.favorite thing #1 countdown to christmas. {redding, ca photographer}

& I literally was NOT going to do the favorites! until a favorite person of mine posted on facebook how excited she was for my FAVES! AHH! Made my day!!!

I mean, who reads blogs anyways?? I’m beginning to wonder if the whole blog thing is even a thing!

With Instagram everything is so instant & quick & with smart phones, who even sits down at their computer at night to read blog posts???

My inquiring mind wants to know! Things change so quickly!!!! So anyways– I will try & be as faithful to blogging my 25 days of FAVES as I can!!

I won’t promise you anything, but I will try!!!!

FAVORITE THING #1!!! It’s amazing & you NEED it… You really do.

With ALL of the photo shoots & cooler weather lately my lips have been so chapped!

This stuff works wonders & makes them so soft & even helps with my lipstick staying on LONGER!

Absolutely worth the $22.50 that it is!

Favorite Thing #1 Sugar Lip Treatment

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and to kick off the blog post!!!! This adorable family!!!! OMG!! Absolutely the cutest!

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.the asnicar family. {redding, ca family photographer}

ahh! how fun this session was!!! short & sweet! mini-sessions typically bring success….

asnicar family! you are beautiful!!! thank you so much for such a great session!!!

your christmas cards are gonna be the BESTEST!

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.handley family. {redding, ca family photographer}

Handley Family

Such a beautiful family session!!! Lots of laughter & only a couple of tears! Oh for little thistles!

Kristene, your vision for the shoot was amazing!!! You should seriously become a stylist!!! Loved the colors &  all of the details!!

Your family is stunning! Happy Family Pictures!!!!

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.happy 4th of july 2014. {redding, ca photographer}

Happy 4th of July!!!! Hope you had an amazing day!

Ours was filled with so much fun & many memories! I just love the 4th!

It was really wonderful to have my parents & my sister’s family, & at the end my best friend & her family! It was wonderful!

Happy July & Happy Summer!!!

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and a few from the iphone!

Conner had this idea!!! He wanted a shot with his hunting rifles!! Gotta say it’s too cool!!!!!

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then a little RED, WHITE, & BLUE Dutch BROS!!!

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& piggy backing from my camera to my iphone for a few instagram pics… oh how impressive iphones are!

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Redding has the best fireworks show ever! Seriously we all just LOVE it! God Bless America!!!!!

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.kei kei. {redding, ca portrait photographer}

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We have been so blessed to have Kei Kei in our lives this last year.

I met her a few years ago. She took my photography class at school.

Not owning a camera, she used her iphone! Seriously has some iphone photo talent!

This year she has interned for Ben! It’s been so great having her on our team!!!! Such a joy & treasure!

We will miss you Kei Kei! Looking forward to  seeing what God has for you & for your life!!!

Love you! Love you!

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.you are amazing. {Redding, CA Photographer}

Several years ago I was shopping abound in Macy’s & was approached by the loveliest lady. She asked if I was Heather Armstrong & then told me it was one of her daughter’s dream to go on a photo shoot with me, as she wanted to be  a photographer! I was thrilled & so for her daughter’s birthday, she surprised her to come on a shoot with me! It was a blast!

I was so excited to receive an e-mail that they would like a mother-daughter shoot!!!! AHH! Such a special friendship they have!!

Be sure to check out Holly’s photography! She is amazing!

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.a Christmas gift. {Redding, CA Photographer}

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Tears filled my eyes as I asked Ed why he had been the one to set up the shoot!! Not that I minded a man setting up a shoot, but typically it is the lady, yah know….

 Ed said to me, “Well, a shoot with you was Claire’s Christmas present!” “I gave her the slip that confirmed the shoot & made her dream come true!”

Claire said that she was crying & the children were asking why & she told them & they were so excited!!! Yes, I was crying!

Ed & Claire were visiting Redding from Salisbury, England, for a Love After Marriage Workshop! It was a treat to capture their love & their connection!

Next time a family shoot!!!!

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.kimmi. {just a little personal post}

Since the New Year, I have pretty much hit the ground running….  Between trying to catch up on things, new jobs, & being a mom & wife, life has just been full!

I cannot really complain, I feel so blessed, but I definitely have felt the need for a break.

It was such a blessing to have longest, closest friend come visit from Tulsa, Oklahoma this past weekend. Absolutely the best!

I so enjoyed each and every minute spent with her!

We enjoyed Kobe Sushi, Coffee Bar Deliciousness, walks on the River Trails, meeting friends, visiting Bethel’s Healing Rooms,

& one of the highlights, enjoying Anselmo! Thoroughly an awesome weekend!!!!

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*(top left pic was while I was waiting for kim to land… this family had me in tears…ahh for airport moments)*

Kim & I have been friends since I was in the 7th Grade. I’m always in awe that we have remained friends for so long!

She has always been there for me, absolutely loyal & trustworthy, & always such an encouragement! I am so thankful for her!!!

I love you Kimmi!

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My Kim!!! AHH! Please keep her in your prayers!

She is going to have back surgery in the next couple of weeks and your prayers would be amazing!

That everything would go incredibly smooth, her recovery would be quick, & that she would  no longer have any back pain!!!!

Believing for a miracle!!!

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.merry christmas. {redding, ca photographer}

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Merry Christmas!!!! Christmas! Oh to breathe it in! The beauty! The magic! The “what’s important & “what’s not”!

Oh to remember what Christmas is all about! The celebration of Jesus birth! How so very thankful I am!

I hope your Christmas Day is wonderful! I do! I hope it’s the best yet!

Brett & Emily Faulknor captured our family this year! I am in LOVE with the pictures!

So so thankful that they captured our connection! Truly in awe of their talent & art!

Thank you Brett & Emily! We love you!

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and to TOP it off!!! Tyler Faires captured this incredible footage of our shoot & magically created the most amazing VIDEO ever!

Merry Merry Christmas!!

Armstrong Family Photos 2013 from Tyler Faires on Vimeo.

.2013 favorite thing #14. {redding, ca photographer}

Yep!!!! I love these! Couldn’t live without them!

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make every day life extraordinary! Smile!!!

Favorite Thing #14:

Costco Kirkland Daily Facial Wipes! They take make-up off better than any product I have ever tried & they don’t dry my face up at all!

Next time you are at Costco, get some!!!!

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So excited to share this family photo shoot!!!!! Such a blast! A few years ago I shot David & Aleah’s Wedding!! It was absolutely beautiful & an honor to shoot!

From this wedding, friendship led the way!!!! Aleah’s mom, Kim, is one of my most frequent blog commenters! I love her! Sometimes she makes blogging worth blogging just from her comments!!!!

 &  Tyler Faires is one of the finest videographers that I know! I so love working with him!!!!!

Ah to capture them once again!!!! Made my year!!!!!

Love you all Faires  & Nishizaki family!!!!

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