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JEAN + RON // BEALETON, VIRGINIA, ANNIVERSARY PHOTOGRAPHER, KRYSTA NORMAN

Great Marsh Estate // Bealeton, Virginia // 01.10.18 

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A big thank you to these vendors who helped make this girl’s dream come true to photograph her grandparents and celebrate their 60 years of commitment to love:

VENUE // Great Marsh Estate

FLORALS // Beaumont House Design

ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS + ALBUM // Blair and Webber Photography

 

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GRATEFUL TUESDAYS // FINE ART VIRGINIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, KRYSTA NORMAN

GRATITUDES + BREAKTHROUGHS // JANUARY 16, 2018

Gratitudes

Big news this week was I was selected for the 2nd year in a row for The Couples’ Choice Award with WeddingWire. It was a huge honor to receive it the first time, and to know now that two years in a row I’ve been able to provide lasting memories for my clients and a noteable client experience is really amazing!

This past week I still battled my cold. I’m fairly certain I ended up with some type of flu because it’s almost been two full weeks of not feeling good. I’ve been trying all-of-the-things, what did help was a little r+r at my parents house. I snuggled up as close to the woodstove as I could get and I think it started to dry this cold up. I opted to crash at my parents place this weekend (two pups in tow) to check off one of my new year’s goals by working with a local yoga studio.

I hung out with Linda Osorio at Stafford House of Yoga all morning for a round of headshots, studio work and two hot yoga classes. She’s been a place for peace and healing in the community for over 5 years. If you remember, I also got my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate through her studio. I have been practicing yoga for almost 10 years, and I knew I wanted to deepen my understanding of the practice and possibly teach. I had a HUGE breakthrough though during training, I found myself scribbling in the margins of my notebooks ideas for a yoga photography business. I’ve been daydreaming and mapping out a few details to get this little passion project off of the ground and Linda is helping me! I’ll be sharing the details of this project and her studio soon!

Sunday I had a scheduled meeting to interview for a potential wedding this year (yay!). I was so excited to try this new coffee shop that opened up down the road from my parents house, if you’ve ever lived on 10 acres in the middle of nowhere then you know the internet struggles. I ran down their early to get set up, place my order and prep for the call… only this was place closed. What… a coffee shop on a Sunday. I had to think fast and seeing as the only other place close by was Sheetz I decided to do the interview in my car. It was sort of hilarious, I had my phone connected as a hotspot for my computer so we could Facetime. My computer was set on top of my dashboard so it was even and they could see me. I also thought you know, while I’m in the car I should play a little music so I chose Taylor Swifts new album Reputation. With all of the hiccups the interview worked out well and I will be signing the couple. I like to think that my ability to adapt and think quickly helped seal the deal, also I couldn’t stop giggling because I could see myself and the back of my seat headrest in the camera!

After my meeting I headed out to Fredericksburg with my whole family to celebrate my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. Grandma + Grandpa were surrounded by their family all day. We enjoyed a massive meal and listened to the two of them tell stories about how they met, their first dates and their wedding. Sixty years is wildly uncommon now, and while I was there I realized I’ll likely never reach 60 with my future partner – I would have to get married tomorrow and live to be in my early 90s. It truly is something special. The picture above is a shot of my Grandmother on her wedding day, I’ll be sharing pictures from their original album on Thursday as well as a special treat!

Also on Sunday, Kellyn and Ken asked me a big, huge question. They asked if I would like to be Evelyn’s Godmother! Yup, this girl right here has a new official title as Godmother. I hope Evelyn’s ready to be spoiled even more!

I was also published in the Middleburg Life January 2018 issue! This was their annual wedding issue! I’ll be sharing more of the details on Friday, but I am so honored to be included this year

On to more important things like nail polish, I skipped back over to a lighter shade in OPI’s Iceland collection. I’ve talked about this one before, because I love it and it’s the perfect winter neutral. I’ll have a Gin & Tectonic is a muted mauve with a touch of warmth. It’s also a creme finish because you know I hate pearly-shine.

 

Breakthroughs

My family celebrates everything. Seriously, anything that you could potentially celebrate we celebrate. A new job, a new client, anniversary, completing a yoga challenge – the Norman family likes to get down. Every party isn’t wrapped around gifts, coordinating paper goods and speciality cocktails instead it’s focus is on togetherness. More often than not, we have potlucks (I’m typically not in charge of anything important) and plan around football, basketball and baseball games. This weekend for my Grandparents 60th I realized how special it was that we all make an effort to get together so often. I know some families aren’t as close, but mine is and it’s something that I find important.

 

As always friends, thanks for reading. xoxo

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MORGAN + NIC // ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, KRYSTA NORMAN

The Alexandrian // Alexandria, Virginia // 09.03.17

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As always, a big thank you to all of  the vendors who helped pull together this classic navy blue, white and gold  fall wedding in Old Town Alexandria:

VENUE // The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection

BAND // Timmie Metz Band

CAKE // Fluffy Thoughts

DRESS // House of Maya Bridal; Norfolk, Virginia

CATERING // The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection

FLORIST // Beaumont House Design

FAVORS // Ted’s Bulletin Pop-Tarts

BRIDESMAID DRESSES // David’s Bridal

INVITATIONS // Basic Invite

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GRATEFUL TUESDAYS // FINE ART VIRGINIA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, KRYSTA NORMAN

GRATITUDES + BREAKTHROUGHS // JANUARY 9, 2018

Gratitudes

This last week started with a trip to the vet. Mosby snapped one of his front paw nails and it was pretty bad. The nail was still attached and the quick was exposed, so he was in a lot of pain. With my limited knowledge in vet medicine I cleaned his foot (as well my ALL of my area rugs and kitchen floor because it looked like murder took place in my house), wrapped it with some medical tape and made him wear one of my knee high socks until we could get an appointment. He looked ridiculous hobbling into the vets office, and I admit I was a touch embarrassed while the vet not only evaluated Mosby’s injury but my doctor skills. Thankfully, she was able to remove the nail and send me home with meds for him. He should have kept his doctor approved soft cast on for 3 days, but Mosby decided to chew it off after one full day. He always seems to bounce back quickly!

Up-top you’ll see Mosby to the left, he’s such a handsome and really affectionate boy. Ava is to the right who wants to make sure she is warm, snuggled and as close to me as physically possible on a daily basis.

I finalized some details last week for a very special and meaningful project that I’m shooting this Wednesday. Those images and story will be shared next Thursday, January 18th.

On Sunday I headed over to my parents house for a family dinner. Typically during the fall and winter month we all try to get together on Sundays to watch football, catch up and eat a meal together. As you can imagine trying to nail down schedules for 6 different families is tough, but it worked out this past weekend. I packed up myself and the pups and went over for a visit. It was so good connecting in person, but I felt sad I couldn’t hold my niece Evelyn with my cold. Also, my Mom killed it with one of my favorite dinner’s Campbell’s Chicken Casserole. It’s been a favorite of mine since my high school basketball days.

Since I’ve come down with the worst cold, I’ve been relaxing and fully committed to a Netflix binge on Peaky Blinders. I finished all four seasons in a week. A few things I’m now obsessed with are: Tommy Shelby, 1900s, gun holsters, how often they work the word f*ucking into the show, womens fashion, strong female personalities, flappers, family ties and finally prohibition era cocktails. This show was amazing. I might even start it over again this week!

It’s been a while since I’ve written about nail polish but I’m sure if you follow my Insta Stories you’ve seen I’ve been keeping up with my manicure. Over the New Year I decided to go with a super gloss black called Black Onyx. About two summers ago I wore my first black nail polish and felt iffy about if it was my style, but this one feel versatile. It’s pretty thick too, so only two coats are necessary for smooth color. This is my third week wearing it in a row!

 

Breakthroughs

I let a lot of things go in 2017. When that clock struck 12:00am on January 1, 2018 I felt relieved; relieved that I didn’t have to carry around so many things that didn’t serve me anymore. One in particular being a very special, yet hurtful relationship. I let it go. As the universe would have it though, on January 2, received a text message from that same person. I was startled. I felt like my personal peace was being intruded on. I now needed to decide if I would respond.

There was a small part of me that felt like this person deserves an answer, because at one point they had a very dominant and intimate position within my life. That maybe out of respect for them I should respond. I decided I needed to take a yoga class that afternoon to clear my head.

After the class I sat in my car and I reread the text message. I played out potential scenarios in my head and finally asked myself, “How will answering this text serve you?” And the answers that followed were weak and often lead to me envisioning sadness again. I made the decision to not respond.

Maybe that’s harsh or immature, I still haven’t been able to answer that one this week. All I know is that in Paris I knew I wanted to be happy in 2018 and the only way I know how to do that is to leave behind those things that no longer serve me.

As always, thanks for reading. xoxo.

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