Sep
30

Remember these two?

I photographed their engagement session over 3-1/2 years ago. It was such a joy to photograph them again… still madly in love and willing to act as silly as ever in the name of fun photography!

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

 

Sep
14

It was this time just a couple of weeks ago that I was saying goodbye to my mom in Louisiana. We met in Oregon on a Thursday and by Sunday we had crossed Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. Were we exhausted? Yes. Did we have a blast spending four days together in the car? Yes. I wouldn’t trade that precious time I had with my mom for anything. My mom came armed with her highlighter, atlas, peanut-butter sandwiches and white cheddar popcorn, while I supplied us with books on CD and lip balm.

We made our way through lush green forests, volcanic fields, mountain ranges, quiet little towns in the middle of nowhere, bustling cities, open plains, desert land and across bridges that seemed to go on forever. We saw topless bike riders, fields after fields of cows, the Mile High Stadium and some of the prettiest sunsets.

We had two favorite stops along the way: the Dee Wright Observatory (built from lava rock during the Great Depression) in Oregon, which offers the most amazing panoramic view of the Cascade Mountain Range and The Bean Cycle in Fort Collins, Colorado. My mom and I shared the perfect pot of tea and cinnamon crumb cake.

I did pack my big girl camera, but it never made it out of the suitcase. My iPhone was handy and Instagram made it easy to edit + share from the road, so I went with it.

Our highlights from the road (via my iPhone)…

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Sep
09

For some reason the Sesame Street theme song is running through my head right now: Sunny day, sweeping’ the clouds away…

Oh, how our Seattle summer was as wonderful and sunny as it gets. Probably the warmest summer here since our move from Florida. Normally, I’d be welcoming fall at this point, but I just want to hold onto the summer for a bit longer. Despite one of my kiddos breaking his arm, we packed in a serious amount of fun. Bedtimes, what’s that? Dinners became picnics. There were the occasional lunchtime concerts in the city. Day trips, go kart racing and running through the sprinkler (pre broken arm). Not to mention photographing some of the sweetest families and kiddos. And funny enough, all girls too. Other than my nutty guys, I don’t think I photographed any boys. So, girls RULED the summer!

And, speaking of girls, I just adore these three and their bunnies, ducks and sweet pup. Their love for fury and feathery friends could melt your heart. Their love for being silly could make you cry from laughter.

How lucky am I to spend a fun afternoon playing in the sun with them?!

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

May
26

This session proved the old saying, “third time’s a charm” is absolutely true. We planned. It rained. We planned again. More rain. Then we snuck up on this sunny afternoon like stealth ninjas. What a fantastic afternoon we had together too! This sweet family is as fun-loving as they are adorable (um, so probably 2 out of 4 of them wouldn’t appreciate me calling them adorable, but I call it like I see it). They had me cracking up the entire time. By the end of the session my cheeks hurt from all the giggling. Oh, how I love when that happens! An afternoon spent with friends and a camera in my hand is such wondrous thing!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

May
19

What do you get when you bring three first graders together for a tea party? Some serious CUTENESS and a major case of the GIGGLES! Oh, these girls were SO.MUCH.FUN. to photograph. Outfit changes, contagious laughter and smiles, dancing, singing and some tree climbing… what more could you ask for? Besides throwing in an 8 week old puppy into the mix, I can think of nothing.

I left the session with the happiest heart and a desire to wear a tutu. Don’t worry though, I haven’t actually attempted to wear a tutu. What a blessing it was to photograph and spend the afternoon with these little cuties.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

May
02

Happy Friday friends! Here we are on our last week of our 12 fridays feature. I’ve absolutely loved sharing some of the AMAZING women in my life. They inspire me. I hope in their sharing about motherhood, family life and life as business owners, you’ve been inspired too.

THIS IS WEEK TWELVE!

Time to meet Ruthie…

Thank goodness for friends! They fill our lives with joy and laughter. They share in our hopes and fears. They bring so much to our lives… sunshine, experiences and even new friends. Ruthie and I were introduced by my dear friend, Jen (another AMAZING woman in my life). It was a cookie party where we met (a time where I mistakenly quadrupled my recipe and ended up with enough cookies for Santa’s workshop). I immediately adored Ruthie. She’s all things wonderful. She has a kind heart, warm smile and a contagious laugh. Plus, she’s got such a sweet family. She’s crazy creative and has an incredible eye for design and fashion. As if that’s not enough, she creates the most adorable beds, sleeping bags and bedding for dolls (like the American Girl dolls). What’s not there to love? I’m thrilled for you to meet Ruthie!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mom of 4 beauties..Milo 11, Tula 9, Otto 7, & Violette 4….yes, if you put those names all together you get- Tomato(until Violette came and then..well, she is maybe the cherry party of tomato)! Wonderful husband Travis and new doggie Mabel. Born and raised in Puyallup. Graduated from SPU and went into fashion/textile design. BP designer for Nordstrom Product Group. Met Travis and his furniture shop in Ballard and… fell in love! 4 kids later, we ended up in Maltby in a pretty farmy setting and I love it! I don’t have a house cleaner. I love thrifting, collecting mid century furniture, gardening, riding bikes and camping with family. I want an airstream bad!

Q. What does a day in your life look like?
My day starts with Woody The Woodpecker going to town on the metal flashing of our house at 5:45 every morning! Doggie needs to go out, and then if it’s my glorious turn to get up(Travis and I take turns at the duties)I have 1 HOUR of solitude to read some good devotions or journal. From there on out it’s pretty much NUTS! So. Many. Schedules. & Activities!!!!

Violette and I have fun doing everything together during the day whatever it is-working at school doing artsy stuff, training Mabel, sewing, or all the other miscellaneous things that come up like ortho emergencies, sick kids, neighbors horses getting loose, or the realization that there is no food in the house!

Q. Tell us about Eden & Esther and what inspired you to start your business.
I was inspired by my girls! Tula was 6 and just getting into American Girl Dolls. Of course the doll needed a bed! I love upholstered bed frames and so, that’s what I did. After about a year of her playing with it and me thinking about it, I decided to create a line of beds and accessories called Eden and Esther. There was nothing like it out there and that was my green light. Named after both my girls middle names. Working from home is the best option for us and I love that my kids can come into my little workspace, help me come up with colors to put together or sit and do homework beside me:)

Q. How do you stay balanced between being a mom and wife, owning your own business, staying involved in school and finding time for you? Any tips for those of us that struggle with this balancing act?
I still have not figured out a good laundry system or a workout regimen, let alone balance in my life! It’s hard. Learning when to say Yes and when to say No. Still Learning! And just plain saying No and being Ok with it! Lots of sleep. Being healthy. Getting a good conversation in with the hubs once a day. Having enough down time to be spontaneous with kids or family on a weekend. Retail therapy every once in awhile. Time with a girlfriend or sister. A brisk walk or run. Remembering to enjoy the crazy ride because it goes by too fast…just hold on, breath, love on my kids, and pray!

Q. What do you want your children to remember most about their childhood?
A happy home where we laughed a lot, had lots of adventures, lots of singing and dancing, and loved one another a lot! I love to journal and write funny stories about the kids. Ever so often I pull it out and read them things I wrote. Sometimes I barely remember or had totally forgotten cute events or incidents:) Priceless memories and they love hearing them!

I want them to remember that mom and dad were their biggest, craziest fans in the stands, sending them off to school with a blessing, that we made them work hard and be industrious for things they wanted, being creative with everything, and the times we got to bless or help others. It’s a tall order!

Undoubtedly they will remember the times that were NOT my finest moments! Their favorite one is when I slipped on a toy(that was covered by a blankie) and went flying down the stairs, of course I was pregnant at the time..I was so startled and shaken up I cried and screamed “I hate all these toys”! 3 little kids hearing those words and seeing mommy crying lying in a little heap on the floor- etched in their minds FOREVER!

Q. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, how far back would you go and what advice would it be?I don’t know- there are so many…Don’t let little things get in the way. Don’t worry about what others think of me. Don’t be such a control freak!

Q. What inspires you?
I just walk into a fabric store and I start to hyperventilate because I’m so excited! Same with a good designer vintage furniture! Or finding a hidden mid century gem for cheap.

I could sew for hours or days- fabrics on their own are beautiful, but then when put with others they start to come alive and tell a story.

Besides being creative, I am inspired by others stories, my friends, my sisters, my parents, music, the view we get to have as I’m doing dishes, and the choices I get to make to be different and make a difference in this life.

I love reading to the kids- picture books or chapter…and thinking of how I will illustrate and write my own book one day while traveling around in my airstream..

The side effect to so many ideas is…lots of unfinished projects! Oh well.

Q. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?Today, I would say Maui for some serious R & R. After that it would be Africa for a real adventure! And can’t forget my lifelong dream of riding a bike across the USA…

Q. Do you have a favorite go-to weeknight dinner?It’s called Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse.

Q. What tips do you have for a working mom wanting to start their own business?
I say do it if it makes sense for you. I have been on the corporate side and it can wear you down terribly! It is worth it to go for the leap if you find something you love and can be committed to!! Working from home is low risk and little or no overhead. Go for it!

You’ll find Eden & Esther HERE on Etsy and also HERE on Facebook.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Apr
25

Hello friends! I’m thrilled to have Friday here! And I’m thrilled to be sharing another AMAZING woman with you for our 12 Fridays Feature…

THIS IS WEEK ELEVEN!

Time to meet Sheree…

Besides my passion for photography and fitness, I have a secret love for hip hop music + dancing. That’s actually how I met Sheree. Some of my friends had been attending her Hip-Hop Dance Fitness classes and couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they were having. Hip Hop + dance fitness? I had to try it for myself. I was instantly hooked! Sheree has energy like no other and is so upbeat and encouraging! She’s built her business from the ground up and has created quite a team of instructors. Not only does Sheree teach Hip-Hop classes, she’s also a Zumba, Red Hot Dance, Red Hot Barre, Zumbatomic and Urban Striptease Aerobics Instructor. The girl is busy and her passion shows with each class she teaches! If you’re looking for something to add to your fitness routine or just want to have fun with fitness, try one of Sheree’s classes at Shake It Off Dance Fitness! It won’t be long before you’re hooked!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 38 years old and am originally from Gladstone, Oregon. I moved to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University where I played softball 1994-1998. I double-majored in Secondary Education and Spanish. Out of college I taught Spanish for 4 years. I met my husband in 1996 and we now live in Woodinville with our two children, Malakai 10 and Maliyah 7.

Q: What does a day in your life look like?
VERY busy. I get up around 7:15am to wake the kids and get them off to school. I am typically at my computer for at least 2 hours each morning catching-up on business emails, facebook messages, and working on new marketing materials for classes, events, socials, etc….I finally make my way to the shower around 10:30 – 11am. By noon I’ve gotten dressed and usually work on a little choreography review or learn and/or create a new routine. I like to “get out” every day so I might head out to grab lunch and run errands along the way, nothing too exciting….sometimes to get groceries, stop at the bank, or grab my kids from school to get them to an audition (acting/modeling). I like to get home to get back to work before my kids get off the bus, so I am usually back by 2pm and I head back to my computer. When the kids get home I make them a good snack, help with homework and get them to their after school activities. I usually find a little time for me between 4-6pm, that might mean more choreography or sitting and watching a show on DVR. I figure-out dinner and my husband gets home around 7pm—-some days that is when I’m off to lead a class. I enjoy taking baths, that happens ALMOST nightly before bed!!!

Q: How has fitness impacted your life?
Good question. Fitness has been part of my life for as long as I remember. I have always had a very active personality. I’m always on the go and it seems that I prefer it that way. I don’t know how to “slow-down” or relax. I feel like I always have to be productive. Fitness, dance-fitness, to be specific has allowed me to release some of the energy I have and makes me feel like if I eat a donut everything will be okay. LOL. I love to dance, I love to motivate, I love to encourage and make people happy. If by leading people in this aerobic activity can positively affect their lives then it makes it all the better. I have met so many amazing people in the world of fitness. I have met people that inspire me and who make me better. Not only has dance-fitness affected me, but my kids see me as an active Mom and they understand the importance of exercise.

Q: Any advice for those wanting to start an exercise routine?
Try a lot of things. Don’t give-up until you find something that you want to go back to. Find something where you never feel like you’re dragging your feet to get there. If you love to dance and you try a Zumba class and don’t like it, don’t give-up on dancing, it may not have been the right instructor or gym/studio for you. Instructors can make or break a class- just because you don’t like something the first time doesn’t mean you won’t like it with someone else, somewhere else. Enter your exercise routine with realistic expectations. Starting new or over is a transition and it will take time. Find a workout buddy or friend to come to class with you- hold each other accountable for attending regularly. In time, you will likely meet more people and make more friends.

Q: How do you stay balanced between being a mom and wife, owning your own business, staying involved at school and finding time for you?
Any tips for those of us that struggle to do this? I am quite the multi-tasker but am not perfect by any means. I don’t know if anyone can do it all, many of us try but sometimes one or two of these areas have to fall short. My husband works long days but he helps me with the kids when I teach an evening class. I do my best to get my work done during the day so it doesn’t interfere with evening family time. My husband probably suffers the most, but we try and make-up for lost husband-wife time by having regular date-nights and planning family vacations where the kids get to spend time in kids-clubs for a few hours at a time.

Q: What do you want your daughter to remember most about her childhood?
I want for both my kids to remember a fun, adventure-filled childhood where Mom and Dad were completely present. Whether it’s our involvement in school activities, sports, or just sitting around the dinner table.

Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, how far back would you go and what advice would it be?
5 years. I’d advise myself not to “sweat the small stuff.” There is way too much “gray area” here, but I think if I had known then what I know now about running a business and the various people that would be involved, I would have been a lot less stressed-out throughout the process if I wouldn’t have let the little things bother me so much.

Q: What motivates you?
Mostly myself. I’ve always been very motivated to do the best, to BE the best at everything I set forth to do in my life. I was a very competitive athlete growing-up. Motivation is just in me.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Holland. My Grandpa is from there and I remember practicing many Dutch traditions growing-up. It seems like a very cool place.

Q: Do you have a favorite go-to weeknight dinner?
If we stay in its Salmon (from Costco) and potatoes with green beans. If we eat out and it needs to be quick, we all love Mongolian Grill.

Q: What tips do you have for a working mom wanting to start their own business?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as you enjoy what you do, keep doing it. Do not let the business consume you or define you.

For more information about Shake It Off Dance Fitness or to check out their current class schedule, visit the website at www.ComeShakeItOff.com. You’ll also find Shake It Off Dance Fitness on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShakeItOffDanceFitness.

Until next time.
xo,
Kristie

Apr
18

Hello friends! Happy Friday! We’re holding on to Spring Break over here. Enjoying being off-schedule and soaking up as much rays of sunshine we can. Wishing we could have just one extra week. Like Spring Break, it’s hard to believe our 12 Fridays feature is close to an end. This Friday it’s sweets treats by my sweet friend.

THIS IS WEEK TEN!

Time to meet Sarah…

Somehow we always manage to hit the awesome-neighbor-jackpot! Insert Sarah and her adorable family. She is one of the most caring, thoughtful people I have ever met. She has the nicest hubby and three of the most adorable kiddos on the planet! It only makes sense that someone so sweet and incredibly awesome could create equally awesome cake pops. I mean there’s cake pops… and then there’s Sarah’s cake pops. They are heavenly! They are adorable! They are delicious! They are artistic! And, they are 100% made with love! I’m thrilled for you to meet my dear friend and I’m hoping it won’t be long before you try her amazing cake pops because I know you’ll fall in love.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Eastern Washington and went to Central Washington University where I earned a teaching degree. After college I moved to Seattle and worked as an elementary school teacher. In 2005, my husband Josh and I moved to Los Angeles where he completed his law degree and we soaked up the sun for a few years. In 2009, we moved back to the Seattle area and currently live in Woodinville raising our family of three children – Sophie (7), Jake (6), and Max (4).

Q: What does a day in your life look like?
Hectic. I stay home with my kids so a typical day for me is very schedule driven. I spend most of the day dropping off and picking up kids at school, t-ball, softball, ballet and their other activities. The rest of a typical day is filled with helping in my kid’s classroom, homework, children activities and playtime. After the kids go to bed, I usually either work on a cake pop order or just relax with Josh.

Q: Tell us about Sar.n.dipity Sweets. What was your inspiration for starting your business?
I stumbled upon the idea of cake pops in 2011 when I was offered one for dessert. I was intrigued by these tasty, tiny treats. I have always loved baking and creating different desserts so I had to give it a try. My first pop was terrible. Unwilling to give up, I tried again. According to Josh, the next version was much better. My passion for making cake pops was born.

Amazingly, I learned days later that Washington had just passed the “Cottage Food” Law permitting the sale of home-baked goods. It was serendipity. I named my business Sar.n.dipity Sweets, obtained a Cottage Food license and began making cake pops from home.

Q: How do you stay balanced between being a mom and wife, running your business, staying involved at school and finding time for you? Any tips for those struggling with this balancing act?

Finding balance is hard. I have been very fortunate to have great support from my husband, my parents and friends. When I first began my business I tried to do it all. I was a mother by day and baker by night. I found both areas of my life suffered and made a conscious effort to take time for myself. While I have not found the perfect balance, I am learning when and how to say ‘no’. My number one priority is my family, and then my business. Maintaining balance is a constant challenge. I do my best to make sure I do not miss out on my kids while they are young – it goes by so fast.

Q: What do you want your kiddos to remember most about their childhood?
It was fun, they were loved and they had great experiences to bring to their adulthood!

Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, how far back would you go and what advice would you give?
I would probably go back to high school and tell myself not to worry so much.

Q: What motivates you?
Doing things that make my family and friends smile.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Disneyland. I want to take my kids there before they outgrow Disneyland’s magic.

Q: Do you have a favorite go-to weeknight dinner?
Taco night!

Q: What tips do you have for a mom wanting to start their own business?
Go for it! Life is short and you will always be glad you gave it a try!

Want to know where to find Sarah’s amazing cake pops? On the web, http://www.sarndipitysweets.com and on Facebook, Sarndipity Sweets.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Apr
11

Happy Friday friends! With spring break upon us, there is a definite excitement in the air. I imagine from here on out, we’ll be going at warp speed to the end of the school year. Maybe I should wear a helmet or just put up post-it notes around the house reminding myself to slow down. Actually, that’s not a bad idea. Slow down. Breath. Hug more. Eat an apple (what I really want to say is eat a donut). Laugh. Signs will be made, but before I break out the markers, it’s time for you to meet another AMAZING woman for this week’s Friday Feature.

THIS IS WEEK NINE!

Time to meet Heather...

Before my photography+advertising+public relations+graphic design life, I was a PE major. True story. My heart belonged (and still does to some degree) to Physical Education. My first semester in the program, I met Heather. We had classes together and ended up going for the same gymnastics coaching job. Apparently we impressed them because they hired us both! Oh brother, what a job it was though. Heather and I still laugh about it. We also had the funniest dog combination you could imagine. Heather had “Barney” the Beagle and I had “Belle” the Great Dane. Our dogs were the best of friends too. Sometimes it feels like that was just yesterday and other times it feels lifetimes away. Our college days are far behind us, but Heather will forever be a dear friend. Not to mention, my fitness hero! She was born to motivate and encourage others! She’s competed in countless bodybuilding and fitness competitions. Her passion for exercise and health shows in everything she does and I love that her entire family is involved in her fitness movement! Her energy is contagious and her optimistic personality shines. Plus, she looks INCREDIBLE in a tutu! I know you’ll agree!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

2 Boys (Brodie, 10 Bradley, 8)
4 dogs (Chichi, Haus, Valentine and Happy)
1 Husband (Clay)
Not quite an entrepreneur yet…more of a Family Business Woman…Full time with Parents (Ed and Connie) & brother (Ted) @ Davidson Insulation & Acoustics, Inc…Misc. odds and ends with Clay @ Henson Contractors, Inc.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids
AFAA Personal Training and Group Exercise

Q: What does a day in your life look like?

5:00-6:15am Gym/Run with the girls
6:30-7:45am Get everybody ready for the day
8:00-2:45pm Work @ Davidson
3:00-5:45pm Homework (kids and myself) prepare dinner, misc. Henson Contractors stuff
6:00-7:45pm Activities (Baseball, gymnastics, workouts)
8:00-9:15pm Eat, finish homework, BED!


Q: How has fitness impacted your life? 

Has always had a huge role since the time I started gymnastics @ age 6. Love it, can’t imagine not having it!

Q: Any advice for those wanting to start an exercise routine?

Find a person or group to help motivate you and hold you accountable. Get it done early in the day. Do activities that you enjoy. Set small goals, register for fitness related events (races, competitions, etc.) Have fun!

Q: How do you stay balanced between being a mom and wife, owning your own business, staying involved at school and finding time for you? Any tips for those of us that struggle to do this? 

Get-up early. Have a plan to accomplish for the day/week/month/year, but be flexible.

Q: What do you want your sons to remember most about her childhood?

Family time, Love, Respect for self and others, Fun and I hope I instill a love of fitness in them!



Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, how far back would you go and what advice would it be?

College; be true to yourself; don’t change to fit somebody else’s ideals or stereo-types

Q: What motivates you?

Everything…

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Back to California to visit more of the state. Only went to LA and didn’t even get to see half of that but I did get to see the CrossFit Games and Muscle Beach! And I made it before I was 40.

Q: Do you have a favorite go-to weeknight dinner? 

Grass-fed hamburger

Q: What tips do you have for a working mom wanting to start their own business?  

Get back to me in a year….

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Apr
07

Call me a hopeless romantic, but I ADORE love stories. I can watch When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle or The Holiday over and over again. So, having the chance to photograph dear friends where they met almost 20 years ago, was a special experience.

It was their sophomore year, they were 19 and living in a co-ed dorm at the University of Washington. Mutual friends and a game of volleyball brought them together. It was love at first spike, um, I mean sight. This year they’re celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary and are blessed with three of the sweetest kiddos. I loved hearing their history and being able to capture it in this moment. I’m grateful to have these amazing friends in my life.

Harry: I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. -When Harry Met Sally

 

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie