Joy. It's one of my favorite words to describe something that is well... joyful. Happy. Full. All that is good. A favorite feeling. Joy is what I feel when I look at these images. It's what I feel when I think about how lucky I am to meet families like this. I don't think you can fake joy. It comes from inside and bubbles out. And it is my privilege to witness it and photograph it. Thank you Nora and Libby (and your parents!) for giving me that opportunity. So to those of you reading this, I encourage you to go out and find or create or appreciate some joy today. :)

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Two beautiful sisters. A beautiful day. My privilege to capture all that beauty. Thank you Julia and Claire for being a part of one of my favorite days this fall. :)

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This was a fantastic day. I remember driving out of the Afton Apple Orchard parking lot thinking "this was a really good day". I had two super fun sessions that day (the other, with two adorable girls, I'll post later this week). I got to spend the afternoon with an amazing mom and her amazing son. It was mid-October and the weather was beautiful. And I had an apple doughnut for the morning! So many I could share from this session. I'm so lucky to be their photographer... and friend. :)

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Christine M. says:

These are gorgeous Krysten - I've linked you on my blog today (Sunday) and shared one of your images..hope this is ok. I promise to get my order in this week :))

(11.21.10 @ 09:15 PM)
krysten says:

Hi Christine - thank you! Of course, you're always welcome to post images on your blog - thank you so much for the mention (and link back here)! :)

(11.22.10 @ 06:58 AM)
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This was such a fun session. Plus, when it's your sister you can say things like "we need to wait like another 10 minutes for the sun to be just right" or "just move that way a little, no that way, no back that way, and wait again for the sun". And they would wait. And they would move. And move again. And I didn't have to feel bad. And we got the shot. :)

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Julie Swedberg says:

These pictures are great! Love the first one!

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Happy (belated) Halloween! Last night my niece dressed as the cutest tin man ever. And my sister as the Wicked Witch. I have photos that I'm excited to share of them very soon... in their non-Oz clothing. :)

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