Something New

A friend of mine challenged me to do a ‘getting into the spirit” photo journal or diary I should say. The holiday season has changed drastically for me and my family since my mom passed away on Christmas Eve of 2013. No matter what things look like on the outside, there is so much more on the inside. The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, filled with making memories, giving back to those that are less fortunate, decorating and so much more. A part of me wanted to skip Christmas, a part of me wanted to decorate, while another part was saying “why bother”.

There were just so many emotions wrapped up in what to do right for the holidays. I shed tears almost daily during this season and a part of me truly left when my mom left. I guess I have been trying to get it back, but it didn’t seem like that was ever going to happen. I hear some say they are never the same after the loss of someone so close and I totally get that, 100%, but they also say they have learned to adapt. That part right there, I guess I do it okay, but when I actually break it down to think about it, do I even know how to adapt after all this?

I want to erase the painful memories. And for someone that has photographic memory, I am sure its worse. I can remember where people sat in the church, who hugged me first, the stories that were told, how much of a wreck i was when i stood up to talk about her, how I “mingled” in the parking lot after the service was over saying my very last goodbye. It was absolutely horrible!

The good new is, it is a NEW year, and I hold on to the hope that this can get better. So I agreed to do the journal/diary. It helped me to focus on what really matters and living on purpose. Since that was something new, I am glad that I was able to take photos almost everyday! I did lose track of the days. I did plan to blog every day with the pic of the day, but that didn’t work to well. So here is a collection of them all!

Enjoy a peek into our lives from the holidays.



Much Love,

Crystal Keefer


A foggy morning

I woke up this morning excited to go out to the lake and read, hoping to grab a few shots while out there. We have a large lake in our neighborhood and when I got outside to take my daughter to school, I realized it was pretty foggy! I thought well maybe I can manage to get something, if not, it will be great just to sit out in the nice crisp air, reading my make it happen book.


It was really peaceful out and when I arrived, there were a ton of ducks out on the water. So watching them fight, eat, and dive their heads in the water was quite amusing! Today is a little heavy on my heart as it would have been my mom’s birthday. It is also the month that she passed away two years ago. So I have been trying to do things on purpose and live in the moment and let go, to let God’s peace overwhelm me.

But for the shots I captured of this beautiful morning, you can see them below!


I started getting a little cold after about an hour and half out, so I came back home to get some work done.

I hope your day is a lovely day!
~ Crystal ~


CKD has evolved….

I have some news to share! Over the years, if you manage to follow my blog when I got a chance to write, you could see where it all started! Cake decorating, party decor, invitation design, and so much more. While I still love all that stuff, things changed after taking a photography class.

I have always loved photos and have a sense to look deeper into photos, like they take me back in time. I like to dissect the images to try to reveal the story behind them. I get lost in images and stare at them for a while, just reading its story.

After some thought and prayer, I have decided to pursue photography. There was a time just recently that I couldn’t see it being more and I couldn’t let go of design. I thought that holding onto it for some reason would be good. Like seriously, I could not let it go, but after praying about it, asking God, if that’s what he wants me to do, make it easy for me to let it go and pursue what he has for me. I have always had a love for photography, but didn’t take it any further than just the occasional family and fun images……And then there a photography class that I HAD to take for graphic design. Makes sense right? NOT, but that is when things started to unfold.

Some photos will be fun shots of whatever, some will be from photo shoots, but I want each photograph to tell a story about each moment that will bring joy for years to come. Sometimes in the end, all we have to hold on to is a photograph. I know that for a fact that after my mom passed away, all I have to hold on to are photographs. As I had gotten older, we didn’t take many pictures together, but the few we do have I cherish forever.

So with that being said, I will be offering photography services for you, your children and your family. If you are local to the Charleston area, I am building my portfolio and would love to photograph you! Check out the Session tab at the top of the page.

Don’t worry, I will still do design stuff from time to time, and I am sure, there is more evolving to do as the years go on as God continues to work on me and show me the way. I still have a lot to learn, but I am stepping out and taking a leap of faith!

Here are a few photos from one of my favorite places, Middleton Place Plantation, in sepia. I just love the history and how far it goes back. I also love the immaculate landscaped grounds and I can’t forget about the sweet animals!