Reno Newborn Photographer | 10 Things You May Not Know About Me | Kristi Gayton Photography

I am realizing how important it is that my clients know who I am as a person. Don’t we always feel the closest to the people that we know random personal little things about? I know this to be true for me because some of my favorite photographers and local business owners to follow on social media are the ones that let me into their  homes (virtually) and share with me little insights about who they are… their dog, favorite shows, food addictions, etc.

Of course I LOVE sharing photos of my beautiful clients and telling you all about the fun we have while shooting but my life does extend beyond the camera lens!

So, in an effort to share a bit more about myself I am going to start out in the safety zone of a “ten things about me” post. You have probably seen these sweeping Facebook and if you are like me, you read them because once in a while you learn something a little crazy about one of your friends like that her pinky toe nails don’t grow. Yep! That was about me … consider it a random bonus fact! So, here we go... 10 things you may or may not know about me! 

#1. I met my firefighter hubby when I was a teacher and he came to my school on a call for a student. We didn’t’ actually meet right then because well you know he was busy working but there was prolonged eye contact and a childhood friend who worked with him ended up introducing us shortly after. We celebrate our 9 year anniversary July 25th!

#2. I have recently started meditating at night before bed. It helps me clear all the clutter and rest more peacefully! It took some time to get used to but now I am loving it! I am actually going to be hosting a Meditation for Moms workshop at the end of the summer! Can’t wait!

#3. In the last two years I have undergone 2 surgeries… The first surgery was a breast explant surgery (meaning I had my breast implants removed along with all the surrounding scar tissue) to help improve my health and make it easier for my doctors to monitor a spot that keeps popping up in ultrasounds. The second surgery was a hysterectomy also to help with some health issues. A lot of change in a short time but I am feeling great!

#4. Candies that begin with the letter S are my favorite! Skor bars, Skittles, Sour patch kids, and Snickers. I can’t resist Sour patch kids and popcorn at the movie theater. Yes… I know popcorn starts with P but just sayin- it’s a good combo!

#5. I have some serious love for emojis and speak fluent GIF … It’s not a problem I plan to correct. I think a little heart and smiley face wink at the end of a text message really helps get your enthusiasm across- especially if you add two or three extra explanation points, which I also tend to do!!! And aren’t GIFs just the most fun way to express yourself in a text message?! I think so!

#6. Vintage, antique, and boutique shopping is the way to my heart! I love looking through local shops and finding little treasures that I just can’t live without to decorate my home. Maybe one of these days I will post about some of the coolest shops around Reno. We have some of the most amazing businesses and business owners here! I also love love Joanna Gaines- no big surprise there!

#7. I love heart shaped things … I am just drawn to hearts. Maybe because it is kind of a thing with the women on my Mom’s side of the family... My Aunt Julie in Idaho has a dish filled with all the heart rocks she has collected over time. I am working on starting my own little collection. The first heart rock I was given my Uncle Val found for me on my wedding day! Love him!

#8. I DON’T love to cook but I do LOVE to bake! Thank goodness I married a fireman- they tend to be great cooks because they have to cook at work and I am doubly lucky because my husband enjoys doing the cooking. I love baking – it’s messy (when I’m the one in charge), fun, and who doesn’t love to eat all the carbs?! I don’t decorate the things I bake because that would just be a giant disaster but I could seriously watch videos of the pros decorating cookies for hours on end!

#9. I am an INFJ personality which only 1% of the population are… this comes from a personality test which is really fun and for me was super accurate! I am empathetic and intuitive. Most people would guess I am an extrovert but I’m really more introverted and need alone time to recharge. If you want to take the test you can here.

#10. When I first decided to start my photography business I mainly photographed weddings. I worked with the most wonderful people and I am blessed to call some of those people friends today. I so enjoyed my time as a wedding photographer but I knew instantly that my heart was in newborn photography and specializing is the best decision I ever made. Always follow your heart! Always!

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