Kristen Clabaugh has a degree in Digital Media (Graphic Design) from    East Tennessee State University   , and has been practicing the art of photography since 2013.

Kristen Clabaugh has a degree in Digital Media (Graphic Design) from East Tennessee State University, and has been practicing the art of photography since 2013.

About Kristen Clabaugh

Hi! I'm Kristen Clabaugh, owner of Kristen Clabaugh Photography serving the Tri Cities (Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City), Southwest Virginia and surrounding areas...and yes, I do travel!

As a mom of two small children, life can sometimes be crazy. A hectic schedule, trying to check off my daily to-do list, tantrums from the littles, cleaning up messes, etc... can get overwhelming. Sometimes I used to feel as if life (and their childhood) was passing me by in the blink of an eye. I was afraid I would wake up one day and they would be off to college - just like that. Don't we all wish we could keep them little forever?

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A few years ago, I began documenting cute things my kids would say or do,and the ways they would pronounce certain words. I began journaling places we'd go and things we'd do together as a family, all in an attempt to "bottle up" their childhood. I then began photographing special things about them that I always want to remember, but I know they will outgrow, such as my daughter using her blankie, my son rolling his "choo choos" across the floor, my daughter's grin when she lost her first tooth and so much more. Our minds are not perfect, and in the craziness and business of life, some of those sweet moments of the past will be lost if we've not found a way to preserve them....

But I've found just that. I have created a way to bottle up childhood - a particular season of my children's lives, so that I never have to forget the way my son's hair created a Mohawk when he was a few months old, how he pronounces the word "balloon" ("boon" as he says it), or my daughter's love for learning to read and turning kart wheels in the grass. And now, I don't feel the guilt that I used to, like I'm going to forget every little thing, because the amazing thing is - now, I won't.

 

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She even walked into a cold river to catch the cool reflections.
— Catherine, Kingsport, TN