January 31, 2010
I'm finally giving these the attention they deserve.  I love the canvas prints.  They really are like a piece of art in your home.  They come ready to hang (so no time and expense of finding frames).  They are easy to hang.  And they are just plain cool.  If you're thinking about a canvas print, and think it would be helpful to see one in person, feel free to ask me to bring one of the samples along to your next session.  In case you're wondering, the canvases below are 20x20 and 20x30.

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Here are some family images that I don't think I've shared yet for various reasons (some I held onto so holiday cards remained a surprise).  As I look through this collection of family images it makes my heart smile.  It's the connection.  I recently stumbled upon a show talking about happiness and what makes us happy.  I guess it shouldn't have been a surprise that it's the connections we have with others.  Being a photographer not only allows me to be witness to such moments of happiness and love, but I get to freeze those moments and give them back to hopefully be treasured for a really long time.  Pretty awesome.  When I find myself frustrated and doubting myself, it's the feeling I get when I see images like these that pulls me back.  

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My first session of the year with some of my favorite clients.  It had been about a year since I had last photographed Vincent and now he has a new baby brother.  Nicholas was nearly a month old and was perfect.  Really perfect.  I couldn't believe how well he slept (I'm usually not so lucky).  And when he was awake he pretty much would just hang out.  There was very little crying and only one feeding.  Plus, when either of those things were happening, I had Vincent to entertain me. :)  Vincent is such a happy little guy.  I look forward to seeing these brothers grow!

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After a recent move (which involved leaving behind her bunk beds - a good decision), my 9-year-old niece, Jocelin, was in need of a room makeover. How could I resist all the things I love... Jocelin, planning a surprise, choosing bedding, picking out art for the walls, perfecting all the little details, and just overall creating a space for a kid that feels comfortable and cute. I told my sister I wanted to help and asked her if I could re-do Jocelin's room. She said sure, and that was all I needed to hear to start (somewhat obsessively) planning and shopping. I had so much fun and was so excited knowing this would be a complete surprise. Then last weekend, with the help of an awesome friend, the makeover took place. So while Jocelin was away we cleaned and assembled furniture and decorated the walls and... 6 hours later, exhausted, the room was complete. I wasn't there for the "big reveal", but I got a phone call from one very excited, surprised, 9-year old girl when she got home. She said she felt like a princess. Yay! She should feel like a princess. :)

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I spent hours and hours and hours on etsy.com (I'm officially addicted) looking for art. It really is an awesome place to find such cute, unique, affordable, fun art. I'm excited to share some of the fun things I found. I'll do another etsy-specific post soon with more of my "favorite sellers", but I'll start here with a couple artists I used for Jocelin's room...

Falldowntree - if I had baby's room (or younger kid's room) to decorate I would definitely be doing more shopping here!  Check out the "Bird Band" print.  Could it be any cuter!?  Seriously. I love his stuff! I'm keeping his prints in mind for future kid/baby gifts.

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Annamay says:

Krysten, this is wonderful! Will you re-do my house, too? It just gave me chills to see the transformation.

(01.14.10 @ 10:52 PM)
Nancy says:

You did a wonderful job of transforming this room into a place any girl would love to call her own.

(07.02.10 @ 01:12 AM)
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What a treat to photograph these three (not to mention a set of twins - you know how I love twins!).  And how cute that they brought their instruments.  Allison plays piano so her instrument couldn't quite fit in the car - so her talent for the day was being cute.  Accomplished.  Oh, and if you can't tell, I think they might be Pittsburgh Steelers fans. ;)

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Maureen says:

These may be some of my favorites from you Krysten. And they aren't even my kids! Those ties...fantastic!

(01.12.10 @ 09:01 AM)
krysten16 says:

thanks Maureen! :)

(01.12.10 @ 08:47 PM)
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