Beloved :: Courtney and Zac

Beloved Photography

I am SO excited about this. I’ve always approached my sessions and weddings as a story, and I put the most value on the FEELING of an image. I can pose my couples all day long, but what I’m always looking for is that spark, that moment, that laughter, that… you know, THAT. Recently, I’ve been incorporating a new idea into some of my sessions and even in some weddings if time allowed. I’ve been involved in a training course for what is called Beloved photography. It’s a whole different type of session, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

I create a space for you to open your heart and allow your true self to shine. I invite you to participate in a unique experience between the two of you, and allows me as a photographer and artist to truly SEE you. To see who you are, and who you are together. It encourages you to open communication lines, bring out the best in each other, and it just might strengthen your relationship in the process. Be ready to laugh, love, maybe even cry. It will be touching, surprising, and completely amazing. In the end, you will have beautiful images to look back on, reminding you of these incredibly warm, bonding and renewing moments together.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

It is. Although I’ve been adding bits of Beloved into my sessions for the past year, I’ve now completed my training. This is my first full Beloved Session, and I’m crazy proud of it.

I asked my friends Courtney and Zac to come play with me. Not to be models, but to be themselves. They’ve been married for a year and a half, and were excited to get back in front of the camera as a married couple. They did amazing. They ARE amazing. Funny thing happens with Beloved sessions… you get to know your subjects really well, and see each of them through the other’s eyes.

Seeing someone through the eyes of the person who loves them the most. I can’t even describe how beautiful that is.

Ready? Let’s go…!

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Happy Anniversary, guys. Thanks for playing with me. My heart, so full.  xoxo, Kristen


Courtney is a real estate agent with Keller Williams in San Jose, CA. She helped us find our happy little home. 🙂  Since then, our friendship with her and Zac has helped us feel even more at home here in California. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Bay Area, you can find her here: The Rick Geha Real Estate Team


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  • Amber Harris Brooks via Facebook - Love, love them! Didn’t your heart feel so happy and full at the end of the session?!

  • Ashley Hansen via Facebook - Beautiful work! (As always)

  • Christine Davis via Facebook - love this. you are amazing!

  • Kimberly Maguire Svenson via Facebook - absolutely beautiful – so much love! You are a true master Kristen!

  • Alyssa - What a fun session! Your work is lovely, as always!

  • Shey Detterline via Facebook - gorgeous couple!

  • Corine Bianco Tran via Facebook - Wow, gorgeous session. Love your lighting and the moments captured!

  • Amy Forbes Wells via Facebook - So romantic!