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Happy Anniversary to Laura and Nick

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hunter. I was contacted by a friend asking if I would help photograph her sons wedding.  So, happy I was there to share the day with them.  It started off a rainy day and then the weather broke.  It ended up being a beautiful day.  The church ceremony was perfect!  I had never photographed a church wedding and had the honor to do so that day.

Being a mother I know how much my boys mean to me and was honored when my friend asked me to capture her sons precious day.  I’ve known Beth Hunter for several years now and she is such an amazing person.  I absolutely adore her and was to honored she thought of me to capture her sons day.

(Funny story, my oldest son’s birthday is actually tomorrow.)

I had the pleasure to sit at the parents of the brides table during the reception.  What a lovely couple.  I found out I actually live close to where Molly works, less than a mile in fact. She’s teaches at high school not far from my house.

The reception was located at the YMCA Sherman Lake Camp.  My daughter attended 5th grade camp there and recognized the fire place right away. The food was amazing and the fruit and vegetable table was so elegant and very fall-ish.  I absolutely loved the s’more station and all of the games on the deck.  This reception was meant to be fun for everyone including the kids that attended. I was impressed with all of the things that people were able to do during the reception.

I think my most favorite part about the reception was when Michigan beat Wisconsin 14-7 and the DJ played the Michigan Fight Song.  The guests erupted in song and it was the official start to the party!

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Happy Anniversary!!!

 

Hannah and Kaleb Trash the dress (19 of 43)



Hard to believe it’s already been a year since my first wedding, and my first trash the dress session.  Happy Anniversary to the couple that changed my life, and my career.  Happy anniversary to an amazing couple!!

One year ago Hannah and Kaleb said ‘I do’.  I remember it was supposed to rain and all of a sudden the forecast changed.  Kaleb sent Hannah flowers and a note while she was getting ready at the salon and in it, it said, ‘P.S. No Rain Today’.

I have to admit, this was a very emotional wedding for me.  I cried all day long along side everyone else.  Hannah and Kaleb were surrounded by amazing friends and family.  Their support system is absolutely beautiful!





The wedding took place at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The venue was absolutely gorgeous.  All of the flowers were in bloom and amazing property gave us so much to work with.

Hannah’s mom Ellen was such a huge part of her day.  In fact she is the one I met first.  As a mother myself I know how important it is to make sure your kids have everything they need or want.  And, Ellen was right there to save the day several times. The bond that Hannah and Ellen share is a bond I hope to have with my daughter as she gets older.



I wish Hannah and Kaleb all the joy and happiness this world has to offer. They were such a joy to work with, sweet, kind and absolutely wonderful!  It’s amazing how ‘just being the photographer’ in a wedding means so much.  I was there to watch their story unfold.  I was there to capture memories they will cherish and remember forever.

This is why I am a photographer.  This is why I love my career!

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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.


Thornton Krystal Boudoir (1 of 16)


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!


Thornton Krystal Boudoir (12 of 16)


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!


Practice Self (6 of 6)

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!’



Practice Self (4 of 6)




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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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.

Garrett Elopement



On August 12, 2016 It was super hot, but that didn’t stop this awesome couple from getting married.  Jermaine Jackson was the officiant, Maywan the groom and the beautiful Nikkita was the stunning bride.  I was notified the night before the elopement.  It was a small ceremony.  The memories of this ceremony will last a lifetime.

Maywan and Nikkita were naturals in front of the camera.  It was a pleasure and a joy to capture the love that these two share.

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Know Someone Getting Married?!



Know someone getting married this year, next year or even 2018??  Send them my way.  I include a complimentary Engagement session, Boudoir or Trash the dress session with my wedding packages.  Here is my link to my website with my pricing information.  You can contact me through email, Facebook and/or phone!

www.kthornphoto.com

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(269) 599-2094

It best to get a head start on booking vendors, photographers and anything that involves another business for your wedding.  The reason being these companies could book your date if you wait too long.  A lot of people book their photographer a year in advance.  Once wedding season picks up the dates book up like wildfire.

If you have any questions please contact me anytime!!!

Hannah + Kaleb Wedding



 

I would have to say that this wedding was a huge success!  There was rain anticipated for days.  When the day finally arrived it was clear skies and warmth all day.  Although, it was warm, everyone enjoyed themselves.  The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen were amazing.  The wedding party and parents made this wedding day move without one hitch.

The wedding was held at Southern Exposure in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The venue was absolutely beautiful.  Hannah and Kaleb were able to have their photo taken with one of the two vehicles on location.  We decided to take the Bride and Groom photos during the reception at sunset.  This way their lovely guests didn’t have to wait any longer to start the party.

 



 

Hannah was able to have her ‘getting ready’ photos taken in front of this beautiful door with stunning light.  Hannah was so easy to photograph, she was a breath-taking bride!  I wish Hannah and Kaleb a lifetime of love, blessing and happiness!!!

This was my first wedding EVER!  I have never second shot or photographed a wedding before and was blessed enough to find Hannah and Kaleb to entrust me with their most precious memory.  It was such a beautiful day, I cried throughout every emotional moment.  It was unforgettable.

To watch the cute video of their day click HERE

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