When your bestie lives in Fort Wayne, it automatically turns you into a Fort Wayne photographer.  My last visit happened to coincide with Mr. J turning 2 and Mr. R turning 3 months.  I just loved being able to play and have fun with them and pick up my camera here and there.

J is like any other 2 year old that is constantly on the go so what better place to go than to a park nearby and let him do his thing.  He had fun running up and down hills, swinging from branches and playing on bridges and I was there to capture it all.

R on the other hand was much easier seeing as though his non mobile.  He must have been really excited to see me because he was full of non-stop smiles and I couldn’t get enough of him!  His chunky rolls are just the best.

Nicole ~ Fort Wayne Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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I always love when I instantly click with new clients as a Frankfort family photographer.  The D Family was no exception.  They were so sweet and I loved that they included their fur baby in some family pictures.

Miss A is just as cute as they come!  She was so photogenic and had the best smile.  It felt like a session flew by so fast and I can’t wait to see them again.

Nicole ~ Frankfort Family Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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Confession, I haven’t been to Ruby Jane since November. Tom has gone and has got some MAJOR work done. These first groups of photos are ones he took with his phone while building the from dinette / bed. I am so proud of him for doing this himself! P I N this to pinterestHere are pictures from this week. Everything is bolted down and set for cushions. Time to go upholstery shopping! The hydraulic stand is so nice, and easily converts our dinning room into our bedroom.P I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterest

Tom also started building the bathroom. I love how roomy it actually feels. P I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterestP I N this to pinterest
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Things are getting so real and exciting, I got chills stopping by there and seeing it all come together.

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I seriously can’t believe how fast these little ladies are growing!  At nine months they’ve hit every milestone they should have even though they made an early appearance.  These girls have the biggest personalities ever and always so happy, unless you don’t feed them fast enough!

I always love spending time with my nieces and watching them grow in front of my camera.

Nicole ~ Plainfield Twin Milestone Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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For 2017 as a family we are focusing on the word “Simple”

2016 we worked on collecting moments and not things, and boy did we succeed. We kept our bucket list full and attacked it. We had an amazing year of events and going places. So many beautiful and fun memories.

But by the end we were tired. We realized that the kids were happy on a simple hike, and with a hand full of gifts under the tree. They did not need days packed to the gills of events and activities to be entertained and mounds of gifts. So we succeeded with “collect moments not things” , but we may have pushed it a little too hard.

So this year we vowed to keep it simple. Yes we will do things, but simpler things.  Instead of purchasing tickets to see something downtown, we will find a new park or trail. Instead of planning a night out,  we will have friends over and play games. It is time to relax, recharge, and go back to a slower time. Put the phones away and cook a meal from scratch.

After taking down the holiday decor, I even craved a more clean and simple look for the house. So we are even going to try to keep our home and purchasing simple through out the year as well. Time to remember people love us for who we are, not the clothes we wear or the style of our homes.

Things and possessions do not matter much, but time with people we love does.

Are you also feeling this way after the holidays and need a little more inspiration? I highly suggest watching the documentary Minimalism on Netflix. Tom and I watched it last week and it could not have come at a better time.

So cheers to 2017, and finding joy in the most simple of things!

XOXO, Gina