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.


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.


Emily & Joe- Wedding Photography in Lexington, KY

I have to say this was one of the most creative weddings I have photographed. Emily and Joe love books, and it shines in their details. They wed in Gratz Park in downtown Lexington on a beautiful summer day. Their reception took place in the Carnegie Center, which was Lexington’s public library until the 1980’s. How perfect of a venue for book lovers! My favorite part of the day was their first look. You can truly see the love in their eyes. I hope you love this fun and energetic couple’s wedding as much as I did!

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Congratulations, Emily and Joe! Tell us your favorite photo in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Vanesa & Andrew- Wedding Photography in Nicholasville, KY

Tucked away in the countryside of Nicholasville, Vanesa and Andrew were getting ready for their wedding. It was a beautiful day, and the ceremony overlooked a winding creek. They shared their first kiss as the sun was setting behind the trees, providing a perfectly picturesque scene. When they smile at each other, even for a moment, it tells the entirety of their love story. They are simply overjoyed when they are with each other.

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Congratulations, Vanesa & Andrew! Tell the happy couple your favorite photos in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Kirsten & Cameron- Engagement Session in Lexington, KY

Kirsten and I met at The Big Fake Wedding back in July. I am so happy she filled out her information at the event, because we started communicating soon after. Her fiancé, Cameron, would be home on leave for a short time and we scheduled their engagement session accordingly. If you read my last post, you will know that I have been sick for the past week. I emailed Kirsten and apologized in advance for my cough. Despite the cough, we captured some wonderful photos that I love. I hope you love them, too!

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I am always honored to photograph military families. The dress that Kirsten wore for the next few photos is actually her mother’s. She found it not long before the photo session. It has belonged to her mother since she was newly married. I thought it was a cute dress before, but then I fell in love with it. Everything has more meaning when you tell its story.

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Congratulations, Kirsten & Cameron! I had an amazing time (cough and all!) photographing your engagement. Thank you for letting me part of your journey! Tell me your favorite photos in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Fitness Friday #2

Hello! Flowers? Why that means!!!

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Yes! Yes, it does! I have lost my first five pounds. *Happy Dance* Here is the break down of the past week:

  • I am down to 220.4 pounds! My actual starting weight was 226.4, but rounded down to 225 in my first post because I like even increments… yeah, I’m odd. (Hehe, see what I did there?)
  • My favorite meal was comprised of steak. Okay, two meals. Tuesday evening, a friend provided dinner (thanks, Marie!) and it was a delicious steak and half of a baked potato. The other was a Panera steak and arugula sandwich with a fruit cup. I could eat one of those at least three times a week.
  • My failures this week were not exercising. In my defense I spent the Monday through Wednesday traveling, setting up/breaking down a photo shoot. That was a lot of energy. I did have fried food, but only twice. Both times they were french fries with a grilled chicken sandwich. I’ve done pretty well with drinking water, but needed some variety. I had a diet coke, a sweet tea, and an açaí berry unsweet green tea.
  • My major accomplishment was actually keeping track of my calories. I would eat when hungry rather than out of boredom. I honestly didn’t think this would be something I would keep up with, but am very happy with the results.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Actually do P90X.
  2. Make a list of healthy foods I love and stock the ingredients.
  3. No sweets!

Normally if I crave sweets I would sit down with the WHOLE box of cookies and eat them with a big glass of milk. Yesterday, I got three cookies and 8 oz. of milk, and it was enough. I also only ate half of my sushi last night for dinner. This portion control is really working for me.

Don’t forget to check out Deanna’s blog to see her fitness progress! Tune in next week for another Fitness Friday! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.

 


What Does It Take to Be a Photographer?

Hello, all photography enthusiasts! I do hope you are having a wonderful day! Today I want to help you follow your dreams. What is it going to take to become a photographer? Here are a few things:

  • Knowledge
  • Initiative
  • Drive
  • Creativity

Over the next few weeks, I will be addressing what it will take to become a photographer. Not the business side… yet. Simply what it takes to create AMAZING photos. Notice how I listed Knowledge first. Knowledge is powerful. You need to know many things to be a photographer. Like…

  1. How to work the camera.
  2. The difference between lenses.
  3. How to use light and shadow.
  4. How to compose a photograph.
  5. How to pose subjects.

And so much more. So, I declare hump day as Workshop Wednesday! Next week we will be discussing light and shadow! This subject will go over a few posts, so don’t forget to check back every Wednesday!

-Kristen D.


Emily- Bridal Photography in Lexington, KY

I met Emily at Rachel’s wedding. She had actually found me online while searching for a photographer. She didn’t realize who I was at the wedding, but kept thinking, “Why does she look familiar?” The next day I posted Rachel and Christian’s sneak peek and she realized! I am so happy she chose me to photograph her wedding. Here is her Bridal Session sneak peek!

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So gorgeous, lovely, and classic. Thank you, Emily, for letting me be a part of your wedding!

-Kristen D.


The Great Cake Debate!

This past Thursday was my birthday! My amazing Sister-in-Law (aka Friend) and Brother-in-Law (aka Brother) took me out on Wednesday to celebrate! On Thursday, my son was sick, so I didn’t want to get him out of the house. He looked at me that morning and said, “Happy birthday, mom!” Then, “Cake?” Haha! Of course he has cake on the brain. I had a nice evening in, eating Mexican take-out and watching a rented movie. The next day, my Sister took me to get my nails done. I have never had color on my nails before. EVER! I chose pink, which may surprise some people. My Husband also came home from training that day. So, my birthday celebrations went for three days. I had a good birthday.

Here is something you may not know about me… I prefer cheesecake for my birthday. I do. I REALLY do. I love cheesecake. This happened about two years ago. I still love cake, but cheesecake is my go to birthday dessert now. Is that weird? I had a Birthday Cake balloon. Does that count?

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I want to thank everyone who wished me a happy b-day! Let me know your favorite b-day dessert! Do you have cake or another delicious treat? Tell me in the comments!

-Kristen D.