looking back on 2013

I have a hard time keeping up and sharing on my blog. 2013 was such a happy and wonderful year for my photography. I consider myself beyond lucky to have the clients that I do. I truly believe if we were all together at a party, it would be the best time! When I finally sat down to look through all my sessions from 2013 it was nearly impossible to share that many. I found myself smiling and remembering each family and the fun we had hanging out. Here are some images that I would like to share in hopes that they each bring a smile to your face too. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

corinne mccombs - February 5, 2014 - 5:48 am

I scrolled through these oohing and aaahhing and then I got to that last one and WOW! Love it so much, love them all!

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spending time with 4 in the city

I had the privilege of hanging out and capturing the gorgeous family of Adel V. I first met Adel and her son three years ago at the Clickin Walk in SF! It was an absolute treat, that she asked me to photograph her family this year. I’m pretty sure I do not need to mention how gorgeous they all are, and just as nice and sweet on the inside as well. Lovely time was had by all, and we ended our time together with a little baseball game as the sun went down.  

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letters to our sons

Dear Ryan & Christopher,

It’s the month of December and I find there is a daily balance of over indulgence for the holidays and reminding you both what Christmas is about. Decorating the tree, or the case for this year each of your little trees ( I mentioned the over indulgence already, right? ) Checking each day the advent calendar and making a gingerbread house have all topped the list, and it’s only the first week! There is also a balance between believing in Santa and choosing to believe in the spirit of Christmas. I choose to encourage the belief in both and talk about ways to strengthen that belief with each of you.

Ryan, I can tell you are starting to question if there is a Santa. This makes me a little heart broken, so we talk about the magic of what Santa means to you and to other children. Christopher likes to push the issue by peeking at the advent early, but you remind him quickly that the surprise and magic will disappear if you don’t have patience and believe.

Decorating the tree has been a favorite for Christopher this year. You are so excited to light it up, and enjoy sitting on the couch and looking at the lights with me. I have fond memories of sitting in front of the tree with my mom and sister. Sitting in silence, letting the glow from the lights illuminate the room and just be completely happy with that moment. You visited Santa yesterday and were so surprised that he was at the mall and took time away from his workshop! You whispered to him that you would like a stuffed snake – your current animal obsession.

As brothers, you constantly wrestle and tease each other. It’s exhausting, but I’m learning that this is just what brothers do! I am lucky to be the mommy to two happy little boys. It’s important to remember the magic you bring to my life every day too.

Love, Mom

Please be sure to take the time and check out Kara’s post. She loves the magic of Christmas just as much! http://juneandbear.com/?p=926

Kimberly - December 6, 2013 - 8:44 pm

What a beautiful letter with such sweet, wise words. I loved it and what a perfect image to go along with it!

Katrina - December 6, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Kristin, your letter and image sum up so much of the magic of childhood. I love it! Christmastime is wonderful for many reasons, but one of them is definitely seeing it all through the eyes of our kids. I love that Christopher asked for a stuffed snake. Adorable!

Tracy - December 8, 2013 - 7:48 pm

This image is just perfect, a perfect moment of two brothers and their happiness. I have two boys too and am finding that same balance … of having fun and being happy and teasing and wrestling, of believing and wondering. Your letter is such a nice reminder to remember the magic of the season and of childhood.

Linda H - December 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Your words on the belief in the spirit of Christmas really spoke to me! What a gorgeous image! The brotherly love makes me smile!

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one year already

This is a total over share of images for my blog. But it is my sister’s family, and my nephew turned one! We played at the pumpkin patch and enjoyed the prettiest skies I’ve seen at the beach in October. It was an afternoon of celebration, and the weather was giving us all a gift.

Alisha Wilt - December 1, 2013 - 4:23 am

Such a great day, thank you for capturing another milestone in our lives! You are the best!

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