Molly and Brian's Wedding 06.26.08

On Saturday, June 21st, we photographed Molly and Brian's wedding. The ceremony took place on the campus of Bucknell - at the beautiful Rooke Chapel, and the reception was held at The Genetti in Williamsport. It was a gorgeous June day, and everyone had an awesome time celebrating with the newlyweds. We couldn't ask for more!

Molly and Brian, we have to admit that we often felt more like guests at your wedding than your photographers. You are two of the nicest and most genuine people, and we wish you nothing but the best as you begin your life together as husband and wife. Thank you for the opportunity to be such a special part of your wedding day. We hope you are having a blast in San Francisco -- and we hope you enjoy your sneak peek. With love and appreciation ~ Kris & Scott

The guys in front of Rooke Chapel - with the parade of Honda Elements.

Molly looked so beautiful and I loved her dress!

The bridesmaids were stunning too, and the flower girls were too adorable. I love their "attitude" in this shot.

Bond, James Bond. Brian was working the cameras.

And so were the guys - I love this fun shot.

Scott caught this cute expression Molly made at her husband-to-be from the back of the aisle.

This was our first time photographing a wedding at Rooke Chapel. It is an amazing place to shoot - just flooded with natural light.

A tearful moment, with "monkey tissues". My shot is on the left and Scott's is on the right.

Reciting the vows...

And then it was time for some outdoor portraits. Something classic...

Something fun...

Something romantic...we had fun with the under the veil shots.

Then we were off to the reception. Scott got this great ring shot while dinner was being served.

The first dance...

I caught this moment, which is one of our favorites. We love that you can see Brian's mom looking on in the background.

Molly and Brian had a Whoopie Pie cake. Molly couldn't open it, so she improvised. Too cute!

Adorable flower girl number one - love the motion of this shot.

And adorable flower girl number two - they were all over the dance floor!

I love this moment - their smiles say it all.

And this one, it is one of my favorite candid slow dance moments ever - it just radiates love and happiness. Congratulations Molly and Brian!

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Little Miss Personality 06.20.08

Yesterday I had my first photo shoot since giving birth to my daughter 3 weeks ago. While it was very hard to leave her, I knew she was in good hands (Daddy's!), and I was also very excited to see some of my favorite repeat clients!

I have photographed Abby for the past 3 years, since she was just a year old, and I just adore her and her mom, Lyndell. She is now 3, and she is definitely Little Miss Personality. Not to mention totally ADORABLE!

This is one of the first pictures I took, and it's definitely one of my favorites. We did the shoot at Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg, and we started off by smelling the flowers. Then Lyndell picked one and gave it to Abby. Well, I don't think either of us realized that Abby was holding it for nearly 2 hours, but this little white flower ended up in every single picture in which you could see her hands. Too cute!

For only three years old, Abby was very aware of the camera. She loved seeing herself on the lcd screen.

This is one of my favorite running shots ever!

I just love her smile and her curls!

And her long eyelashes are just gorgeous.

I had to work a little for this shot, which was taken in the covered bridge. I love Abby's serious look - she looks like a little model. And notice the flower is still there.

Another great serious face.

This is another one of my favorites, although I definitely don't think I could pick just one.

What a darling expression. I think she was pretending she was a "Volcano Sister", and she told me I was "good" and therefore allowed to pass through the gate.

Dancing like a ballerina.

And some more ballerina moves, with the same flower from the very beginning of the shoot. I L.O.V.E. this picture and how it shows Abby's personality. To Lyndell, I could seriously keep posting. There are so many more that I love - wait until you see some of her expressions! Thank you so much for yet another great yearly photography session. I love being able to capture Abby as she grows. She is a beautiful little girl, with a huge heart and a huge personality. Watch out world! :-)

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An Ode to Dads: Happy Father's Day! 06.15.08

Dads usually have no idea what to expect of an on-location photography session -- almost all of my lifestyle shoots are booked by Mom -- but after realizing that the shoot isn't going to be a "say cheese" session, they quickly relax and genuinely have fun. It shows in the images, and that makes my heart happy.

Whether it's a playful moment like this

Or this...

Or a fun portrait like this

Or this...

Or an emotional close-up like this

Or this...there is something I love about photographing a father with his child. Happy Father's Day to all of our wonderful clients, past and future.

To my Dad, you have always been there for me. And even though I'm now a parent myself, I will always be your little princess and I will always need my dad. Seeing the love in your eyes when you held Elsa for the first time was magical - thank you for being there when she was born. I am very lucky to have such a loving and giving father, and Elsa is lucky to have a granddad who loves her so much. I love you.

To Scott's Dad, my father-in-law, thank you for raising such a great son, and for everything you do for us. Scott and I - and Elsa (and Zoey!) - love you and hope you have a great Father's Day.

And to my husband and best friend, and father of my child - you are nothing short of amazing. As I sit here typing this, you are with Elsa, changing diapers and reading stories. I never have to ask you to do anything. You somehow just know. Being a dad came so natural to you, and on your very first Father's Day, I just want you to know how much you are loved and appreciated.

Thank you for giving us the family we have wanted for so long.

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Elsa's First Photo Shoot 06.09.08

It's hard to believe that our baby girl is already 11 days old. The time since we've been home from the hospital has flown by, and we are enjoying every precious minute. Life as a family is so wonderful, and I knew it would be, I just could have never imagined how much. Unfortunately Scott had to go back to work today, and I know he is really missing his little sweetie pie. So as much as I'm posting these for everyone to see...honey, these are for you. Elsa and her Mommy love you!

So onto a few of our favorite pics! We actually started Elsa's newborn shoot on June 3rd when she was 5 days old, but that was a little too ambitious, so we finished it yesterday when she was 10 days old. We still haven't done any family pictures, but I'm sure we can manage to get to them this week. It really is true that showering is a luxury when you have a newborn!

Our little snookie, freshly bathed and ready for her closeup.

I love her little yawns.

This is our favorite awake picture...we're very curious to see what eye color she'll end up with.

I couldn't resist putting her in her dresser drawer.

Little hands...

And little feet.

My favorite hat.

And last but not least, I had put the camera away when I walked into the living room and saw Elsa asleep on Daddy's chest. I love how her little arm is only as long as Scott's fingers.

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Our Sweet Baby Elsa Has Arrived - 05.29.08 06.01.08

On Thursday, May 29th, Scott and I welcomed our daughter, Elsa Kate Pringle, into the world. She was born at exactly 6:00 am on her exact due date, after about 28 hours of labor. She weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.

I started having contractions before bed on Tuesday, May 27th, and then at around 2 am on the 28th, they woke me up. I tried walking, showering - all the things they say to do - and they just kept getting closer together. Finally at 6 am, they were about 4 minutes apart, so we headed to the hospital.

I was able to manage the pain for awhile, but by the time I was dilated to 5 cm, I wanted the epidural. It had already been a long day, and I was only halfway there. Wow what a difference that made. I felt much better, but unfortunately my contractions weakened and they had to use pitocin to start them up again. At that point, I had been in labor about 22 hours, and it was now my due date.

Around 4:30 am, I had finally dilated to 10 cm and was able to start pushing. I was making good progress, but towards the very end, the stress of the labor became too much for Elsa. Her heart rate dropped to 50 bpm, and they had to get her out quick. It was the scariest couple of minutes, as what started as one nurse and one midwife in the delivery room turned into many more, including the physician on-call. Luckily she was very close, so within 3 contractions and with the help of a vacuum extractor, we were face to face with our daughter.

Words could never explain how we felt the moment we saw her - it was truly love at first sight, and by far the most amazing day of our lives. God has blessed us with a perfect baby, and we are so incredibly thankful.

Here is where it all began – the grandparents-to-be took over the waiting room just down the hall and literally slept there all night waiting for Elsa to be born.

Even after the stressful delivery, she came out very pink with a good cry, so we were able to hold her right away.

Getting weighed...

Our new family.

A little something special from Scott.

One of the nurses giving Elsa a sponge bath. We were so impressed by everyone at Evangelical Community Hospital.

Elsa in her alert state, getting ready to get swaddled.

So peaceful in her bassinet.

Pretty in pink.

Heading home with our little miracle.

A big thank you to our families, friends, coworkers, and clients for their love and support during this incredibly special time in our lives. We love you all, and we will be posting more pictures soon - after we do Elsa's official newborn photo shoot at home. An extra big thank you goes out to all the staff at Evangelical Community Hospital! Love, Kris & Scott
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