Monday, December 31, 2007

Our last post as Kristina Carter Photography

First I want to say happy new year and thank you to all my wonderful couples who have supported me during these early years in business. I have learned enough now to know you have to be yourself to work with the best people and so I decided to make a change.

A fresh start with a new name and new look that captures the bulk of who I am and what I am trying to do.

My new company is Vrai and it means true in french. I am hoping that it will become clear that my goal is to provide true moments, true emotion, memories that are true to life and not contrived. There will be lots of other things to look forward to so please bookmark the new site and the new blog and let us know what you think.

To a new year, and new adventures!

Becky and Jason

Becky and Jason were married yesterday in Glenview and I was lucky enough to be their photographer. Becky is very talented at picking out the perfect details for any occasion and she has decided to do this full time. What better way to start than your own wedding! She did an amazing job picking out all the details to complete her vision for her wedding. The day was filled with anticipation and emotion and she even got the little bit of snow she wanted! Thank you so much for having us!!

Reception venue: Bristol Court Banquets
The super fun DJ: Greg from Admit One

Becky taking care of the last minute details :)
Becky and her mom sharing a beautiful moment when Becky gave her mom her gift. Jason just couldn't get enough kisses, her dad was the officiant, I just love his face peeking through sharing the fun moment!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holidays and Vacation!

I am off to take a few days to spend with the family for the holidays. I will still be available by phone or email for most of the time except 12/24-12/29. Please feel free to leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Until then, I thought I would share some pictures of Pete opening his first presents at Grandma's house. This actually was so cute because when he opened the presents, it seemed like he actually knew what he was getting and was excited to get it. My mom also has a game table that we were playing with and Pete got his first exposure to poker chips...his fascination is one we should watch out for! haha

Have a wonderful holiday and stay tuned for more big news for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Greg Christian Catering

Recently I have had the pleasure of working with Greg Christian, an amazing chef in Chicago who takes great pride in his organic and primarily local food catering company. Greg has a project going on that brings awareness and education to local schools about the importance of healthy and socially responsible diets. I have seen firsthand the pride he takes in making sure all of his waste is recycled while photographing one of his events. I found it particularly interesting that no trash cans are allowed on an event floor so his staff can see to it personally that all trash is recycled whenever possible. Make sure to check him out for your next event. Just one way to reduce the impact on the environment.

Some of these shots may be used for Greg's personal catering service! Everything is delicious, trust me!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Shica and Brian

Shica and Brian didn't have the best weather but they couldn't have had bigger smiles on their face. This is the kind of thing I just love to be a part of. Happiness and love all day long. Their wedding was at Arrowhead where Shica is the coordinator. The videography was provided by the wonderful Lad4 Creations and the music and light show provided by Sounds Abound. Those green lights were crazy! Felt like a green night sky with tons of tiny stars. Anyway, it was a great celebration, my favorite kind of day!


So off to KY I went, home away from home and got a real break. I don't think I took any pictures :) But everyone else did lucky for me so I can share. This was one talented bunch of photographers!! That was fun, to get a lot of inspiration from them not only photographically but personally. A diverse and fun group!
Here's the A list of talent

Huy from F8 from Dallas
Becca Spears from Wirken in Kansas City
Henry from Henry Shoots in NY
Gulnara from Gulnara Studio in NY
Laura Olsen from In His Grace Photography in Maryland
Jonathan McBride from Vantage Pictures in Pennsylvania
Matthew Gordon from Matthew Gordon Photography in Indiana
And the pictures....
I stole all of these, this is Henry shooting Ken the innkeeper, he was trying to antagonize the orbs sometimes seen in photos at this very old KY inn. :)
me in my favorite skirt :)

Me by Becca

Gulnara by Becca

Henry by Jonathan

A surprise cake to the face from the Mexican restaurant for Gulnara's bday :)
Becca by Jonathan
me by Jonathan

Laura by Becca

Me by Huy

Henry by Huy

and last but not least, the survivors of the Polar Bear Challenge...yeah, we are crazy like that :)

Good times!