Archive for March, 2012

Mar
22

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 info@kristieserra.com.

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 http://www.milesformoffitt.com/. 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.

xo,
Kristie

Mar
17

On February 20th we (yep, hubby, kiddos and Quigs included) started the Couch-to-5K Running Plan. We had talked about it long enough and finally decided it was time! So, what’s it’s all about? It’s a training program to get you off the couch and get you on the roads or trails, running 3 miles in just two months. What I love most about this program is that is eases you into running gradually. It’s more like a walk/jog program in the beginning. Each session is about 20-30 minutes and it’s only three times a week. Totally doable!

We’re just finishing up week 4. Sunday will be our last run for the week. We’re obviously not out to run a marathon, but it’s something to get us all moving and I love that we’re doing it as a family. We’re even signing up for a couple of 5K races in the coming months. The first one, Top Pots 5K Doughnut Dash. Seriously, what more motivation could you need… DOUGHNUTS! What? Sign me up!

You can find the running program online HERE for free. No need to sign up for anything or pay any fees–the schedule is all laid out for you. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! The only thing I do suggest is having a watch to time yourself and a good pair of running shoes. The two year old tennis shoes that you walk the dog in, chase the kiddos in, garden in, do the occasional exercise class in, probably aren’t going to cut it. Trust me, I tried, and it was painful. My feet are so much happier in my new Brooks! I needed a neutral shoe and this was a perfect fit right out of the box!

If you do give it a go, let me know. I’d love to cheer you on!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

PS- I promise to show more than just feet on my blog soon, ha!

Mar
14

These sweet feet belong to my good friend, Cory, and her three beautiful (and super silly) girls. We are so blessed to have them in our lives. My boys adore her girls and I equally adore Cory (and of course her girls too). They’re a house of girls (minus their sweet new pup), we’re a house of boys… it’s a great match-up! Plus, they let me torture them with my camera every once in a while.

Just a few weeks before we got together for family movie night. I’m not sure if the kiddos watched more than 15 minutes of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but one thing they did take from it was this:

Shuffle Ball Step
Shuffle Ball Lunge
Step Ball Change
Step Ball Change
Step Ball Change
WORD!

We had a lot of that going on in the images. It was hilarious!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

PS- Stay tuned for images of their new puppy, Shamus. WARNING: He will melt your heart and make you want to go to your local animal shelter and adopt a puppy immediately. Okay, you’ve been warned.

Mar
6

We went on a bit of a coffee shop/donut shop overload in February.

My friend, Jen, introduced us to Cafe Rococo in Kirkland, it’s a super cute coffee shop in such a super cute area. Lots of supers!

A. read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It took him weeks and weeks and weeks, but HE DID IT! We celebrated by taking him to see Hugo. If you haven’t seen it, it’s out on DVD now and I highly recommend it!

My aunt surprised us with tickets to see Doktor Kaboom. It’s 1 part science, 1 part hilarious and 1 part fun! You and your kiddos will love it! Afterwards, we found a lonely shopping cart just parked all by itself, so we played. It was a perfect ending to a super fun day!

The boys had their first class project. Heritage Day! M. researched and shared about the Dominican Republic and A. researched and shared about England. Ali and the boys made empanadas and brought them in to share with the class.

Celebrated Galentine’s Day with my favorite gal pals… it was our first annual celebration! Looking our 2013 celebration and our upcoming St. Galtrick’s Day (okay, I know… I’m pushing it).

I totally failed at taking our family picture again… it will happen in March!

We started the Couch to 5K training as a family. We are currently in week #3! If you’ve ever thought of trying it, do it! It’s so doable! It’s just 3 days a week and it truly takes you from the couch to running a 5K in 9 weeks! Our first 5K race is at the end of April, the Top Pot 5K Doughnut Dash!

Hope your February was lovely!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie