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Kristen Cronin is a character in Not Without My Father, but she should be a photographer. The world is flawless when seen through her eyes. She claims her pictures sing because of the love she exudes toward their most frequent subject: her three-year-old son (and my guideson) Cooper. She snapped the shot above when she and Cooper walked with me on the Natchez Trace last year.

To bolster her argument, I’ve got my favorites of Cooper. He’s one photogenic kid.

newborn cooper

cooper and mtm


cooper mirror

cooper dia beacon

cooper glasses

cooper field

Any my all-time favorite, because what two-year-old doesn’t want booze?

cooper liquor

Now it’s my turn. Kristen doesn’t just take drool-worthy photos of her son. Her eye magnifies beauty wherever it alights.

kristen cronin photography

kristen cronin photography

kristen cronin photography

kristen cronin photography

kristen cronin photography

I think I’ve proven my point. Some people help us see special in the ordinary. They celebrate details we often miss. They highlight the importance of long walks, of getting lost, of taking time.

Kristen doesn’t like to pose for pictures. But since these Tuesday posts are about meeting characters, I found a couple of my favorites. They highlight her beguiling smile.

kristen cronin photography

kristen cronin photography


I hope you enjoyed meeting Kristen and Cooper in Not Without My Father. [Read about when we took him to a dinosaur park.]

I’m beyond lucky to have them in my life.

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The Huffington Post calls it “one literary ride you don’t want to miss!” What are you waiting for? Read Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace. Be inspired to Make a Memory of your very own.

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