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grace and character | my little girl is turning five

Birth to age 1

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Age 1 to Age 2

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Age 2 to Age 3

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Age 3 to Age 4

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Five years ago the doctors pulled her from an incision in my belly. Twenty minutes in the operating room and voila! There she was; as beautiful as she is now. But most important, my Maliea is growing up with amazing grace. She is the girl I never was and always wanted to be: cool, calm and collected. She knows what she likes and takes no guff from anyone. She doesn’t get pulled into social drama nor is she swayed by what’s popular. She dances to the beat of her own drum.

Her spirit is powerful and inspiring. I remember being a bit goofy when I was young but I have since lost it-I take things way too seriously-and I am going to nurture that wonderful silly humor she posesses. Maliea has thicker skin than I do so I suspect that she will be more likely to maintain her goofyness. Her humor keeps us all laughing and although her beauty shines on the outside, her wit keeps it glowing bright.

I love her so much and can’t imagine our family without our little girl. She brings balance and order to the universe.

Unlike most photographers these days, my kids didn’t inspire me to start doing photography. I was a photographer long before they came around. But, they have been the primary subjects in my work for the last 8 years. Before that, human subjects were just a hint of life in my environmental landscapes. So I do have them to thank for bringing the portrait to my portfolio. My favorite portraits are the ones that aren’t just a display of beauty. I love the ones that express a quirky, authentic and vibrant character. Both my children are the main subjects of two of my ongoing portfolio projects: On Board and If I Had a Brother. If I Had a Brother is an unreleased series about my strong desire as a young girl to have an older brother to look after me and the relationship that I am observing between my son and my daughter.


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    March 22, 2013

    Holy WOW!!! So many amazingly beautiful shots. Both your kids are going to have such an awesome collection of photographs from their childhood. Lucky kids.

    This post has brightened my otherwise dreary day, so thank you for that. I would name some favorites but there are way too many. A lot you’ve never posted before and just gorgeous! I’m sure she’s going to have an amazing birthday on Monday. Looking forward to seeing those shots.

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    Dawn Shiree

    March 22, 2013

    Kristianne, the two of you have left me speechless. Gorgeous in every way, my friend. <3