Rachel and Peter's Winery Engagement Session 08.30.10

Last weekend I met up with a sorority sister from college and her fiance for an awesome engagement session at a winery. Rachel and Peter have been together for 5 years now, and they are getting ready to tie the knot in April in Charlotte, North Carolina. I will also be photographing their wedding day (it's going to be ahhh-mazing!!!), but in anticipation of that, they scheduled an engagement shoot so that they could have "good pictures wearing normal clothes". :-) They are also planning to use these for their save-the-dates, and I can't wait to see what they come up with!

This was a really special shoot, one because it was for a friend, and two, because it occurred at the exact location that Rachel and Peter got engaged -- Round Peak Winery. Peter was looking for a really good place to propose, and when he came across Round Peak, he knew it would be perfect. It's on their way to Blacksburg, so they can always stop in on their way to a Hokie football game (and for the record, Peter is a Carolina fan, but he also cheers for the Hokies along with his wife-to-be, right Peter?), AND....the initials of the winery are RP. Even the corks say RP -- as much for Round Peak as for Rachel and Peter! Too cool. Good job Peter.

Anyway, I could go on and on about how much fun we had, and how the weather was perfect and we had great light, but I will let the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Before Rach and Peter arrived, I started with a few photos of the winery itself. Ken and his wife (the owners) were so sweet and helpful, and they let us roam around where ever we wanted to get the perfect shots.


Rachel and Peter arrived looking reallllly good, so we went to the exact spot where Peter proposed marriage - the gazebo overlooking the vineyard.


It's not very often that I do an engagement session at the EXACT spot in which a couple got engaged (this is only the 2nd time I think?), so of course we had to re-enact it a little.


I shot from far away as they relived that moment when Peter asked....


And Rachel said YES. So so sweet.


Love this. Rachel has some serious bling.


The cute couple.


Behind every good man is a good woman. Rach, you are beautiful!


Next, a quick break for an outfit change and another winery detail shot. I love these kind of images - they really complete a story in an album and provide a sort of narration without needing words.
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One of my favorites of the day. Indoors among all the wine barrels.
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Then it was out to the vineyard. I told Rachel and Peter I was getting some artistic shots of grapes and other details so they could hang them in their kitchen and/or dining room. Fun!
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But back to Rachel and Peter. We started in the vineyard with some smiles...
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...and some kisses...
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And then I was looking for the perfect light and the perfect bokeh so that they could have some of my signature "blurry background pics". You know where we found it?? In the doggie pen. I LOVE that the winery allows dogs, but seriously. See that blurry thing behind Rachel. That is the fence. These two were willing to do anything for great shots.
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They made each other laugh...
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They gave each other "noogies"...
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They toasted...
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They played...
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They loved.
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And, they celebrated a successful shoot with a picnic.
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To Rachel and Peter, cheers to you! I am SOOOOO happy for you, and so happy that I get to "work" with you for your upcoming wedding. I hope you like the sneak peek of your engagement pictures -- many many more to come soon! XOXO ~Kris
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Sara and Tom's Wedding 08.23.10

On Saturday August 7th, Scott and I traveled to Delaware to photograph Sara and Tom's AWSOME (awesome) wedding. I love this couple. Last summer I did an engagement session for them, and Dr. Sara had to work all night (as in delivering babies!) the night before. Sara had just a few hours of sleep, but of course the photos turned out absolutely amazing. With Tom by her side, she glows. Her smile is even brighter, her laugh that much more contagious. Well, the same is true for their wedding photos. The love and emotion just jumps out of them, and I am so excited to share!

Tom and Sara just returned from a 12 day honeymoon in Hawaii, and this is my welcome home gift to them. I hope they love the little sneak peek as much as we loved being their photographers.

We started our day at the church, and I love the unique angle that Scott captured here.
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One of my favorite dress shots ever. We had a lot of time to do detail shots before the ceremony, which allowed us to get extra creative.
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We got so many fun shots...of the shoes...
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...the rings...
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...the flowers...
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and the programs. Those blue hydrangeas are for the bridesmaids' bouquets.
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They were so stunning! But enough detail shots...and onto what you really want to see!
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The beautiful, beautiful bride! A picture of perfection.
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Tom was such a handsome groom, and so so excited to see his wife-to-be.
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Sara teared up walking down the aisle, and her Dad watched and admired his "little girl" the entire way.
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One of Scott's wide-angle shots with our fisheye lens...
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And one of my close-ups of them exchanging rings.
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Of course we got many versions of the first kiss, but I LOVE this one of them about to kiss. Have you ever seen so much love and happiness in one photo!?!? Darling!
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Portrait time. As I was getting this shot of the entire wedding party...
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Scott was taking these. And no, we're really not that funny. Everyone was cracking up though because I, well, in all my efforts to get the perfect angle, I kicked over someone's freshly opened celebratory beer. Doh!
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Some of the bride and groom alone. We started off a little classic.
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And then we got total perfection. For anyone who knows Sara and Tom, this is them and I adore it.
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Beautiful.
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And yes, this is Scott's silhouette. If he weren't my husband, I might be a bit jealous. ;-)
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We were doing the photos by this incredible old mill. It had so much character!
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One of my faves.
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Onto the reception -- a shot during the first dance.
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And a shot during the "second first dance" after dinner. The DJ admittedly goofed and forgot the disc with their first dance song on it, so they danced to a kinda random song (in the shot above). Well, to Sara and Tom's surprise, he sent his assistant home to burn their actual song (Luckiest), and this is what we got. I think the whole room was crying.
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Sara's parents included. Love this.
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After some dinner and dances, it was time for an open dance floor, and the ladies tore it up!
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I could blog a gazillion more photos, but I had to share a few of the infamous photo booth.
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It was a HUGE hit. I pulled the curtain a few times and snuck a few photos of everyone having fun.
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Okay, back to the party.
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Looks like fun eh?
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To Sara and Tom, congratulations on your marriage, and thank you for asking us to be there to document these once in a lifetime memories. We LOVED "working" with you, and we hope we can get together for dinner sometime when we're visiting Scott's family in Northwestern PA. Lots of love! ~Kris and Scott
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Girls Weekend 2010: Eat Play Love 08.16.10

I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Virginia Beach with my closest girlfriends from college. I have known these girls for over a decade, and I am so lucky to have them in my life. A couple years after we graduated, we decided we needed a weekend away for just the girls -- and the tradition has continued. This is the 7th year we have done this and I must say that it's pretty impressive that 10 of us made it -- especially considering that we have 16.5 children between us all. As our families continue to grow, it is certainly more logistically challenging to get away, and I love that my friends make spending time together a priority. These are truly special women.

We started our Saturday with a little oceanfront yoga.


And then we spent the afternoon on the beach. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day - it was only in the 80s!


A little pool time silliness with my underwater cam...


And then it was time to Eat...


Play...


Love.


It was a weekend of telling old stories, lots of laughter...


...and of course, lots of pictures.


I have the best job in the world. On a sidenote, as I was taking pictures on our boat cruise, my friend Amanda secretly grabbed another camera out of my bag and started taking "behind the scenes" shots of me with the camera, knowing that I would love having them. These are the kind of friends I have. Beyond thoughtful.


On another side note, while I was away, Elsa introduced Emme to puffs by pouring the whole container on her tray. Elsa loved it and Emme didn't know what to think. Thanks to my husband and family for watching the girls (and to all the husbands and grandparents who pitched in) so that we could have a little retreat.


It was truly the best weekend, and I can't wait to do it again next year. To my girlfriends, I love you and I hope this post makes it easier to get through the rest of your Monday. To everyone who couldn't make it this year, we missed you bunches! Special congrats to Kim on her new baby boy Trent, born on August 11th. XOXOXOXOX

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Megan and Brent's Wedding 08.09.10

On Saturday July 24th, I traveled back to PA to photograph Megan and Brent's beautiful wedding. The ceremony was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Millersburg, and an evening reception followed at The Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

About one week before I moved to Virginia last summer, I did an engagement session for Megan and Brent, and ever since I couldn't wait to photograph their wedding. They are two of the sweetest people you could ever meet, and so much fun to photograph!

Their wedding day was so perfect, filled with laughter, tears, and a whole lotta dancing. I know they are back from St. Lucia and anxiously awaiting this blog, so here we go...

I started the day at the church...
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This is where I found Megan's amazing dress and shoes.
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And and a beautiful bride getting ready.
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Seriously, they don't get any prettier!
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Glowing glowing glowing!
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I had to show one of Megan with her adorable niece and flower girl, Morghan, since she and her brother Braden are part of the reason I was asked to be there.
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I did pictures of these little cuties a few times before moving to Virginia, and I couldn't believe how big they had gotten. Is this the most adorable thing ever or what?!?!
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Can't forget the handsome groom! You'd never know it was 100 degrees either -- Brent was such a trooper.
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A quick glimpse into the ceremony...I was shooting from the very back, and I love the depth of field in these.
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The first kiss.
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And then it was time for portraits. I loved their wedding party and the brown dresses were stunning!
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One, Two, Three....
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JUMP! So super fun! We did one take and they nailed it. Good thing I did too. ;-)
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A few favorites of the newlyweds alone...
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I had a hard time choosing because there are so many I love.
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These two made every shot look great!
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They are such rock stars...and more to come on that later.
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The country club looked so completely gorgeous.
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I was loving the centerpieces...and I was so flattered to see framed engagement photos that I had taken on each table. Thanks guys!
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First it was the first dance. Love it!
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Then they had a great slideshow...
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And I loved being able to capture everyones' faces as they watched.
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The parent dances were full of loving tears...
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And adoring smiles.
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And then the newlyweds surprised everyone with a second first dance -- this time a choreographed routine to "Nothin' But a Good Time" by Poison.
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I can't wait until they see the whole series of these!
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A little cake cutting action...
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And then it was back to the dance floor. I love this moment.
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And this one. Megan is too darn cute!
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To Megan and Brent, congratulations on your marriage. I'm so thankful to have been there to photograph your wedding day, and I hope you love the little preview as much as I loved taking them. With love and appreciation! ~Kris
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Beautiful Blue-Eyed Family 08.04.10

What a beautiful blue-eyed baby and family! Amy is a friend of mine from college, and she and her husband Dave have a beautiful 7-month old daughter named Riley. These were their first professional photos, and I can't tell you what an honor that is for me. My job is so rewarding! We had been planning these for months, and thankfully everything went so super well. We had cooler weather for August, no rain (hooray!), and Riley was giving out the smiles left and right. I'm sure it has something to do with being a mom, but I seem to have that effect on babies. :-)

We did the shoot at two of my favorite places, first a local park right down the street from my house and then downtown Charlottesville. Riley took a cat nap in between spots and was such a trooper for our 2 hour session. This blog is really just the tip of the iceberg of all the great shots we got, but I hope that it gives them a little glimpse into what we captured and of what's to come. Amy and Dave, thanks a million for trusting me to document these memories for your family. xoxo

Riley is too stinkin cute with those BIG blue eyes and blonde hair. I adore this one of Amy holding her...
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And equally cute is this one of Dave holding her. I love that you can see Amy sneaking up (making silly faces) in the foreground, and I didn't crop her out because it's what makes this photo become both a portrait and a great candid moment at the same time.
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Love these lifestyle shots! I couldn't pick which I liked better so I posted them both.
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Even though Riley had never been in a baby swing before, I suggested we try it. To say that she LOVED it would be a huge understatement.
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There are a gazillion that I love on the swing, but here is just one for now. Daddy's little girl.
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Then it was a cat nap and off to location #2 - downtown C'ville. Gorgeous gorgeous family shot! We had amazing soft light that day.
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When I saw Amy's dress and heels, I couldn't resist a shot like this.
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Or this. So so fun!
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And so so sweet!
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This is another favorite of mine. It's so modern, and I love the body language. There is so much love between these 3 and it was so awesome to capture that.
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Dollbaby.
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How can Daddy resist kissing those cheeks!?!! Riley was getting a little tired...so what did we do?!?!
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We attempted one more outfit, and this is what we got. What a little ham!
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To Amy, Dave, and Riley, thanks for traveling to C'ville for your session and for making it so much fun. I hope this little sneak peek is everything you hoped for. You are such a beautiful family, and I can't wait to share the rest! Lots of love! ~Kris
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Where Have I Been??? 08.01.10

I know, I know -- I normally blog a few times a week, and I took a 2 week break without notice. So what have I been up to? Well, I had a few shoots get cancelled due to (1) Heat - who wants to be outside, much less trying to get nice photos, when the heat index is 110?!?; and (2) Rain. These have been rescheduled over the next few weeks. I had another shoot this morning that I thought was going to get rained out, but thankfully it didn't and I can't wait to share. I also photographed an INCREDIBLE wedding on July 24th, so stay tuned for these blogs real soon. I'm working on them now.

Anyway, since I had a little downtime the past 2 weeks and now that my NEW WEBSITE is live (hooray!!!), I have been catching up on editing, album designs, booking weddings for 2011, laundry, booking lifestyle sessions for fall (my calendar is getting FULL so give me a shout soon, especially if you want a weekend), more laundry, and most importantly, enjoying time with my wonderful husband, our two baby girls, and my family.

These are what the past few days have looked like around here. Trust me, we had our share of the normal crying moments too, but the laughter is way more fun to photograph. ;-)


I just posted a blog of Emme, and already she has new teeth. They really don't stay babies too long....


I was especially reminded of this when I took this photo of Elsa yesterday.


This is her at 2 months old when she first found her thumby, almost exactly 2 years ago to the day.


Elsa, it is so fun to watch you grow. It's amazing to see these photos side by side, and to see how your eye color has changed from the deep blue you had as a newborn to the EXACT color of Daddy's. But...please don't grow up too fast. Please stay our baby a little bit longer. Love, Mommy and Daddy


Check back soon for lots more blogs! XOXO ~Kris
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