Here I am!

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A great perk about being a photographer is having friends who are also photographers. I’ve met a bunch from an online forum I belong to for professional photographers. I contacted a local photographer friend a few weeks ago and asked her if she’d document…ME! I wanted to remember me just before I turned 30. Mariel Reyes is her name, and she has a fantastic studio set up in her home with about a million different props and many many backdrops. I was a kid in a candy store. I decided a few years back that my love is outdoor portraits with natural light, so it was fun to learn from her about light setup and such. So if you are in the Round Rock/Austin area and you want a great experience with a studio, give her a call. Click here to see her website and blog. Here are some of the images she took of me and how I processed them. I’m anxious to see the ones she chose as her favorites. I really wanted to do some outside, too, but with time constraints, we weren’t able to.

And these 2 Mariel edited herself…I love how she did the texture on the first one to make it look more old fashioned:

I need to get a new picture in my profile and on my website, so I’d love to hear which one is your favorite to put up.

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  1. I love them all. My favorite is probably the 6th one down. You have such a great smile and are always so photogenic in your pictures (major envy there….). I also like the one right after that, the 7th one. It looks like such a fun thing to do.

  2. Hmm… I’d have to say 3, 6, and 14. I think 3 might be my favorite, but it’s a tight race. (“Photo finish?” hehe)

    I 2nd Maren’s comment – great smile. Just a pretty happy person, methinks. 🙂

  3. You look great! I like the one w/the hat for your avi 🙂

  4. I vote for #3 and #6.

  5. sara beth says:

    what a beauty! These are great, looks like you had a wonderful time! My fave is the one with the hat. fun and playful!

  6. amberlynn says:

    Kristen, you are sooooooooo BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the third one!

  7. Gretchen says:

    They’re all so great!

    If I had to pick I’d pick #3 (because it’s so you to be laughing), #7 (but my love of green may make me biased), #11 (love the necklace with the background and it looks like you), and #14 (because it’s sexy).

  8. Wow, thanks everyone! I probably should have numbered these to make the counting easier…It is so nice to hear other perspectives. I appreciate the input, and feel a bit sheepish my some comments (blushing)

  9. What a great present to yourself. I love the picture of you laying on the floor with your legs propped up on the wall.

  10. I like them all but I think #6 or the one w/ you in a skirt w/ your hands on your hips would be good for a profile pic…basically you can’t go wrong with any of them. what a great thing to do!

  11. It is impossible to pick just one favorite because you look so great! You are beautiful and these pictures capture many facets of your equally beautiful personality. I like #2 – you are so cute in that hat . . . . and that look you are giving. I also like #3 a lot – it shows so many things I think. You look pretty darn perfect in #6. But I do like the green jacket in #7. You are a hot mamma in #10. #13 is cute and fun. Ok, that was my feedback. I told you I couldn’t pick just one!! How nice to have so many great pics to select from!

  12. I really like your face in the close up black and white one. I also like the green one similar to it just below it.

  13. #6 is my fav! I just love how it captures your smile. They are all great though!