Nothing is quite as surreal as watching real transformation before your very eyes. Nature is everything. Fascinating. Beautiful. Unreal. Science, but not fiction. Beyond amazing. Powerful. Pure creation. Truly stunning.

One of my favorite subjects to make images of. Mother nature, you rule!

We have a love for these little caterpillars who fight to become butterflies. They fight all sorts of other critters who want to make them hosts for their own eggs. So we create a “safe” environment in our kitchen! Our kitchen table is taken over right now with 7 caterpillars who are very, very hungry! This butterfly is the first to transform, the others will be getting ready to form their chrysalis in a few days. Then over the course of a few weeks, will liquefy and re-structure as a butterfly. SAY WHAAA?!?!

It’s real people. Nature is awesome.


This stage always makes me wonder in amazement at how there can be specks of gold on this creature’s case. Like gold leaf. 2017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-5275

I was so excited to finally possibly get to see the emergence, but I walked away for a minute. 2017_9_14_Butterfly-5953

When I came back… I missed it yet again!!! Next time I won’t even blink.


Over the next 10- 15 minutes, the butterfly’s wings filled and grew as she/he hung there on the empty clear chrysalis. You could see the expansion happening right before your eyes. So cool. 2017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-60072017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-60392017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-60542017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-60842017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-6089The wings are made of what almost looks like pixels of colored feathers. 2017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-61042017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-61062017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-6123

Ready for take off. Butterfly was gently walked to the garden and immediately began to sip the milkweed flowers 🙂

Bon Voyage Butterfly!! 2017_9_12_Butterfly&Wood-6130

UPDATE!!! This morning, 9/16 after getting a new plant for the remaining 6 caterpillars, two more are read to transform!


3 Essentials for A Beautiful Wedding Experience

Good morning!

I have thrown, over the years, some amazing parties. Some had 300 people, some had 4. I threw a weekly dinner party for 10. A drop in champagne and strawberry party on the regular, just so I could show off my fancy shoes.  Some parties were off the charts amazing and some were backyard fabulous but whichever way you lean you can apply these three things to your wedding planning!

1. Make it personal

One couple I know used their Grandmother’s old family recipe handmade chocolates that for their wedding favors. One bride handed over her mother’s super amazing carrot cake recipe to the cake maker, how great is that! If you really don’t even like cake (who doesn’t like cake?!?!) skip the cake all together and have a gelato bar. The word really is your oyster and the more personal you make it the more memorable it will be.

I fully believe in the energy of objects and having a locket with the pictures of loved ones who could not be there with you pinned to your dress or wrapped in your bouquet is a wonderful way to have them with you in spirit. One bride I know had a few small objects representing family members sewn into the skirt of her dress.

One beautiful couple put up framed picture of their adventures from the time they had met. Not one or two, but like 30! It was really fun getting to know them more through their pictures and it made the venue super homey to have all the frames sitting around. Very personal!

You may need to think on this awhile to find what is personal for the two of you, but it will make your wedding stand out and last in the minds of your guests.


2. Take time to connect with your fiancé.

Plan to be present! This is your fairy tale day. Don’t miss it!!! Be present. Take a deep breath and take it all in. When it’s all said and done, eaten and danced and spun out, you will have your memories, be present & make great ones. I can’t say it enough, it goes by really fast, so be present!

A first look is kinda nice;) You have your own little private moment before it all starts! And, if you really don’t want to look, you don’t have to look! One couple chose to hold hands and read a prayer together, but not actually look at each other. They were separated by the corner of the garden building.  Super sweet! And they preserved the walking down the aisle surprise!

That said, I have an add-on here…

3. Hire a wedding planner!

Delegate and let it go! Tie up all the loose end at least a week before so you can be free on your day. Plan ahead for freedom, use a planner. They can allow you the ability to be present. You do not want all your vendors coming to you asking questions on your wedding day, not even your wedding week! Do it. You’ll be thankful you did.

Dang! I have one more….

4. Get gorgeous natural light photos!

Glow! Sparkle! Illuminate! Yes!!!  Check that sunset time and plan accordingly! Light is everything! Call your photographer and discuss it with them. This is important to ensure you get the look you want! Your photos are the one thing that will last forever, aside from your love,  so this really should be number one on the list!

I hope you get a tiny tidbit here that is helpful to you as you plan your new adventure together!

Happy Planning and

Stay Enchanted,




Santa Monica Pier Engagement : Val & Chris

Ingrid and I went to acting class in NYC together. She recently contacted me about her brother getting married to his love Valerie. Chris, Ingrid’s brother, and Val, his fiancé would be flying in a few days before their wedding, which would take place in her backyard in Beverly Hills, and they needed an engagement session too! So we shot this engagement session and the very next day they became husband and wife 🙂 (That post is next);)!

Val knew exactly what she wanted for her engagement photos. This gorgeous, fuchsia colored dress, flowing in the breeze, on the beach. We met up at the carousel and walked down to the sea. It was cloudy and breezy and perfect.

Oh, and p.s. they’re really good at canoodling! The love!


Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Gardens Wedding : Morgan & Bryce Devenport

Here is a love scene for you!

Morgan is a natural beauty with long blonde hair and large ocean blue eyes. Sweet and cautious, yet adventurous. She has just moved to LA this week from upstate NY and is staying with her grandmother. She knows no one here. All her friends and all other family members are back east.

Bryce is a born and bred Californian. A veteran employee at In ‘n Out,  he is at level 5 out of 7 in ranking. He clearly knows what he wants and goes after it!


Morgan drives up to In-N-Out Burger for the first time in her life. Window up, air conditioning on. Bryce approaches her car window to take her order.

BRYCE:       “Welcome to In ‘n ‘Out Burger. What can I get for you?”

Morgan is startled. Wondering why this guy is coming up to her window, she rolls it down to hear what he is saying.

BRYCE :      “Hi! What can I get for you?”

MORGAN :        “Oh! I didn’t know you were gonna take my order! I’ll have the number        one please. Thank you!”

BRYCE :       “You have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen.”

And she does. She may actually have the most beautiful eyes in existence.

Bryce moves on the the next vehicle, but quickly returns to Morgan.

BRYCE:       “ I don’t have my phone on me, company policy, but would you take my number and call me at 5 when I get off from work?”

Morgan did call at 5 and Bryce took her out with his friends. The rest, as they say, “It’s a wrap!”

(Ok, so most of that is a true story! Except for the exact words they said, cuz, well, I wasn’t there! :):) )

Seven years & many adventures later, they officially tied the knot at the LA Arboretum where they frequently walk together taking in all the beauty.

Morgan and Bryce love animals and nature and it was clear that animals love them too when wild peacocks graced their reception so perfectly placed that guest wondered if they were hired. They were not hired! They were just attracted to the love 🙂

Morgan was completely stunning, like a real life princess and Bryce was smiling from ear to ear. Surrounded by all their loved ones this was clearly the most magical day of their lives and one of the most beautiful weddings..



Kristin Anderson : About Me


Thank you for stopping by! I want to take a moment to tell you a little more about me and my photography work.

I Love Doing

I come from a family of people who can not sit still. We get antsy fast. We need to be doing, learning, discovering & growing. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Pablo Picasso which explains it perfectly.

“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Whenever I get stuck, I just keep going, keep doing, keep working. There is always light at the end of the tunnel!

Where I Began

Once upon a time…. I started in the image making business on the other side of the camera, as a model and actress. I did much better as a commercial actress than a model and I have a few nationals under my belt and I am SAG;). So I began doing makeup for other actresses and models on the side and then started working in the fashion world. During this time I also became a manicurist. There were so few free-lance manicurists at that time that I quickly rose to the top in that arena, working for every top magazine you can think of, on exotic locations around the world. That was years ago.

It was around that time that I began shooting models for my own make up portfolio. I did the hair, make up, manicure, styling… and then I shot it too! That was in the early 90’s in New York. I had a Nikon F3 35mm film camera with a 5mm 1.2 lens.  I still use it sometimes for my boy Pierce:).


Pierce at Lake Balboa Park CA 2016. ~ Nikon F3, 50mm 1.2  Kodak Portra 400

Doing hours of make up for fashion photographers, never got me a great beauty shot. That inspired me to take my own beauty shots! Real tight shots of eyes and faces. The first think I learned when I shot for myself for the first time, was that I wanted the make up very clean and natural. I was doing all this crazy make up for the other photographers but I wanted clean, real, natural make up which as it turns out is the most difficult. Skin perfection! That’s really all I want! Even now.

Investing in Me

I came to photography with a wonderfully innate sense of posing, having been a model and actress. Even so, I have taken plenty of posing classes at this point in my career. Actually, I continually take classes each and every year to learn more about every aspect of photography, art, retouching, video production and more. I continually invest time and money in my craft.  I love learning!

I have learned and worked on so many kinds of productions. From products and image stacking jewelry, to nature macro fine art, to pixel by pixel beauty retouching to head swapping and body shaping, color rotation, fashion, kids, lifestyle, stock photography, to births, weddings, families, and even a funeral! Whew! I have learned to do it all.

I have found a favorite. Lifestyle. Be it a wedding or portrait or catalog in a studio. I love photographing people looking happy.

My Equipment

Cannon. I shoot with a beautiful new Canon Mark IV body. I also use a variety of monthly subscription software programs. Here is a list which may be easier to digest!

  • Canon MarkIV body
  • Canon Mark II  bodies x2
  • Canon 600 EX-RT Speed lights  x2
  • Canon L series 50mm 1.2
  • Canon L series 70-200mm 2.8
  • Canon L series 16-35mm 2.8
  • Cannon L series 100mm macro 2.8
  • Sandisk cards
  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom CC
  • In Design CC
  • Wacom Tablet
  • Alien Bees lights
  • Photek Softlighters
  • Impact Studio light modifiers
  • Mathews c-stands, apple boxes, light stands
  • Manfroto tripods
  • Animoto video software
  • iMovie video software
  • Fundy Designer
  • PhotoFolio website
  • Instaproof gallery
  • Blogstomp
  • WordPress blog
  • Two Bright Lights

I’m sure there is more that I am not thinking of off the top of my head. When I think of it, I’ll let you know!

Bringing it home!

I meet you with all these years of knowledge and experience & I sincerely hope our paths do cross one day and we can make memories …. together.

Stay Enchanted,


Maui HI Family Reunion : The Monson Family

From the day I met Jo, back in Redondo Beach, we just hit it off. We were neighbors at a special time when a few of us mom’s gathered on the daily to play with our little ones at each others homes. It was heaven. Six am knocks at the door to come play and make salt dough. And of course, our now famous (among us) Butterfly Bon Voyage Party, where we all colored a big butterfly on the wall and took turns having our photo taken there. And of course there was glitter;)

For a little while, we were all family.  A family of friends. It really was a magical time. With all of our young children at that magical stage of pure discovery. Slowly life changes and we all one by one moved away and moved on. But we still keep in touch.

So, I was so thrilled when Jo called for me to photograph their family again. This time on a far larger scale. They had a new addition to the family, little Mallory. A destination family reunion with a 50th anniversary thrown in for good measure!

Jo, you have a truly warm and welcoming family. Thank you for making us a part of the adventure!



Backyard Family Session, Los Angeles : The Ainsworth Family

Sarah found me on the ES Parents network page. Generations of her family were together and she wanted to document it. Deciding that home was the place to be and that Kristin Anderson Photography’s lifestyle/photojournalistic style would be a good fit with her vision, she booked a session.
When my assistant and I arrived to Sarah’s home, I was greeted with a hug and a round of hellos. A quick glance around the house gave me clues that Sarah loves photos, loves to print them and loves to hang them.
I feel very blessed to have been a part of their lives, for just a few hours. I know these images will bring happy memories for ages to come.

Thank you Sarah Ainsworth, you have a beautiful family!

Stay Enchanted,

Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement : Claire & Robin

Kristin Anderson Photography’s engagement shoot with Claire Brenner & Robin Mahan from Kristin Anderson on Vimeo.

Happy Anniversary Karla & Diego!

Their Anniversary is on Sunday, but in my opinion a 3 day celebration is always in order!

Turn on your favorite music, and have a look at this 🙂



St. Petersburg Beach Florida : Zory & Tylie

A perfect sunset in St. Pete’s beach Florida. The white powdery sand is filled with shells. Zory & Tylie came for a short shoot and missed baby Cambrie the whole time. But we still had amazing fun and got these beautiful pictures!

Thank you Zory & Tylie! you are both so very beautiful!

Stay Enchanted,


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