letters to our sons

Dear Ryan,

We are in the swing of summer schedule. This means you wake up too early, and go to bed too late. I’m sure there will be a day when I am dragging you out of bed in the morning – but as it stands you apparently are a morning person.  I don’t sign you up for a lot of camps, you don’t seem to really enjoy them and honestly the summer goes by so quickly.  Although the way you argue and wrestle with your brother there are days where I re-think this. Having an open schedule makes it easy to pack up the car and head to the beach for the afternoon.

The day I took these pictures the entire beach was covered in a mist/fog. It wasn’t cold, actually a little muggy and warm. We were surrounded by a thickness in the air. Of course the photographer in me was geeking out over the light and atmosphere. You and your brother ran and played in the surf and were collecting and throwing seaweed. I had this idea for you to wear it around your neck. The look on your face made me laugh. You looked at me as if I was asking you to eat something horrible. With a little bit of pleading, and the promise of a smoothie – you obliged. I’m so happy you did. I love how these turned out – they look just as they did in my mind. My little beach boy.



Each month this blog circle of talented mothers and photographers share a letter to their sons, please follow the circle by reading Katrina’s letter to her son.

Katrina - July 11, 2014 - 10:27 pm

These images are so gorgeous, Kristin! I’m so glad he obliged (with some minor bribing!) because they are perfect! We love to keep an open schedule in the summer too — you’re right, it goes by way too fast. <3

Tracy - July 11, 2014 - 11:40 pm

Well, it would’ve taken more than a smoothie to convince me to wrap myself in seaweed! But I’m sure glad your guy did because the images look so cool. I love the lazy days too … we are underplanners as well just to keep things open for days like this. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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humbled and proud

I’ve wanted a French Bulldog for quite awhile. Stopping people on the street who had one with them. Asking for breeders info. and checking rescue sites. To be honest, the price tag on these little dogs is a little crazy to me – but gah! They are just so cute! I was told about a litter that had two puppies available in April. I immediately contacted the owner and asked if I could please drive out to see the puppies. After a road trip the boys and I would be spending the afternoon playing with three darling French Bulldog puppies. Originally I had asked to put my deposit down on the female. She had a perfect black mask, and I figured I would finally get my girl! But once there, my heart knew we had to bring home the male. This little boy dog was following my boys around the yard, sitting down next to them when they sat, and when picked up would look you straight in the eye with love and honesty.

Louis became his name and this little dog has brought so much joy to our home. The boys just adore him, I love seeing the bond building between a child and his dog. This is my first Frenchie, I don’t have anything to compare him to – but my goodness this is the most wonderful dog! I figured he would quickly become a subject I would enjoy photographing, but had no idea that an image I took playing around with pretty light and flowers would be on the cover of a magazine!

When Click Magazine contacted me to tell me that Louis would be on the cover I had to read the email several times over. I was half laughing and half crying, I thought you’ve got to be kidding me!?!?! This has become my favorite magazine, and look forward to it arriving in my mailbox. The images, articles and the lovely paper it is printed on all just equal one beautiful magazine to sit down and enjoy.  I was over the moon when an image I took of the boys playing in the tide pools was featured in the May issue. Today a whole box of gorgeous magazines arrived on my doorstep with little Louis on the cover. Maybe this sounds silly, but I had a moment of happy tears. Thank you to Clickin Moms for such an amazing opportunity, and thank you to everyone who has left so many kind words and comments. You really know how to make a girl, and her little French dog feel extremely special.

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letters to our sons

Dear Christopher,

You graduated from PreK last week! The weeks leading up to this I would go through waves of happiness to sadness.  Finally I will have both my boys at the same school.  My life and driving schedule will be instantly simplified. But, you are my youngest – my baby. I felt your innocence was going to be gone just because you are starting Kindergarten in the fall. When I watched you walk across the stage to get your certificate you turned and waved to daddy and I, and I lost it. The tears could not be stopped. You were so proud and had the biggest grin. A grandmother sitting next to me leaned over and said, “just wait until they graduate college”  I’m sure the tears will be flowing that day as well, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m going to remind myself to enjoy every bit of your innocence and playfulness. All the messes you make. The bazillions of toys you insist on bringing out to play with, because it all just happens too quickly. This summer will be filled with lunches in the teepee, dinosaurs and of course your sidekick Louis.

As much as you drive your momma crazy, the love I have for you is triple the size!

xoxo, mommy

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kimberly - June 6, 2014 - 12:58 pm

This letter put a lump in my throat. I feel the same way about my Kindergartener now to be 1st grader. The innocence part is so true! And hugs to you because I know it is rewarding, but oh so hard to watch that sweet baby boy grow. And what a sweet, precious image!

Faye - June 6, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Aw geez! I’m tearing up reading this. My youngest is still in preschool, but I already know that I will be balling my eyes out when that day comes. Congrats to your little guy! You captured his innocence and playfulness perfectly!

Tracy - June 9, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Oh, Kristin, you wrote about my experience just one year ago!!! Enjoy your sweet boy this summer (and always, of course). Your photograph is adorable!!!

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the kings

I consider myself really lucky to be able to do what I love. Photographing families, chasing pretty light in big grassy fields is a fun way to spend my time. When I look at these images I feel double lucky because not only did we do just that, but this family is filled with people that I love. People that I consider to be my own family. <3

Johanna King - May 22, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Thanks so much! We had so much fun and feel so fortunate to have such a talented friend. You totally picked out my favorites here!!

VANESSA QUINLAN - May 22, 2014 - 7:06 pm

Absolutely gorgeous as always Kristin!

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