Kierstyn Peterson Photography: Blog https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog en-us Kierstyn Peterson Photography (Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:23:00 GMT https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u432908380-o572774793-50.jpg Kierstyn Peterson Photography: Blog https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog 93 120 Emma Crawford Coffin Races https://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.

Coffin Races-174Coffin Races-174KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Coffin Races-175Coffin Races-175KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-177Coffin Races-177KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-176Coffin Races-176KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Coffin Races-178Coffin Races-178KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-181Coffin Races-181KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-183Coffin Races-183KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Coffin Races-184Coffin Races-184KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-185Coffin Races-185KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-182Coffin Races-182KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-179Coffin Races-179KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-189Coffin Races-189KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-187Coffin Races-187KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-188Coffin Races-188KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-208Coffin Races-208KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Coffin Races-180Coffin Races-180KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-190Coffin Races-190KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-191Coffin Races-191KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-194Coffin Races-194KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Coffin Races-193Coffin Races-193KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-186Coffin Races-186KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-192Coffin Races-192KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-195Coffin Races-195KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-198Coffin Races-198KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-196Coffin Races-196KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-201Coffin Races-201KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-204Coffin Races-204KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-207Coffin Races-207KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-206Coffin Races-206KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-199Coffin Races-199KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-210Coffin Races-210KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-211Coffin Races-211KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-202Coffin Races-202KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-213Coffin Races-213KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-212Coffin Races-212KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-215Coffin Races-215KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-216Coffin Races-216KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-209Coffin Races-209KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-219Coffin Races-219KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-218Coffin Races-218KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-221Coffin Races-221KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-217Coffin Races-217KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-220Coffin Races-220KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-222Coffin Races-222KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-224Coffin Races-224KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

GO LOUIS & LAURA!!!!   Coffin Races-227Coffin Races-227KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-214Coffin Races-214KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-225Coffin Races-225KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Coffin Races-229Coffin Races-229KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-200Coffin Races-200KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Coffin Races-232Coffin Races-232KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(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 https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/11/emma-crawford-coffin-races Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:39:02 GMT
My First Colorado Family Session https://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:

KPP - Brooke-106KPP - Brooke-106KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-114KPP - Brooke-114KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-112KPP - Brooke-112KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-113KPP - Brooke-113KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Meet Foxy! KPP - Brooke-110KPP - Brooke-110KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8972KPP_8972KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

The Foxy Face!!! KPP - Brooke-118KPP - Brooke-118KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-119KPP - Brooke-119KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8933KPP_8933KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-131KPP - Brooke-131KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8950KPP_8950KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Brooke-102KPP - Brooke-102KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8962KPP_8962KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_9093KPP_9093KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(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 https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/my-first-colorado-family-session Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:11:31 GMT
I'm Finally Home! https://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?)

 

Kaycie G (1 of 1)-5Kaycie G (1 of 1)-5 Balloon (1 of 1)-5Balloon (1 of 1)-5 Balloon (1 of 1)-4Balloon (1 of 1)-4 Kaycie G (1 of 1)-4Kaycie G (1 of 1)-4 Balloon (1 of 1)-2Balloon (1 of 1)-2 Kaycie G (1 of 1)Kaycie G (1 of 1) Balloon (1 of 1)-8Balloon (1 of 1)-8 Balloon (1 of 1)-11Balloon (1 of 1)-11 Balloon (1 of 1)-6Balloon (1 of 1)-6 Balloon (1 of 2)Balloon (1 of 2) Balloon (1 of 1)-9Balloon (1 of 1)-9 Balloon (1 of 1)-7Balloon (1 of 1)-7 Balloon (1 of 1)-10Balloon (1 of 1)-10 Balloon (1 of 3)Balloon (1 of 3) Balloon (2 of 2)-2Balloon (2 of 2)-2 Balloon (2 of 2)Balloon (2 of 2) Kaycie G (1 of 1)-2Kaycie G (1 of 1)-2 Balloon (2 of 3)Balloon (2 of 3) Balloon (3 of 3)Balloon (3 of 3) Balloon (1 of 2)-2Balloon (1 of 2)-2 Kaycie G (1 of 2)-2Kaycie G (1 of 2)-2 Kaycie G (1 of 2)Kaycie G (1 of 2) Kaycie G (1 of 1)-3Kaycie G (1 of 1)-3 Kaycie G (2 of 2)-2Kaycie G (2 of 2)-2 Kaycie G (1 of 3)Kaycie G (1 of 3) Kaycie G (2 of 2)Kaycie G (2 of 2) Kaycie G (2 of 3)Kaycie G (2 of 3) Kaycie G (3 of 3)Kaycie G (3 of 3) Balloon (1 of 1)Balloon (1 of 1) 7 falls (1 of 1)-107 falls (1 of 1)-10KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-97 falls (1 of 1)-9KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-27 falls (1 of 1)-2KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-57 falls (1 of 1)-5KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-67 falls (1 of 1)-6KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-77 falls (1 of 1)-7KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-47 falls (1 of 1)-4KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)-87 falls (1 of 1)-8KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 7 falls (1 of 1)7 falls (1 of 1)KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Balloon (1 of 1)-3Balloon (1 of 1)-3 IMG_0244IMG_0244 IMG_0241IMG_0241 IMG_0245IMG_0245 IMG_0632IMG_0632 IMG_0621IMG_0621   IMG_0638IMG_0638 IMG_0637IMG_0637 20429902_10213868774456452_1935744116556514461_n20429902_10213868774456452_1935744116556514461_n 20479724_10213868768456302_7030045313591098110_n20479724_10213868768456302_7030045313591098110_n 20375699_10213868771776385_1797745562245610525_n20375699_10213868771776385_1797745562245610525_n 20376187_10213868766056242_3200788620718806904_n20376187_10213868766056242_3200788620718806904_n 20375710_10213868765256222_8803306528697851522_n20375710_10213868765256222_8803306528697851522_n 20525404_10213868765896238_3341211260157751379_n20525404_10213868765896238_3341211260157751379_n 20526152_10213868768856312_3747404515447225837_n20526152_10213868768856312_3747404515447225837_n 20620770_10213927624287661_8937855437892351737_n20620770_10213927624287661_8937855437892351737_n 20663981_10213927625487691_6702330519358738108_n20663981_10213927625487691_6702330519358738108_n 20664058_10213927617407489_6771954346605697709_n20664058_10213927617407489_6771954346605697709_n 20708180_10213986284514130_3719241116801520406_n20708180_10213986284514130_3719241116801520406_n 20728057_10213986288274224_3762202282474888641_n20728057_10213986288274224_3762202282474888641_n 20729167_10213986286714185_1574874842172086699_n20729167_10213986286714185_1574874842172086699_n 20728251_10213986277233948_7395849077076538534_n20728251_10213986277233948_7395849077076538534_n 20728097_10213986275713910_3129575696774310893_n20728097_10213986275713910_3129575696774310893_n 20767794_10213986282794087_2655191212101050187_n20767794_10213986282794087_2655191212101050187_n 20729202_10213973224147629_5242776914793979982_n20729202_10213973224147629_5242776914793979982_n 20638929_10213927617527492_315123280557224524_n20638929_10213927617527492_315123280557224524_n 20707993_10213986282314075_1482875465312661190_n20707993_10213986282314075_1482875465312661190_n 20729550_10213986285954166_2628560600533582452_n20729550_10213986285954166_2628560600533582452_n 20769989_10213986278713985_7830070494681305061_n20769989_10213986278713985_7830070494681305061_n

7 falls (1 of 1)-37 falls (1 of 1)-3KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(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 https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/10/im-finally-home Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:28:38 GMT
Farewell Virginia https://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.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY 41069_1590056394247_454227_n41069_1590056394247_454227_n KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-91untitled-91KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_6024-EditKMP_6024-EditKIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8924KPP_8924KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-94untitled-94 KMP_3267KMP_3267 KMP_5611KMP_5611 FB KPP_7919FB KPP_7919KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 10300005_532662646851433_2968060674436127547_n10300005_532662646851433_2968060674436127547_n KPP_9088KPP_9088KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY fb KPP_9270 (1)fb KPP_9270 (1)KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-106untitled-106KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2895.2KPP_2895.2KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Tashena Stylized-114Tashena Stylized-114KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Turtle-116Turtle-116KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Turtle-110Turtle-110KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0429KPP_0429KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Rhett-134Rhett-134KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0447KPP_0447KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0483 B&WKPP_0483 B&WKIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0442KPP_0442KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0449KPP_0449KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_6325KPP_6325KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3439KPP_3439KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3660KPP_3660KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_6271KPP_6271KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_6052-2KPP_6052-2KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8521KPP_8521KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP - Gwenny & Amelia-116KPP - Gwenny & Amelia-116KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY fb KPP_1232fb KPP_1232KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY FB KPP_5824FB KPP_5824KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Graduate_02-011-PH_Front_White_POSTGraduate_02-011-PH_Front_White_POST KPP_1135KPP_1135KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2895KPP_2895KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7297KPP_7297KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7294KPP_7294KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7295KPP_7295KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7282KPP_7282KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_1361KPP_1361KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY DEE AKRIGHTDEE AKRIGHTKIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_825KPP_825 11999639_10207799628451595_2317753504976237041_o11999639_10207799628451595_2317753504976237041_o

 

 

]]>
(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 https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/9/farewell-virginia Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:35:50 GMT
Tell The World I'm Coming Home https://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!!!

11999639_10207799628451595_2317753504976237041_o11999639_10207799628451595_2317753504976237041_o 1272938_10202178965858543_979064673_o1272938_10202178965858543_979064673_o 14212772_10210597214949509_7855850209543597284_n14212772_10210597214949509_7855850209543597284_n

13243_10205405506920053_6086707363363529356_n13243_10205405506920053_6086707363363529356_n 922178_10201347727918114_771594616_o922178_10201347727918114_771594616_o 215480_4531810896271_2006555819_n215480_4531810896271_2006555819_n 313216_4531796855920_1622345283_n313216_4531796855920_1622345283_n 10897054_10205876750660852_5883142545175247172_n10897054_10205876750660852_5883142545175247172_n 10885478_660169410767422_2530480609609928606_n10885478_660169410767422_2530480609609928606_n 10300005_532662646851433_2968060674436127547_n10300005_532662646851433_2968060674436127547_n KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY 207280_1013919031173_5227_n207280_1013919031173_5227_n

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY 39680_1590057434273_6162262_n39680_1590057434273_6162262_n 13312858_1165897123431806_804468286859082787_n13312858_1165897123431806_804468286859082787_n KPP_9088KPP_9088KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY 1896839_10208062760229725_1258402675860044044_n1896839_10208062760229725_1258402675860044044_n

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Back To My Mountains Back to Colorado Beach Big Things Are Coming Colorado Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Community over Competition Creative Creatives Community Don't Want To Miss A Thing Hampton Roads Photographer I'm Coming Home KPP is Moving Kierstyn Peterson Photography Kierstyn Peterson Photography Moves To Colorado Leaving Hampton Roads Life Moments Mountain Girl In A Beach World Mountains Moving New Beginning New Chapter Photographer Photography Taking My Business With Me The Kids Are Gone Virginia Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Photographer Watch Out for Promos Wedding Industry Wedding Vendor www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/2/tell-the-world-im-coming-home Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:34:20 GMT
Unplugged Moments https://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:

IMG_7241IMG_7241 IMG_7289IMG_7289 IMG_7260IMG_7260 IMG_7245IMG_7245 IMG_7249IMG_7249 IMG_7294IMG_7294 IMG_7295IMG_7295 IMG_7246IMG_7246 IMG_7244IMG_7244 IMG_7250IMG_7250 IMG_7253IMG_7253 IMG_7255IMG_7255 IMG_7257 copyIMG_7257 copy IMG_7261 copyIMG_7261 copy IMG_7263 copyIMG_7263 copy IMG_7264IMG_7264 IMG_7288IMG_7288 IMG_7293 copyIMG_7293 copy IMG_7266IMG_7266 IMG_7269IMG_7269 IMG_7267IMG_7267 IMG_7271IMG_7271 IMG_7280IMG_7280 16426055_10212030022408800_3978438875759837145_n16426055_10212030022408800_3978438875759837145_n

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) 37 Stairs Be Quiet Be Still Cascade Hiking Trail Catching Your Breath Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Cultivate Relationships Friendship" Getting healthy God's creations Hampton Roads Photographer Hiking Trails It Can Wait It's okay Kierstyn Peterson Photography Life Moments Live Life Love yourself My Best Self Pembroke Photographer Photography Pictures The Natural Bridge Turn Your Phone Off Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Waterfalls Working Out be present beautiful breathe enjoy nature fitbit hiking iPhone photos live the life you love nature quiet scenery unplugged waterfall https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/2/unplugged-moments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:03:33 GMT
My First Featured Stylized Shoot https://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

KPP_3796KPP_3796KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3802KPP_3802KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3766KPP_3766KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3793KPP_3793KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3762KPP_3762KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3752KPP_3752KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3687KPP_3687KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3663KPP_3663KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3660KPP_3660KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3445KPP_3445KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3452KPP_3452KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3816KPP_3816KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3441KPP_3441KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Behind The Veil Believe In Yourself Bird Themed Wedding Birds Brides and Grooms Take Flight Business Coach Chic Unique Vintage Rental and Events Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer Colorado Springs Wedding Photography Colorado Wedding Photographer Colorado Wedding Photography Either Ore Jewelry at Strawbridge Feather Themed Wedding Feathers Fluttering Flowers Friendors Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer Hampton Roads Wedding Photography Hard Work Pays Off I'm Published Jollity & Co Life Coach Marketing Consultant Maya Couture Misty Saves the Day My First Feature New Adventures Norfolk Wedding Photographer Norfolk Wedding Photography S Squared Designs Self Doubt Stylized Shoot Stylized Wedding Shoot Tea Length Gown Tidewater and Tulle Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Virginia Beach Wedding Photography Virginia Zoo Weddings Whipped Up By Mimi Whispy Flowers You're enough Zoo Stylized Shoot Zoo Wedding https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/1/my-first-featured-stylized-shoot Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:29:31 GMT
Oh Texas! https://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!


KPP_7285KPP_7285KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7337KPP_7337KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7289KPP_7289KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7288KPP_7288KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7340KPP_7340KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7286KPP_7286KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7335KPP_7335KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7302KPP_7302KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7338KPP_7338KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7293KPP_7293KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7295KPP_7295KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7306KPP_7306KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7301KPP_7301KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7305KPP_7305KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7308KPP_7308KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7309KPP_7309KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7325KPP_7325KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7326KPP_7326KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet little fairy gardens at the Garden Shop

KPP_7312KPP_7312KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7310KPP_7310KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7314KPP_7314KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7313KPP_7313KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7316KPP_7316KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY IMG_1458IMG_1458

Heather and I at Magnolia Market

  IMG_1461IMG_1461 IMG_1455IMG_1455

My big (little) sister is better than yours

  KPP_7299KPP_7299KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7322KPP_7322KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY IMG_6896 copyIMG_6896 copy

The Dallas Training Center was pretty impressive!

IMG_6899IMG_6899 KPP_7473KPP_7473KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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

IMG_6864IMG_6864 IMG_6887 copyIMG_6887 copy

Meet Oakley

IMG_6842 copyIMG_6842 copy

My sisters beautiful family! KPP_7343KPP_7343KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) #shiplap Chip and Joanna Colorado Family Photographer Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Family Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Dallas Dallas Training Center Food Trucks Hampton Roads Family Photographer Hampton Roads Photographer Holiday Holiday fun with family I got the fever KPP KPP Families Kierstyn Peterson Photography Magnolia Market Stories" Texas The family that coughs together Vacation Vacation stories Virginia Beach Family Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer Waco adventures blessings family family first fun in the sun lemon lavender cupcake life moments', my sister is better than yours pet pig sick as a dog sisters spice terrible flights https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2017/1/oh-dallas Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:59:45 GMT
Layla Paisley Shares My Birthday https://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

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Baby Baby Girl Birth Birth Photography Chesapeake Birth Photographer Chesapeake Photographer Colorado Colorado Birth Photographer Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer, Delayed Cord Cut Family of Six Hampton Roads Birth Photographer Hampton Roads Photographer Hospital Birth Photographer Hospital Birth Photography Induced Birth Life Moments Navy Birth Photographer", Photography, "Little Sister", "She completed the family", "Virginia Beach Birth Photographer", "Virginia Beach Photographer", "Hospital Birth" Portsmouth Naval Hospital Birth https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/12/layla-paisley-shares-my-birthday Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:47:50 GMT
Kash Turns Three https://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!

KPP_2029KPP_2029KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2031KPP_2031KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2049KPP_2049KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2040KPP_2040KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2059KPP_2059KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2067KPP_2067KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_2090KPP_2090KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2096KPP_2096KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3172KPP_3172KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2106KPP_2106KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2108KPP_2108KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2123KPP_2123KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2141KPP_2141KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2143KPP_2143KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2150KPP_2150KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2113KPP_2113KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2330KPP_2330KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2270KPP_2270KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2204KPP_2204KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2155KPP_2155KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2156KPP_2156KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2160KPP_2160KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2163KPP_2163KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2166KPP_2166KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2167KPP_2167KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2171KPP_2171KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2177KPP_2177KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2282KPP_2282KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2207KPP_2207KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2254KPP_2254KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2219KPP_2219KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2243KPP_2243KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2340KPP_2340KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2286KPP_2286KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2346KPP_2346KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2381KPP_2381KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2408KPP_2408KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY   KPP_2443KPP_2443KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2475KPP_2475KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2511KPP_2511KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2545KPP_2545KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2646KPP_2646KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2601KPP_2601KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2606KPP_2606KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2648KPP_2648KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2691KPP_2691KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2707KPP_2707KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2775KPP_2775KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2826KPP_2826KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2829KPP_2829KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2877KPP_2877KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2884KPP_2884KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2891KPP_2891KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3002KPP_3002KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3025KPP_3025KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3138KPP_3138KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3145KPP_3145KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3171KPP_3171KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3175KPP_3175KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3192KPP_3192KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3203KPP_3203KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3217KPP_3217KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3234KPP_3234KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Aerialist Animals Astro DJ's Birthday Party Children and Animals Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Face Painter Face in the Cake Fiercely Loved Fire Dancers Friends and Family Hampton Roads Photographer Jump House Kash Money Kash Turns Three Kierstyn Peterson Photography Kierstyn Peterson Photography Event Photography Live in the Moments Love and Laughter Magician Petting Zoo Suffolk Event Photographer Sweet Treats Sword Swallower The First Lady of Suffolk They're Only Little Once Three Year Old Boy Virginia Beach Photographer https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/11/kash-turns-three Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:35:31 GMT
The Importance of the Holiday Photography Session https://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!!!

 

KMP_6716KMP_6716 KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0747KPP_0747KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_5307KMP_5307 KMP_5306KMP_5306 KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Celebrate Your Life Colorado Family Photographer Colorado Springs Family Photographer Family Family Photography Family Session Hampton Roads Family Photographer Happy Holidays Holiday Photo Session Kierstyn Peterson Photography Life Moments Memories Never Forget Photo Session Photographer Virginia Beach Family Photographer Why Should I Take Holiday Photos https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/11/the-importance-of-the-holiday-mini-session Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:30:18 GMT
Boone Thayer Popham is Born!!! https://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.  

KPP_4486KPP_4486KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4496KPP_4496KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_4548KPP_4548KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Home Birth-2Jenna Home Birth-2Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-5Jenna Home Birth-5Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography

Jenna Home Birth-1Jenna Home Birth-1Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-13Jenna Home Birth-13Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-14Jenna Home Birth-14Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-12Jenna Home Birth-12Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-29Jenna Home Birth-29Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-31Jenna Home Birth-31Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography KPP_7713KPP_7713KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7712KPP_7712KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Home Birth-21Jenna Home Birth-21Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-22Jenna Home Birth-22Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography KPP_7681KPP_7681KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Home Birth-23Jenna Home Birth-23Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-25Jenna Home Birth-25Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography KPP_7731KPP_7731KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Home Birth-33Jenna Home Birth-33Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-30Jenna Home Birth-30Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-50Jenna Home Birth-50Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-66Jenna Home Birth-66Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-74Jenna Home Birth-74Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-78Jenna Home Birth-78Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-81Jenna Home Birth-81Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-82Jenna Home Birth-82Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-93Jenna Home Birth-93Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-96Jenna Home Birth-96Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-101Jenna Home Birth-101Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-106Jenna Home Birth-106Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-98Jenna Home Birth-98Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-108Jenna Home Birth-108Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-110Jenna Home Birth-110Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-118Jenna Home Birth-118Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-119Jenna Home Birth-119Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-88Jenna Home Birth-88Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography Jenna Home Birth-87Jenna Home Birth-87Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography KPP_7965KPP_7965KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY Jenna Home Birth-122Jenna Home Birth-122Home birth of Jenna Popham as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson PHotography

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Baby Baby Boy Birth Birth Photography Chesapeake Birth Photographer Chesapeake Photographer Colorado Colorado Birth Photographer Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer, Family of Six Hampton Roads Birth Photographer Hampton Roads Photographer Home Birth Photographer Home Birth Photography Homebirth Life Moments Midwife Midwifery Natural Birth Photographer" Photography Springs Three Sisters Three girls and a boy Virginia Beach Birth Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer Water Birth https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/10/boone-thayer-popham-is-born Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:23:35 GMT
A Beautiful Cape Charles Wedding https://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



KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography

KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_3208KPP_3208KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography KPP_2955KPP_2955The wedding and reception of Sarah Kaiser and Padraic Donnelly in Cape Charles, VA as photographed by Kierstyn Peterson Photography

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Badglely Mischka shoes Cape Charles Cape Charles Wedding David Tutera Gown Donnelly Wedding Eastern Shore Wedding Eastern Shore Wedding Photographer Family Groom's First Look Hampton Roads Photographer Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer Handmade Wedding Arches Irish Wedding Khaki Tuxedo Kierstyn Peterson Photography The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek Wedding Tidewater Photographer Tidewater Wedding Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Wedding Wedding Photography photography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/9/sarah-and-padraic-get-married Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:19:45 GMT
Huffily Ever After https://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

Second Shooter:  Dee Akright Photographers Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. 0 Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.   Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA. Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.KPP_4178Kierstyn Peterson Photography captures the engagement and wedding photos for a beautiful couple in Virginia Beach, VA.

SaveSave]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) American Sign Language American Sign Language Interpreter Captured Laughter Dance Like Nobody's Watching Hampton Roads Photographer Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer Huffily Ever After Kierstyn Peterson Photography Kissing in the rain Laughter Married in the rain Oceanaire Resort Wedding Photo Booth Red Umbrella Red Umbrella at a wedding Their First Adventure Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Wedding Wedding Photographer https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/8/huffily-ever-after Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:04:57 GMT
Life After Retirement...A Wife's Perspective! https://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.
 
 

KPP_7288KPP_7288KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7286KPP_7286KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7297KPP_7297KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
 
KPP_7294KPP_7294KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7295KPP_7295KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_7282KPP_7282KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
 

SaveSaveSaveSave

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Black and White Photos Boot camp Chief Colorado Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Dogs Family Life Furbabies Hampton Roads Photographer High School Love High School Senior Life after the military Lonely Hearts Club Love Military Family Military Retirement No More Good-bye's Private Investigator Process Server Teenager US Army US Navy Veteran Virginia Beach Photographer What's truly important https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/8/life-after-retirement-a-wifes-perspective Tue, 16 Aug 2016 03:34:25 GMT
Top 5 Ways to Prepare For Your Session https://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.

KMP_1048KMP_1048

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.  

KMP_5341KMP_5341 KMP_7157KMP_7157 KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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.

KMP_5306KMP_5306 KMP_5307KMP_5307

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?!

 

KMP_5479KMP_5479

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.

KMP_7450KMP_7450

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Colorado Family Photographer Colorado Springs Family Photographer Deciding what to wear for photos Family Family Photography Family Session Family Session Prep Family, Hampton Roads Family Photographer How to prepare for a family session Kids Kierstyn Peterson Photography Large Family Photos Life Moments Photo session Photographer" Tips for Family Sessions Top 5 Virginia Beach Family Photographer What time of day is best for family photos Where should I take my photos https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/7/top-5-ways-to-prepare-for-your-session Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:17:09 GMT
Go Biggs or Go Home https://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. 

 

KPP_0416KPP_0416 KPP_0459KPP_0459 KPP_0128KPP_0128 KPP_0442KPP_0442 KPP_2242KPP_2242KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2591KPP_2591KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2201KPP_2201KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2202KPP_2202KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY    KPP_0118KPP_0118 KPP_0117jpgKPP_0117jpg KPP_2309KPP_2309KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0113KPP_0113 KPP_0503KPP_0503 KPP_0109KPP_0109 KPP_2659KPP_2659KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2671KPP_2671KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0512KPP_0512 KPP_0189KPP_0189 KPP_0242KPP_0242 KMP_3461KMP_3461 KMP_3570KMP_3570 KMP_3576KMP_3576 KMP_3556KMP_3556 KPP_2704KPP_2704KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0399KPP_0399 KPP_0382KPP_0382 KPP_2051KPP_2051KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2093KPP_2093KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2030KPP_2030KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2057KPP_2057KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2113KPP_2113KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3178KPP_3178KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2133KPP_2133KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3534KPP_3534KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3527KPP_3527KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0131KPP_0131 KPP_2541KPP_2541KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2531KPP_2531KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2838KPP_2838KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2419KPP_2419KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0433KPP_0433 KPP_2895KPP_2895KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_2903KPP_2903KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BIGGS-WED-05072016-10829-926BIGGS-WED-05072016-10829-926 KPP_3248KPP_3248KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3258KPP_3258KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3254KPP_3254KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3279KPP_3279KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3291KPP_3291KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_0313KPP_0313 KPP_3310KPP_3310KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3319KPP_3319KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3345KPP_3345KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3474KPP_3474KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3601KPP_3601KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3603KPP_3603KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3701KPP_3701KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_3719KPP_3719KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY   KPP_0302KPP_0302

 

Hair and Makeup By:  Jodi Galeazzo at Bella Trio

Dress:  Maya Couture

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Captured emotions Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer Colorado Wedding Photographer Go Biggs or Go Home Hampton Roads Photographer Hampton Roads Wedding Photographer Juliette Roses Kierstyn Peterson Photography Laughter Military Wedding North Carolina Wedding North Carolina Wedding Photographer Sabor arch Southern Wedding Sword Arch Their First Adventure Tying the Knot US Navy Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Beach Wedding Photographer Wedding Wedding Photographer https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/7/go-biggs-or-go-home Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:32:43 GMT
The Goessling's Are Having A... https://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.

KPP_8961KPP_8961KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8960KPP_8960KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8731KPP_8731KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

  KPP_8915KPP_8915KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8916KPP_8916KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8769KPP_8769KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8786KPP_8786KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8804KPP_8804KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8726KPP_8726KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8825KPP_8825KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8828KPP_8828KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8831KPP_8831KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8844KPP_8844KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8830KPP_8830KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8833KPP_8833KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8919KPP_8919KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8922KPP_8922KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8924KPP_8924KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8927KPP_8927KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8931KPP_8931KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8840KPP_8840KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8852KPP_8852KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8854KPP_8854KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8858KPP_8858KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8860KPP_8860KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8857KPP_8857KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8869KPP_8869KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY    KPP_8947KPP_8947KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8951KPP_8951KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

KPP_8952KPP_8952KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8881KPP_8881KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8767KPP_8767KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY KPP_8758KPP_8758KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

 

KPP_8955KPP_8955KIERSTYN PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Congratulations to you and your entire family!  

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Baby Gender Reveal Baby Girl Blessings Colorado Family Photographer Colorado Photographer Friendor Hampton Roads Family Photographer Hampton Roads Photographer It's A Girl! KPP Photography KPP Photos Kierstyn Peterson Photography Life Moments Pop that Balloon So Exciting Virginia Beach Family Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer Wedding Industry https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/6/the-goesslings-are-having-a Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:27:17 GMT
Anna's Apothecary https://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?

KMP_0944Anna & Sara Owner's of Anna's Apothecary

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.  

KMP_0863KMP_0863

KMP_0884KMP_0884 KMP_0855KMP_0855

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?)

KMP_0877KMP_0877

 

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/

KMP_0890KMP_0890 KMP_0891KMP_0891

KMP_0896KMP_0896 KMP_0904KMP_0904 KMP_0907KMP_0907 KMP_0910KMP_0910

 

KMP_0914KMP_0914 KMP_0918KMP_0918

KMP_0924KMP_0924 KMP_0922KMP_0922

 

KMP_0925KMP_0925

KMP_0930KMP_0930 KMP_0931KMP_0931

 

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.

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Anna's Apothecary Apothecary Colorado Photographer Colorado Springs Photographer Community Community over Competition Gardening Hampton Roads Photographer Herbal Remedies Herbalism Kierstyn Peterson Photography Manitou Springs Manitou Springs Photographer Organic Places to Visit in Colorado Springs Area Small Business Small Business Showcase Tincture Virginia Beach Photographer WPHS Alumni Women owned and ran life moments https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2016/6/annasapothecary Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:18:34 GMT
The Robinson's Got Hitched!!! https://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.  

KMP_4445KMP_4445 KMP_4450KMP_4450 KMP_4511KMP_4511 KMP_4460KMP_4460 KMP_5109KMP_5109 KMP_4534KMP_4534 KMP_4497KMP_4497 KMP_0463KMP_0463 KMP_4517KMP_4517 KMP_4667KMP_4667 KMP_4672KMP_4672 KMP_4742KMP_4742 ADP_0584ADP_0584 KMP_4772KMP_4772 KMP_5232KMP_5232 KMP_5197KMP_5197 KMP_4501KMP_4501 KMP_4530KMP_4530 KMP_0113KMP_0113 ADP_0131ADP_0131 ADP_0146ADP_0146 ADP_0132ADP_0132 KMP_4543KMP_4543 ADP_0206ADP_0206   ADP_0214ADP_0214 KMP_4567KMP_4567 KMP_4554KMP_4554 KMP_4596KMP_4596 KMP_4612KMP_4612 KMP_4623KMP_4623 KMP_4635KMP_4635 ADP_0293-2ADP_0293-2 ADP_0294-2ADP_0294-2 KMP_4639KMP_4639 KMP_4682KMP_4682 ADP_0278ADP_0278 ADP_0317-2ADP_0317-2 ADP_0323-2ADP_0323-2 ADP_0330-2ADP_0330-2 KMP_4711KMP_4711 KMP_4727KMP_4727 KMP_0388-2KMP_0388-2 KMP_4704KMP_4704 KMP_4812KMP_4812 KMP_0179KMP_0179 KMP_0479KMP_0479 ADP_0164ADP_0164 KMP_0470KMP_0470 KMP_0468KMP_0468 KMP_4854KMP_4854 KMP_4860KMP_4860   KMP_0456KMP_0456   ADP_0510ADP_0510 KMP_5228KMP_5228 ADP_0657ADP_0657 KMP_5249KMP_5249 KMP_5260KMP_5260 KMP_5261KMP_5261 KMP_5344KMP_5344 KMP_4964KMP_4964 ADP_0568ADP_0568    ADP_0722ADP_0722 KMP_5278KMP_5278 ADP_0724ADP_0724 KMP_5085KMP_5085 KMP_5158KMP_5158 KMP_0502KMP_0502

]]>
(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 https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/the-robinsons-got-hitched Thu, 24 Sep 2015 03:05:00 GMT
Braydon Turns One! https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/braydon-turns-one OH MY GOODNESS Y'ALL!!!!  I cannot tell you how incredibly fun this session was.  This little man had me in awe.  I photographed Braydon when he was just a brand new little guy during a family fall mini session last year.  He was a sweet baby but nothing like the little man I met at Hunt Club Farms this past weekend.  Let me just tell you how amazing he is.  This sweet boy is full of smiles, curiosity and pretty much everything that involves dirt and rocks.  He is all boy and in his daddy's heart he is all country boy.  

We walked around the Hunt Club Farm and I let him dictate his session.  I find when you are working with little guys that's the best way.  They will find their happiness and give you all those million dollar smiles when you are patient and give them the space they need.  Yes we had some posed shots to take but quite honestly we put him in the situation and let him determine how it was going to go.  Every photo you see is just Braydon being his true, beaming, sunshiny self.  We even were blessed with a small rafter of turkeys cut through one of our shots and we just went with it.  

I think my favorite part of this session was as we were waiting for the sun to set just a little further down in the sky.  We had set Braydon on the ground to sort of play and be himself while his parents and I chit chatted about life.  All the while I laid on the ground with my camera up close to my face and pointed towards Braydon.  I didn't want to miss a moment and I am so glad I didn't.  This baby loved dirt so much that he began eating it...which we pretty much anticipated.  However, I thought he would take one taste and spit it out and be done.  Nope!  That baby loved his dirt and ate bite after ...um...delicious(?) bite.  Krista (mama) encouraged me to keep snapping away because that's who Braydon is and capturing who he is was the point of celebrating his first year.

As we ended our session, Krista and Jared let me know they are being transferred out of the area.  This is the hardest part of loving to photograph our military families.  Seeing my favorite families move away.  I hope our paths cross again someday Willer Family!  It has been an absolute joy capturing some of your moments in the last year.  XOXO

 

This is a photo from that session almost one year ago.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_6680KMP_6680 KMP_6696KMP_6696 KMP_6673KMP_6673 KMP_6702KMP_6702

KMP_6712KMP_6712 KMP_6730KMP_6730

KMP_6724KMP_6724

and sometimes digging in the dirt is more fun than watching your daddy jump around like a monkey KMP_6728KMP_6728
KMP_6741KMP_6741

Braydon says "hey girl hey!  Yeah I know I'm cute"

KMP_6758KMP_6758 KMP_6746KMP_6746

Dancing Baby

KMP_6768KMP_6768 KMP_6773KMP_6773 KMP_6779KMP_6779

Mommy has the quick magic after a tiny stumble

KMP_6782KMP_6782 KMP_6785KMP_6785

Check out that sweet turkey

  KMP_6788KMP_6788

Oh look....DIRT! KMP_6792KMP_6792

Wait...did you see that Turkey???? KMP_6793KMP_6793 Daddy has the quick magic, as well!

KMP_6814KMP_6814 KMP_6815KMP_6815

This baby loved him some tractor (don't worry mama was hanging onto him the whole time) KMP_6825KMP_6825 YUMMY YUMMY

KMP_6844KMP_6844 KMP_6855KMP_6855 KMP_6856KMP_6856 KMP_6868KMP_6868 KMP_6925KMP_6925 "What mama?  I'm not doin' nuffin"

KMP_6937KMP_6937 KMP_6950KMP_6950 KMP_6969KMP_6969

This sweet boy is full of laughter, love and sunshiny happiness!  What a blessing! KMP_6885KMP_6885 KMP_6879KMP_6879

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Boys Love Dirt Braydon Turns One Country Baby Photos Country Boy Farm Hampton Roads Family Photographer Hampton Roads Photographer Hunt Club Farm Kierstyn Peterson Photography Little Boys First Birthday Smiling Boy Tractor Turkeys Virginia Beach Family Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.instagram.com/kierstynpphotos www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/braydon-turns-one Thu, 17 Sep 2015 03:00:37 GMT
Sherman's Are Expecting An Arrival https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/shermans-are-expecting-an-arrival When my sweet friend Anne asked me to photograph her sister-in-law's maternity pictures, I was so excited.  I love maternity sessions so much and I love Anne, too so getting to do this for her family sounded like a fantastic time.  What I didn't know was how beautiful their land would be and how absolutely adorable that  Dan and Sara would be.  I arrived about an hour before sunset and we set to work almost immediately.  We went to the end of the corn field and set to work.  They were such sports as we battled some heat, an uncooperative puppy and what I not so lovingly refer to as the Virginia State bird....the mosquitos.  The best part was watching them laugh together and seeing the way they look at each other.  Their little boy will be welcomed into a family full of love and laughter and will have an incredible life.   KMP_5595KMP_5595 KMP_5612 B&WKMP_5612 B&W

KMP_5611KMP_5611 KMP_5615KMP_5615 KMP_5616KMP_5616

KMP_5592KMP_5592 KMP_5701KMP_5701 KMP_5665KMP_5665 KMP_5668KMP_5668 KMP_5681KMP_5681 KMP_5690KMP_5690

KMP_5622KMP_5622

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Baby Blessings Baby Bump Photo Shoot Country Maternity Gorgeous Maternity Hampton Roads Photographer Kierstyn Peterson Photography Maternity Photography Maternity with a puppy Navy Family Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/shermans-are-expecting-an-arrival Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:23:10 GMT
A Family Full of Personalities https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/a-family-full-of-personalities Every once in awhile I get a family shoot that is outside of the norm and it just rocks my socks.  When I headed to meet the Clauser Family for their shoot, I thought oh this will be a quick, easy shoot and off I will go.  I never imagined the personalities and energy that Jeremy and Christina would bring with them.  All four of them were excited and ready to get some pictures taken.  However, when you are working with a three and four year old, there is bound to be some chasing and distractions.  Especially on a fun beach with shells to find and sand to run your toy car through.  Their youngest Nate was all about playing cars and seeing everything.  Their gorgeous daughter, Holly with her flowing curls and long lashes was all about cheesing for my camera until she found a seashell she liked and then it was sandy fingers and "look what I found mom".  So I rolled with it and decided to shoot a more journalistic style with the kids and just talked to them and kept that camera up to my face to make sure I caught any eye contact and occasionally asked them to look up and smile.  Oddly enough, the one's where they are just doing their thing or were talking to me are the best memories for me.  I hope for them too!  What I loved most about this session was how they all four laughed together and found joy in the little things.  They were so genuine and so much fun to shoot.  I left reminding myself that every shoot is unique and every family that comes to me a blessing.  This family made me feel blessed, more than they will ever know.  I just love capturing people as they really are so they can look back at the photos in years to come and say "that was a fun day" and not just remember that they had photos taken that day.  I hope you enjoy these fun photos that as Christina put it "captured our wacky family".

 

Meet the Clauser's (Holly, Jeremy, Christina and Nate) KMP_5465KMP_5465

Jeremy and Christina have the best smiles, don't they?

KMP_5377KMP_5377 KMP_5511KMP_5511

KMP_5507KMP_5507

Meet Mr. Nate who loves his car and made the most hysterical face every time I told him to smile! (this is the face)

KMP_5472KMP_5472 KMP_5455KMP_5455 KMP_5453KMP_5453

KMP_5527KMP_5527

Sweet Miss Holly who made me fall in love with her free spirit and curls (and can you see those beautiful eye lashes)

KMP_5393KMP_5393

KMP_5395KMP_5395 KMP_5401KMP_5401

KMP_5399KMP_5399

Because sometimes it's just time to jump around!

KMP_5475KMP_5475 KMP_5476KMP_5476

and run up and down a hill repeatedly

KMP_5521KMP_5521

KMP_5403KMP_5403 KMP_5450KMP_5450 KMP_5406 B&WKMP_5406 B&W KMP_5448 B&WKMP_5448 B&W

KMP_5428KMP_5428 KMP_5434KMP_5434

Daddy's Little Girl through and through

KMP_5432KMP_5432

Sometimes that lovely shot takes one....two...

KMP_5492KMP_5492 KMP_5493KMP_5493

THREE SHOTS

KMP_5504KMP_5504

 and then you just embrace the crazy

KMP_5484KMP_5484

So much thanks to this beautiful family for their sacrifices and service to our country and for supporting my small business! KMP_5463KMP_5463

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Brother and Sister Clauser Family Family Photographer Family Photos HRVA Photography Hampton Roads Kierstyn Peterson Photography Military Family Navy Family Silly Smiles The Narrows Tidewater Photographer Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Beach Photography Virginia Photographer Whacky Family Photos blessings children's photography family pictures family portraits life moments www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/9/a-family-full-of-personalities Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:51:31 GMT
The Caswell's at The Narrow's https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/the-caswells-at-the-narrow-s Hey folks!  I hope this blog post finds you all to be having a fantastic day.  I wanted to start the week out right by sharing with you a recent session I had with some of my husband and I's best friends.  We have known Rob for pretty close to 17 years.  I was pregnant with our daughter Ashley when Eric and Rob met and served together on the USS Princeton.  As a matter of fact, our Ashley was named after his daughter.  We even chose our orders here in Virginia over 10 years ago now (WOW can't believe it's been that long) to be closer to Rob.  As he had become more like family to us.  Our daughter even lovingly refers to him as "Uncle Buttface".  

When Rob married Sherrie it all came full circle.  They make a beautiful blended family.  Sherrie has become like a sister to me and all of their children are so full of personality, which makes for an even tighter bond between our families.  We have faced a lot over the last few years ranging from day to day life up to life threatening surgeries and very scary moments.  Through it all we find it just second nature to support one another.  I hope they know just how much we love them and that we will always be there whenever they need us.

When Sherrie asked me take family pictures of them, it was more than a given.  I was excited.  Now getting Uncle Buttface to smile might prove a challenge but I was sure I was up for the job and I did succeed for at least a few of them.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures from that day.

 

KMP_3267KMP_3267 KMP_3307KMP_3307 KMP_3380KMP_3380 KMP_3284KMP_3284

KMP_3292KMP_3292 KMP_3301KMP_3301 KMP_3375KMP_3375 KMP_3330KMP_3330 KMP_3338KMP_3338 KMP_3363KMP_3363 KMP_3333KMP_3333 KMP_3359KMP_3359 KMP_3350KMP_3350

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Blended Family Caswell Family Family Photographer Family Photos Good Friends HRVA Photography Hampton Roads Kierstyn Peterson Photography Military Family The Narrows Tidewater Photographer Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Beach Photography Virginia Photographer blessings children's photography family pictures family portraits life moments www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/the-caswells-at-the-narrow-s Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:40:07 GMT
My Dad...the hard stuff https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/my-dad-the-hard-stuff As I sat down to write this tonight, a ton of memories flooded me and just overwhelmed me.  Tears just streaming down my face.  Tomorrow marks three years ago that I said good-bye to my dad and yet it seems like yesterday.  My dad was a complicated man to say the very least.  It's taken me a long time to finally put together who I think he really was. When I look at pictures of him from his childhood, I just see this sweet little face and big blue eyes.  How did that sweet little boy end up the man that he became.  

418836_4531773695341_877092265_n418836_4531773695341_877092265_n 553432_4531776015399_1223886261_n553432_4531776015399_1223886261_n

My dad was rough.  He was rough from start to finish.  He struggled with so many things throughout his life from abuse in his own childhood home, failed marriages and friendships, failed life goals, a lot of self loathing and just trying to figure out his place in this world.  He once told me he had a lot to be ashamed of.  My dad was an addict and that addiction made him a thief, a liar and abusive.  He had so many larger than life stories that you never knew where the lies ended and the truth began. I could lay out all of his offenses but he's gone and what good would that accomplish.  I finally gave up trying to sift through it all after his passing and realized that all that was apart of who he was.  

558365_4531787535687_626693969_n558365_4531787535687_626693969_n 1909830_4531810496261_782188748_n1909830_4531810496261_782188748_n

I was angry with him for a really long time.  I wanted a different dad.  I wanted the one who went to a job every day and helped my mom.  I wanted the kind of dad that I could be proud of.  That went to church, held his wife's hand and took care of his family.  It wasn't okay with me that he wasn't the dad I wanted.  That my sisters and I deserved.  The husband that my mom should have had. 

Once I had my own children, I saw a different side to my dad.  The one who always struggled getting clean and never achieved it.  The one who loved with his whole heart and the depth of those feelings ran so deep that he would often get emotional.  The man who fought depression.  The Dad who bought me a piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia after every argument we had to show me that no matter what I did to upset him, he still loved me.  The one who would give a friend the shirt off of his back and all of the one's in the drawers (no literally he would and it drove my mom crazy).  He took in the strays, the one's who had no family, needed to get clean or needed a second chance (this also drove my mom crazy).  I think he saw so much of himself in them and he wanted to give them a chance.  The one who, once we finally got honest with each other, became my rock, my friend and the most amazing grandfather to my children than I would've ever thought possible.

313216_4531796855920_1622345283_n313216_4531796855920_1622345283_n 306427_4531799815994_606302844_n306427_4531799815994_606302844_n

When he was diagnosed with a fatal illness that stemmed from some of his rough lifestyle choices, I ran the gammat of emotions from denial, anger and acceptance.  My life changed.  I decided every moment I had with him would be spent laughing, talking and being real with each other.  I wanted him to get the most out of his final days...whatever that meant.  Even when it meant fighting with my mom about whether he should eat a hearty meal versus that bowl of dreamsicle ice cream he loved even though it wasn't good for him.  I struggled even more when we had to decide to put him into an assisted living facility because I just knew I was somehow letting him down.  The day my sister called to tell me that time was way too quickly approaching that he would be gone, I looked at Eric with a face full of tears and he (in his most understanding way) said "Get in the truck.  Let's go" and that sweet husband of mine drove 90 miles an hour almost the whole way to get us there in time.  My sister and I sat holding his hands and telling him it was okay to go when he took his very last breath.  It truly was the most heartbreaking moment of my adult life.  What I failed to see at the time, was how blessed I was to have been given those last moments to forgive out loud, to talk it out and to tell him I loved him.

432055_4531894538362_739351981_n432055_4531894538362_739351981_n

People have asked me over the years (MANY TIMES) how I could love a man who was so rough and want to make his final days the best I could.  The answer is simple.  He was my Dad.  He loved me in the ways that he knew how.  He's the man who, when everyone else was watching the parade at Disneyland, rode on Pirates of the Caribbean with me over and over again and each time pointing out something new and laughing at the top of his lungs (I can still hear that laugh and it still makes me smile).  He raised me to see the beauty in the every day.  He's the guy who when I had a problem at school rode his Harley into the Principal's Office (not up to but IN to).  He was the man who told me to marry my best friend and then strapped on his chaps and rode all night long when he found out that Eric was throwing me a surprise wedding so that he could be there to walk me down the aisle (right after he tried to talk Eric out of marrying me - ha ha).  He gave me a love of music, being tickled until it hurts, to believe and stand tall for our country and God (even though he struggled himself with his own faith).  He always tried to teach me wrong from right.  I can still hear his words "Don't end up like me Kierstyn.  Learn from my mistakes."  Lastly, he is the one who loved my children with literally all he had and his final word was to my son when we arrived to say good-bye to him.  It was just a simple "hi" but it meant everything to my boy who looked at his Papa as his best friend.

399505_4531799135977_267556625_n399505_4531799135977_267556625_n 549727_4531816176403_948958679_n549727_4531816176403_948958679_n

So no matter how hard he was for lots of other people to love (and yes I completely understand why), I loved him and I loved him in that BIG, HUGE, up to the sky kind of love!!!  So I honor a man who raised me, who loved me and who, when I needed him, was always there for me.  He was so perfectly imperfect.  He was crazy, beautiful!  


What I learned from him was to love my children and to discipline them with a protective hand instead of a heavy one, to stay away from drugs because the addiction gene runs strong in my family, to be outrageous and try things at least once, to enjoy the adventure that is life, to fill your life with friends and family who love you and to accept people without judgement because you never know their story.  

 

Thanks for letting me get real with you.  Being myself is the best thing I can do for myself and for all of you.  Here are some pictures that make me smile and remember the good stuff.

 

 

539257_4531780615514_574702187_n539257_4531780615514_574702187_n 533187_4531780055500_1575477211_n533187_4531780055500_1575477211_n 480825_4531777655440_890696157_n480825_4531777655440_890696157_n 487748_4531781455535_1772406408_n487748_4531781455535_1772406408_n 422231_4531781215529_1486398899_n422231_4531781215529_1486398899_n    8072_4531807376183_950936449_n8072_4531807376183_950936449_n 217830_4531899338482_1802985685_n217830_4531899338482_1802985685_n 558225_4531784215604_830066383_n558225_4531784215604_830066383_n 292347_4531782935572_430269296_n292347_4531782935572_430269296_n 555580_4531781775543_952541470_n555580_4531781775543_952541470_n 405266_4531785615639_49342617_n405266_4531785615639_49342617_n 394686_4531784975623_1619506073_n394686_4531784975623_1619506073_n 558218_4531787055675_2015112892_n558218_4531787055675_2015112892_n 314405_4531809496236_1481816798_n314405_4531809496236_1481816798_n 540316_4531794495861_2108644403_n540316_4531794495861_2108644403_n 409592_4531794815869_2124431250_n409592_4531794815869_2124431250_n 409585_4531801256030_1626436033_n409585_4531801256030_1626436033_n 417441_4531790695766_213295480_n417441_4531790695766_213295480_n IMG_4366IMG_4366 IMG_4367IMG_4367 IMG_4368IMG_4368 559244_4531788695716_1138510228_n559244_4531788695716_1138510228_n 432170_4531803696091_1833054033_n432170_4531803696091_1833054033_n 488272_4531891258280_40753844_n488272_4531891258280_40753844_n 417282_4531894898371_610562248_n417282_4531894898371_610562248_n 309042_4531897818444_172485829_n309042_4531897818444_172485829_n 215488_4531795175878_1755350267_n215488_4531795175878_1755350267_n 255295_4531795815894_1231877747_n255295_4531795815894_1231877747_n 215480_4531810896271_2006555819_n215480_4531810896271_2006555819_n 427425_4531795535887_1444040567_n427425_4531795535887_1444040567_n 552553_4531899538487_519482984_n552553_4531899538487_519482984_n 405233_4531901658540_984596355_n405233_4531901658540_984596355_n

185422_4531805096126_1534681856_n185422_4531805096126_1534681856_n

 

 

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Daddy's Girl Family First Family Photographer Family Photos Finding the good Getting Personal Hampton Roads Kierstyn Peterson Photography My Father's Addiction Photography Saying Good-bye Tidewater Photographer Time To Get Real Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Photographer blessings family pictures family portraits life moments www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/8/my-dad-the-hard-stuff Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:48:01 GMT
Gwenny Is Ready To Fly https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/6/gwenny-is-ready-to-fly  

To say I adore this little girl is putting it mildly!  To call her a little girl anymore is truly stretching it.  She's a gorgeous young lady with an incredible heart and a beautiful soul.  We set out for her "just because" and headshot shoot just the two of us.  It's rare that I get this chance one on one but I gotta say I love it.  That time let's the person be who they are and helps me to keep them on point.  We had an absolutely fabulous time together.  We drove all over Virginia Beach and shot in the places we thought would best suit her.

You will notice there are pictures of her on an abandoned train and some train tracks.  These are NOT live tracks and that is the only way I would've taken these shots.  (DISCLAIMER:  It is unsafe and illegal to shoot on live tracks)

See, Gwenny is a dancer.  A very talented dancer with so much love for dance that it just radiates.   Her passion is ballet but she loves it all.  She's smart, funny, sassy, elegant, coordinated (which I am soooo not), inquisitive and just an all around joy to be around.  She also shared with me her love of photography.  She showed me some shots she's taken with her iPhone and I just have to say...she's got a great eye.  I mean I kinda want to be her when I grow up.  If this girl isn't your bestie...she should be.

Her mom let me know she wanted a shoot that showed the world she is more than just a dancer.  We chose to go a little edgier with parts of this shoot and a little softer in other areas to make sure we got both sides of her personality.  I absolutely love the results and Gwenny and her family did too!  I can't wait to see where in the world her dancing takes her and how high she flies when she spreads her wings but for now I'm just enjoying watching her grow into the incredible woman she is already starting to be.

Here are some of my favorite shots from her shoot.  I hope you love them!

untitled-25-Recovereduntitled-25-Recovered untitled-24untitled-24

untitled-22untitled-22

untitled-38untitled-38 untitled-63 B&Wuntitled-63 B&W

untitled-83untitled-83

untitled-95untitled-95 untitled-119untitled-119

untitled-190untitled-190

untitled-194 B&Wuntitled-194 B&W

untitled-251untitled-251 untitled-243untitled-243

untitled-257untitled-257

 

untitled-135untitled-135

untitled-173untitled-173

untitled-179untitled-179

untitled-187untitled-187

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Abandoned Train Photos Ballet Shoes Beautiful Dance Dance Photographer Dance like nobody's watching Dead Railroad Track Photography Encore Dancers Girl in a tree Gwendolynn Gwenny Hampton Roads Photographer Hard Work Pays Off I love her freckles Just For Fun Photography More than just a dancer Not just a dancer Outdoor Headshots She's Growing Up Sunkissed Tiny Dancer Virginia Beach Dancers Virginia Beach Photographer photography photos portraits www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/6/gwenny-is-ready-to-fly Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:53:08 GMT
Precious Little Girls https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/6/precious_little_girls Let me introduce you to three (four if you include their mama and I surely do) of the most beautiful little ladies I have had the pleasure to photograph.  They are Eliza, Odette, and Isselle (Izzy) with their gorgeous Mama Jenna.  Each one has their own personality and it's vibrant in it's uniqueness.  Eliza is busy and sweet and talkative.  Odette is a diva but so curious and sweet.  Isselle is very serious and when she smiles it brightens your day.  Their Mama is amazing chasing around these sweet girls while Daddy is off serving our country knowing his girls are in her safe and capable hands!  

I had so much fun during their shoot.  We had some shyness and one short meltdown (which is totally to be expected with little ones) and then the fun began thanks to a sweet little lady bug that Eliza found and gave to Odette.  That ladybug saved our day.  Once Odette had that ladybug she was all smiles for me and for the camera.  Isselle found a pine cone to keep her heart happy.  Miss Eliza was just comfortable in front of the camera and loving on her sisters.  

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these girls play and interact with each other and their loving Mama.  I hope you enjoy their pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.  

Meet Miss Eliza - Biggest Sister and proud of it!

untitled-74untitled-74 untitled-145untitled-145

untitled-78untitled-78

Then there is Miss Odette - no middle child syndrome here.  She's full of life.

untitled-125untitled-125 untitled-124untitled-124

untitled-128untitled-128

Last but by no means least is Miss Isselle (Izzy) with all of her quiet demeanor

untitled-141untitled-141 untitled-140untitled-140

untitled-143untitled-143

and here are some of the fun shots we got of them all together 

untitled-86untitled-86 untitled-88untitled-88

Lady Bug Love

untitled-106untitled-106 untitled-116untitled-116

untitled-121untitled-121 What's a fun photo shoot without a piggy face

untitled-151untitled-151

or sticking out your tongue untitled-153untitled-153

Or jumping on Mama untitled-165untitled-165 untitled-158 copyuntitled-158 copy untitled-163untitled-163

untitled-94untitled-94

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Country Girls Family Photographer Family Photos Hampton Roads Kierstyn Peterson Photography Little Girls Photographer Mother's Love Photography Pretty Little Girls Three Girls and their Mama Three Sisters Tidewater Photographer VT Arboretum Virginia Beach Photographer Virginia Photographer blessings children children's photography family pictures family portraits life moments military families www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/6/precious_little_girls Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:47:58 GMT
For The Love Of Dancers https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/for-the-love-of-dancers As a child I was always in love with music and dance.  My parents were very musical people.  My dad could sing and did so well all of the time.  My mom sang, played guitar and piano.  There was always music in our home.  I, however, did not inherit ANY musical talent whatsoever.  What I did have was a strong love of dance and movement.  To this day I love to watch the gorgeous lines that our bodies make and the talent of a dancer.  I danced for a while growing up but not long enough for it to be ingrained in my muscle memory.  I do still love the way I feel when I am dancing though.  

I tell you all of this to explain why I get so excited when I get to photograph dancers.  Especially the tiny dancers whose talent is just beginning to shine through.  For the last year or so, I have had the immense honor to photograph a set of these girls.  It all started with a very talented little girl named Gwendalynn (whom by the way I will be shooting in a couple weeks so be watching for her blog) and it has grown from there.  The two little ladies featured in this blog are very special to me.  There bond with each other is very sweet to watch.  They lift each other up and they tell each other the absolute truth (even if it hurts a little).  They have very supportive parents who encourage their love of dance every step of the way.  

I hope you enjoy these pictures.  I surely enjoy watching the two of them giggle and dance.  Most of all I love how you can see the joy in their faces when they are dancing.  It's apart of their soul and it's a beautiful thing.  Dance tiny dancers....dance!!!!

 

untitled-14untitled-14 untitled-20untitled-20 untitled-34untitled-34 untitled-123untitled-123 untitled-142untitled-142 untitled-37untitled-37 untitled-61untitled-61 untitled-114untitled-114 untitled-102untitled-102   

untitled-159untitled-159 untitled-150-Recovereduntitled-150-Recovered untitled-154untitled-154   untitled-172untitled-172

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Beach Photography Beautiful Dance Dance Photographer Dance like nobody's watching Dancer Girls Dancers Encore Dancers Hampton Roads Photographer Hard Work Pays Off Jade & Adrianna Little Girls Dancing Tiny Dancers Virginia Beach Dancers Virginia Beach Photographer photography photos portraits www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/for-the-love-of-dancers Thu, 21 May 2015 16:11:27 GMT
Sasha's A Star https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/sashas-a-star Sasha has been an incredible force since she was just a tiny little thing.  She was always a force to be reckoned with and always the most flexible child I have ever seen.  When she was little she would spend countless time perfecting this or that gymnastics/cheer move but it always seemed to come so naturally to her.  

As she began growing into the beautiful, young lady that she is today, she performed in pageants and has always done so incredibly well.  She has a presence about her that just draws people in.  Not to mention a killer personality!  

When Sasha's mom called me to get some shots of Sasha so she could begin an acting career, I was not surprised at all!  It was such fun to traipse through the woods with this kid and get some fun pictures of her.  Some that are serious and some that truly show her hilarious sense of humor.  I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.  She's an incredible girl and I cannot wait for the day I can say...I knew her when!

 

untitled-109untitled-109 untitled-119untitled-119 untitled-8untitled-8 untitled-55untitled-55 untitled-63untitled-63 untitled-92untitled-92 untitled-97untitled-97 untitled-111untitled-111 untitled-150untitled-150 untitled-175untitled-175 untitled-166untitled-166 untitled-155untitled-155

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Acting Headshot Photographer Beautiful Hampton Roads Photographer Headshot Photographer Modeling Sasha Edge Teen Girl Headshots Virginia Beach Photographer photography photos portraits www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/sashas-a-star Thu, 14 May 2015 22:16:15 GMT
Landon's Graduating https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/landons-graduating Landon is a great young man.  Setting out to shoot his senior photos was a sweet little adventure.  We started out a little rocky when I couldn't find the farm we were scheduled to shoot at.  Luckily, my friends over at Hunt Club Farms (Thank you Stephen) were more than a little accommodating and let us shoot on their property with short notice.  I always forget what an awesome location Hunt Club is for situations like this.  We found a few great spots that fit exactly what Landon and his mom were looking for.  So we caught some country photos there and then headed over to the beach to switch gears.  

We hit the worst traffic I think I have ever seen at the oceanfront and on top of that there was this crazy, random fog that rolled in.  I started to panic. How in the world was I going to finish this session in the fog???  That was IF we could make it there before the sun had disappeared.  Luckily, I figured out a great spot away from the oceanfront and the fog hadn't completely engulfed it so we were able to get some good shots down by the water.  

All in all, it ended up being a fun senior session with a great kid with plans to join the military after he graduates next month.  Landon we wish you nothing but the best for your future.  Congratulations on graduating Class of 2015.

KMP_7513KMP_7513 KMP_7514KMP_7514

  KMP_7612KMP_7612 KMP_7523KMP_7523 KMP_7593KMP_7593   

KMP_7606KMP_7606

KMP_7653KMP_7653 KMP_7654KMP_7654        KMP_7671KMP_7671    KMP_7684KMP_7684 KMP_7692KMP_7692

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Graduation Hunt Club Farms Photography Senior Photos Senior Photos of Boys Senior Photos on the Beach Teens Virginia Beach Photographer photography photos portraits sunset tidewater www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/5/landons-graduating Thu, 07 May 2015 14:03:10 GMT
Matt Becomes A Mustang https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/4/matt-becomes-a-mustang It was almost two years ago when Kim contacted me to take their family pictures in Williamsburg for the first time.  I immediately fell in love with their family dynamic and their banter between each other.  Each member of their family has a distinct and completely different personality and yet they all compliment each other so well.  I have since shot another round of family pictures for them and have come to think of them as more than clients.  When Kim told me Matt was being commissioned, I was over the moon happy for them.  When she asked me to photograph this moment for them, well, honored doesn't seem to fit how I felt.  I was truly stoked.  

Matt has spent the last 17 years of his life dedicated to serving his country.  He's worked his way up the ranks one step at a time.  While serving his country and doing what he needed to do, he still found time to get an education.  He was able to get attain his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Marketing and will receive his Master's Degree in Supply Chain and Acquisitions Management in May.  Did I mention he is also a loyal and faithful family man with a wonderful wife Kim who he has been married to for 13 incredible years and three amazing children, Sydney (17), William (13) and Brady (7).  It wasn't a huge surprise when Kim told me he was being commissioned.  I mean, after all, look at the kind of man that he is and the example he has consistently shown to his fellow shipmates.  

Then Kim gave me a bonus.  She had a "special guest" that would be in attendance.  Just so happens it was a celebrity and one I am a fan of.  Mr. Tony Lucca was a member of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club many years ago and more currently was a contestant on The Voice.  I have loved his music for sometime now and was super excited to get to meet him and super excited for Kim and Matt (who are SUPER FANS) of his.  What a cool thing to have this great musician be apart of their special moment.  It was a cool moment to meet Tony but an even cooler moment when he sang a song that he wrote for Kim and Matt called "The Wife of a Sailor".  Check it out here: 

It was a beautiful, symbolic ceremony aboard the USS Wisconsin and a great time had by all at the wetting down at the really great little place called the Smartmouth Brewery.  The cake was made by Carolina Cupcakery and the catering was provided by Kim and Matt's neighbor, Tony Camacho who has a service called Personal Chefs In A Box.  I highly recommend both of these vendors.  The food provided was absolutely delicious and well laid out.  Many thanks to Kim and Matt for allowing me to capture this special day for them and for allowing me to be a very small part in their life story.  They are now in the process of packing up to move to the West Coast.  I am very sad to see them go but I know, without a doubt, that we will stay in touch.  These aren't just clients of mine.  These are my friends.  Fair winds and following seas to the Compton Family as they start this next adventure.

 

untitled-67untitled-67KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-81untitled-81KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-145untitled-145KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-291untitled-291KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-91untitled-91KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-388untitled-388KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-339untitled-339KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-295 2untitled-295 2KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-152untitled-152KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-199untitled-199KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-231untitled-231KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-47untitled-47KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-349untitled-349KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-352untitled-352KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

untitled-9untitled-9KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-5untitled-5KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-356untitled-356KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-206untitled-206KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-111untitled-111KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-324untitled-324KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-370untitled-370KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-217untitled-217KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-257untitled-257KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-59untitled-59KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-259untitled-259KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-60untitled-60KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-168untitled-168KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-260untitled-260KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-23untitled-23KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-279untitled-279KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-117untitled-117KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-216untitled-216KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-261untitled-261KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-295untitled-295KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-314untitled-314KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-407untitled-407KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-221untitled-221KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-30untitled-30KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-35untitled-35KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-342untitled-342KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-441untitled-441KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-90untitled-90KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-434untitled-434KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_6024-EditKMP_6024-EditKIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-437untitled-437KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-184untitled-184KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-278untitled-278KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_6002-EditKMP_6002-EditKIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Anchors Away From Chief to Mustang Hampton Roads Military Event Photographer Hampton Roads Photography Kierstyn Peterson Photography Matthew Compton Military Commissioning Naval Mustang Naval Officer Navy Chief, Navy Pride Navy Pride Support Our Troops The Wife Of A Sailor Tidewater Photographer Tony Lucca US Military Servicemen USN United States Navy Virginia Beach Military Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer Warrant Officer Wetting Down www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/4/matt-becomes-a-mustang Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:35:40 GMT
Chocolate, Crepes, Snacks and Fun https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/chocolate-crepes-snacks-and-fun I gotta tell you there isn't much I love more than chocolate.  Okay I do love my family and all of that more.  Blah blah blah.  But when my friend Kristen invited me to her Velata unveiling I was skeptical.  I knew the basics of the product because many moons ago I was a Scentsy consultant and Velata is part of the Scentsy Family.  I do love my Scentsy and still swear by the products.  So I agreed to come check it out and photograph the event.  What I wasn't prepared for was falling in love with this new division of Scentsy Family.  

Velata started out as just a chocolate fondue that didn't require fire and it was good.  I mean REALLY good.  What I loved most about it is that it was (and still is) a safe fondue for children.  However, recently they have relaunched the brand and it includes some incredible stuff.  Yes they still have their yummy, yummy chocolate, but they also have meltables, cheese, a FANTASTIC and OMG so easy to use crepe maker and a few other things that are kind of to die for if you are a foodie (which let me just say I am not).  It also allows for some great clean eating which is something I know my family has been trying to get better at.  

I don't want to go on too much of a tangent on a product line that I don't sell but I did want to at least introduce you to something new, different, fun and safe for our families.  I sincerely hope you will at least check it out.  Velata is ran by men and women that you know and love.  It's what I consider small business and I am all about small business and supporting small businesses in my community.  What I love is that this is a job that allows you to be home with your family if that is your goal.  If you are interested in the product line or seeing what they have to offer give Kristen Savee a call.  She is one of the sweetest, most passionate about her job and wonderful people I know.  Her website is savee.velata.us

Now to show you the good stuff.  I'll start with some of the products and finish with the camaraderie and fun between the consultants.  I hope you enjoy!

KMP_4588KMP_4588KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4587KMP_4587KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4556KMP_4556KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4558KMP_4558KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4576KMP_4576KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4572KMP_4572KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4571KMP_4571KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4577KMP_4577KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4592KMP_4592KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4591KMP_4591KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4567KMP_4567KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4617KMP_4617KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4618KMP_4618KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4621KMP_4621KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4623KMP_4623KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4547KMP_4547KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4552KMP_4552KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4593KMP_4593KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4581KMP_4581KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4635-2KMP_4635-2KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4636-2KMP_4636-2KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4638-2KMP_4638-2KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4642-2KMP_4642-2KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

KMP_4561KMP_4561KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4584KMP_4584KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4596KMP_4596KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4658KMP_4658KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4659KMP_4659KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4670KMP_4670KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4677KMP_4677KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4702KMP_4702KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4705KMP_4705KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4731KMP_4731KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4737KMP_4737KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4739KMP_4739KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KMP_4736KMP_4736KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Chocolate Fondue Easy to Make Crepes Foodie Hampton Roads Photographer Kierstyn Peterson Photography Kristen Savee Maternity Photography Maternity with a puppy Military Maternity Navy Family Scentsy Family USMC Women Velata Virginia Beach Photographer www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com www.savee.velata.us https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/3/chocolate-crepes-snacks-and-fun Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:44:32 GMT
Russell Maternity Fun https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/2/russell-maternity-fun Every once in awhile a new client comes into my world and just kind of leaves an imprint.  This was the case with the Russell's.  Their spirit is completely infectious.  They have the greatest personalities and the warmest smiles.  Their love for each other is so fun to watch.  The love they have for little Daniela is a direct reflection of their love for each other.  This couple has already overcome many obstacles including being a dual military family stationed in separate states and many miles away from each other.  They clearly take their limited time together and enjoy every moment.

For their session, we met at the Virginia Tech Arboretum.  When we got there the temperature was pretty close to frigid but they were rip roaring and ready to go.  They took off their layers without complaint and braved not just the cold and the hike into the arboretum and through the trees that I took them on.  We experienced rain, snow and some sunshine throughout the one and a half hour shoot.  The response from the Russell's wasn't a plea to stop.  It was "what's next" and "how cool that we experienced three of the four seasons in one hour".  They left this wonderful attitude with me.  The reminder that there is always a silver lining.  What a fantastic couple they are and I am so very sure sweet, little Daniela is going to be the apple of their eyes and the person who makes their world go around.  I hope this sweet girl has her mom's beautiful eyes and her daddy's infectious smile.  There's no doubt her big puppy sister will make sure she's always safe and warm.  

Special thanks to Angel Dibbs for her fabulous assisting work.  Here are some of the fun shots we got that day.  Enjoy!

untitled-78untitled-78KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY    untitled-19untitled-19KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-41untitled-41KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY   untitled-51untitled-51KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-44untitled-44KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY   untitled-54untitled-54KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-62untitled-62KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-116untitled-116KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

This is my favorite shot.  It's so imperfect technically but it really shows how wonderfully happy she is.  I read a blog recently by Sharon Hundley in which she said you should never put your camera down during your sessions because you can miss the great candid moments.  That really hit home with me and I practiced it during this session.  That is how this fantastic photo came to be.

untitled-139untitled-139KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-149untitled-149KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-165untitled-165KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY   untitled-90untitled-90KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Gorgeous, Perfect sun flare

untitled-134untitled-134KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY   untitled-196untitled-196KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Another one of the fantastic, not putting my camera down moments.

untitled-92untitled-92KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY untitled-104untitled-104KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Baby Blessings Baby Bump Photo Shoot Gorgeous Maternity Hampton Roads Photographer Kierstyn Peterson Photography Maternity Photography Maternity with a puppy Military Maternity Navy Family USMC Women Virginia Beach Photographer www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/2/russell-maternity-fun Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:22:58 GMT
My Headshots - Guest Blog https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/2/my-headshots---guest-blog When I think about getting in front of a camera, I absolutely cringe.  When I think about picking the photographer to do it, it's even harder.  I have so many amazing friends in the industry to choose from.  However, the person I spend my personal time with and who I bug relentlessly with my photog techy, make my brain hurt questions (yup that's my technical terminology) I call on Angel Marie Dibbs of Angel Dibbs Photography.  I knew my headshots needed to be done and I had been putting it off for far too long.  I mean, seriously, how can I ask all of you (my friends, my clients, my lifelines) to get in front of my camera if I won't do the same?  So I buckled down, bit the bullet and put in the work in front of Angel's camera.  I gotta say....I much prefer being the eyes behind the camera.  However, Angel made it fun and adventurous and easy.  I asked her to guest blog this session for me since it was her work and not mine.  It's just my "pretty face"!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.  It was certainly a labor of love (been waiting on it for three weeks - almost choked her - yup she's that kind of friend - oh yeah and I love her).  Angel is an awesome friend and this blog surely did make me cry.   

 

 Whimsy Wednesdays

A Tale of Two Silly Girls With Nikons and Their Unanticipatedly Quirky, Beautiful Friendship

By:  Angel Marie Dibbs of Angel Dibbs Photography

 

Typically, I'm not the girl who likes surprises. I'm a micro-manager, a planner, a "don't spread yourself too thin" kind of girl. Sometimes life throws us curve balls though, and we can either duck, or try to catch the ball.

It was a typical spring Sunday afternoon in Northern VA about four years ago, when my daughter called from Virginia Beach to ask me a favor. "Mom, could you help my photographer friend edit some pics she took of me?" "Sure, have her send me an email with RAW files", I replied. I had been FB "friends" with Kierstyn Peterson for months via my daughter, but we had not actually communicated until that day.

Kierstyn was just beginning her journey towards becoming a photographer, and I had been in the biz since 2003-ish. Though I was facing my own personal challenges at that time, Kierstyn's excitement inspired me, so I helped with her editing project. After all, the images were of my daughter. My BABY. My HEART & SOUL! Additionally, when my kid asks me to help her friend, I know it's because she sees their potential. We have a long history in the creative world, both in the visual and performing fine arts. To say we get the chills when we see ambition combined with natural talent, is an understatement! 

Fast forward to the following February, and I'd moved to VB from the DC metro area. My partner and I both have family here, and we own a small condo which needs remodeling before putting on the market , AND...his divorce has been long, ugly & more expensive than any of you would EVER believe. Soooo, (heavy sigh) we downsized from our 3 level home, put our things in storage and moved back to where we were both raised. Our effort to get past this "phase", get one of our daughters through private college (she attends Smith) while paying off attorney fees, has been..........yeah. Did I mention Darrin began traveling for business 4 days/week exactly 4 days after our relocation? Oh, and my photography business had to start over from scratch. Remember that thing about curve balls? Can I get a shot of tequila and a hug please? LOL!

If you know me, you know I'm strong willed and independent, and rarely let the universe bring me down. Hell, I make up reasons to have dance parties. One thing I refuse to give up on is Whimsy Wednesday (my version of a mid-week reboot). A little lunch, a little wine, and a lot of whimsy with my besties...trust me, it's the stuff that keeps you from needing antidepressants. I FINALLY got settled in, and invited Kierstyn over for W.W. It was Kierstyn's first time tasting Darrin's home made salsa , hearing my "special" language, meeting Yofa (my grumpy chihuahua), eating my gluten free chicken tacos w/soy cheese, and realizing I might be the most ADHD person she's ever met.

As I got to know her, I realized how uniquely different Kierstyn and I were, but who cared that our politics didn't align, or that we were raised on opposite sides of the country, a decade apart? Seriously, so what if I'm a hazelnut latte, Sundance boots, leggings everyday, city meets ocean, tap dancing, try anything risky, VW driving, wine loving tech geek kind of girl...while Kierstyn's an "appreciate the simple things", jeans, pink sweatshirts, Navy loving, sexy sports car driving, coconut rum, impeccable manicure, Broncos kind of girl, who happens to name her cars, cameras, laptops etc. (not kidding.) I began to see with Kierstyn, the biggest differences seemed smaller than usual. Politics, religion, philosophy...nope, didn't matter. There was depth to be found in our similarities, for example: we are both Daddy's girls and giant kids at heart. We are both compassionate and love deeply. We love children and family. We support all art. We are chronic romantics and people people, We put ourselves last when we are needed. We don't support inflated egos and freely admit our own flaws. We dislike PMS, grumpy teens, our men behaving like jerks and tedious editing. We believe in paying it forward and sharing our knowledge. With that said, there are just too many things we have in common to let the uncommon areas get in our way, right? (Our men are TOTAL polar opposites, lol!)

I'm smitten with Kierstyn's growth as a photographer, but honestly, I don't care what she does for a living as long as she is my friend. I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty cool that we can talk shop and support each other's work, but photography is what we do, not who we are. Without her daily texts messages, and her uncanny ability to know I'm having a bad day, I might have had a meltdown while rebuilding my business after moving. Kierstyn was the best curve ball ever thrown my way. I'm so glad I didn't duck! I'm grateful to have her friendship, and I wish her the best kind of success in her business and throughout her life. WHIMSY WEDNESDAYS FOREVER! 

Sooo…we photographers are REALLY bad about getting pro photos taken of ourselves, yet we have websites and biz cards and marketing materials which require us to submit to the opposite side of the lens sometimes. We always make grand plans, but something else always trumps our “loose” appointments with each other. This time however, I had a maternity session on a Sunday and knew I could do Kierstyn’s head shots right afterwards. (Translation: if I did her head shots, she’d be my lighting assistant for the maternity session…WINNING!) It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on the Chesapeake Bay, albeit very cold with the wind chill. I’d recently gotten over the full blown flu, and Kierstyn was on her 2nd round of antibiotics for a bad case of bronchitis! Neither of us had any business frolicking on the beach in the winter temps, but we had to carpe diem! Rather than brave the colder wind directly on the Bay, we made our way beyond the dunes to First Landing State Park, where the nooks and crannies were plentiful. Kierstyn’s daughter Ashley became my lighting girl, and she was awesome…until her fingers got numb:) Let’s just say we started to work at a Nascar pace, and our big “vision” for a gallery of greatness was modified as the wind turned Kierstyn’s skin blue and made her bronchitis sound like pneumonia! I’m all…”one more shot, I promise”, in my most convincing but non-trustworthy voice:) Luckily, Kierstyn knows exactly what I know, which is that the last impulse shots are usually the very best shots! Ok not always, but we can go with that right? There are so many more great shots from her session, and I WILL get them edited…I swear! Until then, isn’t my quirky, beautiful friend gorgeous? P.S.-if you want to know which one is my favorite, here’s a little hint: I LOVE dead weeds!

AngelDibbsPhotographyLogoBlack copyAngelDibbsPhotographyLogoBlack copy

Photographer:  Angel Dibbs of Angel Dibbs Photographer (www.angeldibbsphotographer.com)

Makeup: Kierstyn Peterson

Hair:  Glow Salon

Lighting Assist: Ashley Peterson Location: First Landing State Park

KierstynPeterson_098Headshots copyKierstynPeterson_098Headshots copy KierstynPeterson_160Headshots-Edit1KierstynPeterson_160Headshots-Edit1 KierstynPeterson_177Headshots copyKierstynPeterson_177Headshots copy PetK-HS-20150126-1-027 copyPetK-HS-20150126-1-027 copy PetK-HS-20150126-1-062PetK-HS-20150126-1-062 PetK-HS-20150126-1-121PetK-HS-20150126-1-121 PetK-HS-20150126-1-125PetK-HS-20150126-1-125 PetK-HS-20150126-1-131-2-2PetK-HS-20150126-1-131-2-2 PetK-HS-20150126-1-202 copyPetK-HS-20150126-1-202 copy PetK-HS-20150126-1-205PetK-HS-20150126-1-205

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Angel Dibbs Photographer Blessings Bonding Over Photography Curve Balls Friendship Hampton Roads Photographer Headshots Kierstyn Peterson Photography Life Moments Photographers Headshots Tidewater Tidewater Photographer Virginia Beach Photographer www.angeldibbsphotographer.com www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography wwww.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/2/my-headshots---guest-blog Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:08:31 GMT
Why Photography Chose Me? https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/1/why-photography-chose-me I thought it might be time for me to get a little personal and tell you a little about me.  Well in a manner of speaking anyway.  I wanted to tell you what lead me to start my own business in photography.  When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with taking pictures.  I must've spent more money on film for my little 110 camera then I did on much of anything else.  I was obsessed with my mom's 35mm cameras.  Always snapping away whenever I could.  I have countless boxes of pictures in my house of photos I took of friends, loved ones, pets, school events, pranks, trips, etc. from my childhood.  I feel so blessed to have those pictures.  Pictures of my loved ones that are now gone or how about that time my cousin Lisa and I dressed up her brother Sam up in my cutest skirt and heels with the best makeup job that only two 10 year old girls could give (clearly we must've been blackmailing the poor kid with some minor infraction). Those pictures tell so much of my story and yet were just the scratching of the surface of the itch I was getting for photography.  

When I joined the Navy I was obsessed at boot camp graduation about getting pictures of everyone I had been there with.  I am almost positive I have a personal picture of every girl that I went to boot camp with and my company commanders.  When I got to my first duty station, I ended up being stationed close to my best boot camp friend.  I remember setting up a makeshift studio in the barracks and taking boudoir photos of her for her to send her deployed boyfriend at the time.  Who knew that moment would end up being so telling so many years later.  

When I met the man I would later marry and had our children my obsession with picture taking only got worse (and remember this was long before phones with cameras).  My children will tell you that they have always felt like they are being hounded by paparazzi when they are in my presence.  I was always capturing every moment that I could with them. Trying to cherish it and see life through my lens.  

Then about 5 years ago, my world was rocked by some pretty horrible personal circumstances.  My marriage was failing, my kids were struggling and me?  Well I was a hot mess and that was putting it mildly.  That's when I turned to my camera.  We couldn't afford professional pictures but I wanted so badly to provide them for my family and friends, so I took my kids out to the beach and started snapping away.  When I got home and downloaded the pics I was shocked to see just how well they had turned out.  I was so excited to share them with everyone.  Then a friend of mine saw them and wanted me to take pictures of her boys.  So we headed down to the Outer Banks of NC.  I looked to the right and told my friend to turn down this random road.  The road led us to a bay area that was secluded, the water was warm and there was this little area that was stunning.  So I played with posing of her children and ended up with some really amazing images of not just her children but of my own.  Then we spent the day playing in the water and I captured candid after candid of the kids playing on a day where they only have memories of the fun they had and not the photography that started the day.  My family was healing and my tide was turning.

That was the moment that photography truly chose me.  Friends started asking me to photograph their families, their children...their moments.  I was hooked and addicted and wanted to do more and more and more.  I wasn't charging.  I was just enjoying it.  I love living in people's moments and experiencing their lives through my lens.  After a trip to San Diego on which I had photographed one of my dearest friends with her children, she said to me, "Kierstyn why don't you do this for a living?  Why don't you open your own business?"  and that was it.  That was the start of something crazy and great.  I had no idea the work that was ahead of me.  I figured, nice camera and a good eye was all I would need.  I quickly found out that wasn't all I needed.  

I need a business license, knowledge, network, marketing, business skills, etc.  So I met with some established photographers, took some classes, took some workshops, studied online information, watched youtube videos until I went cross-eyed.  Bought a better camera...oh and then I bought an even better camera and even more gear than I would've ever thought I would need.  I thought my work was so good.  I was wrong.  I was learning to be good.  I'm still learning to be good.  I was (am still am) in love and it didn't matter what it was going to take to get me there.  I was willing to put in the work.  I have carried other photographers gear and just watched them work (heck I still love doing that), I worked hard, I am and was a sponge for any tidbit of knowledge others wanted to share with me.  

I have heard things like "You'll never make it in this industry", "You suck" and so many other discouraging words.  On the other hand, I have heard "You've got a great eye", "You are doing everything you need to do to get to where you need to go" and my favorite "Keep up the good work".    What I learned was there so important for not just photography but for all walks of life.  There will always be people that want you to fail or want to discourage you because every person holding a camera is competition in their eyes.  There will also always be people to encourage your dreams and goals and paint a beautiful picture of wonderful for you.  The one's you need to look for and embrace are the one's who give it to you straight.  My mentors and good friends in this business are the one's who don't pull any punches with me.  They are honest when I suck but they are also the ones who tell me how to get better.  Who help me get to where I want to get to. I am blessed to have met some WONDERFUL, AMAZING people in this industry that I call friends and framily.  Those are my keepers and I will always be determined to pay it forward because in all honesty there just isn't any paying it back.  The debt is just to deep.

So my pay it forward is to help new photographers out there learn the things I know, to constantly learn new things and better myself, to forge friendships with my fellow photographers, to be a woman of my word and to keep letting photography choose me, again and again and again.

I would like to share some pictures from when I first started and a few that are most recent.  It feels so good to be able to see my growth.  XOXO

 

These first three are from that session on the beach that I took of my kids because I couldn't afford professional pictures but wanted to have photos for my family and friends.

207336_1013918951171_3209_n207336_1013918951171_3209_n 207992_1013918991172_4204_n207992_1013918991172_4204_n 207280_1013919031173_5227_n207280_1013919031173_5227_n

Here are some from that session in Outer Banks, NC

40171_1590056674254_4385751_n40171_1590056674254_4385751_n 39680_1590057434273_6162262_n39680_1590057434273_6162262_n 41189_1590057314270_4629690_n41189_1590057314270_4629690_n 41069_1590056394247_454227_n41069_1590056394247_454227_n

These next two are from my very first family session which was for a dear friend of mine that encouraged me to start my business.  These were the best of the 50 shots I kept.  The rest were overly edited, out of focus and just plain not good.  Looking back I just didn't realize how much I still needed to learn. 

405781_3271631672578_1072854370_n405781_3271631672578_1072854370_n 429673_3271492909109_854201271_n429673_3271492909109_854201271_n

These are from a recent shoot with my daughter and a family session of a dear friend of mine.  I still have so much to learn but the progress is amazing!

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Blessings Constantly growing Family Photography Hampton Roads Photographer How Photography Chose Me? I Love Photography Kierstyn Peterson Photography Maternity Photography Photography is personal Virginia Beach Photographer Wedding Photography Why I became a photographer? www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2015/1/why-photography-chose-me Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:00:00 GMT
Kaleb Graduates https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2014/12/kaleb-graduates So this blog is entirely overdue and completely personal!  I fell short as a mom on this one.  Our oldest son graduated in June of this year.  I haven't posted a single picture of that day since and here's why.  We had a ton of family come in that week from out of town.  Our Peterson family had never been to our home so, as I am sure you can imagine, I was in a frenzy to try to make things perfect (boy was that a flop).  As everyone was leaving town, I was busy shooting sessions and weddings and craziness.  I lost track of the CF Card that his graduation pictures were on.  I couldn't find it anywhere and I was completely freaked out that I had lost it and I was convinced it had fallen out of my camera bag at a wedding I had done at Founders Inn.  I called Founders and nobody had turned it in.  It had been in the back of my mind for months and occasionally I would stop and look for it and when I couldn't find it I would get mad at myself.  I finally determined I had lost it somewhere in the course of the craziness.  Then a couple weeks ago I was shooting a wedding at Founder's Inn and low and behold I FOUND it!  It was tucked deep down in a side pocket of my camera bag.  I am positive I had checked there numerous times.  I don't know how it came to be there and frankly I'm just so thankful it showed up that I don't care how it got there.

This boy of mine...my sweet, crazy, dances to the beat of his own wonky drum son of mine.  He graduated high school!  What a huge accomplishment for a boy who has had many struggles over the years.  He gave us small and big heart attacks over the course of his short life and I'm almost positive most of my grey hairs (that you will NEVER see unless you are my hairdresser) are from this crazy kid.  However, this man child has grown up to show us that he almost always has the best of intentions, the sweetest heart and a great sense of humor - not to mention he's incredibly intelligent.   

Before Kaleb was born I was told that the likelihood of having children wasn't good.  As a matter of fact, I was told it was close to impossible.  Having grown up with such a love of children and a deep desire to be a mom that devastated me.  Then he came along and quite honestly he is my angel and my miracle.  He's not perfect but he's perfectly ours.  He taught us how to love, how to be parents and we grew up with him.  

Watching him cross that stage in June and receive his high school diploma was one of my very proudest moments.  The moments since then have been rocky for him but he's finding his footing the best way he can.  He has moved to Colorado, is working in the construction field and is figuring out life is expensive, hard and that things don't happen unless you make them happen.  He's cut off a part of a finger, he's struggled with money and he's learned that making friends outside of school is hard.  But every day he does the best that he can and he's trying hard to grow up to be his best self.  

Kaleb we are very proud of the man you are becoming and the steps you are taking to be a better you.  Keep up the good work son.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with his cousin Niki since she didn't go to the ceremony

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Silly faces and selfies with your big brother is what you do when he's graduating and having his big moment right?  (yup they're mine)

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb's big moment!

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with his Peterson's grandparents (Eric's parents) who came all of the way from Kansas (and quite frankly rarely travel)

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with his Nana (my mom) who flew in the night before from Colorado

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with his Aunt Tierney (my sister) who drove in from Colorado with her two kids a few days early to help me get ready for the influx of family.  Her husband came the day after Kaleb graduated and was there to celebrate with us.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Kaleb with his Aunt Linda and Aunt Sherrie (Eric's sisters) who came all of the way from Kansas to see this moment.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with our close friends Lisa and Scott who have been there with Kaleb through every milestone in the last 10 years.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

and here is a rare moment you will find of me and my husband in front of the camera with our graduate.

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaleb with his baby sister and one of his closest friends (even if at times they won't admit it)

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

The Whole Family

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

The Graduate

KIKI'S PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

]]>
(Kierstyn Peterson Photography) Class of 2014 Graduation He Did It! Kierstyn Peterson Photography Let's get personal Proud Parents Salem High School Salem High School Class of 2014 www.facebook.com/kierstynpetersonphotography www.kierstynpetersonphotography.com https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2014/12/kaleb-graduates Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:38:07 GMT
The Willer Family https://kierstynpetersonphotography.com/blog/2014/11/the-willer-family

The Willer Family came to me in a unique way.  Krista had hired a photographer and headed out for her family shoot with her husband, two little ones and her sweet Rottweiler during a cold day in late October.  The problem was the photographer didn't show.  She had lost all faith in photographers.  I offered her my services to make up for the experience she had already been through.  We scheduled another day for the same location, I had her sign the contract and we all headed out for the shoot.  

Upon arriving out to the location I immediately noticed how sweet her family is.  Her family is truly precious.  We had a great little session out at Oak Grove Park with Krista, her husband Jared, her precocious and busy daughter Collins (along with her plushie little friend Hoo Hoo), her sweet baby boy Brayden and their biggest baby Duchess!  They even went so far as to invite some friends along to help with the kiddos so we could get the shots they wanted.  We had a fun little session even taking a break to play at the playground so little miss could have a good experience with a photographer.

The best part was when it was all over she told me it was the best family photos she has ever had and that I had restored her faith in photographers.  To me that makes all of the difference.  I want all my clients to know I am there for them and to give them a good and positive experience.  I make mistakes and I have mos