It was a fun diversion to come back from my time on the West Coast and shoot Lily & David’s engagement session in still wintry Chicago.  IDE Christmas Tree Farm made for quite the romantic backdrop and I had so much fun romping around in the snow with these two. Can’t wait for the wedding in May!

MU: Cecilia Oh at Oh2Touch || Hair: Elena Denning
  • Lily

    Thank you so much Kina! We love the pictures and it was so much fun doing our e-shoot with you! This was an amazing idea and I can’t wait for May either!!ReplyCancel

  • I love this session! Such a fun venue and they have such a beautiful sweet love that you can SEE!! You have captured some awesome moments with these two!ReplyCancel

  • Well this is magical & perfect! I absolutely love it!! :) ReplyCancel

  • SO pretty, Kina!! They look so warm and cozy together!ReplyCancel

  • So warm and inviting and full of love. Love that last shot especially!ReplyCancel

  • AHHH! I love this session!!!! LOVE!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina McNeill

    adorable! love the hot cocoa!ReplyCancel

  • I am always in awe of your work and this session makes me even more in love! You did amazing with these and the couple is stunning! I defiantly need a session with you next year in Vegas! :) ReplyCancel

  • Such a pretty session with the snow, cocoa and the couple!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Miller

    So lovely! ReplyCancel

  • So gorgeous Kina! I love the colors of the trees and snow and the red!ReplyCancel

  • These Christmas Tree Farm posts always make me jealous, so good!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! I love the colors you got from this session!ReplyCancel

  • Ahh Kina.. you know how I feel about you.. and your beautiful work.. these are no exception. Each of them more lovely than the last. What a lucky couple to have so many gorgeous photos!!ReplyCancel

I had the privilege to photograph one of my favorite Chicago girls during my time in Nevada in February.  Let’s just say we were both more than happy to soak in the sun in the desert;)

AJ is such an example to me… she is an amazing business woman, the best hairstylist I know (check her out!, an always cheerful presence and a strong independent woman!  I am so thankful to call her a friend and to share a little bit of her light with you all.  Love you AJ!

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The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

-Maya Angelou


 Taking a hike at the Red Rock Springs yesterday I was inspired by the wide array of colors that somehow all blended into something like a soft impressionistic painting. Nothing soothes my soul like nature, fresh air and discovery.

  • Bianca Nicole Favia

    Kina! I just drove through Mojave Desert — it’s amazing! Your photos capture it so perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Han

    I love this. Soothing for the soul, indeed. There’s something about the desert that brings me great peace.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Laurel

    oh wow. this is amazing photography. i love these colors and they do look like a painting. ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Ta

    I lived out there for 2 years! This is a perfect time of year. Did you catch the cacti flowering? Love it….just not in the Summer! ;PReplyCancel

  • Blenda Montoro Miller

    Awwww Kina! so in love with your style!!! love the pinkish look on your photos, I am a big fan of your work!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Miller

    These colors make my heart happy!ReplyCancel

  • LightSplash Photography

    Such an amazing location. I love the muted colors! Impressionism is my favorite genre in painting and these are super awesome, they totally look like a paintings. ReplyCancel

  • Wow wow wow. Mesmerizing. These are so beautiful. Love your eye!ReplyCancel

  • This color palette is gorgeous! Kina, you do such amazing work. Love, love, love this!ReplyCancel

  • Drooling over this color pallet. All the beautiful colors truly come from the world we live in. Stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Madden

    Drooling over this color pallet. All the beautiful colors truly come from the world we live in. Stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • These are such beautiful photographs. The colors of nature are simply amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kel Ward

    I just pinned this because I love it so much!! I love how it matches your branding too!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Lynne Photography

    oh my, Kina this is stunning!!! The colors are just.. wow.. speechless! You need to print these and hang them up just like this!ReplyCancel

  • I can’t believe you are there right now! So jealous!!! These are beautiful and so simple, so glad you are finding so much creative inspiration out there. LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Absolutely stunning!! It looks like you are having a BLAST out there! :) ReplyCancel