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Chocolate Chip Cookie Kisses

As soon as he met me at the door and kissed me I knew that he had been eating chocolate chip cookies, he smelled like cookies. What I didn’t realize was that he was baking chocolate chip cookies. He promised his choir kids that if they were good he would bring them a treat. Usually this is when he asks me to make something for the kids or I help him package little bags of candy, making sure that everyone has the same amount…because it has to be fair! But this time for some reason he decided that he would make them chocolate chip cookies. Do I have an adorable husband or what? I had to taste test one of the cookies and let me tell you they were delicious! His class told him he was the best teacher ever, and I think they were right…


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All the credit for that wonderful husband of yours goes to his parents, he is truly a gem. I feel blessed to know he is the one you will have by your side for the rest of your life!

Those look DELICIOUS.

I get some of the credit too, don’t I? Thanks Tammy…


Carolyn Siegler was talking about these in yearbook:)

Those do look good!


The cookies look super yummy!! Good job Jeremy:)

The one thing I wish I knew…part 3

I am so excited to be able to share a few more answers that I recieved from some amazing photographers when I asked them “What is the one thing that you wish you knew when you started your business”. Be sure to check out part one and part two if you missed them. Stay tuned for the next set of responses…there are so many great ones to come. And I have to add a HUGE thank you to all of the photographers that participated and sent in thier response. If you are a photographer and have something that you wish you had known when you started feel free to send me a message through my contact form so that I can add it to my list, and if you would like to see a question or photography/business topic addressed on the blog feel free to send me a message so I can make sure it gets covered.

Gina Zeidler

BE YOURSELF. BE authentic. It might feel like you are lost and have no idea where to start. Start within. Don’t just look to other photographers. Breathe in all types of influences, books, movement, nature. Get inspired and find your authentic voice. This will be the KEY to your success.
ASK. Don’t be afraid to ask for something. INVEST. If you want to learn from a specific mentor, invest in them. In their time, knowledge, brain space. Whether that is reading through their entire blog, paying them for a workshop or mentor session, or reading a book about them. Invest. Remember what it was like to study something you loved.
ACTION Sometimes you just have to take a step. Move forward in some fashion. If you find yourself in the paralyzed position, take action. Even if it is putting on your shoes. Sometimes that is all you need to get you out the door.


I wish someone had told me that it would be impossible to please everyone. I wish they had said that the way to be successful is to be authentic, treat others with kindness, be confident and unapologetic about running your business, and don’t give a second thought to those who either don’t take you seriously, try to take advantage of you, or criticize your every move. As a self-professed people-pleaser, I’ve spent many hours of my life worrying about what other people think of me and if I’m good enough, when I should have been focusing on the encouragement I was getting from those who love and support me. It sounds so cheesy (and a LOT easier said than done), but practice, patience, and positivity is pretty much all you need.


I wish someone had warned me about the trap that comparing yourself to other photographers can be. Following the work of others for inspiration is one thing. But if you let it consume you, it has real potential to squash your confidence and passion to be YOU, which is the most essential aspect of any photographer’s brand. It is OKAY to feel like you have a long way to grow. And it is even MORE okay to be different. Embrace what makes you, YOU. And then wooork it!! :)


Melissa Oholendt

The one thing I wish I had known as a young photographer is that I wish I would have followed my gut & intuition more. From clients to studio management to images that inspire me, I’ve learned that when I follow what my instincts are, I end up in a much better place and when I don’t trust that little voice? I ALWAYS wish I had in the end. If there is something that makes you feel uneasy, it’s worth sitting down and examining what and why it’s making you feel that way. There is so much power and knowledge inside of ourselves and I so wish I had known that instead of caring (more) about what others had to say.


And a picture…my husband snapped this awesome ring shot during Matheus and Camille’s Engagement Session and I was pretty impressed! He is a keeper for sure!

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Kristin, I love this series! :) What a brilliant idea! This is such great information! :) Thanks for sharing.

wonderful idea! this is so inspiring to read as a blooming wedding shooter. thanks so much for sharing!!

Again awesome Kristin! Thank you so much for sharing–love this series!! :)

I am in love with…unexpected locations

I Love when clients choose locations, they usually fit the client so much better than if I had chosen which means that the photos will represent them much better. One of my favorite things is when clients choose an unexpected place as the location for their engagement or wedding photos. I think sometimes my favorite pictures are taken in places that are a little out of the ordinary. A few weeks ago I shot Bethany’s bridal portraits and one of my favorite photos from the session was one taken in a little alley that was not pretty at all but the juxtaposition of a stunning bride against a dirty alley to me was very striking. Just this past weekend I shot Matheus and Camille’s engagement session and one of our locations was under a graffiti covered bridge. Trust me there were some nasty things that we found under that bridge including a HUGE petrified fish, the jaw of an iguana and a pair of boxer shorts…it was gross! But, the light was amazing and the location fit Camille and Matheus perfectly and I LOVE the way that the images came out.

Clients: Don’t be afraid of selecting locations that really fit the two of you. Whether that is a field, a graffiti covered bridge or even your favorite coffee shop. I want to capture what makes your relationship your own, and you will cherish looking at photos that truly represent who you are.

Photographers: Don’t be afraid to shoot in new and unexpected locations. If you are shooting in what might seem like an expected location, shoot it in an unexpected way. Don’t feel the need to copy poses you have seen on every photographers blog, but use what you have in front of you to pose your clients in a way that shows off the unique location. Most of all, focus on the light! Good light is far more important in the end than the location. You may have a good location, but if it has bad light the photos won’t have the pop that you desire.

Here are some of the photos in unexpected locations that I was referring to…

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Super sweet posing and expression! Nice job!

I love these pictures Kristen! Such great advice! : )
As always!

Love Camille and Matheus’ choice for their engagement session! So unique and fun.

New reader-love the different poses!

Lovely images! Beautiful couple!

love her expression in that first shot… great moment! thanks for commenting on our recent brooklyn wedding too… ;)

LOVE this advice and the locations:) Pictures look great!

Jared and Jennifer – Engagement

 Jeremy and I had so much fun with these two this past weekend.  Jared said something during their engagement session that totally wrapped up what I love about their relationship when he said “She looks to me and I look up”.  To me their engagement session was the perfect mixture of sweet moments and tons of laughter. As a side note, I don’t usually put this many black and white photos on the blog, but I think that it just fits Jennifer, she is such a classic beauty.

Jared and Jennifer, Thank you so much for spending the morning with us, even though we are crazy. I am so happy for you both, and can’t wait for your wedding!


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Great ring shot! Looking through their photos I kept thinking, “She looks really familiar!” Now I remember that she taught my Freshman College Survey class. What a small world :-)


Love Love LOVE.. the one of them laughing!

Rachel LaMontagne

I LOVE these photos! So happy for J and J! :)

Thank you so much for posting these! I loved having her as a teacher at PCC, and I always wondered when she was going to get married!! :)

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Forbeyon Album swatch kit!

I was so excited to get my album swatch kit from Forbeyon yesterday! They sent the 42 swatches in the most adorable little box.  I think the swatches will be so helpful to clients as they choose a cover for their album, with so many choices seeing and feeling the options in person is the best way to narrow it down to the one that you want. I think an album is one of the best things you can have as a keepsake from your wedding, and I talked here about how important our album is to us. With all of these different cover options, as well as the fact that we can add a photo to the cover, add an accent color and  imprint names, date, or a special phrase, you can really make this an heirloom that fits you perfectly. If you have any questions about Album options, or adding an album to your package if it is not already included, don’t hesitate to ask! I am more than happy to help.

These are just a few of my swatches…

And here is what I am working on right now…Jared and Jennifer’s engagement photos. Isn’t she gorgeous!

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They look like they go together. Can’t wait to see the rest. Beautiful!!!!!

She is so absolutely beautiful! I loved your album post. : ) Those choices look awesome. I think it will be hard to decide : )

I’ve never heard of Forbeyon before, but their samples look great! So many choices to choose from…