6.24.17 - Photo by the amazing  Sarah Haimes!

6.24.17 - Photo by the amazing Sarah Haimes!

Our 22 mile hike to the beautiful Garibaldi Lake, just outside Whistler, Canada.

Our 22 mile hike to the beautiful Garibaldi Lake, just outside Whistler, Canada.

Sunsets at Lake Tahoe are the best!

Sunsets at Lake Tahoe are the best!

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Dear Friend,

I’m so glad you found your way here. I’m a west coast soul who loves the ocean and the mountains…don’t make me pick just one. I grew up near Seattle, studied in Los Angeles, worked in San Francisco and am now strolling the streets of Portland, Oregon.

I photographed my first wedding 7 years ago and as time has passed, I’ve realized what I truly love about photography is when I get to photograph an individual. When I photograph one person, I get to focus solely on capturing who they are, their character and their unique strengths. In life, we all go through trials and triumphs. I’m drawn to what I call the “happy—sad” moments; moments that are intertwined with pain and beauty, grieving and rejoicing, an already and not yet. Photographs are a way of remembering, long after a moment ends.

According to Strengths Finder, my top 5 Strengths are: Belief, Relator, Discipline, Developer and Individualization (which basically means I know what to get my friend for her birthday because I know who she is).

However, we all have strengths that a personality test can’t measure, and strength is much more than just physical strength. The goal of 100 Souls Strong is to highlight various strengths of diverse women, impact how people perceive the world and inspire generosity.

Share the story of your strengths with me, let me get to know you, and together we’ll create something beautifully strong.

Sincerely,

Kristen Bales

p.s. I’ve been told I make the best banana bread and if you ask me about it, maybe I’ll bake you some :)


Kind Words

Ms. Kristen, you did a wonderful job for Mrs. & Mr. Rubio’s wedding. I see you, your hard work, a lot of patience and you always smile.
Beautiful work and beautiful people.
Kristen, I am thoroughly enjoying looking at all of these pictures. They are beautiful! What a cool idea. I can’t wait to see more :)