JOY 12.02.11

J.O.Y. That's what I think of when I see these pictures, and I know they are going to bring a smile to Leslie and George's faces too. Their kids are growing up -- they are practically teenagers, and I think I was able to capture them in a way that shows that, but also in a way that really preserves their youth too. Because as parents, isn't that what we all really want?! Our kids to stay little, just a little longer. I have a lot of favorites, and it brings me a lot of joy to share them! enJOY! :)

Meet Maria -- what a stunning girl!


And this is her handsome brother Owen. We started off with some individual portraits...


And then we got this of the kids together. LOVE it!


Mommy's girl...


Daddy's boy.


We did some portraits of the whole family...


And some that were more directed candid of their family enjoying life.


Joy -- I really couldn't think of a better word.


Every smile is just real and uncontrived.


Maria. She is growing up...


But I love that I could capture the playfulness in her steps.


Nice ducking Owen! So fun!


I absolutely adore the candids we got that day.


Because in my opinion, a session shouldn't be just portraits. It should capture personalities.


At the very end, I took a few pictures of Maria in her riding clothes.


Gorgeous!!! Next year maybe we'll include the horse! :)


One more of Owen...


And one last favorite of them together. They were super excited to surprise their parents with this one! Leslie and George, thank you so much for asking me to document your beautiful family!! Enjoy the pictures and the holidays! ~Kristine

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Just Another Day at the Office 12.01.11

I recently had the chance to do a session at a new location -- the local nursery that Jason runs with his family -- and I absolutely loved it! Kids are really comfortable in familiar surroundings -- I'm sure to them this felt like just another day at the office. :) Kelly was referred to me by another client of mine, and come to find out we are both Hokies! Then during our session, we discovered that Jason and I went to the same high school. Small world! I LOVED working with this sweet family and their 2 adorable little boys. Here are just a few faves. Enjoy!

Blond hair, blue eyes and curls! Could these 2 be any cuter!?!


LOVE this one. Sweet sweet sweet!


Gorgeous little Luke is 2...I love this image in color.


But I also love it in black & white.


And handsome little Johnathan is 14 months. Beautiful in color...


And in black & white.


Daddy's boys...


They loved flying.


Mommy's boys. I heart this.


And this. We did just a few with Mommy and Daddy...


Because at ages 2 and 1, the boys really just wanted to play and Kelly and Jason wanted me to capture that.


So they explored around the nursery...going in wagons...


And sitting on bridges...


These 2 were quick, but whenever they looked at me...


I was ready.


Love the smile!


Love the lashes!


How do you make 2 toddler boys really happy!?! You let them splash in water!


Precious! Needless to say, his sweater was done after this...but we were at the end of our session anyway.


Kelly and Jason, thanks for asking me to document this moment in time for your family. It was so fun! Hugs! ~Kris

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Sisters 11.27.11

As a mom of 2 daughters myself, I have to admit that my heart skips a beat when photographing 2 sisters, especially 2 older ones who are so obviously best friends. When my babies are older, I hope they are just like these 2. Really. They love each other, love their parents, love their Grandma -- and they are just sweet sweet sweet! Who could ask for more? Here are a few favorites. Enjoy!

We started off our morning with a few of the whole family, including Heather's mom (Grandma!).


Three generations and four beautiful girls.


Grandma's precious girls.


Mom and daughter, does it get any sweeter?


After a few with Grandma, we focused on Heather and Warren's immediate family.


Meet gorgeous 8-year old Layne.


And stunning big sister, 10-year old Reese. She thought it was fun standing on these columns...


So we rolled with it for a family shot. Girl has good taste.


Daddy's girls...


Mommy's girls...


And a few of the sisters together...


Seriously, I love them all.


I so adore the grounds at UVA.


Beautiful sweet family!


These pictures are even more special since Heather and Warren both went to med school at UVA.


Love this close up!


And of course, their eyelashes.


Stunning.


I have photographed wedding parties here, so why not a family? Love it!


At the end, we just played.


The girls had a GREAT time...and so did I.


Images like these are why I said my heart skips a beat. It is exactly how I know Heather and Warren will want to remember their girls at 8 and 10.


H & W - thank you soooo much! I adore your family and hope we can do this again sometime! Hugs~ Kris

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All You Need is Love 11.26.11

This morning my husband had music on, and that catchy Beatles track came on. All You Need is Love...Love is All You Need. I thought to myself -- love that song, love my job, love my clients, and the blog title came to be.

I photographed Lialeh's sister-in-law in the spring, and Lialeh saw my work through her and immediately contacted me to schedule a session. I am so excited about what we got -- what a beautiful family, inside and out. Here are a few favorites. Enjoy!

We started off with some portraits of Lialeh and Mike's 3 beautiful kids. Three-year old Connor...


Three-year old twin sister Taylor...


And darling 16-month old Lucas.


Somehow we managed to pull this one off and it was a really happy day...


After that the kids played. They had fun picking flowers...


Chasing shadows..


And just loving on each other. So sweet!


I snuck in a few more portraits when they didn't realize it. What a handsome little guy!


And seriously, what a beauty with that long wavy hair!


Just gorgeous. I so adore this child.


I got a few eyelash shots.


Because like all the kids I photograph it seems, these kids had some amazing lashes!


And then we got some portraits like this one. Precious!


We got several looking at the camera versions with Lucas, but I could not resist that smile. I love when a portrait turns into a great candid.


So so dear. All you need is love.


It is just oozing out of these photos.


Even got a few of Lialeh and Mike -- so adorable you two!


And the whole family -- you bet! I love this moment.


And I really love this portrait. Lialeh and Mike, this was SO much fun. Thank you for being so wonderful to work with. Lialeh, can't wait to see you at the workshop in May! Hugs! ~Kris

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Cameron: Newborn 11.25.11

I know Dana from college, but I hadn't seen her in forever -- until this recent session. Dana and her husband Eric lived in many far away places, most recently in Scottsdale, Arizona. But a job transfer brought them to Richmond, Virginia and I am thrilled. Thrilled that they are living here, and also thrilled that they asked me to take family photos for them. Especially these super special newborn photos of Cameron, who was born on September 27th. Here are a few favorites from our morning together. Enjoy!

A three-year old, a 2-week old AWAKE newborn, AND the dog! This was one of our first images and I knew it was going to be a great session.


How super sweet! Big sister Anna is totally smitten with her baby brother Cameron.


While Cameron was eating, I got a few of Anna and Daddy. Precious!


Then it was back inside. LOVE this!


And this. Dana, you are gorgeous as always.


Daddy's boy. They have a beautiful home and I loved using the foyer for photos.


Baby feet. Just delicious...


Sweeter than a hershey kiss!


Cameron is sooooo cute, and he slept really well for us during this session. Dana and Eric, I hope that has continued. ;)


Anna did really great too.


I have a bunch that I love of her but this might be my fave. So pretty!


With the holidays approaching, we had to take a few in the Santa hat.


Perfect.


Christmas card??


Dana and Eric (Ely!), thank you so much for asking me to do these special pictures for your family. Cameron and Anna are beautiful -- it was so great to meet them and to see you and I can't wait to see you all again -- hopefully soon! Love, Kris

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Belly Laughs 11.23.11

You know it's a GREAT session when the TINY 3-month old baby is doing BIG belly laughs. :-)

Brooke's sister bought her a photography gift certificate last Christmas, and we scheduled our session for early October, just 3 months after Brooke and her husband Craig had their second little girl.

Though I've never met Brooke's sister, she had seen my work and knew that Brooke would just love having photos of her family done as a gift. This year, I'm sure Brooke will be returning the favor in the form of prints for everyone on her list.

Here are a few favorites from our belly-laughing morning. Enjoy!

Meet Brooke, Craig, 2-year old Quinn and 3-month old Katherine.


Quinn LOVED swinging...


And she LOVED kissing her new baby sister.


So we rolled with it. So sweet!


She also loved picking flowers...


And showing them to baby Katherine. She was so observant and curious about everything.


She really loves her big sister...


And I think she thinks she is hilarious!


Sooooo cute!


What a beauty!


And what a little dollbaby!


She is just gorgeous.


We got all the relaxed "unposed" portraits...


In all the different combinations....


But I know that Brooke and Craig are going to love the candid moments even more. Like their 3-month old doing her signature belly laugh.


Or their 2-year old picking flowers for her family...


And then running back to deliver them with such joy.


Now that is a perfect moment.


In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I had to end with one of Quinn baking pies in her little kitchen. The apron is just too much. Love it!


Brooke and Craig, I had the best time meeting and photographing your sweet family and definitely look forward to "working" together as your girls grow. Happy Thanksgiving! You are truly blessed. Hugs! ~Kristine


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Dean and His Dimples 11.22.11

Last month I photographed the most adorable baby and family. Dean is 8 months old -- one of my absolute FAVORITE ages to photograph. And though he had a little cold during this session, you would never know it! His mommy Rachel just kept saying, "I hope you got at least one of his cute little dimples when he smiles." And I promised her I did. More than one; many! Here are a few favorites of Dean, his parents, and even his 2 doggies! Enjoy!

Beautiful family! As per usual, we started with a more posed picture to make sure we had one.


Dimply smiles for Mommy - yes please! LOVE!


I love photographing 8 month old babies because they are sitting and crawling...


And just so inquisitive about the world.


More dimples. Love the moment.


After some outdoor pics, we went inside for a few more.


Dimples!! I loved capturing Dean doing exactly what an 8 month old does. Chewing, teething...


Just being cute. Look at those eyes!


One is his dinosaur hat...had to get it from the side.


Another one that I adore. This is so "real baby" and I wouldn't dare photoshop it. :)


One of my favorite more modern shots.


What a cutie! Couldn't decide if I liked it more in color or old-school half sepia.


Our session went really well....


Look at those giggles!


And yes, we even got the doggies!


PRECIOUS!


A baby and 2 dogs...all looking! I am thrilled, and I hope Dean's parents are too. Rachel and Scott, thank you for asking me to do these. I had a blast spending a morning with your family and Dean is so so cute! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Eyes and Eyelashes 11.17.11

To say that Ava and Jacob have some of the most beautiful eyes -- and eyelashes -- that I've ever seen would be an understatement. They are just gorgeous! I have been photographing these 2 since they were babies. This is at least the 4th time, and I just ADORE them and their parents. In all of our sessions though, I never took an "eyelash" shot of them before, and this year that was Jeni's only request. She knew I could handle the rest, and for that, I am so grateful. As Thanksgiving approaches, I just want to let Jeni & Matt (and all of my loyal clients) know how appreciative I am that you trust me to document your most precious memories. Thank you thank you thank you!

Here are a few favorites from my session with Ava and Jacob. Enjoy!

Siblings and best friends. Cute cute cute!


Ava - I wasn't kidding about their eyes!


They are beautiful.


So I'm blogging a lot of pictures...


It's my early Christmas gift to them.


Thank goodness they'll have the disk and won't have to choose...


Though I'm pretty sure it will still be a difficult task for them to choose photos for their Christmas card.


Little model.


Ava and Jacob know me and that helps in getting all these great shots.


What a beauty!


Every year she is just prettier and prettier.


Jacob. I love his serious face.


He is definitely going to be a heartbreaker.


Precious! I'm not showing too many in black & white cause I just love the color...


But, eyelash shots in my opinion were made to be in black & white.


Love love love!


Doesn't get much cuter!


Or more fun!


Cool in sepia too.


A couple more in their holiday outfits...


I could post all day.


We even found an evergreen tree. Perfect!


Jeni and Matt, thank you for asking me once again to photograph your little sweeties. It is always great seeing you all and I hope you love these the most of any we've done yet. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Babies and Dogs -- What's Not to LOVE!? 11.16.11

The only thing I love more than including the family dog is including more family -- especially when it's Grandma and Great Grandma holding their adorable 6-month old grandson! And that's exactly what Katie and Derek did. It wasn't planned, but Katie's mom and grandma decided to come visit the weekend of our photo session, and when Katie asked if we could include them in a few photos, I was like, "Yes, please!" It really doesn't get any better. Here are a few favorites from our super sweet session.

Three BEAUTIFUL women and three generations, Katie, her Mom, and Grandma.


A favorite of the whole family and 4 generations.


After a bunch of different portraits, we did some that were more candid.


These are just special.


Then Katie, Derek, Michael and Coco headed to the park.


There we were able to get precious pics of Michael...


And Coco...


And of Michael and Coco together! Babies and dogs -- what's not to love!?!


I have been photographing this family since Katie was pregnant with Michael...winter to fall....


Oh how a few months changes so much! LOVE this family shot.


And this one of Michael. Could he be any cuter!?!


Look at those cheeks, and those lips!


He had so much fun exploring his surroundings.


While there, we got some portraits with Mommy...


And Daddy...


And of course we got some of those great moments, too.


Like giggles...


And Michael kisses. Precious!!!


Katie and Derek, thank you for the opportunity to capture your beautiful family as Michael grows. Looking forward to seeing you all again for 1-year pictures! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Merry and Bright 11.12.11

When thinking of a few words to describe this family, merry and bright came to mind. Mostly because every year I leave their session feeling officially in the holiday spirit....BUT, when I googled them, I thought to myself, yep, these words are even more perfect.

Merry -- it means joyful and happy and jolly, and that definitely describes their warm personalities. But, it can also mean "quick and energetic", and that definitely describes Brody! ;-)

Bright -- it means radiant and reflecting light. When I saw that all I could think of was their eyes. All 4 of them have the most amazing blue eyes, and as their photographer, it was my job to make them reflect light in the best way I know how.

I have been photographing Kat and her family since before 6-year old Alexa wasn't even a year old. Even though I only see these kids once a year, they have still gotten to know me and every year their session goes better than the last. Here are a few favorites as I'm editing the whole shoot. Enjoy!

This year was extra special because their first "baby" Riley was included in a few photos. Grandma came along for the first few minutes and then took Riley back home...


So Grandma's reward = this. A picture with her 2 grandkids.


We started off with a few individual portraits. Alexa is seriously a little model.


But wow, so is Brody. Look at him and that pose!


Gorgeous gorgeous family.


Alexa loves to have her picture taken....


Brody, he'd rather run and play. So we did!


Thank goodness I'm pretty quick and catch those smiles in-between!


According to Katrina, this is how Alexa gets away with anything. ;-) I couldn't resist that smile either!


So sweet!


Daddy's little princess...


And his little prince.


A favorite of Alexa and Brody together. Love it.


This is what happens when you lay on the ground with them...


And when your Mommy promises you a special treat, like a new train.


Alexa in her holiday dress. She couldn't wait to wear it!


I had to pick my top 3 pictures to blog...otherwise I could have filled an entire blog of just this outfit.


Twirling around in the sun. Love.


Brody in his holiday outfit.


Could he be any cuter in his signature Brody hat?


We got some adorable portraits, but I couldn't resist this sweet candid. A perfect moment.


They definitely earned their silly face picture!


Just one of Alexa in her "totally Alexa" outfit, complete with Hello Kitty.


And one more of Brody is his "totally Brody" train shirt. Precious.


Katrina and Scott, thank you doesn't seem like enough to say when I think about how I've photographed your family for the gazillionith time, but really, I am so grateful to be your family's photographer. Lots of love! ~Kris (ps -- if you can't get enough of these cute kids, they'll be appearing on the blog again in a few weeks for their Aunt Kathy and Uncle Thad's wedding blog).

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