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a year in review | 2008

last year, i was working a full time job and doing photography “a la carte”

when i went to dallas last October, i sat at the Chili’s Too in Dallas Love Field Airport and furiously scribbled on a napkin that i was going to go into “full-time” business for myself on Septemer 24, 2008. This would be my birthday gift to myself.

In February, i unexpectedly lost my job. I came home. Was a wee bit stressed. And stared at my computer – blinking slowly and trying to shake myself out of a trance.

then Fred im’ed me – most likely to recommend new music to me – and i said “i lost my job today”

and he said “great! now you can stop making excuses” And i will never forget that. What happened next, i was not prepared for. I saw my business TAKE OFF. i have been shooting just about every day since the middle of march.

I recently went back and tallied up all of my sessions and thought i would share the numbers with you.

in 2008, i have photographed:

147 Sessions, (yes… that is CORRECT, one hundred-forty-seven!!!), 18 Weddings, 3 NILMDTS Cases, 1 Fundraiser, 1 MMA Fight, 10 Plays for the Amarillo Little Theatre

and i traveled 19 times this year! including my trip to Mexico for a wedding!chriselda2008there were certainly times when i thought i was going insane. when i felt extremely overwhelmed. when i thought maybe i just wanted to apply for medical school after all. yet, times when my clients made me completely appreciate my life and career. i have learned many a lesson the HARD way.

but as my dry erase board read for most of this year, “You are blessed to be this stressed”

and i truly was. 2009 is a year of change for me in many aspects. i’m both excited and anxious to see what i can learn this year!  I am excited to be meeting and working with a lot of new clients and to be given the opportunity to work with several returning clients. you are why i keep doing what i do. and i appreciate the warmth, patience, understanding, appreciation, and respect that you have given to me over the course of the last year!

i am thankful  for the opportunity to work with local non profit organizations, for all the friendships i have made with my clients, for the cake and cookies you  have so lovingly sent and shared with me, for the many children that have hugged my neck or kissed my camera lens, for the couples who trusted me and welcomed me into their families and wedding memories, and for my friends who stood by my side and watched me grow, strengthen, stress, crumble, and offered a helping hand on the way up! for other local photographers who have formed a special friendship and bond with me on purpose! and for the photographers in other cities and states who i have worked with and for. and for the adorable little boy that keeps me grounded, motivated, and determined to push up and through. i love you all!

you made my 2008 not only possible, but enjoyable.LakenChristmas

cheers to 2009!chriselda-photography4

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January. 1. 2009 - 11:53 pm

Libby - All I have to say is YOU’RE AWESOME! Thanks for all the memories you have given us and for many more that will come! Happy New YEar!

January. 2. 2009 - 4:09 am

wrecklessgirl - dang you are blessed, sister. great to hear. it is definitely a story that does not match my own, though i’m certainly looking forward to doing some scribbling on a napkin this year. 🙂

January. 2. 2009 - 3:10 pm

islandjen - you are so inspiring Chriselda…it’s been so fun to watch you progress through all of this! you rock chica!!

January. 2. 2009 - 5:19 pm

Monica Z - you are amazing! I miss you already!

January. 3. 2009 - 6:55 pm

Maci Richie - Chriselda! You are truly a blessing! We love you and your gift of photography is unmatchable! Congrats and good luck in the new year! I can’t wait to see you soon! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!
and p.s. my day planner quotes "Your too blessed to be stressed!" Ü

January. 4. 2009 - 4:17 pm

jensmack - I am so PROUD of you! You followed your dreams – you WENT for it and GOT it! Congratulations, girl!

Clay and Amanda | Engagement

A couple of weeks ago, i made my way down to Dallas, TX for engagement photos for Clay and Amanda. We had a great time running around downtown and around Las Colinas. It was the perfect day for photos!jackson026-copyjackson041-copyjackson042-copy

i ::adore:: this photo.jackson071-copy

i believe this is my favorite. but i’m still a bit undecided!!jackson061-copyjackson076-copy1well… yeah. this one is my favorite. can a girl have more than one favorite?jackson083-copyjackson097-copyClay and Amanda: thanks for having me out for the day! i had a great time with both of you and can’t wait to photograph your wedding! chriselda-photography2

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November. 5. 2008 - 3:10 am

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - hot couple and hot pics!!! your favs are flippin bad ace!!!

November. 5. 2008 - 3:10 am

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - hot couple and hot pics!!! your favs are flippin bad ace!!!

November. 5. 2008 - 5:17 pm

Amanda - Love them all!!! Me biting his nose has to be the favorite!!!

December. 15. 2008 - 8:10 pm

Shane - Clay, Amanda and Chriselda

Awesome Pics all 141 are great. Wow! Congrats on the Engagement and looking foward to the wedding. Wow!

January. 1. 2009 - 6:25 pm

*Boyfriend* - I love this session. you know why.

the Henrys | Family!

i really like my job. ok, fine, i LOVE it. but when you have a family session that goes the way this one did, there’s no question as to why i love it.henry006-copyhenry022-copycourtney showed up with this HUGE picture frame. i love this!!! this perfectly fits the boys! any person with boys knows that this is what you will MOST likely get if you ask them to cooperate for family photos!henry007-copyhenry032-copyhenry062-copycourtney, i never ever  EVER say this about kids. but um… yeah… you have a little heartbreaker on your hands here.henry079-copyhenry086-copy

afterward, the boys played football together. these are both my favorites!henry113-copyhenry118-copyhenry120-copyand the parental units. gorgeous.henry125-copycourtney! i am soo soooooo glad that we were able to squeeze this session in! thanks for coming out for the morning! your have a STUNNINGLY gorgeous family!chriselda-photography

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October. 31. 2008 - 11:53 am

islandjen - OMG C..that family is just stunning…and those kiddos…for real heartbreakers…!!

October. 31. 2008 - 2:15 pm

Kristi - Those little boys are too cute! Great job as always, Ms Chriselda!

October. 31. 2008 - 3:05 pm

Brynne - Cute family!! I love the big picture frame!

November. 1. 2008 - 3:46 am

Courtney Henry - Oh…thanks so much for the compliments!!! We had a fun time…and the pics are wonderful!!! You rock!!!

November. 4. 2008 - 4:30 pm

Aunt Jana - I fell in love with my nephews all over again… I cannot wait for my family photos this weekend! Great job Courtney on

November. 4. 2008 - 11:45 pm

Whitney - My goodness what an adorable family!!! I love all of them!!

Baby Tagg |

or maybe i’m just partial to him.

Jake and Desiree just welcomed their precious baby boy into the world.  when i photographed their wedding last year, i knew they were planning on having a baby soon. so it was no surprise when i ran into desiree soon after and she pooched her belly out and said “do i look pregnant?”

side note: six of my brides from last year have either already had babies, or are currently “with child.” Maybe it has something to do with me? noooo surely not!!!

Back to the session. when i got to their house, i scooped him up and held him he is soooooo precious! he smelled good and everything. Jake and Desiree are such amazing parents too!tagg020-copy

Tagg is COMPLETELY smitten with his mommy. he looks at her all the time.tagg001-copytagg005-copyif you don’t oooooh or aaaahhhhh when you see this… i dunno what to tell you other than “you wouldn’t know a cute baby even if i hit you in the head with one!”tagg007-copytagg042-copylook people: i never claimed to be a baby whisperer!tagg039-copyi had to leave one in color so you can see his baby blues!!! ain’t he a cutie?!?! (not you, jake)tagg049-copyi. love. you. and am so glad that you are both in my life. that you are both my friends. i won’t even hold it against you that your kid peed all over my sweater! that’s how much i love you guys! seriously though, he is super adorable! i can’t wait to get more. can’t wait ’til he’s old enough to run around with Laken! thank you so much for allowing me to share this stage with you. (((((big hug)))))chriselda-photography1

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October. 29. 2008 - 3:30 am

jessica - AWWWWWW…..the blue eyes!!….hes going to break some hearts in life!!

October. 29. 2008 - 3:50 am

Desiree - I know no one else could have captured him the way you did and I am soo thankful for that…and for you my beautiful friend. You are soo soo great and we love love love you!!!

October. 29. 2008 - 12:16 pm

islandjen - awww…freakin’ adorable!! remember when draven and laken were that small? sigh….

October. 31. 2008 - 5:27 pm

Brynne - What a cutie!!!

Zack and Whitney

i always ask my couples how they “KNEW” they had found the person they wanted to marry.
When Zack knew… he drove overnight for EIGHT hours from college in the middle of intense summer courses to propose to her. this has to be my favorite.response.ever.

i love this couple more than i can form words for. i know you get sick of hearing me say that. but um… they were just SO RAD! they harassed me and really gave me a hard time. but that’s ok. that’s what makes them special! I always say “ok let me have you here… ” and Whitney would say “you me?” and i’d say to Zack, “no… you you!”

I really could just post every single one of their pictures here. cause they’re all my favorites. and i took over 500 images. ugh. how, exactly, did that happen? Whitney attends UT in Austin while Zack goes to A&M in College Station. So you KNOW we had to play that up. But, bad news Whitney, i HAD to post this one of you!gabertcollagesgabert-davis038-copygabert-davis041-copyand um… this is the part of the session where we got in trouble. We climbed up into this old, abandoned, condemned, burnt down apartment complex. we were on the second floor and thought that either a) we would fall through the floor b) there was a dead body in there or c) both a and b. turns out, it was d) we almost went to jail. that would’ve been fun, no? “Mom… Dad… can you come pick us up at the county jail? we were trespassing and got arrested for committing “arrestable” behavior during our engagement session.”gabert-davis065-texture-copygabert-davis081-copygabert-davis069-copyyeah. i know. and they know too!!!gabert-davis088-copygabert-davis096-copygabert-davis101-copygabert-davis119-copygabert-davis141-copy

“we don’t want anything traditional” is sweet music to my ears! but just to prove that we did aim to please the masses (aka parental units, grandparents, newspaper people, etc… and my mom too!) here is one!!gabert-davis105-copyZack and MelissaTiffany... Amy… errr, Katy or whatever your name is… i am beyond THRILLED to be your wedding photographer! i can’t WAIT until January! you are among my favorites. ME YOU YOU! “you OWN me” Enjoy your slideshow!chriselda-photography

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July. 31. 2008 - 2:06 am

andie - what a super fun couple!!! lucky you shooting their wedding!!!! hook ’em!

July. 31. 2008 - 3:52 am

Monica Z - can i be you when i grow up:)

July. 31. 2008 - 4:19 am

Amanda Appel - Chriselda!!!Those are all sooooooo good! I don’t know how they are going to pick out which ones to order. You knocked that session out of the ballpark, and I LOVE the abandoned house ones!

July. 31. 2008 - 6:51 am

Steve - Hook’ EM!!! That was some kinda fantastic stuff.. Gig Down…

July. 31. 2008 - 3:25 pm

Maci - Chriselda,
This is the BEST photo shoot I have ever seen! OMG I want all these! haha What’s funny is I know this couple! I went to high school with them and they are AMAZING people! I am so excited for them and for you! These are absolutely amazing!

July. 31. 2008 - 4:03 pm

ana marie - love love love it! great pics and a beautiful couple. the last pic of the slide show is my favorite! wonderful job as always 🙂

July. 31. 2008 - 4:23 pm

Elizabeth - OMG! those are awesome….I love the first one where you have them in the abandoned building….where she is kinda grabbing his shirt….that pic is sooo intense!!! you are awesome and will someday be my photographer when i get married!!!

July. 31. 2008 - 4:41 pm

Twyla - Those are hott!! They could do that professionally seriously! Makes me what to get pics done with just me and Josh and not the kids lol!! Those.were.Awesome!

July. 31. 2008 - 9:26 pm

Bniice - Wow… that was hot!!!

August. 1. 2008 - 6:09 am

nadine - these are great chriselda!! like wow! i agree with what someone else said – i think this is your best one yet!

August. 1. 2008 - 2:44 pm

Whitney - I agree Chriselda, it was your best!! Haha we had toooo much fun and you made us look way better than we actually do- you OWN me. Can’t wait to order them and especially for January! Couldn’t be happier

August. 2. 2008 - 12:52 am

Su - such a natural! both she and him!!! really nice set of pics chriselda. 🙂

August. 2. 2008 - 1:52 am

Zachary - I pretty much agree with everyone, this was the best. Me you and you you had a great time shooting this.

August. 2. 2008 - 3:02 am

Micha - OMG are you two models? These pictures are amazing!!!! Great photographs

August. 2. 2008 - 3:10 pm

jessica - OMG!!!! i am jealous!!…! I cant wait to see the wedding….the abandoned apt one kicks A@@!!! love them all…good work!

August. 4. 2008 - 5:01 am

stacey fike - awesome shots!!
i really love the one with the flare!! perfect!!

August. 7. 2008 - 3:32 am

david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - loooooooooooooove this bad boy! holy gorgeous batman!

August. 7. 2008 - 3:32 am

david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - loooooooooooooove this bad boy! holy gorgeous batman!

August. 7. 2008 - 3:32 am

david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - loooooooooooooove this bad boy! holy gorgeous batman!

August. 11. 2008 - 8:47 pm

shane - Great work Chriselda, just amazing, could look at your photos all day WOW!!! Congrats Zack and Whitney!!!!

August. 13. 2008 - 1:36 am

J Sapp - Omg! Are yall models. jk but congrats Zackey D and Whit, yall are the perfect couple.

October. 10. 2008 - 12:00 am

Sherilyn - Wow…Chriselda is an amazingly talented photo-artist.
I know my nephew, Zack, is handsome and this really brings it out! And of course, Whitney is beautiful. Congrats to the both of you on an incredible engagement photo shoot. Love you!