Kristina Stoltzfus Photography: Blog http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) 2015 Kristina Stoltzfus Photography kristina@ksp.gallery (Kristina Stoltzfus Photography) Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:40:00 GMT Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:40:00 GMT October Newsletter http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/october-newsletter
 

 

                                                           
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kristina@ksp.gallery (Kristina Stoltzfus Photography) Family Photography Sarasota Photographer Venice Photographer http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/october-newsletter Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:01:48 GMT
Daily Fave! http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/daily-fave Just wanted to take a quick moment to thank my friends at 'Beyond the Wanderlust'

for selecting one of my images as one of their 'Daily Faves!'

 

It is a high honor to have your work recognized by fellow photographers,

I am humbled and THANKFUL! 

Meet Miss Avery...and her daddy :) 

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-K

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Four men and a lady. http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/fourmenandalady The movie "Three Men and a Baby" has to go down as one of my all-time favorites. It's funny, it's sweet, it's filled with crazy and unexpected events, but it ends just the way you hope it will- with everyone rearranging everything to make room for what they come to realize matters most of all. It has all the elements that are required of a modern-day fairytale, you can't watch it without loving it. 

I couldn't help but think of that movie as I edited this family's session. 

So without further ado, let me introduce you to FOUR MEN and their LADY :)

John and Ashley called me a few weeks before she was due to give birth to their THIRD bundle of blue interested in the "bump|baby" package I offer to expectant families. I was so excited to have the opportunity to not only document the family as they awaited the newest tiny addition, but also to get to capture the sweet first meets with the little guy! 

I had no idea the fun that was about to be had.

The Housemans are very successful business people, very active parents, very involved citizens in their community. In their world the phones never stop ringing, the matchbox cars never stop zooming, the emails don't stop coming and their two little blondies seem to never stop running. They are a very busy family with all the makings of their very own fairytale story.

When you arrive at the Houseman home you are quickly greeted by their oldest, James. He has all the answers, knows exactly what you're there for and is an eager tour guide as he ushers you past the foyer into the kitchen. Little Asher baby is next up, he meets you with a tight squeeze around your knees and excitedly begs you to go play outside with him.... and you have to, because he's that squishy cute. 

I ask the boys who's in mommy's belly. "XANDER BABY" they both exclaim!

I left the first session excited for these little guys to meet their new baby bro, that "XANDER BABY" was about to know a lot of love!

...let the waiting on baby game begin!

FINALLY, on June 16th at 4:23pm, after lots of spicy food and the now infamous "13 minute labor,"

Ashley & John welcomed Alexander "Xander" Jacob Houseman.

The BEAUTIFUL baby boy was 7lbs 15oz and 20 inches of pure perfection :) 

I quietly made my way up to the baby unit of Bayfront Medical expecting a serene scene, a new mom and dad basking in the afterglow of new life....... I turned the corner to find Ashley at the nurses station chatting it up with friends and digging through a bag of 'Bourbon and Boweties' bangles for sale!

Aside from her confessing that she hadn't slept in over 48 hours, you'd never think this woman had just given birth to a human! She was stir-crazy, ready for the big brothers to get there to meet their new baby and anxious to get some work done while they had her trapped in a hospital room! (the girl is super human!) 

....and since we were taking pictures anyways, maybe we could take one for the corporate blog she'd be finishing before she went home? 

I wasn't kidding. The juggle is real and they do it beautifully!

Full-time careers, full-time parents.... early morning snuggles and late night emails. When asked HOW they do it, a simple response, "they rearrange everything to make room for what matters most, their three little Houseman men."

So there you have it folks, proof that you CAN have your cake and eat it too :) 

 

-K

 

 

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Mother's Day http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/mothers-day I'm a mom. It's the most challenging and most REWARDING thing I've ever done. Maybe that makes me a tad bit partial to mom pics....but so be it!

 

Enjoy this sneak peek of the extended Jones family....get ready to 'ooooooohhhhh' & 'ahhhhhhhhhhh'

 

They're like the prettiest people ever.

 

Meet Avery and her hot mommy Leslie.....told you they were beautiful.

Then there's Leslie's sister, Stephanie, and her sweet littlest lady Kaylin.....I LOVE THIS PHOTO.

And things just kept getting cuter....

 

Okay....I could do this all day. 

So much sweetness.

 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to these mamas and to each of you superhero moms out there! {shameless plug= GIFT CERTIFICATES make PERFECT mother's day gifts!}

 

-K

 

 

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Move over Olivia Pope...Olivia Rowe has come to play http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/move-over-olivia-pope-olivia-rowe-has-come-to-play This girl.

 

There's something special about taking 2 yr old pics with the same little lady you took newborn pics of! Meet Olivia Rowe.....

 

Scrumptious, right?!

 

She is SO FULL of energy, GIGGLES.....and bubbles! She loves bubbles! 

 

She is hysterical, the majority of the photos we captured express her super FUN and silly personality.

I wouldn't have it any other way. [crazy is the new "cheese"]

 

Anyways, this girl is about to be TWO YEARS OLD! I remember her parents engagement photo session.....they mentioned something about not having plans to procreate....crazy right?! And then Olivia's newborn session, laying in a tiny wagon...ugh, SO CUTE. And now this....

 

Ripping through the yard, balloons in tow, necklace bouncing as she ran....precious.

just precious.

 

What made this particular session so special to me is that I got to bring my very own "little" girl with me to help out.....

 

....and it was a good thing I did, otherwise I think our session would have been a wash! Olivia loved her way more than she loved me!!

Regrettably, all good things must come to an end, I think Miss O was as sad about it as we were....

 

 

Happy Birthday girlfriend! I love getting to take pictures of you grow! :) 

 

 

 

 

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kristina@ksp.gallery (Kristina Stoltzfus Photography) Bradenton Photographer Florida Florida Photographer Fort Myers Photographer Photographer" Port Charlotte Photographer Punta Gorda Photographer Sarasota Photographer Southwest Venice Photographer http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/move-over-olivia-pope-olivia-rowe-has-come-to-play Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:27:31 GMT
WINNER! http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/winner SNEAK PEEK~ LARSON CREW

 

Mrs. Larson is a teacher. My first grader's teacher.

 

....and she's awesome! She was also the WINNER of my first Facebook contest of the year!

We have been so richly BLESSED by this woman this year....I have to admit, I was pretty excited when she ended up winning the mini photo session! I very much enjoyed her family today, her Emily is a spunky sporty spice- a lot like a little lady of my own...and her Peter is all business. He hung in there like a CHAMP!

Brandy and her hubby have been together nearly 18 years.....and I think this next photo shows how much fun they're still having!

I have to admit, I love my job. Getting to give back to people who give so much......pretty priceless. 

Thank you, Mrs. Larson, for a great year. For teaching my little gal so much. For giving more than you have to, just because you want to. I know the hours are long and the pay could be more.....but please know, you've made a difference in our lives & my family appreciates you greatly. I hope you enjoy this SNEAK and love your photos! (I hope the rest of you enjoy them too!)

 

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These days are the best days. http://kristinastoltzfusphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/these-days-are-the-best-days

Every once in a blue moon you get one of those "ahhhhh" moments.....the ones that remind you that everything you "think" is important normally is not, it's the little moments that are easy to overlook that are the ones you can't afford to miss.

 

This boy.

That camera.

My today reminder.

 

When I first started taking photos a few years back, my uncle gave me some advice. He said, "Don't go buy lots of cool expensive gear. A good photographer can take a good picture with anything. Make what you have work until you know it inside-out, then upgrade!" It wasn't what I wanted to hear at the time, but it was the BEST advice I could have ever received. 

I took it. I wore my little Canon Rebel OUT! It's a priceless little camera to me now, it's made me more grateful for her more expensive sister that I tote around now, it taught me a lot, captured some pretty sweet smiles.....and now she rests in the hands of my very own little people as I teach them how to look at life through a lens. 

 

I'm a thankful mama to get to teach them. I'm a thankful photographer to get to learn from each family I photograph. I couldn't be more excited about all the fun that's to come! Stay tuned!

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