Meg + Edward: Engaged! 07.29.12

Yesterday I photographed their Richmond wedding, and it was just beautiful.

The wedding blog will be coming later, but for now I wanted to share some of the engagement pictures we did a few months back. On the way there, Meg texted me and I remember she said something like, "Be gentle. Neither of us are too comfortable in front of the camera." I remember thinking, "Oh good, then we're just alike! I'm much more comfortable behind the lens." Behind the lens is where it becomes my job to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. When that camera is in my hand, I'm having fun. And then my clients start having fun. And laughing. And acting like themselves. And telling jokes. And pretty much forgetting they are even having their picture taken. That was exactly the case for Meg and Edward.

Here are a few favorites from our fun morning together at Maymont Park. Enjoy! And congratulations you two! I am so happy for you!

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It's Like Dessert 07.27.12

"It's like dessert..."

When her friends asked her what it was like to be a "new mom" again after a decade, that was Brenda's response. Dessert. The perfect addition to an already perfect meal. And something oh so sweet. That is exactly what 6 month old Kenzie is. Sweet sweet sweet! And so is this entire family. I'm so glad I had the chance to meet them and to take their first pictures together as a new family of 5. Here are a few favorites from our afternoon together. Enjoy!

Meet handsome Zach. He's the oldest of the 3 kids...

Next we have Jaya. She is such a beauty.

And then there's baby Kenzie. Love the wave. What a dollbaby!

We started out with a bunch of portraits in different combinations...beautiful girls!

Handsome boys...

The kids...

And the whole family. LOVE!

Then we moved on to some that were more "directed candid".

I adore these kind of pictures.

Then we just played.

Jaya's dress was perfect for twirling.

Kenzie is such a happy little baby.

Some running...

And sillyness.

I have to show a few more of these darling kids.

Those eyes!

Just dreamy.

Picture perfect.

Jason and Brenda, thanks for the opportunity to photograph your adorable family.

Hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Flower Picking with Bear and Baby 07.26.12

I first met Kristen when we were bridesmaids in a mutual friend's wedding a few years ago, and I first did pictures for her when Caroline was just a newborn. Since then I have grown as a photographer (Kristen has even connected me with some really great teaching opportunities, and she took my workshop herself last fall), and wow, her kids have definitely grown too! Now Caroline is almost 2 and her big brother Will is 4. Here are a few favorites from our morning together at Maymont. Enjoy!

This is the first look I got from Caroline. She wasn't too sure about this whole picture thing.

But as soon as I got down on my knees and started talking about picking flowers, I had a new best buddy.

Could those pigtails be any more precious?!!

Love this.

Such a gorgeous little girl.

And then we have her big brother Will.

He stole my heart with those smiles!

And those freckles and eyelashes. I could have photographed him all day...

But he really wanted me to meet his friend Bear.

"Can I get a picture with Bear Miss Kris?" Oh happy day!

"How much do you love your Bear, Will?"

Bear helped Will pick some flowers for his Mommy.

Yep, these two were on a mission.

Cute little hands.

In between all the flower picking, we got some portraits like this...

And this.

And then we got all those sweet candids too.


Capturing a moment is my favorite thing.

A framer for sure!

I adore this family! Just beautiful!

We didn't spend much time on portraits...because a session goes so much better when you just play! Will got a turn...

And so did Caroline!

They even demonstrated how they give each other "silly kisses"...

Which consists of a kiss followed by Will falling down and Caroline laughing at him.

What an absolutely adorable duo!

Kristen and Kap, thanks for asking me to capture your beautiful family! xoxoxo

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Kristen & Adam: Engaged! 07.22.12

I first met Kristen and Adam at Panera, where we chatted about their upcoming Charlottesville wedding. I remember calling my husband on my way home and he said, "How'd it go?" And I told him something like, "Wonderful. Kristen and Adam are just so connected. I mean, just adorable. It was the way they looked at each other and laughed. I really hope I get to do their wedding."

Well, my wish came true, and I have to say that after doing their engagement session, I am even more excited for their November wedding and for Kristen's bridal shoot this fall. She and Adam are two of the nicest people you could meet, and it shows in their pictures. The laughter, the is just infectious and I'm honored to be the one who could forever freeze these moments for this adorable couple.

Here are a few favorites from our golden hour session at Barboursville Winery, and a slideshow at the end too. Enjoy!

Click on the play button below to see a musical slideshow of even more pictures from their session...and make sure your volume is turned up. Kristen and Adam, thank you for such a fun shoot! Can't wait for more! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Ascher: On the move at 10 months 07.21.12

I have been photographing Ascher since he was a newborn...actually since he was in his Mama's belly!

Now he is 10 months old and growing up so fast!

Could he be any more precious!?!

Love the laugh!


Gorgeous eyelashes.

He is definitely a photogenic little boy!

Those eyes...

Those lips...

Priceless. Ascher wasn't too sure of the grass...

So we headed indoors where he could really show off his new crawling skills.

Time for baby gates!

Look at him go!

Ascher's parents used this one for his 1st birthday party invitation. So cute!

He loves to play.

Baby hands are one of the cutest things. Ever.

Aside from baby feet in baby crocs.

And chunky baby legs that go away all too quickly once they start walking.

Ascher loves his Mickey car.

And lucky for me, he really loves my camera!

Baba time!

That's a wrap! See you next time everyone!

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Let's Play! 07.17.12

I showed up to the home of Dani and Kevin to find little Matthew gazing out his window...

I asked him..."Do you want to play?"

And surely he did!

I first tried to get a few portraits...

What an adorable baby boy!

But he was oh so tired.

Thankfully his grandparents were there helping and gave him a bottle.

During our quick break I focused on the other baby.

What a beauty!

Matthew finished his baba, got a few cuddles from Mama, and then....

It was outside and time to PLAY!

He got shoulder rides from Daddy...

And he just loved going upside down with Mommy...

Really, it didn't matter what he was doing. He was having so much fun!

Especially with his Uncle Frank, visiting all the way from NYC!

Happy dance!

Cozy Coupe! Matthew wasn't sure if he liked riding...

Or pushing.

Later he explored some more...


His beautiful mommy just watched and admired her darling little man.

And then they played some more -- this time in the water table.


Matthew had a blast and that made me smile.

Danielle & Kevin, thank you so much for allowing me to spend a morning at your home with your beautiful family, grandparents, Uncle Frank and your precious pup! I had so much fun and I hope you love the little sneak peek as much as I do! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Golden 07.11.12

I went to college with Sydney and Eric (go Hokies!), and although I didn't know them too well, we have a bunch of mutual friends...many of whom I can thank for referring me yet another beautiful family! When Sydney first emailed me, she mentioned that she loved the use of sunlight in photos, so I thought we should try to shoot at "Golden Hour".

I love the Golden Hour...that amazing time before sunset when everything is just glowing. Unfortunately it's also sometimes the witching hour for kids, because let's be honest, it's dinner time. Well, I have to say that Collin and Barrett did fantastic. We did 2 locations and 3 outfits, and though there were a few hunger cries at the end, it wasn't anything a few fruit snacks couldn't fix. :)

Golden hour, golden are a few of my favorites of this sweet sweet family. Enjoy!

Meet adorable 5 year old Collin. He has the cutest laugh.

And the most amazing smile.

5 going on 25. He looks so grown a little model.

Ahh, back to being a kiddo again. :)

What a gorgeous little boy. My camera just loved him...

And his little sister Barrett, who just turned 2. Precious!


Look at those eyes!

Barrett gave some kisses to Mommy.

But when Daddy held her she wanted to be spun around...

Ya think she liked it!?!

Part of the reason we started our shoot at their home was so that we could include their dog Cooper. Just perfect!

Cooper definitely earned his treats that day...

And Collin and Barrett earned theirs. So so cute.

While Barrett finished her lollipop...

Collin had fun running...

And riding his bike. Love that face!

Then after a quick outfit change, we were off to the park. We did a few portraits...

And candids...

And more candids.

Love the smiles!

And the interaction.

Handsome boys!

Collin loved tackling Daddy...

And Barrett finally gave him a kiss. So so sweet!

Barrett, you are a doll!

I have no other words.

Golden hour love.

What beauties!

I wasn't sure we were going to get another "posed yet unposed" family shot, but we did.

And this one was just the icing on the cake. Thank you Golden Hour. Thank you Sydney and Eric! You have the most beautiful family and it was so fun to see you after all these years. Hugs! ~Kris

Click on the play button below to see a musical slideshow of even more pictures from their session...and make sure your volume is turned up. :)

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Kingsley: Maternity + Newborn 07.01.12

The first time I photographed this beautiful family was the spring of 2011...

A year later, their family is growing!

William couldn't wait to meet his baby sister.

This was a combined maternity/family/2-year old session...

So first I focused on Beth and her adorable baby bump.


I love when women choose to document such an amazing time in their lives.

And it's so fun when there is an older sibling included!

Mommy's big boy...

William just turned 2 and he loves his baby...

His Mommy...

And his Daddy.

He had so much fun wandering around Maymont...

And playing and getting shoulder rides.

Could he be any more adorable?!

Love this face!

Checking out the fish.

And posing.

A few more of his gorgeous Mommy...

Some more fun...

And now it's time to meet the newest member of their family!

Meet Kingsley -- less than 2 weeks old and already waving at the camera!

Yep, William really does love her!

I'm so happy for Beth and Bill.

They have the most perfect new addition.

A total dollbaby.

Snug as a bug.

Three of my favorite things -- baby hands...


And yawns.

Contemplating. ;-)

We did some with Mommy and her little loves...

Daddy was upstairs working but William called him down with his walkie talkie.

Too cute.

Then we did some with Daddy.

And even some with Beth's mom (Granny) who was in town visiting and helping.

Now that I've "worked" with Beth 3 times, I feel like I've gained a new friend.

Beth and Bill, thank you for asking me to document this very special time in your lives. You have the most beautiful family and I am so lucky to be able to document your children as they grow. Hugs! ~Kris

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