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

 

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

 

Nov
09

Oh, sweet little one. You are so precious and so loved.

What an honor it is to capture her newness and the love shared between their beautiful family. I photographed her BIG brother (HERE) when he was just five days old and then again last year (HERE). These amazing parents make seriously cute kiddos, don’t they? I’m looking forward to watching them grow, but in the meantime, I’ll just soak in their itty bitty-ness. Hoping their mom and dad are doing the same.

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

Nov
09

This beautiful family is such a special blessing. They were one of the first families we met when we first moved to Washington. Their youngest is a great friend of my boys and their oldest ended up being our babysitter. They are all so very dear to us, which makes their move from Seattle that much harder, but it’ll make visits to Eastern Washington that much sweeter. I know firsthand how bittersweet moves can be… stressful and emotionally draining on one hand, but the thoughts of new adventures and opportunities are thrilling on the other hand. I’m excited for them as they begin this new chapter in their lives. What an honor it was to photograph one of their last days all together at their home before heading east. You couldn’t met a more connected, loving family!

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Until next time.

xo,
Kristie

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!

CLICK on the image below for a little fun ↓

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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