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Speaker Spotlight: Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Hello! I’m Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy, a photography/lifestyle/DIY blog written in the great state of Texas! I started my blog about 3 years ago, simply sharing sneak peeks at the portrait sessions I’d taken. When I teamed up with another blogger who asked me to share photo tips, my site took off, then I began sharing my tips on my site. I didn’t stop there–I began sharing how to decorate with pictures, DIY projects, recipes, parties, fashion, and just about anything else that popped into my mind to share!

Kristen Duke

I am SO excited to be sharing photography tips at the Build Your Blog 2014 Conference! I love those Six Sisters, they are simply the sweetest in real life, too! I got to take their pictures, see them HERE. I’ll be sharing how to take better pictures of the items you blog about, because we all know that fabulous pictures are what get people to your blog! As a mother of 4, I want to capture my children at each stage. I wish I could bottle them up and hold them there forever, and with my camera…I can! I never have to fully let go of the joy and wonder of childhood. My goal with my blog is to Capture my joy, and share it with you in hopes that you will see more joy in your life. My BIGGEST joy is my family…
 I also love to share tips on how to decorate your home with photos. I started a Decorating with Pictures series where I invited a bunch of my favorite bloggers to share how they decorate their home with pictures. It is a passion of mine to encourage others to get images OFF of their computer and onto the walls of their homes. I feel strongly that our children a) build their self esteem seeing pictures of themselves around and b)builds family unity that we are a TEAM and work together. Here are two of my favorite DIY picture spots in my home:
  Decorating with pictures

I Repurposed this giant frame and then used Vintage Windows as a Picture Frame. I’ve now held the Decorating with Pictures series 3 times and have over 100 posts with creative bloggers sharing how they decorate their homes with pictures. I am also very passionate about moms getting out from behind the camera and getting in pictures with their kids. Don’t have them reach adulthood and wonder if you were ever present because they don’t actually SEE you in activities with them! Take a picture with them at least once a week, and I call it Capture the Joy. If you do, hashtag #capturethejoy on Instagram or Twitter to play along with my readers! On my site you’ll also find only my most favorite recipes from main dishes to desserts.

A few of my faves are the Honey Curry Chicken Dinner and the Strawberry Cream Cake. I also like to share home projects, and currently I’ve got a personal goal of completing and sharing one room a month this year. The complete Home tour. A little sampling is my Girls Fancy bedroom Makeover, and my Boys Room Reveal.
  Room Reveals

I also like to plan fun parties for my kids and friends, among them is the Soccer Party for the boys and Lalaloopsey Party for the girls:

I also like to share a little of my fashion style in an occasional What I Wore Wednesday post:

style files

My travel tips, a few favorites are Walt Disney World and Alaska:

Did I mention my DIY home projects? Well, I like to dream and my husband likes to build, so together we’ve created a few fun projects for our home! Among them are a tin foil table and our Sliding Barn Door TV cover.
  diy projects

I also journal my life with stories in a section I call, Life As I know it, where I am sharing my crazy LOVE STORY one chapter at a time, I chronicle my weight loss, address triumphing after gossip and hurt, and share my thoughts on life in a section called Kristen’s rambings with printables sprinkled in. I have to remind myself to go back to my roots in sharing photography tips. I LOVE sharing photography, but I love so much more, too! A few favorites are How to shoot a silhouette and What to wear in Family Portraits.

In addition to photo tips, I have a little e-book (that can also be purchased as a printed copy) called Say NO to Auto for beginners wanting to learn how to use their fancy cameras. It is a short and simple book teaching the 3 basic steps, so as not to overwhelm the reader with too much! After the first book is mastered, I encourage my Intermediate level book called Get Focused with 12 tips and techniques on taking sharper images. I now have my Say NO to Auto workshop on VIDEO!
  Say NO to Auto

I sized the books to fit perfectly into camera bags for easy reference when out photographing! Whew! I have a slight problem with over sharing. My husband shakes his head at me all the time. Now you know ALL about me, leave a comment every once in a while and tell me about you! I love to hear from my readers, it’s part of what makes this blog sharing so fun! I’d love for you to find me on your favorite social media platform and say hello!

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Posted January 27, 2014 in: Uncategorized by Kyle Ivins