Kris Janovitz - Photographer

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Dating, Distance & Deficiency?

Strap in… this is a bit of a roller coaster ride of a brain dump.

Let’s revisit the dating world of old people, shall we? To qualify “old”… I’m old. And I’m not exactly thrilled to be back here but hey, what’s life without a little unexpected misery.

In particular I’ve been thinking about the idea of these dating apps and our insular view of the world. Are we so inflexible as to believe our “person” is within a 20 mile radius? I can tell you there are definitely people who are unwilling to travel more than 20 minutes to meet up. I matched up with one guy who lived 30 miles away but he felt it was too far to meet. 30 miles. Ok ok…this is assuming you believe there is someone out there that is a perfect match for you. Which is a stretch I know. But I’m realizing I’m a romantic and I want to believe this is true. I also believe that you can tell within moments if there is something special between you and another person. Whether that be a new friend, a business associate or a love interest. It’s happened to me in my love life twice so far in my life. Once I got married to him but that ended up not working out. The other time I was just an idiot and got involved with someone who just wasn’t available. Anyhoooo, here I am back at it.

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Me... a life coach? I know, scary. But hear me out...

As you may or may not know, I am the mother of a transgender child. This alone doesn’t qualify me to coach other women in the same situation. However, we’ve been there and done so much of that and I’ve been quietly offering guidance and coaching to other moms for years now. I’m an “Ally Mom” (See what that’s all about HERE) which means I’m on a national database where people in need of resources, information or just to hear “you’re ok” can call or text me and have a conversation or two. What an amazingly gratifying experience to be able to assist a child in crisis or a parent who just needs to know they’re not alone!

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Crazy Town

As a way of explaining my general malaise and distance lately, I present to you, Crazy Town.

The crappiest scene of the lamest Pity Party. Come, have some cake.

The last 18 months have been a complete shit show, including everything from a car accident that has left me with daily pain, the end of a too-long term relationship, seeing my own child suffer and not know how to help, a drive-by shooting, helping at the scene of too many accidents, and ending with heartbreak unlike anything I’ve experienced in over 15 years. The only upside is things can’t get worse….right?! So a new year has begun. Each time I have heard people talk about the coming year like it’s a clean slate, I’ve pretty much scoffed. January 1st is just another day. But this year I get it. This year I need it to be a clean slate because I can’t take much more of the same old crap. I’ve been broken down and, while down, been kicked…. several times, hard. My brother texted me after the shooting and said, “Your life is crazy town”. And then followed it up a few weeks later after the earthquake we felt here with just, “Crazy town”.

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Just call me Guru Kiki

If you follow me on any sort of social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been attending a lot of personal/professional development conferences, meetings, events….I’m super developed now. I mean, I’m like a damn guru now. FOLLOW ME AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY, MY LITTLE LAMBS.

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Yesterday I misgendered a dog...

Yes… I misgendered a dog. And I actually felt bad for a moment. You know that feeling right after you say, “Aw, what’s his name?” and the owner scoffs and says, “HER name is…” In my defense, the dog was little and was wearing a full size sweater that covered most of it’s body. Not to mention, I didn’t want to look at it’s genitals anyway.

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What to do when sucking at something is so easy.

I need to talk about my anxiety around my own dumbassery. I've talked about comparison being the thief of joy and yet I let myself go there this morning. Stupid Facebook and everyone being all, "Look at all the money I'm making being productive and shit."

{TL/DR: I have sucked, sucking is fun, I'm going to try to suck less. loveyabye}

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Summertime and the living is way way easier

One more day. One more day until there are no daily alarms and making lunches and drop-offs/pick-ups at school. Glory glory alleluia. That's not to say there isn't "work" and "adulting" and "responsibilities" for me... it's just way more lax and, since I make my own schedule, later-in-the-day. 

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Am I heartless? You be the judge.

If there's one thing people should know is that I'm not one of those moms who cry when their child grows out of one stage and moves on to the next. I've always viewed the "next phase" as something to look forward to... for them AND for me. When they could hold their own bottle, I didn't have to anymore. When they started walking, I no longer had to lug their needy ever-growing bodies around. When they got on the bus for the first time, I rejoiced with the idea of being that much closer to feeling human again. So basically what this means is I'm incredibly selfish and heartless. jk people. I mean, yes, their independence led to my independence but I was just always super proud of the humans they were growing becoming. I don't take credit for my kids (or BLAME at times!) because they are awesome in spite of me and what I've done that could have otherwise scarred them for life. So, kudos to them for their resilience. Well done, cherubs!

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Don't be an ungrateful jerk (or, "Do something nice for Mother's Day")

People... Mother's Day is coming up. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Moms are the glue that holds most of our lives together. In most cases, they hold the family together...the glue in the center of the family universe. Don't argue with me. Sit down, eat your peas and then go clean your room. When you're done with your chores, go out and get your mom something nice for her special day. She deserves it and you know it.  

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The harsh truth about Dating Apps photos

I'd like to say I downloaded the Bumble app just for research for this blog post but honestly, my curiosity of how it all worked on the new swipey dating apps these days got the best of me. I'd been out of the game for over 7 years so there was a learning curve. Once the swipe left/right thing was understood (and yes, there were accidental right swipes that made me FREAK OUT... "NO NO NO NO NO!" I realized there is a problem here. 

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International Women's Day

Every day is "Women's Day" in my world. But having a specific day designated to be reminded of how awesome women truly are is pretty cool. Guys (and by "guys" I mean "all you women")... I've been talking about empowerment for years. What does empowerment look like to you? For me, it's taking control... of your life, either entirely all at once or piece by piece. Whatever works for you. But when a woman starts to make decisions for her own well-being, that's when she starts to thrive.

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Launching New Website

I've been working with Nichole at Everyday Genius for months now, getting some foundation basics of my business in order. One of those basics is updating my website! Please come over and let me know what you think. Are there any changes you'd like to see, as a consumer? Or do you think I nailed it and it could not possibly be any more amazing than it already is?! 

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Make America Beautiful Again

n this tumultuous political climate, I'm here as candidate to lead the masses to a better, more beautiful America. Come, my loving and pretty base... follow me to a place where amazing things happen:

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Gratitude

I have gained so much perspective over the last few years. I've always been grateful for how good my life is, in a "could be worse" kind of way. What I've come to realize is that adversity creates true gratitude... in a "thank you, Universe, for the amazing gifts, opportunities in life and the simple good health of my children" way.

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Groundhog Day

...from Mother Nature's perspective:

"This is bullshit."

That's how I see it. Weather is her THING. She gets blamed for bad weather (rain on a wedding day... "Mother Nature is a bitch") and lauded for an beautiful sunset ("Ahhh, Mother Nature is amazing.") 

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Are you on your vision board?

By now, I’d imagine everyone knows what a vision board is. But just in case, here’s a summary.

A vision board is a visually displayed representation of what you want in life. It is typically a poster board or a piece of paper that you fill with pictures or words that bring all of your goals and aspirations to life.

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This Valentine's Day, Do Something For You!

Know what happens when you're a happier, more self-aware person? The people around you benefit. Take some time for just you and focus on self-love. What you'll find is that you are perfect just the way you are at this exact moment. I like to say we are all "perfectly imperfect". There's no such thing as "perfect" in the sense that there's nothing left to be done to be better, richer, happier, more mentally and physically fit, etc. We are continually evolving human beings, faults and all. And that's what makes us perfectly imperfect. 

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