I love to blog about my most recent and favorite portrait and wedding sessions, stories about my holistic healing journey, my travel experiences, infertility, PCOS, the keto lifestyle, married and family life outside of the box, meaningful information about psychological wellness, and wonderful healing posts that will inspire your beautiful mind!

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I want to give you more

Years. I spent years feeling uncomfortable and unsettled here at my home online. I was offering what felt like less than ...
November 13, 2017

Landscape & Travel Photography Print Gallery Open – This Wild Way

This majestic beast is from one of the most special places to me. I have so many magical memories from my time in Montan ...
November 9, 2017

Artemis & Scorpio – A Story of Feminine Autonomy & Fierceness

Whether or not you put any stock into astrology, I want to provide you with symbolism to help you understand why this Sc ...
November 8, 2017

I want to give you more

Years. I spent years feeling uncomfortable and unsettled here at my home online. I was offering what felt like less than 10% of my true self to you. It’s not that I was intentionally hiding aspects of my life, I just wasn’t sure what I was allowed to say or who I was allowed to be. I mean, I run a business; I assumed that it would suffice to let this space showcase my favorite works. But this mode of online existence was utterly unsatisfying and painful. How many of you feel that way?
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And how many ways can one say “I really love this client”? “I was so inspired by this session”? Not that these statements are lies, it is just that they do not connect me to you in any really meaningful way. I never meant my creative spaces to be a window-shopping-only marketplace. This apathy is pervasive on Instagram. And I was bored: hence my lack of posting consistently over the years. As if I wasn’t socially disconnected enough already, I was a #premed student for the last four years, and spent on the upwards of fourteen straight hours of studying at a time. Now I have an 8×10 framed piece of paper that gives me permission to psychoanalyze you anytime I’d like, so watch out.
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Anyway, I want to give you more. More of me, more of what I’ve always wanted to share with you, and in the ways I have always meant to share. I remember a more connected version of myself and business in 2007. Remember the internet back then? I changed my business and social media names from Wreckless Creative to This Wild Way because it’s a fresh start that includes being free to be myself — uninhibited, vulnerable, exposed, and honest. I know most of you haven’t met with me in person, but this is the IRL version of me. I’m a wide open book. I don’t know how to have a shallow conversation. It emotionally exhausts me to hold back. And I’ve never lived a conventional life. I left my small hometown to travel the world at nineteen. Now I am living a more settled life seventeen years later. I’m discovering ways to maintain my wildness and protect my freedom by means of art, nutrition, holistic healing, and wellness. Photography was one peek into my life, but I’m excited to offer you more.

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Kristy runs This Wild Way – Bend, Oregon Senior Portrait Photography – and her favorite thing on the planet is photographing your senior portrait photography. Please contact me for more information about your senior portraits and custom wardrobe, hair, and makeup styling.

 

November 13, 2017

Landscape & Travel Photography Print Gallery Open – This Wild Way

This majestic beast is from one of the most special places to me. I have so many magical memories from my time in Montana over the summers, so it fills my heart with joy that friends over at Companion Coffee House in Bend, Oregon (@companioncoffeehouse) have seen these images enlarged and inquired about obtaining physical fine art prints for themselves. To make it easy, I created a special gallery just for prints in the event that you want this gorgeous creature or other images in your Home.
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http://thiswildway.pixieset.com
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If you’re interested in any other fine art prints, you can reach out and inquire at thiswildway@gmail.com. I’d love to connect with you. Kristy is the primary photographer and vagabond at This Wild Way – wedding, engagement, portrait, and travel photography based in beautiful Bend, Oregon and she travels worldwide.

November 9, 2017

Artemis & Scorpio – A Story of Feminine Autonomy & Fierceness

Whether or not you put any stock into astrology, I want to provide you with symbolism to help you understand why this Scorpio (fall-to-winter) season and transition feels so emotionally intense every year. Women, especially listen in.
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According to Greek mythology (or at least my understanding of it), Artemis (Roman Diana) was born the daughter of Zeus. And right after she was born, she became a midwife who assisted her mother in delivering her twin brother. (Whoa, so I guess I shouldn’t be so concerned with birthing my own child in March as long as a newborn can do it!) She is now revered as the goddess and protectress of childbirth. Artemis became a huntress, a nature and wild animal lover, and she never let any lover steal her eternal virginity. Artemis and her friend Orion often hunted together, which made Artemis’s twin brother, the god Apollo, insanely jealous. Enraged, he commissioned Mother Earth to create a giant scorpion that murdered Orion with a sting. Another myth is that Apollo tricked his sister Artemis into killing Orion the hunter with her own bow and arrow. These stories demonstrate how abruptly and violently relationships and situations can end. Artemis was overtly competitive and fiercely independent.  The weak and regressive may feel intimidated by her lack of intimacy, but for those who are inspired by her fierceness, her story offers strength, efficiency, and personal growth. Survival of the fittest, babe. So in this intense season, channel her strength and self-sufficiency and do something terrifying and that feels powerful. Now is the time. Make a big change. Confidently end a toxic relationship. Commit to chastity. Whatever it is, be fierce.
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@heavenmcarthur gifted me time to chat with Vanessa Cuoto (FB @LiminalJourneys) for my birthday present a few years ago. Vanessa showed me how mythology, astrology, and psychology form a psychologically useful trio that helps us process what has happened in our pasts and what is happening in our lives currently, and how to be the strongest and yet softest versions of ourselves. I highly recommend scheduling a coaching session as it quite literally changed my life in ways I couldn’t predict.

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Kristy is the primary senior portrait and women photographer at This Wild Way – Wedding, Engagement, Portrait, and Travel Photography based in Bend, Oregon – and a wild advocate holistic and psychologically balanced living.

November 8, 2017
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