Brown Boxes from ModCloth {I'm Kristen}

I love brown cardboard boxes. Oooooh I just love 'em!
Don't deny that your heart flutters going to get the mail and opening your door only to find a brown box sitting there, like the less-creepy Geico Money. It's the best! I think more should come in brown boxes.
I wish texts came in mini boxes.  And breakfast each morning. And clean socks!
And good hair days - "Oh my, now what is this? A good hair day? Thank you brown box, thank you."

Happily, ModCloth ships their clothes in brown, cardboard boxes.  So if you want to check out their "Cabin Fever 70% off" sale right now, you might open up a box with
a brand-new silky, white, spring-time trench that cost less then $25.

I'm so liking this new trench.  I like the word "trench" too.  It's like clench. Ooooo, powerful. Or quench. Which remind me of Gatorade?  Anyways, it's a classic jacket and I like wearing at my desk even though I'm not going anywhere. 

Though you'd like to know :D


Adelyn Alivia {Baby Shoot - I'm Kristen}

"For this child I prayed, 
and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to Him.  
Therefore as long as [she] lives, [she] is lent to the Lord.”
I samuel 1:20
We live in a wonderful world, where joy and love are real, abundant and life-changing.
We also live in a broken world, where pain and suffering are real, and also just as life-changing.

My friend Heather has four beautiful daughters.  McKenna is a blonde-curly-headed Kindergartner, and Selah is a bouncing-wide-eyed-three year old.  The next girl is Alivia, and she is a stunningly beautiful child.  She died last year when she was five weeks old.  She was young and her life was short, but she made an impression on the world that will not be forgotten.

I love to remember her life through pictures, stories and blog-posts about her.  I love to hear my little sisters talk about someday seeing "Jesus and Grandpa and Bacca and Alivia" in heaven.  And recently I've loved remembering Alivia through her little and newest sister, Adelyn Alivia.

Adelyn was born five weeks ago, and while Heather and her husband were at the hospital, I got to play with Thing 1 and Thing 2 ;D It was so special to be there when mom, dad and baby came home.

Selah held her sister tight and told me she wanted to keep her away from bad things "like dragons."  haha

There were many kisses, smiles and "shhhhh's" while everyone got to hold Adelyn for the first time.

The next day I came back over to take some shots of Addie before she got too big on all of us!  (Maybe I also secretly wanted some baby-snuggle time.)

I'm no baby photography specialist, but I just couldn't help it.  I had to post a few pictures of this girl.  I love her so much.  I can hardly stand it.

I love how she has McKenna's nose and mouth.  I love how she has Selah's coloring and perfectly round head.  I love how she has Alivia's steely blue eyes.

And I love even more how she reminds to me praise God.  Life is always a miracle - every single baby ever born is a miracle.  But getting to meet and hold Adelyn has been such an answer to prayer.  Watching the fight, the tears and the love from her parent's has encouraged me and sharpened my faith.

This is a special baby, part of an amazing family.  I'm so blessed to know them!


Seth + Janet + Baby {Family Shoot}

"And you take that love you made
And stick it into someone else's heart
Pumping someone else's blood

And walking arm in arm
You'll just do it all again"

regina spektor - on the radio

Seth is madly in love with his wife, Janet.  And she thinks he is pretty awesome too :D
It's exactly how it should be.

And it was time for them to have a baby.  In God's wonderful way, He gave them a little girl. Exactly at His proper time, she entered their life.

She's a darling, beautiful child named Audrey Elizabeth (but she is affectionately known as "Meeper.")
A few weeks before Meeper was born, we did a family shoot. 

We couldn't hold or see her yet, but she was definitely their daughter inside Janet's belly :D  And this is their family!

Janet is a silly-head a thought she was so big + fat.  I'm pretty sure she weighed less then me when she was NINE months pregnant.  She is so gorgeous. And tiny.  Seth was looking sharp himself!  No wonder Audrey is so stinkin' attractive!

Audrey is a wiggler!  We could see her little feet goin' for a walk.  So amazing. 

Side note: I miss sunshine and color and warm days.

I love you guys so much!  All three of you!

If you'd like to see Meeper with her family after she was born, check out Jenny James' pictures right here!  SO GOOD!


Josh Harris - {I'm Kristen Published!}

God has always been a big part of my life.  That's actually not even totally correct.  He is my life - not in a cheesy, hyper-spiritual, "I have chosen God" kind of way. 
I was made by Him, I was made for Him and He is the one who allows every single nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide atom to fill my lungs each time I take a breath, usually without me noticing (unless I'm running really hard.  Then I notice myself breathing haha).  All that I have is a gift from Him - gifts to enjoy and praise Him for.  Ooooone of those gifts is my church!

My parents actually met there, back in the day. So, if our church didn't exist... I might not be here.  Oh jeez.  That'd stink ;) haha
I've grown up in the same church, and so many dear families have come along side me as I've started my business.  My first year I had almost exclusively church families book me, and they were so encouraging.  It was amazing. 

In a cool turn of events, the senior pastor of my church, Josh Harris, asked me to do some shots for him.  I've taken pictures of his family a couple times, and in July 2008 I got to do a promo-head-shot type shoot for him.  Shooting the author of I Kissed Dating Good-bye was not my usual client haha I was nervous and not sure if he'd like my style when kids and wedding dresses weren't involved. 

Thankfully,  he liked them! Phew!  He used some shots on his facebook page, his bio page on his blog and one even made the front of his new and improved blog in the "About Me" section!

I was glad he could use them, and I knew he was thinking about using some for his new book, Dug Down Deep, but I thought he might want to get someone a little more trained in that kind of picture-taking field. You know all those "Back of book cover photographers" running around? ;) haha
To my surprise, he used some of my pictures for the book!  Pretty fun, right?  I can offically cross "Having a picture I've taken published" off the dream list!

And regarding the book - it's good!  Haha Not to be the worst-church-member-in-all-of-history, but I kind of thought "What can Josh write about that I haven't already heard from him?"  I know, I am the worst.  I was sure the book would be good!  But just for people who went to other churches.

My b.  It was good. Really good. 
He writes in a very relatable way, and keeps things clear.  I have a hard time reading anything for longer then 15 minutes (I told you I'm the worst) but I actually spent two hours on a plane ride reading this! Yay!  It's like my mom finally got her kid to eat peas! I read for longer than an hour! haha

Anywho, I thought that was kind of fun.  So there's a bit of news in my life!


Kevin + Lexie {Southern California Wedding}

"What I've got's full stock of thoughts
And dreams that scatter
You pull them all together
And how? I can't explain"

hall&oates - you make my dreams

This was a fun one.  A real, real fun one. 
Settle down for a quick story - it will make the post better :D

See the dear, rosy-cheeked girl in red pajamas?  That's my cousin Lexie.  She's about a year younger then me.
See that babe in curlers? And MyTwinn doll floral flanel nightgown? Don't worry, that's me.
My sister, cousin Leah and Grandma (who we all called "Bacca") are also rocking the pajama party with us :D

My cousins and grandparents live on the West Coast, while my family lives on the other side of the country.  All growing up I wished I lived closer to my cousins.  I really love them.
Our moms (Sue, Pam and Lynda) had an obsession with curlers, matching plaid outfits and laughing so hard that they rolled.  I didn't get to see them often, but when I did... it was GOOD times.  You have no idea.

Needless to say, it was surreal watching Lexie get ready for her wedding.  Her hair still curled, but instead of red teddy-bear pajamas, she sweetly put on her fun high-heels in her silky "Bride" robe.  She grew up!
I've spent mornings with Lexie in a snow-dunked cabin on Christmas, hidden away on a California mountain.  I've spent mornings with Lexie in her jungle-themed bedroom, trying to convince myself that her hammock was comfortable (I mean, she had a hammock in her room! I had to sleep there! But, yeah, not super comfortable.)  We've spent mornings in grandma's dress-up clothes running around her basement.  Or wearing matching Minnie Mouse overalls, taking the tram into Disneyland.  Or mornings packing up for a day trip to Lake Tahoe.  

But this morning was a new, and quite fun, "Lexie" memory.  She was the bride - a few short hours from being a wife.  And I was shooting her.  We've come a long way from the girls who wore Scooby Doo t-shirts to see The Parent Trap and thought a dream lunch was Cup of Noodles in our swimsuits (extra points if we could eat the whole cup without taking your goggles off).
Bride Lexie.  Lexie is the bride.  Wow.  And she looked stun.ning.  I honestly have never seen her look better.  When did this happen?!? When did we grow up! Ah!  

Lexie has always been a laugher :D She's like the Mary Poppins song called "I Love to Laugh."  It goes through all the kinds of laughter.  She is a squeakeler:
"When things strike me as funny
I can't hide it inside
And squeak - as the squeakelers do
I've got to let go with a ho-ho-ho
And a ha-ha-ha...too"!

She can't keep her smiles inside - and never has been able to :D She loves to giggle and smile and just lauuugh.  I didn't know she would be able to show more happiness then she always has, but she got me. She smiled more and laughed harder on her wedding day.
This was one of my favorite moments of the day: the first time Lexie saw herself all ready to go.  She was quiet and just touched her veil, and ran her hands along her dress and whispered "Wow."  It was this slow, sweet moment like "This is really happening."  Very precious :D

Ohhh snap!  Lexie, you are so beautiful!
(Oh, by the way.  A side note to California photographers.  What the deuce.  You have the best light ever.  At 1:00pm, your "harsh afternoon light" is like a smooth melted butter sauce.  Yes, it's bright but it's completely different then 1:00 pm Maryland light!  It's beautiful!)

Lexie wore Bacca's engagement ring on her pinky.  Bacca died ten years ago and I so wish she could have been here to see this day.  I thought about her a lot.  It was so special that Lexie honored her and remembered her by wearing her ring.
Oh jeez, the groom.  I haven't even mentioned him. Oops.  New cousin fail.

Kevin is awesome.  And my relatives have a very strict Kristen-standard for the boys they decide to marry.  And Kevin out-did himself.  He is honestly a man worthy of honor - he adores Lexie, he works for her, he sacrifices for her and he puts her interest above his own.  I only met him the day before the wedding, but all of those qualities were clearly seen in those 48 hours.

ps. He used to be an Old Navy model! Major props! haha

I love this quiet prayer, lit by stained glass windows and hugged by old church wall-paper.

I do have ceremony pictures, buuut most are in the slideshow. I was having a hard time narrowing things down ;)  
But I had to post these two:

When Lexie had made it down the aisle with her mom by her side, the music stopped.  And it was still for a few moments.  All you could here were tears, "sniffs", gasps and sighs.  It was crazy.  The pastor didn't talk.  No one moved. Just five seconds of beaming, emotional love.  Very awesome.
And the kiss!  The church was lit dimly, but it had fun colors and soft shadows.  And they nailed the first kiss ;)  So I just happen to like this one.  I support kisssessss! haha 
Maybe I would be bored with the ease of California nature if I lived here?  I don't think so, though.  I love it.
In the last hour of sun, we ran across the road to a little orange orchard.  It was amamaazing.
One of my favorite bridal party shots ever:

 Yes, the light was beautiful.  Yes, the surroundings were beautiful.  Yes, the bride was beautiful.  And so was the groom? Haha He was very handsome.  But, and I mean this in the least cheesy way possible, they have such a beautiful relationship.


I had never been able to see them together until the rehearsal and wedding.  But they truly have that "it" factor with each other.  It's so smooth, so easy, so natural.  They fit together and I just can't imagine her without him.

They are SUCH a romantic couple.  I think some guys are afraid to be over-the-top romantic, and I think some girls think its lame... but honestly, it wouldn't bother me a bit if I had a relationship like these two.
Plus, they are just SO fun!  They treat each other ridiculously well.

He touches her in such a darling way.  Like she's his treasure.

And she just really can't stop smiling.

The poor girl tried for a few shots to give me a "serious face" but she burst out laughing, squeezing Kevin even harder.

I love your laugh, Lexie.  I love it so much.  And I love that Kevin gets to hear your laugh for the rest of his life :D


I had to post this... the two brunette flower girls are my sisters, and the blonde one is my littlest cousin.  How cute are they!

After pictures, I stormed inside to grab some reception details - it was a crystal, snowflake theme.  How cute!  And the table's were named after lyrics from songs.  Ours was: "Snowflakes That Stay on My Nose and Eyelashes."
The first dance was intimate and emotional.  I loved this shot with all of the cousins watching from the staircase :D
And this one, of Lexie with her ever-present smile being smooched by her hubby.  I couldn't be happier for you both, and you know who to call when the babies start to come ;)  I'll come over, and we'll put curlers in their hair and play on the bed and take some pictures.  Deal?