My Journal

Upcoming Projects & Christmas Spirit

Even though wedding season is over, engagement season has begun! I am staying busy with a few projects and am excited about them to say the least!

My first upcoming project is getting my portrait business off the ground. I am planning a shoot for next week and will be taking video of the whole process to really show my clients what they can expect! I have been wanting to add portraiture for a while to my business, and it is finally happening!

Here is a little information about my portrait sessions. My clients will receive a makeover before the shoot begins. The style will be glamour, with amazing dresses, hair and makeup. I am very much inspired by Sue Bryce. Her portraiture is amazing, and will definitely be an influence on my own. I will be offering portrait sessions for a portfolio building discounted rate of $350 for 10 women. Yes, I only have 10 slots open for this deal! If you’re interested, please let me know! Contact me here!

My next two projects are a styled wedding shoot in January, and a bridal show that I have been thinking of for a while. More details to come! Lately, after a day of planning I have been relaxing with some Christmas treats. I found some Christmas cookies while grocery shopping Monday. I love how cute they are, and they’re delicious, too. Christmas music will be playing in my home until New Year’s! I love this season! What is your favorite part of the holidays?

-Kristen D.


My Silhouette Obsession

Okay, next to twirling brides, this may be my next favorite. I LOVE SILHOUETTES! There’s just something mysterious and romantic about a silhouette. I especially love this technique with a sunset! Here are a few of my faves from 2016!

2016 has been a wonderful year for my business. I still have a few dates in the Summer of 2017 available, but they are going fast! Click here to contact me for availability! Tell me your favorites below in the comments! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Where Should I Go?

Canada, Jamaica, Greece, Italy, France, Ireland, England, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, or maybe Japan. You see, I am pursuing destination wedding photography. This has always been a goal for my business. So, here is the plan…

  1. Photograph Kentucky weddings. I’m a Kentucky girl. Born and raised. I love my mountains, my accent, and even the crazy weather. Kentucky weddings will be the bulk of my business, especially over the next two years.
  2. Offer to photograph a destination wedding for only the cost of travel. I need to start somewhere, and am willing to do this for practically free right now. (Just plane ticket and hotel, please!) I want to photograph at least two destination weddings for 2017 and up to four in 2018.
  3. Make contacts abroad. I am making a list of the cities I would love photograph. Once I narrow it down to about five, I will  start making contacts with professionals in those areas.

I’m not expecting this to happen over night. I know this is going to take work and initiative. I want this. I want this very much. So, come along with me, and we will go on a journey together!

Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Twirling Brides Are My Fave

Okay, so I love twirling brides. There is something about a pretty dress that makes our inner little girl come out! If the dress can twirl, we are going to twirl! Here are the twirling brides from 2016!

2017 brides! I still have dates open in June and July! Contact me today to book your date! Thanks for reading! Tell me your fave in the comments below! Also, follow me on Instagram!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday: Recap

Alright, ya’ll. The past two weeks, life happened, and I got off track with updating. I haven’t gain or lost weight. However, I am back with a vengeance. I want to lose this weight. I want to be under 200 lbs by December 1st. Here is how I am going to do it:

  1. ONLY water to drink. I have been really good about not drinking coke, however I am still drinking sweet tea and milk. One day, all I drank was milk. Which is fine if it were 8 oz. I’m pretty sure I drank 32 oz that day.
  2. Eating only white meat. I love steak, and burgers. It also doesn’t help that there’s a great burger place within a five minute walk from me. So, no more red meat for this month.
  3. 10,000 steps a day. I went to the park with my family the other day, and it was when I was feeling down about my weight. I weighed myself the next day, and was surprised by the lower number. Paul said we put in 5,000 steps that day. What?! That didn’t feel like much. So I am going to start using my Fitbit again.

Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s progress! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Jamie & Daniel- Wedding Photography in Lexington, KY

Jamie & Daniel tied the knot at The Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. This wedding made me laugh, cry, and showed me how much family can come together in celebration. The ceremony was filled with joy and the reception full of fun loving people who danced the night away. Their theme was “Best Day Ever!” It was truly the Best Day Ever!

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Thanks for reading, and let me know your favorite in the comments below! Congratulations, Jamie & Daniel!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #8- Success!

Okay, so I weighed myself this morning and am 207.6 pounds. That means I reached my goal that I set. After two weeks of no progress, this was a nice change. Now I am going to try to reach 200 next week. I’m pumped!

But, Kristen, that’s 7.6 pounds in one week! Yes, I know. Here’s the thing. I haven’t been exercising. I will walk, and find activities to walk, but not actually exercise. So, I am going to actually start P90X again. I will concentrate on the weight loss cardio program they have set.

In other good news, usually my resting heart rate is around 90 bpm. Yesterday, it was 80 bpm. 19 pounds definitely takes off some stress from my heart! However, I went to the doctor a few months ago about chest pains. I didn’t think a whole lot about it, but I finally followed up with them this week. There is an abnormality on my ekg. I don’t know if it’s anything to worry about, but appreciate prayers.

My favorite meal this week was Ranch Baked Pork Chops. Yummy! Really simple to make. Take the pork chops and any veggies you like. Place in a single layer on aluminum foil covered pan. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle ranch dressing packet, garlic, salt, and pepper over the pork chop and veggies. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20ish minutes and then broil for 2 more minutes.

Super yummy! Be sure to check out Deanna’s progress on her page! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Andrea & Ryan- Engagement Photography in Lexington, KY

This amazing engagement session takes place at Jacobson Park. This is where Ryan proposed. Family and friends all stood by while he asked Andrea to be his wife. It was truly a special event from all the details they have told me. We went back to where he popped the question, of course! I’ll let you guess exactly where. I had so much fun at this session. It felt as though I were talking with old friends throughout our time together. Congratulations, Andrea & Ryan! I hope you like your sneak peek!

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Let me know which is your favorite photo in the comments! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #7

Okay, so, I haven’t lost weight, but I haven’t gained it either. I HAVE to start getting active. I don’t know why this is such a block for me. When I was doing P90X, I enjoyed it. I always felt more energized after working out, and yet it is still a major block. I have to get over this. So my goal for this week is to get more active.

Everyday I will choose to do something that will get me out of the house. I must do one of the following every day:

  • Go to the park.
  • Walk the trail.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Go to Mammoth Cave.
  • Mini Golf.
  • Horseback Riding.

Okay, so I have to do at least one of these things a day. I know it’s not P90X, but it will get me out of the house and walking around.

So, my favorite meal this week was Chicken Tortilla Soup. Yummy! Click here for the recipe!

My goal weight next week is 207 pounds. Let’s do it! Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s progress!

-Kristen D.