The perfect getaway…

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We are so lucky in the Bay Area to be so close to so many wonderful hidden gems- if you get a chance to sneak away for a day or a weekend put Nick’s Cove on your list… between the amazing food and fantastic view you just can’t go wrong!


Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages
23240 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940


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“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Wishing you a wondrous new year full of joy and inspiration.

with love,


Sweets for your sweet…

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There’s nothing better than the smell of something wonderful baking in your oven… except maybe sharing it with someone you love… Try this amazing Huckleberry and Gravenstein apple crisp from Nick’s Cove and Cottages… to die for!

Huckleberry and Gravenstein Apple Crisp

½ cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, cold and diced
¼ cup toasted chopped walnuts
4 cups sliced Gravenstein apples
1 cup Mendocino huckleberries
2 tablespoons sugar
8×8” baking dish


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place oats, flour, salt, brown sugar and butter in a mixing bowl. Using your hands, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a nice crumbly texture. Add the nuts and incorporate into mixture. Chill for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and slice the apples. Toss with the huckleberries and season with the sugar, adding up to two tablespoons, depending on how tart the fruit is. Place into an 8×8 baking dish, sprinkle the crisp mixture on top and bake for a half hour until apples are bubbling and the crisp topping is golden brown. Let sit for 20 min. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages
23240 Highway One
Marshall, CA 94940

Pastry Chef Gillian Helquist


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It’s just been a wonderful year- fantastic clients who became friends, wonderful friends who became clients, I just want to take a moment to say thanks. I’m so touched by each and every beautiful person in my life- I’m grateful to know you.

With Love,


i carry your heart with me…

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i carry your heart with me-
i carry it in my heart-
i am never without it-
anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling.
i fear no fate- for you are my fate, my sweet-i want no world-
for beautiful you are my world, my true
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide-
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart
i carry it in my heart
-ee cummings


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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  -Mark Twain

At long last!  After 10 months of pondering and introspection about who I am and what I offer as a photographer, artist & friend, lots of research and review, and just a whole lot of work I’m so pleased to share my new brand identity, website and blog!

The new logo, website and gorgeous collateral with the soothing blues and fantastic textures feel like me- but in a fresh, new and inspiring way!  I love everything about the new look and feel- and hope you do too!

When I reflected on what meant most to me in my work, it was the feeling of documenting a new family beginning.  And when I think about the times I feel the most complete at the end of a session, it’s when I know that I’ve taken great care of my clients- that we’ve not only captured the moments both official in in between, but when I know that they were soothed and encouraged by my time with them.  I consider my vocation an honor and a privilege, and I hope you see that reflected in this new brand identity!

SO!  welcome, thank you for joining me on this new adventure!  Check back often- the best is yet to come!

With Love,



  1. melissa davis

    And it’s an honor to have you as our friend!! You are hands down my favorite photographer!! Congrats on the gorgeous new site!! xx

  2. Lara

    I adore you! Congrats and thank you for your sincere words and friendship!

  3. Julie Mikos

    Fantastico, Kristen! Gorgeous work and branding!

  4. Jeri

    Kristen, the brides you photograph are the most beautiful and happy women I have ever seen. Obviously they are also smart because they picked YOU to photograph them! Congratulations on the amazing website!

  5. Kristen Loken

    Thank you Jeri!! xo

  6. Becca

    Beautiful, Kristen!! Kate and I are obsessed. :)

  7. Kristen Loken

    You two are such loves! thank you!!

May I propose a toast?

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Cheers!  and mille grazie to the amazing team creating this transformation!

To the team at FloSites, for such a beautiful website and blog- Love the new look and feel!

To Bailey, the amazing calligrapher behind the new logo!

To the incredibly force of nature that is Making Brands Happen: Lara Casey & Emily Ley.  Both of these (gorgeous inside and out) women ask exactly the right questions to incite the truest answers.

Superbly talented, creative and kind Emily Ley was amazing at the listening and creating visual representations of those heartfelt answers. Her visual representation of my new brand had me both teary and speachless from the first glimpse.

Lara Casey- where do I even begin- from the notes and emails of encouragement along the way, to the precise and insightful baby steps- Lara truly brings out the best in everyone around her.  I was daunted at the idea of a ground up overhaul, any yet knew instinctively that she’d be exactly the right person to shepherd me along the way.  Courageous, insightful, inspiring, exciting- AMAZING- I can’t figure out when she ever sleeps, but I am so grateful for all that she gave with her heart and soul in this process.

Thank you SO much to such a dream team- and Cheers to new beginnings!

All my love,


The best gifts come in the smallest packages…

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Being a part of a wedding day is an honor- and a privilege.  I love it when my clients keep in touch- and when their family expands and I get to meet their newest additions, even better!  Little Sammy’s toes at 2 weeks, and now just before his second birthday.  I’ve loved getting to know this little man, his smile is always contagious!

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