The Little Things

Photography changes the way I see my day-in day-out life. I notice things differently.

I mentally crop and clone-tool things with my eyes, I notice light on my friends faces as we talk, I think about how I am going to word my blog posts.
And thinking that way makes life a touch more "magical" - it's fun to look for the good in the normal, the special in the ordinary.

Back about 17 years ago (joke) when I attended Jasmine Star's workshop, I met up with some photographer pholks (;D) and had a lovely evening on the Balboa pavilion.

Now, if I had gone that night "pre photography" I probably would have complained about how cold it was. I probably would have noticed how most the shops were closed, and how the three that were open were had SUCH long lines. I might have been upset to come all the way to California, only to have it be a rainy muggy day.

But walking around that night with my "photography eyes" I noticed how the water was a really pretty green. How the empty beach was so peaceful. How the colorful signs just popped compared to the soft, dingy sky. How everything was so cute and 1950's. (ps. Pretty sure Jessica Claire got engaged on that ferris wheel...)

How precious this little couple was. I've always wanted to go on dates to the beach, and Maryland's closest beach is about 3 hours away, so it's not likely that will happen.
But I liked that these two got to stroll around together on a date.

WAIT! Did he juuust?!

NO. He. Didn't.

That is stinking awwwesome! I was freaking out I was so excited. And I was all teary and chill-y.
How cute and exciting and random is that?

Our group just so happened to be walking by, and I just so happened to notice this cute couple on a date at the beach. And it made my day.
Yeah, that has to be an amazing feeling :D

Those little moments make me want to pay attention to whats going on around me more often.
Did that change my life? No.
But it changed theirs! And that's so exciting! Plus, it made me smile :D
I wonder how many times I rush through life or complain about my circumstances, and I miss something sweet or exciting.

Now I am off to our church's youth retreat to spend some time with my brother and sister, friends and whipped cream.

See ya!


  1. Aww that is so stinkin' awesome! Did you by any chance talk to them and get their info? I'm sure they'd love to know that a fantastic photographer happened to snag pics of their engagement!

  2. Bethany LaBarge19.8.09

    I totally know what you mean! I saw this couple that was just too cute to be true the other day!!

    Awesome pictures!! HAHA

  3. No way! that's so sweet that you captured their proposal! Love it!

  4. oh that is too freakin' awesome!! Love this post. Not to mention everything you said about seeing and thinking photography every day may as well have been spoken by me! LOL

  5. adorable: did you approach them and let them know? i would want those pictures if i was her.

  6. I love the yellowy-hue in the fisrt pictures. And yes, that really is a brilliant moment that you captured there! Amazing :)

  7. How awesome! This is a great post. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  8. that is so amazing!!!! i love that you saw them get engaged! did you talk to them?!

  9. i'm with everyone else...PLEASE say you talked to them?!?!?!


  10. Anonymous19.8.09

    This is sooo super cute!!!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTEN LEIGH YOU ROCK MY SOCKSSS!!

  11. loved that post! really cute photos! and i love your outlook on life and photography... i believe the same way!! :) thanks for sharing!

  12. Grace20.8.09

    I can totally relate to having a "photogaphy eye".

    Every little thing I look at, every landscape, every flower, every waterfall, every person, every baby, every child, etc. :) I critique by how well it/they would look in a photograph.

    This is the quote I use on my blog header:

    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

    And it is SO true. People who aren't photographers can't even understand it. (I know from experience.)

    Oh by the way, PLEASE tell us if you gave the pictures to that couple. If someone had got that kind of pictures of me, I would LOVE them.

  13. That is so cool! I really hope you let them know that you caught those moments. That girl would be so stoked... or better yet maybe she'll go perusing the web for a photographer and run across her pics. That would make it totally meant to be. =)

  14. I hope you had a biz card handy! Then it would be similar to this (but not quite as cool unless they decide to get married in Europe!):

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  16. Oh, that proposal!! Did you get their contact info so you could give them the pictures?

  17. I love your work and agree you've got the photographer's eye in the way you see life. Enjoy the gift God's given you.

  18. Ah! I love, love, love your new look, Kristen! So pretty and so you! :)

    And...along with everyone else...I'm curious to know if you let that couple know that you got their pictures?

  19. is that even a coincidence? God is so awesome. that's great Kristen, and the new branding is definitely setting you apart. i'm looking forward to the new show it site.

  20. looooving your new blog!

    And I have always wanted to walk past a proposal scene. So awesome!!

  21. the new look! love it! :)

  22. I totally agree with you about photography changing the way I see things. Especially light. There are times when I will be talking to a friend or sibling and have an irrisistable urge to run and grab my camera because I am so in love with the way the light is falling on their face.....

    And about the proposal....OMW, I'm so jealous, that is awesome you got to capture that moment.

  23. Hi my name is Deborah and I found your blog through Paige Overturf. You have some awesome pics on here!!!! Feel free to stop by my blog anytime. Oh! and I love comments!! =)

  24. Great post Kristen. And your new brand is spot on!

  25. Kristen Leigh.... you are awesome.

    That is all :)

    Did you run up to the couple and say ... "OMG I just documented that whole thing!!!!!" They will love you forever if so.


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