After going on hiatus from professional photography in 2012, Candid Gems was launched to merge some ongoing photography work with personal writings. Although this blog has evolved into a ‘print + photo’ concept, it also serves as an archive to the past works of Kristine Atienza Photography.

The name Candid Gems originated from Kristine’s own personal ‘Speak Project’ to provide chronicled adventures, spontaneity, and  honesty that her most precious gems, her daughters, could one day look back on. The author, Kristine Atienza, is a mom of two, a photographer, and a NICU RN devoted to creating the sweet life for her family.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”