Madison :: willow glen family session

With little Madison’s first birthday on the way, her beautiful mama and I planned a relaxed, stress-free outdoor session at sunset. I always plan for extra time at this age – with babies and toddlers, we run on their schedules, not ours, am I right? 😉 But we didn’t even need it – Madison was an absolute dream! She was totally content, and camera-ready with big smiles and giggles. Such a sweetheart! I love everything about their session, but mostly the warm, joyful feel. So much love here!

san jose family photography

“Kristen was an absolute joy to work with. She is super down to earth, easy going, fun to work with, and beyond talented. She was amazing working with my 10 month old daughter and making my family feel so comfortable which truly reflected in our photos. The moments she captured of my little family are ones I will cherish forever and I hope she continues to do our family photos for years to come!” -Laura


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Katie & Allan :: Just Married at Joseph D. Grant Park

Congratulations to Katie & Allan!! Just married at Joseph D. Grant Park just outside of San Jose. Their day was absolutely beautiful, and Katie, my goodness, stunning! With lush blooming florals, and loads of DIY details and help from friends and family, the atmosphere was warm and full of love and light. I can’t wait to share more of their incredible day with you soon. For today, just a sneak peek ~ so much loveliness!

san jose wedding joseph d grant park


k.holly  |  san francisco bay area wedding and lifestyle photographer  |  willow glen, san jose, CA

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Katie & Allan :: Engaged

Guess who’s getting married tomorrow!!!

Katie and Allan will be saying their I-do’s tomorrow in the eastern hills of San Jose, and it is going to be gorgeous! There are flowers blooming, the hillside is green, and the weather should be absolutely perfect. Their families are arriving, and everyone is getting excited.

We drove up to Mt Hamilton for their engagement session, at the Observatory. We were the only ones there – it was magical. So quiet, and the view, breathtaking.

I can’t wait to head back into the hills tomorrow morning for the wedding. See you soon, K&A!

mt hamilton observatory engagement session


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K.HOLLY – Behind the Brand

Welcome again to the new K. Holly! Today let’s chat about branding.

As a lifestyle photographer, I want my images to speak, not my logo. (Although I’ll be the first to admit, I looooove branding, and would happily change this up every month. But that’s not actually good branding, nor is it a good use of time, is it? The struggle is reeeeeaaaal.) Over the past 10 years, I’ve probably gone through around 5-7 different versions of my logo and brand, usually with a very feminine wedding feel. I knew I wanted to stay minimal and fresh as I transitioned over to a lifestyle brand, so I went back to one of my favorite all-caps logos, and refined it into the clean look it is today.

The colors haven’t changed much – I still love this muted, lived-in palette. It’s semi-feminine, comfortable, and breezy. It also tends to be the colors I find in most in my images – in baby rooms, skin tones, bridal bouquets, succulents, the seaside, and beautiful interiors.

For the website itself, I wanted a clean, straightforward, responsive design that would work intuitively and look great on all devices. I’ve always been a big fan of wordpress and ProPhoto, so that was my first stop. I upgraded to the new ProPhoto 6, and I am blown away by their new platform. It was a learning curve for someone used to their original back-end, but they have tons of videos and articles to help, plus a stellar support team. Not to mention, some amazing starter designs. Building a new site? Use code KCAR1830 for $10 off.

I’m loving my new brand and direction. It makes my heart all happy inside to trust my intuition, follow my inner guides, and do what I love. Thank you for coming along on the journey with me. So let’s chat – what are you working on right now? Anything I can help with? Lifestyle headshots, images for your website, branding, help with wordpress? Speaking of – I actually need some new headshots myself! Fellow Bay Area photographers – help a girl out!

Again, thanks for being here! Check out the new look!


lifestyle photography brand board


All design and branding by K. Holly Photography. Brand inspiration: images 1, 3, 5 by k.holly photography. image 2 by sarah sherman samuel. check out her amazing planter tutorial! image 4 via mansguilt.  


k.holly  |  san francisco bay area commercial lifestyle photographer  |  willow glen, san jose, ca

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  • Nissa Williams - This is beautiful Kristen! Inspiration for me while working on my own brand redesign. I am in the middle of the messy process of refocusing my brand to reflect more of myself, to cater to a more specific audience and to be more true to who I am… but it is hard! Branding comes so easily to me when it is for a client yet is so difficult for me to pin down for myself. This post really resonated with me that all of the hard work will eventually come to fruition and I just need to stay the course! Thanks for sharing! 🙂