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i ' m k r i s t e n ⚓️  ▸ photographer ▸ author ▸ wife to cal ▸ mama to roo and summer ▸ 27 ▸ tampa, fl ▸ Alys + Rosemary Beach! ↴


18 months (and change) since this little explosion detonated our hearts. "Baby you're a firework...!" She loves to put on shoes that are way too big for her. I think that's going to be an analogy for her life. It's so funny to watch her tiny self stomp around in my sneakers... and she actually can do it. If music comes on, she gone. Bopping, rocking, popping. (One of my favorite things in life is hearing her belt "Tomorrow!!" from Annie) She has a scratchy but sweet voice to match her spirit. She makes the WEIRDEST faces and also looks like a perfect baby doll. Everywhere we go we get comments on her "emotional intelligence" — "She's one smart cookie!" "She makes expressions adults do!" "She seems so much older than her age!" "Oh wow, she has a lot going on behind those eyes." "You've got you're hands full, mom! She's a smart kid!" "She's 1 going on 21!" "Did you see that face she just made??" She's so loud. She's so sure of what she wants. She's so all-in. Shes unpredictable. She's hilarious. She's so tough. But then, especially for me and in a way "only me," she's just a baby needing mama and all the kisses and affection I could possibly pour on her. "You'll never know, dear, just how much I love you." #summerjolee #letthembelittle #mygirl #18months

I just posted the first three minutes of Anna and Micaiah's marriage in my story. Lots of minutes to come. But these first three were pretty magical. Glorious revelry. #fosteringourlove #newlyweds #imkristenphotography #thesepicturesarepoems #goldenhour #makeportraits

"I ask dearly from all our friends and family in attendance that if ever they perceive something of this has changed or we've separated ourselves from this or them that they would have the courage to intervene and call us up in love. For why else would we have a public exchange of vows if not for the invitation for others to keep us accountable and remind us what our love was like on this day?" <-- Micaiah started their vows with this beautiful welcome and the most clear and useful description of the role of the guests I've ever heard at a wedding.
Witness: to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception.
Beyoncé, of all people, said: "There is nothing more exciting than having a witness to your life. Everybody is not good at everything, it's okay to depend on someone - it's actually what we are supposed to do." We didn't know how it would happen, but in the end, mom was surrounded by most of her family and nearly-visible angels as she breathed her last breath. Though we had planned to just be husband and wife, with my mom present, a few more faces of loved ones gathered around and witnessed Rowdy's birth. Even more were there for Summer's. Being witness to what is sacred to have "seen it with my own eyes and know with my own heart" is an honor. As a photographer I feel so aware of what I witness, what I make and give that says "Remember? Remember how it felt? Remember what you meant? I saw it, I know. Here: take these and remember."

EE Cummings •
"Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
Here is the root of the root
And the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life
(which grows higher than soul can hope
or mind can hide)
And this is the wonder
That's keeping the stars apart:
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)"
(Before marrying I didn't know how much I'd love going to weddings afterwards. It's powerful to witness the covenant, remember the promise made, celebrate love, and go home, again, side by side. Anna and Micaiah's vows, eager-giddy-rooted adoration, and high-energy wedding were moments that will fill us up for a long time. So much more to say. But very grateful to leave a wedding even more in love with my husband than when I arrived. It was a *very* special day.) #fosteringourlove #calebwithkristen #love #wedding #romance

I have SO much I want to document and share over the last week... the finished staircase in Carolwood and the little team that built it, the details of Caleb's birthday, and the big family weekend for Anna's (emotional, passionate, celebratory, high-energy) wedding! But for now I'm off to one more adventure... just landed in Washington DC with @carolineshorey to shoot a wedding! After staying up all night and barely gathering ourselves up to be out in the world, we're deliriously humored by eve.ry.thing. Including how misleading this picture looks... I'm about as disheveled in public as I'll ever be, but a new pair of shoes from my sister in law, black leggings, and trendy tile in an airport cafe is making me feel *topz.* One of my favorite reasons for loving crazy-busy weeks is that it demands crazy-restful weeks after! Monday, here I come! 🖤💃🏼 (With so many pictures and memories to share soon...) Ps. Send up a little salute and prayer for Caleb, who is road tripping alone with the babies today... Eight hours of memories...! #travel #feetontheground #tile #fromwhereistand #photographer #opticalillusion

Some paper plates. Three black curtains (with the metal grommets folded under) as table cloths. An assortment of glasses from our two kitchens, plus four purple ones from Ree Drummond's Wal Mart line. $20 worth of candles. A wooden shelf repurposed as a cheese board. A few $3.99 Eucalyptus bunches from Trader Joe's. And food and lighting and the sound of gathered people setting down forks and leaning forward in chairs and passing plates and their voices. It's a thrill to be able to host a party, especially "on a dime," and make a space for everyone to bring their love and share it. Caleb's 30th birthday was such a simple, happy night... and felt a bit like field mice pretending to be kings and queens. 🥖🍇🌿🧀 #thefeedfeed #kitchn #thekitchn #sodomino #designonadime #party #foodie #30thbirthday #flatlay

"You know, I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magicians. Oh, most everybody else didn’t realize we lived in that web of magic, connected by silver filaments of chance and circumstance. But I knew it all along.

When I was a boy, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too. This is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake.

After you go so far away from it, though, you can’t really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just seconds of knowing and remembering.

When people get weepy at movies, it’s because in that dark theater the golden pool of magic is touched, just briefly. When a song stirs a memory, when motes of dust turning in a shaft of light takes your attention from the world, when you listen to a train passing on a track at night in the distance and wonder where it might be going, you step beyond who you are and where you are. For the briefest of instants, you have stepped into the magic realm.

That’s what I believe." (Robert McCammon) #rowdyneil

One of Caleb's main priorities for this summer was to make sure we got to see all of our grandparents. Helpfully, my grandma (and only remaining grandparent) moved to Tampa a few weeks ago! And we were able to squeeze in a quick visit to one set of Caleb's grandparents this week, before spending the night with his other set next week. It was good for the soul to listen to Caleb and his relatives relay stories, laugh, tear up, and flip through dozens of Nana's photobooks and newspaper clippings. It was good to learn family history and create more of it. "The very old and the very young have something in common that makes it right that they should be together. Dawn and sunset see stars shining in a blue sky; but morning and midday and afternoon do not, poor things." (Elizabeth Goudge) #family #thehappynow #grandparentshouse #grandparents #travelwithkids #memories #summerjole

"This is not that you may remember time, but that you may forget about it for a little while. What is time? I can only tell you that time is me turning and turning while the world is turning around a star that turns around a center that turns around all of space. Among all the other things, all the turning animals and all the turning worlds, there is me... turning to you." ("Rosie's Paradox" Podcast on This American Life) • Happy Anniversary, my dear. Thank you for paying attention, for choosing - every day - to turn to me, and for making our life together so full of joy. I love you. #CKMorrisAnniverseray #calebwithkristen pc: @shannonleemiller_

Sometimes some guy you don't know writes something in the early 2000s and... he's spot on. "It's so nice / It's just another day in paradise. / Well, there's no place that I'd rather be. / It's two hearts and one dream / I wouldn't trade it for anything. / And I ask the Lord every night / For just another day in paradise." (Phil Vassar) • Caleb and I went away for a couple nights to celebrate our anniversary. We had a fantastic time -- connecting, relaxing, romantic, funny, teary (good tears) and so very special. But it's incredible to genuinely feel and mean it: Where would I *rather* be? 99.9% of the time? The two of us alone at a five star resort, or the two of us home with our kids? "Two hearts, one dream." I can't believe we have the gift and joy of sharing our own love as a couple, and then be given the opportunity to share the love of our children too. Leaves me speechless. (Now... all four of us at a five-star resort... hmmm... now we're talking! 😉) #waldorfastoria #thehappynow #familylife #lovemybabies #wearefamily #acolorstory

One of the best parts of being an adult is the food. Hands down. The food. #dinner #thefeedfeed #thekitchn #foodie #summersalad #salad #foodiegram #dinnernight

#FridayIntroductions · Five Facts For Five Years · On Wednesday we'll celebrate our five year anniversary...!! · · · 1 · · · We've been to 40 out of 50 states together! (Helps to road trip across the country four times, taking a different route each time 🙈 Gets a lot of states crossed off!) We need our next time to be a northern excursion! · · · 2 · · · I can't play any instrument, sing on tune, read music, nadda! Its like a whole "music" part of my brain is missing! 😂 And... Caleb is a full-time musician. · · · 3 · · · We were both born in August, and married in August! I guess we were made to love the sun ☀️ · · · 4 · · · Before we started dating Caleb decided *on Christmas Eve day* to fly to spend Christmas with my family and I. So he bought a ticket and arrived that night. I had NO idea he was coming. He wanted me to know that he *really* wanted to get to know me better... he was serious. And I have to say: his gesture was convincing!! · · · 5 · · · We've both seen each other truly *weep* one time... we both wish we could cry more! You should see our podcast/book list/article trove of learning how to "embrace our emotions" more. 🙄 Two peas in a pod...! (Wonderfully, despite some 'lack' in this area, we were both very swept away with how much we felt for each other while we fell in love, and how much we still do 'feel it' after choosing to love for life. Neither of us take that for granted!) • I intended to do "real" pictures of us once a year around our anniversary, five years in we just got to it for the first time... maybe I'll just change the plan. "Photoshoot Every Five Years!" 😜 Thank you to Kate A. for taking these!

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