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the state i’m in | maybe a more personal note from me

ok. so if i seem detached or forgetful or downright insane…

here is a bit of what’s going on. and this is not a pity party. i’m doing fine. just wanted to explain myself.

they say, “when it rains it pours” well, folks, i’m in the middle of a flash flood!

and while i think *i* have problems, my little brother (17yrs old) is in the hospital right now. he had a tumor behind his kidney that was removed on Tuesday afternoon. it was a large tumor that affected some other organs and sprung up quite quickly and has affected his health drastically in a matter of months. there are tests being run as we speak, but we won’t know anything for sure until next week. whatever the outcome, the doctors are still suggesting chemotherapy because it was so aggressive, this tumor. while there isn’t much i can do, really, i’m still spending time at the hospital when i can to help my parents.

and, while i hate to admit this, i have fallen behind on work for several clients – not purposely but because there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me right now to tackle EVERYTHING. my cell phone battery dies about 10 times a day. i have forgotten several appointments and scrambled to meet deadlines. so i apologize if you are being affected or if you feel that i am absentee. the truth is that i am. everything is just sorta spinning out of control and i’m dizzy and i don’t know what to focus on first.

i know things will get better. and this is not an invitation for “oh i’m soooo sorry” or “you poor thing” type of comments. it’s meant to be more of an explanation. more of an “i hope you understand” sort of note.

i’m not sad or crying. i’m just a wee-bit frantic and spastic and trying to line everything up.

thank you for understanding and for your patience if you are one of my clients. or if you are a friend that has called and i can’t seem to complete a sentence because my mind is elsewhere and you fear that i might be suffering from ADD.

i know it’ll get better. and all i can do until then … is… hang in there.
please hang with me!

 

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February. 26. 2009 - 4:27 pm

Monica Z - I hope everything gets better…

February. 26. 2009 - 9:10 pm

Maci Lou - Hey girl! I know you said this wasn’t open for pity…so I just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and I hope everything works out! I sure do love you and I think your an amazing person! If you need ANYTHING let me know (im a good packer/cleaner/organizer!)

P.S. Love the new website!!!
P.S.S. I’m not on it! haha
jk its fine! LOVE YOU!

February. 27. 2009 - 12:38 pm

kelly s - Hi Chriselda,
You dont me, but I visit your blog and enjoy your photography. Just wanted to let you know that I said a prayer for your brother. Hang in there and hugs from Germany!~Kelly

Owen | 8 Months

prepare to coo at your computer screen for the next few minutes!!! mmmhmmmm. this baby is soooo sooooo cute!  Owen is the happiest baby i have seen in a LONG time. just so sweet and giggly and fun to be around! if it were acceptable for me to bite babies, i would be biting on owen’s cheeks all day long! he’s so cute!

don’t believe me?! think i’m making a fuss? well then… see for yourself:odavis009-copyodavis041-copyodavis060-copy(bite bite bite bite)odavis057-copyfamily pics! yay!odavis066-copyodavis083-copyodavis092-copy

it’s really… such a tough job to be so cute. but pffft! someone has to do it!odavis119-copymegan! thank you for having me out! i read your first email that you sent me and am just really happy to have the opportunity to meet you (and find out how many mutual friends we have!) and photograph your beautiful family! i am so excited to see owen grow!!! thanks again and again!chriselda-photography

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February. 21. 2009 - 4:56 pm

Danielle Holbrook - I think this is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen & I have seen ALOT of babies! Precious!!!

February. 21. 2009 - 7:46 pm

Megan - CHRISELDA! AH! They turned out SO SO great! I totally love them! You did SUCH a fantastic job! Thanks for being so great and fun to work with!

February. 21. 2009 - 10:37 pm

roman - the third pic (black/white) kicks much buttock. that 5d rocks my face off.

February. 21. 2009 - 11:47 pm

Jenna - I think the first shot is my very favorite. I love seeing clean, crisp, colorful happy baby pictures.

Whitney | Bridals

when i walked into Bride’s, i saw Whitney in her dress. a perfectly stunning bride. and my eyes were quickly filled with tears. yes … i cried.

i am very very VERY humbled to be a part of Zack and Whitney’s journey into marriage. So when we photographed Whitney’s bridals, i was so anxious. i knew she was going to be gorgeous. but i really just wasn’t properly prepared.

whitney and zack get married today! and i’m more than thrilled to be there as their friend. as another fan of their relationship, bond, and marriage!whitney011-copywhitney037-copywhitney017-copywhitney048-copywhitney054-copywhitney067-copy

beautifulwhitney076-copyi can’t wait to share their wedding photos with you all!chriselda-photography3

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January. 3. 2009 - 7:04 pm

andie - wow…she is stunning!!!!!

January. 3. 2009 - 8:43 pm

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - deezaaaam criselda!!! how friggin gorgeous is she? talk about feearce!! rocked it again my friend! here’s to kickin 09 in the face!! woo hoo!

January. 3. 2009 - 8:43 pm

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - deezaaaam criselda!!! how friggin gorgeous is she? talk about feearce!! rocked it again my friend! here’s to kickin 09 in the face!! woo hoo!

January. 5. 2009 - 6:06 am

Brandy @ B.Persnickety - Alright, so this bride is completely gorgeous but YOU are seriously talented…..you captured her beauty in a way that can’t be described…..thanks for sharing!!!

January. 11. 2009 - 2:59 am

kaitlin - you captured one of my greatest friends beautifully. i sobbed at the wedding and these pictures just say so much! i can’t wait to see how their wedding photos turn out. Growing up you never realize that all those childhood wedding dreams will come true until you see it yourself and your ability to capture those dreams astounds me!

January. 11. 2009 - 6:33 am

Zachary - Can I get some of that?!?

January. 22. 2009 - 8:31 am

Jenna - These are crisp, clear, and effortless. The 4th one down in particular is just stunning.

February. 8. 2009 - 1:37 am

Danielle Holbrook - I think these are the most beautiful bridal portraits you’ve taken…..

February. 11. 2009 - 12:19 am

nyc - *gasp* the second one, of her in the trees might be one of my favorite bridals Ive come across. lovely!

March. 21. 2009 - 5:20 pm

Libby - I LOVE the last picture of her. WOW

a year in review | 2008

last year, i was working a full time job and doing photography “a la carte”

when i went to dallas last October, i sat at the Chili’s Too in Dallas Love Field Airport and furiously scribbled on a napkin that i was going to go into “full-time” business for myself on Septemer 24, 2008. This would be my birthday gift to myself.

In February, i unexpectedly lost my job. I came home. Was a wee bit stressed. And stared at my computer – blinking slowly and trying to shake myself out of a trance.

then Fred im’ed me – most likely to recommend new music to me – and i said “i lost my job today”

and he said “great! now you can stop making excuses” And i will never forget that. What happened next, i was not prepared for. I saw my business TAKE OFF. i have been shooting just about every day since the middle of march.

I recently went back and tallied up all of my sessions and thought i would share the numbers with you.

in 2008, i have photographed:

147 Sessions, (yes… that is CORRECT, one hundred-forty-seven!!!), 18 Weddings, 3 NILMDTS Cases, 1 Fundraiser, 1 MMA Fight, 10 Plays for the Amarillo Little Theatre

and i traveled 19 times this year! including my trip to Mexico for a wedding!chriselda2008there were certainly times when i thought i was going insane. when i felt extremely overwhelmed. when i thought maybe i just wanted to apply for medical school after all. yet, times when my clients made me completely appreciate my life and career. i have learned many a lesson the HARD way.

but as my dry erase board read for most of this year, “You are blessed to be this stressed”

and i truly was. 2009 is a year of change for me in many aspects. i’m both excited and anxious to see what i can learn this year!  I am excited to be meeting and working with a lot of new clients and to be given the opportunity to work with several returning clients. you are why i keep doing what i do. and i appreciate the warmth, patience, understanding, appreciation, and respect that you have given to me over the course of the last year!

i am thankful  for the opportunity to work with local non profit organizations, for all the friendships i have made with my clients, for the cake and cookies you  have so lovingly sent and shared with me, for the many children that have hugged my neck or kissed my camera lens, for the couples who trusted me and welcomed me into their families and wedding memories, and for my friends who stood by my side and watched me grow, strengthen, stress, crumble, and offered a helping hand on the way up! for other local photographers who have formed a special friendship and bond with me on purpose! and for the photographers in other cities and states who i have worked with and for. and for the adorable little boy that keeps me grounded, motivated, and determined to push up and through. i love you all!

you made my 2008 not only possible, but enjoyable.LakenChristmas

cheers to 2009!chriselda-photography4

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January. 1. 2009 - 11:53 pm

Libby - All I have to say is YOU’RE AWESOME! Thanks for all the memories you have given us and for many more that will come! Happy New YEar!

January. 2. 2009 - 4:09 am

wrecklessgirl - dang you are blessed, sister. great to hear. it is definitely a story that does not match my own, though i’m certainly looking forward to doing some scribbling on a napkin this year. 🙂

January. 2. 2009 - 3:10 pm

islandjen - you are so inspiring Chriselda…it’s been so fun to watch you progress through all of this! you rock chica!!

January. 2. 2009 - 5:19 pm

Monica Z - you are amazing! I miss you already!

January. 3. 2009 - 6:55 pm

Maci Richie - Chriselda! You are truly a blessing! We love you and your gift of photography is unmatchable! Congrats and good luck in the new year! I can’t wait to see you soon! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!
and p.s. my day planner quotes "Your too blessed to be stressed!" Ü

January. 4. 2009 - 4:17 pm

jensmack - I am so PROUD of you! You followed your dreams – you WENT for it and GOT it! Congratulations, girl!

Clay and Amanda | Engagement

A couple of weeks ago, i made my way down to Dallas, TX for engagement photos for Clay and Amanda. We had a great time running around downtown and around Las Colinas. It was the perfect day for photos!jackson026-copyjackson041-copyjackson042-copy

i ::adore:: this photo.jackson071-copy

i believe this is my favorite. but i’m still a bit undecided!!jackson061-copyjackson076-copy1well… yeah. this one is my favorite. can a girl have more than one favorite?jackson083-copyjackson097-copyClay and Amanda: thanks for having me out for the day! i had a great time with both of you and can’t wait to photograph your wedding! chriselda-photography2

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November. 5. 2008 - 3:10 am

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - hot couple and hot pics!!! your favs are flippin bad ace!!!

November. 5. 2008 - 3:10 am

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - hot couple and hot pics!!! your favs are flippin bad ace!!!

November. 5. 2008 - 5:17 pm

Amanda - Love them all!!! Me biting his nose has to be the favorite!!!

December. 15. 2008 - 8:10 pm

Shane - Clay, Amanda and Chriselda

Awesome Pics all 141 are great. Wow! Congrats on the Engagement and looking foward to the wedding. Wow!

January. 1. 2009 - 6:25 pm

*Boyfriend* - I love this session. you know why.