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Jacob and Tandi | Married

Jacob and Tandi were my last wedding of 2009

i can’t think of a better way to end my year, than with this couple.

after seeing her engagement photos,

tandi sent me an email saying

“these photos made me fall in love with jacob all over again”

their wedding was one of the most unique and personal weddings i have had the privilege of photographing

every detail was carefully executed

and the laughter filled her parent’s house as they all prepared for the ceremony

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tandi… you are beautiful

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tandi, her sisters, and her mother all broke out in song minutes before she walked down the aisle.

Fletcher079 copyWedding coordination and floral arrangements were brilliantly done by Parie of The Secret Garden Fine Flowers

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Fletcher095 copyFletcher092 copyFletcher348 copyFletcher339 copya sweet moment during their toasts. Fletcher367 copyFletcher378 copyJacob and Tandi … the way your entire family embraced us as a part of your wedding day was so heartwarming. i truly enjoyed being along for the journey and know you both have an endless potential together! thank you for allowing me the great honor of being your wedding photographer. but more importantly for allowing me to witness the tender ways that you love each other and express happiness alongside each other. i’m forever touched by your gracious and loving spirits.

enjoy your slideshow

Siggie

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January. 3. 2010 - 12:00 am

Kristi S - They are gorgeous, I love all the details you captured for them.

PS Guess what? I just bought my first SLR ( Nikon d5000) and I am so excited! I am looking at different lenses now and was wondering what you use most on your shoots? I would like a prime lens of some kind but I am surveying my favorite photogs first ๐Ÿ˜‰

January. 6. 2010 - 12:02 am

ashley rodgers - LOVE that clothesline dress shot!! ๐Ÿ˜€

2009 | A Year in Review

well, well, well…

2009 has come to a close

it has been an AMAZING journey this year

the beginning of 2009 is COMPLETELY different from what it is now

every year, i total up the sessions from the year.

here is the tally for this year’s sessions:

16 maternity sessions, 17 babies, 43 children, 52 families

18 weddings, 31 engagements, 7 bridal sessions

6 boudoir sessions, 11 headshot sessions, 35 Graduates!!!

4 commercial shoots

11 plays

1 MMA Fight

4 Birthday Parties

1 Fundraising Event

1 50th Anniversary

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that translates roughly to

that’s 222 sessions!!!!! 18 weddings, 1 MMA event, 4 parties, 1 event, and one anniversary

wow!!! that’s a lot of photography!!!!!
it’s no wonder that life has been such whirlwind!
sometimes things became overwhelming and i spent a lot of time in a bipolar ebb and flow

 

close family illnesses brought my family to its knees and we decided to re-evaluate our priorities
and in case we had forgotten what we had set our mind and hearts to do….
several months later, we experienced more shocking and FRIGHTFUL situations

 

that isn’t to say that we didn’t spend much time in laughter
that despite ourย  losses, that we didn’t find great joy in our blessings
it isn’t to say that we didn’t have a great year

 

we simply had a year that made us put some thought into our everyday lives

 

a couple of years ago, Ali Edwards, a scrapbook goddess
asked us to choose one word that we would use as a reminder everyday throughout the year
keeping us centered

 

i have done this challenge for two years.
the first year being “life” and this year’s word was “faith”

 

for 2010… my word is

 

“FOCUS”

 

whether that means i’m focusing on my work
deadlines. goals. workflow.

 

or…

 

life. love. laughter. hugs. moments. memories
because those are all fleeting.

 

2010 is my year of FOCUS

 

i hope you all have a WONDERFUL New Year’s Eve!!!
right now, laken and i are out of town decompressing from the holidays
from the hustle
from the sounds
and just enjoying quality time in each other’s company
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December. 31. 2009 - 10:49 am

Kristi S - Wow girl, I know you’ve been busy and I have enjoyed looking at all the sessions but 222….wow!!!! Keep up the wonderful work and I wish you continued success in years to come ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy New Year!

December. 31. 2009 - 4:21 pm

Danielle - i wish you much happiness & success in 2010, hon! have a happy new year!

January. 1. 2010 - 2:24 am

Libby - WOW! amazing! you have been a busy busy woman! well i knew that already but 222! you’re awesome!

I love that picture of you and Laken! happy new year!

We got your Christmas card in the mail yesterday! thanks so much. we loved it.

January. 1. 2010 - 3:06 pm

Maci Reinbold - Chriselda-
You were such a present person in my 2009! We had some pretty big events happen this past year and you were there to document them. I am so thankful for your work! You are incredible and talented and I love you to the moon. I am so thankful not only for your work, but for our friendship! I hope 2010 has just as many photo worthy events…and if not…bring on the wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am praying for you and Laken and I demand a date sometime soon! Can’t wait to see what your future holds this year! May you be blessed! xoxo

January. 1. 2010 - 3:37 pm

Briana - My gosh! What a year! Someday I hope I can say I’ve had so successful a year. Happy New Year, and may 2010 be wonderful for you.

January. 4. 2010 - 11:46 am

Joette - Thank you for allowing us to be part of your 2009. I know Caitlin will call on you often in years to come to be part of the special moments in her life. This was just the beginning.
Here’s to a blessed year for you and Laken.

Chelsea | portraits

Meet Chelsea!

Chelsea is an actress and dancer

She asked me to take some updated headshots of her

Before she makes a big move to Philadelphia

Chelsea is the kind of person that makes dancing look easy

Her movements are effortless

Her jumps are fluid and beautiful

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SChelsea028 copySChelsea014 copySChelsea003 copySChelsea052 copySChelseaSChelsea068 copySChelsea099 copyabsolutely gorgeous chelsea… SChelsea102 copySChelsea111 copySChelsea116 copychelsea!!! i am soooo sooo thankful to have met you. been on stage with you. shared laughs and memories with you. and watched you perform! you have such an amazing potential and i’m excited to see what the future has in store for you!!!! thank you for asking me to do this for you. i am honored!!!

Chriselda Photography

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December. 28. 2009 - 1:08 pm

amanda - that girl is gorgeous!

Merry Christmas | from our faces to yours!

While on vacation in Dallas,

laken and i met up with Andie Smith

she is an excellent photographer

and i have had the pleasure of knowing her for a whileย  now

she has helped me so much in the way of designs, templates and even comes and shoots with me on occasion!

at any rate, she came out with us for the afternoon and shot a few photos of us

because, as any mom knows, photos of HER with her children are often few and far between

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my personal favorite:

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he’s cute

Chriselda0001andie: i can never thank you enough for giving me these photos of us. it’s not often that i have a photo taken of us because i’m always behind the camera. you have NO idea how thankful i am. how i was reduced to tears when looking at all of them. it was nice to step back for the day and just have our photos taken. to not worry about posing. or editing. or anything!!! i can never thank you enough for giving me an afternoon of memories with my son that i can suspend in time forever. i love you tremendously and am blessed to have you as a friend…. (and snack companion!!!)

Chriselda Photography

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December. 24. 2009 - 11:06 am

Kristi S - These are beautiful of you and L! Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

December. 24. 2009 - 12:49 pm

Danielle - I absolutely love these!!!!!!!!!! they are fabulous!

December. 24. 2009 - 10:23 pm

Andie - you are welcome!!! I’m lucky to call you a friend!!!

December. 24. 2009 - 11:33 pm

Tracy Allyn Croysdale - These are so beautiful! Looks like a great time… and such precious memories!

December. 25. 2009 - 6:58 am

Libby - love these!! merry Christmas! hope you both have a wonderful day!

December. 25. 2009 - 5:29 pm

Robynn - Too sweet! He looks so much like you! Merry Christmas from the Winegeart Family!

December. 26. 2009 - 3:40 pm

Andras - Nice to read such stuff, Andie is a busy bee! I met her at the Alliance airshow and since then my Facebook time quadroopeled ๐Ÿ™‚ very nice shots, take care! Greetz from oversees Holland

December. 27. 2009 - 3:17 pm

Sadie Nutt - I love it!!! Merry Christmas!!!

December. 29. 2009 - 10:56 am

B - These are soooooooooo cute…laken is such a ham and you are a HAWT momma!!! lol cant wait for my session “con mis tesoros”! =D

December. 30. 2009 - 9:43 pm

Courtney Henry - Love the pics! Happy 2010!!!

Mexico | Mexico City

beyond the comfort zone. beyond familiarity. discovering new lands. new existence. new peace of mind. many a tear was shed in Mexico City. a sense of humility. appreciation. reflection.

it may sound flowery. it might sound overly romantic. but i guarantee you that i left there feeling much better about everything. left Mexico City really grasping an understanding of some of the darker areas of life. left Mexico City completely aware of the life being granted to us on a daily basis. in awe of how easily it is to side step. or take the shortcut. rather than go THROUGH.

enamored by the sense of being among my culture. blindly trusting the good nature in man. relying on spirit to guide you. expecting that the river bend just carry you on through.

and Mexico… you did not fail me

no fear. without question. we walked the city. relied on public transportation. befriended souls. left life happen. let life happen. and watched it too.

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common to see people selling papers, fruits, nuts, toys, and gum on the streets.this is their INCOME. it’s not selling something to the tourists. people come out and wash your windshield. for money. and they do this all day. they are on the street selling cheap, useless items… bottled water. trying to make a living. the children do it. it breaks my heart. piece by piece i fall apart in knowing that they don’t know the life we do. yet, all the while, i acknowledge their resilient spirit.MEX0324 copyMEX0422 copy

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09MEX409 copyMEX0364 copy09MEX414 copythe major highlight of the trip was our trip to Xochimilco. my photos could never do it justice. we rented a boat for an hour and just sat there listening to a man paddle us about the river. boats coming up to offer us food, drinks, music, and blankets. its no stretch to say that i felt a complete peace of mind there. so distant from where we were the rest of the trip. delicately enclosed by avocado trees. palm trees. and the perfectly crisp air. and the sound of the water. just swooshing.

MEX0254 copyMEX0242 copyMEX0326 copyour final day of the trip we went to Teotihuacan. i stood at the edge and just bawled. i studied Egyption history when i was younger. to see an actual pyramid in life, was nothing short of majestic. i cannot find the words to accurately describe, explain, or emit what i felt standing there in the sun looking out toward the pyramids. my mind was paralyzed and i lacked the capability to photograph. for that, i will not apologize. i’m happy to have just relished in that moment.

MEX0479 copyour dinner that evening consisted of Consomme, pork skins, and cactus. i’m surprised by the way so many people run businesses in their homes. we ate in a restaurant that required that we walk through someone’s personal kitchen. as we walked through, several of them were sitting at the table laughing and talking. i snapped this on the way out.

MEX0459 copyMEX0435 copyMEX0467 copysurreal. it is so different from my home. from my life here. i am ever so thankful to have the opportunity to go back to Mexico. to have created these memories. i will never forget this trip. nor do i take it lightly. this is the ONE thing that i have done in my life that has had this much value. and worth. eternally at peace. with these moments.

Chriselda Photography

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December. 22. 2009 - 10:36 am

Alicia - Wow you have such a way with words, the way you describe these makes me feel like I was there. Amazing pictures!

December. 22. 2009 - 11:57 am

Erica - Love the pictures! The one of the kitchen table reminds me of my grandmothers…a very important place in a mexican home. Thanks for sharing.

December. 22. 2009 - 12:32 pm

B - wow, you captured it just as it is….a very familiar place to me. Thanks for sharing.

December. 22. 2009 - 8:43 pm

Danielle - beautiful.simply beautiful.

December. 23. 2009 - 8:30 pm

Kristi S - Lovely photos, C. This brought back many memories of my trips to La Ciudad de Mexico! Aren’t the floating gardens and pyramids cool??