Favorite "Me" {Contest Post #10}

"Every boy in this land grows to be his own man
In this land, every girl grows to be her own woman
Come with me, 
Take my hand, and we'll run
And you and me are free to be you and me"
new seekers | free
Almost every bride I know says it.
"I want our wedding to be personal -
I want it to be us."
This wedding, for Natasha and David, that I shot last year has got to be one of the most unique and "us" weddings I've ever witnessed.
    Cotton bridesmaids dresses from Target,
khaki-colored bridal gown,


Somehow this quirky, excited, talkative couple managed to create a wedding that was completely personal and unique - just like they themselves are :D

(ps. Isn't Shade Tree and Evergreen a LOVELY venue? Um, I'll answer that. 
It is.)












It seriously looked like Candyland.

(one of the few black-and-whites from the day...
How can you hide ALL that color?! haha)
I was very inspired by this (as well as most!) couples desire to be unique, and personal.
"Free to be you and me!"
They didn't conform to the box of "this is what a wedding should be like."
They made up their own rules.
I personally don't want a candy-themed wedding,
but I love that they did it,
because that was them.

And that's what they wanted.
Bravo, Natasha and Dave.

Your wedding was beautiful, well-executed and so happyily fun.
You've inspired me to make my website just as personal,
in my own Kristen way ;)

So, folks, leave me a comment:
What do you think is something quite "you" about yourself.

A freckle, a taste in music, a favorite pair of shoes, a hair-style, a color...
It can be anything!  Just let me know! Rah! Rah!

And you could receive a $25 giftcard to spend on Y-O-U!

For new-comers:

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Favorite "Mis-Haps" {Contest Post #9}

Grace: I know, I look ridiculous. 
Bob: Oh no, it's a lovely hat. 
Grace: I'd take it off,  but then I'd have shower cap head. 
So you saw my hair last night. 
Not that you were lookin'. 
But, I mean, 
maybe you noticed my head
... my hair ...
my head...
my head of hair.

bob + grace | return to me

Oh mishaps.
Gotta love them.

I was breezing (yes, breezing... like a delicate wind or a light mist. And I smelled amazing, of course.  Because anyone who "breezes" always smells good) through some old folders looking for a picture to add to my new website

And I found a big ol' long video from Thanksgiving Day.

My first Thanksgiving "on my own."
(Praise the Lord and Southwest Airlines and public school holiday break for allowing some of my favorite little people to join me.)

This was also my first "cooking the holiday meal" alone day.
And my first time making Turkey (with a capital T.  That thing deserves re-spect.)
And my first time researching how to make a Turkey.

(No one says to do it the same way, by the way.
Which is very confusing.
Because everyone says their way is best.
And that's confusing for someone who has ZERO idea.)

But this was my first time "carving" a Turkey.
("Just rip it off like a barbarian!" my little brother told me.)
And also my first time burning the stuffing.
Well, all-together forgetting about the stuffing.
("Nobody eats stuffing nowadays," my little brother also told me. 
I wonder what-a-days people did eat stuffing!)
And also the first time I heard (from my little sisters) that if you cut the Turkey a certain way it will "fart."
Also the first time I left the giblet bag INSIDE THE TURKEY WHILE IT COOKED.
(to defend myself, there were two bags. And I did take out one of them.)

Leave me a comment with one of your favorite "mis-hap" stories.
About cooking, or public speaking, or public restrooms, or pantyhose or anything!
And one of my snazzy, breezy aprons could be yours!

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Favorite New-Love AND Favorite Artist {Contest Post 7 + 8}

Heeeeey everyone. 

Pretend like I didn't forget to blog yesterday.  Sweet. Thanks.

Woot :D

Leave two separate comments, though, for it to count!

Contest Number 7 has to do with Starbucks.
Because until this year, I did not like it.
I didn't get it.
Now, well, ha, I get it, folks, I get it.
{stolen from google images}I love Starbucks and didn't used to.

Tell me, what did you used to hate/dislike but now REALLY quite enjoy?
Spill the beans.
The coffee beans.
And if you win, a Starbucks gift-card will be part of your winnings.

Contest 8 iiiiiiis about art.
One of my favorite artists is Seth Remsnyder.
He made me these custom I'm Kristen plaids on canvas.
In my colors.
I'm Happy Kristen.
The gift basket now includes one of these! One of my custom paintings!
It's like eBay-ing a Princess Diana gown!  Aren't you honored?!
Haha just kidding.

But Seth really is wonderful and I love his work, and you really will win one of these paintings.
So let me know who YOUR favorite artist is.
A friend, an Etsy-aquaintance, Monet'... Let me know!

Comment away!
Remember, you can enter twice on this ONE post ;)

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Favorite Character {Contest Post #6}

"Well, if Jane does die, 
it will be a comfort to know she was 
in pursuit of Mr. Bingley."
jane's father | pride and prejudice

(Siiiiiiince it is Valentines Day... there has to be a romantic post. C'mon now...)

This isn't a post about my favorite movie.
Or my favorite work of literature.
Or my favorite version of a particular story.
This is about my (current but also longstanding) favorite "guy" character in a story.

Ever since I saw the original Pride & Prejudice in middle school, followed by the "new" Pride & Prejudice in high school, followed by studying the real book later in high school, I've always been a LARGE Bingley fan.

I just love that he has no ego.
No macho-ness to break down.
Just genuine, light-hearted, possibly naive, but nonetheless sweet affection.

He's maybe not the most interesting of all characters in this world, but he's so so nice.
I'm a little rough around the edges and a touch sarcastic, so I think I always appreciated this kind, honest character.

Team Bingley, yo.

A special "Bingley treat" will be in the gift basket,
so enter to win by letting me know YOUR favorite "guy" (or "girl", I suppose) character in a story! 

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Favorite "Neatness" Item {Contest Post #5}

Make the fire, fix the breakfast!
Wash the dishes!
And the sweeping!
And the dusting!
They always keep her hopping 
the work song | cinderella Photobucket
Since moving into my own little land in a little building on a little street,
I've learned a few lessons.


- When you lock a door you need a key to open the lock. 
So make sure you have said key.

- If you don't buy toilet paper, 
it won't magically appear when you need it!

- If you don't go grocery shopping, your fridge will be empty.
As will your stomach.

I've also learned that their are some brands of cleaning/house supplies that I LOVE.

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Products!
(seriously, please go here and look at their website.
I was very inspired in making mine.
There are videos! Cute ones! Hurry! Scoot! Click!)

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap.
Doesn't it just sound wonderful to say?
The branding is fabulous,
the smells are fabulous,
the design is fabulous
And I think the winner of the contest should have my favorite Mrs. Meyers Product.

So, today, tell me your favorite cleaning/organizing/neat-ness acheiving product OR tip!

(ps.  Contest is half over! Eek!)

For new-comers:

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Favorite Dream Vacation {Contest Post #4}

Only trouble is, gee whiz

I'm dreamin' my life away

everly brothers | all i have to do is dream

(pic stolen from google)
I think I dream in colors of Croatia.

(pic stolen from google)

I've never been there.
But Hello-Holly! if I ever get the chance to... I just might not ever leave.

(pic stolen from kauflin fam)

Croatia is my dream vacation world.
The beach and water seem perfect - better then San Diego.
The thick forests and waterfalls are mouth-watering - and better then Costa Rica.
I've heard it's less touristy then other parts of Italy + Greece by the water.

(pic stolen from google)
I just want to flap my wings and fly there right now.

(pic stolen from kauflin fam)
Croatia inspires me.
And someday I will go there.
And never return.
Just kidding ;)

(pic stolen from kauflin fam)

Where is your Dream Vacation Place YOU'VE NEVER BEEN?
No return places.  No favorite places you've visited.
Where do you want to go someday in your life, but so far haven't had a chance to?
Ahhooooy maties! Comment Away!

(This also is a surprise how it ties into the gift basket.  But don't worry... it does!)

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Favorite "Old" Item {Contest Post #3}

A picture’s worth a thousand words 
But you can’t see what those 
Shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color
jamey johnson | in color
I love old things.
I love things with character.
A story - bet you never heard that before?
I bought this book in a tiny bookstore in Norwich, England last summer.
"Now We Are Six" by AA Milne is just the sweetest little book and was originally published in 1927 in London.
I often grab it before I write blog posts and look at the pictures,
read the sweet "through child's eyes" poems
and mostly get inspired.
(look at the cute little bear butt climbing up the stairs hahah oh man I love it.)
It's a secret, but this will be a part of the gift basket in some way ;)

But I'll give you a hint:
This is my favorite poem in the book :D
And try not to just skip over it! 
It's so so so cute!
You have to read it!

"Let's look for dragons," I said to Pooh.
"Yes, let's," said Pooh to Me
We crossed the river and found a few -
"Yes those are dragons all right," said Pooh.
"As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That's what they are," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what they are," said Pooh.

"Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh.
"That's right," said Pooh to Me.
"I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and shouted "Shoo!
Silly old dragons!" - and off they flew.
"I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he,
"I'm never afraid with you."

So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
"What would I do?" I said to Pooh,
"If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said: "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two
Cant stick together," says Pooh, says he.
"That's how it is," says Pooh.

Did you read it?
You better have!

SoooOooo, leave me comment and let me know what your favorite "old" thing is!
A piece of furniture in your grandma's house, a shirt you've had since middle school, whatever is "old" to you and a favorite!


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Favorite Current Album {Contest Post #2}

Lay your hand on my heart
Like it was at the start
That always was the best part.

best part | el madmo + norah jones

"...Featuring Norah Jones" isn't my all-time favorite album.  But it's my current favorite.
And it's the second item in the gift-basket!
This dandy little disc is a complilation of all Norah Jones's duets from 2001-2010.
It's smooth, chill moodiness is so perfect for this end of winter season.


I hadn't heard most of these songs before,
but there are some stunning lines written in here!

If you've been around very long, you know that my photography is based BIG-TIME on the couples personal story.  I love the story.  I love a good story.  I love a well-told story.

Like this, for example:

He was playing on the sidewalk
For passing change,
When something strange 

Glory train passed through,
So he buried the coins he made
In peoples park.
And went looking for a woman
To court and spark.

It seemed like he read my mind
He saw me mistrusting him
And still acting kind.
He saw how I worried sometimes
(I worry sometimes).

"All the guilty people", he said
"They've all seen the stain -
On their daily bread
On their christian names.
I cleared myself.
I sacrificed my blues.
And you could complete me!
I'd complete you."

His eyes were the color of the sand.
And the sea.
And the more he talked to me,
The more he reached me.
But I couldn't let go of L.A.
City of the fallen angels. 

court + spark | herbie hancock + norah jones

 So!  What is your CURRENT favorite album to listen to?
Comment away!

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Favorite Magazine {Contest Post #1}

"Oh, everyone's talking about it. 
The whole kingdom. 
The Grand Duke will be here any minute.
  He's been hunting all night
 for that girl. 
The one who lost her slipper at the ball last night. 
They say he's madly in love with her."
stepmother | cinderella

(If you missed the contest rules, check them out right here.
If you missed why this contest is happening, gooo oooover here-a!)

I like magazines.
I love flipping the pages so much better then scrolling through online links.
My recent most favorite magazine is Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style 
(this edition came out a little while ago.)
This is like the fairy-tale-bed-time-story-book for grown-ups.
I'd never want a wedding like a Grace Ormonde wedding.
Psh, and who are we kidding, I could never have the OPTION of having a Grace Ormonde wedding.
But it's fun to pretend?
Because let's be honest, I wouldn't ever really want to be Cinderella.
I just liked imagining it.
This magazine is laid-out so well.
It's not cluttered.
It's very appealing.
And these shoes?
If any one of you buys me those teal heels right there, I will name my first-born after you.
And my estate. 
My favorite thing to look at is the dresses.
Big pictures.
Right off the runway.
Stop my achey-breaky-heart.
So first item in the gift basket is Grace Ormone Wedding Style!
Leave a comment with YOUR favorite magazine (any "genre" - food, house, health, celebrity, whatever!)



"Favorite" Contest Rules!

Hey all!

Contest time.
Here's the deal-io.
Over the next two weeks I am going to have 10 separate posts about some of my favorite things, and how those things inspired parts of my website.  

We good so far? Thweet.

At the end of the posts all ten of my "favorite items" that I blogged about will be put into a gift basket.
And shipped away to the Contest Winner.
To enjoy.
And be inspired.
And to... yeah, mostly enjoy.
How do you enter?
By leaving a comment on the blog posts with your favorite _______.
So, if my blog post is about my favorite shoe company,
you leave a comment with your favorite shoe company
and you have officially entered!

You can comment on all ten posts!
At the end, I will randomly select from the comments over the whooooole contest.

(and it isn't salmon!)

If you tell a friend about this contest and they leave your name in their comment,
and then THEY win the gift-basket,
you will win a special door-prize!

That was a little tricky.
Let me explain.

You are Kate.
Your friend is Lena.

You tell Lena about the contest.
Lena comments on my blog and says:
"My favorite shoe company is Steve Madden.
And Kate told me about this contest!"

Then once the contest is over, Lena wins! Not Kate.  Sad Kate :(
But no!
Kate is happy because she gets a special prize after-all!

Does that make sense? 
I hope so.

First "favorite" item will be posted tomorrow!
And the contest will officially begin!

Any questions?
Ask away :D


Big Announcement! {I'm Kristen Photography}

"Hey man, 
You're singing my favorite song
Hey friend, 
You're bringing back better times
Hey there, 
You know just what to say
Hey kid, 
That's just what I needed today"

Orba Squara - My Favorite Song 


Okay, okay.
Maybe it's not the biggest news of all time.
But for me it's pretty big.
And exciting.
New website (and new blog) is on it's way!
The big reveal will be before I fly away to Las Vegas for WPPI.

This isn't a quick slap-together, drag-and-drop into a few pre-made templates project.
I spent a LOT of time drawing, brain-storming, designing, and personalizing my site.
It's simple and not very fussy.  But I love all the details.

I think the most fun part of this whole new site is going to be explaining how it came to be.
Which is where y-o-u get involved.

My theme for my new sites isn't "wedding photography."
Or even "photography."
It's all about my favorite things.
Taking my job, wedding photography, and making it personal.

Over the next three weeks I am going to have contest.
A good one!

Tomorrow I am going to announce:
Contest Rules
How You Get Involved
What You Win!

holler baller.

ps.  It involves YOUR favorite things. 
pps.  I feel like Oprah.