A: The session will take place in either the Tampa Bay or Seattle area. If in Tampa, the session will take place between March 1st and October 31st, 2016. If in Seattle, the session will take place during the summer months (July/August, 2016).

If you have any other questions, please email me at books-for-babies E_02

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Exciting news! I was recently nominated for King5’s Best of Western Washington competition for Best Portrait Photography.  And, yes, if you’re wondering, I totally did the BIGGEST happy dance when I read the news! There’s still a few weeks left in the competition and I’d LOVE your support! Voting only takes a minute and anyone can vote from anywhere in the country. I’m so very thankful for the amazing support and love my dear friends, family and clients have shown already!  If you haven’t voted yet, it’s as simple as clicking the “Best Portrait Photography” link below. Thank you in advance!

Oh, and, since a post wouldn’t be the same without a few images to share, I’ve included a little sneak peek for the sweetest new parents below. You might recognize them from their “waiting for baby” post HERE. The way big sister Berdy loves her baby sister, just melts my heart. I just adore this beautiful family and feel so honored to have captured this incredible time in their lives!

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I’m thrilled to announce the return of the ever-popular SPRING mini sessions on Saturday, May 12th in Tampa. Mini sessions will be held from 4-6 pm!

Spring mini-sessions entail an investment of $100, which is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot. This investment includes:

  • 20 minutes of shooting time with Kristie
  • one 8×10 portrait (with an opportunity to receive an additional 8×10 portrait, see details below)
  • 10-12 images in a private online gallery (two weeks following your session)

A mini session is for you if you’ve recently had a session with me but would love new images for Mother’s Day or to mark a milestone, but aren’t quite ready for a second full custom session yet. Or perhaps you’ve been meaning to try a Kristie Serra Photography session but just haven’t gotten around to it. Or maybe you’re a friend of a client who wants to get a small taste of what it’s all about. Or maybe you just want a few gorgeous spring images of your family! While my mini sessions cannot compare to the completely custom experience of a regular session, they are perfect for any of these situations.

These limited availability sessions will fill very quickly. To discuss available times and hold your spot contact Kristie at

This trip to Tampa is especially important to me because I will be running in the Miles for Moffitt 5K on Saturday, May 12th in support of my dear friends, Porter and Phil. Phil was diagnosed in December with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. They are parents of two of the sweetest and cutest little boys you could ever imagine! Phil and Porter are courageously battling this terrible disease with such strength and faith and are truly an inspiration to me!

Porter recently shared with me that Moffitt is losing $3 MILLION of government funding next year. $3 MILLION! Can you believe in this day and age where everyone seems to be affected by cancer, they are cutting back more? Cancer will only be cured by money raised to fund research. So, with the being said, I’m offering my clients an opportunity to receive a complimentary 8×10 portrait from the spring mini sessions by either joining me and registering for one of the Miles for Moffitt races being held on Saturday, May 12th: 5 mile run or walk, 5K run, 5K walk and stroller roll, 1 mile run/walk or Kids Dash OR by registering as a “virtual runner” OR by making a donation of any size to Miles for Moffitt (no amount is too small). To do any of the above, you can visit the Miles for Moffit site at If you do decide to register for one of the races (and I so hope you do), you will be given the option to select a team. Please select “Phil’s Fans” from the list. Every penny helps the fight to end cancer!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Until next time.



Well, hello 2012 and happy new year, friends! I hope your 2012 is off to a rockin’ start! I said it already on facebook, but I’m pretty sure 2012 and I are going to be great friends! So, with the new year here it was time to do some updating to the website. If you’ve visited my website in the past, you might have noticed the “Featured Session” section on the homepage. I’ve updated it with the adorable G. family below. To see more images from their session, click HERE! We spent a lovely fall evening together that still makes me smile every time I think of it. It’s truly an honor to photograph their growing family.

Until next time.



It was a sad day for the Serra family last Saturday. My husband’s ’67 vw beetle was stolen from the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. The bug has been in my husband’s family for 20 years. His father purchased it as a surprise for Ali’s older brother. And, since Ali’s father’s passing, the brothers vowed to keep it in the family. It really has become a family member and not to mention all the blood, sweat and tears they’ve all put into it. We’re hopeful that it’ll be found soon, but in the meantime, we’re asking all of our California friends to keep their eyes out for it. If you’re not in Cali, but have friends in the area we’d appreciate if you could share these images with them. The support we’ve received from our friends and family has been incredible.

The iphone images below are from the morning Ali and his brother headed down to L.A. in May–such an exciting time. It seems unreal that the bug is gone.