I’m so thankful for my family and friends today. I’m thankful for the art of photography and that I am so lucky to do what I love every day.

I’ve been feeling a lot of pull towards encouraging people to print their images instead of leaving them on their hard drive… so if you have ever had a shoot with me, I want to see how you display your images in your home! Post to Instagram and use the hashtag #TheDKPrintProject … if you haven’t had a shoot with me, I STILL WANT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS! I want to be inspired and help others to be inspired too to use photos as art in their home!

Every fall I’m so excited to photograph Morgan, Robert and Amion. I started photographing this family when Morgan and Robert were first engaged…. I went on to shoot their wedding, then Morgans maternity session, Amions newborn, then each year following. This year Amion turned five and he couldn’t be more fun! I love when kids finally find their voice and start expressing their opinions and likes and dislikes. I always thing “How long have you thought these things and you were never able to articulate them to other people?” It’s just such an exciting thing to hear a child start talking and he is a LOT more chatty than he was last year! 😛

This is also the first year since I’ve switched to 100% film from a digital medium so I was thrilled to see that soft, touchable film look throughout their entire gallery. If you’re looking for that same look for your holiday photos this year, head over to kids.denisekaris.com for details!

 

I talked to my therapist about her recently (Is that weird for people to admit they talk to a therapist? If it is, I don’t care. Join me in not caring, won’t you?). I said “Sometimes I wish I could go back and tell my 13 year old self, ‘you become best friends with Sarah. Not just like, friends who see each other sometimes, but friends who rearrange their birthday plans so the other can make it. Friends who text daily. Friends who get each other through their thirties’.”  Because when I was 13, Sarah was 14 and she was a member that awesome group I only dreamed about running with. Sigh* Junior High problems.

It’s crazy how life brings people back into your life at different times for different reasons. It wasn’t until Sarah was a new mom, living in FINLAND, that we connected on *ahem* MySpace and built a friendship for the books, running ten years strong. So, for her birthday this year (because she rearranged her plans so I could make dinner after this shoot), I photographed her and her three children. On Film. In the forbidden desert (Seriously these guys on a golf cart told us to gtfo). And it came out exactly how I wanted.

Cheers to this next year, Sarah. We’re gonna kill it.

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

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Denise Karis Photography Family on FilmDenise Karis Photography Family on Film

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

 

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

 

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

Denise Karis Photography Family on Film

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