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Hello! I will be out of the office from June 19th to June 27th. Zach and I are finally going on our honeymoon! I will not have access to any calls or emails, so I appreciate your patience while I’m away. I will return any messages as soon as I can upon my arrival home. Thank you!
Oh yeah, and THUNDER UP!
Wow… It’s officially been 3 months since I last blogged, and you’re probably wondering what the heck I’ve been up to! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind, and I’ve had some incredible experiences. First of all, I was able to take on a temporary job with the College of Fine Arts at OU for 10 weeks that allowed me to gain some great experience working in graphic design as well as working with amazing people who are passionate about the arts. It was a dream come true! This job and school have taken over my life the past few months in a great way. I’ve been extremely busy keeping up with everything, but it’s all coming to a close beautifully.
I’m FINALLY graduating with a degree in Visual Communications, or, graphic design. My experience at OU has been phenomenal as its challenged me and my growth as an artist. My classmates have been the most incredible blessing of all, as we’ve been through a lot together! They truly are the some of the most talented, hilarious, and lovely people I have ever had the honor of knowing, and while I will miss them like crazy, I can’t wait to see all of the remarkable things they will accomplish. They are dreamers and visionaries, and it’s great to see them taking the steps to pursue their passions in life. I will always have a place in my heart for them.
That all being said, we have been working tirelessly to prepare for our Senior Capstone Show which is set to open next Sunday, April 29th. It will be open for 2 weeks, and we would LOVE for anyone and everyone to come see our exhibit! The other School of Art seniors will have exhibits as well in areas of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, etc. It should be a spectacular show full of young talent, which is exciting!
Here are the details:
Through the chaos of this semester, I’ve been taking some time to contemplate where I see this business going. I’m really excited about the future, and I can’t wait to share my plans with you. This summer will be an unforgettable summer full of travel, working, and transforming my business into something I can be even more proud of. I will be blogging a lot more, so stay tuned for exciting developments! I can’t wait to practice my craft outside of the classroom, even though school has provided me the foundation to do so. Life is good and I can’t wait to share this journey with all of you. Thanks for all the love and support over the years, and come see our show!
2012 came quickly, and when I look back at everything that happened in 2011, I sit here in a daze thinking, “How in the world was all of that possible? In ONE YEAR?!” 2011 truly was the epitome of a beautiful mess, full of chaos and more blessings than I could ever imagine. I know I have fallen off the blogosphere for a while, and I have so much I’m going to post soon. However, this year has challenged me in a multitude of ways; mentally, artistically, spiritually, and emotionally. It’s been an unexpected but very welcome new journey as I’ve been pushed to new and exciting limits, and I couldn’t be happier! Here’s a brief look at 2011:
It started off with wedding planning, as my sweet Zachary proposed on Christmas Day 2010. I learned that it doesn’t matter if you live and breathe weddings… NOTHING prepares you for all the details and planning that goes into your own wedding! I totally sympathize with my brides now. Ladies, we are WARRIORS! (NOTE: Know that EIGHT months of the year consisted of me cringing in fear as I watched Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred Workout DVD stare at me every day… Also note that it was never opened. Not once. Not even a little bit. And I’m ok with that.) Zach graduated from OU in May and moved into our wonderful home in Norman. It provides endless entertainment from the critters that surround it. Such critters include but are not limited to: coyotes, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, owls, frogs, mice, etc. But really, you should come visit sometime! 🙂 We really do love it here though…
An awesome trip to Virginia to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary… I really love my family, and it was so great to see them… Virginia is beautiful!
A soul-seeking trip to Cambodia that showed me more about love and the human condition than I could have ever planned for. I also got to cross “Ride and Asian elephant in Asia” off my bucket list… It was pretty great…
Got married to my best friend two weeks later on August 12th. Best. Day. Ever.
(Photo by the wonderful Josh McCullock)
The day after the wedding, my beloved sister and her dashing husband moved to North Carolina where he would begin his journey at Duke Divinity School, and she would teach 11th grade English. It was certainly bittersweet, and I miss them like CRAZY. However, I couldn’t be more excited for this new phase in their life. They inspire me!
Two days later, Zach started Medical School at OU, and my oh my, what a journey it’s already been! I am so extremely proud of him and his passion for wanting to serve others. He has such a unique gift! He’s not going to be a doctor… He’s going to be a GREAT doctor.
I started my last year of college the next week, and also spent the semester as an intern for CCEW (The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth). It was an eye-opening experience, and I learned a lot. I especially loved the group I worked with… 🙂
The year ended with a series of interviews, finding out that my best friend, Kacie, is preggers, an awesome homecoming of my sister and brother-in-law, and getting a job for the beginning of 2012. The holidays were so fantastic as we got to spend a lot of time with family and friends.
So far, 2012 will bring my graduation (HALLELUJAH!), a belated honeymoon to Costa Rica, an epic fishing adventure with my Poppa (I have chills just thinking about how epic it will be!), many great weddings to shoot and attend, and the arrival of my best friend’s baby bean… which pretty much makes me an aunt. YES.
In the middle of all of that, I have to say that I had the BEST clients in the world this year! So many amazing weddings and portrait sessions that make me adore my job. Speaking of jobs, you may be wondering what other job I accepted and how that will affect my photography. Like I said, this year has really challenged my artistically, and I don’t feel like I can truly grow as an artist if I don’t explore many options. This May, I will graduate with a degree in Graphic Design. I LOVE design so much, and the hard part is that I equally LOVE photography. So for now, I’m going to pursue both! Naturally! I can’t really say much about this new job other than it’s a sort of dream job for me and a total answer to prayer. The best part about it is that it will NOT affect my photo business, so keep the inquiries coming! 2012 holds exciting things for my business. I have big dreams and visions for what I want it to eventually be. This year will be another year of growing and learning, and I couldn’t be more excited to truly begin the process of transforming Kris Boevers Photography into something I can be even more proud of. It is by the grace of God and you (my clients, family, friends, peers, and educators) that I am where I am, and that I’m going where I’m going. Thank YOU for an unforgettable year, and cheers to 2012!
At last! Part DEUX! The remainder of these photos include our visits to the genocide museum, the ancient temples of Angkor, and our last week spent in a remote village where we constructed a rain water collection tank (holds up to 44,000 liters of water!) that the villagers can filter their water from.
The genocide museum was one of the most shaking experiences we had there… I knew a little about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge before we arrived in Cambodia, but I had no clue what kind of tragedy it really was. Over a third of the population in the 70’s- GONE. For no good reason. You walk the streets and literally do not see anyone, especially men, in their 40s, 50s, or 60s… it’s an insane reality, and it baffles me that it’s in our recent history. Our parents’ generation. The emotion that was felt that day is indescribable. I debated whether to post any photos from it simply because I didn’t necessarily want to re-visit it, but I feel like this is something everyone should know about and be exposed to… it MATTERS.
On a lighter note, the temples were unreal! We took a tourist weekend in Siem Reap and had so many adventures including scaling temple walls, riding elephants (which I got to check off my bucket list!), sweating more that we ever thought possible, and just being immersed in such an amazing history. We didn’t have time to see even a portion of the temples there, but we saw the big ones… I highly encourage a visit here! It was EPIC!
The last week was spent in a village where we stayed in a school, sleeping on cots surrounded by mosquito nets. The rains were good to us there, and even though it hindered construction a little bit, it was still so welcome! As I mentioned above, we constructed a giant water tank in a nearby school yard. We mixed a huge load of concrete, and had the privilege of working with some of the most incredible, patient, and hard-working men I’ve ever met. This was the first mission trip I’ve been on where I’ve left feeling like we did what we came there to do… we not only accomplished our missions on the labor side of things, but also made incredible relationships with people. The children were hilarious, and the teachers wanted a photo with our group before we left, along with the kids, as you’ll see at the end… I could talk for days, but instead, enjoy!
Where do I even begin?! First of all, thank you to everyone who has been so patient with me these past several weeks… Between this trip, getting married (I’m now Mrs. Kris Smith!), and setting up house, the past month has been a little bananas! The good news is that I’m back to business, with plenty of time to offer my clients a lot more!
Cambodia rocked me to my core… The wedding made it somewhat difficult to really be still upon our homecoming, and to take the time to reflect and begin to put the pieces together in my mind of what all happened there. I still can’t put my experience into words when someone asks me how it was. The truth is, there really are no words… just memories and the relationships that I made there. My photos are my words. So much so, that I had to break it up into two posts. Even then, they don’t do it justice.
I can tell you this: The people of Cambodia are the most beautiful and spirited people I have ever met. Though quiet and shy most of the time, they know no strangers, and they exhibit the kind of grace and hospitality that shakes your heart… They welcomed us with open arms and displayed what love looks like. The biggest lesson I learned was this: Love is simple, and can be made magnificent by simply loving others. A simple gesture can change the world. The sights we saw were unreal, the food we ate was amazing, the work we did was hard and meaningful, and the people we met were astounding. God is working in incredible ways there, and I can’t wait to return someday… I could go on and on, but for now, enjoy some of the beauty that is Cambodia…
Part II comes later this week!
The time has finally come! We are officially off to Cambodia for the next two and a half weeks… It’s something I’ve been constantly thinking and praying about, and it’s finally here. I cannot wait to share our story when we return, as we are traveling to the unknown. God only knows what he has in store for us, and I can’t wait to explore and discover his master plan…
Thank you to ALL of my clients, as you have all helped make this trip possible… Part of my mission in this business is to be able to give back through missions, and this dream has become a reality because of your gracious hearts. More than that, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of e-mails and messages filled with encouragement and enthusiasm for this adventure. It seriously means the world to me and to the rest of the team, as your prayers and support are the biggest blessing of all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
As for my current clients, all album orders will begin to be filled during the last two weeks of August, because I myself will be getting married to my best friend upon our return!
Thank you for your patience, prayer, and support lovely friends… Be blessed, and know how lovely you are…
Back in 2004, I had the incredible opportunity to travel down to Pitorreal, Mexico with my church. It was a life changing experience that left me feeling that the mission field was my calling. I loved everything about it… the people, the work, the solitude, the seclusion from every day material things. For a while, I seriously thought that I wanted to pursue missions full-time, and even though prayer, patience, and discernment led me to decide that I could still do missions at any time while still pursuing a career, school, etc., something still weighed heavy on my heart. Cambodia. Though I knew nothing about it, Cambodia continued to appear in my head and heart. I felt called to go for some unforeseen reason, however, I also knew that the opportunity would have to come at the right time, when accommodations would be safe, and when I was at a certain state of maturity and spiritual readiness. I had a peace that the time would come, though I didn’t know when… Then, I received a call from my sister last year saying that they were going under the advisement of a husband and wife missionary team from their church. Everything about everything was perfect! The timing, the people, the readiness. Therefore, I will be venturing down to Phonm Penh, Cambodia with an incredible group from Bethany First Baptist Church in July, where we will go forth and serve God in this country that needs so much love. I couldn’t be more excited! This is my chance… this is OUR chance, to make a difference.
Here is why I’m telling you. With every mission adventure, fundraising is needed. I don’t want to solicit you to donate, but here is what I want to do. For every regular portrait session scheduled in February, March, and April, I will save HALF of the fee specifically for Cambodia. HALF! When you think about it, you get a great portrait session, while also giving to an amazing cause. The total cost of the trip is around $2,200, which includes accommodations, airfare, food, and training. I will be doing odd jobs myself to raise money, but it’s still a lot for one person to raise alone. Even if I raise my goal amount, I will give the extra to the others that are going on the trip as well. You can also get a gift certificate for a session for a friend or family member during this time that will totally count! It would be an amazing birthday, anniversary, bridal shower, or baby shower gift. Just send me an e-mail if you’re interested in this!
As you can imagine, this will also be a time for a photographic adventure! Therefore, as an incentive for your donation, you will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a free photo session, and an 11×14 print of your choice from the trip. One person will receive the photo session, and five people will receive a print. All you have to do is write “Cambodia” in the subject line of all e-mails wanting a session during the February-April shooting period, and you will be contacted upon my return asking what print you would like.
If you don’t want to book a session, but still want to make a donation, PLEASE feel free to do so! Simply send cash or check (make checks payable to “FBC Bethany”, but do NOT put my name in the memo line) to:
First Baptist Bethany
Attn: Cambodia Mission, Kris Boevers
3800 N. Mueller
Bethany, OK 73008
This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and it’s something I’ve prayed about and thought about for so long. More than monetary donations, I’m really asking for prayer for the whole team, and for Cambodia. If you know anything about the history of Cambodia, you know that they have been through so much, and are in constant need of support and prayer.
Pray about it, and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in lending a hand in this mission adventure…
Love, and be loved…
Change. Change is funny, awkward, stressful, scary, and necessary. Without change, there is no growth. Without growth, there is no progress. 2011 is going to bring a lot of change for my life, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it!
Between GETTING MARRIED, starting my last year of school, one of my best friend’s getting married, moving, Zach starting Medical School in the Fall, my sister and brother-in-law moving to North Carolina where he will begin Seminary at Duke (SO proud of him!), travels to Virginia and Cambodia (more to come about that!), and just the usual craziness of life, it’s going to be a busy year full of change.
Along with all of this, I really want to focus on how I want to pursue graphic design, and how I want it to work with photography. I love both fields so much, and I can’t wait to see how the two come together. Next Fall, I plan on trying for an internship in design, and that should determine a lot! I have so many ideas and goals that keep me reeling about the future. It excites me and keeps me dreaming big. My hope is that this year will turn a lot of those goals into a reality, and I want to make sure I allow myself the time and energy to make it happen!
Because of all these changes, I will not be taking on any more weddings for 2011. Though it bums me out to turn people away, I’m so excited about the handful of couples I will be working with over the next year, and I want to ensure that they are taken care of and given the best service I can provide! I am so excited to capture this incredible time in their lives, and I feel so blessed to get to work with them! This will not affect any regular sessions (engagement, bridal, family, senior, etc.), so contact me any time!
Needless to say, I’m on the brink of something exciting. Something unknown. Something wonderful. There are things we can plan for, and things we can’t, and we have to be ok with that. The growth I’ve experienced this year alone makes me so enthusiastic about the future of this business, and the future of the art I love! Thanks to all of my 2010 clients… you all have been a dream come true.
Cheers to 2011… it’s going to be EPIC!
One thing you should know about me is how much I adore my family. I had such an amazing time with my family in Colorado this past month… We ventured west for a family wedding reception in Pueblo, CO, where the Boevers side gathered for what is always a great time! Some of my favorite memories in life are when all of the Boevers cousins are together… for being so spread out, we are always able to pick up where we left off, and it’s so exciting to see how we are all continuously growing and changing! At the reception, we danced until my feet were blistered, and my knees were screaming at me… it. was. the. BEST!
Another thing you should know about me is how much I adore the outdoors. There is something so calming, refreshing, and exhilarating about nature that excites my every cell every time I immerse myself in it. My faith in God is totally overwhelmed by the site of such creation, and while I know I can’t fully capture the entire experience of these scenes in my camera, I decided to post some of my favorites… even though there’s a lot! We explored the most beautiful places in western Colorado, and got to fish the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Eagle, and Colorado Rivers. Needless to say, I was right in my element! I think it’s so important for everyone to get away for a little while in life… to take the time to recharge and be humbled. For me, this adventure was just what I needed and more. Enjoy some shots from our trip… 🙂
“The mountains are calling, and I must go… ” -John Muir-