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Winegeart | Family & Baby

I can’t say enough how much i love my repeat clients – this session completes our fifth session together! it’s such a treasure for me to be a part of these family’s lives while they celebrate and experience the first year of their baby’s life. Tristan is now Nine months old!!! It seems like it went by so quickly and before we even realized just how quickly that was! So we got together one afternoon and tried reeeeeeeeeeeally hard to shake the “man” out of this little boy and get him to smile for the camera. i think the outcome is adorably stubborn. ๐Ÿ™‚

the great thing about Jared and Robynn is their playful spirits and full involvement with their little boy!

Robynnand just so you know… when you see the parents laughing, it’s often because i’m making a complete FOOL of myself – barking, fake sneezing, using extreme doses of baby talk and high pitched voices. but this little boy was a TOUGH crowd indeed. i couldn’t compete with his ever-curious and inquisitive nature. he just wanted to play. and we kept making him take pictures! the NERVE of some people. even when i squeezed his cheeks… he was too focused on what he was doing to give me two seconds of his time. we couldn’t help but laugh. and laugh. and laugh.

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January. 27. 2010 - 9:20 am

Libby - bwwhahaha oh we’ve totally been down that same road with Noah! Little Tristan is making you work for your money! haha Awesome job as always! cute family

January. 27. 2010 - 9:38 am

chriselda - libby – yes we have!!! you two both have smart little boys and i’m just not that interesting! hahaha!
seriously though, nine months is that stage for EVERY child. sometimes it comes sooner … eek!

January. 27. 2010 - 2:03 pm

Robynn - OMG!!! I was concerned we wouldn’t get any good shots! Boy was I wrong, we have FABULOUS photos! He definitely made you work for it! Thanks a million once again for your amazing work as usual! I HEART YOU CHRISELDA! ๐Ÿ™‚

January. 27. 2010 - 4:43 pm

Leah - Awesome pictures, they must be thrilled!

January. 27. 2010 - 8:00 pm

Robynn - I’m in love….I’ve been looking at these photos ALL day!!

Preston & Erica | Engagement

i have to tell you the really long story about my “courtship” with the couple i’m about to share with you. Erica sent me an email last summer asking if i was available on her wedding date.ย  She and i played phone tag for a couple of weeks – never meeting up. Two requests came in for the day Erica is getting married this summer. For whatever reason, things didn’t work out with either of those couples. Leaving me still open for Preston and Erica’s wedding. Still… we never managed to make our schedules work. I was either out of town or the country or Erica was busy maintaining her 4.0 GPA. It seemed that a “last minute meeting” might work out. Erica wooed me with dinner and cake and the like… yet we STILL could not make things work.

don’t ask me why neither one of us gave up on the other. because i don’t know the answer to that question.

but a few months later, we FINALLY met and had coffee. we rattled on and on about photography, her wedding, our mutual friends, the price of eggs, etc etc.

… then silence for weeks….

one day, out of the blue, Erica says “we’re ready! to book!”

and i was still available!

One thing that has ALWAYS stayed with me was when Erica said in our meeting (after i told her the other two inquiries didn’t pan out),

“Well, you’re meant to be our photographer. i don’t believe in accidents!”

well, dear sweet Erica… neither do i.

now that i’ve explained how *i* met this lovely couple… let me share their love for one another with you.

If these two weren’t looking sweetly at each other, they were laughing. If they weren’t in their own little world, they were making me a part of theirs. it was very refreshing and unique to spend the afternoon with two beautiful people who have a genuine interest and love for each other and have cultivated a great foundation of support, encouragement, comfort and adoration.

Ericai consider myself a very lucky person because i will have the opportunity to witness and document your journey this year! i am SO anxious for your wedding to arrive! you have both stolen my heart and are completely loveable!

thank you again and again for this amazing opportunity to work with and for you!

Chriselda Photography

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January. 26. 2010 - 7:45 am

Danielle - These are beautiful & she’s gorgeous!

January. 26. 2010 - 12:09 pm

Veronica Ryder - Oh my goodness!!!! This is my best friend and I am in this wedding!!! I am blown away by your work, and her pics are amazing and couldn’t capture E and Preston more perfectly! I’m excited to meet you!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

January. 26. 2010 - 4:59 pm

Megan - Erica’s beauty has always stood out to me since Ive known her. It so refreshing to see her beautiful smile. This is definitely a handsome couple!Wow, You sure know how to capture the beatuy in people chrisleda!

January. 27. 2010 - 4:04 pm

ashley rodgers - LOVE this blog/image/setup/collage thingy! Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

January. 29. 2010 - 1:26 am

Erica - I can’t quit coming back to look at these pictures! And I nearly leaked a few tears in the middle of class reading your sweet words. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for June!

January. 30. 2010 - 10:18 pm

Keila - Oh dear, these photos DID bring me to tears. Mainly because I really miss you both so much..and the photos capture you guys “essence” so well! I can’t wait for the wedding!

Isabella | Newborn Session

Erica was one of my first clients. She came to me for photos of her and her husband, Dustin, just because.

Since then, i have photographed many special moments for them.

I’ve been a small part of documenting their journey to becoming parents and am so thankful for the opportunity

Meet their beautiful baby girl, Isabella!

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Chriselda Photography

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Jacob and Tandi | Married

Jacob and Tandi were my last wedding of 2009

i can’t think of a better way to end my year, than with this couple.

after seeing her engagement photos,

tandi sent me an email saying

“these photos made me fall in love with jacob all over again”

their wedding was one of the most unique and personal weddings i have had the privilege of photographing

every detail was carefully executed

and the laughter filled her parent’s house as they all prepared for the ceremony

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tandi… you are beautiful

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tandi, her sisters, and her mother all broke out in song minutes before she walked down the aisle.

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enjoy your slideshow


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January. 3. 2010 - 12:00 am

Kristi S - They are gorgeous, I love all the details you captured for them.

PS Guess what? I just bought my first SLR ( Nikon d5000) and I am so excited! I am looking at different lenses now and was wondering what you use most on your shoots? I would like a prime lens of some kind but I am surveying my favorite photogs first ๐Ÿ˜‰

January. 6. 2010 - 12:02 am

ashley rodgers - LOVE that clothesline dress shot!! ๐Ÿ˜€

2009 | A Year in Review

well, well, well…

2009 has come to a close

it has been an AMAZING journey this year

the beginning of 2009 is COMPLETELY different from what it is now

every year, i total up the sessions from the year.

here is the tally for this year’s sessions:

16 maternity sessions, 17 babies, 43 children, 52 families

18 weddings, 31 engagements, 7 bridal sessions

6 boudoir sessions, 11 headshot sessions, 35 Graduates!!!

4 commercial shoots

11 plays

1 MMA Fight

4 Birthday Parties

1 Fundraising Event

1 50th Anniversary


that translates roughly to

that’s 222 sessions!!!!! 18 weddings, 1 MMA event, 4 parties, 1 event, and one anniversary

wow!!! that’s a lot of photography!!!!!
it’s no wonder that life has been such whirlwind!
sometimes things became overwhelming and i spent a lot of time in a bipolar ebb and flow


close family illnesses brought my family to its knees and we decided to re-evaluate our priorities
and in case we had forgotten what we had set our mind and hearts to do….
several months later, we experienced more shocking and FRIGHTFUL situations


that isn’t to say that we didn’t spend much time in laughter
that despite ourย  losses, that we didn’t find great joy in our blessings
it isn’t to say that we didn’t have a great year


we simply had a year that made us put some thought into our everyday lives


a couple of years ago, Ali Edwards, a scrapbook goddess
asked us to choose one word that we would use as a reminder everyday throughout the year
keeping us centered


i have done this challenge for two years.
the first year being “life” and this year’s word was “faith”


for 2010… my word is




whether that means i’m focusing on my work
deadlines. goals. workflow.




life. love. laughter. hugs. moments. memories
because those are all fleeting.


2010 is my year of FOCUS


i hope you all have a WONDERFUL New Year’s Eve!!!
right now, laken and i are out of town decompressing from the holidays
from the hustle
from the sounds
and just enjoying quality time in each other’s company
Chriselda0000photo courtesy of Andie Smith
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December. 31. 2009 - 10:49 am

Kristi S - Wow girl, I know you’ve been busy and I have enjoyed looking at all the sessions but 222….wow!!!! Keep up the wonderful work and I wish you continued success in years to come ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy New Year!

December. 31. 2009 - 4:21 pm

Danielle - i wish you much happiness & success in 2010, hon! have a happy new year!

January. 1. 2010 - 2:24 am

Libby - WOW! amazing! you have been a busy busy woman! well i knew that already but 222! you’re awesome!

I love that picture of you and Laken! happy new year!

We got your Christmas card in the mail yesterday! thanks so much. we loved it.

January. 1. 2010 - 3:06 pm

Maci Reinbold - Chriselda-
You were such a present person in my 2009! We had some pretty big events happen this past year and you were there to document them. I am so thankful for your work! You are incredible and talented and I love you to the moon. I am so thankful not only for your work, but for our friendship! I hope 2010 has just as many photo worthy events…and if not…bring on the wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am praying for you and Laken and I demand a date sometime soon! Can’t wait to see what your future holds this year! May you be blessed! xoxo

January. 1. 2010 - 3:37 pm

Briana - My gosh! What a year! Someday I hope I can say I’ve had so successful a year. Happy New Year, and may 2010 be wonderful for you.

January. 4. 2010 - 11:46 am

Joette - Thank you for allowing us to be part of your 2009. I know Caitlin will call on you often in years to come to be part of the special moments in her life. This was just the beginning.
Here’s to a blessed year for you and Laken.