The Grateful Project is important because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.  The hard part is stopping, absorbing and appreciating it all.  Life and our minds can get really cluttered with unimportant things.  This project makes you look for the good moments in your days.  I like that.  So fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.

Please join my circle of photography friends to see what they are grateful for this month.  Next up is Amber Norris Photography | Mississippi Newborn Photographer.  So I hope that at the end of your day you too will find gratefulness.

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I’m grateful for quiet moments with my daughter.

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I am so grateful this year for my daughter to have an amazing coach who is interested in coaching them on the court as well as in life. It’s the perfect fit for her and I am so grateful that he makes her feel good about herself. He is a good man.

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I am grateful for Grant to be a part of this special team.

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I am grateful for the chance to watch my kids be kids.

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I’m grateful that my kids choose to read in their downtime.

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I’m grateful for big, blue, cloudless skies that we have here in the Bay Area. I really had never noticed them too much until Elizabeth Barzack Smith remarked about it on FB after her trip out here. Now I can’t help but notice it everyday and I love that. Thank you Lisa for pointing it out to me. :)

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I’m grateful that I have friends to share good times with.

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I’m grateful for pretty lighting and stolen moments.

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I’m grateful for my husband, who doesn’t take life too seriously, and his mini me.

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I am grateful that I got to share this incredible day with my friend and her family. AND that I get to hold her on Sundays at football.

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I’m grateful for my new 85 mm lens that has the most beautiful sun flare.

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I’m grateful that my husband makes time to play games and cards with the kids. I think its cool.

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I am grateful that my family gets down time after finals week.

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I’m grateful for friends who like to disconnect for awhile and do puzzles with me. (For the record, these two did not do the puzzle with me. I just thought they were cute here discussing the latest game “aa” .)

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I’m grateful and appreciative to live in a place with perfect weather and beautiful landscape. How easy would it be to be a meteorologist here?!

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I am grateful to have a book I want to read (What Alice Forgot) and for my family giving me the time to do it.



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  • Suzanne Carey - Oh Krista, what a beautiful post. I feel like I am right there with you! I would give anything to see that same blue sky with you and snuggle up and read a book, haha. I feel like I am such a part of your family looking at these. Your family is so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Norris - Oh wow! What a great variety of images. It tells us so much about your family! Thank you for sharing all these with us.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - SUCH a beautiful post! Each image is one to treasure… I’m so glad we’re all doing this together!!ReplyCancel

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  • Allison Jacobs - Love this statement you wrote: So fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest. That is so true & I am so grateful to be doing this project with you & have reminders like this one. Your images are a perfect window into your life & I can totally see why your heart is full & you are grateful. <3ReplyCancel

  • Laura Veno - Krista, Your images and thoughtfulness are so inspiring to me. I love the variety you included, and the artistic eye. This makes me ready for next month. Beautiful spread!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Deakin - Krista! This is such an amazing post! I am just in awe of your work and your beautiful family! They are all so lucky to have you for their mama and to be documenting life the way you do; you’ve inspired me to take more photos of daily life! So happy to be on another year-long journey with you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christine b - Krista, I love your images and getting to take a peek into your life. You sure do have a lot to be grateful for. I thought maybe that book was somehow related to the book, Still Alice (which I just finished and is a MUST read) and had to look up your book…looks like I am heading to pick up a new book. I am looking forward to another year with the group!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I love that you found everyday things that we sometimes take for granted to be thankful for. Beautiful images as always! I just finished What Alice Forgot, too – loved it!ReplyCancel

This month’s post:

PROFILE Portrait

This is the definition of happy.

Please follow the link to Suzanne Carey, Hattiesburg, MS Lifestyle, Newborn, & Family Photographer to see her incredible portrait this month.  The type of image Suzanne crafted is very time consuming and tedious work but has major wow factor.  LOVE this, Suzanne!

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  • Suzanne Carey - Krista! What a beautiful image. Love the light and colors. I love how the window behind her frames her perfectly. She has an adorable profile.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Beautiful, Krista!ReplyCancel

This week’s theme:


I had to look this one up myself.  Editorial photography refers to images that are in magazines but aren’t ads.  They support the written word to an article or to the cover of a magazine.  Every month our international project 12 group gives us a prompt and then its up to us to interpret it as we the artist feel.  Our group struggled with this topic – we postponed our post date twice and many of us, myself included, were brain blocked on what exactly to do.  I played around a lot with post processing, had a lot of fun and learned a few things too.

My first image I imagined to be attached to an article about airport security since the World Trade Center bombings.  As many of you know, last Sunday our plane in Maui was delayed for hours because the San Jose stowaway dropped out of our plane’s wheel well while we were loading so it’s on my mind.  We have had so many limitations set upon us as we travel now and yet an impulsive 16 year old was able to hop a fence and jump on a plane.  The image shows our innocence (and ignorance maybe) in the doe eyed girl and the haze we have been in since that unfortunate day.  To make this picture I combined four different images on top of each other.  A girl + convention center lights + a building sign +sculpture = final picture.

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These next images were to show the pressure teen girls feel in today’s society.  Trapped and overwhelmed.  Again, I used 3 images on top of each other to convey these feelings.katiex2 project 12 {editorial} | Danville CA  child, senior, family photographer

Three image composite, no real meaning.  I just liked it.

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I am not even sure what to say about these last ones.  I just saw it on tube and thought it looked really cool.  They are called “double exposures.”  A lot harder to do than than it looks.  What I have learned is that the technique to put it all together is not as hard as finding the right pictures to pair together.  I suspect that once you start doing more of these you can shoot with the right perspective and shapes in mind.  So here are my plays.  These all had a base image of a person + some type of plant.  I guess I had spring on my mind.  Don’t forget to check out Melissa Deakin | Williamsville, NY

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  • Laura Veno - Krista, I LOVE your take on this theme! Beautiful work. I’ve seen the double exposures, but haven’t taken the time to learn about them. Totally nailed this one!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - WOW–these are absolutely spectacular!!!! I couldn’t pick a favorite… I have been meaning to play with both of these methods, and you have totally inspired me (but intimidated me!!!!) to give it a shot… Love your concepts, too!ReplyCancel

  • amber norris - These are so amazing! What a “out of the box” take on our theme! I love them! I can’t pick a favorite because they are all so cool. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - These are beautiful, I love how you always take these challenges to the next level. I feel like I could see these images in Vanity Fair or Vogue.ReplyCancel

  • Christine b - LOVE these!!! So much!! You blow me away every time. I missed the part about that being your plane with the stowaway…crazy!!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Jacobs - These are so amazing that I can’t even find the words to tell you how amazing I think they are!!! I love them ALL!ReplyCancel

  • melissa deakin - krista–where do i even begin? AMAZING! I love how you combined those four images to create the first image with your daughter. I cannot believe what happened to you on the plane. YIKES. The double exposure images–my jaw is still on the ground; can’t wait to try that myself. I just love your work so much. You are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Carey - Krista, I don’t think anyone else could have pulled this off as successfully as you or would have even thought about doing something so cool! Kudos to you for trying something totally new and creative. I love them all but my fav is the very last one. So striking! Bravo my friend!ReplyCancel

This week’s theme:



Last weekend, my daughter and I were in downtown Denver for a volleyball tournament.  I had forgotten what it is like to sleep in a city with various sirens going off randomly and somewhat constantly all night long.  Each night I tried a different sleep aid and each night I topped out on 4 hours of sleep.  I was ready to call the police and tell them to put their sirens on mute or this mamma was going need some of their help.  As I stumbled through the city streets groggily trying to find the convention center, I was somewhat surprised at how forthright the homeless were begging  for “cash for hash.”  Yes, they didn’t want my food or money for Starbucks or even alcohol.  Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado they were very honest and persistent about what they wanted.  And also quite insistent that I not take their pictures…to the point of hand slapping the would-be photographer.  

As I watched volleyball in a room with 100’s of volleyball teams, whistles blowing, crowds clapping and cheering, and balls dive bombing my head I couldn’t help but think that this week’s theme is in the bag…so to speak.  Since I couldn’t think clearly, not focusing was perfect for me. However, apparently, out of focus pictures do require some thought and skill. And it just wasn’t happening in that gym.  So on one of our breaks I wandered the city taking pictures of shapes and movement. My second hand slap of the day came when I was asked by a security guard not to take pictures of this building he was guarding.  He couldn’t tell me why, he only knew that I needed to stop.  Hmm…something fishy going on.   All in all, I do really like the photos I am showing here.  The first two photos are my family’s favorites.  I tried a something different when processing these and I have to say I really love it.  The left  photo is of 16th street which is one of the busiest streets in Denver and it’s simply beautiful with the bare trees lining the street dotted with shadows of the homeless vets that scattered along the benches.  My favorite part of the bottom image are the bike wheels.  They were really not that big in real life and not quite sure why they are here but I must be really good at not focusing because I made those wheels look super powerful :).  

Don’t miss out on traveling through our portrait circle and on to the stunning photography of  Melissa Deakin | Williamsville, NY Photographer

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  • melissa deakin - i love how you see the world and how you capture with your camera, krista! these are all amazing and the colors are incredible! the last image is so cool–love the wheels and it feels like there is movement in the image. amazing, as always! love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Veno - Krista, these are beautiful! Totally works of art. I could see these in some really cool places in the Dallas area.
    With the building thing- I know there are some “famous” buildings in Dallas and Fort Worth, in which the people who own the building have copyrighted any images of the building. They all have security guards making sure no one is taking pictures of them. :) I’ve heard the Eiffel Tower can’t be photographed at night, too, since that’s the image that’s trademarked. Crazy!ReplyCancel

  • christineb - I always love the stories that go along with your images…too funny you got hand slapped and the guards too : ) Beautiful colors, totally different and cool.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Krista, I love the colors and sense of movement in these–they are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Carey - Just getting around to seeing the Out of Focus posts. These are so gorgeous Krista! I love the last one with the bike in it. I love how you can just make out the wheels. Did you use textures? These look so cool!ReplyCancel

New group, new year!  I have joined a new group of international ladies to celebrate our families each month.  These posts always seem to be the hardest to remember to grab but when I look back over the years and see them all I am very grateful.

I am just going to ask – is there anyone else out there that thinks they look like their 25 year old self but when you look in the mirror or at yourself in pictures you kinda jump back and say, “whoa, who is THAT?”  Yea, that’s where I am at.

Here is shot of my son and I.

Here is a shot of my Grandma Katherine on her last day, in her last hour.  Glad I could be there with her.

Don’t forget to continue on in our circle and check out Melissa’s beautiful self and family – Melissa Gray.

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