Warmth 06.07.12

The other day a client of mine said to me, "I love how you really capture the warmth between people". That meant a lot. Photos that show emotion and love are my favorites. So when I sat down to edit Kelly and Chris's three-generation shoot, the word "warmth" just kept coming to mind. There is so much warmth in this family, and between brothers Sam and Cole. Here are a few favorites as I'm finishing up their entire gallery. Enjoy!

Meet handsome 5-year old Sam...


And his darling 3-year old brother Cole.


Love those lashes!


These 2 are best buds.


And they totally adore their Grandma and Grandpa.


This was a 3-generations session...


So we made sure to capture a portrait of the whole group.


We had many outtakes...Sam and Cole kept running away. :)


So we made their running away into a portrait. LOVE it!


In between each successful portrait, there must be time for fun.


Because it's often during these fun times that favorite images are captured.


One with Grandma.


And with Grandpa. I've said it before, I like my clients to have natural looking portraits...


And also these more candid images that capture love, laughter, and...


...the real relationship. Pure warmth.


These are the kind of images that my clients are requesting more and more...


The kind that remind you that your child's laugh is the best sound in the world.


The kind that remind you just how much they love running into your arms...


And how you feel when they are there.


Kelly and Chris, and Grandma and Grandpa too, thank you all for letting me spend a morning and a picnic lunch with your beautiful family! This was so much fun and I hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs ~Kristine

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Alek: Newborn 05.13.12

First of all, Happy 1st Mother's Day to Andrea, the glowing Mommy in this post! :-) I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating with that precious little man of yours.

Meet 12 day old Alek. He is just that. PRECIOUS.


From his perfect little fingers...


To his perfect little toes.


Andrea and Boyan are over the moon...


And they should be. Look at that face.


Love the adorable hat that Andrea found.


Sweet.


"The blurry parents shot". I like doing these with babies/kids of all different ages.


"The upside down shot". I've always wanted to take a picture like this.


In trying to get this picture, Alek kicked his Mommy in the face a few times and had us all laughing. ;-)


Andrea, you are beautiful.


Alek was a really good sleeper.


Baby bear's bed was just right.


Harvard class of 2034. Love it!


All this posing is making me sleepy again.


The weather was warm enough to go outside for a few...


Love.


Swaddled up newborns are just so cute.


Proud Daddy!


I have so many favorites from this session...


And they kept telling me it was a lot of fun.


Coming from two likely sleep-deprived first-time parents, that really made my day.


Andrea and Boyan, I am so happy for you.


Alek is absolutely gorgeous!


And I can't wait to do more pics for your family as he grows. Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day once again! Hugs! ~Kris

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Michael's First Year 05.02.12

Michael's first year. It all started with Katie and Derek's maternity session in the winter of 2011. It coincidentally snowed a LOT just 2 days before their shoot, but the roads were clear for me to make the trip to NOVA. I did, however, get stuck in their driveway and Derek had to push my car out. Embarrassing!!! ;-) That was the first time I had met them. No pun intended, but it definitely broke the ice, and from there the laughter just continued. Michael is such a giggly little man, and he and his family are just as adorable as can be. Here are a few favorites, mostly from Michael's most recent 12-month session, but also a few from their maternity, newborn and 6-month sessions too. Enjoy!

A maternity session in the snow -- one of my favorite shoots ever!


Katie and Derek -- so excited to meet little Michael! They have this one as a large wall portrait in their home. Love.


Michael was born in early April of 2011. He loved the camera from the very beginning.


In the fall of 2011, we did a 6-month session.


During that session, we included some very special family members -- even Great Grandma.


And of course, Michael's doggie Coco.


He LOVES his doggie!


During his 12-month session, we also included someone very special...


Michael's au pair, Henne, from Germany. She has been part of their family for the past year, and I know they will miss her terribly when she leaves. Such a doll -- both of them!


In the beginning of their most recent session, we did a few with Coco before Henne took her back home. So so sweet!


Cutest little dog walker ever!


Love it!


Thanks Coco - you are one photogenic little pup!


Later, we did a few portraits with Mommy...


And Michael just giggled away.


Then a few with Daddy.


Sometimes I have to work really hard to get babies to smile...


Not in this session.


Katie and Derek are raising one happy little boy.


A favorite.


My session fee includes my silly animal noises and singing.


Katie and Derek really wanted a shot like this. I'm so glad I could give it to them.


Next up -- a more casual outfit. Could he be any cuter!?!


We did some candid close-ups...


And some scenic landscapes...


And then we just played.


I wanted to make sure that Katie and Derek had some of Michael's first steps forever documented.


Katie and Derek, thank you for allowing me to capture the first year of Michael's life. It has been an absolute joy to work with you and to see him grow, and I hope we can continue to work together in the future. Hugs! ~Kristine

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America's Next Top Models... 04.09.12

Seriously...the mom from this recent session looks JUST like Salma Hayek. I mean wow, she is just stunning, and so are her daughters, Juanita and Lola. Their hair, their smiles, their eyes! So beautiful. America's next top models. I wasn't kidding.

Natalia contacted me and said that she and her daughters had done some modeling (Natalia has a gorgeous magazine cover), and they needed updated "headshots". But she wanted headshots with a modern, lifestyle twist. Pictures of her girls having fun and images that captured their personalities. Because really, isn't that what modeling agencies want to see anyway?!

I just adore these beauties, and I can't wait to see what's in store for them next. Here are just a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Meet 4 year old Lola...


Her big sister, 12 year old Juanita...


And their gorgeous Mommy, Natalia.


They look like sisters...and yes, they get asked that all the time.


Beautiful!


And such personality.


These girls were making this way too easy.


In mean, for real. Juanita is 12. What happened to the awkward adolescent phase?


She definitely skipped it.


Some images of little Lola. I captured some poses...


But I made sure to capture her just being a kid too.


Love it!


Then it was time for Juanita to shine again.


And wow did she ever.


She is so comfortable in front of the camera...


I started out kind of directing her and then realized I didn't even have to.


Gorgeous!


Last but not least, it was time to focus on mom.


She is the sweetest little thing ever!


Just so so pretty.


Lola did not want to change outfits...I love that pouty face! As a children's photographer and mom, it's one I'm fairly used to seeing...


But thankfully I usually can find just the right thing to say to get a reaction like this.


A favorite.


Loving the natural smiles.


And of course I could not resist those lashes.


Another favorite. Especially since we got her to change.


Juanita, thanks for all of your help that day. You are an amazing young woman and I know you are going to be so successful in life.


And Natalia, what can I say? This session was so fun. You and your daughters are beautiful inside and out, and I hope to see your faces on more magazine covers soon! XOXO ~Kris

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Susan's Baby Shower 03.25.12

I recently got to photograph the ultimate surprise! Susan knew she would be having a baby shower a couple of weeks ago, but she had NO idea there would be a photographer there.

Susan's good friend Cali contacted me and said she wanted to give Susan the gift of "memories" -- though I had never met Cali, I immediately adored her. We think alike! :-) So I then suggested that I coordinate with Susan's husband Reid to do a sort of mini-maternity session at their home and then head over to the shower. This way they'd at least have a few nice shots together. Memories of this precious time in their lives as they await the arrival of their baby boy.

Here are a few of my favorites from this perfect, perfect day. Enjoy!

The day started at Susan and Reid's home...


First I did a few pictures of the gorgeous Mommy-to-be. Susan, you are stunning!


I told Reid that if this were a "normal" session (meaning 1-2 hours and not 10 minutes!), that he'd have a chance to sort of warm up the camera. But in this case, this was his warm up shot.


Well, look what we got next! I would totally canvas this! Love!


Susan and Reid, after knowing me for only 5 minutes, were completely comfortable and natural in front of the camera...


And at the shower, I overheard her telling her friends how much fun she had during our mini shoot. Sus, thank you!


Onto the shower. You know it's going to be great when you see the most adorable diaper wreath on the front door.


It was hosted by Susan's good friend Sarah (whose family you may recognize from my blog!)....she was the ultimate multi-tasker...mingling right next to her double wall ovens to make sure all the food turned out perfectly.


And it did. Yum!


Look at those sangria glasses. Adorable!


And the cake.


All the details, in shades of blue and green, were just perfect.


Each guest wrote a special note to Susan on these little cards, which were strung around a doorway.


Cali, thanks so much for asking me to do this -- you rock!


I love when I can stand back and capture a moment from across the room...


These ladies were having a good time.


Love the laughter.


Then it was game time.


Can you guess what they were playing?


Who has more than 10 right?


These girls were good.


Susan in her sea of presents. Can I just say that the onsies hanging behind her were the most perfect backdrop! Love them!


She got the most adorable things...


And my heart fluttered as I watched her open each gift. Some made her laugh...


And some made her cry. Like the framed baby shower invitation.


In just a few short weeks, she'll be putting all of these things to use...


One for VT, one for JMU. So cute!


Everyone departed with a bag of hand sanitizer as their favor -- so practical.


Thanks to everyone there for making my job so easy and fun!


Susan and Reid, congratulations! I am so happy for you and can't wait to meet your little boy! Hugs ~Kris

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Vivienne: 10 Days Old 03.03.12

I first met Jenn when she took one of my photography workshops. That was almost a year ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to do maternity pictures for her, and most recently -- newborn pics! Sweet little Vivienne was born at the end of January, and she was just 10 days old for this session. She is as cute as cute can be -- just like her big brother Christian -- and I'm so excited to share a few favorites as I'm finishing their entire gallery. Enjoy!

A little glimpse from Jenn and Jason's maternity session last December...they truly are a precious precious family.


And just look at their newest addition. What an angel! Vivienne was wide awake when I first arrived at their home -- so happy we could get this before she fell asleep.


And she did. What a beauty.


While she slept I focused on her precious little features...hands...


Feet...


And we posed her in all those cute curled up poses.


Love this and her baby sleep smile. :)


Jenn had the most perfect hats...


And the most adorable baby headbands. Love.


The best part about this one is that we handcrafted it from their rose bush out front...it was blooming perfect pink flowers just in time for Vivienne's birth.


Gorgeous girls.


During a feeding break, I got some images of Vivienne's incredible nursery.


Jenn and Jason did a fantastic job.


And then I got Christian warmed up to my camera again.


Totally adore this handsome little guy!


My favorite of Jenn with her little doll. I love all the white. It's so pure and simple for a newborn session.


Jason demonstrated to Christian how to gently kiss Vivienne for a picture.


And he did it. And then he just admired her. Truly THE perfect moment.


What a doting big brother.


I loved doing these very special photos for this very special family.


Jenn and Jason, thank you once again. I am so happy for you all! You are so blessed! With love and appreciation ~Kristine

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Charlotte Turns ONE 02.18.12

I recently had the chance to do another session for my beautiful friend and sorority sister Sarah, her husband Paul, and their darling daughter Charlotte, who had just turned ONE! Our session couldn't have gone better. First of all, it was a really warm day at the end of January with lots of sunshine. That made everyone happy. Especially Charlotte! She was ALL SMILES. The first time I photographed her, she was in a "serious mood", and this time -- she just couldn't stop giggling and clapping. Even with no nap! Here are just a few favorites as I'm finishing their whole gallery. Enjoy!

This is gorgeous little Charlotte at 7 months over the summer.


And this is her at age ONE. Look at that smile, and those curls!


And look where she gets them. So so pretty.


As usual, we started with some relaxed portraits. I love a classic photo like this of a Dad with his daughter. One he can proudly display at work.


Such a beautiful family! To my surprise, our session took place on Sarah's birthday.


Paul, thank you for getting your wife a gift she will truly cherish forever. Sarah, how is it that you are even more gorgeous than in college?!!?


Next I focused on the other birthday girl. Such a beauty.


We got lots of portraits...


And then what I like to call "baby details"...like her curly hair coming in...


Her clapping...(those dimply knuckles give me the warm fuzzies!)...


Her eyelashes...


And her boots. Love this.


Later we took her to see the water...


And then to play on the swing.


It was her VERY first time on a swing, and she absolutely loved it!


Sarah and Paul, thank you so much for asking me to take photos for you as Charlotte grows. I hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kris

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Ascher: A Day in the Life at 7 months 01.31.12

I have been photographing this adorable little one since he was in his Mommy's belly. We started with maternity pictures, and then we did some at the newborn and 3-month stages. I love "working" with his family, and I couldn't wait to get to the 6-7 month session because as I've said many times in this blog, that is one of my FAVORITE stages to capture a baby. It's at this age that babies become so expressive and giggly, especially Ascher. He even had a cold during our session, but you would never know it. What a happy boy! Here are a few favorites from our sort of "day in the life" session. Enjoy!

7 month old Ascher -- Gorgeous!


The first time I met him he looked like this.


Now he is getting to be such a big boy, filling up that basket.


If you read my blog then you know that I strive to capture portraits like this...


And this...


But I also love to document personalities and moments. Like Ascher starting to crawl...


And the "superman belly flop" that follows when he falls down.


This boy loves to laugh.


And read books. His parents will want to remember his favorite one...


And how every time he saw the fish he had to kiss it.


First time taking a photo of a baby boy wearing one of Dad's ties. I was excited.


Then I realized I had no idea how to tie a tie. And neither did his Mama! Together we did our best and though it's a little off, I think this precious little man more than makes up for it.


I love capturing baby "details" -- like feet...


And profiles...


And chubby cheeks...


And lips! Just delicious!


How bout them apples?!


I think he liked them.


What do you do after your baby gets apples all over himself during a shoot?


You give him a bath!


Sharon and Todd, you have the most adorable smiley little baby! Thanks Sharon for being up for "anything" during this shoot. It was so fun and I hope you love the preview. Can't wait to see you all again in a few months. ~Kristine

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Heather: Maternity 01.26.12

If you read my blog then you know that I've been doing a LOT of maternity sessions lately....and more are coming! I don't know if that's because more and more women are choosing to document their pregnancies (which I think is awesome), or because I've kind of developed a new niche that my husband calls "just normal, not awkward preggo shots", but either way, I LOVE IT!

When I first started doing maternity sessions, I promised myself that I would stick to my "normal" style of shooting. I wanted them to have that "magazine look" my clients love. I wanted them to include Dad and the older siblings or pets. I wanted them to be modern and fun. Mostly though, I just wanted them to be REAL. Think less 'woman wrapped in sheet gazing out window with hands on belly' and more 'woman in real clothes laughing at her husband'. I think a huge part of the reason my clients have so much fun during a session is because it isn't "awkward". It feels like every day life.

Heather and Ryan's maternity session is the perfect example of this. Heather is my cousin (well, technically she is my husband's 1st cousin but now she is both of ours!), and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites from her "normal" maternity session. Enjoy the realness!

Heather. One gorgeous mama!


A favorite. This session was about Heather and her bump...


But also about capturing their sweet daughter Kate, who just turned 2. What a beauty!


Newborn...


1 year...


2 years. It is so fun when you can do the "same" shot 3 years in a row. This one I/we like to call "the blurry parents".


Wow how much babies change in those first 2 years. I think these need to be framed like this.


A maternity session with a can phone! "Ummm, what do you want me to do with this?"


Daddy happily demonstrated.


And Kate thought it was so much fun.


Perfection.


Kate was very excited to meet baby brother Fisher.


Once we got a few shots with Mommy...


And Daddy...


And baby...


I just captured Kate being Kate.


These are those precious 2-year old moments parents want to remember.


Whenever she looked at me, I got some portraits...


And even some eyelashes.


I love eyelash shots in black & white, but I couldn't resist those strawberry blond lashes, and the blue of her dress against the green grass. Love.


A few more of Heather.


Always a natural beauty. Even more so when anticipating a miracle!


I love the laid back, rustic feel of this belly shot.


Have to end with this one. Favorite photos are all about expressions and this is just perfect.


But then again, so is this!


Heather and Ryan, and sweet little Kate too -- congratulations on your newest addition Fisher! We cannot wait to meet him! And thank you once again for asking me to do photos of your precious family. It is always a blast. Love, Kris

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Jenn: Maternity 01.14.12

Jenn took one of my photography workshops last spring, and afterwards she kept saying how she couldn't wait to do a family session. I couldn't wait either -- I adored her the second I met her! A few months later, Jenn found out she was expecting her 2nd child, and she hired me to do a maternity session for her and her beautiful family.

Jenn had left a few comments on my Facebook Page, so I knew exactly what she liked. Even though it was December and it was COLD, I knew that we had to do a bunch of outdoor shots, that we had to get a silhouette, and that we definitely needed to get a few "hot mama" pictures. As one of my best friends once said, "Pregnancy is sexy. Who wouldn't want to capture that!?" And I know that Jenn's husband Jason will agree. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

Jenn = 31 weeks pregnant = glowing Mommy!


In Jenn's belly is their daughter Vivienne, and they cannot wait to meet her.


Christian is so excited to be a big brother. Could he be any cuter!?!!


The hat, the Uggs, so precious!


Love this!


I found myself capturing this family as I approach a wedding -- details, moments, and portraits. I really love capturing "baby details"...like Christian's sweet little curls...


And his gorgeous eyelashes.


A favorite portrait with Mommy...


A fave with Daddy.


And hands down my favorite moment. Christian just turned 2, and he wowed us with his smiles and how he touched Mommy's belly.


Then it was my chance to wow them. Jenn has been wanting a silhouette like this since seeing some others that I posted. I hope she is smiling right now. :)


Then it was Mother Nature's turn to wow all of us! After about an hour outside, we went inside and I focused on Jenn for a little bit.


Her husband convinced her to do a few "hot mama" shots and I know she'll be so glad he did.


Jenn, you are so stunning! Jason wasn't in the room when we did these, but occasionally he would peek in and he would say, you guessed it, "WOW!"


Love the pink scarf for Vivienne.


Jenn and Jason, I am so happy for your family!


Thank you for asking me to document this truly special time in your lives and I can't wait to see you all again -- and meet Vivienne -- soon! Hugs! ~Kristine

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