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

Jul
26

June’s Twelve and Twelve theme was “grounded” and between packing up our house in Washington, living out of our suitcases at our dear friend’s homes for almost two weeks, our move to Florida and awaiting our moving truck and finally the internet, I’m really, really late (that’s an understatement) in announcing the June winner and a first and second runner-up. I truly loved all the submissions. Selecting just one favorite wasn’t easy, but without further ado…

 

Congratulations to Melissa of Contemporary Captures Photography for submitting the winning photograph for June!
Her colorful underwater image tugged at my playful heart.

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Grounded.

 

 

Congratulations to our First Runner-Up, Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography.

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Grounded.

 

Congratulations to our Second Runner-Up, Tiffany of Tiffany Walensky Photography.

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Grounded.

It’s not too late to join us on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page and submit an image for July’s theme, “laughter.”

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
28

This month’s Twelve by Twelve blog circle theme is GROUNDED. Little did I know when I was asked to join this awesome group of women in January and be the judge for June’s theme, that I’d be knee deep in boxes, working from a makeshift cardboard box table and pleading with my hubby to put my computer on the moving truck last. But, that’s where we’re at right now and we’ll soon be off for another adventure. Life is filled with many surprises that way.

I can’t even say for sure why I chose the theme GROUNDED, it just came to me. But in the midst of all the craziness, I’ve giggled to myself thinking, “grounded, how can I be grounded at a time like this?” But, it’s my sweet boys that have been using our empty cabinets as the ultimate hiding spot in hide and seek that are keeping me grounded. My hubby, who keeps reassuring me that we’re doing the right thing moving back across the country, that is keeping me grounded. And my dear friends, who have been so incredibly supportive, that are keeping grounded. They all make me feel like I’ve hit the jackpot in life. Even though we’re currently living out of suitcases at different friends’ homes and our belongings about to trek across country, I’m feeling grounded today and it’s because the amazing people that I’m surrounded by. If I was into hashtags (and I’m not), this might call for a #blessed or a #happylifethankstothepeopleinit. Okay, that just made me laugh. moving-01 moving-02

Oh, and yes, these images were taken with my iPhone.

Be sure to visit the talented Reilly Maguire’s Photography Blog to continue the blog circle and if you’d like to share an image of your own, please visit the Twelve by Twelve Facebook Page.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
28

It was the summer of 2010, our first summer in Washington. My boys had just finished kindergarten and if I couldn’t slow down time as I had desperately been trying to do, I at least wanted to hold onto our memories. I’m a picture taker, but I wanted their words, their stories and their drawings down on paper. So, we bought two composition books and sat down with a pile of magazines, some scissors and tape to decorate the cover and starting page for their first summer of journaling. Sometimes they wrote in it only once or twice during the week and sometimes it was every other day. Their words and drawings were so sweet. Once school rolled around again, I tucked the books away in hopes of bringing them out again the next summer. And, that’s exactly what we did and have done every summer since.

I love our tradition of creating the starting page for the summer with magazine clippings. Just yesterday they made the “Summer of 2015″ pages with the help of one of their best friends. I love looking back at what they’ve written. I love reliving our summer memories. It’s funny how these two little books have become so precious to me. summer_journal_01 summer_journal_03summer_journal_02summer_journal_12summer_journal_06  summer_journal_05  summer_journal_08summer_journal_07  summer_journal_09 summer_journal_11summer_journal_10

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Jun
21

hello-summer

Summer is AWESOME!

The sound of flip flops, popsicles and no school! But, summer isn’t awesome for everyone! NO school means NO lunch for some kiddos!

More than 22 million children currently receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, yet the majority of those children, 4 out of every 5, will lose access to those meals as public schools close for the summer months. Summer Feeding Programs are the first step to making sure kids have enough to eat during the summer months. It will take all of us to help make sure kids only worry about being kids.

That’s why I’m teaming up with the Camera Cuties Club (the cutest group of first, second and third graders you could ever meet) to help end child hunger and make summer MORE awesome! We’re planning the ultimate KICKBALL game at our local elementary school to benefit our local food bank, Food Lifeline! We’re charging $1 per person to participate, which will help provide FIVE MEALS to families struggling with hunger! We’re also raising donations through our lemonade stand, bake goods tent, pre-loved toy table and photo booth!

If you’d like to make summer MORE awesome by helping fight hunger, check out FEEDING AMERICA for ideas or to find your local food bank.

Together we can make a difference!

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

May
27

Hello friends. This month’s Twelve by Twelve blog circle theme, soft, was chosen by the talented Patty Cannon of Sweet Plum Photography. Just saying the word, “soft” brings images of long-earred bunnies, warm light, fuzzy socks and cozy blankets to mind. Now, I’m picturing the bunny wearing fuzzy socks, wrapped in a cozy blanket, enjoying soft, warm golden light. Oh, how my mind wanders… Ha! Well, if you look up “soft” in the dictionary, there’s over 20 definitions. It’s this definition though that spoke to me:

soft 
1. a :  pleasing or agreeable to the senses :  bringing ease, comfort, or quiet

It’s the softness of light interacting with nature that brings comfort to my soul. And, especially at springtime when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

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Be sure to visit Sweet Plum Photography’s BLOG to continue the blog circle with Patty and if you’d like to share an image of your own, please visit the Twelve by Twelve Facebook Page.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Apr
26

It’s that time again, our monthly Twelve by Twelve blog circle. This month’s theme, Favorite Color, was chosen by the talented Reilly Maguire of Reilly Maquire Photography.

I LOVE color. So much so that in 2013, I started a photography project inspired by color, A Year in Color. I teamed up with a group of friends and together we took each month color by magnificent color… white, pink, green, purple, etc. It was so much fun to explore the world the way. I don’t think I could even choose just one or two favorite colors, but I could definitely pick a TOP FIVE: blue, grey, green, yellow and purple. They’re my HAPPY colors.

This month I decided to include my boys in the project. I left the ideas to them and brought their visions to life with my camera. They’re like me, they love color, so instead of asking them to choose just one, I asked them to choose things that were special to them. So, this is what we came up with one afternoon…

green.

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orange.

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red.

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blue.

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brown.

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white.

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Be sure to visit the talented Jen Collazo’s blog of  Shooting for Keep Photography to follow our blog circle and see what colors she loves. Also, it’s not too late to share your favorite color images on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook Page.

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

PS- We have our nutty hound dog, Quigley, to thank for “Bear’s” missing eye. He has a thing for stuffed animal eyes, but just one… it’s the strangest thing.

Mar
26

comfort n. a state of ease and
contentment; relief of suffering
or grief; a person or thing giving
this.

Knowing that comfort (chosen by the talented Yvonne of Yvonne Niemann Photography) was this month’s Twelve by Twelve theme, I’ve thought about it a lot these last few weeks. What comforts me and those around me? Can I close my eyes and see it? Is comfort a color? Is it one thing or many?

For me, it’s so many different things. The big things: my family, my friends and knowing that God has things in control. But, it’s the small things too:  my hubby coming to give me one last hug + kiss after already saying goodbye, it’s snuggling with my boys at bedtime after a long nutty day (and the fact that they still love to snuggle), it’s hearing my sweet Gramcracker’s laugh over the phone, it’s getting a card in the mail from my mom with $5 in it because I once jokingly asked her why she put money in the boys’ cards but not mine (I now get $5 in every card she gives me–she calls it “donut money.”), it’s going on a walk with my dear friend through our neighborhood, it’s the warm sunshine on my face, it’s chatting on the phone with my childhood best friend about the ups and downs of motherhood, it’s a warm hug, it’s walking into a crazy intimidating fitness class with three amazing friends and then giggling throughout it to hide our pain, it’s my sweet but incredibly nutty hound dog hiding bagels around our house, it’s my hubby’s smile, it’s a donut date with friends, it’s my boys’ laughs (they have such great genuine belly laughs), it’s family photos, it’s hearing the words “I love you,” it’s almost all movies with Bill Murray, it’s sweet emails from my dear clients, it’s a delicious Pine State Biscuit sandwich, it’s fuzzy socks, it’s images like these and it’s the trust my clients place in my hands to capture the precious moments in their lives.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the next link in the blog circle.

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Now on to the next member in the Twelve by Twelve blog circle, the talented Tiffany of Tiffany Walensky Photography. Enjoy your visit! 

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
27

Hello friends! What an honor it was to be asked by a seriously talented group of ladies to join the Twelve by Twelve Project. I’m grateful to Laurel of Laurel Photography for the invitation and to Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography for bringing us all together. This project is about us sharing life’s journey through our photography. Monthly themes were chosen by the Twelve’s. The group will be sharing images based on the monthly theme on our individual blogs and this is where it gets fun… one blog post will take you on a little blog circle through the twelve blogs. Just be sure to look for the link to the next member’s blog in each post (see below). This month’s theme is Home is Where the HEART is, which was chosen by the talented Tiffany Walensky.

I thought about this theme all week. My heart will forever be with my hubby, twin boys and nutty hound dog, so no matter where we are, which currently happens to be Seattle, I’m home. With that being said though I have these little heart strings that tug on me from Massachusetts, which is where I spent my childhood, met my very first best friend, learned to ice skate and swim (not on the same day), took dance classes, got my first cabbage patch kid doll, road my bike everywhere, had my first crush, put on lip sync shows to Christmas music with my Gram (who I affectionately call “Gramcracker”), made snow forts, the list goes on and on. And, then there’s Florida, a place that I initially protested moving to with great conviction, but  where I ultimately attended junior high, high school and college. It’s where I met my hubby and got married. It’s where I made some of my most dearest friendships, where my boys were born, where I started my photography business and where my Mom and Gramcracker still live. So, while we’re here in the beautiful Emerald City (a place I DID NOT protest moving to five years ago and a place I have grown to love), pieces of my heart are in other cities, miles away. I think it must come with the territory when you put down roots and love where are and then move on… those roots are always there. So, if you ask me where home is I just might have to say “Waflorimass.” Trust me, you’d love it there–some of the nicest people you could ever meet live there!

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Oh, and yes, these are iPhone images. Sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you!

Now on to the next member in the Twelve by Twelve blog circle, the talented Rita of Infinity Photography by Rita. Enjoy your visit! 

Until next time.

xo,
Kristie