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It’s someone’s birthday today. I can’t believe he’s four. How did this even happen? The past four years have flown by and I can’t believe I have a kid that refers to other kids at school as “the toddlers” and they seem so young to him. I always get emotional on his birthday for a few different reasons. First, that I have a four year old. I’ve never liked birthdays and getting older. I always sang the Toys R Us song… I don’t wanna grow up and I’m finding I feel the same way about my little guy. Then I think about how he came into this world and I’m flooded with all sorts of emotions. There’s so much joy that my little miracle is even here. And then some sadness that he had to endure what he went through. That my little 4 lb baby had to be hooked up to tubes for the first month of his life. I could go on and on, but I really just wanted to say Happpppy Birthday to my tiny human. Let’s go celebrate on the beach!
I have to admit... I do not miss IL right now. ❄️❄️ I usually love snow and the feelings the white covered ground brings... but I needed this vacation and this week with my family has been so fun! 🕶 I love being an aunt and love when little Finley runs up to me yelling Ris-ti! Can this vacation last forever please? #kristileephotographer #behindthescenes #peoriailphotographer #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #creativepreneur #marcoisland #calledtobecreative #vacationmode #photographerslife
I've gotta share this little guy. And I have to get a bit cheesy and gushy here for a second. I know I say it over and over, but photographing families throughout different life stages is truly one of the things that makes me the happiest. And I know it sounds so corny, but these life stages are so important to photograph. This family is extra special to me. This little guy's aunt was such a special girl. I photographed Cora multiple times in my first year on my own in business including her prom. Those images will forever be special to me and I know to her family. Cora affected me and changed me in so many ways and also shaped the purpose behind my business. One of those sessions that year was Cora and her sister Dorian. Again, such a special session to me. We took some images at the end that will forever remain some of my favorites with some confetti and while they were fun... it's the pure joy on their faces that those images capture and I remember. Cora sent me a video of herself in her hospital room just a few days or weeks before she went to be with Jesus. I admit, those videos are something I treasure and something that I actually pull up and watch quite a bit. Cora is showing me her hospital room with all of her canvases of the images I had taken. It's been years since she sent me those videos and they still hold such a special place in me. Then Dorian got engaged and married and I got to be a part of such a joyful day with her family. I could go on and on about memories from that day and why I loved being a part of it. And here is Hudson. Dorian's son. He's such a little light and again, I'm beyond thankful to have been able to capture him. I wish I were better with words and could really share what this family means to me and how being a part of so many life stages has been a blessing to ME. If you've made it this far... thanks for reading and sticking with my mushy post. I just couldn't post this little guy without a few more words about him and his family.
I know I’ve been quiet over here but there are lots of changes in my life. To be truthful, changes I’ve fought and whined to God and said... but God... THIS is what I want. But as we know His plans are greater then ours and I’m learning that over and over day by day. I’m taking some much needed time off this winter and have had a nice time relaxing and enjoy my tiny human before he’s a big human. I’m trying to enjoy the moments as they come and just be more thankful. ❤️ My Tony human loved the @georgiaaquarium #georgiaaquarium