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favorites 2014 – for others

I have had a rough couple of months with my blog. I had to transfer it to a different host and when I did, I lost several of my favorite blog posts. Most important was the one I wrote about my husband and me and our 17 years together. I didn’t compose it anywhere else so trying to muster up the mind power to write it again may take me until our 18th year together.

Getting these images posted for my annual favorites…

fingerboard fun

My 9 year old son Merrik acted in a commercial for his dad this week. Well at least his fingers did. He was on a studio set to make a commercial for CHOC Children’s Hospitals for about 3 hours at Thunder Studios. During that time he worked with Molly Schiot, enigmatic live action and animation artist, to get his part down just right. Molly was patient and helpful. I could tell her visual process was alive inside her mind the entire time-she…

Communication Arts Photography Annual 2014

I am so incredibly honored that “Merrik and the T-Street Shorebreak” was selected for an Award of Excellence in the Communication Arts Photography Annual 2014. This is something I dreamed about since I started shooting in college. I have always admired the work in Communication Arts magazine and even more excited is my husband who is a Creative Director at DGWB Advertising! He doesn’t always appreciate the fact that I am sending off framed artwork to be exhibited in…

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…

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…

don’t think

You mustn’t want, you must be receptive; don’t think, even, the brain’s a bit dangerous. Sensitivity is the flavor of moments. Henri Cartier-Bresson

All photographs demarcate their own period in time. You must not disregard the first image you ever made for future photographs. Every image you have made is relevant and important in your development. You must also remember that, as in life, the choices you make will determine your future as a photographer. Every decision you make-from…