Sweet and sassy Paige was just about to turn one when we met for their family session on this warm sunny evening. She had her own idea of how the session was going to go, so I mostly let her lead the way 🙂 Chase is an amazing big brother, so gentle and patient. It was really special to watch them together, and play with Mom & Dad too. So much love and joy! It’s what these sessions are all about! 🙂

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So much love for you guys!! xoxo, Kristen


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  • AnonymousMarch 20, 2017 - 9:04 am

    love these family pics!!!

One of my favorite things about what I do (aside from working with awesome people and documenting the happiest times of their lives, obvi), is traveling to incredible new places that I might not have otherwise gone. Take Chico, California, for example. I would probably never have ventured several hours into this sweet small college town Northern California if I didn’t have a reason to. But this is where Anna and Matthew lived, and where they spent the foundational years of their relationship. Plus, Bidwell Park is purely magical and gorgeous. I brought a friend along for the drive, and we made a road trip out of it. We met up with Anna and Matthew (and their pup too!), and they were just as bubbly and excited as we were. After driving all that way, it felt great to stroll around Chico’s campus, and along the winding trails through the trees. I may have taken a feeeeew too many photos, whoops! They were amazing subjects, even though it was super hot outside. But not to worry… there’s a little place in the park to dip your feet in! 😉

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Anna and Matthew, thank you for being so amazing and fun to work with! Can’t wait for the wedding!! xoxo, Kristen


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The Vandermaas Family  ::  an In-Home Lifestyle Session

You know how some projects at work just really stick out in your mind, and make you feel really good inside, and like you’re doing something you’re really meant to do? Yeah. This project, and this piece of it in particular, feels that way to me.

I spent a couple years documenting Aletha of True Home Restorations and her family as they renovated their mid-century modern home. You can read more about the project here. It has been published by several magazines and blogs, and recently in a book as well. While I LOVE the images of her amazing home, it’s the life that happens in that home that really means something to me. We planned a mini lifestyle shoot to give their collection of images a well-rounded, editorial feel. These ended up being my favorites of the entire project. It was actually the first time I’d ever shot an in-home lifestyle session this way, and it really opened me up to something. I didn’t ask them to look at my camera and smile – I let them do whatever they do daily, and I photographed it, capturing what their actual lives feel like. Aletha and I giggled through the beginning as she folded laundry like a 50’s housewife, and made pretty little mojitos in the kitchen. It felt really silly, but we did it for the book. It was hilarious. But then! Her son Eames joined us, and it all started to feel like real life. This is where I feel like the session really started, and we all relaxed into it and let it be what it was.

THIS is meaningful to me. As I jump back into working after maternity leave, this is what I want for my business and my life. More meaning, more intention, more realness. The good stuff.

Do you agree? Want to capture moments like this? Shoot me a note today, and let’s chat about it! I would LOVE to photograph your family, just as you are, right now at this stage in your lives. These moments are so fleeting, and if you have little ones… you know they’re only this little for a little while. Let’s do it.  xoxo, Kristen

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Aletha, Greg, and Eames – thank you for inviting me into your lives for an afternoon! Next time I’m in town, let’s do it again 🙂 xoxo, Kristen


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  • AlethaFebruary 28, 2017 - 3:33 pm

    These photos are some of my all-time favorite. Your idea to document the house was priceless to me – I know I’m doing what I love today because of your hard work and extra effort.

    I was actually JUST thinking about that car ride home from the airport when you got out of my VW in traffic and helped that mama duck and her babies cross the road. ??And you know I’m always up for a follow-up session – especially since adding Adler to the mix. Thank YOU!! 

Congratulations to Samantha and Matt, married recently at the Mission Santa Clara! They had an absolutely gorgeous day on the campus of Santa Clara University, one of my favorite venues in the Bay Area. With unbelievable florals by Erica Rose, and beautiful decor and coordination by They So Loved, it was stunning, to say the least! After dinner, toasts, and cake, they danced all night at the Adobe Lodge.

I’m in love with this color palette, so refreshing and fun! Inspired by Lilly Pulitzer design, it is perfect for a summer wedding. And come on, those flower girls in their gold dresses? Ridiculous. So adorable.

Congrats again, you two!! You are amazing. Radiant, and effervescent. And your day? Positively stunning. 🙂

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Congratulations again, you two!!  xoxo, Kristen and Kelly

Want to see more? Head on over to They So Loved’s blog post for a recap and detailed vendor list!


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