Monthly archives: December 2011

Happy [almost] New Year! | Giveaway

Hi friends! I hope everyone had some quality time with family and friends as we near the end of 2011. I love celebrating on New Year’s Eve! It is the perfect time to reflect on the year…it reminds us of all we have to be thankful for,  it shows us all what we are capable of and how much we have grown in just one year. New Year’s Eve also gives us the opportunity to think of what we want to accomplish, how we want to continue to grow, who we want to reconnect with or maybe continue to connect with in the new year. The New Year gives each of a fresh start to show ourselves, our families and even the world what we each are capable of.

This year I wrote a list of 3 words that I will strive to live up to everyday. One of the words on my list that I want to share with you is :: CHALLENGE.

I know I can challenge myself everyday in different ways – both personally and professionally. I will challenge myself to be a better wife, sister and daughter. I will challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone. I will challenge myself to push boundaries on creativity. I will challenge myself to continue to surround myself with positive people.
In honor of the upcoming New Year I wanted to giveaway a few pretty awesome prizes!

1. $50.00 gift card to Anthropology
2. $25.00 gift card to itunes
3. $15.00 gift card to Starbucks

How to enter :: *Must do all three for a complete entry*
1. Leave a comment below with ONE word that you want to strive to live out over the course of 2012

2. Become a fan of Cyn Kain Photography on Facebook (Follow me HERE on twitter if you have an account)

3. Share this give away link on your facebook page and be sure to TAG “Cyn Kain Photography” (** Tag CKP, not me personally :) **)

Winners will be chosen at random on Monday January 2nd!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!!

Merry Christmas + Vacation time…

I will be out of the office from Tuesday December 20 – Tuesday December 27th spending some quality time with my family (SO EXCITED!) Please feel free to call and/or email me with messages during this time and I will be sure to touch base with each of you when I return!

Sending lots of love to y’all and Merry Christmas!

My office manager spreading some Christmas cheer below

*Left two photos with snow taken today in Syracuse, NY. I sure am wishing for a white Christmas in Virginia ;)


Giveaway winner …

This morning I entered all the giveaway entries into a computer program which selected a random winner – I am so thrilled to announce ELIZABETH REEVES as the winner of Cyn Kain Photography’s Christmas giveaway! For those that didn’t win this time, sit tight because I have a fantastic New Year’s giveaway that will be announced after Christmas! Be sure to “LIKE” Cyn Kain Photography on Facebook so you don’t miss out on the announcement :)

p.s. If you have Twitter, hop on over and Follow Me too!

Elizabeth, I am looking forward to setting up your shoot and can’t wait to meet you!!


Patel Family | Chapel Hill, NC | Lifestyle

This family is too cute for words. With Avi and Maya we were definitely running around and hearing lots of giggles. One thing I learned – mini-M&Ms are awesome treats to bring along if you have young kiddos – those colorful chocolates can work wonders :) So excited to share a few favorites from the Patel’s family session.

Of course one of the sweet parents…I gave y’all a sneak peek of the combo below already on facebook, but I am just so in love with it I’ll say it again…OH. MY. CUTENESS. 

Claire + Matt | Durham, NC | Engaged

Claire and Matt are getting married at the Carolina Inn next August…and I am SUPER excited! Sometimes you go to meet a client for a consult and everything just clicks. I met with Claire and Matt for a causal lunch outside (so I could bring my pup) and we ended up chatting for a couple hours while we ate a yummy lunch and enjoyed some wine. It was perfect. I was so thrilled when the two of them asked me photograph their wedding! Just hearing Claire’s vision for their wedding  – from the flowers, to the colors and little details has me counting down the days!
 Adorable, right?


Waiting on baby Broderick | Chapel Hill, NC | Maternity

I was so fortunate to meet Whitney and Matt earlier this year when I photographed Matt’s sister’s wedding. Both were in the wedding party so I spent a good bit of time that day hanging out with Whitney and Matt…it was so evident that these two were full of excitement over their soon-to-be first born. He will be their first little one and first grandchild on both sides  :)

Whitney is one of those women who seriously GLOW, is full of happiness and laughs a lot….A LOT…and her laugher is contagious! Needless to say I had so much fun during their session. To make this story even sweeter their little one is due on Christmas Day!

To answer the question many of you are thinking…Whitney and Matt will be welcoming a baby BOY…Little baby Rhett. We met up on a perfect November day, full of sunshine and it’s gorgeous light….now on to a few of my favorites from their session.

Congratulations Whitney and Matthew! What a fantastic Christmas Gift you and your families will be getting this year :)

Briscoe Family | Annapolis, MD | Lifestyle

I had such a fantastic time meeting the Briscoe family and shooting their family session at the Naval Academy’s campus. Annapolis is one of those cities with such charm – cute little downtown area, yummy restaurants, a DELISH homemade ice cream shop and lots of sail boats around. I love any city near water :)

How sweet are these two brothers. There is no doubt that these two are going to be best friends growing up – I had so much fun running after them and *trying* to keep up!


At his point the kiddos decided ENOUGH.PHOTOS.LETS.RUN.AROUND.AND.PLAY! So we took advantage of this time to capture some moments of just mom and dad :)
Wishing the Briscoe Family a VERY Merry Christmas!

Kristen + Josh | Waynesville, NC | Wedding

Kristen and Josh were married on the perfect fall North Carolina day at Laurel Ridge Country Club just outside of Asheville, NC. It was easy to see how loved these two were just by looking at the number of friends and family that traveled to be with them on their big day. There were beautiful toasts, lots of dancing, a liquor luge (yes!), a lantern send-off celebration and a sparkler exit! Their day was absolutely wonderful!

I love Kristen’s emotion captured here just seconds after they’re married and walk down the aisle together. She was laughing and crying tears of happiness, so sweet!
Check out this bride on their liquor luge…yes, this group knows how to PARTY!
This photo below is one of my favorites as they Krsiten + Josh were lighting and sending off their lantern. 
How excited is Josh to be MARRIED! Woohoo! CONGRATULATIONS Kristen + Josh!!

Heller Family | Chapel Hill, NC | Family

Over the past few months I have been lucky to meet and photograph so many wonderful families. It’s that time of year again, the kids have grown and with the holidays coming up – what better time than now to get updated photos to share with family and friends!

Meet the beautiful Heller family.

Just look at those GORGEOUS eyes.

One of my favorite things about family sessions is capturing a few moments of just the parents. As you can see, their love was so easy to capture :)

So happy to have met y’all! What a great afternoon!