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Family Reunion Photo Shoot

I know it was just a Memorial Day weekend gathering, however when it extends beyond just siblings and parents.  I personally call that a family reunion.  And it was parents, kids, aunt, uncle, cousins and grand kids.  So, I would call that a Family Reunion!


 

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The weather was supposed to rain for several days on this Sunday.  We waited until that morning to fully decide if we were going to do the photo shoot because they really wanted morning photos.  With the direction of the sun, and the view of the lake.  It turned out to be a perfect Memorial weekend this year.


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Okay, we have to talk about the kids first.  Of course, right!  These kids were absolutely adorable!  They were amazing to work with and honestly, when you get this many kids together you have a tendency to have chaos.  And, in fact we had the exact opposite.  I was able to organize 21 people including the kids and didn’t have to Photoshop a single head!!  (Just kidding I don’t do that anyway! That’s not the type of photography I do!)  The two young ladies were so helpful with their cousins!  It was their help that truly made this photo!


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Of course we had to get a photo with all of the girls in it.  There’s something about having all of the girls in a family and all of the guys in a family to take a photo. Probably my favorite part of family photos is doing this.  There’s such a special bond between them.  Like almost a family secret that no one knows except them.


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YES!  That sky is real!  I did not add a fake sky to it!  It was seriously that beautiful outside!!!!!


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Anniversary Shoot

This adorable and sweet couple just celebrated their 30th anniversary.  I have been trying to talk to these two into a photo shoot for a while and finally succeeded!  I am so glad they finally agreed.  Beth and Scott are naturals in front of the camera.  The love they have for one another is a love that all couples strive to have.  A love that is patient and kind and is shown through all aspects of life.  If I didn’t know them, I would seriously guess that they were still in their honeymoon phase the way they talk to each other.


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The original plan was to photograph at their house.  And, due to some landscaping projects that had been on hold and still were going on.  We decided to go to the park where Beth grew up close by.  And, where she raised her kids by.  Milham Park


Beth and Scott Hunter (5 of 32)


I have known Beth for several years now!  It has been a joy and pleasure to know her and Scott.  They are so down to earth, and genuinely caring, kind and absolutely the most wonderful people!  Beth and Scott Hunter (19 of 32)


Normally, most men do not like their photo taken and I usually get that the standard, “Well, that was fun.” Response from most people.  The reason for this is because I do my best to get people to just interact with one another.  I try to capture who they are.  I don’t want people to pretend to be someone they’re not because that doesn’t feel natural and it doesn’t look natural. I want all of my clients to feel comfortable in front of the camera and very rarely do I say “Ok, now Smile!”  I don’t have to say that usually because I can get natural smiles all on their own!


Beth and Scott Hunter (17 of 32)


It’s my goal for my business for my clients to look back on their photos in 10, 20 or even 30 years and say, “I had so much fun during that session, I wonder what Krystal is doing now?!”  If I can leave an impact on someone like that, then my business is a success!  And this is how I run each session.  I do my best to make my clients look great, to have fun and to leave positive lasting memories!


Beth and Scott Hunter (30 of 32)


I say this all the time, and I cannot say it enough.  When love is present it is easy to photograph!  If it’s there, it’s there.  And, if it’s not, it’s really hard to fake love in a photo!


Beth and Scott Hunter (26 of 32)


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Couples Shoot

I was extremely excited when Ellen contacted me to photograph her and her husband Mark.  Ellen and Mark are Hannah’s parents.  I met Ellen before I actually met anyone else in their family.  Ellen is a teacher, and you can tell by being around her because of her patience and vibrant personality.  A quality someone that works with children must have.


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One of my favorite memories of Hannah and Kaleb’s wedding was talking to Mark right before he saw Hannah for the first time.  I knew it was going to be an emotional moment by the way he talked about Hannah, that this was his little girl.  He was so happy for her and so excited for her to marry Kaleb.


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I made a point of photographing Ellen and Mark where I photographed Hannah’s maternity photos.  I wanted them to share a common special place.  Although neither of them knew it, I pointed it out after the fact.

I always say this, but you cannot pose love.  Either it’s there or it’s not.  And, when it’s there it’s easy to capture.


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The weather is always an issue when shooting outdoor photos.  Living in Michigan we never really know how it’s going to turn out.  Will the sun be out?  Will it rain?  Will the ground be wet?  Will it be overcast?  It’s always a guessing game up until the moment.  On this day it was perfect.  The temp was just right, and the weather could not have been better!


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Mark informed me that the only ‘kissy’ photo they had was the one on their wedding day.  So, it was only natural to get one.  Mark had just told Ellen all of the reasons why he loved her, and why she was the one.  This is true love at it’s finest!


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One request Mark and Ellen had was to get a photo just like their engagement photo.  And, this is there photo, the one we recreated to match their engagement photo.

It’s always important to get photos of you with your spouse, significant other or you with your family.  It’s not always easy to be in the photos, but it is necessary!!

 




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Today is my Birthday!

Well, I am 33 years old today.  My birthdays are always bittersweet because of my past.  Every year I go back n forth on if I want to talk about it, and I never do.  I decided this year I will no longer keep quiet.

  “I spent my 18th birthday in a domestic violence shelter after my dad had beat me up for the last time.”  

Growing up I was a victim of domestic violence.  From my mom, dad and sister.  I don’t know how many times my sister bashed my face into the ground, spread rumors through town about me, and did her best to make sure everyone hated me as much as she hates me.  She’s also 10 years older than me, so when I was 8 she was 18.  She hates me to this day and really has no reason to, other than the fact that I was born.

My sister would disappear with her kids for 8 months and during that time my mom would mope around and act like I didn’t exist.  She would ignore me and constantly say how my sister and her kids weren’t coming back.  Then, out of no where my sister would show up, move her and her kids in with my parent and I and disrupt our entire lives.  Anything that was mine was given to her and her kids.  I would have to give up my room, all of my belongings, privacy and anything they wanted they got.  I had to spend the majority of middle school studying underneath the kitchen sink to get away from everyone.  It was awful.  My sister would stay for 3 months and then disappear again for 8 months.  Continuing this perpetuating cycle for YEARS!

While my sister was around and my mom was at work, my dad would sit in his chair and watch TV while my sister would drag me through the house by my hair, bash my face in and anything else she wanted to do.  My dad didn’t do anything.  No one protected me, no one looked out for me.  I was all alone.  Anytime I tried to stick up for myself, I was shushed and treated like an awful person because I thought I deserved respect.

My dad would get mad and that was it.  He would punch me in the face all the time when he was angry.  He threw a shoe and knocked me out one time because it was left in the middle of the floor.   I was the family punching bag.  IN FACT, My left front tooth is mostly fake from being punched in the face.

What mother actually stays with a man that violently attacks her children?!  I never understood it.  I spent more of my life hating myself and wanting to die than actually living my life.  I have spent over two decades of my life trying to get people to just ‘LIKE’ me, that in reality, actually truly hate me and wish I’d never been born.


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During all of this I was bullied in school, rumors were spread about me, and I was treated badly at school because I lived in a trailer.  So, not only was I not wanted at home, I was not liked at school either.  When I was 14 I took a handful of Tylenol 4’s from the cupboard and went to bed.  I remember thinking, ‘This is it, my life is over.’  I wasn’t sad, I wasn’t mad. I WAS JUST DONE.

I tried to get help.  I went to a teacher in 8th grade and asked for help.  She told Social Services and a case worker came out to the house.  This person never even talked to me.  They talked to my mom, dad and sister and they all convinced this person that I was mentally unstable.  So, it was my fault….  Again.  Everything was always my fault.  It was my fault the house was always messy, it was my fault we never did anything.  IT. WAS. MY. FAULT!


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I spent my whole life thinking there was something wrong with me and when I went to my mom during middle school telling her I wanted to die.  That was it.  Medicated for the next 5 years.  Because I was beaten, verbally and mentally abused.  There was something wrong with ME.  Because I was depressed…  Makes sense right?! The medication finally threw me into a seizure and I was diagnosed with Epilepsy.  Medication induced Epilepsy.

When I was 17 I had, had enough.  My dad had punched me for the last time and ended up being put on probation for it this time.  I spent my 18th birthday in a domestic violence shelter.  Do you know what it’s like to spend such a monumental birthday in such an awful place?  Not the place, but the fact that your mother would rather stay with an abusive man, or that the people who created you, hated you so much they would rather beat you, break you and let you disappear without a trace than to actually care or even help you…

“What doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger!”

That year I lived out of a clothes basket and lived at 8 different places.  Losing an item I never regained at each place.  I was in a relationship with a loser and ended up getting pregnant at 20.  I dropped him like a sack of potatoes and pushed myself to succeed.

I worked full time, went to school full time.  My dad had left my mom and my mom watched my daughter.  That is until I met the love of my life.  My knight in shining armor.  The person that changed my life for the better and does still everyday to this day.

I am a high school drop out, with a G.E.D. and a Bachelors’ degree in accounting.  I own my own photography business and it’s thriving!


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I don’t talk to any of them.  I don’t need them, and I refuse to let people who hate me, or wish I didn’t exist bring me down anymore.  I spent over 25 years of MY life trying to get these people to like me.  I will not waste another second!

All I have ever wanted was to feel loved, to be happy and not feel the emptiness that my past has created.  I spent so many years thinking about the person I could have become if I would have had a better upbringing.  I’ve dealt with so many hardships in such a short lifetime.

 

There’s more, and maybe some day I will tell the rest.  But, for now, this all I am comfortable with telling.  It hurts still, and the wounds may never fully heal.  But I will look at this emptiness and tell it everyday of my life ‘You will not hurt me anymore, You cannot have me, and I don’t belong here.  I belong in the light!’



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I honestly, want to dedicate my success to television, movies and TV shows.  If it wasn’t for watching Rocky‘ ‘Goonies‘ ‘The Cosby’s‘ ‘Family Matters‘ ‘Full House and ‘Tool Time‘.  I don’t think I would have known how awful my life was back then.  I knew it wasn’t right, I knew things were off.  Because why would all of these TV shows depict decent people doing decent things.  Being honest, hardworking all while loving their family, if it wasn’t supposed to be like that.

If you ever thought that movie, or TV show that shows good families hurt or help kids.  Then, here’s your answer.  I know it was TV that saved me, and wanting that ‘TV Family’.

Because of my rough past it make it so very important to me to be able to capture the happy moments in people’s lives.

While I had an absolutely awful upbringing, and never knew what true love was until I met my husband.  I know that my life is better without them.  I know that I am destined for great things.  And, when I get there, I will wave from the top!




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Motivation for Your Monday!!

Today instead of using a motivational saying I decided to use an example of a person instead.  This beautiful woman has ran a successful business from home for the last 5 years and is now breaking into a new field.  She is inspirational, motivational, beautiful on the inside and out.  There are very few people in this world that can change the momentum of a room by just existing.  And she my friends, is one of them!  Kelly has a way with words that motivate you, and ignite the fire within.  And believe it or not this awesome woman is a mom of 3 beautiful kids.





I first met Kelly at a church that the both of us used to attend.  We no longer attend that church but we still stay in contact with one another.  And it has been such a blessing knowing this woman.  Not only does she own her own business, she is one of the most motivating and positive people I have ever met.  She always has something positive to say, and is always there to give positive reinforcement when needed.  She believes in the good of all people and sees it as well.  Kelly is also extremely accepting of everyone.  I believe that being different is what gravitates her to so many people.  She sees the beauty in every situation, whether it’s difficult or not.  And she always comes ahead stronger than before.





When you come across someone like Kelly, you don’t let them leave.  This world is full of so much hate and anger that we could use more “Kelly’s” in this world.  In fact one the greatest qualities that Kelly has is the fact that she doesn’t hide when she needs help.  She doesn’t put this ‘Fake face on’ trying to pretend that everything is ‘perfect’.  Kelly is one of the most real people I have ever met and that makes her one of the most beautiful and amazing people out there.

If you know this amazing woman, let her know how great she is!!!  She deserves it!

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Kelly Family Photoshoot!

It’s so amazing when someone is expecting a baby!  I absolutely LOVE pregnant women.  However, I was once pregnant (3 times over) in fact.  And, I know how it can get uncomfortable you want your body back, and want to move.  So, I keep my hands to myself.  I don’t touch other peoples belly’s.  Reason being.  I get all personal and in ‘yo business’ during a photo shoot.  I don’t want to push my limits on groping a belly as well.


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We had to break this session up into 2 sessions.  We first did a pregnancy announcement/gender reveal.  Revealing this sweet mama is expecting a baby boy to go along with her already two daughters!  We had so much fun.



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The funniest part about the second photo session was the fact that it rained.  No, it DOWNPOURED!  We had to get their photos taken in ten minutes flat and the rain came.  We were able to get the photos done so I was super relieved.  We finally had all the daughters and mom together, looking super cute and the weather decided to not cooperate!



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I was just excited to capture beautiful moments like this!  It’s not everyday you have a baby, or have the ability to carry a child.  These moments past so fast, it’s always amazing when you can stop for a moment and enjoy the time you have.





I want to say thank you to this lovely lady, for letting me capture her beautiful moment.  She also participated in a movement I am trying to put together.  Kelly is such a lovely person, if you don’t know her you are missing out!  She lights up the room when she walks in, and has such gentle soul.  She’s not only a great mom, she’s an awesome friend!  And an amazing Zumba instructor!

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Tip for Tuesday on your wedding Day



In the hustle and bustle of putting together wedding there are a few things that go under the wayside.  I’m sure you think ‘Oh my photographer knows what to capture’.  The truth is we like to focus on what matters most to you.  And, that can vary from person to person.  For example.  One of my brides, her father made all of the centerpieces for her wedding.  I would not have known that if I had not asked.

I always ask my brides, ‘are there any significant things you want me to focus on’ or ‘is there a shot list you have?’  When photographers ask that question, they want to know things such as:

  1.  Are there any family heirlooms that will be incorporated in your wedding day?
  2. Are there any people that you may have exceptional relationships with?
  3. Is there anything that has been especially made for your wedding day that you would like me to focus on?
  4. Are there any people that you don’t get to see very often that you would like me to photograph during the reception?
  5. Are there specific poses you would like me to attempt during the getting ready, ceremony, or reception?

Another detail that I ask about is ‘Family Dynamics’.  Are there any divorces, or animosity between any family members that I need to know.  Are there any people you think will be difficult during the photographing of the extended family?

These questions are all very important.

While it is your photographers job to make sure to capture your precious moments.  We do need information to make sure that we can get exactly what you are looking for.

I always go into detail with my clients and ask a lot of questions before hand and request a shot list.  This way when the day comes you don’t have to worry about what will or won’t be captured.