All the "Kids" and Grandkids 08.15.12

I recently had the chance to do a shoot for 5 siblings and their families -- for a total of 16 people including 8 boys under the age of 6! This was "the shot" -- the one we worked hard for and the one that will be hanging proudly in Grandma & Grandpa's home. All the kids and grandkids. How truly special, and how truly amazing that 5 siblings were able to find a date that worked for EVERYONE. Here are a few of my other favorites from our session. These boys are seriously ADORABLE! Enjoy!


Meet Peyton...


Hunter...


And Reece...


They belong to Scott and Candice.


Then we have William...


Benjamin...


And Jacob...


They make up Mark and Kristie's party of 5.


And last but not least we have Luke...


And Jonathan.


They are Jason and Kelly's boys.


I actually photographed them last fall and I think they might have remembered me. Either that, or they were just really in the mood to model for my camera. Precious!


Auntie Jill, surrounded by her 4 brothers and her 8 nephews. Love it! We had gotten so many fun portraits out of the way -- so now it was time to play.


I'm pretty sure this is what life with 3 boys looks like. A moment Candice will want to hold on to forever.


Speaking of holding on...Kristie was out of town for work and literally flew in for our shoot just in time and came straight from the airport.


Needless to say, her boys were so excited to see her and just couldn't let her go.


So so sweet.


Everywhere I looked, someone was smiling...


And having fun.


Especially when it was time for the slide.


Reece loved it!


For the most part they forgot I was even there...


And that is a great way to get those natural smiles! Love those sandy toes!


Luke and his younger brother...still posing for me!


I just adore these kids. All of them!


So much that I actually braved the bounce house with 5 boys.


I just sat in a corner and prayed I wouldn't get jumped on. ;-)


The cousins had fun seeing who could jump higher...


Yep, just another day at "work" for these kids.


I'm so glad I could capture these memories for them in one of their most favorite places.


And I couldn't resist making a storyboard as a thank you. Happiness comes from many things...but having grandchildren to love is definitely at the top of the list. To each of you, thank you for asking me to do these precious pictures for your entire family! Hugs! ~Kris

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Adrienne + Joe: Wedding Preview 08.14.12

It was my first time shooting a wedding at Stevenson Ridge...


And it was such a gorgeous venue.


Both the ceremony and the reception took place in The Lodge.


And I was loving all those old barn beams!


Next I found Adrienne's dress...


And I couldn't resist getting a picture from below with the blue sky we had that day.


I heart red shoes with a wedding dress.


And her bouquet. So so pretty!


I found Joe...getting those vows down...


And then I found Adrienne getting ready.








I adore these images with her parents. So sweet!


Adrienne and Joe did a "first look" so that we could do most of their pictures before the ceremony.


They truly have an amazing connection. Their love for each other just jumps out of these photos.


We did just a few portraits...


And we laughed. A lot. Adrienne has the most contagious laugh...


She is beautiful, inside and out.


A few more portraits...




And it's time to get married!


Are these flower girls precious or what?!


They walked down the aisle so perfectly...


And so did the little Ring Protection Agent. :)


Then it was Adrienne's turn.






Their ceremony was beautiful...


And their vows so personal.






Off to the reception...


The first dance.


These are the moments that Adrienne and Joe really wanted me to capture.


A glance...a touch...a kiss...


The emotional candids that really tell a story.


Adrienne and Joe had the most beautiful cupcake cake.




And there was a ribbon pull...


For all the moms in the room. It was such a nice gesture.






One more of the rings...


And then I found the kids decorating their getaway car.


They loved it!


Adrienne and Joe, I am so happy that you found each other. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! With love and appreciation, Kristine

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Rewarding... 08.10.12

It's so rewarding to have the same families come back for updated photos year after year. I've been photographing this family since 2008...before their youngest was even born and though I have favorites from every other session, this is definitely my favorite yet. At the end of our session, Caroline even insisted that her parents buy me a mug from the gift shop because, in her words, "I was a really good photographer." I just told her I had really good subjects. Here are a few favorites from our day together. Enjoy!

We started our session with some portraits...


Could these 3 be any cuter?!


I adore them. They were so ready to play...so before we got too wild...


We knocked out a few more portraits. Beautiful family!


Caroline is such a beauty...


And a total sweetheart.


You can just tell how much she loves life...


And her brothers. So sweet!


What's not to love though?


These boys are so handsome! Ethan, now 5, was a little more willing to pose for me...


Ryan, at 3, was more of a moving target.


And honestly, I LOVE that! It is just the most precious age!


While the boys got some play time...


And some laughter...


Caroline kept being my little model.


Brothers, best buds. Love.


Daddy's girl. Beautiful!


And his boys...


They had a great time.


Adorable!


Portrait time doesn't always mean look at the camera...


I love directing a little to get sweet candids like these.


I wasn't sure we'd get one with Ryan?? ;-)


But we did!


And then we found a wide open spot...


So these 3 could run.


They did fantastic!


Which is why this blog is so long!


I could post forever...


But I'll end with Mom and Dad. Cory and Megan, thank you once again for asking me to do pictures for your family. You are raising the sweetest kids and I'm so happy I could freeze this moment in time for you! Hugs! ~Kris

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Tiffany + Cameron: Wedding Preview 08.08.12

I photographed Tiffany's sister's wedding last year, and it was at that wedding that Tiffany and Cameron told me they had just gotten engaged and that they would love to have me as their photographer too! I was so flattered, and so excited to work with their entire family once again. Their Annapolis area wedding was absolutely perfect -- here are a few favorites from their day! Enjoy!

I started the day with the girls getting ready...


And all the details!




Tiffany's hair and makeup were stunning...


As was her dress...


And her beachy flip flops. Perfect!


I adore candid getting ready photos...


Gorgeous!


Could that tux be any sweeter?




This is Tiffany's niece and I totally adore her.


Love this moment.


And love her little brother too!


I get to take family pictures for these cuties at the beach soon. :)


Tiffany was all smiles as she arrived at the venue, Celebrations on the Bay.


The colors that day were so vibrant.


A beautiful bride...


And a handsome groom.


Soon it was ceremony time...the setting couldn't have been more perfect.


Tiffany walked down the aisle...


To her brother's music.


So sweet.


Amazing! The weather was perfect.


Their personalized vows were emotional and heartfelt.


And they're married!


Portrait time...I have a bunch of favorites...


Here are just a few.










Then it was reception time...every detail was perfect.


And the room was breathtaking.


The first dance...








Was later followed by some emotional toasts.


Layne, you did a wonderful job...setting the stage for the next highly emotional event...


The moment Tiffany danced with her mom.


Tiffany's sister Layne danced with her mom a year earlier at her wedding...


So even though I knew what to expect, I couldn't help crying behind my camera once again!


These images just speak volumes about their relationship...


What an amazing Mom!


The perfect cake for a wedding on the bay. The 'sand' was brown sugar. Yum!




The sun was setting...


So we snuck outdoors for a few more pics...


And we got this! Oh happy day just got happier!


Back inside for some dance floor fun.








Tiffany and Cameron closed it down surrounded by all their family and friends.


It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Tiffany and Cameron, thank you for including me in your wedding day. I had so much fun "working" with you over the past year, and I wish you all the happiness in the world. Hugs! ~Kris

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2 Twin Sisters...Blessed 4 Times Over 08.01.12

Grammie and Pop with their twin daughters (my beautiful friends Amy & Heather) and their families. This was "the shot" that we did this shoot for...everything else was just a bonus...and there are a LOT of bonuses. Here are a few more favorites as I'm finishing their entire gallery. Enjoy!


Meet Heather and Randy's oldest son, Zachary. He is soooo handsome and I just love his toothless smile!


This is his little brother Evan. Look at those curls - what a doll!


If you read my blog, then you may remember this photogenic little guy from last fall. This is Amy and Terry's oldest son, Dylan. Adorable!


His little brother Owen didn't want to smile for me...at least not at the beginning. He just wanted to wear his superman cape.


No worries though, I worked a little magic and then we got this. Such a cutie.


Grammie and Pop, you raised 2 beautiful, smart, kindhearted women...


Who are now raising beautiful families of their own. First Heather and Randy's crew...


And then Amy and Terry's. I have a feeling these pictures might go in the same room with Amy and Heather's wedding pictures.


Like any shoot, we did a bunch of portraits. But we also did a ton of candids. These melt my heart.


And more and more, these are the ones that people are choosing to canvas for their walls.


They're just so fun...


And they showcase personalities...


And real life.


Heather: "Boys, stop making silly faces at Miss Kris."
Boys: "Mom, she told us to!"


Perfect!


Daddy's big boy!


Daddy's little boy.


Could it get any sweeter?


These are the kind of images that you look at 10 years from now...


And it takes you back to that very moment.


Precious.


Beautiful Mommy!


Evan was having a great time...


Wheeeee!


At the end of our session, the 4 cousins went on Grammie and Pop's swingset...


One for the playroom and/or the boys' bedrooms. I absolutely LOVE it!


Amy & Heather, thank you for asking me to do these special pictures for your entire family. I still have memories of sitting together at our middle school lunch table, and now here I am capturing memories for your sweet sweet families. It doesn't get much awesomer! Hope you love the little preview. Lots more still to come. xoxo Kris


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Meg + Edward: Engaged! 07.29.12

Yesterday I photographed their Richmond wedding, and it was just beautiful.


The wedding blog will be coming later, but for now I wanted to share some of the engagement pictures we did a few months back. On the way there, Meg texted me and I remember she said something like, "Be gentle. Neither of us are too comfortable in front of the camera." I remember thinking, "Oh good, then we're just alike! I'm much more comfortable behind the lens." Behind the lens is where it becomes my job to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. When that camera is in my hand, I'm having fun. And then my clients start having fun. And laughing. And acting like themselves. And telling jokes. And pretty much forgetting they are even having their picture taken. That was exactly the case for Meg and Edward.

Here are a few favorites from our fun morning together at Maymont Park. Enjoy! And congratulations you two! I am so happy for you!






























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It's Like Dessert 07.27.12

"It's like dessert..."

When her friends asked her what it was like to be a "new mom" again after a decade, that was Brenda's response. Dessert. The perfect addition to an already perfect meal. And something oh so sweet. That is exactly what 6 month old Kenzie is. Sweet sweet sweet! And so is this entire family. I'm so glad I had the chance to meet them and to take their first pictures together as a new family of 5. Here are a few favorites from our afternoon together. Enjoy!

Meet handsome Zach. He's the oldest of the 3 kids...


Next we have Jaya. She is such a beauty.


And then there's baby Kenzie. Love the wave. What a dollbaby!


We started out with a bunch of portraits in different combinations...beautiful girls!


Handsome boys...


The kids...


And the whole family. LOVE!


Then we moved on to some that were more "directed candid".


I adore these kind of pictures.


Then we just played.


Jaya's dress was perfect for twirling.


Kenzie is such a happy little baby.


Some running...


And sillyness.


I have to show a few more of these darling kids.


Those eyes!


Just dreamy.


Picture perfect.


Jason and Brenda, thanks for the opportunity to photograph your adorable family.


Hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Flower Picking with Bear and Baby 07.26.12

I first met Kristen when we were bridesmaids in a mutual friend's wedding a few years ago, and I first did pictures for her when Caroline was just a newborn. Since then I have grown as a photographer (Kristen has even connected me with some really great teaching opportunities, and she took my workshop herself last fall), and wow, her kids have definitely grown too! Now Caroline is almost 2 and her big brother Will is 4. Here are a few favorites from our morning together at Maymont. Enjoy!

This is the first look I got from Caroline. She wasn't too sure about this whole picture thing.


But as soon as I got down on my knees and started talking about picking flowers, I had a new best buddy.


Could those pigtails be any more precious?!!


Love this.


Such a gorgeous little girl.


And then we have her big brother Will.


He stole my heart with those smiles!


And those freckles and eyelashes. I could have photographed him all day...


But he really wanted me to meet his friend Bear.


"Can I get a picture with Bear Miss Kris?" Oh happy day!


"How much do you love your Bear, Will?"


Bear helped Will pick some flowers for his Mommy.


Yep, these two were on a mission.


Cute little hands.


In between all the flower picking, we got some portraits like this...


And this.


And then we got all those sweet candids too.


Darling.


Capturing a moment is my favorite thing.


A framer for sure!


I adore this family! Just beautiful!


We didn't spend much time on portraits...because a session goes so much better when you just play! Will got a turn...


And so did Caroline!


They even demonstrated how they give each other "silly kisses"...


Which consists of a kiss followed by Will falling down and Caroline laughing at him.


What an absolutely adorable duo!


Kristen and Kap, thanks for asking me to capture your beautiful family! xoxoxo

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Kristen & Adam: Engaged! 07.22.12

I first met Kristen and Adam at Panera, where we chatted about their upcoming Charlottesville wedding. I remember calling my husband on my way home and he said, "How'd it go?" And I told him something like, "Wonderful. Kristen and Adam are just so connected. I mean, just adorable. It was the way they looked at each other and laughed. I really hope I get to do their wedding."

Well, my wish came true, and I have to say that after doing their engagement session, I am even more excited for their November wedding and for Kristen's bridal shoot this fall. She and Adam are two of the nicest people you could meet, and it shows in their pictures. The laughter, the love...it is just infectious and I'm honored to be the one who could forever freeze these moments for this adorable couple.

Here are a few favorites from our golden hour session at Barboursville Winery, and a slideshow at the end too. Enjoy!
























































Click on the play button below to see a musical slideshow of even more pictures from their session...and make sure your volume is turned up. Kristen and Adam, thank you for such a fun shoot! Can't wait for more! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Ascher: On the move at 10 months 07.21.12

I have been photographing Ascher since he was a newborn...actually since he was in his Mama's belly!


Now he is 10 months old and growing up so fast!


Could he be any more precious!?!


Love the laugh!


Posing.


Gorgeous eyelashes.


He is definitely a photogenic little boy!


Those eyes...


Those lips...


Priceless. Ascher wasn't too sure of the grass...


So we headed indoors where he could really show off his new crawling skills.


Time for baby gates!


Look at him go!


Ascher's parents used this one for his 1st birthday party invitation. So cute!


He loves to play.


Baby hands are one of the cutest things. Ever.


Aside from baby feet in baby crocs.


And chunky baby legs that go away all too quickly once they start walking.


Ascher loves his Mickey car.


And lucky for me, he really loves my camera!


Baba time!


That's a wrap! See you next time everyone!

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