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owen | one year

i met owen a few months ago. and he quickly made his way to my list of favorite babies to photograph. he is the happiest little boy ever.

i met up with them for one year photos a few weeks ago and couldn’t do much other than laugh and giggle during our session because he is SO cute.

first we went outside to make a little something for DAD! for father’s day (yes… that’s HOW behind i am on blogging)owen5owen526-copyowen505-copy

megan told me a few weeks ago that owen was crawling up the entire flight of stairs in their home. we let him have a go at it.owen502-copy

when he got to the top, he started couting how many steps he had climbed. and then laughed histerically at himself for a few seconds.owen507-copy

and what are one year portaits without a cake?! mmmowen551-copyowen555-copyowen554-copy

and my absolute favorite. despite it being out of focus. because as i was taking this shot, owen decided he wanted to help me take the photo. it’s been about three weeks since the session, and i still have some green frosting on the lens. this makes me happy.owen556-copy

Megan – thanks for having me out again! he is such a cutie! every time i need a smile i just think of his little fake laugh – and i’m happy again. I can’t wait to watch him grow this year!!chriselda-photography

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July. 14. 2009 - 2:45 pm

Megan - Chriselda! Thanks so much again!! I’m sorry about the green frosting on your lens :\ You’re the best!!

July. 15. 2009 - 4:05 pm

andie - awww he is sooo adorable!!!!

July. 17. 2009 - 3:07 am

ohana photographers - aw the cake shots! nuff said.

July. 18. 2009 - 5:35 pm

Pop Pop - You know, the cool thing about my grandson is that he is ALWAYS in a good mood and always ready to laugh! He gives us all so much joy! To figure out what makes him such a happy baby, you have to watch his parents and see how fun and wonderful they are. I’m so glad my kids found you Chriselda. Your photography is the best in Amarillo!

July. 21. 2009 - 3:54 am

libby - you are the best Chriselda! Can’t wait to get together for Noah’s one year pictures!

Jake and Maci | the engagement

Two years ago i met Jake and Maci

Two years ago Maci told me that i wasn’t allowed to retire from photography until i photographed her wedding.

One year ago, i asked them to model for me in a “couples session” that i wanted to do strictly for fun

Six months ago, Jake told me he was going to propose to Maci

Four months ago, he asked me to photograph the proposal


in two months they join their lives

after many years and memories609richie000-copy609richie024-copy609richie011-copy609richie058-copy609richie063-copy609richie072-copy

they are part time super heroes ๐Ÿ™‚609richie035-copy

and full time sexies!!!609richie082-copy609richie103-copy

you both…. have made me the happiest photographer in the world. thank you oh so much for being my friend. for going to lunch with me over the course of the last two years. for loving on laken. for meeting us for ice cream. for modeling. for making me laugh. for texting. and emailing. and commenting. for the CAKE and COOKIES. and sweet thank you notes. for asking me to help with the proposal. and to be a part of it. to be a witness. to be your friend. to put down the camera and just be there with you. i cannot express how much you both mean to me. how much i believe in your love for one another. how much i admire the two of you. how thankful i am that God brought our lives together. i am truly blessed by your families. and your lives. thank you to the MOON and back. thank you. thank you. thank you.chriselda-photography

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July. 13. 2009 - 4:23 pm

Maci - These are great! Thank you for all your hard work and SWEET words!!! I am so thankful for our friendship! You’re an amazing woman and I am so blessed to know you! Can’t wait til the big day! Love you to the moon (and back!!!)
Hope you have a great day!

Jacob and Tandi | engagement

in the six hours that i have spent in the presence of Jacob and Tandi, i have gained about 40lbs. because on day one… we had cream cheese brownies. day two brought big yummy cheeseburgers, banana splits, and home-made chocolate cookies! i cannot tell a lie.

anyhow, i made a trip out to their hometown to do their engagement session a couple of weeks ago. let me please tell you, that i BARELY did this town any justice because it is soooooo soooo pretty there.

now – i’ll show you the photos:


Rankin2Rankin3GAH!!!!! favorite!Rankin4Rankin5tandi: i adore your face!Rankin6Jacob – whom i “lovingly” refer to as Jared… ok maybe it is by accident… was not very happy about this spot. because there was a skunk nearby and he wasn’t fond of the idea of being sprayed.Rankin7this shot was Jacob’s (and you should too!)Rankin9rankin100-copyJacob and Tandi: i think the world of the two of you! i am sooo glad i got to spend the afternoon with you – even though you force fed me ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰

thank you for entrusting me with your story, your love, and your memories! i can’t wait for october!siggy-copy6

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June. 1. 2009 - 5:09 pm

Amanda - I look forward to when you update. Your photos always make me smile. These are so beautiful.

June. 8. 2009 - 6:36 am

libby - The best engagement session i’ve ever seen you do! LOVE every picture!

August. 20. 2010 - 11:52 am

Rosa - I cant wait till mine!! You know I spend my time at work just looking at your photos. I need to get some things done but Im addicted!!

Cassidy | Class of 2009

about a month ago, i saw Cassidy at my favorite sushi restaurant here in town. She had the cutest boots on … ever. and as i sat there, i thought, “i HAVE to photograph her!!”

i left the restaurant, and then decided to go back inside to talk to her. (let’s pretend this isn’t creepy at all) anyhow, long story short, Cassidy had already sent me an email asking me to take her senior photos. so it all worked out. but that’s our little story. and i am amused by it.

at any rate, i met cassidy again a few weeks ago for her senior portraits. She’ll be graduating high school tomorrow! here are a few of the favorites from our session!cassidy007cassidy011cassidy027cassidy031cassidy078and let me just tell you that this photo took SO much work from us. well… HER. i made her flip her head so many times to see if we could catch a breeze and nothing! but then…. we got it. and i love it.cassidy079cassidy: you are ridiculously beautiful and have the warmest personality! i’m so glad i met you and got to share this special time with you! you are such a delight and i know you have a bright future within your reach. congratulations!!!ย  ((hug))


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May. 29. 2009 - 3:05 pm

Twyla - Ohhhh I love her! We go to church together! She’s a sweet and yes..beautiful girl.

Ethan | class of 2009

a few weeks ago, i sat across from ethan before our session started. Ethan asked me if i did photography full time. when i said yes, he said “wow! you live by your heart”

and at that point, i knew that i was about to photograph someone rather exceptional.ย  i’m going to go ahead and say this: he is, hands down – without doubt, the most remarkable senior i photographed this year. and because he had such a passion. i can’t put my finger on it. but he just spills over with it. just a passion in general.

i can’t boast enough about this graduate. and even today, i met his dad and told him how highly i thought of ethan and he said “we’re very lucky to have such a great son”

and now that i’ve gone all mooshy… here are some photos from our session.cethan050cethan027Ethan does slam poetry. i’ve never heard of it before. until he did it for me. and well… it was moving. a lot of thought. a lot of heart. a lot of spirit. in this young man.cethan025ugh. i love everything about this photo.cethan045cethan050cethan055ethan. gosh, i don’t even know what to say or how to say it. but you are really one of a kind and i am proud of you for being the man that you are and know that you have such an amazing future and life in front of you. you’d better keep your promise to come to me any time you need a photographer because i am going to remain a FAN of your mind and heart! thank you for giving me the opporunity to meet you, smile, laugh and enjoy my life for the afternoon!Chriselda

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May. 28. 2009 - 3:14 am

Amber Nichole - dude. these are wonderful. he reminds me so much of orlando bloom it is kinda creeping me out. :o) you are wonderful, i bet you are a blast to work with. and you can tell by your art that you are "living by your heart". xo me

May. 28. 2009 - 3:20 am

Chriselda - omg! he DOES look like orlando bloom! ruh roh!
and amber… i love YOUR heart.

May. 28. 2009 - 4:10 am

Nichole Frank - PS – He is delightful to look at. ๐Ÿ™‚

May. 28. 2009 - 12:59 pm

andie - oh i love what he said! does he know he looks lie orlando bloom in pirates???

May. 28. 2009 - 5:37 pm

Kristi - There is NO WAY this hottie is just a senior in HS!!! Great photos!

May. 31. 2009 - 8:01 pm

Leah - Ummm…