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We're Open Omaha: Kristyn Lawson Designs

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 12:33:07-04

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — Life is weird right now but many of these moments are still worth capturing. So if you're looking for someone to take those photos, Kristyn Lawson Designs is open, and even doing special signs for seniors.

They say if you see something that moves you, and then snap a photo, you keep a moment.

For Kristyn Lawson, her passion is capturing those moments. She's made a business out of it and launched Kristyn Lawson designs in 2013.

"I used to work outside of the house but then my husband was deployed all the time, so I wanted to have some kind of business where I could still do things with my kids, doctor's appointments, a lot of volunteering and stuff, and still work from home," she said.

Despite the pandemic, she is still able to work, since her office is in her living room where she can continue to design logos, magnets and collage work.

"Photo restoration too, if you have old photos, send me some. I love doing that," she said.

And she can stay more than six feet away when taking photos, like she is now, taking pictures of families on their porches.

Most of her time now however is dedicated to graduating seniors.

"So with the COVID, my heart was just breaking for these seniors," Lawson said. "I know because I had one that graduated two years ago, and I have one that's going to graduate next year. And so I was just thinking 'What can I do?' I'm on a couple different photography website, and we kind of all brainstormed in different states, and we were like, 'We should do senior signs.'"

Lawson tries to make each sign a little different.

"There's ROTC kids in there, so I'll add like flags or they want their sports," Lawson said. "Like I said, it's not a big money maker, but it's something that makes them happy, and they can put them in their yard."

She says for her, it's not about the money right now, but helping celebrate a milestone in these students' lives.

"If anybody wants one, from any state, anything - for free, I'll just send you a digital file, and you send me the files, with your photographer's permission, and I will make you a file."

She's gotten orders from all over the area.

"We've got Millard South, La Vista, Bellevue East, this is Omaha…Northwest," she says while flipping through some that are ready for pickup.

Customers just pay for the cost of the sign and pick it at her home in Papillion.

"I'll just put their signs in their porch, some people show up in masks, some people just come to the door, and it's really not - we don't interact a lot."

At this time, she's not offering delivery or shipping, but she is offering other signs, for new home-school teachers and for healthcare workers.

"I actually just got some colleges too - I just got one from UNMC - they just graduated from med school - and then what was the other one - UNO," Lawson said. "And then I just got a birthday one - like a random, 'Can you do a birthday?' and I was like, 'Okay so it's kind of growing now.'"

LOCATION: Papillion
CONTACT: 402-960-1516 klawsondesigns@gmail.com
WEBSITE: https://kristynlawsondesigns.smugmug.com/