What to Wear in Family Pictures by Color

How to decide what color to wear in Family Pictures

I’m so excited to announce a series I’ve put together for those of you taking Family photos in the near (or later) future!  For the next few days, I’ll be having a massive influx of… Continue Reading

Meet the new Capturing Joy Team

Capturing Joy Team

Ok friends, I’m going to level with you. This was a HARD decision for me to make to add contributors to my site. It is, after all called Capturing Joy with KRISTEN DUKE! I take… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Southern California Giveaway

Southern California trip

I’m excited to offer you, my friend, an Ultimate Southern California Giveaway! We spent a day at Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo 3 years ago, and my boys went to LegoLand, and it’s quite the adventure!… Continue Reading

I am Brave

Kristen Duke headshot

Have I got something fun for you today! I’m joining with over 100 of my gorgeous blogging friends to share pictures of ourselves WITHOUT ANY MAKEUP. It’s part of a campaign dubbed #iambraveandbeautiful. First of all, let… Continue Reading

Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake Pop Tarts with Cinnamon Glaze

Homemade Hand Pies

Can there be any better fall flavor than Pumpkin Cheesecake? I think not. I’ve wanted to try making homemade pop tarts for a long pie, also known as hand pies. My kids LOVE pop tarts, and… Continue Reading

Ever Blooming Originals~Out Door Wreath

pumpkin and snowman and bunny wreath

I’m delighted to share with you a new Etsy shop I’ve recently discovered, Ever Blooming Originals. There are beautiful seasonal wreaths that I’m just drooling over! The owner, Colette, sent them to me to review,… Continue Reading

DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

DIY handmade costume

Today I’ve got a DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume along with 88+ DIY Halloween costumes! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring you tons of easy ideas to… Continue Reading

McKnight Family Pictures

Cute Girls Hairstyles Family with Silly Faces by Kristen Duke

I’ve always said how much I love photographing a big family, and this group is no exception. Meet the McKnight Family, and their 6 beautiful children!  It was a delight to get to know each of… Continue Reading

On My Mind~Texas Blogger Slumber Party


I loved slumber parties growing up. As an adult, they just don’t happen too often (if at all). I’ve definitely made it a point to keep connections with my gal pals over the years, and… Continue Reading

Chocolate Waffle Cookies for Halloween

halloween dessert

Fall is well on it’s way, and I’m excited to share these Chocolate Waffle Cookies for Halloween that your kids will surely love to help you make!  My own children will not hesitate to let me… Continue Reading

Family Meal Plan #8

family dinner ideas

I cooked from my Pinterest Board: F00d–Dinner Ideas this week, and I wanted to share what we had in this Family Meal Plan #8. To see other weekly meal plans that I’ve made and how… Continue Reading

The Biltmore House in Asheville North Carolina

visiting Asheville

I still have so much to cover from my road trip to Tennessee! It was two months ago now, but I want to still share what we did to help guide some of you traveling to the… Continue Reading

Duct Tape Pumpkin Decoration

for halloween

I’ve got a fun kids duct tape pumpkin decoration to share today. Our bunch of 10 bloggers are so happy to be back, sharing with you 10 brand new ideas. This month we’ve turned our thoughts… Continue Reading

On my Mind: BYU and Football Fun

family and byu football

I grew up the only girl with 3 brothers who seemed to obsess more over basketball than football. It was all about the Houston Rockets. They would watch football here and there, but we didn’t plan… Continue Reading

Kindness Begins with Me

free printable

We all believe in kindness, right? It’s a basic human trait we are all born with, but we tend to lose our way from time to time and stray from it. I think in some… Continue Reading