Wiggles & Giggles 10.15.12

I first met this adorable family for Carter's 3-month session, and now here he is at 6 months -- along with his big sister Hayes. What cuties. What personality! There is a reason people LOVE taking photos of 6-month old babies, and it's because they are full of expression. Carter was all wiggles and giggles, and so was Hayes! I can't wait to see them again soon for Carter's 9-month session. For now though, here are a few favorites from his half-year birthday. Enjoy!

Carter with his big blue eyes and blue monogram. Gorgeous!

Cute baby in a basket alert.

He was so giggly.



I just followed her around her yard...

Every now and then she posed for me. LOVE.

But mostly, I just captured her being a toddler.

Too funny!

No you may not have my milk. ;-)

I love that we captured all of her expressions.

Especially this. Little Miss Giggles.

Look Mom & Dad ' C ' is for Carter!

Who ever said baby toes weren't delicious!?!

I can totally see these in a collage frame.

They are just the essence of 6-months.

Wiggly, giggly...

Just precious.

My camera couldn't get enough of him!

As usual, I have too many favorites.

Yes, I know I'm cute.


Just like his big sister.

Can't wait to see what we capture on the next go round!

Jill and Matt, thank you for asking me to photograph your precious babies! See you all soon! Hugs ~Kristine

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Alec: Senior 10.07.12

High school senior photography. It's something I'm starting to do more of and I'm really liking it! Alec's session took place in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. I was going to be in the area to photograph a wedding at the United States Naval Academy, so I took Alec's pictures that morning before meeting up with my bride.

Anyway, I always say that I photograph the most wonderful people, and Alec (and his family too!) was no exception. He is the drum major for his high school band, a track star who can run 5 minute miles, and he has big plans for next year. After meeting him, I have no doubt that he will continue to do great things after high school. Here are a few favorites from our walk around Annapolis. Enjoy!

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The Natural 09.27.12

The Natural. It seems so fitting for this family. Yes, mom is so naturally beautiful, but besides that, their photos -- even the "posed" ones -- are just so natural. Everyone looks relaxed and real, not stiff and staged, and that is exactly what I wanted to give them. Here are a few favorites as I'm finishing up their whole gallery. Enjoy!

Meet CJ. Does he not have some of the most beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen?

What a handsome little guy!

He was the perfect little model with the most natural smiles.

Eyelashes. I will never get tired of these shots.

Next we have baby brother Cade.


Those eyes, that curly hair, that smile! Could he be any more adorable?!

On the move! Most of our attempts to get the brothers together looked like this. Cade was a super fast crawler.


So so sweet!

We did some family walking pictures...

Those are always some of my faves.

And then some with Mom. Shannon is such a natural beauty!

Love. It's the one thing, more than anything else, that I want to shine through in my photos.


We did a mix of candids...

And portraits...

And what I usually call candid portraits.

I love them all.

Cade loved walking around with Dad's help.

And when he stopped to pause, look what he did. Such love!

Later we just played.

CJ really liked showing how fast he could run.

And peeking out from behind trees.

And Cade, he just kept on crawling. Gorgeous!

We ended our session by playing "This little piggy". Naturally.

Shannon and Ryan, I had so much fun doing these pictures for your beautiful family! Thank you so much!!! ~Kristine

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Expressions 09.17.12

These photos are so much more than just pictures of what they look like. For Leli, Marc, and their 5-year old son Weston, they represent who they are. The expressions are priceless. They are so real, and they show such love! And such comfort in front of the camera. That makes my heart smile! Here are some of my favorites of this beautiful family. Enjoy!

Meet adorable 5-year old Weston.

And his parents, Leli and Marc.

We started with some "warm up" portraits.

Weston loved the camera!

And his beautiful Mommy!

I just watched and clicked away.

And away...

Just beautiful!

Next a few with Dad...

Love it!

And the whole family.

By this point we were getting more playful.

"Can you show me your scared face?"

"How about your scary face?"

"Surprised face?" :-)

"Where's your super cute face?"

So handsome!

Love the simplicity of this image.


Later we did some running.

To Mommy...

And to Daddy.

The expressions captured here are priceless.

The kind of expressions that bring tears to your eyes.

And bring you back to that very moment.

Such love.

All of that running wore Weston out!

So we layed around on the grass relaxing. This is one of my favorites of the favorites.

Leli, you look gorgeous!

Some upside down family shots!

They were having too much fun.

We even got a few of Mom and Dad.

Love it!

Leli and Marc, thank you for asking me to document your beautiful family! Editing these brought the biggest smile to my face and I hope seeing them brings the biggest smile to yours! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Maternity Faves 09.14.12

Updating my maternity gallery...here are a few favorites from the past year or so! Enjoy!

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Baby Boat Shoes 09.12.12

I adore this family! I first photographed them last year before Christopher could walk -- and now here he is at 18 months!

Walking -- and running! -- everywhere.

Baby boat shoes...

By the boats. It doesn't get any cuter!

Adorable! I love capturing a few portraits...

And also those images that show personality.

Christopher definitely has that.

He knew exactly what he wanted to do...and it involved anything with the water. :-)

I knew we'd be heading to the playground...and the lake...but first we got some good family framers! Love!

A few with Mommy...

A fun one with Daddy...

And one for the wall!

Christopher had a little cold for our shoot, and Jenny and Matt didn't think I would be able to get any smiles.

I told them not to worry.

You'd never know he wasn't feeling 100%.

One for the playroom!

As Christopher ran in circles around us...

I got a few of Jenny and Matt alone.

Jenny, you are so pretty!

Love these!

As we were approaching the end, we got pretty close to the water...

And Christopher decided his baby boat shoes needed to go for a swim!

The look on his face in these says it all.

He is too too cute!

Jenny and Matt, thank you once again for asking me to photograph your beautiful family! I love working with you, and I hope you love the little preview. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Brand New 09.09.12

I love newborn sessions -- especially when there is a doting big brother like Timothy to include. As I was prompting him to interact with his beautiful new baby sister Elphaba, his parents said something like, "Wow, you are one talented photographer." That meant so much (thank you Sarah and Marc!)....because obviously they hadn't seen any of the pictures yet. To them, the talent wasn't about technical ability, but about "kid-ability". And I'm still smiling thinking about our antics that morning. Here are just a few favorites I wanted to share as I'm finishing the whole gallery. Enjoy!

Both kids looking! What a beautiful family!

First we did a few pictures outside.

Not so much for baby El...though I absolutely LOVE them!

The outdoor shots were more for Timothy.

So I could chase him around to capture those natural smiles. What a cutie!

Mommy's almost 2-year old. We did some portraits...

And lots of playful candids.

Back inside for a "break" -- Timothy wanted to play play play! I think he's going to be a really good soccer player.

Elphaba just slept through it all.

Laying on Mommy makes me smile. LOVE!

Candid family love.

And one relaxed portrait. Perfect.

Since Timothy had to go to school, and Marc had to go to work, I next focused on Timothy with his new baby sister.

He thought I was funny.

And he was just melting my heart interacting with Elphaba.


And now...10 more of El. Could she be any sweeter?!

I love baby hands...

And feet.

"Hmmm, what shall I do?"

"Ahhh, stretch!"

These last two are my favorites. What a precious little beauty!

Sarah and Marc, thank you for asking me to photograph your sweet family, and congratulations on your new addition! Elphaba is gorgeous! And Timothy is just adorable! I hope you love the sneak peek as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Home is Where the Heart Is 08.27.12

Pictures at home are special. As the saying goes, it's where the heart is, so the pictures are always a little more personal and sentimental. It's also a really easy place for a photo shoot, especially with three little ones. Ryan and Daniel are parents to sweet little Emerson, and 7-month old TWINS -- Henry and Andrew. Here are a few favorites (okay....more like a lot, and there are still so many more where these came from!) from our morning together. Enjoy!

What a gorgeous family and what great summer colors!

A bunch of frames later and we finally got it! Love!

Even the "outtakes" are precious. :)

Mommy took the boys inside to eat...so I focused on Daddy and his girl for awhile.

We played.

We did the things she normally does at home in her backyard.

We ran races...

And she loved it all.

That's the best way to get those real smiles.

Make sure they're having fun!

Those curls, those eyelashes! Emerson is just stunning.

Twin time! So so handsome!

I haven't photographed that many twins...but I have to say that it was really obvious how close these two are.

It was the way they held on to each other and the way they looked at each other. So so sweet!

Ryan took my recent photography workshop so she could take even better pics of her beautiful kids. That means, though, that she'll probably be behind the camera EVEN more than she already is...

Mom to mom, I get it. To have a nice portrait with each of your kids is so special. This is Henry.

And this is Andrew. Ryan you are beautiful!

A few candids...

I had such a hard time choosing which to blog...

A good problem to have. :-)

We took a little break inside to cool off...Emerson loved jumping on her bed.

And her brothers were loving the playroom.

Ryan, your color choices couldn't be more perfect!

This is so real life.

And so is this. Hehe!

The boys and their nursery. Love.

Back outside, it was time to play again...

I wanted to make sure we got some of Daniel and the twins since we got so many with Emerson earlier.


Getting ready for his close up.

I could post and post and post.

They are all just that sweet!

What do you do when it's 98 degrees outside at 10 am? Put on your bathing suit!

And splash splash splash!

We had to make sure Henry and Andrew would be okay with the splashing...

And luckily, they loved every minute of it. Ryan and Daniel, thank you for allowing me to spend a morning at your beautiful home with your precious family! I hope you love the little sneak peek! Hugs, Kristine

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10 Years and 2 Beautiful Girls Later... 08.25.12

10 years and 2 beautiful daughters later...Sarah and Paul decided they wanted to do a lifestyle session at the University of Richmond where they were married. Such a great idea!

We first visited the Chapel to recreate their wedding portrait...only sweeter this time!

Such a beautiful family!

Madeline and Lauren -- and their Kelly's Kids dresses -- are just adorable.

And they obviously love each other so much.

Such a beauty.

Having fun in her twirling dress.

Precious girl!

My camera LOVED them.

They loved it back.

They had so much fun walking around campus picking spots.

I can still hear them, "Can we do one here Miss Kris?"

We got a few shots of mom and dad...and the girls were my silly helpers making them smile.

I knew they were ready to play. So we did.

Their faces in this series are just priceless.

They were truly having a blast.

Just priceless.

I could have done a whole blog of these.

They tell such a story...

Of love and admiration for their parents. My heart is melting.

A few more relaxed portraits of the girls...

No cheese face around here!

Just beautiful smiles all around.

These girls did fantastic...we did a little posing...

And a lot of playing...

And I'm so glad I had the chance to meet them!

Sarah and Paul, thank you so much! I had so much fun doing these pictures for you and I hope you love the little sneak peek. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Everything 08.23.12

She is their everything...and this session sums up everything I love about a lifestyle photography session. A few natural portraits, lots of real smiles, barefeet, eyelashes, playing at the park, laughter, love, a super cute dog, maybe a silhouette or two?! The list goes on. I really want to blog EVERY single picture...so I decided to make a slideshow at the end. To the song "Everything". It's one of my favorites and one that reminds me how we as parents feel about our kids. Enjoy!

Meet Nicole and John, their beautiful 4-year old daughter Ava, and their precious pup Brody.

Ava loves Brody.

And he loves her back.

Since this lake is pretty much their backyard...

A few silhouettes were a must!

Ava being a model.

Ava being a kid.

She is such a stunning little girl.

I told her we needed a few nice smiles...

And then we could go to the park.

She happily led the way.

These playful images are some of my favorites.

They'd be so perfect on a playroom wall...

And in a photobook.

It was definitely hard choosing favorites...

So there are so many more in the slideshow at the end.

I think she was having fun!

Gorgeous mommy! Love the portrait...

Love the candids...

Kisses for mommy...

Kisses for Ava.

Daddy's future sailing partner.


Love more! Could their matching Kelly's Kids outfits be more perfect!?!

Since Nicole is a Kelly's Kid rep herself, she chose a second favorite outfit for Ava.

I love this eyelash shot in black and white...

But for the rest, the color is just so vibrant and fun.

What a beauty!

So sweet and innocent.

Love her painted toes!

Our session couldn't have gone better.

Nicole and John, thank you for asking me to photograph your beautiful family! It was so good to see you after so many years since college and to meet your sweet girl and Brody too -- what a trooper he was! Hope you love the sneak peek as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine

Click on the play button below to see a musical slideshow with a bunch more images from their session...and make sure your volume is turned up. Nicole and John, thank you for EVERYTHING. :)

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