Kristin Small Photography: Blog en-us (C) Kristin Small Photography (Kristin Small Photography) Sun, 29 Jul 2018 22:16:00 GMT Sun, 29 Jul 2018 22:16:00 GMT Kristin Small Photography: Blog 120 53 Sisters, 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Family Photographer When we found out that we were leaving our home-state of 30 years, New Hampshire, we realized that some of our grown kids would stay behind.  Though very hard to say good-bye, it was a natural expectation.  This was a compelling reason to get my 5 daughters together for a photo-shoot at a local park.  I haven't taken a group shot of the girls in a long time and this was the excuse I needed to force myself into action.

My girls are super-close and affectionate.  I know it's hard for them to be apart (2 remained in NH,) so I know that these portraits will be priceless treasures over the years.  It was neat to get the group shots and some smaller couplings.  Here are my five beauties! (Ages 24 down to 10.)


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The W Family, 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Family Photograper This family won a free session at an auction I donated to.  It was fun for me to hear that because I took their son's Senior portraits the year before, so looked forward to spending more time with them all and get some great family and couple shots.

They had a good idea of the locations they were looking for and came well prepared with wardrobe and posing ideas.  Dad had us in stitches much of the time, so it was just a fun, relaxing evening.  This was my last session in beautiful New Hampshire as, shortly after, we moved to our new home in Ashland, WI.  Here are some favorites of the awesome W family!

We started in a lovely, natural setting . . . 

Later we moved on downtown for some "small-town urban" shots. 

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John, Class of '17 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Senior Photographer My last Senior for the class of '17 got me for a late spring session.  Though most of my Senior sessions happen in the fall, it is not at all unusual for students to wait for a spring setting to get their portraits taken.  In fact, until the end of June, I encourage any Senior to get their portraits done to commemorate this amazing achievement -- that means it's not too late for the Class of '18!

John is a very special guy.  I met this family several years ago when they were looking for winter family portraits.  It was definitely one of the most fun and unique experiences I've had.  From there, I did Senior portraits for two of John's siblings, so was very excited when it was his turn.  Like his siblings, John has been homeschooled, but he also participated in other formal programs.  For his efforts, he was awarded Valedictorian! WOW!  So excited for him (so we, of course, had to incorporate some shots with his cap, gown, and medal.)

John is also a very funny, nice, and just great guy.  He has a lot of interests and I expect an exciting future for him.  Here are some favorite shots from our session at St. Gaudens in Plainfield, NH.

He made this cloak himself!  So cool. 


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Ginger Princess, 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Child Photographer I have taken portraits of little Hannah before and she is SUCH a good little model.  It's hard to believe that she is only 6.  She sits so still and sweet and demure.  All of her expressions were unprompted.  Of course, she is a little beauty, too.  Her red hair is a photographer's dream.  She is part of the smallest minority in the world -- red hair and blue eyes!  

As New Hampshire was experiencing a glorious spring and beautiful perennials were blooming everywhere, we definitely had to incorporate them into the session.  At the last minute, her mother grabbed the plaid blanket to wrap her in and I'm so glad that she did -- she is like a little Scottish princess.  

Here are my favorite shots of little Hannah.

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Spring, 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Senior Photographer As spring came to NH, Maya and I decided that it would be fun to get out and capture that beautiful golden light and contrast all that gold and white with red.  I just love the colors in this and, of course, Maya looks gorgeous.  

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Snow White, NH 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Child Photographer A few parting shots from our last winter in New Hampshire.  Sad to say good-bye to the state we've lived in for 30 years, but happy in our new area which is very similar in climate and terrain.  Here is my daughter in white-on-white.  Always challenging and fun to capture.  I've also included a fun, joyous shot of my son in the fresh falling snow.

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Good-bye, 2017! | Ashland, Wisconsin Photographer 2017 was an odd year for me.  Things started off typically for me and I was gung-ho to have a very active summer and fall season, but life has a way of throwing you a curve-ball!  Surprisingly, in July, my husband was offered a job in Ashland, Wisconsin.  We realized that it was a great opportunity for us, so we readily accepted and then began a whirlwind of activity, preparing a family of 10 and a house ready to move half-way across the country in just 6 weeks!

Fast forward through some very crazy moments, and we landed here right at what would normally be my busiest photography season.  I realized that it was too much to try to set up business in a new state and try and get things started (not knowing a soul!) so accepted that business would have to close down until spring, 2018.

In spite of this unexpected end for the year, I was still able to take some time in the midst of it all to get some special photo-shoots done with my own kids and a few others before moving away.  I look forward to many more in the coming months and in our new area and also for this time and opportunity to explore and get to know new people.

As I look back at my year, I think fondly of those who have supported me over the years since starting business in New Hampshire in 2012.  It's been a wonderful journey and I would never have come this far without those experiences.  I will miss my clients dearly and hope to cross paths again, this way or that.  Here is a little look back on my photographic journey of 2017.


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Winter Session, 2017 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Family Photographer We got a lot of snow this winter and, as soon as we got a little warmer, I thought it was time for some fun snow photos with my girls and their friend!  My daughter, Maya, got a gorgeous formal blue gown from her grandmother and I really wanted to show-case that.  Her sister isn't usually game for portraits, but it was time for some new photos of her as well (also, the more practice the better in order to become more relaxed in front of the camera.)  I've also taken portraits with Victoria before and she is SO photogenic that I could resist inviting her along as well.  

The results are just what we were hoping for.  We went to to two locations and the girls had a few wardrobe changes.  As usual, working in overcast clouds is always a challenge, but necessary if you want snow.  Still, the snow makes a giant reflector, so I had to work around that.  However, it also makes such a soft, pretty light and, if the sun were out, those locations would not have worked at all.  

Here are my favorites from the session: 

Maya loves theatre and we went for more dramatic looks and poses for her. 

So loving the pink outfit and setting in these!

Natural beauty.

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Fall Sisters, 2016 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Family Photographer This session may be my favorite ever.  These are my two girls.  One had reached a milestone in the summer, becoming a teenager!  And the other was almost 10.  The fall color was just outstanding, so we had to get out and incorporate all that before it was all gone.  Unlike her younger sister, my older daughter is not comfortable in front of the camera, so I let her completely make all the decisions about wardrobe and props.  She is a huge fan of the band, Skillet, so agreeing to incorporate her love helped relax her a lot.  Otherwise, I just let the girls go and play in the leaves and have fun with this session.  The result is better than I could have dreamed. 

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My Boys, 2016 | Ashland, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Family Photographer I had to get my boys out for annual portraits as the year was coming to a close.  Photo-shoots, generally, aren't as fun for them as the girls, so any shots I get are gold.  I have 6 sons of all different ages and personalities and it was a fun challenge to try and capture them all.  

My oldest is 29 and the youngest is 5!  Here they are in age order.

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Evelyn Cormier, 2016 | Musician ~ Claremont, NH | New Hampshire Portrait Photographer Evelyn is a frequent model for me as most who follow my work will notice.  She is a willing, natural model and her sessions bring a lot of variety and interest.  This fall, she needed some professional portraits for an album cover and website as she is producing her own music!  She is a singer, songwriter, and plays the guitar and records and her whole family is involved with her music.  For this session, we had just one day to get everything she needed.  She chose a remote spot by a pond that is accessible via a hike through the woods.  She, originally, was looking for more moody shots with an overcast, sky, but that was not to be.  On the contrary, we arrived at our destination with the sun high in the sky and smack-dab in our faces!  After contemplating the situation, I was able to find some choice spots with nice light and lovely setting.  These challenges help me with problem-solving and creative editing.  I just love the pretty light and results.  I am honored to have been chosen for the task of taking Evelyn's promotional portraits and am pleased to share some of the results!

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Alex, Class of '17 | Stevens High School ~ Claremont, NH | New Hampshire Senior Photographer Alex was my last Senior of the fall for the Class of '17 and a student at our local high school, Stevens High.  I met with him and his parents downtown for some small-town "urban" shots with his guitar and then head over to a local park and airport.  This family was full of great ideas and Alex was a relaxed, willing model.  It's always nice to have the parents at the session for input and guidance so that I know exactly what shots they are looking for.

Here are my favorites for Alex, Class of '17!

So fun to take our last photos at the local airport -- a first for me!  


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Kindergarten Boy, 2016 | Homeschool ~ Claremont, NH | New Hampshire Child Photographer Another school year is ending and it just flew by for us!  My baby started Kindergarten this year, so I had to get him out for a few shots to commemorate this special time.  I can't believe he is my last little one, which makes this session even more special for me.

Of course, the older kids cannot be ignored, so here is the whole gang!

In spite of my passion for it, not a lot of my children are avid readers -- maybe this little guy will break the mold?

He often brings me little flowers and trinkets -- a mommy's boy for sure!  He sure is precious to me. 

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Nick, Class of '17 | Claremont Christian Academy ~ Claremont, NH | New Hampshire Senior Photographer It's hard to believe that these kids are graduating soon!  We've known Nick's family for several years now and he is the 2nd son (in a family of 5 boys) that I've taken Senior portraits for.  For this session, Nick and his mom found a nice spot in a rural area in Vermont for some unique portraits.  Nick was pretty relaxed and has a natural, easy smile, so that made my job easy!  Nick is a young man with a lot of ambition, including entering the nursing profession and working for an ambulance company.  I appreciate his go-to attitude and was honored to capture this special time for him.


Here is Nick, Class of '17!

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Emily, Class of '17 | Brattleboro Union High School ~ Brattleboro, VT | Vermont Senior Photographer This was a very special session for me.  Emily is my husband's, cousin's daughter, so she is family!  He does not have a lot of close relatives, so not many opportunities like this and I'm thrilled that they were happy to use me for Emily's Senior portraits.

Emily goes to school in Vermont and made the trek a bit north to take portraits by a beautiful lake and covered bridge.  We wanted to incorporate all-things-New-England-girl into her sessions, as well as showcase her personality and interests.  She is quite the athlete!  I haven't taken archery portraits before and loved them among the glorious fall setting.  She is also a runner and, though it was quite chilly that day, she braved it all to wear her school uniform.  

Emily is a sweet and natural model and I just adore what we got!  Here is Emily, Class of '17!

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Nicholas, Class of '17 | Stevens High School ~ Claremont, NH | New Hampshire Senior Photographer Nicholas is a student at Stevens High School.  He is a football player and it was a lot of fun to incorporate the sport into his Senior portraits.  We made the most of the local scenery and even included his car in a few shots!  It's fun to personalize Senior sessions and make each one unique.  I appreciated his willingness to try a few of my ideas as well and I think we got some nice variety!  Here are some favorites of Nicholas, Class of '17!


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Madeline, Class of '17 | Springfield High School ~ Springfield, VT | Vermont Senior Photographer Madeline is a Vermont Senior at Springfield High School.  I greatly enjoyed her sense of fun and spunk and her personality really showed through in her portraits.  We started out at an old churchyard in Weathersfield and ended up at the local apple orchard.  We were blessed with beautiful weather and light and ended in a fun, fall setting.  Madeline is also quite an artist, so I was thrilled to incorporate that love into the photos as well.  

Here is Madeline, Class of '17! 


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Shoot-and-Share Contest, 2017 | New Hampshire Photographer It's that time of year again!  I entered (All-In) the Shoot-and-Share contest again in my favorite catagories: Senior, Children, Portrait, and Family.  The submissions were up apx. 100K this year to over 325K, so I was thrilled to see some photos still place and one make it to the Finals! (Top 2%.)  This contest in international and very wedding-based, so an even bigger honor.  Here are my top shots!  As usual, Evelyn is popular again!  But happy to see a few other faces as well. :)

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Sam J, Class of '17 | Homeschool ~ Cornish, NH | New Hampshire Senior Photographer This was my 2nd Sam of the season!  A homeschooled guy who we have known since he was a small boy.  It's hard to believe he is so grown up and ready to fly!  Sam and his family are very special and I was honored to take his Senior portraits.  Because they live in Plainfield, New Hampshire, we thought that St. Gauden's in Cornish was a perfect spot to capture some fun memories and iconic scenery.  He is a true New England guy!  We were lucky to get a nice view of Mt. Ascutney in a few shots as well as the famous grounds at St. Gauden's (a famous, New England artist.)  

Here are my favorites from the day!


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My Pageant Girl, Maya 2016 | New Hampshire Photographer One of the joys of having my own photography business is being able to do sessions featuring my own children.  My daughter, Maya (our 5th child,) is my stage child.  She loves to perform in many ways -- singing, dancing, acting -- even in a pageant!  Last August, she joined several young ladies to be part of the Cornish Fair King & Queen Pageant.  It's a lot of fun for her because she gets to dress up, perform, and, best of all, be with the other girls and have fun together!

This was her 2nd year participating and we've found that, part of the challenge, is finding just the right dress.  We liked last year's gown, but wanted something with a bit more flair this year.  In the past, my mother has found many of the dresses that my girls wear for our sessions, so it made sense to keep any eye out while on July vacation in Michigan where she lives.

Sure enough, we found the PERFECT gown!  It was the right color, style, and fit perfectly and for an amazing price!  We were all so excited and, you can bet, my thoughts quickly went to PHOTO SHOOT!  

After the fair, we talked about a good setting for this ensemble and settled on our little down-town area.  I like the lights and "small-town urban" feel, along with the pretty landscaping mixed with the old brick and long sidewalks along the store-fronts.  

We managed to get a perfect night, so she got into the gown and her sister helped her with hair and make-up and we headed out.  But once we got there, I felt a bit under-the-weather and lost my energy and excitement.  Tragedy!  After all the prep, I needed to make this work, but I just wasn't FEELING IT.  Thankfully, Maya is a great model and just seeing her in that setting help trigger my inspiration.  We got some stares and whistles, which made us laugh and things started to fall into place.  The light was glowing beautifully and the colors brought everything to life.  

I still wasn't sure if my vision was fulfilled, until I got home and uploaded my raw files.  Ahhh . . . SO GORGEOUS!  I'm so happy we did this and now have a wonderful keepsake of a very special time in her life.  Here is my Maya, the pageant girl! 

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