Our 2012 Free Wedding Photography Contest WINNERS!!!!!!

Congratulations Gabriela and Alexander of Tucson, AZ!


After much deliberation, we’ve chosen a winner!  Check out their story. You’ll fall in love with them as much as we did!  (And who doesn’t love CHEESECAKE!!?!! )

Congratulations guys! Contact me so we can get together and begin planning your big day!

As told to KristieLynn Photography by Gabriella:

Their love story started in 2008 when Xander was singing for a praise group at La Sierra University.  But it wasn’t until Xander’s sister introduced Gaby that they first spoke.  A few months later Xander finally had the courage to ask Gaby on a date.  A little walk led to a drive and a drive led to a kiss which sparked a fire that made them feel on “Top of the World.” By March 15th, 2009, over a Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, it became official, Gaby and Xander were off the market and belonged only to each other. With God’s guidance, their like grew into love for one another and their passion brought them closer together. It was fairytale love but their biggest test was yet to come.  As Xander left La Sierra to go to Loma Linda University to pursue his doctorate degree, he was moving away from his special someone, his one and only love, Gaby. At their final day at La Sierra, they made a promise that would last until they declared their eternal love for each other on their wedding day. They promised that every 15th day of the month, as they did in March, they will share a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and complete the full list until the day they say, “I do.” And so it has been, regardless of distance, time or circumstance, through good times and bad, they have continued their tradition only to ignite their firey love for one another even more as each month goes by.  The physical distance between them increased but their love only grew closer and intimate as time went by. By the Fall of 2009, Xander decided he could no longer live so far away from his love. He decided to live next to Gaby’s campus so they could once again see each other everyday. It was that day, that Xander knew he wanted to share his love with Gaby and only Gaby, forever. There was no distance or force that could tear this couple apart. Through the peaks and valleys that relationships go through, and by the grace of God, it was their promise that they wanted to be together and in love forever that kept them moving forward. By the grace of God it was that promise that has kept this couple together month upon month, year upon year, cheesecake upon cheesecake. Finally, 23 cheesecakes later, Xander proposed a question to his love, Gaby on a “Night that changed our lives forever…”

Their wedding will take place on July 15th, 2012.


Renee + Andrew <3 Arizona Engagement Photography~ Phoenix Wedding Photographer

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of photographing “Miss Graham” and her handsome other half, Andrew down near Tempe Town Lake.  “Miss Graham” forever now referred to as Renee, you see, was my Kylie’s 2nd grade teacher for the short time she was in the 2nd grade. (She skipped ahead to third down here in sunny AZ!)  Renee and Andrew had originally planned a spring break wedding to coincide with her built in time away from her students, but plans changed when Mr. Van Allen decided to join the Army.  Now, the wedding is taking place in Feb.  just a very SHORT MONTH AWAY!!!

Now, I’ll admit…I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Would she be nervous being that I was a former (barely) student’s mom?  Nope!  Would Andrew relax in front of the camera? Most guys take a while to warm up to the camera, unless they’ve previously modeled since the age of 3…Not Andrew! This pair was sooo much fun to work with.  They both made my job super duper easy, which we all know is a major plus in any line of work, but especially mine!  So, without further ado, please enjoy the day we had from wherever you are, be it sunny AZ, or the cold north.  A perfectly calm, 78 degree January day at the lake! Thanks guys! I can’t wait to share your day with you again!



2012 Free Wedding Photography Contest!~ AZ wedding Photographer

It’s TIME! Who want’s some free wedding photography in 2012? Do you know a fantastic, deserving, completely head over heels in love couple?
Have they fallen on hard times?
Do they give back to their community and/or those they love without asking for anything in return?
Do they just dog-gone deserve it? Well then….continue reading!!

Why am I doing this?
I absolutely love photographing weddings and count it a blessing to participate in so many wedding day celebrations. I want to be able to give back some of that blessing by lending my time and talents to one couple.

What does the couple get?
Wedding coverage from KristieLynn Photography & Design We’ll be with you when you get ready right through to the reception where everyone lets loose. It’s about 9 hours of coverage (depending on your schedule). We’ll then edit the photos and get them to you on disk, ready for printing. We’ll also upload the files to an online gallery that you can share with family and friends.

But wait… there’s more! 😉

I’m also offering a Totally Awesome and TOTALLY FREE Engagement session at your choice of location (local only) PLUS a custom designed hardcover photographic guest book for all of your fantastic guests to leave you notes of adoration and advice in. These are always a HUGE hit, and a great keepsake to look back on!
The couple, a family member or their friends submit the couple’s story via email to kristie@kristielynnphotography.com. The stories will be read by me, my spouse, and another objective party (or 3 if we really can’t make up our minds). We will choose a couple and announce the lucky couple by February 14th, 2012! (That’s Valentine’s day! What a great gift!) . If you aren’t the couple submitting an entry, please confirm with them that they don’t already have a photographer before you enter them in the contest.

Are there any rules?

  • The couple must be getting married in 2012 and not have already booked a photographer. The date must be open on both of our calendars  If we  aren’t available for your wedding, we’ll let you know right away.
  • The wedding has to be anywhere in the world. (Travel expenses ONLY outside of 150 miles of Surprise, AZ are to be covered by bride/groom)
  • You must be real.
  • You must be willing to sit back, relax and have your day beautifully captured by me and my equally talented second shooter. Just have fun! We’ve got this!

What do we need from you?

  • The bride and groom’s first and last names and their contact information.
  • The couple’s story (this is HUGE!) – how they met, got engaged, and why they should be chosen for free wedding coverage – anything fun you want us to know about them.
  • The wedding date and locations (of the ceremony, reception, etc – whatever may be known).
  • A photo of the couple. This will be used on the blog post when we announce the final couple.

Where and when do we send our submissions?
Email entry submissions and any questions you may have to kristie@kristielynnphotography.com  And remember, submissions are due by February 10, 2012 at midnight PST.

Shout it from the rooftops (ok, from your FB wall is fine too 😉 )
We’d absolutely love it if you took a moment right now to yell really loud!

Happy Halloween Family Session~ Phoenix, AZ Family Portrait Photographer

This was a fun and quick session with a great little family, in a quite unorthodox location….a Glendale CEMETERY!!!  Eva is a friend of another client, and we were originally going to do newborn pics for her little guy, who was a preemie but between conflicting schedules, sick babies and lack of time, we didn’t get around to it until now.  But that’s ok, because I got to meet the entire family this time! Big brother Aiden, who is 6, has special needs, and is just a complete doll! We hit it off right away, and I’ll be doing a Hero Session for him very soon through Inspiration Through Art, which is a FANTASTIC group of volunteer photographers that provide free sessions to children with chronic, and terminal conditions and illnesses.  Baby brother Shawn is nearing 6 months and is just precious.  He was full of smiles until he decided he’d had enough of me bothering him, and Mom and Dad were relaxed and natural!   Here is a quick sneak peek! I’ll be posting more later in the week! I’m swimming in a see of editing and homework!


Do you think your prom dress is TOP NOTCH? Win a free session!!!!!

Hey girls! Do you think your prom dress was TOP NOTCH this year? Do you want a chance to win a unique photo shoot with you in your prom dress? Do you want to remember this time with a fun absolutely FABULOUS Urban Prom Dress session that is also ABSOLUTELY FREE??

If you answer YES PLEASE! then follow these steps!

1. Submit your best photo of you in your prom dress

2. Include your name and number and where you got your dress!

3. email your submissions to kristie@kristielynnphotography.com

4. LIKE KristieLynn Photography and Design on Facebook!


1. We will be accepting submissions until May 5th!!

2. On May 6th the panel of judges will be reviewing all the submissions and narrowing them down to 4 finalists!

3. On May 17th the 4 finalists and the submitted photos will be posted on facebook, myspace, and my blog! That is when the voting will begin to find the girl who has the ultimate TOP NOTCH prom dress!

4. When the finalists are posted ,I will then explain where to go and how everyone is to vote for the person they think has the ultimate top notch dress!

5. Voting will end on May 23rd and the winner will be announced immediately!

p.s. the photo submitted does not have to be of prom day.. it just has to be a photo of you in your prom dress for this yr!

Also booking pre prom sessions with you and your date at a location TBD!

2012 Senior Representatives {phoenix metro senior photographer} $500 CASH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED!!!

KristieLynn Photography is looking for FUN, ENERGETIC, & OUTGOING high school Juniors interested in becoming Senior Representatives! I am looking for juniors who will be seniors in 2012 to help promote my business to their friends. Applications will be collected until April 10th, 2011 from anyone interested in becoming one of our Senior Reps.I will choose one female and one male student from each local high school no later than April 12th, 2011.

Do you want to get your senior photo session at a HUGE discount??

How about some great images for Facebook, MySpace, or your blog??

Want to earn some FREE prints, photo albums, or other cool products??

Then you should apply to be a Senior Rep!!

If you are chosen as a Rep, you will represent KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors, and tell your friends about your fabulous photo session throughout your senior year. Don’t leave your junior friends out – tell them too so that they can apply to be a Senior Rep for 2013. For every friend you refer, you will receive special discounts on your senior portrait print order.

How it Works

1. We will do a photo session in April.

2. The images from that session will be used in advertising. You will hand out cards with your images and my information on them to all your friends/classmates/ family.

3. You will also post your images on Facebook or whatever social media you like, show off your images to friends via a proof book that I will make and give to you to use and either return at the end, purchase or, MOST LIKELY, earn to keep FOR FREE!!  (Mom’s love these!)

4. When those people book and complete a session, you will earn incentives towards your own Senior portrait session.

5. In the fall, we will do your full, official senior session. The incentives and discounts you earned from promoting KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors will be applied to your session so that you can get tons of free prints and products!

6. And possibly the most exciting of all!  Each Senior Rep and 2012 Seniors that book and pay for their 2012 Senior sessions from YOUR REFERRALS, will be  put in the running for a great prize package AND a $500 CASH SCHOLARSHIP to put towards those never ending college expenses!! How’s that for  AWESOME?!!?

Cool, huh?!

In order to be a Senior Rep, you have to…

* Have a great style, lots of personality, be outgoing, and enjoy being in front of the camera

* Be a current high school junior graduating in 2012

* Live in and attend school in the Phoenix Metro area

* Be available to have one session completed by April 20th, 2011 – this will be the session that we use to create your marketing materials.

* Agree to tell your friends and classmates about KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors, and share your senior portraits with them.

* Have your parents or legal guardians sign a model release form allowing me to use your images as advertising in print or web format.

* Agree to represent ONLY KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors and use the images as your senior pictures.

* Agree to have your senior portraits done by KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors.

As part of the Senior Rep Program, you will receive…

* Free photo session(s) with unlimited clothing changes. Photos may be completed in one session or several sessions at my discretion. Several locations may be used.

* The opportunity to earn print credits for every person you refer to KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors for your senior portraits (your friends will get perks too!).

* 50 personalized referral cards to give to friends and classmates with your name, your images, and my business information to hand out to your friends.

* Several of our (yours and mine) favorite photos as low-resolution, watermarked files to share on Facebook, MySpace, or other social networking sites.

* Discounts on your print orders when you do your official senior session (discounts apply to orders purchased before the expiration of your gallery).

Referral Discounts

1-5 Referrals – 10% off print order and $20 print credit per referral

6-10 Referrals – 20% off print order and $30 print credit per referral

11+ Referrals – 25% off print order and $40 print credit per referral

When your referrals book a paid session and bring your Rep Card to me, you will receive the above mentioned discounts according to the amount of referrals you bring to me. These referrals can include anyone who books the following sessions: Seniors, Newborn, Family Portraits, Child Portraits, etc.

Additional Information…

* You will receive your Rep Cards by May 1st, 2011.

*We will do your OFFICIAL senior session sometime between October 2011 and February 2012.

* If accepted as a Senior Rep, you will be representing KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors and telling your friends about my business throughout your senior year.

* Your friends and classmates must present your Rep Card in order for you to receive the discounts. All referred classmates will receive 10% off their print/product order with a valid Rep Card. By participating you are getting a free, fun, edgy, personalized, custom photography session and earning incentives and discounts towards your official, full senior portrait session!

Terms & Conditions…

*The first photo session must be completed by April 20th, 2011 of your junior year and your official senior session must be booked (not completed – just scheduled & product deposit of $75 paid) by July 1st, 2011.

*Parent or legal guardians of the Senior Rep must sign a model release allowing me to use the images for advertising purposes.

*A valid Senior Rep card must be presented by a referred student in order to receive any credits toward prints. Credits will only be issued when a referred senior’s session is complete and all session fees are paid in a timely manner by the referred senior.

*The program is first come; first serve so contact me ASAP if you are interested. Remember, I will only accept one female and one male from each high school. If you are ready to apply, click HERE! Got questions? Contact me at kristie@kristielynnphotography.com or call/text me at 480-437-4792. If you know a senior that would be perfect for the Senior Rep Program, please forward this to them! Become a fan of KristieLynn Photography and Standstill Seniors on Facebook…click HERE!

Are you a 2011 Senior? It’s not too late to do your Senior session. Contact me and let’s schedule your session TODAY!!

The boss has spoken! (Oh ya, that’s me!!) STARS CHOSEN!~ Phoenix Photographer~

I’ve made our STARS selections!  I’m very excited to welcome The Vanney’s, Amy and Greg, and their AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS kiddos, Miss Kaia, the big sister, and TWINS, Mason and Dylan (who couldn’t look or act more different), The Lebigot’s, Joan and Oliver, and their BEAUTIFUL daughters Stacie and Claire, and The Orton Family, Angela and Emit and their STUNNING daughters, Paige and Payton!  We will be booking our sessions over the next couple of weeks, going over wardrobe choices, locations and getting ready to just plain HAVE FUN!!  I’m very excited to be working with such great families and even more excited to see the magic of what we create together!

See you all soon!