Kierstyn Peterson Photography: Blog http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog en-us Kierstyn Peterson Photography kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:20:00 GMT Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:20:00 GMT http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u432908380-o572774793-50.jpg Kierstyn Peterson Photography: Blog http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog 93 120 Emma Crawford Coffin Races http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/11/emma-crawford-coffin-races So one of my goals when I arrived here was to try new things I hadn't ever had the opportunity to try when I was young.  So far I've accomplished quite a bit along with some of my closest friends.  We have taken the cog railway up to Pikes Peak, we have explored the Cave of the Winds and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, we hiked Seven Falls, hung out with some wolves, went to the hot air balloon festival and so much more.  One of the things I have wanted to experience for a few years now is the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs.

 

If you've never been to Manitou Springs, CO, I highly recommend you check it out.  It's one of the best parts of this area.  The shops are amazing (and a couple are owned by some of my friends), the people are friendly (and maybe a little "high" on life) and the overall tone of the town is relaxing.  Not to mention the view is incredible.  However, one of Manitou's big claims to fame is many areas of the small town are said to be haunted.  This can make for a fun experience around Halloween, as I am sure you can imagine.  One of it's best stories is the Legend of Emma Crawford. 

 

See Emma had Tuberculosis.  So she moved to Manitou Springs in hopes that the thin, clean air and the natural mineral springs there would help her to heal.  For awhile it seemed to work and she started to live a relatively normal life.  She even got engaged to a man named William Hildebrand.  Emma was a sassy lass and she insisted on trying things that would stretch the limits of her TB.  One of the things she accomplished was hiking up Red Mountain.  When she got up there she declared that was where she wanted to be buried when the time came.  Sadly, she died before her and William could be married.  William was determined to give her that burial so he gathered a dozen men and they buried her up on Red Mountain.

 

However, during a severe storm, the land where she was buried began to wash away.  Emma's coffin slid down the mountain and into the town of Manitou.  Shocking the people of Manitou Springs.  Now, her coffin rests peacefully in the Crystal Valley Cemetery ever since (and luckily she has stayed put).  But it is said she still haunts the area.

So in celebration of Emma's descent down the mountain, every year the town of Manitou celebrates Emma with the coffin races.  A full day of costumes, craziness and fun.  The races are pretty amazing.  50 teams of four runners and one "Emma" (the rider) build and design their coffins and then parade them down main street before the race begins.  The race consists of sets of with two teams at a time and the best time at the end of the day wins.  The whole town comes together (along with people from all over) to gather together to listen to live music, dress in costumes, check out the races, shop and eat and enjoy life. 

Here are some pictures that I caught of that awesome day!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being there with my pals.

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(BTW - this is my friends entry!  I loved it)

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Maybe I'm biased but I think "The Flintstoners" were the cutest!

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kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) photographer photography www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography back in colorado back to my mountains book those sessions boy mom castle rock castle rock family photographer castle rock photographer coffin races coffin races 2017 colorado colorado photographer colorado springs family photographer colorado springs photographer community over competition costume photography costumes creative don't want to miss a thing emma crawford emma crawford coffin races emma crawford coffin races 2017 experience new things family fun photography fresh start grand adventures halloween halloween festivities haunted co town high on life kierstyn peterson photography kierstyn peterson photography moves to colorado kpp in colorado life moments manitou springs mountains old friends spooky spooky fun team sports the legend of emma crawford http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/11/emma-crawford-coffin-races Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:39:02 GMT
My First Colorado Family Session http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/my-first-colorado-family-session I love each and every family session I have ever had.  I've been blessed to be able to photograph some amazing people in the last 7 years.  However, there are a few that truly stick out in my mind.  My first Colorado Family Session after moving my business back home will always stick out in my mind.  It was in the adorable town of Castle Rock, CO and it was for a family that belongs to a friend of mine from high school.  Brooke's family met me and my amazing assistant, Kaycie, at Phillip S. Miller Park.  What a sweet backdrop for a photo shoot and the park itself has a lot of great things to do.  

From the moment we started shooting, Brooke's three boys had me laughing hysterically.  Her family has this way about them that just brings an absolute smile to your face.  While shooting their family photos, their youngest was making a strange face.  When I asked him, "hey buddy!  What's up with that face you're making?"  He replied with "I'm foxy!".  I honestly wasn't sure I would make it through the rest of the session because I was laughing entirely too much.  What a great response.  It turned out later that he was referencing a character in a show he loved but, for me, I will forever refer to him as "foxy".  


So much thanks to Brooke and her awesome hubby Brent for choosing me to shoot this years family photos and for being my first family session after moving back home.  Here's some of the fun from that day:

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kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) back in colorado back to my mountains book those sessions boy mom castle rock castle rock family photographer castle rock photographer colorado colorado photographer colorado springs family photographer colorado springs photographer community over competition creative don't want to miss a thing family mini session family of five family photography family session foxy fresh start grand adventures hiking kierstyn peterson photography kierstyn peterson photography moves to colorado kpp in colorado life moments mountain kids are the best kids mountains old friends phillip s. miller park photographer photography three boys wphs alumni www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/my-first-colorado-family-session Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:11:31 GMT
I'm Finally Home! http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/im-finally-home If you've been following along then by now you must realize I have moved myself and my business back to Colorado.  I have been gone from this place for nearly 25 years.  Coming home, again, wasn't something I was exactly looking forward to.  I just didn't think it fit me anymore.  Can I just tell you how completely wrong I was?   When my dad died about 5 years ago, I started to hear the mountains calling me home but I just refused to listen.  I thought there was no way that being a mountain girl fit the woman I had grown into.  I had lived near an ocean for so long that being landlocked was scary to me.  Not to mention uprooting myself away from dear friends and all I had known for a good, long time was completely frightening.  However, very quickly after arriving back in Colorado, I found my true happiness again.  Something I hadn't felt in a really long time.  I felt surprisingly and overwhelmingly at home! 

My childhood friends embraced me very quickly.  I even connected with a few who weren't my closest friends when we were younger but I can say have quickly become the very best people I have in my life!  How incredible is that?  I've gone on some magical adventures getting reacquainted with these mountains and it's been so amazing and so fun.  I find myself whispering "look at how beautiful" or "man, how lucky are we that we get to live here" all of the time.  I'm sure some of my friends are sick of hearing it but I can tell you it's a truly amazing place to live.  I wish I could truly capture it's beauty with my camera but I keep thinking "yeah this isn't doing it justice" or "I don't think I'll ever capture every color in that sunrise the way I'm seeing it."  I feel so completely blessed to live in such a stunning place.The scenery, the people, the animals, the overall feeling of being in a happy place has been so surprising and so comforting.  I have felt more joy and love here than I can put into words.  I am truly overwhelmed by the love and support I have gotten since arriving home.  The greatest thing is that I am never bored.  There is always something to do here.  Go hiking, experience something new, balloon festivals, wolf encounters, deer in your front yard and so much more.  So much has changed about this place since I last lived here.  Some of the change is good and some of it is not so great.  Small towns have grown into big cities (ya'll Woodland Park has a hospital and an aquatic center...WHAT??), the kids I grew up with are adults with kids in high school (I'm not that old so how is that a thing?) and there are tattoo shops and marijuana stores on just about every corner but the beauty of this place has remained, the sweet nature of the people has never changed and the overwhelming feeling I get of getting to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world is just awesome!  The best gift is having the feeling that I am finally where I belong.  I am home!

Here are a few pictures from my adventures here:  (excuse some of the iPhone pictures but sometimes you gotta just live in your moments right?)

 

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kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) back to colorado back to my mountains balloon festival big things are coming book those sessions castle rock photographer cave of the winds colorado colorado photographer colorado springs family photographer colorado springs photographer community over competition creative creatives community don't want to miss a thing finally home fresh start grand adventures hiking i get to live here kierstyn peterson photography kierstyn peterson photography moves to colorado kpp in colorado life moments mountain girl in a beach world mountain kids are the best kids mountains moving never bored old friends photographer photography pikes peak pikes peak cog railroad reconnecting seven falls taking my business with me the next chapter wedding industry wedding vendor wphs alumni www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/im-finally-home Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:28:38 GMT
Farewell Virginia http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/9/farewell-virginia This has been a hard blog to sit down and write.  Leaving the place I have held down roots the longest was heartbreaking.  Virginia Beach was my home for a very long time.  I raised my kids, started a business, bought my first house, loved hard, met some incredible people who will forever be my tribe no matter how far away I go, cried more tears than I care to remember and got to witness some incredible miracles.  I'm so lucky to have been able to experience the many things I did while I was in Virginia.  The week before I left, I was completely terrified.  This place and these amazing people were all I had known for a huge chunk of my life.  I knew the mountains were calling me home but I just wasn't sure I was ready to listen.  Was I going to be landlocked?  Would my old friends embrace me?  What would my family life look like?  It was a scary time for me and although it has all worked out for the very best (blog for another time) I will forever love and miss Virginia.  So here's my love letter to Virginia.


Dear Virginia,

You hold such amazing memories for me.  You embraced me during a time when I was a young wife, mother of two amazing kids and starting over in a new place where I didn't know anyone.  Your beautiful beaches provided playtime, a place to get away to think and many backdrops for beautiful photography sessions.  I can't thank you enough for the awesome and amazing people you put in my life while I lived there.  I met my mentor who taught me how to start a photography business and be successful at it.  I met some talented and warm hearted friendors who embraced me and made me feel part of the wedding/creative community.  Most of all I have made some truly amazing friends who are forever my family.  I'm even thankful for the friendships that didn't last and the hardships I faced because they taught me some great lessons about myself and what I want from my life.  

Thank you for being a great place for my kids to grow up, for being culturally diverse and full of adventure.  They learned to accept people as people without labels.  They became wonderful kids who contribute to this world in very positive ways.  They both think of others and are passionate about helping those who can't help themselves. 

Although it was time to say goodbye to your beautiful shores and the amazing people that live life here, please know I take a piece of you with me wherever I go.  I'll come back to visit as often as I can and I will forever think of you with fondness and love.

Sincerely,

Kierstyn 

Here are some highlights from my time in Virginia.  I wish I could post all of the beautiful memories I have but these are some pretty awesome ones.

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kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) astro dj's birth photography colorado family photographer colorado photographer dee akright photography family photographer farewell virginia framily friendors hampton roads photographer hampton roads photography home birth jamie leigh events kierstyn peterson photography life happened here life moments loved hard misty saves the day my babies raising kids tashena shaw photography thanks for the memories turtle release virginia beach virginia beach photographer virginia beach photography wedding photography http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/9/farewell-virginia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:35:50 GMT
Tell The World I'm Coming Home http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/2/tell-the-world-im-coming-home So I have a huge announcement.  Some of you are not going to be surprised by this at all and some of you may be floored.  Kierstyn Peterson Photography is MOVING y'all!  That's right I am picking up and moving myself and my business to Colorado Springs, CO this coming June (2017)!  

Trust me when I tell you this was a HUGE decision for me.  I've discussed it with everyone I love until everyone was sick of hearing it.  I've pondered staying here, moving to Texas to be closer to my older sister and her children (and yeah Magnolia Market too), moving back to California and moving home to Colorado.  I'm going to miss Hampton Roads.  Virginia Beach has been my home for 12 years.  I have made some incredible memories and friendships here.  Friendships that have given me a more abundant "framily".  I will pieces of each and every one of you with me when I go.

I'm in a very new chapter in my life.  My son is grown, engaged to be married and starting his career.  My daughter is graduating high school in June and will be joining the love of her life  who is stationed in the same area as to the college she has chose (yup it's still somewhat of a secret but that reveal is coming soon).  However, they are still my world and with those life changes for them comes new adventures like grandchildren, graduations, life changing events and I still just feel like I don't want to miss a thing.

To my wedding vendor and creatives community, I've been thinking what the right words to say could possibly be and the only thing I can come up with is Thank You SOOOO much!  I've always felt uplifted, supported, encouraged, mentored, guided and welcome.  I'm a better person for having all of you in my life.

So in the words of Skylar Gray "I'm coming home. I'm coming home.  Tell the world I'm coming home!"  I'm sad that this chapter of my life is closing.  It's a huge change.  However, I'm also really excited to start writing this next chapter.  I get to write it on my terms and that's a big deal.  I'm excited to reconnect with people I haven't been able to spend time with in many years.  I'm happy to be close to my family and friends from back home.  For my Hampton Roads friends, framily and clients, if you ever find yourself in Colorado, please get in touch.  I'd love to show you some beautiful areas of the part of the country I truly love.  My home! 

Please look out for some really great promotions coming up not only for my Colorado folks but also for my Hampton Roads "peeps"!  There are some HUGE announcements coming soon!!!

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Unplugged Moments http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/2/unplugged-moments Recently, life has thrown me some pretty serious curve balls.  Some I saw coming and some just hit me smack in the nose.  Metaphorically speaking, of course. So my friend, Sherrie, and I decided we needed to get out of town and hit the reset button on our attitudes towards the world.  So we sat down and looked at the hiking trails in Virginia to see which one we wanted to "conquer".  We decided on the Cascade Trail in Pembroke, VA.  It's a four mile hike with a flowing river all along the trail and the end result is a gorgeous waterfall.  We wanted to unplug for the day and decided to only use our phones to take photos.  I left my big girl cameras at home because I truly wanted to hike this trail and I knew my cameras would weigh me down. 

It was about a 5 hour drive, so we headed out about 5:30 in the morning and arrived about 11am.   We immediately headed onto the trail.  It was cold at first but the more we hiked the warmer it got.  We were quiet for a lot of the hike because almost immediately we were mesmerized by all we were seeing on the trail.   The water was so clear and pretty.  The icicles were interesting and growing in the most unique spots.  Some of the icicles were as thin as hair and growing on the ground.  The trail is mostly a series of stairs made out of rocks so there was a lot of climbing involved.  Our whole hike up we maybe saw one other group of people.  It was amazing.  

I'm typically pretty tied to my phone.  I never let a message, text, email, etc. go unchecked.  I was shocked when I noticed that we weren't even missing our phones.  We were just enjoying each others company.  I felt the tension lift off me.  I was able to get to those deep thoughts in my mind.  To breathe deeply.  To pray in the quiet.  It was exactly what my body and mind needed.  When we finally got to the top of the hike we were so excited to have reached this beautiful waterfall.  It was majestic.  We stood there staring, clearing our minds, snapping a couple pictures and just enjoying the moment.  Then, we started to head back down.  We loved every moment of it. Even though we took the wrong way back down the trail.

When we got back on the road and decided to stop for lunch at this very colourful Mexican restaurant.  I wish I had taken pictures because it was so cute.  We enjoyed a quiet, unplugged lunch and then headed back out.  We started seeing signs for the Natural Bridge and decided it would be fun to stop.  Little did we know that meant getting lost near Jellystone Park (yup it really exists).  It also meant we would be facing another hike and on the way back we would have to climb 37 stairs.  About three weeks before this trip, I had decided to get serious about getting healthy.  So two hikes in one day was a little bit of an overwhelming thought.  However, we practically ran the whole hike of the Natural Bridge trail because they were closing within the half hour.  The only part that had me upset were those daunting 37 stairs at the end of the trail back to our cars.  My legs were like jello.  

The best part of the day was getting reacquainted with quiet time.  Learning it's okay to not answer everything immediately.  People will wait and if they won't then they will find what they need from someone else and you know what?  That's totally okay.  I need time to reflect on my life, to pray to God for answers, forgiveness and love and to be still.  It's imperative that I take care of, not just my body, but my soul too. Whether you believe in God or not doesn't matter.  What matters is giving yourself the time to be still, be quiet and reflect so you can get the clarity you need. 

Real Talk...I'm terrible at being still physically so hiking is a good way to be still in my mind.  While I was out there I wasn't thinking about shoots, marketing, emails, texts or editing.  I was thinking look at this beautiful world that we are missing by staring into our phones.  I will admit I missed having my big girls camera with me for some macro shots that would have been amazing but I am glad I left it home so I could concentrate on everything around me.

I loved spending some great quality time with my dear friend, Sherrie, who has been a complete rock for me in recent months.  It's very rare to find someone who totally let's you be yourself (warts and all) and even let's you cry when that's all you need.  Friendship from any person is a gift because it's given freely.  Nobody has to be your friend.  They choose it.  She's truly a treasured part of my life and I'm so glad we are friends.  This hike reminded me what friendship means to me and how I need to get back to being the kind of friend I can be proud of.  I have learned that my family and friends will be there long after this business and frankly they are the reason I do what I do.  If I don't cultivate those relationships then my business is meaningless.

Here are some pictures from our trip.  Please forgive the iPhone and Droid photos:

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My First Featured Stylized Shoot http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/1/my-first-featured-stylized-shoot Anytime I submit any of my work to any type of publication, whether it be online or in print, I get that turn green, pit of my stomach, nausea type feeling.  That spike in your adrenaline that leaves you just a little shaky.  There's this little voice in my head that tells me I'm not good enough or I still have a long way to go before any submission will get published.  Putting myself out there for such intense scrutiny is frightening to me and my thin skin tends to leave me feeling discouraged when I receive a rejection.  I have received many of those and they never get easier.  That said, I have a wonderful team of supporters that have my back.  I have the best friends and family always cheering me on!  I also have a wonderful, supportive community of friends, who are specifically in this industry (I call them friendors), who I never feel are competing with me and are always lifting me up and encouraging me to grow in this business.

At the top of the friendor list is the very incredible Misty Prewitt of Misty Saves the Day.  To say this girl SAVES MY DAY is an understatement.  She is my marketing consultant by title but really she should go by business and life coach not to mention when it comes to these types of things she is the most calming force.  She has brought a smile to my face in the darkest of days this past year.  If you are ever looking for someone to help you grow your business in the best possible ways with the most raw and sincere honesty then I promise you she is exactly what you need.

A few months back, Misty and I sat down to discuss the future of my business and what direction I wanted to take it.  She asked me about stylized shoots and did I have any ideas.  I fired off a couple and she quickly told me...nope, no, been done and nu uh!  (see there's that honesty) and then it struck me.  A couple weeks before that, I had read an article that featured wedding decor out of the ordinary and one of the pieces that stuck out to me was a feather bouquet.  Then, at a recent visit to the Virginia Zoo, I was over in the area where they have birds and it got me to thinking about our brides (and grooms for that matter) and how their weddings are sort of this great event that symbolizes them taking flight on the most amazing adventure that we all call marriage.  It's not an easy thing to do and it takes hard work and dedication to accomplish it but the exhilarating feeling you get knowing you are not alone, getting to share those experiences with the person you love and the wonderful things you get to experience together make it all worth it.  So I pitched a bird themed shoot to Misty and her face lit up and she said "Oh if it's about birds you know I'm down."  Then she asked where I see it happening and I just couldn't envision anywhere other than the zoo.  I expected the look of "not going to happen" but instead got "we can make that happen".  

A few weeks ago, I submitted that bird themed shoot to Tidewater and Tulle.  It was a project I felt pretty passionately about submitting, if for no other reason than the very talented vendors who contributed to this shoot deserved to be showcased.  Misty pushed and pushed me (in all of the best and positive ways) to hit the submit button and yes I was procrastinating.  Why?  Because that voice was back telling me that there are photographers with far bigger names and far better talent than I.  Why would a site as HUGE as Tidewater and Tulle want my work?  Right?  I knew I owed it to those great people that helped me to hit submit so I sucked it up, put on my big girl panties and hit the button.  Enter that turn green, pit of my stomach, nauseated feeling....haha.  The great thing about Tidewater and Tulle is they are awesome with communication.  I just knew and prepared myself to receive the rejection email within a week.

Within a day I was receiving emails from them requesting a few more pictures to showcase certain aspects of the shoot and then the glorious email letting me know this project was going to be....FEATURED!!!  I was over the moon excited.  I couldn't call Misty fast enough...or my sister, or my bestie, or my daughter or well yeah pretty much anyone close to me.  Keeping it a secret from my friendors was going to be so difficult!!!  

What I learned from this process you ask?  (ok maybe you didn't but I'm going to tell you anyway)  I learned I can do anything with the support of my family and friends.  I learned that I need to stop comparing myself to others out there and love my own story and my own talent.  When it comes to photography, it's not just my job.  It's my passion.  A good friend of mine continually tells me that when she sees a camera in my hand, my smile is the biggest.  That's very telling to me.  I realized I am good enough!  All of that self doubt and trepidation wasn't helping me achieve anything.  That little voice wasn't encouraging me to succeed.  It was only hindering me.  Yes I do still have work to do but the minute I stop having work to do or growth to accomplish, I am going to quit doing this.  I think that's true for anyone out there, whether you are a nurse, a dentist, a wedding vendor, a midwife, a calligraphist or whatever  you feel passionate about doing.  From me to you:  You are doing the work!  You are growing!  Believe in yourself!  You are enough!!!  

Now can we talk about the greatness that was this shoot for a second?  Misty, of course, coordinated the contributors and the day of for me so that I could concentrate entirely on taking pretty pictures.  She even calmed my heart when I dropped a battery on one of my favorite lenses.  Ashley at the Virginia Zoo took such great care of us.  The zoo gave us full access so long as we kept an escort with us so we stayed in the proper areas so that staff was aware we were allowed to be there.  Ashley was a trooper as I dragged her around the zoo and she waited patiently for each part to be completed. Then the amazing team of Sharon and Brittney of Chic Unique Vintage Rentals and Events swooped in and turned the zoo into my vision within minutes after having only a couple conversations with Misty and I.  They brought the most unique pieces.  Pieces that I never even thought of but once there couldn't have imagined not having.  Brittney even climbed a tree for me.  That simple and yet stunning cake that was featured?  That was the very talented Whipped Up By Mimi.  I'm so lucky I got to have her work on this project.  All of that glittery, sparkly, completely gorgeous jewelry that you see showcased in various places on this shoot was provided by Either Ore Jewelry at Strawbridge.  The whispy, colorful, beautiful florals were done by Fluttering Flowers who never ceases to inspire and amaze me.  Misty found this wonderful lady out of South Carolina called S Squared Designs to design and make the gorgeous stationary.  Somehow she found the perfect colors and the right layout for this shoot.  Those sweet little personalized touches you see like those wooden feathers with the bride and grooms name on them were provided by the great people at Jollity & Co were the perfect addition.  These guys are my go to shop for any great party.  They have the greatest stuff in their shop.  Did you see that absolutely amazing model of mine?  That is the very talented and incredibly savvy Elizabeth Alfier of Behind the Veil Studio.  Anyone who gets the opportunity to have their hair, makeup or both done by her is blessed.  I know I am just having her in my life.  She has been a godsend to me this year.  Last but never least, that sweet little tea length dress that Liz is wearing was provided by Maya Couture.  It was delicate and the lace pieces were so beautiful!  I cannot thank Staci Jelly enough for helping us get such an awesome dress.  To all of you that contributed, you absolutely rock my socks!  Everything you put into this made me feel so important and so special.  I felt so ready because I knew each of you had brought your amazing talent to the project.  THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! 

Here are some pictures from that day.  Some of which you may have seen on the Tidewater and Tulle blog and others are some of my personal favorites.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them. KPP_3238KPP_3238KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3240KPP_3240KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3362KPP_3362KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3357KPP_3357KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3254KPP_3254KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3439KPP_3439KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3437KPP_3437KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3517KPP_3517KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3531KPP_3531KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3945KPP_3945KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3833KPP_3833KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3836KPP_3836KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3852KPP_3852KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3538KPP_3538KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3897KPP_3897KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3559KPP_3559KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3868KPP_3868KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3873KPP_3873KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3892KPP_3892KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3554KPP_3554KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3894KPP_3894KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3625KPP_3625KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3628KPP_3628KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3564KPP_3564KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3569KPP_3569KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3567KPP_3567KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3716KPP_3716KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3621KPP_3621KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3694KPP_3694KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3690KPP_3690KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3709KPP_3709KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3805KPP_3805KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3753KPP_3753KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Oh Texas! http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/1/oh-dallas Just before the holidays, my brother in law got really, really sick.  My sister, Heather, called me and I just knew I needed to be in Texas with her.  So I booked my ticket for Christmastime and invaded their home and life for 9 whole days.  My initial flight was delayed by an hour, which meant I would miss my connection flight.  I actually landed as my connecting flight was taking off.  My luggage actually beat me to Dallas.  I was put on standby for one flight and booked for another "just in case".  Thank goodness for that "just in case" flight because all flights to Dallas were booked solid and I got the last seat on that "just in case" flight.  When I landed the sweet, older lady and gentleman sitting next to me wouldn't get off the plane.  They just sat and sat discussing the benefits of buying their grandchildren American Girl dolls.  Meanwhile, in my head, I'm screaming "Come on people....move"  After finally finding my sister and niece, she took me to In and Out Burger (yeah buddy) and I dropped my soda all over my new boots.  haha!  I was starting to feel cursed.  Luckily, my brother-in-law got good news the day I arrived and he was feeling much better.  I say "luckily" for two reasons.  First and foremost, I was so relieved that he was going to be okay.  Secondly, I ended up with a fever of 102.5 which after two ER visits that resulted in a bronchial infection I am still fighting today AND I gave it to my niece and my sister (who also visited the ER - pretty sad when you know the doctors at the ER and they know you).  MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME TO THEM! haha!  

Despite all of that drama, I had an amazing visit with my sister who I really just want to live next door to and her beautiful family that I adore.  She showed me an amazing time in Texas, as she always does.  Even if that meant the majority of our time together was lying in her bed watching "Call the Midwife" episodes that we had both already seen.  However, there were a couple days where we thought we felt relatively normal, so we took it upon ourselves to venture out.  

One of the days that we were feeling less like death, we got brave and took the two hour drive to Waco.  Why Waco you ask?  Magnolia Market, of course!  I was so excited I could hardly stand it.  I bundled up in my hoodie and jeans and snow boots only to arrive in Waco to a 78 degree day.  It was gorgeous!!!  Magnolia Market was AMAZING!  

Heather and I started at Magnolia Silos Bakery.  With a line growing outside we knew we had to hurry.  Heather was after a specialty muffin with bacon and such called "The Prize Pig" and I wanted to try their Lemon Lavender cupcake.  For the line being as long as it was, it went quick and we were in and out in no time.  Oh and that cupcake...HEAVENLY!  But are you at all surprised???  I surely wasn't.  

So after finishing the bakery experience, we headed into Magnolia Market.  It's overwhelming at first.  People were everywhere, even the day after Christmas, but it wasn't at all crowded.  Like I anticipated, I found myself wanting to buy all of the things.  However, most importantly and quickly a t-shirt proudly hosting "#shiplap" because well you go, you experience and you buy the t-shirt but also because my fever was seeping back in and it was near 80 degrees and I was in a hoodie and snow boots.  I was determined not to let a little fever bother me.  I bought a hat and some really adorable retro photography posters for my office (sorry no pictures of those yet).  

Then we headed outside.  Y'all...it's stunning.  The silos were filled with Christmas trees to be sold for the holidays.  The yard was full of families playing with the awesome toys they provide and laying in the sun.  The food trucks lined the outskirts of the property.  The sweet little garden shop was so cute and fun to look around.  Best of all was just spending the day there with Heather.  It was way more than I ever thought it would be.  

On the way out of town, we stopped for lunch and then to this great shop called Spice, which oddly had no spices at all.  It was full of awesome antiques, crafts, clothes, etc.  Then it dawned on both of us, the fevers were back and we needed to get back to home and to bed.  We had a blast.  We didn't even care that we were sick just wanted to lay down after a great day in Waco.

On some of our other adventures, I got to see the Dallas Cowboys Training Center and was actually impressed.  That's saying something considering I'm not a Cowboys fan.  The fact that they have opened the training center for local high schools to use is very impressive to me.  That the players including that Dak guy...frequent the area and visit with fans with a smile.  As a matter of fact, my nieces friend took pictures with him for Instagram while she was working at Sonic while I was there.  I saw some cool restaurants that are decorated so fun and rustically that photographers shoot there all of the time.

What I loved most about this trip was that I got to see my niece and nephews, my sister and her hubby and spend time with them, which just doesn't happen near enough.  I got to meet my nieces' pet pig, Oakely, who is just as cute as she can be and so sweet.  I got to laugh when I embarrassed my nephew and irritated my brother-in-law by saying inappropriate things.  At the end of the day, my family is what matters most to me and, as dysfunctional as we can be, we love each other immensely.  I got to get to know small pieces of them and their lives that I have missed by being so far away.  That was the very best part of this trip!!!

Here are some pictures of our adventures!  Enjoy!


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Sweet little fairy gardens at the Garden Shop

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Heather and I at Magnolia Market

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My big (little) sister is better than yours

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The Dallas Training Center was pretty impressive!

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How is my niece cute when she's sick??  Look at my handsome nephew playing board games with us!

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Meet Oakley

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Layla Paisley Shares My Birthday http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/12/layla-paisley-shares-my-birthday A pretty amazing thing happened on my birthday.  Jessica and Mike had called me the day before and told me they were headed to the hospital for their labor induction.  I assumed I would get the call in the middle of the evening or possibly in the wee hours of the morning.  However, poor Jessica ended up in labor for about a lot longer than they had anticipated.  When Mike texted me to tell me she had finally reached a point where I should head to Portsmouth I was more than ready to get there.  I literally jumped in my car and go to the hospital in 15 minutes.  Miss Layla beat me there.  Once she decided she was ready she wasn't waiting for anyone.   So into the world she came on my birthday.  I was thankful she waited until I had a lovely dinner with my own precious daughter but also so honored to get to be one of the first to welcome her into the world.  Here are a few pictures from that day. KPP_3986KPP_3986KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4026KPP_4026KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4003KPP_4003KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4043KPP_4043KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4066KPP_4066KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4067KPP_4067KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4057KPP_4057KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4060KPP_4060KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4074KPP_4074KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4073KPP_4073KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4075KPP_4075KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4078KPP_4078KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4102KPP_4102KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4109KPP_4109KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4111KPP_4111KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4132KPP_4132KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4144KPP_4144KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4148KPP_4148KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4153KPP_4153KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4156KPP_4156KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4177KPP_4177KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4230KPP_4230KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4245KPP_4245KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4243KPP_4243KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4257KPP_4257KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4294KPP_4294KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Kash Turns Three http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/11/kash-turns-three I love a good party and this was the party of all parties for anyone.  Especially for an amazing three year old boy who is fiercely loved and adored by his family and friends.  Mister Kash had a party fit for a King with animals to pet, a jump house (or elephant), a magician, an aerialist, a sword swallower, fire dancers, a face painter, Astro DJ's (what party is complete without them) and lots and lots of love and laughter!  I could go on and on but I would rather let the pictures tell the story.  Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

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The Importance of the Holiday Photography Session http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/11/the-importance-of-the-holiday-mini-session So recently someone said to me "why would I spend money on pictures at the holidays? I have so many presents and such to buy that I can't afford to do this too."  This struck me as both sad and odd.  When did we become a society that cares more about stuff than we do about memories and cherishing each other.  Stop whatever you are doing right now and look around.  Are your little ones sitting near growing by leaps and bounds from where they were last year?  Is your teen preparing to leave the nest?  Is your spouse still by your side supporting you every step of the way?  Is your girlfriend, boyfriend, fiance excited for what your future adventure holds?  Are you expecting your first, second, third, etc child?  Aren't these moments to be celebrated?  Documented?

 

When my father passed away four years ago, my sister and I sat with boxes and boxes of family candid photos.  We were able to pull out 20 photos of my dad.  Of those twenty photos, four were of he and I, four or five were of my sister and him and two of them were of my whole family together.  This was so sad to me.  Why didn't we take the time to document him in our lives.  I looked through those same boxes recently and noticed the photos of my mom are even smaller in numbers.  This really struck me.  I don't remember what I got for Christmas in 1984.  I do remember my Uncle ringing sleigh bells outside my window.  I remember laughing and playing with my cousins.  I remember my parents singing for all of our family and friends.  Those memories hold stronger meaning to me than any cabbage patch or party dress ever could have.

 

Take some time at the end of every year to celebrate another year and all you accomplished or came through that year.  Celebrate your child's milestones, your milestones or even overcoming some hardships.   Life is there to be embraced and celebrated.  Remember what the season is about.  What is most important to you, that gift of this or that under the tree or memories shared with the ones you love.    Not to mention....photos make great gifts for your family and close friends.  Who doesn't love getting a great holiday card with pictures of the people you care about inside?  I know I do.

 

So go out and find your favorite local photographer (pick me, pick me) and schedule that photo session.  I promise you will be glad you did.  Happy Holidays!!!

 

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Boone Thayer Popham is Born!!! http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/10/boone-thayer-popham-is-born There is something magical, intense, emotional and completely raw about witnessing a home birth.  For me, it's something that never gets old.  There's so much emotion and wonder, even in the waiting for baby to arrive.  There's a peace in the home even with the pressure and pain that comes with labor and childbirth.  It's an experience so completely different from any hospital birth I have ever witnessed.  No matter how you go about giving birth to your child there is an incredible amount of strength involved in bringing a new life into our world.  For me, seeing a woman do it completely free of any medication, iv fluids, a team of nurses and doctors, etc. is something completely beyond.  When my clients ask me to be part of this, one of the most important moments of their lives, it just makes my heart sore. Being present for their baby's very first moments on this earth is an honor and a blessing for sure.  I always find myself holding my breath, near tears and just as anxious as the family members.

 

Jenna let me know she was expecting right away.  I have shot her family a few times now and they are very precious to me. If you know Jenna even a little bit, it should come as no surprise that she wanted a natural, home birth. When she asked me to be present and capture the birth of her newest addition and her first home birth I was ecstatic.  This was a no brainer...OF COURSE I would be there!!!  Her family is so sweet and I have loved spending time with them during our shoots.  

 

We met for her maternity session and we discussed what to expect the day she goes into labor.  She told me the baby would come fast once hard labor began, that she would go into labor almost exactly on her due date and that her babies ran around 7 lbs. or so.  However, we all know if you tell God your plans he will laugh at you.  That is just exactly what happened in the case of little Boone Thayer Popham.  


Boone came into this world in the water being caught by his mom and dad both with Jenna's midwives Zaina and Ryan (Sacred Midwifery) close at hand to take over if they were needed. He took his sweet time and came at his own pace.   He came almost two weeks late, he was Jenna's longest labor at around 7 hours and he was a whopping 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 22 inches long.  Toulouse cut his umbilical cord only after it stayed attached long enough for him to get every bit of vital blood that Boone could get from it.  His oldest sister, Eliza (8 years old), was present in the room and shortly after he arrived his other sisters, Odette (4 years old) and Iselle (2 years old), came in to meet him.  There's no doubt in my mind this little lad is going to be fiercely loved and protected by his three doting older sisters who adored him from the minute they laid eyes on him.  Zaina and Ryan did Boone's first vitals and statistics after he had his first skin to skin contact with both mom and dad and had a little time to just be in the world. 

 

Here are some photos from that very special day.  

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A Beautiful Cape Charles Wedding http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/9/sarah-and-padraic-get-married I have been so incredibly lucky this year with the weddings I have booked.  They have been just incredible.  Sarah and Padraic's wedding was no different.  Sarah has the kind of spirit that I look for in the people I call my friends.  She is genuine, good natured and quick to show her beautiful smile.  For her, her family comes first.  Padraic has a presence about him that is infectious.  He is strong and passionate about his family.  The people he loves most certainly never doubt that.

 

Sarah and Padraic decided on a Groom's first look.  Sarah was dressed in the most beautiful lace David Tutera gown with a blush underlining.  Padraic was dressed in a khaki tuxedo with a dark blue tie and a dark blue and white plaid pocket square.   They were both as nervous as could be but not about getting married to each other.  More just about having their day be all that they had wished for.  Once they saw each other, all of that stress seemed to melt away and they were able to focus on what was important.  Family and each other.  

 

It was important to Padraic that they get to exchange their vows under the arches that he built for them.  The rain was threatening to ruin that moment for them.   Then, as if it was fate and literally just a few minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, the clouds and rain passed and allowed them to have their moment as they had planned right on the water in Cape Charles at the beautiful The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek in front of all of their family and friends, including their three amazing children.

 

The best part was the laid back reception in which they shared so much laughter, tears, love and friendship with everyone.  Not to mention the fabulous Irish dancing by Padraic's daughter and niece and eventually much of their family.  My favorite part may have actually been the guestbook bench that Sarah's dad  built.  What better way to remember their union than to have all of the people they love sign a bench that their little family can sit on for years and years to come.  The whole thing made me wish I was a Donnelly for sure.  It was a great time and I am so glad I got to be witness to and be a small part of it.

 

Kudos to:

Dress:  L & H Bridal (David Tutera gown)

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Florist:  Seagrass Floral Studio

Hair & Makeup:  Michelle and Katey of 76 Salon

Cigars:  Primo Cigars

Second Shooter:  Dee Akright Photographers



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Huffily Ever After http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/8/huffily-ever-after Pink and sparkles and all things pretty including a sweet bride and an awesome groom, a bridal party with lots of personality and tons of fun.  These are the things that make for a great wedding.  After spending some time with Lia and Michael during their engagement shoot, I knew their wedding would be just my cup of tea.

 

Despite all the downpour of rain, some makeup disasters and the cutest two year old meltdown, Lia and Michael had a beautiful wedding filled with laughter and love at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel!  They were surrounded by some of the closest friends and family.  They had two incredible American Sign Language interpreters to interpret the wedding ceremony and reception for their hearing impaired guests, which was a really beautiful thing to see.  It gave a different perspective to something I, as a photographer, get to see all of the time.  It was special and unique.  

 

The photo booth and dance floor were constantly full of life.  I am so honored to be witness to the beginning of their new adventures together.  

 

Hair and Makeup:  Beauty by Deja 

Dress:  David's Bridal

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Life After Retirement...A Wife's Perspective! http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/8/life-after-retirement-a-wifes-perspective Y’all it’s time to get personal.  As some of you may know, my husband retired in May.  We had been looking forward to that day for so long.  Yet I found as time grew closer, my anxiety level was rising.  We have been on this journey for 20 years.  What would the next adventure look like for us?  Would we make enough money to maintain our lives as we know it?  Would our kids understand our choices?  What does life as just simply a Veteran’s look like?

 
I’ve always been pretty independent when it came to being a military wife.  I never moved back home when he deployed.  We have survived 6 major deployments, being sent to aid in Katrina, an extended trip to help the people of Haiti and more smaller underways than I can possibly count.  I’ve always held a job (minus that year in Kansas).  I’ve never been concerned about what I would wear to a Navy ball (because my husband just wasn’t that sailor.  We weren’t going unless it was mandatory).  I wasn’t an ombudsman or FRG president.  I attended a few meetings here and there when he was deployed but my identity wasn’t wrapped up in his service….or was it?
 
I’ve been a military wife since the beginning of our marriage.  I knew what I married into because I served before we were married.  I will NEVER regret our military life.  HIs service and mine is something I am incredibly proud of but I have certainly been looking forward to the next adventure.  For him retirement has been amazing!  He’s free of haircuts, shaving, wearing a uniform and being told where to be, when to be and what to do when he gets there.  For me, I feel like a small piece of me is missing.  I never thought I would feel this way.  Wasn’t I looking forward to seeing his beard grow and what he would look like with long hair and, of course, never having to say "good-bye" again?  OF COURSE!
 
However, about a year before he retired, we sat down and came up with a new plan for retirement.  We were retiring a year before we had committed to.  That meant our daughter still had a year of high school left instead of our original plan, which would have her heading off to college.  My husband owns his own business with my sister, out in Colorado, as a Process Server/Private Investigator.  In order for him to make that business thrive, he needed to get out there and build it.  For us, that meant he would be leaving our daughter Ashley and I behind and going out there without us because disrupting Ashley’s education by moving her across the country wouldn’t have been fair.  
 
So here I am looking forward to a time when deployments should be over and our life together finally being a little more predictable.  Instead, I am staring head on into what would be not only our longest but maybe our more difficult last “deployment”.   On top of all of that, our daughter said "good-bye" to her high school love who has left for US Army boot camp.  He's an awesome kid and we are so proud of him for following his heart and for his dedication to serving his country.  It's odd for Eric and I as we are ending this grand adventure, we are watching hers begin (although she's doing it a whole lot smarter).  Letters, tears, living for the phone to ring and the mailman to come excitement.  So here she and I are...the newest members of the "Lonely Hearts Club".
 
All of this said, we just hit our two month mark of him being in Colorado and Ashley and I being here.  It’s had a lot of bumps in the road.  I find myself missing him more than any deployment.  We have argued more (mostly because I have tendencies of being DRAMATIC..but don't tell him I said that), missed being there for each other, had to deal with sick fur babies and are finding our new, if temporary, "normal".  Ashley and I are, only now, hitting our stride of keeping busy and keeping our chins up.  It's going to be a tough year but as is the military way, the ending will be incredible with a daughter that's graduating high school and us being reunited in beautiful and colorful Colorado!!!  
 
Keep watching for more of this series.  I think a year documentation of the first year after a retirement from my perspective could be...well interesting if nothing else.  hahahahahahahaha!!!  For now, here's some pictures of our babies.
 
 

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Top 5 Ways to Prepare For Your Session http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/7/top-5-ways-to-prepare-for-your-session  

 

So many of my clients have anxiety about family sessions.  What to wear, where to shoot, when to shoot, what if the kids don’t cooperate.  I wanted to take a minute to try to make it a little easier for all of you by giving you some tips and tricks for what I think makes a successful family photo session.  After years of family sessions, these are the things I have found that, if thought through, make your session go a lot more smoothly.  Of course, when all else fails ask for advice.  I’m here to help you find the right location or determine the right time of day and all of the rest.

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Scheduling:  The best times of day to have the ideal light setting are the first hour following sunrise and the last hour leading up to sunset.  These times are known as the “Golden Hour”.  Meaning the light is optimal for photos.  I highly recommend to all of my clients that we shoot within those parameters to get the best results.  I realize that time of day may not be the most convenient time for a your family.  Especially if you have little ones on a strict schedule.  Most photographers can be sympathetic to that and can suggest areas that will have areas of shade that will make shooting during a high sun time possible. KMP_5319KMP_5319

 

Location Selection:  When thinking about what area you want to have your photo shoot, I would suggest thinking about what would best represent you and your family's personalities. The best advice I can give you is to take into consideration if the location has things you could potentially be allergic to, insects you’re opposed to and if there are fees associated with shooting there.  If you have little one’s, I would also suggest thinking about if the area is fun for little ones so that they are making a memory not just taking a picture.  My goal is always for a family to look at a picture years later and smile thinking what a great time it was.  Not just "oh yeah we had pictures taken that day."  If you aren’t sure where to go or what may work best, ask your photographer for suggestions.  They will no doubt have a great ideas that will work best for your family.   KMP_7265KMP_7265

 

Outfit Selection:  I’ve noticed over the years that the question of what to wear seems to be the most difficult for most families.  The days of the whole family wearing white shirts and khaki bottoms are long gone.  I tell my clients to mix it up. Get a good color pallette and rock it.  For example, different shades of dark red with accents of yellow, green, black. I definitely suggest keeping the patterns to a minimum.  I would also suggest staying away from tops with characters on them.  Too many patterns and/or character clothing can be distracting in photos.  Layers, accessories and matching shoes are always great additions to the clothing party.  Make sure to lay out your clothes the night before. That will eliminate hunting for them the morning of. Most of all, don’t be afraid to get bold.  Have fun with it.  

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Rest and Relaxation:  Make sure everyone gets a good nights sleep.  Nothing makes a shoot harder then sleepy, grumpy people.  I strive to make sure we are laughing and having fun during one of my family sessions.  That won’t work if kids are tired and parents are stressed.  Lack of sleep can do that.  

I like to tell parents is not to stress the kids smiles.  They will come.  I’ll make silly faces at them, talk to them about their favorite stuff (I’m pretty fluent in Doc McStuffins and Paw Patrol and all things Nemo) and if we let them be themselves then their inner sun will shine.  It’s okay for parents to take a step back and let the photographer gain some common ground.  Of course, it also helps if mom/dad/auntie/uncle stand behind the photographer and coax little ones to look in the right direction too.  Just let the photographer tell you what he/she needs from you.  Trust that you hired a professional who has done this before.

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It’s also not a bad thing to bring the bribery.  I’m not above bribing a smile out of kid.  Bubbles, a trip for ice cream after, some tv time or maybe there’s a shot your moody teen wants in exchange for cooperating.  Whatever works right? KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Clean and Tidy:  So there’s nothing worse than a family arriving to their shoot with a toddler covered in sticky lollipop goo all over their face, hands and clothes that you took all of that time to pick out for your shoot.  Make sure they’ve had a good lunch that day.  Give them snacks that clean up easy if they are in between meals and may be getting hungry just before a shoot.  If you want to use treats for picture bribery I always suggest fruit snacks.  They tend to be less messy and come on who doesn’t love a fruit snack?!

 

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The most important thing is that you scheduled this shoot to celebrate this time of your life.  You want to remember tiny hands, your teens last year at home, that inch and a half they grew this year or maybe it’s just that you made it another year.  It doesn’t matter what it’s for.  What matters is that you are enjoying it.  You should be smiling, giggling and even laughing.  Enjoy your family time because life changes constantly and it changes in a blink of an eye.  Love the time you are in.  I promise to do my best to bring that out in all of you but I can’t do it alone.  You have to come on the adventure with me.

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Go Biggs or Go Home http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/7/go-biggs-or-go-home Sometimes you get that wedding.  That dream wedding where almost everything just falls perfectly in line.  For me, it was the wedding of Michael Ann and Tyler at the beautiful Croasdaile Country Club in  Durham, NC.   

Michael Ann and Tyler are so in love and are truly the greatest friends to each other.  They laugh and love hard.  It’s a joy be witness too.  What’s even better is the larger than life personalities in both of their families.  It made for a day full of fabulous facial expressions and lots of emotions.  

The ceremony was full of funny mishaps including Michael Ann tripping her father as they started down the aisle (while he was doing his best to get her down the aisle on crutches after literally slipping on a bar of soap in the shower the week before), forgetting how to tie the knot in their knot ceremony and laughing at an officiant who may have confused their names.  These funny moments will be great memories for them for years to come.  

The light was perfect for portraits following the ceremony where I took their closest family out for some memorable shots and some that were just down right funny.  Then we sent everyone away and just let them enjoy some quiet time together to get some beautiful photos and to let their union soak in.

The reception was gorgeous with beautiful pink Juliette roses and blue Hydrangeas provided by the talented Courtney Inghram.  The father/daughter dance had most of the room in tears including me standing next to her mom bawling right along with her.  The mother/daughter dance had everyone in stitches as Ty and his mom literally shook their tail feathers.  Most of the night was spent dancing and enjoying each other.  Lots of fist pumps, dramatic group singalongs and fantastic moments shared with their closest family and friends.   

For me, this wedding will definitely go down as one of my favorite weddings of all time.  What made it so great was an amazing couple starting their adventure together, the incredible Angel Dibbs Photographer by my side helping me make sure we got every shot we needed and being my truest friend by pep talking me through, the talented Courtney Inghram for her gorgeous flowers, Croasdaile Country Club staff including the ever patient and accommodating Dylan and the amazing DJ Leslie Furness who pumped great music out and kept things flowing all night long!  All weddings take a team, a village and sometimes an army.  This one had the perfect combination. 

 

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Hair and Makeup By:  Jodi Galeazzo at Bella Trio

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The Goessling's Are Having A... http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-goesslings-are-having-a The wedding vendor industry has a reputation of being cut throat and tough to make friends in.  However, I have been very lucky to have not had to experience very much of that side of things.  Instead, I have been blessed with a number of wedding vendors who I consider friends (or friendors as some of us call each other).  Anne Goessling is one of my friends who also happens to be a wedding vendor.  She works for the incredible House of Maya at Pure English Couture Bridal.  We met on a stylized shoot I assisted on a couple of years ago.  

 

When Anne announced to the world that she was expecting, I was over the moon excited for her.  I knew this was something she has been wanting for a long time now.  She and Frank are going to be amazing parents.  I have no doubts about that.  So shooting her the gender reveal party for her baby was a no brainer for me.  I was so stoked.  This girl gives back to our community all of the time.  How could I not want to be there for her and her family?  

 

When I walked in I noticed how cute everything she had setup for this event was.  Waterford Event Rentals provided the linens and Anne (with a little help from her friendors and family) did the rest herself.  Everything was absolutely adorable.  Anne wore a to die for dress by Pink Blush that she looked simply radiant in.  Frank and I were talking about what he thought the gender the baby could be before the party and he said "well I think it may be a sign that all of the blue balloons are popping outside but none of the pink one's are gone".  No doubt it was a sign because when it came time for the BIG moment and Frank and Anne stood in front of friends and family and popped that big black balloon the pink confetti came pouring out.  

 

Anne's excitement was totally infectious, as was Franks.  Anne immediately began jumping up and down and then became just a little overwhelmed by the news and hugged Frank.  What a beautiful moment to witness. That pure joy of knowing all of your dreams are coming true.  That little Savannah Grace Goessling will be a profound addition to this beautiful little family and, judging by the people gathered to celebrate with Frank and Anne, she will be one very loved little girl!  I am so happy for them and so grateful to have been there to witness this next step in their adventure together.

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Anna's Apothecary http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/6/annasapothecary I need to start out by apologizing to my friends Sara and Anna.  This blog was supposed to happen a LONG time ago!  Business and life has been a little hectic around here with huge changes both professionally and personally. That said, this blog is also one of the most important to me.  

See these two amazing, talented and incredibly intelligent women?

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Meet Anna (she studied Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Herbalism at Denver Metro) and Sara (her expertise is in Earthworks: gardens, permaculture and whole systems design within these realms.  She holds four permaculture certifications).  These sisters own and operate Anna's Apothecary together.  So needless to say they are on top of their game when it comes to owning a business like this.  They are from my hometown of Woodland Park, CO and we went to high school together. I can't say we were close friends but in a small town like ours used to be, everyone knows each other.  In our small town, we all have tried our best to support each others endeavors and I have felt so much support from my former classmates that I wanted to pay that forward.  When the idea came to me to start highlighting small businesses around the Colorado Springs area, they were the first I thought of.  When I approached Sara with the idea, she didn't even skip a beat.  She told me to come on by and go for it.  

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I'll be honest, I didn't know what to expect.  I mean, what's an Apothecary anyway?  I knew a little from a talk Sara and I had at our reunion a few years back but not enough to help educate anyone.  This is going to sound awful but, in full honesty, I actually thought it would be a dark, sort of dingy place that smelled of patchouli and not enough soap.  Let me tell you, my eyes were opened immensely just by walking to the door.  This place is a little magical and a lot of healing!  It's bright and beautiful and wonderful!!!  I had arrived in town just a day or two before and had been on the go from the time I landed.  The minute I walked into the Apothecary, there was just this overwhelming peaceful feeling that came over me and something that told me to slow down and enjoy my time there. KMP_0935KMP_0935 KMP_0936KMP_0936

So, after photographing the Apothecary, I sat down with these beautiful women and picked their brains.  They educated me on lots of things that day and I wanted to share some of it with all of you.  I wish I could share it all with you but that would make this blog WAY too long and besides you should drop in and meet them and hear what they are all about yourselves.  I will tell you that I didn't leave Anna's empty handed.  I purchased a cough syrup for my son who had a horrible cough from the moment he got to Colorado Springs and a tincture for my allergies.  Both of these things, worked amazingly well.  I hope you take something away from this blog and if you are currently in or ever get the chance to visit the Colorado Springs area, I HIGHLY recommend you stop by.  Please tell them I sent you.

1.  What is the mission for Anna's Apothecary?

  • The mission for us is to empower people toward wholeness and wellness.  Guiding people to "heal thyself", as well as, inspiring herbal remedies to the mainstream. 

2.  What would you want someone who's never been to an apothecary to know about yours?

  • That this is a place of healing.  It is a place of understanding and wellness; guided by organic, powerful and wholesome herbal remedies. Most of all that we care deeply for our clientele.  (I can tell you this was very apparent to me as I just sat back and observed these two interact with their customers that came in while I was there.  They could have just asked each person what they were coming in for and handed them something based on their face value answer but instead they took their time with every customer, asked questions and helped them find what would work best for them)

3.  Why would someone want to choose an Apothecary over modern medicine?

  • Herbalism is generally very safe.  It has few side effects and the benefits are that they can help bring the body into balance.  They are affordable and accessible, as well as, powerful and effective.

4.  Can you explain exactly what a tincture is?

  • A tincture is a highly concentrated herbal extract.  We use a 190 proof, pharmaceutical grade, organic cane alcohol to extract the herbal properties.  They have a shelf life of about 45 years!  (Can you imagine having a medication that is all natural, didn't contain poisons and didn't have to be tossed after 3 months?)

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5.  Do you offer any types of Community Outreach and/or education?  If so, what do you offer?

  • Yes!  We offer monthly classes on various Herbal Remedies, which include lecture and lab.  We, also, frequently donate to individuals and events.

6.  What does the future look like for Anna's Apothecary?

  • We are putting greater effort into the growing side of things on my 400 acres of land.

7.  Who were the strongest influences for both of you?

  • Anna:  My strongest influences are my Professor at Metro, Dr. Linda White and Rosemary Gladstar

  • Sara:  A varying group of mentors who have graced my life since my 20's to include Becky Elder:  Blue Planet Earthscapes, gardening and permaculture mentor; Larry Stebbins:  Pikes Peak Urban Gardens for gardening, farming and biodynamics; Erik Running:  Solidarity of Hope Community and Community Gardens; Susan Gordon:  Head Farmer and Director of Venitucci Farm and all around bad ass, no nonsense, activist, organic farmer and leadership mentor.  As well as, countless other farmers and community activists.

8. For those that can't make it to Manitou often, is it possible to order from you online?

  • Absolutely! Please visit us at: http://annasapothecary.com/

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KMP_0938KMP_0938 KMP_0947KMP_0947 I wish nothing but the very best to these beautiful women.  I look forward to visiting them every chance I get.

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The Robinson's Got Hitched!!! http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/the-robinsons-got-hitched Every once in awhile you get one of those weddings.  The one you walk away from laughing and thinking..."did I even work tonight?".  THIS was one of those weddings.  Everything just fell together nicely.  Their church community and family came together to make an incredibly beautiful day for them and thought of every sweet little detail. That's not to say there weren't bumps in the road.  Like literally running across the church to get into position because the ceremony started without notice while you were changing your flash batteries (yeah that happened), a best man who decided at the last minute not to be in the wedding and one of the grooms children having to leave immediately following the ceremony.  Despite the little bumps in their road, Charles and Knikeya just sort of skipped right over them and kept on going.   

 

The wedding was decorated in beautiful, vibrant purples and bright blues.  Knikeya's dress wasn't traditional in that it was knee length and there was no veil but that doesn't mean it was any less elegant.  It had these gorgeous accents and when she twirled it flew up in the sweetest way.  Her shoes and jewelry sparkled like the crown jewels and her make up was flawless.  The colors and patterns in Charles' bow tie, boutonniere and pocket square were so different but also coordinated everything together absolutely perfectly.  His beard was perfectly groomed and his smile was wide.

 

Their ceremony included the tradition of sharing communion but also something new (at least to me) of building a cross together.  I thought this was a beautiful moment and spoke volumes of how their shared faith is an anchor in their relationship.  It was a perfectly timed ceremony and one of my favorite parts was watching all of the guests outstretch their hands towards the happy couple to bless their union.  It spoke volumes to the support they have behind them.

 

The reception was literally full of laughter, dancing and friendship.  I'm almost positive the bride and groom stopped and chatted with each guest and had us take pictures of them with each guest that they could.  Yet they still found time to dance their hearts out, laugh loudly, enjoy their toasts and completely celebrate their special moments.  I don't think I will ever forget finally getting a smile out of her Dad (he was a very serious man) and her sweet, gorgeous Grandmother asking me to take a photo with her disposable camera (which I of course obliged). 

 

I wish for them a lifetime of love, so much laughter their sides hurt, health and blessings!  I thank them for allowing Angel and I to be a small part and a witness to their very special day.

 

Please enjoy some of the pictures we took that day.  So much thanks to my amazing second shooter, Angel Marie Dibbs for always backing me up, convincing me to let her (ok demanding) take photos in the weeds and for rolling with my crazy.  

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kierstynp@gmail.com (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Dancing Disposable Camera Faith Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer Hampton Roads Wedding Photography He dipped her Kierstyn Peterson Photography New Life Church Wedding Norfolk Wedding Reception Purple and Teal Wedding Robin and Tony Robinson's Get Hitched Sheraton Waterside Sheraton Waterside Wedding Taylor Wedding Virginia Beach Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com http://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/the-robinsons-got-hitched Thu, 24 Sep 2015 03:05:00 GMT