Elizabeth and David's Wedding 06.28.11

On May 14th, I traveled to central Pennsylvania to photograph Elizabeth and David's wedding in Harrisburg. What a beautiful day -- and couple. The ceremony was held at St. Lawrence Chapel -- the same church that Elizabeth's parents and grandparents were married in (pretty cool!) -- and the reception was at the gorgeous Colonial Golf & Tennis Club. The rain held off and we had this amazing dewey light, and the details were a photographer's dream. So excited to share a few favorites as I'm editing the entire wedding, so here they are!

The day started off with photos at the Hilton where everyone was getting ready. Elizabeth has REALLY good taste. I loved her dress...

Her shoes...

Her purse. Everything was classy and just lovely.

Especially the bride. She looked ahhhhmazing!

Like a model. Beautiful!

Then it was off to the church.

There I found David, anxiously awaiting his bride...

And some more details, like their programs...

And Elizabeth's bouquet. LOVE.

A peek into the ceremony.

I had fun swapping lenses to get different perspectives and angles.

Exchanging rings...

And they're married! I love how David is already playing with his ring. ;-)

Then it was time for portraits. First of the wedding party with the Capitol behind them...

And then of the newlyweds! Love this one.

And this one under Elizabeth's veil.

Time to head into the reception...

It was definitely a party.

A few more details. The room was breathtaking...

Especially with all the custom pink lighting.

The cake was so pretty.

And so are their rings.

The first dance.

I have such a hard time choosing favorites sometimes...

Probably because I work with the world's most adorable couples!

After a really sweet toast by David's best man...

It was time for dinner and dancing.

As usual, the kids got on the dance floor first -- I had so much fun capturing all of their cuteness!

And I was playing right along with them...this is affectionately known as a "zoomer" shot. Not a technical term, just something that my husband came up with that adds a cool sense of motion to a picture.

Soon enough, the adults were out there having a blast too.

You might be wondering why Elizabeth is dancing with her bouquet here...

Well, it's because it was the "anniversary dance" and she gave it away to the couple married the longest. I heart this image. Her face is priceless.

Elizabeth and David, thank you for being so sweet and kind. I am so honored to have been a part of your big day and to document the beginning of your married life together. Congratulations and hugs! ~Kristine

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Singing in the Rain 06.23.11

Our shoot got rained out once in April, so we rescheduled for May. As they say, April showers bring May flowers. In our case, April showers brought more May showers, or should I say...ahem...downpours. But it didn't matter. Luckily the first 2 hours of our shoot were dry, and the last hour, well, it rained, but I honestly don't think anyone cared. Or noticed. We had a covered bridge to work with, and I am so thrilled with the results. Even more fun was that Evie had her umbrella in the car, so at the very end I was able to capture some photos of her splashing in the big puddles that the rain left behind.

I have been photographing Evie since she was 6 months old. I adore her family and over the years we have definitely become friends. Now, she is 3 1/2. Don't get me started on how fast time flies. That is another blog. At this most recent session last month, her parents Kristi and Mark decided they wanted to do a typical family lifestyle session of their immediate family, but also some of the people they love most. So, we included Kristi's Mom (Grandma), Kristi's sister Aimee, and Aimee's 3 beautiful kids (the cousins). The shots we were able to capture are priceless and I know they'll become family heirlooms for generations to come. Enjoy!

Meet Evie. A camera ham in every sense of the word. Love her!

After a couple shots indoors and lots of checking the forecast, we headed outdoors to the park...

As usual, we got some portraits first.

Love getting these...no shoot would be complete without them.

My favorite family shot. Adorable!!!

Though we got quite a few that morning...

Evie thinks I'm funny...especially when I sing. Kristi and Mark will know what I mean. ;-)

After I knew we had some good portraits, it was onto the candids. Like this.

And this.

These are the kind of images that will remind Kristi and Mark what their daughter was like at age 3.

Totally adorable.

Love her.

They tickled Evie and she tickled them back. Too cute.

Pretty girl.

Evie loved playing on monkey bars...a right of passage for 3 year olds I think.

I could post all day, but I have to move on to the 2nd part of their shoot. This is Evie's Grandma, Kristi's Mom.

I was lucky enough to take the only professional photos she has with her grandkids. My job is so rewarding.

So to make sure that Grandma got a shot with all 4 of her grandkids, Kristi's sister Aimee brought her 3 kids along. Beautiful!

Sooooo sweet!

A shot of all 4 grandkids with perfect smiles. I am smiling looking at it and I know Grandma will be too!

I captured some shots of her with each grandchild...

And then this portrait of all of them. A framer for sure!

Remember I said about the puddles?!? I wasn't kidding! It really rained, and I am so glad Evie was willing to splash for me! Kristi and Mark, what can I say?? I hope you love these as much as I do and can't wait to send you the disk with all of them soon. Love, Kristine

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Harbor: 1 Year 06.20.11

Harbor. She is the daughter of Amanda, one of my best friends, and she is the sweetest, most easy-going, beautiful girl. Just like her Mommy. Last month I took a trip down to the Outer Banks for Mother's Day, and while there I got to see little miss Harbor who had recently turned one. We didn't really do a "session", but of course I had my camera with me and snapped away as our children played together. I didn't know if I was going to blog these or not, but after looking at them the other day, I told her they were too cute not to share. Enjoy!

Last time I photographed Harbor was during our September Labor Day vacation to the Outer Banks -- she was 6 months old then.

Amanda and Johnny have lived in the OBX for many years -- they LOVE the beach, and our last session totally captured that.

Babies change so much in 6 months. Now Harbor looks like such a big girl, and she is as beautiful as ever!

She is so smiley - LOVE her!

And she is getting her Mommy's (and Daddy's) curly hair.

I know Amanda will love this shot because it captures Harbor at age 1.

She loves her fingers and her bunny foo foo. I love this image as shot this way...

Though I love cropped like this too because of her amazing lashes! A & J - I think you are in trouble! ;-)

So I said that these were totally impromptu while our kids played...BUT, Amanda did throw a few things into her diaper bag just in case. Sooooo precious!

Harbor was ready for bed....or maybe she just wanted to be out in the water further with all her friends.

This is what was going on while I was trying to get a few photos of her. My 2 daughters and their cousin Viv were having the time of their lives!

No worries, my daughter Elsa came to the rescue trying to make Harbor smile again. Hahahahaha!

Hey, it worked!

When we got back to Amanda and Johnny's house, we threw all 4 girls in the tub, or should I say 5?! I love how much my friends love my kids and how much I love theirs.

See you next time everyone! xoxo

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Layne and Brad's Wedding 06.17.11

On Saturday May 7th, I photographed Layne and Brad's perfect wedding day. I first met Layne and Brad in April when I did an engagement session for them and their 2 beautiful children, Emily and Andrew. We clicked immediately. Then, I got to photograph them some more the next day, since they were both in the wedding party for the wedding of their brother and sister-in-law, Rachel and Peter. I remember hugging them goodbye and saying, "See you soon. Next time you'll be a bride." It's really cool when you get to "work" with people over and over, and I am happy to say that this won't be the last time you see Layne and Brad on my blog. I think we'll be doing more family pictures in the future, and if that wasn't enough, I will also be photographing Layne's sister Tiffany's wedding next April. I love my job. I love that I get to document the happiest moments of peoples' lives and surprise them with a sneak peek of photos on my blog. Surprises are good. And so are wedding days like this. Perfection. Enjoy!

We started the day at the hotel where Layne and her bridesmaids were getting ready.

And in normal fashion, I did some "detail" shots first. Like Layne's gorgeous veil and dress.

And her shoes.

It doesn't get any cuter!!

Mommy and daughter's shoes. Love it.

As Layne was getting into her wedding dress...

Her son Andrew was so adorable sitting in front of it. Such a handsome little guy!

But really, look at his mama! Layne, you are stunning.

Just really really beautiful.

Though I have to say that I think you are even more gorgeous with your little princess by your side.

Someday Emily can show these at her own wedding. Sigh.

Layne had the most awesomest bouquet. Sooooo pretty.

Brad, looking his best and ready to see his best friend.

Daddy's boy. I am so glad we took some extra time to make sure we got really great shots with the little loves of their lives.

Going to the chapel.

And it's time to get married.

The church was so cute so we used in a bunch of photos.

I think these next 2 are my favorite wedding party shots.


I think Layne and Brad were really comfortable with the camera...

And it shows in their expressions. You rockstars!

The reception venue was amazing.

Drinks in hand. Ready to party.

Can I just say how much I loved their guest book, made with their engagement photos from the month prior? :)

The first dance. I shoot quickly, trying to get moments like this...

And this.

During the cake cutting, little Emily stole the show.

Precious! It was a favorite moment.

And so was this. Layne and her mom shared a special dance and had the whole room in tears.

As the sun was setting, we went outside for a few more pictures. This is my favorite of the day. What a beautiful family!

It really was a perfect day, and I am honored to have been part of it.

Layne and Brad, thank you and congratulations! I adore you and your kids, and can't wait to see you all again soon! Hugs! ~Kris

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Pregnancy is Beautiful 06.08.11

I have been doing a LOT of maternity sessions lately -- so many that I desperately need to update the maternity gallery on my main website and add a "maternity" category to the blog categories above. So why are so many women doing these (myself included)? Simply put, it's because pregnancy is beautiful, and Sharon is the perfect example of that. She is GORGEOUS! Her husband convinced her to have some photos done of her baby bump, and though I haven't met him, I think he's a really smart guy. :)

A little side story -- Sharon contacted another photographer whose work was on display in her OB's office, and that photographer told her that he only photographed pregnant women at 6 months or less. Really?! I was surprised. That just seemed a little early. Now, I have been known to tell women that the best time for pregnancy photos is generally before about 33 weeks, so I have to admit I wasn't totally sure what to expect when Sharon called me and told me she was 37 weeks along. Yes, 37. A point at which many of us who have been pregnant can remember as being swollen and uncomfortable. And I just kept thinking that I hoped I could still make her feel not only comfortable, but also beautiful and sexy.

Well, I have to say that after being unsure if she would end up liking these (and really doing them more for her hubby), Sharon loves them and so do I! We'll be doing more sessions with their sweet baby boy in the future, but for now, here are a few favorites from our session a few weeks ago (blogged with permission). Enjoy!

Sharon, you are stunning. Congratulations and can't wait to meet your little bundle of joy! To Sharon's husband Todd, you have a beautiful wife, inside and out. Thanks for "persuading her" to do these pics. ~Kristine

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Happiness is... 06.05.11

Beth was a sorority sister of mine at Virginia Tech, and though I didn't know her too well because she graduated before I did, she learned about my photography business through Facebook -- and voila! Here we are. When she asked me to do a session for her family, I was honored. Especially since she told me it was their first professional photo shoot since her and her husband Brendan's wedding. I love my job. I am always getting to see old friends and make new ones, and I get to give people memories that they'll cherish for a lifetime. That makes me happy. These photos make me happy too, and I hope you enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed that afternoon with Beth and her beautiful family.

Beth and Brendan have 3 BEAUTIFUL kids.

Katie who is 4...

Kevin who is 2...

And baby Sean who is 3 months.

In my usual style, we got a few portraits out of the way first. Gorgeous girls!

I adore these kind of relaxed portraits...

And that is why I make sure they are part of every session.

But if you've done a session with me, you know that my favorite kind of images are the kind that really capture the essence of a family. The kind that truly convey what happiness is all about.

Happiness is.... baby feet.

...and tickling them.

It is eskimo kisses from Mommy...

and shoulder rides from Daddy.

It is watching your husband make your new baby squeal with laughter...

Or watching your wife cuddle him til he falls asleep. (Seriously, my heart is melting over little Sean sucking his thumb at 3 months).

Happiness is watching your oldest child gain a sense of independence,

without venturing too far from her younger brother as she explores the world.

He really really loves her.

And happiness is knowing that you taught them how to do that.

Happiness is...THIS.

Beth and Brendan, thank you so much for asking me to photograph your family. Beth, it was so great to see you after all these years and to meet the people you love most. Congratulations on your newest addition and on raising 3 adorable, sweet kids! Hugs! ~Kris

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Kathy and Thad's Engagement 06.01.11

I love doing engagement sessions, especially with a couple like Kathy and Thad. Do you ever just have that feeling that 2 people are so right together, just by the way they look at each other or how they laugh together?? That is what I kept thinking as I was taking their pictures a few weeks ago.

They will be getting married this October at the amazing Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, and my camera and I are so excited! But for now, here are a few favorites from their engagement session, which we did in Washington DC at the Old Post Office Pavilion. Enjoy!

The Old Post Office building is where Kathy and Thad had their first date.

Knowing that this is a place they will always hold close to their hearts, I made sure to capture some cool shots of the building before they got there.

Inside, they stopped traffic a couple of times.

Riding the escalator -- I love the double reflections going on here!

Kathy and Thad are super adorable together. And I know their wedding photos are going to be that much more awesome because they are really comfortable in front of the camera now.

I love that I can capture people being themselves. Because really, those are the kind of images people really treasure.

So side story...I have photographed Thad's niece and nephew a bunch of times. Love that family. They had just returned from Disney and they told Aunt Kathy and Uncle Thad that they had to get some photos taken with their special gifts -- the Minnie/Mickey Bride & Groom hats. Hehe!

Kathy, you are going to be a gorgeous bride -- just rock that same smile in your real veil. ;-)

I love when couples are willing to do whatever for good pictures. Run in DC traffic?? No problem!

I loved the colors in the city...from the double decker tour buses...

To all the flags on the Old Post Office building.

Though I really have a soft spot for a candid black & white.

This might be my favorite. Looks like a woman in love to me!

We also did a few relaxed portraits.

Kathy, you are so so pretty.

And I am so thrilled to be working together for your rehearsal dinner and wedding this fall.

Until then, keep laughing! Thank you both for an amazingly fun session! Hugs! ~Kris

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