{Ali & Mark Engagement in Crested Butte | KiKi Creates | Colorado}

It’s been a solid 7 months since I have put together a blog post. Whoopsies. It’s been one of the busiest and most exciting times in my career. With a new location added in Crested Butte, Colorado and a dozen more weddings (than I normally shoot) added this year in Maine, South Dakota, The Keys, Crested Butte, and North Carolina. I have had an amazing year so far with an amazing amount of travel and new relationships and I just have not had the time to get them all together for a post! So, what do I do? Kick blogging back off with this kick ass couple, Ali and Mark.

I’ve been lucky enough to know Ali and Mark since they first started dating a few years ago. Ali was one of my first friends out here in Crested Butte. We actually became quick friends one night over red wine, napkins on our heads, and forks as beards. Yes, it sounds as weird as it is. A few years later, when I met Mark for the first time, I could not stop laughing. He is a funny, light hearted guy that has a very distinct laugh that you can’t miss and always makes you smile. The two of them together are just the sweetest. I feel very special to have gotten to know them so well. They have become yet another couple I have photographed, became friends with, and then visited and lived with them for a bit (Thanks for that by the way guys :)). So here they are, during wildflower season in CB, hugging and twirling in the woods. I hope you enjoy it, because I sure did!

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A Look Back on a Lifestyle & Wedding Photographers 2016

Every year, when I get together all of my favorite photographs, I am amazed at the things I get to see and learn with each couple and image I make. The intimate moments that include some of their closest family and friends. The cultural interpretations of how each person shows their love and gratitude towards each other. And the moments that will be looked back on with people that are not even in this world yet, but still so much apart of the story.

Photography has the power to create and bring memories to life for other to cherish, even if not there. So to have over 45 weddings, 35 portraits, and 68 photo booth’s booked in 2016 all with little ‘ol KiKi, makes me feel very special and very grateful to all of the wonderful people who trusted me to capture these moments.

8 out of 10 months were on the road from The Keys, Georgia, North Eleuthera, Bahamas, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, North Carolina, and of course Sunny Florida. I am just blown away sometimes at how magical each year is. And am super excited for all the new things happening in 2017.

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{Baby Nora | Newborn Session in Neptune Beach, Florida | KiKi Creates }

Oh sweet Baby Nora. All of my newborn sessions this year were with girls. Which is an awesome change because I always have years with only boys! I usually photograph around a dozen newborn sessions a year. And they are almost always with clients I have photographed before hand that trust and understand how I work. That is important to me because there is sometimes a lot of stress and definitely tons of time put into newborn sessions. So having a built relationship there with the Mother and Father is pretty huge. Especially because I showed up to this session, immediately started scanning their room and home for places to shoot. And once I found one, was slightly landscaping and moving around pine needles on the side of their home for 10 minutes to create this first photo. But, they knew what they were getting into. For their other child, I had them meet me at sunrise and put him in a baby hammock on the beach.

I get weird at shoots sometimes, I can’t help it. The creativity flows so perfectly if you just do what is in your head and not worry about what others think. And my clients have always loved it.

Newborn session, to me, carry a lot of nostalgia. The first “photo Job” I had before my business, was running a newborn studio in a maternity ward photographing 1-2 day old babies. It taught me a lot about patience and flexibility in photographing people and babies (who run the shoot). Because these sessions are so close to my heart and remind me of where I started, I tend to put a lot of time into them. The basket Nora is sleeping in is made of real flowers and greenery (that I foraged) and took me roughly 2 hours to create. Even though a good majority of my business is photographing weddings, these newborn sessions once a month are great to spark creativity. They give me time to create in a new way, while also incorporating what I already know.

So here is Baby Nora (and her awesome family). My last newborn session of 2016.

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{Jessica & Hannes’ Wedding at Casa Marina | KiKi Creates | Jacksonville Beach, Florida}

Most people complain about how rough Monday’s can be. Not if you are with these two on their sweet Monday Wedding. Hannes is originally from Germany, so most of the wedding was in Jacksonville beach for the first time. It brought together a fun filled group of people to celebrate the Herr and Frau.

When I first met with Hannes and Jessica I could instantly tell that they were an adorable duo. Jessica is an incredibly sweet and thoughtful person that you can’t help but want to hug all the time. Hannes was constantly glimpsing over at her throughout the day, never taking his eyes off of his fiancé and then wife. And it made me so happy to see how he cared for her so much.  They celebrated with a perfectly blue sky and windy day. Followed by running on the beach with their bridal party, getting their toes wet on the beach, twirling under the full moon, and maybe a few shots of Jägermeister (wait until you see Jessica’s reaction to that below :)).

It was such a breath of fresh air to get out of Monday emails and spend it running around Casa Marina with these two. Check out their lovely wedding day below!

Enjoy!

KiKi

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{Kelley & Colin’s Wedding at One Ocean Resort | KiKi Creates | Atlantic Beach, Florida}

Many people prefer to meet their wedding photographers before the wedding. But sometimes it just does not happen. And that does not mean anything because you can still get along wonderfully with someone seconds after you meet them for the first time. And that is exactly what happened with Kelley, Colin and I.

They both live in Bangladesh and flew over to Florida where, their friends and family live, to tie the knot. The entire day was nothing short of magical. So much laughing and excitement from everyone. It was such an invigorating environment to work in.

I pulled up to Kelley’s parents house and I was greeted by her Dad cutting the lawn. I thought I was at the wrong house, but he quickly greeted me with a smile and a “come on in”. The girls were drinking champagne and giggling while getting their makeup done. The house was filled with bright window light and little Florida details scattered about. After the ceremony a beautiful Rolls Royce picked Kelley and Colin up and we went to a Preserve I have been wanting to photograph a wedding at for a while! Dutton Island was a perfect place to pop more champagne, throw confetti, and do a couple heel clicks (you’ll see below). The reception began with a song written by the best man for the bride and groom to dance to as their first dance. There were little details that incorporated their dog (who couldn’t make the long trek) and loved ones around the reception among the candle lit golden details.

As if the night was not perfect enough, right before we went to photograph the two of them underneath the full moon light, the best man grabbed his guitar, got the entire wedding in a circle and had one last acoustic dance for the two of them in the middle of all the ones the love. Holy Cow! What a wedding! I’ll stop blabbering on so you can see it for yourself!

Enjoy!

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{Samantha & Phil’s Wedding at Casa Marina | KiKi Creates | Jacksonville Beach, Florida}

I love a couple that drinks Champagne straight from the bottle, and one who makes you feel like family. I love a couple who kisses before you even ask them to because they just can’t help themselves. I love a couple that smiles all day even if it rained out there beach wedding.

Who is this magical couple? Sam and Phil!

I cannot express the happiness I had photographing and editing this day. You would think there would be a couple downers because this beach wedding was completely rained out, but oh no! So many, many smiles and laughs, and forehead kisses (my favorite). I just loved all the love these two had and am so excited I was apart of there day. Check out all the laughter and love below. Enjoy!

KiKi

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{Elizabeth & David’s Wedding in The Abacos | KiKi Creates | Abaco Island, Bahamas

With a Hurricane warning flashing on the TV screen in Florida as I type this, I’ve decided to post a wedding that encompasses the exact opposite of the weather outside. Sun, Blue Skies, and a gorgeous beach. Elizabeth and David’s sunny Abacos Wedding was filled with tons of amazing surprises and moments. Including an underwater session, an emotional Chinese tea ceremony right before the traditional Chinese wedding games, two tiny doggie escorts, an absolutely stunning sunset, and to top it off, a private firework show on their own beach they grew up on.

It was a stunning way to get married and I feel so happy to be able to capture all of these loving moments. Check out this fun and colorful wedding below.

KiKi

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