soon to be mr & mrs

This was certainly a different session for me. I’ve never taken bridal portraits before, but when the sister of the bride is a friend of yours and gives you the confidence that “you can do it!”  What do you say? I met up with them all at the brides brother’s home for an hour. It was an honor to capture this time in their lives. To photograph the grooms expression when he first sees his bride. How the bride looks into her grooms eyes.  It was a little overwhelming and absolutely wonderful all at the same time. I’m so proud of these images, and I hope that they will cherish them always. I wish them the very best!

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Ridiculously Cute

I mean really. What else should the title for this post be? Little Miss G is such a happy and good natured little girl. Her mommy told me she was a sunny side up baby and has had that disposition ever since. This was a quick little session to capture all her squishable rolls. This time in her life obviously needed to be documented. I’m so looking forward to photographing this little beauty when she turns one and starts walking, and again in the fall for the Holidays. It’s a good thing I’ll get my baby fix because it took every ounce of me not to stow her away in my camera bag as I left.

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Letters to our sons


Dear Ryan and Christopher,

Oh the two of you definitely keep me busy! I’m really loving the stage of life that we are in right now. You both have such a wonderful sense of humor, and will literally have me laughing out loud because you are smart and witty — not because I had to laugh because I’m your mom.  We are a pretty tight little trio throughout the day. Listening to the two of you in the backseat while we are driving from one place to another brings a smile to my face. Yes. There are more times than not that I’m asking you to please stop talking and fighting. But generally I have a little smile on my face after glancing at the two of you in my rear view mirror. Ryan you are 7 1/2 and Christopher will be 5 in April. You can hang out together and play, talk about shows, and songs. Christopher adores his big brother, and I’m so thankful that Ryan might have more patience than I do!

It’s always so nice to hear compliments about my boys, but it also makes me feel a little uncomfortable. As parents we can only do so much to mold what our children will be in the world. We all work hard to find the right balance to make a happy and healthy kid. It’s exhausting, terrifying and gratifying. All these emotions can result from just one day. You are my little amigos, and truly make my heart swell with how much love I have for each of you.


Love, Mommy

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Faye - February 7, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Love this Kristin! It’s so true what you said and I can relate to feeling uncomfortable with the compliments, because there is only so much we can do. A lot of the good in our boys just comes from within! You captured them beautifully!!!!

kimberly - February 10, 2014 - 6:22 pm

What sweet words to your boys. I can relate to so many things in your letter.

Katrina - February 12, 2014 - 11:57 pm

I love the connection they have, Kristin. And some of my favorite moments have been listening to my boys talk in the back seat (though now my older sits in front with me, so I miss those times…). And your words are so true — exhausting, terrifying, and gratifying. That is definitely Motherhood. <3

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letters to our sons

Dear Christopher,

You are such an imaginative little guy. There are made up towns and train stops all over the house. You run races up and down the hall between your motorcycle and corvette race car. Usually the corvette wins, but you must have felt badly for the motorcycle because today during lap 11 it took the lead! There is an over abundance of Christmas gifts from Santa and your family. This Lego ship was on your list and you couldn’t stop telling me how excited you were that Santa listened and brought it. I truly wish I could bottle up Christmas morning, and then replay it on those days where bed time couldn’t come quick enough. Watching your excitement as you opened your presents, and how excited you were for your brother was so much fun. You loved visiting grandma and grandpa in Oregon, and said hello first to your favorite fish in grandpa’s tank. It was such a wonderful holiday, I love being a part of the memories that you will remember and always cherish. We are all so lucky.  Here’s to 2014!

Love you,  mommy

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Katrina - January 3, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Kristin, this is just adorable! I’m glad Santa brought his Lego ship and that Christopher was so very excited about it!! That’s my favorite part of Christmas morning — seeing that excitement, and anticipating it ahead of time, when we know the perfect present is waiting for them under the tree! And yes, how wonderful it would be to bottle that up. :)

Kara - January 4, 2014 - 2:15 am

Kristin, I think our boys would get along so well. They sound so much alike. Big imaginations are such a magical thing. Love the new ship too. Happy New Year!

Lisa Benemelis - January 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm

This is beautiful, Kristin. These are some of my favorite memories too – even as the kids have grown older. There is always something so special, no matter the age, about a wrapped gift under the tree and the anticipation of what is inside. Sounds like you all had a magical Christmas. <3 Happy New Year!!

Tracy - January 6, 2014 - 1:43 am

Such sweet moments, Kristin. My younger son too was so delighted that Santa listened and remembered his gift wish. Their joy is palpable, isn’t it?

Allison McSorley - January 6, 2014 - 4:16 pm

I love seeing his intense expression as he plays with the Lego ship, Kristin. Legos and race cars were big in my house this holiday season, too. Christmas at this age is such a wonderful thing to watch. <3

Kimberly - January 11, 2014 - 4:51 am

Perfect image to capture his imagination! I think our little guys would get along great. And I too would love to bottle up Christmas morning for those days when bedtime cannot come quick enough!

Faye - January 18, 2014 - 1:20 pm

I love this image…I want to know what scene he is imagining in that head of his!!! Beautiful color!!!

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