Motherhood | Sams Family | Nashville, TN


Today marks the start of summer, and that has me thinking about all sorts of things. I caught myself lamenting about what kind of mom I am opposed to what kind of mom I thought I would be before I had kids. The difference is night and day, although I got one thing right (more on that later). I thought I was going to be a Martha Stewart/Pinterest master mom, doing all sorts of crafts with the kiddos and baking all the time, blah blah blah.

The reality is vastly different.

Crafting and baking happens occasionally, but it’s more likely to be an episode of Nailed It than featured on Martha Stewart.

What did I get right with all that daydreaming before kids?

I. Love. Them. Fiercely.

Like, fight to the death for them kind of love. I’ll never give up on them, I’ll always believe in them. I’ll love them forever. I always knew without a shadow of a doubt that I would love them with my entire being. It was a promise to God that I know I can keep.

The beautiful mess of motherhood fascinates me.

Earlier this month, I traveled to Nashville to attend the Hybrid Co. It’s a conference centered around film photographers that also use digital cameras to supplement their art. While there I had the opportunity to photograph my friend and fellow photographer, Bethany’s family in a workshop lead by Brooke Schultz. I adore the carefree feel to these images and the connection captured between Bethany and her babies.

Hey there, I’m Kristin, owner and photographer at kDarling Photography located in Fisher, a small town in Central Illinois, just a few minutes from Champaign-Urbana.  When I don’t have a camera in my hand, I can be found at one of the kids’ many activities, or at the “happiest place on Earth”…which is Target, of course!!  I have 2 of the sweetest kiddos, Payton and Mackenzie and have been married to my best friend for 18 years.  Capturing the true personalities of those I photograph paired with yummy dreamy light makes my heart sing.  Film and digital photography are both my weapons of choice to create cherished memories, which makes me a “hybrid photographer.”   In studio lifestyle newborn photography is my specialty, along with children of all ages and families, with an occasional high school senior sprinkled in for good measure.  To schedule your next session, please contact kDarling Photography by email or at 217.778.1325

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May 28, 2019


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