Ascher: A Day in the Life at 7 months 01.31.12

I have been photographing this adorable little one since he was in his Mommy's belly. We started with maternity pictures, and then we did some at the newborn and 3-month stages. I love "working" with his family, and I couldn't wait to get to the 6-7 month session because as I've said many times in this blog, that is one of my FAVORITE stages to capture a baby. It's at this age that babies become so expressive and giggly, especially Ascher. He even had a cold during our session, but you would never know it. What a happy boy! Here are a few favorites from our sort of "day in the life" session. Enjoy!

7 month old Ascher -- Gorgeous!


The first time I met him he looked like this.


Now he is getting to be such a big boy, filling up that basket.


If you read my blog then you know that I strive to capture portraits like this...


And this...


But I also love to document personalities and moments. Like Ascher starting to crawl...


And the "superman belly flop" that follows when he falls down.


This boy loves to laugh.


And read books. His parents will want to remember his favorite one...


And how every time he saw the fish he had to kiss it.


First time taking a photo of a baby boy wearing one of Dad's ties. I was excited.


Then I realized I had no idea how to tie a tie. And neither did his Mama! Together we did our best and though it's a little off, I think this precious little man more than makes up for it.


I love capturing baby "details" -- like feet...


And profiles...


And chubby cheeks...


And lips! Just delicious!


How bout them apples?!


I think he liked them.


What do you do after your baby gets apples all over himself during a shoot?


You give him a bath!


Sharon and Todd, you have the most adorable smiley little baby! Thanks Sharon for being up for "anything" during this shoot. It was so fun and I hope you love the preview. Can't wait to see you all again in a few months. ~Kristine

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Continuing Education -- With my Daughter! 01.28.12

Squeezing in a "personal" blog post real quick...

It's been awhile since I've posted any photos of our family. I have been BUSY, and I'm so thankful for that.

These pictures were taken last fall. This is my 3 year old in 3 minutes flat. Literally. Sometimes I grab my camera just to practice. Okay, a lot of times. I like to challenge myself. I love to learn. I love to keep getting better. In this case, we were heading out to dinner, but the light was gorgeous, so I couldn't resist.

I sang Elsa her favorite song and tried to snap as many "keepers" as I could in 3 minutes. This is what we came up with. The BEST form of "continuing education" I could ever imagine. I am blessed. xoxo ~Kris

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Heather: Maternity 01.26.12

If you read my blog then you know that I've been doing a LOT of maternity sessions lately....and more are coming! I don't know if that's because more and more women are choosing to document their pregnancies (which I think is awesome), or because I've kind of developed a new niche that my husband calls "just normal, not awkward preggo shots", but either way, I LOVE IT!

When I first started doing maternity sessions, I promised myself that I would stick to my "normal" style of shooting. I wanted them to have that "magazine look" my clients love. I wanted them to include Dad and the older siblings or pets. I wanted them to be modern and fun. Mostly though, I just wanted them to be REAL. Think less 'woman wrapped in sheet gazing out window with hands on belly' and more 'woman in real clothes laughing at her husband'. I think a huge part of the reason my clients have so much fun during a session is because it isn't "awkward". It feels like every day life.

Heather and Ryan's maternity session is the perfect example of this. Heather is my cousin (well, technically she is my husband's 1st cousin but now she is both of ours!), and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites from her "normal" maternity session. Enjoy the realness!

Heather. One gorgeous mama!


A favorite. This session was about Heather and her bump...


But also about capturing their sweet daughter Kate, who just turned 2. What a beauty!


Newborn...


1 year...


2 years. It is so fun when you can do the "same" shot 3 years in a row. This one I/we like to call "the blurry parents".


Wow how much babies change in those first 2 years. I think these need to be framed like this.


A maternity session with a can phone! "Ummm, what do you want me to do with this?"


Daddy happily demonstrated.


And Kate thought it was so much fun.


Perfection.


Kate was very excited to meet baby brother Fisher.


Once we got a few shots with Mommy...


And Daddy...


And baby...


I just captured Kate being Kate.


These are those precious 2-year old moments parents want to remember.


Whenever she looked at me, I got some portraits...


And even some eyelashes.


I love eyelash shots in black & white, but I couldn't resist those strawberry blond lashes, and the blue of her dress against the green grass. Love.


A few more of Heather.


Always a natural beauty. Even more so when anticipating a miracle!


I love the laid back, rustic feel of this belly shot.


Have to end with this one. Favorite photos are all about expressions and this is just perfect.


But then again, so is this!


Heather and Ryan, and sweet little Kate too -- congratulations on your newest addition Fisher! We cannot wait to meet him! And thank you once again for asking me to do photos of your precious family. It is always a blast. Love, Kris

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Monica + Chris Wedding Preview 01.21.12

On Saturday December 17th, my associate photographer Jessica and I photographed Monica and Chris's wedding. I love a Christmas time wedding. Their details -- in shades of red and gold -- were just perfect for the season, and everything was just so personalized and classy.

So excited to share some favorites as I finish up the editing. Here is the story of their day as told through our lenses. Enjoy!

We showed up to find the beautiful Monica getting her make-up done.


And dresses hung on personalized hangers.


Gorg.


You know it's going to be a great last wedding of the year when you are greeted by Jimmy Choos...


Flowers by the talented Holly Chapple...


And a totally stunning bride!


I loved her long veil and her black bolero.


The handsome groom.


Monica and Chris did a "first look"...Chris could not wait to see her.


Such anticipation...


Such joy.


Love this.


Monica gave Chris one of his favorite things -- ketchup. :)


But not just any ketchup -- one that was personalized for their wedding day.


We did a few relaxed portraits...


It was cold...


So these 2 hugged tight. Timeless with a modern twist...uncluttered with a candid feel.


These are my favorite type of portraits.


Couldn't get enough of the flowers...


So of course I thought we needed a ring shot in them.


Ceremony time.


For Monica's mom Annie...


Who was smiling down from Heaven.


It was a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony.


Sealed with a kiss!


Seeing double?! That's because Monica is an identical twin. I so adore them both!


Seeing double again?! That's because Chris is also an identical twin. How cool!


Monica knew she wanted a second photographer because of the different angles she would get. I coached Jessica to do this (meaning shooting from the side when I was straight on) and she totally nailed it.


Proof that a simple, 'posed' shot of your wedding party can be such a treasure.


My angle.


Jessica's angle.


Still can't get over how cute this is!


The kids were rewarded with mac and cheese sliders. Yes, Monica and Chris thought of everything.


The Bethesda Country Club...cold outside.


Warm inside.


A few details...










Everyone at your wedding is family -- what an awesome idea!


The grand entrance, basketball style.


A few of the first dance...






They took dance lessons and totally rocked it. I think Monica was proud - so cute!


Jessica gave a sweet toast...


And there was a cupcake cake.


Seriously loved the details. I had to collage a few.


Yum.


The night ended with LOTS of dancing.


Father of the groom -- love it! So much fun was had by all!


Monica and Chris, we are so grateful to have been able to document your wedding day. Thank you (and your twinnies!) for being so much fun and for making us feel so welcome. We hope you love the little preview -- tons more coming soon! Hugs! ~Kristine and Jessica

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Jenn: Maternity 01.14.12

Jenn took one of my photography workshops last spring, and afterwards she kept saying how she couldn't wait to do a family session. I couldn't wait either -- I adored her the second I met her! A few months later, Jenn found out she was expecting her 2nd child, and she hired me to do a maternity session for her and her beautiful family.

Jenn had left a few comments on my Facebook Page, so I knew exactly what she liked. Even though it was December and it was COLD, I knew that we had to do a bunch of outdoor shots, that we had to get a silhouette, and that we definitely needed to get a few "hot mama" pictures. As one of my best friends once said, "Pregnancy is sexy. Who wouldn't want to capture that!?" And I know that Jenn's husband Jason will agree. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Jenn = 31 weeks pregnant = glowing Mommy!


In Jenn's belly is their daughter Vivienne, and they cannot wait to meet her.


Christian is so excited to be a big brother. Could he be any cuter!?!!


The hat, the Uggs, so precious!


Love this!


I found myself capturing this family as I approach a wedding -- details, moments, and portraits. I really love capturing "baby details"...like Christian's sweet little curls...


And his gorgeous eyelashes.


A favorite portrait with Mommy...


A fave with Daddy.


And hands down my favorite moment. Christian just turned 2, and he wowed us with his smiles and how he touched Mommy's belly.


Then it was my chance to wow them. Jenn has been wanting a silhouette like this since seeing some others that I posted. I hope she is smiling right now. :)


Then it was Mother Nature's turn to wow all of us! After about an hour outside, we went inside and I focused on Jenn for a little bit.


Her husband convinced her to do a few "hot mama" shots and I know she'll be so glad he did.


Jenn, you are so stunning! Jason wasn't in the room when we did these, but occasionally he would peek in and he would say, you guessed it, "WOW!"


Love the pink scarf for Vivienne.


Jenn and Jason, I am so happy for your family!


Thank you for asking me to document this truly special time in your lives and I can't wait to see you all again -- and meet Vivienne -- soon! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Baby Love! 01.10.12

I think we'd all agree...the words "baby" and "love" just go together. There is so much to love about babies. Especially these 2 girls -- man are they cute! Between Abby's curls and Olivia biting her toes, my heart definitely skipped a beat. I first photographed these 2 sisters during Olivia's newborn session. Olivia was 10 days old and Abby had just turned 2. Fast forward 6 months, and we have this most recent session. I'm so glad that Sarah and Jason asked me to come back to capture their precious girls as they grow. Here are a few favorites as I'm editing. Enjoy!

This was taken over the summer. Olivia at 10 days old. PRECIOUS!!!


And here she is now at 6 months. Even more precious!


This is Olivia's beautiful big sister Abby. I am in love with her curls!


At the beginning of the session, I focused on the girls...


I was able to capture a bunch of shots of them individually...love this!


I got their sweet profiles...


But I had yet to get a good shot of them TOGETHER. Then I eyed my small basket.


How do you get a 2-year old to sit so closely to her 6-month old baby sister AND kiss her?? You put them in the small basket TOGETHER and then reward her with a lollipop. :)


Beautiful family! I adore this portrait and think all my clients should have one like this. Meaning with everyone looking at the camera.


Though I also want my clients to have one like this -- meaning just caught in a moment.


I love capturing the way you can make her giggle when you turn her upside down.


Or the way she can make you giggle when she tries to kiss your nose. Every day "ordinary" moments are often my favorite.


Once inside, I focused on Olivia for a little bit. It was "unofficially" her 6-month session, so I made sure to capture some images that really show her personality.


And if these next 2 don't capture it I don't know what does.


One of my favorite baby images ever. Eyelashes, toes and chub in one shot -- LOVE it.


Who is (was) excited for Christmas?


Abby! Look at that smile!


At the end we did some pictures in their Christmas dresses. Olivia's first Christmas = so special.


Does it get any sweeter?


Sarah and Jason, thanks for asking me to come back for updated pictures as your girls grow. It is so much fun to "work" with your awesome Hokie family! Hugs! ~Kris

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Maren: Newborn 01.05.12

New year, new parents, new baby -- I like new! Especially when new includes an old friend from college. I went to Virginia Tech with both Lisa and Scott, and though I didn't know them too well, they saw photos I had done for some other mutual friends on my Facebook page, and voila! They booked me to do a newborn photo session for their precious new baby girl, Maren. I was really glad to reconnect with these two -- they are just awesome and so fun to be around. I am so happy for them, and I'm so excited to share a few favorites from our afternoon together at their beautiful home. Enjoy!

Meet 7-day old Maren. She is just gorgeous.


But it's easy to see where she gets it -- look at her beautiful Mommy...


And her handsome Daddy!


One with her adorable "big sister". LOVE!


In the beginning, I focused on getting some images of Maren by herself.


We did some with "sassy pants"...


Some in hats...


And some in nothing at all. Lisa and I agreed that newborns are best photographed "as is". The result is so angelic.


A different angle. I love newborn baby wrinkles.


And feet.


Next we moved on to some images with Mommy and Daddy.


Lisa, you look so peaceful and natural. Just beautiful.


Totally adore this one of Daddy and his sweet baby girl.


And this one of Maren's yawn.


And this one of her nursery! Gorgeous! I want to borrow this color scheme for my own girls!


At the very end of the session, we took a few pictures in their foyer. I loved the light coming in their front doors. And I just love how small Maren looks in these!


One of the whole family. Scott and Lisa, congratulations on your precious little Maren! I am so happy for you and so glad I could document these fleeting newborn moments. XOXO ~Kris

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