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It’s funny how different seasons of life can bring more than you’ve ever dreamed of in the most unexpected ways. If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be saying goodbye to my photography business at this point in my life, I would have laughed maniacally at such a preposterous statement. This was what I wanted to do forever. This was my biggest dream and passion and I had created such a romance with it. I had a set plan and a notebook full of dreams and ideas that would all come to fruition by the time I was 30. Then, life happened.

My husband and I have embarked on so much in our 3 years of marriage, and it’s been a whirlwind. I’ve held down two jobs at the same time for a while now, Zach is now in his 4th and last year of medical school, and as of March, we have the light of our lives, baby Luke. It has hit me like a ton of bricks that this time in our history is so precious and sacred, and while it’s unpredictable and sometimes stressful, we only get to live in this season once. Being a mom is transformative in so many ways, and I have never been more happy, empowered, and full of love. Our growing family is my greatest adventure, and I want to cherish every moment while I can. I’ve grown to stop dwelling on the “what-ifs” and uncertainty about various aspects of our life, and instead, be more grateful for the hidden blessings that have come our way, often because of the chaotic moments. I find myself meditating on the Serenity Prayer often, and it has offered such peace in my heart. Long story short, I’ve reached a point of wanting to simplify a lot of things in my life and enjoy the ride while I can.

I originally decided to take the year of 2014 off of photography to focus on adjusting to motherhood while still being a devoted employee at my full-time day job. I’ve had a lot of time to think and reflect throughout this transition which has guided me to make the difficult decision to close the door on Kris Boevers Photography indefinitely.

Maybe I’ll come back in a year, or two, or never. God only knows. I do know that if I come back, it will be when I feel that I can really devote the time and energy my clients deserve, and when I feel that I can really invest in the time to make it everything I’ve dreamed about. It’s strange to feel so at peace with this decision that I never thought I would make, but I feel that it’s the right one for this season of life. When you know, you know, right? I still plan to blog about our family adventures occasionally, and know that I’m not giving up photography, just the business. That being said, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to you all.

Friends, I can’t even begin to express my love and gratitude for all of you who have invested in me the past several years and trusted me with the honor of capturing your biggest and most precious life moments. It has been one of the most surprising, touching, and rewarding experiences of my life, and on top of that, I was able to pursue a real passion of mine. What started as a hobby was able to translate into something truly wonderful and successful that filled me with so much joy. I’ve met so many incredible people in this endeavor, and although I was just the photographer who took photos of you and your families every so often, I can’t express just how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of your family histories. Whether it was your engagement, wedding, pregnancy, kids, families, or all of the above, I genuinely thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s an adventure I will always hold close to my heart and all of you have enriched my soul more than you know.

So, thank you. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for investing in me. Thank you for transforming my life.

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Oct 01, 2013
posted in Business, Personal
I am so excited to share with you all that my husband and I are expecting our first little bundle of joy at the end of March/early April! We are absolutely thrilled! I’ve been pretty off the grid lately as I’ve been navigating this whole pregnancy business that has taken its toll on my changing body, as it does with all pregnant women! The all-day nausea, morning sickness, constant hunger combined with no appetite, aches and other awesome bodily functions I won’t mention (you’re welcome) have sent me into survival mode to keep up with my job and life events in general. While it’s been uncomfortable and frustrating a lot of the time, I can’t explain the utter joy I feel despite all the discomfort. I’ve never prayed more in my life or meditated more than I have these past 14 weeks. This phase in my life right now allows me a lot of alone time, and while I thrive on social interaction, I’ve been so blessed by this time to really process where we are in our lives at this very moment. It’s been a unique and beautiful blessing and I’ll always cherish this precious time for many reasons, which is a big reason why we’ve waited to share our news until now! Now we can’t wait to find out if we’re having a boy or girl… Either way, we praise God for this amazing gift! (UPDATE: IT’S A BOY!)Untitled-1
My best friend, Kacie, called me yesterday to say that she was going to be in town and she was at our disposal to take photos for our announcement if we wanted. We haven’t been putting it off, but getting me to feel better has been our top priority rather than an announcement. In all honesty, she didn’t really give us a choice because she’s been just as excited for us to share the news as we’ve been! Luckily, Kacie came to the rescue as she always does and snapped the photos below for us last night in our backyard and we are so grateful! We are also so overwhelmingly grateful for the outpouring of love everyone has shown us just since last night! Our hearts are so full from the love you all have shown and we can’t wait to share this journey with you all! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!Untitled-1
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CLIENTS
I absolutely adore every one of my clients and their constant support, so first of all, thank you for always being so great and supportive! I’ve made the tough decision to not take any weddings or portrait sessions for 2014 besides the couple I have already committed to. I may announce the occasional opportunity to book a session at various points in 2014, but I will let everyone know when I’m back to a regular schedule. While this is a tough decision, my family comes first and I want to take as much time as possible to spend with this new little one while I can, so thanks for understanding!Untitled-1
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Jun 18, 2012
posted in Business, Personal
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! 
Apr 21, 2012
posted in Business, Personal
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!

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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! 
Jan 06, 2012
posted in Business, Personal
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…

 

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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!

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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…

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Got married to my best friend two weeks later on August 12th. Best. Day. Ever.
(Photo by the wonderful Josh McCullock)

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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.

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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… 🙂

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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! 
Oct 29, 2011
posted in Business
You may remember the first super classy shoot I did with Michael Hitsman of Hitsman Ties. Luckily, he asked me a while back to join him again and shoot his new line! It was an event to say the least, and I had such a great time. Hitsman is so talented, and he’s really making this business happen, which I greatly admire. Back in March, Emmy-award winning actor Ty Burrell (aka, Phil Dunphy on “Modern Family”) sported a Hitsman tie in a spread for GQ Magazine… Incredible! 
Be sure to check out his website HERE, where several of the images from this shoot are displayed. Enjoy!

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Oct 11, 2011
posted in Business
Stephen is a worship leader at Journey Church in Norman, OK. He leads about 300 students per week in worship and teaching. He is an incredibly talented musician, passionate leader, and his energy is contagious. We got together this summer to shoot some promotional images for his new website: 

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Go check out the site to find out more about Stephen and to hear some of his music. You will NOT be disappointed… He is amazing!

 

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Jul 14, 2011
posted in Business, Personal
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…
Not only was I so happy with the outcome of Chris & Kiara’s wedding back in September, but I was even happier to see that they are featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Brides of Oklahoma Magazine! Brides of Oklahoma is such a great resource for Oklahoma Brides, and it’s overflowing with ideas and vendor information. I know I’ve already found it helpful with my own wedding plans! Be sure to get a copy!

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Jan 01, 2011
posted in Business, Personal
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!

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