As a young child I remember my Dad teaching me the basics of photography, developing film and prints. I was always fascinated with how a smile could be captured in an image and the emotion of a person could be cherished forever. I developed a love for telling stories with photographs and enjoyed photojournalism in high-school and into adult hood. As a young mother of two, I found myself spending much of my time journaling many of the milestone each of my kids reached. Their father was an over the road truck driver and it was so important to me to share with him what was happening at home. I graduated nursing school in 2006 and fell in love with all things pre and post partum: The miracle of a baby growing inside the womb, labor, delivery, the first few hours of life and even into the first few difficult weeks of breast feeding. My Blessings came from helping Mothers. I have held many positions during my nursing career and one thing that I have found in common with each is that I love to bless others. I find so much Joy in seeing people smile. The pure emotion when a child is born or a loved one passes on is something that I will always remember and will always be blessed to have been a part of. As a Hospice nurse I was able to meet some of the most magnificent people who have ever lived. You become part of their family and they in a way become part of yours. Marilyn was a wonderful caregiver for her father and a true blessing to me for many years. We shared many things in common, The love of Cardinals and the color teal were two that we could always count on.

"Follow your dreams and always be a blessing to others."

In 2011 after my husband and father of my children (then 14&11) was killed in an accident, I lost much of my joy, I lost myself, I had no idea how I would keep going or find Joy again. Blessing others became more difficult and life as I knew it changed forever. God began working in my life in a mighty way and was faithful to never leave me. My faith became stronger and my outlook on life changed. The things I used to think were important, didn’t seem so important anymore. God fulfilled his promise that I would not live the rest of my life alone. Max and I married in 2012 and we have two beautiful children together. Our blended family is one of the most amazing blessings I have ever received. A remarried widow who loved her family and had always been blessed by nursing and caring for others found it hard to smile some days. Grief is hard, every day, some days it is a huge battle that is overwhelming. A wonderful doctor encouraged me to take up a hobby and start something that I enjoyed, something that made me smile, something I could feel good about, something for me. As I thought about what that might be, I began to think back to the times I spent learning about photography and telling stories with the images captured. I knew then that I needed to start taking pictures again. As I mastered one technique, I found myself searching for education and training on the next. My “hobby” soon turned into a side job. My evenings and weekends became full of capturing memories one click at a time for the people I love and those who love me. True Blessings Studio was just a thought in my mind for so many years. Before Marilyn passed away in 2017, She encouraged me to follow my dreams and to always be a blessing to others. So now I go forth and do just that. Blessings on you my friend.

Kristy Kohman