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turning seven

My baby girl is turning seven today. The last seven years have been filled with laughter and joy, surprise and revelation. When I was a gooey mess in high school, I swore I would never have a daughter. I just couldn’t imagine wanting someone else to endure the challenges of growing up an emotional and out of place girl like I was. Well, Maliea has taught me that you don’t have to be that way: that it’s ok to be tough and…

at the edge of the world


One of my favorite locations by far is the rugged and remote coastline of Northern San Diego County. It’s a risk to take families there because it is so rocky but this family fit right in in their surroundings and added a spark of life to the otherwise parched landscape. In spite of the beach being completely covered with large rocks and the pounding surf surging ever closer to their adventurous kids, they were along for the ride. It was a gorgeous…

family portrait photography

settling in

I love to photograph families who just moved to the area or are visiting-and the Vinger family was no exception. I enjoy sharing local lore and knowledge with them so they can feel even more at home here where I grew up. This family was wonderful to work with  although the middle boy kept running off (I could relate-I’m the middle child too) and was over the whole photography thing-unless he was the only one being photographed of course!

80 years of life

all the cousins

me with my dad, mom and two sisters

This past weekend we celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday with a huge gang of family and friends. It was a gorgeous day in Dana Point and my sister put together a fun and fabulous gathering. Family and friends from far and wide (all over CA) came to help my dad recall what a…

kristianne koch riddle fine art children photography

getting lost

“For me, childhood roaming was what developed self-reliance, a sense of direction and adventure, imagination, a will to explore, to be able to get a little lost and then figure out the way back.” — Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost)

I have been thinking so much lately about our collective children-the children who are in general losing touch with nature, themselves and their free time to explore externally and internally. The current book project with my friend Tytia…

my first born is nine

Merrik turns 9 years old today. He has begun the path across the threshold of childhood and is truly a young man developing his own ideas about the world and personal independence. I am so proud of the choices he makes and after about a year of him questioning his own choices in life, he is on his way to being a very confident thinker. I have been photographing Merrik in the water since he was born. He started swimming at 7 months…

kristianne koch riddle fine art dream portraits

Delphian meanderings

A Dream Within a Dream

by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the…

Once A Girl

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”
― Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
When I was young-in my emotional teen years-I remember crying on my bed after being betrayed by a friend and thinking, “When I become a mother, I hope I don’t have a little girl because I wouldn’t want her to have to go…