Kelly & Mike's Wedding 12.30.08

On Saturday December 27th, Scott and I photographed Kelly & Mike's wedding. A beautiful ceremony took place at Holy Name of Jesus, and a totally "SWEET" reception followed at The Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

To Kelly & Mike, your wedding was absolutely amazing, and we are so elated to have been there to share in your joy and to document every moment and every detail. We hope you like the pictures as much as we do. Thank you (and your families & friends) again for everything! Lots of love, Kris & Scott

A little getting ready...

Kelly was so beautiful -- and smart -- notice her cute slippers.

Their custom aisle-runner was an awesome detail.

Mid-ceremony...the way these two looked at each other all day was a photographer's dream!

After the ceremony, we did some pictures at the Capital.

You are all such troopers for standing in the cold for these shots!

We loved their wedding party, and it was great to see some familiar faces. We did Todd & Jill's wedding (Kelly's brother & sister-in-law) last December, and we are doing Jenelle's wedding (one of Kelly's bridesmaids) next August. :-)

This is definitely one of my favorites of the day. I told Kelly I wanted a "sassy" pose, and she knew exactly what I meant!

Back at The Hershey Lodge. We did a few more portraits during the cocktail hour.

And then we photographed all the details. There were too many, so I made a collage of some of my favorites. Stunning. I have no other word.

The room was breathtaking, and I loved their head-table for 34 so their wedding party could sit with their dates.

The first dance. My take.

And Scott's take. There's that look again.

From those two pictures you wouldn't know there was a band, but wow was there ever. The Jack Faulkner Orchestra kept the dance floor packed.

Yeah, pretty much.

Mike's Dad was so fun - he was all over the dance floor.

Yet another gorgeous detail...

The competition! ;-)

Kelly & Mike were so sweet with each other.

After the cake cutting, there was lots more dancing. How could I resist this cutie!?

Or Kelly's adorable parents?! They are two of the nicest people, and they know how to throw one heck of a party!

Congratulations and thanks again Kelly & Mike! We are so happy for you, and we hope you have a wonderful relaxing time in St. Lucia! So glad I was able to get this posted before you left.

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Our Best Christmas Gift Ever 12.24.08

Last Christmas, I stood by our tree with a bow wrapped around my pregnant belly. I was 19 weeks along, and I dreamt of the day I would be able to share Christmas with our new baby.

This Christmas, my prayers have been answered. I have the perfect little angel to love. Elsa is my best Christmas gift ever, and I count my blessings everyday.

She has Scott completely wrapped around her finger, especially when she wears her Steeler's outfits. Last night she started making the "D" sound, so maybe she'll say "Dada" for Christmas.

Getting ready for the holidays has been extra fun this year. We took Elsa to see Santa, and this was her reaction upon seeing all the kids in line. I love her smiles.

She did really good on Santa's lap, which surprised me a little since she doesn't like when "Mama" leaves her. I stood behind the lady taking the pictures and snapped a few of my own.

She also had her first experience with snow. I thought it would be so cute to put her in her snowsuit and get pictures, but Elsa didn't think it was cute at all.

When we got back inside, she gave me the funniest little face -- like, "Mom, I am cold and done taking pictures."

Just kidding. It doesn't take long to make her laugh. She is a very happy little girl.

Especially when she has her thumb or her toes in her mouth.

Last Christmas, we stood by our tree anticipating the miracle that was growing inside of me.

This Christmas, we have a family. We can hardly wait until tomorrow morning, to see Christmas through her eyes.

And neither can Zoey! She always gets lots of tasty treats for Christmas.

Merry Christmas to our families, friends, and clients -- and THANK YOU for a wonderful 2008. We are really looking forward to our weddings and shoots coming up in the next week and all of those that will follow in the New Year.
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Shooting Just Because... 12.17.08

My lifestyle shoot for yesterday got rescheduled due to the weather, so as I edited pictures and watched the snow fall last night, I had some time to think. I started thinking about all the things I want to accomplish in the New Year. The list is long, but two of my goals for 2009 are: 1) To become a better photographer, and 2) To make time to "shoot just because". Then I thought to myself -- that would be a great thing to blog about, since shooting for ourselves is one of the things that taught us so much about photography.

I thought it would be cool to show some of the scenic shots we've taken over the years, followed by a recent shot from either a wedding, engagement, or lifestyle session that illustrates the same concept. I've always been a book person, but photography has taught me that I can learn a lot by doing! Enjoy! :-)

We've learned to use a really slow shutter speed to blur things.

Came in handy to blur the ferris wheel during an engagement shoot last summer.

Sunrises and sunsets are always fun to photograph.

Especially if you can catch one during a father-daughter dance.

This reflection is one of my favorites -- Scott is proud of me for this one!

And I am proud of him for this one.

Sometimes we use our fisheye lens to capture the whole scene.

It's a great way to show everyone in attendance during a wedding ceremony.

I love shooting from "interesting" angles, like here shooting up at the sky.

It works really well with a bride and groom too. I've had lots of couples tell me this is a favorite shot of theirs.

I'm a huge fan of backlighting and black & whites.

When used together, the result is beautiful!

Sometimes it's all about color.

Like here -- our brides have had the most beautiful and colorful bouquets.

And sometimes it's a close-up that shows every little detail.

Or in this case, every BIG detail. Rings are one of my favorite close-up images to capture during a wedding.

I love being able to shoot in that yummy pre-sunset golden light. This was in Yellowstone, and they definitely get that kind of light more often out West.

But see, we do get it on the East Coast too!

Scott is a pro at silhouettes...

We try to do them at weddings whenever we have the right light.

I left out some of our absolute favorite landscapes, so I will have to do another blog sometime....but I thought I would end with one that I took of Scott flyfishing last summer. In this case, I was "shooting just because" my husband made me get up at 6am to get the fog coming off the water. ;-)

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Elsa Said Her First Word -- Mama! 12.10.08

I know I've been a bad blogger -- I can't believe it's been a whole week. This time of year is so busy with fulfilling print orders, getting caught up on editing, designing wedding albums, and mailing CDs off to clients. Oh, and of course getting ready for Elsa's first Christmas! :-)

I've had a little break from shooting, but we have a lot coming up. Next week I get to do a lifestyle session at Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg, and then we have 2 more fabulous weddings at the end of this month...

December 27th - Kelly & Mike in Hershey
December 31st - Michele & Jeff in Hazleton

Then at the beginning of January, I get to visit Baby Evie and Baby Kaydins for their big 1-year old sessions, and Baby Kate for her 6-month session. So there will be lots of fun pictures to blog in the near future.

For now though, I had to tell a little story, as yesterday was one of the best days of my life. Our friend Sarah Beth was over helping out with Elsa while I did more editing (Sarah Beth, I don't know what I would do without you, thank you so much!), and Elsa started to get a little fussy. She tends to do that when she gets tired. So Sarah Beth carried Elsa through the kitchen and was headed into our office, and as soon as Elsa saw me, she blurted out "MAMA!" It was so clear and so intentional. I, of course, started crying. Then I called Scott and my Mom.

Elsa is so much fun. She is just over 6-months old, and she sits, she giggles and squeals, and she has 2 bottom teeth coming in. But most importantly, she says Mama! I'm sure Dada will be coming any day now. :-)

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Heidi & Brian's Wedding 12.03.08

On Saturday, November 15th, Scott and I photographed Heidi and Brian's beautiful wedding. The ceremony was held at Holy Name of Jesus and the reception was at The Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey. Every detail (and there were lots of little details!) was gorgeous, and the rainy day made for some really cool photos!

To Heidi and Brian, you are an amazing couple, and it was such an honor to have been there to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We hope you had a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii, and we hope this little preview is a good welcome home gift. With love and appreciation ~Kristine & Scott

This is what you can do when you have plenty of time built in for photos!

Brian was definitely ready to see his beautiful bride.

I love this moment between Heidi and her Mom as she placed the veil over Heidi's face. I wish I could have blogged the whole series I captured.

Heidi looked so classy and beautiful.

Here is a quick glimpse of the ceremony...the blessing of the rings.

And the first kiss.

We did some formal shots in the church...

And then we were off to the State Capital for more. I love this one of them walking up to the Capital in the rain.

Again, we had lots of time for photos, so we were able to do a bunch of wedding party shots.

Love this one!

We were able to shoot outdoors under the covered steps at the Capital, and we had great light.

Heidi and Brian were very easy to photograph. They were just glowing!

Onto the reception. I could have posted a bunch of detail shots, but I chose this one because it reminded me of the candlelit ambience of the room, the delicious meal, and the wheat from Indiana (on the menu) that was carried throughout the day.

The first dance. This is my take -- I liked the wide-angle and the wedding party's reflection in the floor.

And this is one of Scott's. Love the moment.

There was an Anniversary Dance, which is always a great way to get your Grandparents on the dance floor. Heidi's Grandparents won this one.

And then there was some Kung Fu Fighting -- the onlookers' faces are priceless! :-)

There was lots of dancing...the bridesmaids were all so fun.

We loved capturing these kids, who had some serious moves!

And of course the newlyweds...they were pretty impressive too!

Congratulations again Heidi and Brian!!! We are so happy for you.

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Party of Five -- In a Hotel Room 12.01.08

Two weeks ago, I got to see some of my favorite clients, and we did the shoot in A HOTEL ROOM! I first photographed Mary-Beth and Trent's family last summer in Northern VA, and this time around I got to photograph them in Harrisburg, PA -- at The Holiday Inn! Trent's brother Brian got married in Harrisburg the day before (Heidi and Brian's wedding blog is coming next), so we scheduled Trent's family shoot for the next morning. It was ideal timing, since Mary-Beth had given birth to their beautiful baby boy, Seth, just 3 weeks earlier.

To Mary-Beth and Trent, it was so great to see you and the girls again, and to meet darling little Seth. With everything going on that weekend, I'm sure you were exhausted....but I have to say, I think you are going to be really glad you made time for a photo shoot! :-) Congratulations again on your precious new addition. Hugs! ~Kristine

Meet 3-week old Seth. There is nothing like a brand new baby, and Seth is just perfect. LOVE the hair!

His 2-year old sister Cora is so beautiful with her big blue eyes and blond hair. You would never know that this one was in a hotel room, and that Cora was still wearing her undershirt!

Here is 4-year old big sister Lilly. She has the most gorgeous green eyes and the prettiest smile (see Scott, someone thinks I'm funny)! I can definitely see the 3 of these pictures framed on a wall side-by-side.

The girls just LOVE their new baby brother.

But really, how could they not!?!

I love capturing newborns and all their tiny little features.

So sweet!

Lilly, Cora, and Seth are lucky to have such wonderful parents. I love this family shot on the bed.

After a bunch of pictures in the room, we went down by the indoor pool to do some more. The light there was just perfect. I think Lilly really had fun!

And Cora too! This picture was taken next to an Air Hockey table...thank goodness for my 1.2 lens! :-)

This one of Seth was taken ON the air hockey table. I was really happy he fell asleep so that we could get some sleeping shots.

Thanks so much Mary-Beth and Trent. You are such a beautiful family, inside and out.

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