» capturing life as i see it bio picture
  • Hi and welcome to my blog!

    Capturing lifestyles for a living is - to me - the best job ever. From your engagement to your wedding to your newborn babe to your little one's first birthday... I get to be there! Documenting your life's journey as you create it! Life is a beautiful thing! I cant wait to capture yours!

    - Chris

    Follow Me on Pinterest

  • Sign up for {CLICKED IN} email newsletter!

Are we there yet?

As I sit here in my boxed up half packed office 10 days until possession date of our new house the reality of what we are doing is sinking in hard and Im feeling a need to blog/journal my feelings.
Needing to take a walk this morning to clear the mind monsters and the exhaustive doubts running through my head I prayed that we are on the right path…
This past year has been exhaustive mentally but amazing all at the same time. Life is funny that way. Starting with our life changing trip to Haiti, to coming home so shaken up and so unsure of what to do next. Do we adopt, do we move to Haiti, do we foster, do we downsize? So many questions we were left with after such an experience. Living now, the way we were and knowing what we now knew, we could not continue on the way we had been, cause it now felt so unnecessary.
After lots of waiting, praying and talking as a family we decided the decision that was best for us during this season of our life was to downsize, not only our house but our life.
You know, it’s funny as I look back to the months after we retuned from Haiti and how lost we felt, but how the answers were in front of us starting to unravel and how the downsizing answer was there but not realizing it. 2 weeks after we returned I started with my closet purging 4 garbage bags of clothes to go to donations and 2 garbage bags of shoes also went to donations. Next was the tupperware cupboard and then the cook book cupboard. Not realizing i was already starting our new movement I just felt so inclined to purge my life, my ‘stuff’ and to live with less.
Next was the linen closet going to the Cambridge Humane Society. Shortly after that was my car. I went from driving my Toyota Venza to my Prius. Something was surely guiding us to live with less. And funny enough i was starting to ‘get it’ and I felt ok with it.
Having talked about moving for the past 2 years, we both were finally on the same page and we decided to put our house of 10 years up for sale in August and tell the girls our plans. Not sure how long it would take to sell and if we would find our next home we continued to work hard and pray. After putting in 4 different offers in on 4 different homes, working through busy season, staging our house, showing our house, hosting family from out of country and trying to enjoy the summer, we finally sold our home to a wonderful family and found our sweet little home in the city that we truly believe is meant for us. This was the answer.
Now the reality of going from a 3000 sq ft home to a 1500 sq foot by choice not need, I’ll be honest with you, wakes the mind monsters and makes we wonder, what the heck are we doing with twins about to be teenagers, have we made the right decision, will our kids resent us for what we are doling? Friends and family have even questioned our thinking and I know are worried. But there have been so many signs and positives along the way that makes this feel so right. Even the girls are excited. We both shake our heads at how excited they are to live smaller and closer to us. In a big house you can spend hours not seeing each other.
A quote that my sister in law pinned on the ever so awesome Pinterest today said “it always seems impossible until it’s done” Amen sister. Living and waiting to live a new way since August has been mentally challenging . Questioning all you know and have known during the wait time. I never imagined that moving would be so stressful. Wanting our family to know that we are ok and what we are doing will make sense. Like a long car ride, constantly asking each other are we there yet? It does all feel so impossible but whenever I look at the iphone photo of our new little home something deep stirs inside me, a calm, a peace, a new love that I cant wait to embrace. This is what I need to remember on these boxed up, depersonalized, big empty home days waiting to move, waiting to finally settle after living so unsettled for months. I have no idea what is next for us Kufske’s but I feel so ready to move and live simpler and smaller and take on what is next. Waking, to being guided by a movement higher than ourselves is so crazy freeing. Letting go of the norm, the ideals, and the control and just being. Yes please!

Are we there yet?
YES! 10 days baby!!!!
Bring it on!!

KellyNovember 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

Hope all is going well with the move. You Kufskes are inspiring : ) xo

Joe+Maria 09.21.13 {married}

I adore this couple and I think I was excited as she was for her to walk down the isle.
Maria you continue to be an incredible inspiration. Joe you are the sweetest kindhearted man I know. I’m so incredibly honoured that you two chose me to capture your amazing day.
Maria you took my breath away, my snow white bride. All your attention to details paid off. Your wedding was full of warmth, love and personality.
I hope you enjoy your images as much as I do.
With much love,

Betty TselonisNovember 8, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Absolutely breathtaking pictures!!!! Love them all …. thea Betty xo

AnthonyNovember 8, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Really creative ring shot!

Kerri + Peter {married} 01.09.13

Kerri and Peter were married Sunday September 1st 2013. This day was filled with so much love and passion it moved me so much. And hello style. Loved, all her details!
As a photographer being able to just step inside a couples world and capture the two of them as they are, so in love for each other was such a joy for me, it was effortless.
When a couple has it they just have it and the energy and passion spills out all around making the photographs so real and easy to capture.
Kerri and Peter thank you so much for choosing me to capture your amazing day.
I hope you love them as much as I do.
Much Love,

Big thnak you to my second shooter Meghan with

Boy or Girl? {Gender reveal}

What an awesome experience to be a part of a gender reveal. It was killing me that I couldn’t share with you Alicia, and my family knows i suck at surprises. lol
But I did it and how awesome to see your face when you discovered you are expecting a beautiful little boy!!
I’m so excited to meet him and also so touched you asked me to capture such an amazing moment in your life. Love you guys! xo

HollyOctober 29, 2013 - 10:36 am

How can you not love this. The emotions are so real.

Alicia ThurstonOctober 29, 2013 - 11:21 am

You are the best! Love these moments, thanks so much for doing this for us. xoxo

Brett + Farran 08.24.2013 {La Hacienda Sarria}

What an incredible August day we had for Farran and Brett’s beautiful wedding. La Hacienda has to be one of my favourite Kitchener venues.
Always providing a beautiful backdrop. And Hello to Pink Poppi flowers! Wowo did I love all the flowers you provided . What a sensational pop of colour to this day!
Farran and Brett are the type of couple that you just want to know and friend. Both are filled with so much joy and spirit! It makes no wonder they had such a fantastic wedding party to walk thru this day with them.
From cheering and laughter to dancing, love and toasting . This day was everything a wedding day should be! I feel so honoured to have been chosen to capture your day!
Congratulations you two!
It always makes me so happy going over the images from the day to see how in sync me and my second shooter are for the day. A big thank you to Holly with for being that person!

Chasing West !

I’m a sentimental by heart.
Like a lot of moms out there I have been collecting the girls favourite and my favourite pieces of their clothing over the past 10 years.
Never really knowing what i would do with them but knowing I couldn’t let them go.
Recently a good friend of mine had a gorgeous quilt made and with what? With all the clothes that she too has been collecting!! I thought, perfect!! What a great way to hold on to the sweet memories that the different outfits remind us all of.
You have to check out Lindsay’s site on Etsy , yes fabulous Etsy where you can spend hours upon hours.
Her company is called Chasing West after her two beautiful boys!
I’m already collecting clothes for another quilt to be made. Hmmm this may become a bit of a thing over the years! lol

Be sure to check out Chasing West on Etsy!

Moved to tears

Once in a while someone comes into your life and does something so thoughtful it moves you to tears.
I had the honour of meeting Louise Thompson back in May when her daughter Shawna purchased a family pkg with me.
The family pkg was part of a fundraiser to help raise funds to support a wonderful colleague of mine adopting from Haiti.
During the shoot we talked a bit about my trip to Haiti in January and how much it made an impact on me. After reading my blog post about Haiti Louise contacted me and shared how much my blog post had touched her.
You all need to know that Louise is an incredibly talented artist and has the most gracious heart.
She emailed me this past weekend to share with me that my painting was finished that she was inspired to do, after seeing a photo of this beautiful child on my blog post.
I was teary even before I arrived at her home this morning and knew Id break down as soon as I saw it!
Louise this painting is still moving me to tears as i sit here typing this.
I cannot express how much this means to me and your thoughtfulness to do this for me. You have a huge heart and are so talented and I want more people to know about you!
As I was shooting this photo below to share with you I burst into tears again lol. In the actual photo of this little one, she is wearing an old brown jumper dress but Louise painted it a beautiful yellow because of the hope she sees in her eyes. Ironically Louise this is one of our new accent colours in our new home we are moving to. I continually to believe in signs from above and this today was one for me. HOPE its such a powerful word and continues to move people.
Us Kufske’s cannot wait to move into our cute new home and have the world as our playground and continue to serve in this great world and teach our girls was graciousness and selflessness is. Louise you are a true reflection of this and when I look at this beautiful child hanging in our new home I will be reminded of our trip to Haiti, of newness, of hope of serving and of graciousness.
With overwhelmingly full heart I thank you! xo

Please head over to Louise’s website

louiseSeptember 23, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Chris, I’m sitting here crying while reading this (aren’t we a pair). Thank you for your beautiful, heartfelt words. I’m thrilled with how much this painting means to you! You’re a very special lady and your work work in Haiti deserved to be rewarded. I’m glad that I could do this for you. With much love, Louise

f a c e b o o k
S m i l i n g   E y e s
T w i t t e r