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Fourteen months old.  Friendly.  Talkative.  Kind.   Active.  Fearless.

Aubrey is the 2015 winner of my annual Cutest Baby Contest.

I have the pleasure of documenting a year of Aubrey’s life.

 I love watching her grow and change.

I think you will, too!




Look who arrived at the studio today. By the look on her face, I think Kim Kruer Photography was NOT her first choice for her destination.


Actually, maybe it was?


Balloons and Bubbles? What more could a girl ask for?


Aubrey is the first to play in the studio sand box. A perfect spot to capture such great shots!


Another sandbox shot. I love this serious shot of such a beautiful child.


Those thighs! Those cute little toes! She is A D O R A B L E !


I LOVE this classic shot of summer! Looks like it could have been taken many, many years ago! Timeless shot!


I thought it would be adorable to see Aubrey on the move. She is a little buster!


Stopping to see what’s happening…


A girl on a mission…




What is a summer session without an ice-cream cone?  I think she likes it.  …and it’s so cool, she shares!


A few from inside…Hiding Diva


Years from now.  I have a feeling there will be another shot of Aubrey,,,just like this one!


There is always that moment in a session when I just know that it’s time to stop. This was that moment.


…and then she left. Good bye sweet Aubrey, until next time! xxoo


“What is the World Race?

The World Race is a ministry of Adventures In Missions. It is a Christian mission program that takes you to 11 countries in 11 months on a journey of service and self-discovery.

But it’s much more than just your average mission trip. On this nearly year-long trek around the world, participants gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, God’s kingdom, and their own identity.

The World Race is an experience and a catalyst that leads to life-long change and ministry.”

Hope Bowman is participating in this amazing life changing adventure of service. Hope is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University,  Class of 2014 with a degree in Social Work.  I had the pleasure of shooting Hope and childhood friend, Kristen this morning in celebration of her upcoming Bon voyage in early June.  Hope will be blogging her experiences and would love for you to follow her blog at I know I will be following Hope’s blog and praying for her 11 county, 11 month mission of service.  God speed, sweet girl!  xxoo


This is Hope.



Hope and her childhood friend. Krista. Saying goodbye.



Bon Voyage!  



After shooting a mini princess and the pea shot for Mel’s newly born niece, Kylie, Mel wanted a session for her two little princesses. To create a safe place for photographing these two very active princesses was very challenging. I knew I wanted a whimsical look with bright colors.  And.  Of course, a crown of sorts.  Emma made a flowered headband her crown, and Elena switched it up a bit mid-session. At one point in the session, Mel and I both wore crowns.  It truly is fun to be a princess.  Our pea, disappeared after Elena’s session, as she is affectionately called Sweet Pea.  I had borrowed the peas for a while so she was happy to have them back. Not every picture will highlight the whimsical bright colors.  In fact, maybe one or two will be something worthy of a photograph.  But, the picture within the picture, stolen moments of childhood, those will be placed carefully in the family photo album.  Another  wonderfully fun session in the studio with two of my favorite clients.  I love their spirit which ultimately creates some very real shots to be treasured in the years to come.


It became necessary to encourage imaginary play pretty early into the session. It appears Elena really put some thought into it… and it was at this point, the Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Scent Muti-Surface Everyday Cleaner appeared!  ABRACADABRA…and there is was!




Having mom close by just in case, Emma decides to move a bit too close to the edge, makes my job much easier.


A game of peek-a-boo behind the curtain was a great way to get some nice genuine smiles from Princess Elena.


I always LOVE the serious shots of Elena. I have to be quick, though, because she is full of energy and enthusiasm, it has become harder and harder to capture these types of shots. This princess is growing up.


Such a sweet shot! A quiet moment captured in the life of this sweet little girl.


A picture within a picture. Something I like to do with almost all of my sessions. Creating a fun session helps children relax and have fun, but also creates moments of pure joy for me as a photographer. I love capturing shots like this. A child. Plain and simple. A beautiful child.



Oh my goodness! Does it get any better than this? I love her posture. She is so adorable. Already has a mind of her own. She turned the flowered headband into her Princess Crown. And she means business. There was absolutely NO messing with her, today. She comes into the studio, asks for her babies, she knows what she wants and that is that.


Mel wears the crown to get these two princesses in the spirit!


Another picture within a picture. Love this shot of Elena.



Oh NO!  Where is the Pea????? One of my favorite shots of Princess Emma today.


Emma does not give those smiles without the help of her encouraging parents.   Sometimes the shot is not just of the child I am photographing, but the parents behind the scenes lovingly cheering them on… A game of peek-a-boo does the trick again.


Being a Princess is hard work. It’s time for a nap…



Elena’s Favorite Princess… Rapunzel

Emma’s Favorite Princess…Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Mel’s Favorite Princess…Belle

Danny’s Favorite Princess…actually, Danny has two.  Elena and Emma


A day.  Any day.  Will you remember? I capture what is.  Not necessarily what you wish it is, but really and truly what is.  I don’t want to capture your pretend version of life.  I want to capture your REAL life.  In fact, many of you will NEVER do a session like this because you will want to wait until everything is PERFECT.  Guess what?  Perfect is NOW.

I have been shooting this family since Elena was a few weeks old.  In fact, her very first session was my very first session with a teeny tiny baby.  I did not have a clue what I was doing and for the most part it was one of my less than stellar moments as a photographer.  I can’t thank Danny and Melissa enough for sticking with me through all the growing pains of a new photographer.  They are probably my most favorite people to shoot because what you see is what you get.  They are real.  Their house is something Mel always apologizes to me about and I laugh because I get it.  She gets it.  It’s not about the perfectly tidy house.  It’s about the pink robe.

I arrive early.  Ideally I like to catch the kids waking up.  I do have a family myself so sometimes, we have to improvise and do two days in the life and combine them into one day in the life.  On this particular day, I arrived later than I like as I had to drop Jay off at school and I hit a bit of traffic. So we did have to combine two days.  For this session, we wanted to capture the girls morning routine, preschool drop off, lunch, a visit from a friend, and sisters at play and sometimes, sisters at odds.  This session is wonderfully real and true to life as it was on this particular day or two.  What do we do with these pictures?  For Mel, I will create a storybook.  Something they will treasure for many years to come.  I only share a bit.  If you think you would like a Day in the Life Session, please contact my assistant Cassie at I can’t wait to tell your story. The perfect time is NOW.




Good Morning!




The Pink Robe. Kids notice EVERYTHING! Elena was concerned about the whereabouts of Mel’s purple robe. Mel typically wears her purple robe but it was being washed. I think Elena will always remember Mel wearing her purple robe. Mel says it’s longer softer and frumpier. Yep! That’s the one they will remember!


It’s the ordinary, everyday stuff that I love to capture. The little things that show their personality and life as it was…




Getting ready for school.





Breakfast. Emma doesn’t like to sit right now. She will someday.




Everybody needs a timeout!




I know Mel will remember the special in the ordinary.  She is such a great Mom. I have loved watching her grow as a Mother over the years.






Baby It’s Cold Outside!




The Preschool Drop-Off




The details…it’s all about the details in capturing a Day in the Life. This pretty much says everything that could possibly be said about the importance placed on play at Elena’s preschool.




A Good Read




Waiting for Elena, something a little sister does a lot of, until it is her time…



Up to the playroom they go. In years to come it will be fun to look back on how tiny Emma was compared to the banister/railings  she is NOT holding as she follows Elena. I wonder if Elena knows how much her little sister looks up to her and the example she must provide. If she doesn’t yet, she will sooner than later. (Says one Big Sister)



The Play Room…




Measuring time…



Mom in the kitchen. Dad at the desk. Could the title of this book be more funny? I think not!


ahhhh….sisters. I have watched Elena’s “hugs” which at first I thought just might cause harm to sweet little Emma, actually become true “hugs.”


Sometimes, the shots are not perfect, photographically speaking, but must be shared to tell the story. How classic is this? Sharing an Oreo with your Mom! Actually, I think this was not a sharing experience rather a thank you for giving me a cookie experience.




Emma is so sweet. She is making sure her baby is fed.




Uh oh!





















…and they are living happily ever after on a daily basis!



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