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Whitney | Bridals

when i walked into Bride’s, i saw Whitney in her dress. a perfectly stunning bride. and my eyes were quickly filled with tears. yes … i cried.

i am very very VERY humbled to be a part of Zack and Whitney’s journey into marriage. So when we photographed Whitney’s bridals, i was so anxious. i knew she was going to be gorgeous. but i really just wasn’t properly prepared.

whitney and zack get married today! and i’m more than thrilled to be there as their friend. as another fan of their relationship, bond, and marriage!whitney011-copywhitney037-copywhitney017-copywhitney048-copywhitney054-copywhitney067-copy

beautifulwhitney076-copyi can’t wait to share their wedding photos with you all!chriselda-photography3

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January. 3. 2009 - 7:04 pm

andie - wow…she is stunning!!!!!

January. 3. 2009 - 8:43 pm

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - deezaaaam criselda!!! how friggin gorgeous is she? talk about feearce!! rocked it again my friend! here’s to kickin 09 in the face!! woo hoo!

January. 3. 2009 - 8:43 pm

ohana photographers - david & kimi b - deezaaaam criselda!!! how friggin gorgeous is she? talk about feearce!! rocked it again my friend! here’s to kickin 09 in the face!! woo hoo!

January. 5. 2009 - 6:06 am

Brandy @ B.Persnickety - Alright, so this bride is completely gorgeous but YOU are seriously talented… captured her beauty in a way that can’t be described…..thanks for sharing!!!

January. 11. 2009 - 2:59 am

kaitlin - you captured one of my greatest friends beautifully. i sobbed at the wedding and these pictures just say so much! i can’t wait to see how their wedding photos turn out. Growing up you never realize that all those childhood wedding dreams will come true until you see it yourself and your ability to capture those dreams astounds me!

January. 11. 2009 - 6:33 am

Zachary - Can I get some of that?!?

January. 22. 2009 - 8:31 am

Jenna - These are crisp, clear, and effortless. The 4th one down in particular is just stunning.

February. 8. 2009 - 1:37 am

Danielle Holbrook - I think these are the most beautiful bridal portraits you’ve taken…..

February. 11. 2009 - 12:19 am

nyc - *gasp* the second one, of her in the trees might be one of my favorite bridals Ive come across. lovely!

March. 21. 2009 - 5:20 pm

Libby - I LOVE the last picture of her. WOW

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!!!