Understanding Your Digital Camera: The Workshop 02.25.11


There are a lot of photography "how to" books on the market, but few if any hands-on opportunities for people to learn how to use their digital cameras. So to meet this need (and by popular demand – holla!), I am excited to announce that I will be hosting and teaching my 2nd photography workshop -- and registration is officially open.

During this workshop, we'll spend 3 hours learning and practicing how to take better pictures. I’ll demystify all those scary camera terms and buttons and show you how to use them. All the fun details are here:

And in case you don't feel like straining your eyes -- (I made the above to use on Facebook, now that I have a new business page) -- here are the details pasted directly into my blog:

Date & Time:
Saturday March 12th
2 pm - 5 pm

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court Vienna, VA 22182

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is open to those with SLR digital cameras, and is designed for anyone (Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc.) who wants to learn to take better pictures of children.We'll cover lighting (good light/bad light), composition, shooting a moving object (aka - your kids) -- plus the big 3 (Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO) so that you learn how to change these things on your camera and move beyond the green box.

$50 per person, which includes the following:
- 3-hour workshop with group and one-on-one instruction time
- a workbook and a pen...gotta have a pen
*Note - there is also a $5 entrance fee for Meadowlark

Limit in Size:
The workshop size is limited to TEN adults and slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. I want to keep the group small so we can maximize learning.

Reserve Your Workshop Spot:
To guarantee your spot, simply call or email me. Payment must be received in full upon reserving your spot.

I anticipate this workshop to sell out quickly.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
kristinekristinepringle.com | 434.872.3706

So there we go. I'm really excited to empower people to use their cameras better to take better pictures. Don't delay...because we all know how fast your tiny baby chewing on your camera strap...

...Turns into a big girl who dresses herself and plays field hockey. Start capturing better pictures of your memories now. Happy Friday everyone!

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas 12.25.10

And a Happy New Year! Happy Holidays from the Pringle's! Wishing you all the joys of the season and a happy and healthy 2011. XOXO

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Happy 1st Birthday to Our Daughter Emme 12.16.10

On December 16, 2009, we welcomed our second beautiful daughter Emme Ann into the world, and today she turns ONE. I can't believe it. I hardly blinked. So thank goodness I took pictures. I may not have been able to edit them -- baby books are on the long list of projects for this winter when it's a little slower around here -- but I did take them. Lots of them. It has been the best year ever, and I am so thankful that I captured Emme as she grew from a tiny newborn to a running toddler. Here are a few favorites from her first 12 months.

Emme was born at 12:27 am on 12/16/09 and we were in love with her the second we saw her. Take that back, we loved her the second we found out Elsa was going to have a little brother or sister.

But upon meeting her in the hospital on that cold winter day, the love jumped to a whole new level. Mommies and Daddies out there, you know what I mean.

This is what it looked like here last year. We had 2+ feet of snow just after Emme was born. You can read the entire birth story blog and our adventures in getting to and from the hospital by clicking HERE.

Some things never change, huh? This was taken today -- on Emme's 1st birthday. Last year, the snow was a nuisance to say the least. This year, it was a blessing. I mean, yes, it took about an hour to get them dressed to be out there for 20 minutes -- but as the snow fell and I watched Elsa pull Emme in the sled, I remembered that I like snow again. And I counted my blessings.

Because really, having a new baby around the holidays -- blizzard or no blizzard -- is the sweetest gift there is.

I still can't believe our little Emmers is ONE and running everywhere, so I thought I should show one of her from each of her first 12 months. Hope you enjoy!

Newborn: our sweetie in her Santa hat. She was just 9 days old on her first Christmas and pretty much slept through it. This year will be so much fun!

1 month: Emme did her first smiles in her little "gym" just like her big sister Elsa did.

2 months: Still had all that dark hair...

3 months: Then it was gone. Emme is soooooo happy. She always smiles.

4 months: Now we're in April and it was finally warm enough to be outside.

5 months: The exersaucer is a hit!

6 months: So is the swing.

This is our older daughter Elsa at 6 months. I think they look so much alike. Just with different eye color.

Elsa adores her baby sister. It is the sweetest thing.

7 months: Hair magically appears.

8 months: By this point it is hard to keep Elsa out of the pictures. How lucky for me!

9 months: On a little nature walk in the Bjourn.

10 months: My favorite pic. We got a 4-generations shot when we went to California in October. This was taken on 10-16-10 -- so Emme is exactly 10 months when she got to meet her "Great Grammie" for the first time.

11 months: A portrait taken before Thanksgiving to use for Christmas gifts.

12 months: She LOVED eating her cake!

Emme, thank you (and your big sister Elsa) for making my smile the biggest it has EVER been.

Your Daddy and I are so proud of you.

And it has been the best year of our lives. Still can't believe it went so fast. Hopefully next year will be a little slower! Happy Birthday Emmers PaMemmers! XOXO

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Our Trip to California 11.04.10

A few weeks ago, Scott and I went on an 8-day adventure to California with our 2 girls, Elsa and Emme. Our cousin Tiffany was getting married in Palm Springs on 10-10-10 and she asked me if I would photograph the wedding. That was a huge honor, and it couldn't have been more perfect timing. Our great friends Nate and Danielle recently had a baby girl who we couldn't wait to meet, and my mom's entire family lives out there too. Our daughters had yet to meet my Grandma -- their Great Grandma -- and when that happened it was the most perfect ending to a magical week. One I will never forget.

We flew in on the 9th and headed to Palm Springs for Tiffany and Matt's amazing 10-10-10 wedding.

Then we headed back to the coast. This is what Elsa thought of it. Love. She definitely makes me a better children's photographer, especially because this is what she does if she sees a camera. Not exactly the smile I'm going for, but I love it anyway.

We stayed with our really great friends, Nate and Danielle, and we were so excited to meet their new baby girl, Alainya. We did a little mini-shoot on the beach before heading out to dinner one night, and this is one of my favorites.

Okay, we are far from the "movie star" family above. Actually, this is pretty hilarious. Scott is wearing a Hanes t-shirt (not by choice, haha. He was using his real shirt to keep Emme warm) and our girls are in desperate need of a bath. But, this is the ONLY family shot we have from the entire week, and I'm so thankful that Nate grabbed my camera during their shoot to take one of us. Thanks so much Nate! And, we did wash and change the girls before dinner. ;-)

We did a trip to the LA Zoo with Scott's family, and we got to see the cute baby giraffes.

Elsa and Grandma, Scott's mom. Love this.

On Thursday 10/14, my niece Vivienne's first birthday, we headed to Disneyland with my family. Elsa was so excited to meet all the characters, and for everyone who recommended doing a character meal, thank you. It was the best.

Viv and Emme thought they were scary. Oh well, they'll like them next time!

Blast off! That is what Elsa said on this ride, and on our airplane as it was taking off.

A fun "panning" shot on the carousel, taken by Scott.

We stayed there all day, and the parade was definitely one of the highlights.

It was seriously awesome. I think I loved it as much as our daughters did.

In awe. Elsa, complete with her new mouse ears, got to be a part of the parade by leading her own little parade of children. It was so so cute.

4 generations. On our last day there, my Aunt Liz had a big party for our entire family at her home. That was the day our girls met their "Great Grammie" for the first time.

I made sure we got some generation shots with my brother Mark and his daughter Viv too. Viv loved Great Grammie.

My beautiful Mom and Grandma. I showed this picture to my Mom after I took it...

And this is what I got next. It made her cry.

My Grandma and her sister, Great Aunt Rita. Two beautiful women, both in their 80s. I know they will cherish this picture, as we all will. (btw - this is 100% unretouched. Just good Portuguese genes). :-)

I love that my Mom and her sisters will find any excuse to dance. These are the same sisters who made up dance routines growing up, and it hasn't stopped since.

So much love.

Yep, Emme, you are definitely a Camara. She laughs hysterically any time I dance with her.

Sweet pea. We are so so blessed.

My favorite. Having this shot of the whole family is priceless. We love and miss you all so much and can't wait to see you again! XOXO

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The 3 Grandbabies 09.22.10

It has been awhile since I've posted any photos of my two daughters, Elsa and Emme, and their cousin Vivienne, so I thought I would post just this one before I got to blogging all of those marathon shoots I just did. Over the next 2-3 weeks, I have 9 families to blog, another shoot I'm doing today, and then in October I have 3 weddings, including one in Palm Springs. Yay! I also have a ton more family and engagement sessions, and a very special maternity session coming up next month and continuing into mid-November -- it is definitely busy season, and I am so blessed to be growing my business.

I am also so blessed to have these 3 little bundles in my life. This photo was taken in the Outer Banks over Labor Day weekend, and it is the first "good" picture we have of all 3 of them together. My 2 daughters Elsa and Emme are on the right and their little cousin Viv is on the left. Elsa is almost 2 1/2, Emme is 9 months, and Viv is 11 months. I can't even tell you how thrilled my Mom is that she finally has something she can frame of all 3 of her grandbabies together. Putting them in that rocking chair was key, because then no one could crawl or run away! Enjoy! :-)

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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...



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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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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Our Daughter Emme: 7 Months 07.18.10

Our second-born daughter Emme Ann just turned 7 months old. I know I've said it before, but I really can't believe how fast time flies. Soon it will be Christmas and she'll be turning one. It's been busy around here with lots of lifestyle sessions and weddings, but I finally have a little breather before my next wedding coming up on 7/24 so I am sharing some of my favorite Emme pictures taken over the past few weeks. Scott and I are so blessed and we just can't get enough of her.

Emme is so easy-going and happy. I plop her in the grass naked in 100 degree weather, and what does she do?? Instantly smiles and turns around for Mommy. :-)

She is so petite, but a little chunker at the same time. I feel so lucky that I'm able to freeze these memories with my camera...
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Because Emme is on the move, crawling all over the place, so soon those adorable baby fat rolls will be gone.
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This is how she looks when she laughs...
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Which she does a LOT of thanks to big sister Elsa. I can hear her now, "Tickle tickle Emme." It melts me.
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And this is her newest trick, waving hi.
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This is an Emme face and pose we see often. The foot grab and pouty lip.
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See, different day, same lip. Love love love.
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Emme loves the water, just like her big sis. It doesn't matter whether it's the baby pool in the yard or the big pool in our neighborhood.
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Watching these two become best friends before my eyes is the best feeling in the world.
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And I'm so thankful for them every day. Thanks to everyone who asked to see pictures of our girls which forced me to get a few edited. Now I can frame some recent ones in our house, including this one for their bathroom.
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My TV Interview on the Evening News 07.08.10

On Tuesday night, The Charlottesville Newsplex had me as a guest on the 6 pm evening news for the "Charlottesville Plugged In" segment with Amy Eastlack of Suzy Said Cville. I got to talk about the July 4th event that I photographed, as well as blogging and how it has changed the industry for photographers.

The Charlottesville Newsplex

I had never been on the news before, and it was so fun being in the newsroom and seeing how it all happens. There were so many cameras on me, and I wasn't sure which one to look at (as you will see if you watch the video), but overall I think it went well and I'm so thankful for the amazing opportunity.

To see the entire 4-minute interview, click on the link below.


Oh, and in case you didn't know, I have a brand new website. I feel like that deserves it's very own blog post, but I can't say that and not share the link, so here it is:


More wedding and family blogs coming really soon! Oh, and some of our 2 girls too for all those who have been asking. :-)
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Happy Father's Day to My Husband Scott 06.20.10

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband Scott! Babe, you are the BEST dad, and Elsa and Emme are so lucky, as am I. We love you so much! Thanks for everything you do for your girls. xoxo

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