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Welcome to my Right Brain

Capture & design

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To create an image that evokes a feeling in the viewer is my form of art. I spend my days taking and editing photos, writing other's thoughts in journals, pushing the limits on my caffeine consumption, and loving the people I'm around. Thank you for taking the time to explore my right brain space. 

- Kaitlyn C Smith

 
 

Mr. & Mrs. Leis 

September 22, 2018

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We got married.

Our ceremony was a small gathering of family and friends in our hometown of Ontario, WI. Our ceremony was held at the amphitheater at Wildcat Mountain State Park at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on a day that was very un-Wisconsin like; 70 degrees and gorgeous in the middle of September.

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DEAR 2019 SENIORS,

You make me feel old, being that I have been out of high school since 2011. With that being said, I still have a love of photography that draws me to you. And with me being that older and wiser, here is some advice for you: 

1. Actually print out your photos. It takes 3 seconds for your high school photos to be deleted forever and then you will never be able to look back at the awkward phases and the bad hair cuts. 

2. Do as much as you can, while you can. After school sporting events, clubs, and dances don't come around when your in the adult-land that will soon trap you. 

3. Don't dye your hair a crazy color before big high school moments: homecoming, prom, graduation. Because, if  you do, you will forever be reminded of the time you put blonde streaks in your hair before prom and had to dye your hair black to try to cover them up. Not that I would know anything about that. 
*cough cough lies cough cough*

4. Don't be quick to grow up. But, don't be afraid of it either. Life comes in chapters. Each with their own surprises and excitements. This is just the end of the first beginning. It doesn't end here. 

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How I met my other

The first memory I have of you, we were still in elementary school. I've told you this story before; the one where I chased you around the playground trying to steal your ball cap from your blonde head. When I was victorious in my quest to catch up to you, one of your friends (still can't remember who) turned to me and yelled "Leave him alone!" which then put me on the verge of tears as he took the hat from my grip. I remember vividly the way I smiled when you turned to him and told him "It's okay. I let her chase me." Then you took the Mountain Dew ball cap from him, handed it back to me, and you said "Okay, give me a head start," as you ran off towards the swing set...

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The Luxton Littles

“If I had my children to raise over again: I’d build self-esteem first and the house later...”
— — IF I HAD MY CHILDREN TO RAISE OVER AGAIN BY DIANE LOOMANS
 

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Yesterday, I got to spend the afternoon with Jessica and Shane's littles. They were what every kid should be at 5pm in the spring: running happy outside with muddy feet. I love taking these kinds of photos. I don't disturb the curiosity and the energy that has been pent up in the kids all day long. Let them wonder around and chase after each other. Once the camera came out, they turned into little hams for about 5 seconds before they lost interest and wanted to play. After being indoors all day, it was a prefect ending to my day. 

 

 

See the rest of their photo gallery here.

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Late Night Bread Baking

 
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March '18

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I have a friend who can make bread from scratch...

I know that for some of you that doesn't seem to be a big deal. It's just bread right? BUT, how many 25 year-olds in the United States can say with confidence that they can bake their own bread? It has become a normal thing for us to forget that we can do these kind of things. We can fend for ourselves. We can grow our own food. We can sew our own clothes. We can bake our own bread. These skills were once common knowledge. They were taught in schools and people everywhere weren't relying on Walmart and Target for all of our food and possessions. We are losing the knowledge of how to do these things. If all of a sudden, grocery stores weren't a thing any more, we would all starve. 

Now, I know that I am just as guilty as the rest of us. I can barely thread a needle and have killed every house plant I've ever owned. I can say that, now, I feel inadequate. And I want bread, but that's a whole other issue of mine that I am dealing with. But seriously, take the time to learn new things. Stop worrying about when you're going to find time to finish your newest Netflix series and bake some damn bread.   

See the rest of these photos here.

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Tiny Apartment

equals Tiny Studio

 
 

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Moving into our tiny, 2 bedroom 1 bath, apartment has had its challenges. Besides my habit for filling every nook and cranny with stuff, I like to fill my spaces with people. This habit of mine had made some unforeseen difficulties doing product shots. Hopefully 2018 will give me the strength to declutter my life. 

View Pure Foods Protein Powder photos here

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Cookies & wine

the small things that make the holidays fun in your 20's

 
 

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When we were younger, the holidays all boiled down to Christmas morning; opening presents, Christmas movies, and cocoa. But all of that joy usually disappears once we hit out 20s. Slowly you start realizing you are an adult and will have to purchase your own gifts for people and it hits you that presents don't wrap themselves. Now, don't get me wrong, I live for Christmas shopping every year. I love it. I love every aspect about the holidays, even at 25. I'm that person that watched the Christmas claymation from the 70's and brings out the decorations as soon as Halloween is over. Yes, I know that Christmas has gotten over commercialized and that the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with fancy wrapping paper, marshmallows, or peppermint hot cocoa (which is the best, don't kid yourself), but I see it as an extra layer of joy that you can add to your life. When you have to worry about bills, work, kids, health insurance, taxes, rent, and getting your own butt to the dentist why not enjoy sparkly ornaments and The Grinch? Where is the harm in putting fun into your life as an adult. Personally, I never asked to grow up, but apparently society thinks it was my time to adult. 

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New Orleans in October

 
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As E.B.White would put it "You have been my friend...that in itself is a tremendous thing." I love these humans. They are a part of my small circle of people I keep and call mine. 6 years ago, I was graced with the lovely Lexi Fees as my college roommate. This insane creature announced that she loved cottage cheese and 90's country music on day one. I knew then that I had to forever ingrain her in my DNA of being. A month later, Cody Diegel came into our lives. Their story is one of great highs and lows. It does not start with them and wont end with them, as it should be. I am a better person for having both of them in my life and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you, Lex and Code, for allowing me to be there to witness your relationship from close up. It was a true joy of mine to behold every second of you two legally doing what already was: putting to paper the fact that you were each others'-other. Husband and Wife.

"I don't believe in fairy tales, I don't believe in divine intervention, and I don't believe in soulmates. I believe in love. In a love that is built throughout a lifetime. A love that survives and endures. A love that inspires. A love that comes from choosing another person over yourself. I vow to choose you each and every day. I vow to help you chase your dreams and to be your anchor when you feel like you are drifting. I vow to be your inspiration and you frustration, at times. I promise to do the dishes if you cook the dinners. I promise to try new things with you and to take you to places you've never been. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and fight with you. I vow to remember that this is a once in a lifetime love, but not a once in a lifetime choice. I love you, Cody - now and every day. And I will choose you - now and every day. " - Lexi Fees-Diegel

 

The Diegel-Fees wedding took place in the middle of a hurricane that vacated the city of New Orleans on October 7th, 2017. For those who didn't have the privilege to attend, know that you missed many moments of beauty in this 20 minute window of vows and rain. The amount of good luck hurricane Nate had brought to your lives is sure to allow for the long and happy life we all wish for you. Congratulations, my dears. I love you both. 

Diegel-Fees Wedding Gallery

 

New Orleans held many unknowns for me. A city that was once under so much chaos and known for voodoo was foreign to me. This city is full of so much culture that is the complete opposite of the small town I grew up in. This October, two of my people asked me to come with them to photograph their little wedding. They planned a intimate gathering in the city's park surrounded by their close family and friends. It was a great privilege for me to be included in this selective group. What they didn't plan on is hurricane Nate taking over the city the day of their wedding. The country was in a panic while, for New Orleans, it was just another thunderstorm. The hurricane hit right in the middle of their ceremony making their ceremony just that more magical. 

After the rain let up and the vows were over, we retreated to small restaurant tucked in the row houses of downtown New Orleans. The city had put out a 6 o'clock mandatory curfew making our stay short but still left time for us to explore the restaurant's garden section between it and a hotel. 

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After the reception was over, we had a few minutes left to explore the city bars. We ended up at small, hole-in-the-wall with a live jazz band playing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together". The newly weds danced their first dance in the most New Orleans fashion we could have ever thought of, complete with a disco ball and surrounded by a bunch of people they didn't know. 

The city was gorgeous. Thank you for giving me the best excuse to go. 

 

 
 

Orlikowski Family

 
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I got to spend a super warm September afternoon with this lovely little family. Thanks for standing the heat with me. This Wisconsin Indian summer is coming to a close but that makes way for sweaters and fall colors. Needless to say, I was more than thrilled to spend the day with the Orlikowski family at my favorite spot on this earth: The Spohn farm. I hope you enjoy their family session. 

Orlikowski Family Session Gallery

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Luke 12:34
 

Casey and her littles

 
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Nov' 17

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To say that this lovely lady is just a cousin to me would be the biggest understatement ever. She has been a sister to me since I was born and has had to deal with me always poking in and tagging along with her and her adventures for 25 years. Casey's kids are two of the greatest gifts ever given to our family (even when Maddie doesn't feel photogenic). 

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Miss Lexi

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March' 17

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This dose of sass and vinegar is the miss Lexi Fees-Diegel. Her mini shoot is one of my favorites to date. It goes to prove that it doesn't matter the space you have to work in or the amount of time you are allowed, you can get a photo just about anyway. 

Lexi's Mini Shoot