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my little laken bacon | a birthday

four years ago, a precious little boy came into my life. four years ago i knew that love at first sight was real. four year ago, i held the love of my life in my arms. and this little boy looked up at me with all the trust he knew.

four years ago, my son came into this world.lakenbirth329_filtered

photo by my friend Mayra who was there that morning

i’m not really sure how i’ve managed to survive as a parent these four years. because i can’t keep a fish alive longer than a few days. being a single parent is quite frightening. it involves many tears. many moments of extreme anxiety and many many MANY times where i just want to give up.

but i can tell you this… regardless of how scary it is to raise a child in this world. regardless how hard parenting actually IS. regardless of how much they drive you insane… there is nothing greater in this world than seeing your child smile. hearing your child laugh. or simply having your four year old little boy look at you and say “awww. i love you, momma!”

four years later, i have a precious little boy that smiles all the time. that sparkles nonstop. that charms bees. and that has random strangers stopping us to tell us how “CUTE HE IS!!!” laken020-copy

workin’ on his fitness while eating a brownie. that’s TALENT!

I had his birthday party at Cheer Texas. which is, by the way, the WAY TO GO! so much fun! thank you to EVERYONE that came out!321laken3321laken2i am truly thankful to have been blessed by this little boy. he has brought so much GOOD into my life. directly and indirectly. he really is the reason behind everything that i do and i cannot imagine what i did before he came along.siggy-copyParty Venue – Cheer Texas

Cake and Cookies – Miss Piggy’s

Decorations – Card and Party Factory

Photography – Jonathan Wands

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March. 30. 2009 - 1:38 pm

islandjen - wow..i can’t believe he’s 4 already..isn’t this mamma thing a crazy ride? i love every second of it though!

March. 30. 2009 - 3:08 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - awesome post!! he really is cute! happy birthday little guy!

March. 30. 2009 - 3:08 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - awesome post!! he really is cute! happy birthday little guy!

March. 30. 2009 - 3:08 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - awesome post!! he really is cute! happy birthday little guy!

March. 30. 2009 - 6:30 pm

Alison - wow, he looks a little like conner in that blocks one. which is weird i know, blood wise. maybe it’s just that he’s starting to lose his "baby-face". seems like we just did 2 yr old pics! time is a crazy thing..

March. 31. 2009 - 1:32 pm

Veronica - Awww I love this whole entry! He is so adorable and you are such a good momma!

April. 1. 2009 - 11:22 am

Danielle Holbrook - girl…i know how you feel. being a single mom is hard work, but i wouldn’t trade landon for the world. i personally think that landon saved my life! they are precious little angels! you are doing a great job with laken & he’s lucky to have you as his mommy! the pictures are great…..he’s so stinkin’ cute. i just want to pinch his little cheeks!!! i feel blessed to have the two of you in my life!

Cruz and Abbey | an engagement

Abbey and i have exchanged a few emails here and there over the course of a few months in regards to her wedding photography. The stars finally aligned for us and we were able to meet up a couple of weeks ago for their engagement session. Cruz and Abbey a really laid back and fun couple to be around. We ran around town shooting and laughing. they are both incredibly gorgeous.price010-copyprice042-copy

.:love this:.price017-copyprice073-copy

fyi: after this session, i had to go out and buy her shoes in my size.price061texture-copy

and their little girl hopped in a few. then stole the show!price050-copy

really… i couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your wedding day and memories!  i can’t wait ’til july!siggy-copy1

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March. 28. 2009 - 5:10 am

Amber Nichole - sweet girl.
these are amazing.
the one with the blue wall, the one with the trees…yeah.
so good.

March. 29. 2009 - 2:41 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - as much as i love this set the last is my fav!

March. 29. 2009 - 2:41 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - as much as i love this set the last is my fav!

March. 29. 2009 - 2:41 pm

ohana photographers - david & kim - as much as i love this set the last is my fav!

Zach and Whitney | Married!

Zach and Whitney are… well, let’s just say that they are very very special to me. i have had SUCH a great time with them through this whole trip to the altar! I was very sad to see their day come and go. but they had an AMAZINGLY beautiful wedding!  I cried through the ceremony and laughed and smiled all night long.

They have such a GREAT love for one another. i wrote them a really long note in their guestbook because i have so much faith in their marriage. everyone that was there can see that the love they share for each other is so special and genuine.

i love this image of whitney. she is just so classic.

zwdavis056-copythis next one makes me laugh!zwdavis089-copythey opted for seeing each other before the ceremony. Zach stood at the front as Whitney walked in. As he heard her dress he started taking deep breaths and said, “i can HEAR her!” he was so excited. I love when couples opt for the “first look” because it really is much more intimate and leaves so much time for photos of themselves!zwdavis102-copy1zwdavis109-copyzwdavis153-copy1zwdavis285-copyzwdavis356zwdavis320-copyZach is an Aggie – Whitney is a Longhorn … will their kids be Sooners?zwdavis536-copyzwdavis451-copy

the dance floor was on fire all night!zwdavis439-copyzwdavis530-copyzwdavis428-copy

i know the two of you will have a LIFETIME full of happiness together. you are both such great people and truly bless and inspire those around you with the way you love each other. it has truly been such an honor to be a part of your memories! i love you both dearly and can’t wait to see your lives together progress! enjoy your slideshow! ((you still own me))


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March. 10. 2009 - 3:41 am

libby - Chriselda I think these wedding shots are the best I’ve ever seen you do. Amazing!

March. 10. 2009 - 3:55 am

Lauren - These pictures are amazing!!!

March. 10. 2009 - 11:40 am

kelly s - You’ve out done your self (again)
These are stunning, I love the third she looks like she is floating down the aisle.

March. 10. 2009 - 8:50 pm

Maci Lou - Chriselda-
These are AMAZING! You did AWESOME! What a beautiful couple and I am soooo excited for them!!!

March. 13. 2009 - 5:16 pm

kaitlin - i have routinely checked your sight, anxiously waiting zach and whit’s pictures! They are even more beautiful than i anticipated! Your an amazing photographer!

the state i’m in | maybe a more personal note from me

ok. so if i seem detached or forgetful or downright insane…

here is a bit of what’s going on. and this is not a pity party. i’m doing fine. just wanted to explain myself.

they say, “when it rains it pours” well, folks, i’m in the middle of a flash flood!

and while i think *i* have problems, my little brother (17yrs old) is in the hospital right now. he had a tumor behind his kidney that was removed on Tuesday afternoon. it was a large tumor that affected some other organs and sprung up quite quickly and has affected his health drastically in a matter of months. there are tests being run as we speak, but we won’t know anything for sure until next week. whatever the outcome, the doctors are still suggesting chemotherapy because it was so aggressive, this tumor. while there isn’t much i can do, really, i’m still spending time at the hospital when i can to help my parents.

and, while i hate to admit this, i have fallen behind on work for several clients – not purposely but because there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me right now to tackle EVERYTHING. my cell phone battery dies about 10 times a day. i have forgotten several appointments and scrambled to meet deadlines. so i apologize if you are being affected or if you feel that i am absentee. the truth is that i am. everything is just sorta spinning out of control and i’m dizzy and i don’t know what to focus on first.

i know things will get better. and this is not an invitation for “oh i’m soooo sorry” or “you poor thing” type of comments. it’s meant to be more of an explanation. more of an “i hope you understand” sort of note.

i’m not sad or crying. i’m just a wee-bit frantic and spastic and trying to line everything up.

thank you for understanding and for your patience if you are one of my clients. or if you are a friend that has called and i can’t seem to complete a sentence because my mind is elsewhere and you fear that i might be suffering from ADD.

i know it’ll get better. and all i can do until then … is… hang in there.
please hang with me!


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February. 26. 2009 - 4:27 pm

Monica Z - I hope everything gets better…

February. 26. 2009 - 9:10 pm

Maci Lou - Hey girl! I know you said this wasn’t open for pity…so I just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and I hope everything works out! I sure do love you and I think your an amazing person! If you need ANYTHING let me know (im a good packer/cleaner/organizer!)

P.S. Love the new website!!!
P.S.S. I’m not on it! haha
jk its fine! LOVE YOU!

February. 27. 2009 - 12:38 pm

kelly s - Hi Chriselda,
You dont me, but I visit your blog and enjoy your photography. Just wanted to let you know that I said a prayer for your brother. Hang in there and hugs from Germany!~Kelly

Owen | 8 Months

prepare to coo at your computer screen for the next few minutes!!! mmmhmmmm. this baby is soooo sooooo cute!  Owen is the happiest baby i have seen in a LONG time. just so sweet and giggly and fun to be around! if it were acceptable for me to bite babies, i would be biting on owen’s cheeks all day long! he’s so cute!

don’t believe me?! think i’m making a fuss? well then… see for yourself:odavis009-copyodavis041-copyodavis060-copy(bite bite bite bite)odavis057-copyfamily pics! yay!odavis066-copyodavis083-copyodavis092-copy

it’s really… such a tough job to be so cute. but pffft! someone has to do it!odavis119-copymegan! thank you for having me out! i read your first email that you sent me and am just really happy to have the opportunity to meet you (and find out how many mutual friends we have!) and photograph your beautiful family! i am so excited to see owen grow!!! thanks again and again!chriselda-photography

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February. 21. 2009 - 4:56 pm

Danielle Holbrook - I think this is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen & I have seen ALOT of babies! Precious!!!

February. 21. 2009 - 7:46 pm

Megan - CHRISELDA! AH! They turned out SO SO great! I totally love them! You did SUCH a fantastic job! Thanks for being so great and fun to work with!

February. 21. 2009 - 10:37 pm

roman - the third pic (black/white) kicks much buttock. that 5d rocks my face off.

February. 21. 2009 - 11:47 pm

Jenna - I think the first shot is my very favorite. I love seeing clean, crisp, colorful happy baby pictures.