letters to our sons

Dear Ryan,

The oldest, first born my “easy” baby and child. At seven years old you are becoming less and less my little boy. I’m going to admit that I hate that. You beg to be dropped off at soccer games while we park the car. Every morning you ask if you can please ride your scooter to school by yourself.  I stand on the corner and squint my eyes until I see you’ve crossed over to the school grounds. Some days you turn around to see if I’m watching, maybe a small little wave. Those are the best mornings. I adore seeing the look of confidence on your face. You are independent and proud. Such a smart kid, almost too smart. You understand how the world works, how is this possible?!? You may have been born an old soul, I’ve always felt that way – but please remain my little boy, just a bit longer.

I love you, mom

There are more letters to read within this amazing circle of talented photographers. I so enjoyed reading Katrina’s letter to her son, I think you will too! Continue the circle and visit Katrina’s letter for the month of November!

Faye - November 1, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Beautifully written and a gorgeous image too! They are so determined to grow up and be independent!

Katrina - November 7, 2013 - 2:00 am

Oh Kristin, what a sweet image and sweet letter. I can SO relate! My 7-year-old is also pushing for more independence, and seems older every day. How can we make them stop?? If you find a serum, let me know. :) It IS wonderful to watch them grow, but bittersweet at the same time.

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letters to our sons

I am so excited to post my first Letters to Our Sons! I’ve joined an amazingly talented group of ladies.  A blog circle of  photographers, who are all wonderful mommies to boys!

Dear Christopher,

Fall is in the air and you love to collect sticks and leaves. You ask me everyday if you can please bring the leaves and sticks into the house. You like to use them as “lumber” for your train tracks. Trains are a vital part of your day. There are three separate train tracks through out the house as I write this. Your imagination is wonderful and it brings an instant smile to my face listening to you talk to your trains. You are enjoying Pre-K and actually bring home art projects for me now! For a mommy of two boys I treasure each piece of art that comes home. Our daily routine consists of taking Ryan to school, walking back home and having a “snack” and you are off building a fort from the couch pillows, or playing in your teepee. You are all boy. Usually dirty, too tough to let mommy hold you if you fall down, and have a very little boy sense of humor. But you also have this side of you that runs full speed to me at pick up from school. Love to snuggle up to me if I’m sitting on the couch, and always grab to hold my hand while we are on walks. You are my youngest and absolutely the momma’s boy. I don’t mind at all.
~ mommyContinue the circle and take a peek at the talented Kara’s letter, http://juneandbear.com/?p=808

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Katrina - October 4, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Kristin, I just love this! There is something so special about a little boy’s love for his mom. <3 My youngest is full of imagination too — love little boy imaginations! I'm so glad to have you in our blog circle and can't wait to get to know you and your boys better each month.

aimee swanson - October 7, 2013 - 3:57 am

love this. so special. he will treasure these words!

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a walk downtown with the browns

What can I say about this family? I love them! Long time friends who I captured while they walked around their downtown. I’m in love with the urban vibe, and the skateboards!

Candace - September 27, 2013 - 1:26 am


aimee swanson - October 7, 2013 - 3:55 am

LOVE! this is exactly what I want for our next shoot!!!!! yay!

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Exploring use of small aperture vs large aperture

I very rarely shoot with a small aperture, so this past week I pushed myself to shoot f/9.5 or smaller. The skies were amazing on Friday and proved to be the perfect subject for a small aperture and a little bit of underexposure. Out of focus images are something that I find intriguing. I was comfortable with including shape, color, light and perspective. I couldn’t completely abandon my love for shooting wide and back light though. It’s all about experimenting, finding new ways to look at your surroundings.

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Exploring Creative Photography

I’m in my first week of a new class at Clickin Moms, Exploring Creative Photography taught by April Nienhuis. It’s hard to break from what you’ve been taught about “correct” exposure. Pushing your ISO, selecting your aperture, over or underexposing an image. Different and challenging for me — always a good thing.  Here are some of my images from this week.

Deliberate underexposure was this month’s creativity challenge over at Clickin Moms. I’m honored that my image of the mushroom was featured on the blog!

tracey - September 21, 2013 - 2:34 am

LOVE the mushroom photo. :) Fun that you are taking a class too!

wiltkd - September 24, 2013 - 3:06 am

Thank you Tracey! I like taking classes – it’s always a nice creative push 😉 Are you coming to SF for the Clickin Walk?

jayne - October 30, 2013 - 2:47 am

LOVE the mushroom photo too! Feel like I’m in Alice in Wonderland. I found you on Instagram and now you’ve officially been stalked! ;o)

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