Beach Baby - Harbor in the OBX 09.30.11

Harbor's Mommy = one of my best friends, Amanda.

I have known Amanda since college, and I adore that girl more than I could ever articulate in words.

OBX = where Amanda, Johnny and Harbor live. How lucky are they?!?!

Every time I visit the OBX (the Outer Banks in NC), we manage to squeeze in a photoshoot. This most recent session was over Labor Day weekend earlier this month, and I'm so excited to share some favorites.

Before we start though, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few. This was from Amanda and Johnny's maternity session in November of 2009.

Harbor was born in February of 2010, and this image is from her newborn session.

Fast forward to Labor Day weekend of 2010, and Harbor was 6 months old. Since they live at the beach and spend so much time there, Amanda and Johnny (well, I'm pretty sure it was Amanda and Johnny just went along with whatever) thought it would be fun to do some pics in their bathing suits. Love it! Little Harbor had almost no hair then...

But look at her now. A whole year later, she has her Mommy's blond curls.

She is such a beautiful little girl.

Love her sweet smile!

First we ventured out to the sound side for a few shots that I knew we couldn't get on the ocean side...

Like this silhouette as the sun was setting. Oh how I love those OBX skies!

I love that the sound side has a completely different feel than the beach. It gave so much variety to their session, and of course, so did their great outfit choices.

That dress is so A-dorable!

The beach pictures though are my favorite, so I'm blogging more of them.

What a beauty!

Watching her run around was so much fun.

A fave. And I love the pigeon on the left.

I'm starting to really love beach photography. Who doesn't feel like a kid and want to play when they're on the beach??

Amanda, this should be your Stella & Dot profile pic. Love the necklace.

What a cute dad!

Models. Posting in sepia cause I know A loves it. Gorgeous family!!!

What can I say you guys?? My favorite session of yours yet! Thanks for being such amazing friends and for all that you do. Love you all and miss you terribly already. See you in November! XOXO ~Kris

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Fun at Home 09.27.11

Late in August (and this is my last August blog and then it's onto September sessions!), I did a shoot for a fabulous Mommy and her 2 beautiful daughters. I adore this session for so many reasons. First of all, I had been emailing back and forth with Maureen for months, and during all of our talking we figured out that we were both Tri-Deltas AND we have the exact same wedding anniversary (6/22 - Yay!). Oh, and yeah, we both have 2 daughters.

So....after all the emailing back and forth, of course I couldn't wait to meet Maureen and her girls...(Dad was working this year but I think after seeing these he'll be in on next year's shoot), and we both thought that doing their session at home would produce great results. And it did. So excited to share. I am blogging 17 images but I mean it when I say that there are a ton more where these came from. Enjoy the preview!

Meet beautiful blue-eyed 2-year old Dana....

And her beautiful 5-year old brown-eyed big sister Anne Marie.

These 2 are sooo cute, and soooo close...

Obviously. Love. During every session, I capture both portraits like the one above and candids like this one.

The girls with their beautiful mommy. Sometimes it's a "directed candid" like this...

And other times, it's just a pure candid moment like this. These are my favorites. Just families enjoying life.

Onto outfit number 2. Anne Marie is such a beauty in that window light.

And look at those pose by baby sis! Soooo cute!

Love this sibling shot. This is a result of some games we were starting to play during the second half of our session.

One of those games was "Simon Says".

I'm just like..."Put this hand on that hip etc. etc." and before you know it you have little catalog models. Reminder, Dana is TWO - wow, love her!

Then it was time to break out the bubbles. Does it get any more real??

I love capturing these fleeting moments. The way your "baby" looks when popping bubbles...

And the way your "big girl's" hair swings around when doing the same.

The way she looks the first time she can really do a hula hoop.

And let's not forget the smiles on the very popular zipline!

Maureen, thank you for asking me to photograph your gorgeous girls! It was so fun meeting you and doing these pics and I hope you love the little preview. Hugs, Kris

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Gerber Baby 09.23.11

Seven-month old Charlotte is such a Gerber baby....aka, baby model. As I was editing these photos, I actually pulled a pack of Gerber animal crackers out of my pantry and compared the pictures. She has the most beautiful big eyes, and her chubby cheeks are just precious!

I know Charlotte's mom Sarah from high school and college, and I was thrilled when she sent me a Facebook message several months ago asking me to do Charlotte's first professional photos. I advised her to wait until Charlotte could sit up, and I think she'll be so glad she did. It was hard to pick favorites to blog, but here is my best attempt. Enjoy!

Proud parents Sarah and Paul -- what a beautiful family!

And what a beautiful baby! Just adore her.

As always, I started with some portraits first....

Then moved on to some close ups of those sweet baby features. Look at those lashes!

I love this because it perfectly shows her 7-month old personality. Teething!

We did some portraits with Daddy.

And with Mommy.

And then we did some that were more candid. Love it.

I think these 2 would look so pretty framed side by side on a wall.

In between outfits... I said to them, let's do a few of Charlotte in just her diaper. Someday when she's skinny like her Mommy, they will cherish having a picture of that delicious baby chub.

Love window light.

Seriously, what a perfect little subject.

My camera couldn't get enough of this little sweetie!

Cute cute cute.

Another favorite with her stunning Mommy.

And one last family shot. Sarah, it was so great to see you again, and Paul, it was so great to meet you and your gorgeous baby girl. You are the sweetest family and I'm honored that I got to take your first professional family pictures. I hope you love the preview as much as I do. Hugs, Kris

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Ben & Shawna: A Sexy Anniversary Session 09.22.11

During my recent trip to the OBX, I did a mini-session for my wonderful brother-in-law Ben and sister-in-law Shawna. We did these in about 5 minutes -- actually it was pretty impromtu with a little encouraging from yours truly. ;-) Now I wish we had time for more! I wasn't really planning to do a blog, but the images were too pretty not to share, especially since today is Ben and Shawna's 4 year wedding anniversary.

As a wedding photographer, it is so nice to see married couples even happier than they were on their wedding day. Definitely the case for these two love birds.

So they started their session wearing some clothes, and we got a portrait or two...

But, we were on the beach. And Ben and Shawna look pretty darn good in bathing suits, so we figured -- you're only young once. Go for it!

Our little session started out really playful. Look at that proud hubby!

And since we were losing light quick (we did these after our family picture session), it quickly got a little sexy.

What I would do for a picture like this with my own husband (pre-kids of course).

Hot. No, Hawt with a capitol H.

Could be an Abercrombie ad.

Love it.

Had to end with a funny one. Love it. Happy anniversary to an awesome couple. We love you and we're so happy you're moving to Richmond so we can see each other a lot more often! Thanks for being such great friends and a wonderful Aunt & Uncle to Elsa & Emme too. XOXO ~Kris

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Amelia & Dana's Engagement 09.21.11

Last month I did an engagement session for an awesome, awesome couple. I first met Amelia while photographing her good friend Julie's wedding in 2007. We really got to know each other well, because if anyone remembers Julie (how could you forget her!?!), you know that she did a ton of different sessions around her wedding and many of them included her friends. We all had so. much. fun.

That was 4 years ago this month. And since then, I moved from Pennsylvania to my hometown in Virginia. So you can imagine my delight when I got a Facebook message from Amelia asking if I could photograph her and Dana's wedding next June in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I was so glad I was available on their date! It's gonna be a good time!

For their engagement session, Amelia, Dana, their dog Henry, and Amelia's mom & dad traveled to Richmond, Virginia. We started our session at Sunday Park in Brandermill, and as always, we started with some portraits.

You can't wear a dress and heels like this and not expect me to find a fun way to show them off. :)

Helping another girl feel relaxed and beautiful in front of the camera is something I really love about my job. And Amelia, all I can say is you are gorgeous!

I adore morning light! And this image!

Amelia and Dana made every location look that much more amazing.

A favorite. The love boat.

An engagement session is a great way to "master" some things I'll ask you to do on your wedding day. "Smile kiss" - check!

A perfect moment. SO cute.

Amelia's parents (Gail & Ken - you are seriously the best!) watched Henry during a lot of our session. But you can't travel all the way to Richmond with your dog and not include him in some shots.

Henry was perfect.

All I had to do was hold up a treat and his eyes were on me! :)

For the second half of our session, we mixed it up by doing something completely opposite of the park setting. We headed into Carytown to get a more urban look for some of their photos. We really just walked around...

Found some neat places to sit...

And then we ended up in this neat old book store. LOVE those colors.

Notice their wedding books - fun!

At the very end, they celebrated a successful session over a glass of wine. These images remind me how much I love window light.

Looks like it could be their first date. Their expressions are adorable.

Amelia and Dana, thank you so much for traveling to VA for this session. It was just as fun as I expected and I am so happy for you both. Thanks for being so wonderful! Can't wait for your rehearsal dinner and wedding in June! Hugs! ~Kris

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Britton and Jason's Growing Family 09.19.11

In 2007, I photographed Britton and Jason's Richmond wedding. Now, they are the proud parents of 2 little boys. Britton just gave birth to their second son, Chase, a few days ago, and I am so happy for them.

This session that we did last month was a combined maternity-family session. Big brother Parker is the sweetest thing ever, and Britton is one of the most stunning pregnant Mommies I've worked with. Here are a few favorites from our Lewis Ginter session. Enjoy!

In 2007...the "before".

And in 2011...the "after" the EXACT same spot. My job is so rewarding.

Britton, you are so pretty. Just glowing.

And Parker, he is definitely a Gerber baby. So so cute!

Mommy's "big boy". I love a good portrait like this...

Though I love catching a moment like this even more.

It is so special to capture an older sibling with Mommy's pregnant belly. It's truly a once in a lifetime kind of image.

One more of the gorgeous Mama in her dress...

And then it was time for a more casual outfit. Ummm, I don't think those are even maternity jeans!?! Britty, you are way too cute for 36 weeks prego. With baby #2. :)

Cute baby bump.

I think parenthood suits these 2 really well...

They are just as adorable as ever together!

A couple more of Parker. What a great little smiler!


And then it was time for a couple fun shots of their beautiful and growing family. Look at that pose! I was melting!

Britton and Jason, thank you for asking me to do your pictures yet again -- my favorite session yet -- and congratulations on your newest little bundle of joy! So happy for you both, big brother Parker and your families too! With love and appreciation ~Kristine

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A Corporate-Session for Charlottesville Gas 09.12.11

Last month I did a corporate session for Charlottesville Gas Company -- you know Flicker the Flame -- and it was so. much. fun. The goal was to get a bunch of images of this ADORABLE family using the gas appliances so that C'ville Gas could use them for various forms of advertising.

We started with the gas stove. First, "Mommy and Daddy" cooked dinner. Their expressions are perfect.

And then "Mommy and Daughter" made dessert. Is there anything better than warm chocolate chip cookies?

I was told I was hired because I had a lot of experience working with kids and families. So hopefully I produced images that feel natural and just real.

Next it was time for books and popcorn by the gas fireplace.

And after the little one was fast asleep...

Mommy and Daddy had a date night by the fire. LOVE the moment.

Editing this session made me really excited for fireplace season.

To everyone at Charlottesville Gas, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your ad campaign. This was a blast and I can't wait to see some of these in print, along with the commercials too. With appreciation ~Kristine

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Alicia & Jeremy's Wedding 09.08.11

On Saturday July 30th, I photographed Alicia and Jeremy's Wintergreen wedding. What a perfect, perfect day. Seriously. Beautiful couple - check. Awesome family and friends - check. Who love to dance - check. Amazing venue - check. Details everywhere - check. Gorgeous weather, complete with a 15 minute shower for good luck - check. I could go on and on. Cute kids, modern flowers, yummy food, emotional toasts, a cupcake cake, the Hokie Pokie. Oh, and blue shoes. Because everything is just that much better when you're wearing blue shoes. :-) Here are just a few favorites. Enjoy!

First, some details. Alicia's gorgeous dress...

And flowers - LOVE them!

And ring.

The flower gir's pomander. What til you see it later at the reception. ;)

The beautiful bride.

Alicia, you are so pretty.

And there they are. The blue shoes. Love em!

The guys didn't want to feel left out. Haha!

Won't these details make a fabulous spread in their wedding album!?! Girl shoes, boy shoes. Girl flowers...

Boy flowers...

Bridesmaids. Love these ladies.

Groomsmen. They were pretty cool too. ;-)

Jeremy, the handsome groom.

Onto the ceremony.

The programs were super cute with the little dresses and suits on them.

The altar flowers were beautiful.

Here comes the bride...

I'm a big fan of one wide-angle shot to show everyone in attendance.

Though I quickly put on my telephoto lens so I can capture the moment...


Married. Showing the first kiss...

...because I love what happened a split second later. Look at those expressions. Such happiness. This is why I never stop clicking my shutter.

They had a BIG wedding party. Love the shots we got outside of The Mountain Inn at Wintergreen.

So fun.

Then it was time for some of Alicia and Jeremy alone.

The view from the overlook was incredible.

Really everywhere we turned was a great spot for a picture.

Love it.

One last one before it was time to go inside for dinner and dancing.

Some more details. The menu cards.

The centerpieces.

The food.

The cupcake cake. Amazing! The cute lego topper was made by their ring bearer...

No pun intended but it doesn't get any sweeter!

The first dance.

After dinner there were 3 of the best toasts I've heard. You know they're good when you get reactions like this...

And this.

One of the toasts was by Alicia's dad. And as if the room wasn't already in tears, then it was time for their father-daughter dance.

Alicia's mom stood watching with Alicia's sister and soon-to-be sister in law -- whose wedding I'll be photographing in November. Can't wait to "work" with this wonderful family again in 2 months.

Then it was time for "Girls just wanna have fun", compliments of flower girl Sally. Remember the pomander -- what a great memory.

I love when I can stay til the end of a reception for all the fun dancing shots.

Because sometimes a candid with your mom on the dance floor is even better than a portrait.

Love a good bouquet toss.

And I love a wedding with a packed dance floor.

The Hokie Pokie -- there were a lot of Hokies at this wedding. And a lot of Tri Delts too. Love.

The newlyweds closed down the dance floor surrounded by their family and friends.

Alicia and Jeremy, congratulations and thank you for asking me to be a part of your perfect day. So happy for you and looking forward to seeing you and your family again soon! Hugs! ~Kristine

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1-week old Marianna 09.01.11

I recently photographed the sweetest, most angelic newborn baby girl and her parents, Anne Marie and Dan. I love newborn sessions. It's so rewarding to capture new parents at one of the happiest times in their lives. They're just in awe of the little life they created, and that love really shows in the pictures. About a week after our session, Anne Marie sent me the nicest email and she was saying how much Marianna was changing already. I know exactly what she means. The newborn stage is sooooo fleeting, and I am so thankful that I could forever document Marianna for them at just 1 week old.


I could have photographed that sweet little face all day.

I never work from a "shot list", but for newborn sessions I always make sure to capture their tiny hands and feet. This is one of my favorites.

The proud parents with their little miracle.

Mommy's girl.

And Daddy's too. There is that awe I was talking about.

Then it was time for some more of Marianna alone. Is there anything cuter than a newborn baby in a hat!?!

Well, this blanket was also really adorable. Dan collects vintage hot wheel cars, so this picture is pretty special.

And so is this one. Someday when Marianna is starting Kindergarden, it will be even more so.


Later we went outside for a few more. Beautiful family!

They are just filled with love...

And pride, and it shows. Anne Marie and Dan, it was such a privilege to do these special pictures for you. Marianna is just perfect and I am so happy for your family! Congratulations! ~Kristine

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