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Work and Life Balance | by +Krisandra

Have you ever been so wrapped up in something that everything else just seemed to ….Disappear.


Something like a new companion, school, a project, or WORK? Everything else like family, friends, but mostly YOU? Where you don’t realize what day of the week it is you just know what you have to do that particular day because the calendar says so. Where you can’t seem to remember when the last time you talked to your friend actually was. Where you can’t remember if you answered that text message. When you are at a red light and suddenly remember you had better cook that chicken that has been marinating in the fridge or it WILL go bad.

This is where I am. RIGHT NOW.


This past weekend was busy for me. I auditioned for a television commercial, I photographed a family at the Atlanta fair, I snuck into an abandoned building and finally did a shoot that I had been planning for months, I spoke at a photography workshop, I even photographed a sideshow event. But, you know what else happened? I heard (more than once I might add) from friends, “Where have ya been? Why don’t we talk anymore”.



Mark (I thought was joking) said a while ago that the only time friends get to see him is if they are at the event he is photographing. He wasn’t joking. While I can sit here and justify it to myself that this is a good thing, it really isn’t. Yes, this means I am working hard at mastering my craft. Yes, this means I finally feel like I am in a good place with my photography career.†Yes, this means I am producing great images. Yes, this means I am finally doing what I love full time. But… this also means I have neglected friends, I have neglected my house chores, I am so tired a nap turns to anxiety because I am not sure if it is 6:30 a.m. or p.m. when I awake. I have forgotten ME.

I can balance this! Work and life! Even if it means I have to start putting my friends, chores and ME on my calendar. If that is what it takes, then so be it.

I wouldn’t be where I am today or who I am today without you. I can’t†forget†who modeled for me before I really knew what I was doing. I can’t†ignore†the ones who supported me when I was 48 hours straight without sleep because I was working on my portfolio in school. I can’t†neglect†those who care.

This blog is dedicated to you.



Dancer | by +Krista

This weekend, I cheated.

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings lately… so to shoot something so different from what I’ve been doing almost every weekend this fall? Honestly, it†felt like I was cheating on weddings. Oh, but dance. We have a history. A past. A connection that is so NOT like weddings- it’s gritty and tattooed†and deeper than it looks on the outside. And while I’ve fallen in love with weddings and love and the amazingness of photographing weddings, that spark with dance is still there… and maybe, in a way, that chemistry makes me a better photographer all around. I delve into weddings with that little bit of dance I carry around with me. It’s all about perspective.

My little girl takes ballet.†I decided upon ballet for her because, as a former dancer myself who quit too soon, I know that dance is tough, and builds you up in a way that simply cannot be rivaled.†Most men I know- tough guys who can take on anything, no matter how big the challenge- couldnít hold a candle to the physically- and psychologically-demanding requirements of being a dancer. Being a dancer builds discipline. Confidence. Resiliance. Character. Itís HARD. Harder than you think. But when youíre a dancer, spotlight in your face and lambswool shoved into the toes of your shoes, you eat/ breathe/ sleep it. It’s challenging and demanding and arduous and fulfilling… and worth it in ways that only other dancers really understand.

Iíve done several shoots with dancers now (here and here). And you know, I just really like it. Iím not afraid of repeating shots [because I donít] or running out of ideas [because I donít]. Iím shooting more and more weddings all the time and Iím not afraid of more weddings- because I love it so, so much. And shooting a dance concept is no different for me.

This is Greer. Sheís a dancer, naturally. (Sheís also an actor and a model and she sings, teaches dance, and does choreography, in case your brain needed to be demolished from all the talent she packs.) She and I have been trying to work with each other for months now, but our schedules never cooperated until this. And Iím so glad it worked out that way- true serendipitous alignment at the Goat Farm, with lifts and leaps†and some†non-dance stuff too. I like this niche I’ve found. A lot. And I want†to do even more.

For now, my little girl still loves dancing. Maybe sheíll stick with it. I danced with girls who went on to Julliard and European tours and parts in CatsÖ and I wonít lie, I would love that for my daughter. But she is a girl who†does her own thing- and if soccer or tae kwon do or fixing cars alongside her dad strikes her fancy, then weíll move on to†the next chapter in her life.†But that feeling of spinning on stage has never left me. The peace from stretches and warm-ups- replaced by Yoga in my journey towards 30- that peace hasnít left me either. And while the discipline and confidence have waned a little over the years (again, I blame that journey to 30), I remember my roots. And if I can satisfy that craving with the Pointe shoes still in my closet and the chance to make lovely photos of dancers, wellÖ Iím pretty sure Iíve found my happy new medium.


†Atlanta. Dance. Photographer. Ballet. Jazz. Contemporary.