{A Book Review}

I don’t know about you, but I love continual learning. I love books. I love the ongoing process of exploration…

When I saw this book on a recommended reading list recently, I quickly put a hold on it at my local library. It surely did not disappoint!

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If you’re the sort of person who longs for adventure and following their passion…who has ever felt conflicted between home-life and career…who believes in stories that matter…well then “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” by Lynsey Addario is a read for you!

After being given a camera from her father, Addario’s love for photography was born and then grew exponentially. Proving her dedication through persistence and creativity, she was eventually hired by The New York Times. This memoir tells of her travels all over the world, often in very dangerous situations.

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Addario has experienced kidnapping, fear, molestation, loss and love. Her disclosure of her very personal, unique story fascinated me.

“Journalism is a selfish profession. But I still believed in the power of its purpose, and hoped my family did, too,” she shares.

As a reader trying to imagine how the author processed through very real pain, loss, oppression, and hatred on an regular basis, it was a lot to take in. Yet I was left so inspired by her courage and perseverance. I also found her photographs to be extremely powerful.

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Addario’s present life is a balancing act of sorts…

She says, “As a war correspondent and mother, I’ve learned to live in two different realities. It’s not always easy to make the transition from a beautiful London park filled with children to a war zone, but it’s my choice. I choose to live in peace and witness war – to experience the worst in people but to remember the beauty.”

That’s a perspective I can respect.

So hey, if you’re looking for an inspiring and motivating read, I would highly encourage you to pick up this true and very unique story. Let me know what you think!

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{Welcoming Amelia}

Amelia’s story is a beautiful one.

Her father is Indian. Her mother is Polish. They met here in the states + fell in sweet, sweet love. Their love multiplied + now baby girl joins us, making this world a more beautiful place than before…

Her sweet smiles + toes. Her fingers + nose. Her soul that shines bright, already.

Her whole self is a treasure…

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{Azilee Turns One!}

Hello, friends!

This morning, I prayed that God would fill today with little happinesses + pops of good news… Sometimes I just need that to buoy up what I hear about in world events + even in the lives of those close to to me.

Imagine the smile it brought to my heart as I saw that this little princess was next in the que to be posted about right here in my Photo Journal!!

As I look at this sweet family I see so much LOVE + delight in each other…

 I see Azilee’s joyful soul shine through her bright eyes + adorable smile…

I see the cheer + hope of wonderful days to come in her life…

Photographing any family, but this family in particular, lifts my heart + shows me that there are truly bright + beautiful things in this world. And this little cherub is one of them.

Happy first birthday, dear girl; thank you for bringing sunshine to this earth, just by being you!


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{Mother’s Day Giveaway!}

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Nominate a deserving mom for the KC Photography Co. Annual Mother’s Day Photo Session Giveaway!!!
 
To enter, write your one page long submissions to: KristenChasePhotography@gmail.com
 
In your entry please include: your name, the name of the person being nominated, their aprox. age, + most importantly, why you believe they should be gifted with a totally free family Photo Session from KC Photography Co!
 
The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 8th at 11:59pm.
 
One winner will be announced on Sunday, May 10th.
 
** NEW: ALL submissions that follow the above guidelines will be rewarded with a 10% off deal for any new Photo Session booking in 2015! This includes the people who are submitting entries along with the mother that is being nominated! **
 
Please note: One entry per person. USA nominations only. People who have entered previous years are welcome to enter again. Not eligable to be used for an already pre-scheduled Photo Session for 2015. The Photo Session is good for up to six people. Feel free to enter friends, your own family, or other people you know! 
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{Joey + Maggie}

 I know, I know…I often shout from the rooftops how wonderful the families I get to work with are. And maybe you’re tired of hearing me talk about it, but I can’t really stop. Because somehow, by some act of amaingness, I’ve gotten to document some of the best people on this rockin’ planet!

How do I refrain from sounding like a broken record? Because honest to goodness the crew I’m posting about today is something very special.

As time has gone on, I have found that this sweet Mama + I have loads in common. We’re wired so similarly. And I really admire her love for her family, for nature, + even for animals. Her husband is so kind + tender with his children, too.

The sweet Mama recently wrote this to me: “What always strikes me when I look at our photos after the shoot is the LOVE. Not that the kids look like little models or that I did/didn’t have a “good hair day.” Just the happy, silly, gentle faces filled with light and love…”

If that’s not what photography sessions are all about, it’s what they should be…

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