Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saying goodbye.

When I started my simple little photography business 9 years ago, I had no idea where this adventure would take me. All I knew was that I loved being behind the camera!  It started with simple film classes in high school, and after progressing towards my first digital SLR purchase, the love for the hobby continued. I loved to teach myself new tricks with the camera and would constantly capture everyday life. Then, after a couple adventurous and supportive friends asked me to photograph their weddings (and paid me with equipment!), I realized that I had enough to build a portfolio and try this business out. I showed up at a couple wedding fairs with an appealing package and an affordable price and Kristen Anne Photography took off!

For those first few years, my prices stayed fairly low and I was busy. At over 30 weddings a year, I was officially in the business. I loved my schedule and was enamored with the thrill of weddings. There’s something about a wedding.. the pressure, the speed, the rush of emotions and all the quick captures. I truly loved the entire industry and couldn’t get enough! As the years went on, I raised my prices and relied on referrals to keep my business perfectly steady. Over time, I also saw that my business transformed into equal parts wedding and well, “everything else.” I was photographing many more babies, children and families. My former wedding clients were growing their families and the referrals continued. It was a wonderful job and a great schedule. My family was also growing and as I had more babies, a steady balance between my kids and my work was fairly easy to achieve. As a “working from home mom,” I loved the flow of both my home life and my work life. I enjoyed the editing time, the client meetings, the photo shoots and the weekend weddings.

Fast forward to the more recent months, as my kids are getting older and I am growing yet another baby in my belly (#4!), I found myself at a crossroads with my business. What was once easy an easy business to balance was getting harder to maintain and harder to keep up with.  I was missing out on weekend soccer games and hockey practices because of the photo shoots. I was working long, late nights to keep up with the editing. All of the sudden, things weren’t so easy to keep balanced and I couldn’t keep my head above it all.

I’m sure you can see where this is going, but it is with a mix of sadness and excitement, that I announce that Kristen Anne Photography is closing its doors! It has been a big decision and not an easy one to make. Again, I have LOVED every bit of the past 9 years in the business. I have no regrets and only massively wonderful memories. When I say I had the BEST clients, I am not exaggerating. Those clients made my business what it became and brought more joy to a “job” than I could ever imagine. So, from the bottom of my heart.. thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to my many clients, who I can easily call my friends. Thank you for supporting me in this exciting, fulfilling and ever-changing industry of photography. Thank you for the compliments, the continued business and for all the smiles you gave me while I photographed the monumental moments in your life. I consider it a HUGE honor!

Even writing this little blog seems insufficient considering all the memories that are stirred and all the emotions I have been feeling. It will be a strange transition for me as there will be SO much that I will miss! But, I am genuinely excited about this next phase of life. This feels like an inadequate and bittersweet good-bye.. I wish I could give you all a huge hug and tell you again.. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cassie & Jordan : St. Paul Wedding

Ok, get ready to drool!  What a stunning wedding this was. St. Paul was a perfect backdrop for this gorgeous fall wedding! The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the landscape was beautiful. But even more beautiful than the surroundings was the "star" of the show.. the stunning bride! (I know I know, it's not just about the bride.. but, wait until you see her dress!) The classic navy dresses, gray tuxes with enormous white flowers.. everything came together perfectly and looked absolutely perfect! The reception hall was breathtaking and made for such a beautiful background to enjoy this exciting evening!  It was such a special day for Cassie and Jordan.  They were both glowing the entire day and couldn't stop smiling. I got the feeling that everyone attending was not only so excited to be a part of such an gorgeous event, but thrilled that this wedding was happening, that these two wonderful people were getting married! No better reason to celebrate!

Enjoy the photos! Thanks again Cassie & Jordan for letting me be a part of your day!

And of course, credit to the amazing vendors!
Bride's Dress: Hailey Paige at a&be Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Laura Westrem
Invitations, Paper Goods: Morris Paper
DJ & Entertainment: Elegant Affairs, Mankato