I’m not gonna lie. I’ve never been very sentimental. I blame my sorority house rules that required us to pack up our belongings and move rooms every semester. Supposedly it was for “relationship building,” but I think it was really just an excuse to get us to clear out all our junk so the place stayed clean and fresh and frilly and didn’t start smelling like a dingy old frat house. I drove little red Jeep Wrangler back then (…loved that car…) so everything I owned had to fit in the tiny back seat and non-existent trunk. There was no room for sentiment, so all non-essentials were pitched.

I went for a job interview once where they asked me to bring a “brag book” of all my awards and recognitions, and I almost laughed out loud because who really keeps that crap? I’m glad I didn’t because when I arrived there was a room full of applicants clutching bonded leather albums with their life accomplishments proudly glued to the pages inside.
I brought pictures.
Fifteen snapshots of my life that each told a part of my story: who I was, what I loved, things I’d done and places I’d been.
I didn’t get the job.
But the interviewer lady loved my pictures and my stories (and I think she secretly liked the fact that I valued memories and experiences over awards and recognitions).

So despite my lack of sentimentality, those pictures (…and hundreds of others since…) are the things I treasure. They are my Relics. They tell the story of my life…and of the people I love…and the things I’m passionate about…and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that pass all too quickly. I want you to have Relics too. Tiny toes. Baby curls. First smiles. Crazy hair. Belly laughs. Toothless grins. Growing families.Young love. Wedding vows. Real life. Genuine emotion. These are the things I capture, the reason I love photography, and the keepsakes that I hope will make up the brag book of your life. Out of this passion, Relic Photography was born.

Want to know more about me? Here are some random deets:

  • Most people call me kj…except my mom who calls me “belle”…my brother who’s always called me “smiley”…and my sweet husband Shane who calls me “sunshine.”
  • I grew up a tomboy, joined a sorority in college, and settled into adulthood somewhere between the extremes.
  • I have two precious little girls: Emery (who we call “the pickle” thanks to my friend Nicole) and Adley (who goes by “booper,” which I’m sure she’ll talk about in counseling some day)…and a little man named Maclain (who we call “Mac” and sometimes (sadly for him) “Mac-a-doodle”).
  • I’m a big fan of Jesus and am always up for sitting down over a fountain soda and chatting about how He’s changed my life.
  • I am married to the most genuine, kind-hearted, hardest working man I’ve ever met and I will forever wonder how I managed to reel in such a catch.
  • I’m addicted to Diet Coke, a fanatic of Cardinals baseball, and obsessed with my iPhone (which is hands-down the greatest invention of all time).
  • I suck at cooking but rock at slice-n-bake cookies (don’t laugh…getting them just right is a patented skill).
  • I love, love, love ice-cream. Love it. Like, really…REALLY…love it.
  • When I’m not taking pictures, chasing kids, eating ice-cream, playing with my iPhone or not cooking, I’m using my degree in Physical Therapy to inflict pain under the pretense of “rehab.”  I absolutely love this genre of my life and consider it a great privilege to be a part of a person’s healing process.
  • I’m a firm believer that advice is generally worth what you pay for it. That being said if you’d like to know what I think about any particular topic, please come with a large Diet Coke from QT as my opinion is worth approximately 73 cents.
  • I owe most everything I know about photography to Chris Croy who gave me a job when the extent of my camera knowledge was “point…and…shoot,” and to my amazingly talented friend Lisa Hessel who taught me how to use photoshop to cover a multitude of sins and answered a million annoying questions along the way.
  • If you like my website, you should check out my unbelievably creative and gifted friend Krissy McArthur of MCK Designs. She helped me do all of it (and by “helped” I of course mean she did everything while I cheered her on). She does wedding flowers, interior design, websites, photo-editing, custom cards, invitations and a million other things that will change your life.

If all that isn’t more than you ever wanted to know about me, let’s do lunch or coffee or, even better, ice cream! Thanks for visiting my blog-site!

May 3, 2016 - 2:19 pm

Jessica Stiebel - I’m interested in having a family photo session. We just had our second child three weeks ago and are interested in capturing some shots of our growing family. I would like to know when you would recommend we have such a photo session (what is the best age for a newborn), if/when you would be available, and what your pricing is.
Here is a bit more information and is family.
-Daughter – 19months old
-Son – three weeks old
– Dog – bull mastiff six years old
– We live in the city
– My husband works, but might be able to get away for a session during the week. I’m on maternity leave.

Look forward to hearing from you.

The Stiebels

Phone : 4156767442

April 24, 2016 - 2:27 pm

Jennifer - I couldn’t find an email/phone on your website nor could I find ‘investment’ information. Sorry to ask a question on your comment section but I was hoping to find one or the other. Thank you!

November 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

Krista - I love your style!By chance do you have any openings for family Christmas sessions?

October 27, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Whitney Reboulet - Hi,
I’m neighbors with Sarah T. Saw the beautiful pics and was wondering when you had available sessions. I have a 1.5 and 2.5 yo (girl, boy).

Love your whole portfolio!

October 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

Lisa Garber - looking for a senior portrait session and your name was recommended by one of your past customers. Looking for a fall setting. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

September 10, 2015 - 11:09 pm

erica - Looking to get fall family pictures taken. I’m interested in learning more about your prices and dates avaliable!

September 10, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Ashley - Hi! I was wondering about your newborn sessions. Price? Availability?


September 4, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Elizabeth S. - Hello! I am interested in a fall family portrait session. Just wondering what your fee includes? Thanks!

August 18, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Amanda Benton - Hi, I was wondering how much you charge for newborn in-studio sessions?

July 12, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Lori Chaitman - Beth Moritz recommended I reach out to you in hopes that you were available for a family photo shoot in late August for our parents 50th anniversary.

May 27, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Gracie Seim - Hello! I am interested in scheduling a senior portrait session for this fall. Please email me.
Thank you,

November 22, 2014 - 7:26 pm

melissa king - My daughter is going to be here for the holidays i kniw this is a busy time is there anyway we could see about your availability and prices for basically 3 family shots ? Generational ? So important and time is limited can you help? We live in oakley my my number is 925-303-7401

September 23, 2014 - 10:07 am

Lauren sheehan - Good morning. I’m interested in getting some information about a fall family portrait session. Thanks!

August 22, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Cindy Reeves - Hello. Love your work. I am interested in family photos. Please email me. Thanks, cindy

August 20, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alexandra - Looking for some family portraits! I came by your website and loved your work! If you could email me back that would be great!

January 10, 2014 - 6:15 am

Brandi Tobias - Hi, I’m a senior at Lafayette Highschool. I was going through a lot of senior photos you’ve done of my friends at Eureka & I absolutely fell inlove. I’d love if you would do mine!

May 6, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Christy - My husband and I just found out we are pregnant and are due on/around Christmas Day. I found you through Danielle Erb and wanted to reach out to you to find out about timing. Do you have a timeline of when we need to call you to arrange a photo shoot?

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