Peace, Love, Gap 08.29.11

Reason number 1 that I adore this family. They remind me of "Peace, Love, Gap" -- ya know, the catchy ad campaign that airs around the holidays. More coming on that later.

Reason number 2. Seven-year old Matthew broke his arm shortly before our session, but rather than worry about how his orange cast would look in the photos, his mom said to me, "I figure these pictures will capture us as we are right now." I couldn't agree more.

Reason number 3. This was one of the very first pictures we took. Love. I was like, "Alright Heather and Glenn, I normally wouldn't ask you to hike down into a ditch of rocks for a "warm up" picture, but the light is changing and if we don't do it now we won't be able to use this spot..."

Reason number 4 - could their kids get any cuter??

Meet 7-year old Matthew. So so handsome!

And 4-year old Brad. So so adorable!

So not only did I ask them to hike down into a ditch, but I asked them to jump a fence so we could put their boys on a carousel that wasn't yet open (we were shooting at 8 am). Wow. Normally I am a follow-by-the-rules kind of person, but I'll do almost anything for good pics.

I'm so glad my clients trust me. According to mom and dad, Brad LOVES horses so this was pretty special. So happy I could capture that.

Not sure if big brother Matthew loves horses, but if not he played along really well. Cute cute cute!

Then, after all of that, we started out with the normal portraits...

We got the most perfect smiles.

And then it was onto candids. Such love!



Gap. I kept thinking of this...and clearly Brad is wearing Polo and not Gap but either way I think these kids look like children's Gap models. They are sooooo cute!

They lovvvved this bridge.

A few more playful candids...

Someday when they're all grown up they will appreciate these even more. And so will their parents.

But for now, let them be little.

Had to end with a couple of fun family shots. One posed. Gotta have that.

And one of your family just enjoying life. Gotta have that too. Heather and Glenn, thanks for being so wonderful and for asking me to capture this little slice of your family history. Hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kris

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Cuteness Overload 08.25.11

Me (upon meeting 7-year old Kyle when he opened the car door): "Hi Kyle, aren't you SO cute!"

Kyle: "Umm thanks, but wait 'til you meet my baby sister!"

Now that is cuteness overload! I photograph REALLY cute kids, and Kyle and his 2-year old little sister Keelin were definitely no exception. Their parents, Alyce and Pat, were referred to me by their neighbors who are also my clients, and I just adored their sweet family! Here are a few favorites as I'm editing their whole session. Enjoy the preview!

Meet Kyle. He is so so handsome, and so so polite.

And those blue eyes...

I hope Mom has some tactics planned for all those girls who will be knocking at their door.

This is Kyle's baby sister Keelin.

She is just does a 2-year old get hair and eyelashes like that??

She also has the most darling personality, and I guess she thought I was pretty funny.

Dear Children's Modeling Agencies: This kid should be in a magazine. Sincerely, Kristine Pringle

A cute family portrait.

We did all the different combinations...some were relaxed portraits like this...

Some were a little more directed candid like this.

Then we made Keelin very happy.

She wanted to RUN - just look at that sweet face! Priceless!

After lots of running, they did some cuddling...

I could tear up looking at these, because as a Mom myself, I just think, "Please don't grow up too fast."

"Stay little forever."

Eyelash shots. More and more parents are specifically requesting these during sessions. LOVE.

I could post forever, but I thought I'd end with just a few of Kyle and Keelin playing together.

Adorable! What a great big brother!

All I can say is sweet sweet sweet! Definitely cuteness overload.

Alyce and Pat, thank you so much for asking me to document your sweet family! Your kids are GORGEOUS and I had so much fun running around and singing "Go Diego Go!" Can't wait to share the rest soon! ~Kris

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Family Play Time 08.20.11

Can I just say that I ADORE this family! Jacelyn and Allen are so super nice, and their kids are so sweet and just love each other so much. I've photographed them a couple of times before, and over the past few years I have definitely gained new friends.

This time around, Jacelyn and Allen decided to include Jacelyn's parents. I am doing more and more sessions with the "Grands" lately, and in my opinion, there is nothing like a 3-generations photo. Love it! Here are a few favorites from their "family play time" together. Enjoy!

Last time I photographed Cash and Lily (and their sweet dog Ty), Lily was a tiny newborn. That was last September...

Now here we are 10 months later and look at them now! Such cuties!

And they really do love each other so much. Precious!

Cash - he has the most amazing eyes.

And so does his baby sister Lily, or Tee Tee as he likes to call her.

In typical photo shoot fashion, we got some portraits done first. I heart this one with Jacelyn's parents.

Grandparent heaven.

Later, we just played.

Cash liked picking clover...

And getting shoulder rides from Daddy.

But I think his favorite thing was showing me his silly faces. Adorable!

Lily's favorite thing was going up and up and up...I love this one that is what I call a "natural portrait"...

But these candids are just so full of emotion and love.

These kinds of images are why Jacelyn and Allen ask me to come back over and over. :-)

A couple more portraits with the Grandparents.

Grandma's boy. Love it.

And a few more with Daddy...

And Mommy. Jacelyn, you are so pretty.

I could keep posting and posting. We covered a lot that morning.

We even got some cute ones of Mom and Dad.

Jacelyn and Allen (and to Jacelyn's parents too), thank you once again for asking me to photograph your beautiful family. This session was so much fun and I hope you love the preview. Hugs! ~Kris

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Ascher: 1 Month Old 08.15.11

Love newborns! Especially when they give you the sweetest "sleep smiles" like baby Ascher did during this recent session. He is just precious, and I'm so excited that I get to photograph him (and his family) again at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.

I have to preface a few of Ascher's pictures with pictures of his GORGEOUS mommy, Sharon. Her husband Todd convinced her to have a few pregnancy photos taken, and as I said in that blog, I think Todd is a really smart guy. :-)


There was such anticipation for this little one, and when Sharon and Todd asked me if I would capture him over the next year, I was so honored.

Meet Ascher. He is perfect. I love this image in color...

Though I also love it in black & white so I wanted to show both. Sharon and Todd will have all of these images in color and black & white so they won't have to choose!

One of my favorites. Love love love the "sleep smile"!

Since Ascher really liked sleeping in his basket, I made sure to capture all his sweet little features. Tiny feet.

Tiny dimpled hands.

And of course, the "swirl" that disappears all too quickly.

Ascher's room is beautiful, as is their entire home. His parents have really good taste.

I think he likes it too!

Perfection! What a gorgeous baby boy!

Getting sleepy again.

And there's another sleep smile. I was melting!

Such an adorable little face.

You know a baby is really sound asleep when you can move them to a different location. Happy day!

Sharon and Todd, thank you so much for asking me to photograph your handsome little man! Can't wait to see you all again for 3-month photos soon! ~Kristine

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3 Generations -- AND Twins!!! 08.11.11

THREE generations and TWICE the cuteness!! Oh how I adore this recent Richmond-area session!

As someone who is very close to her parents, I just have to say that I love it when I get the chance to do sessions that include 3 generations. That is exactly what this one was -- Shannon and Joey, Shannon's parents, aka Grandma and Grandpa, and the TWINS. Yes, twins! I haven't photographed many twins, and Shannon and Joey's 15-month old twin girls were like little models!

I can hardly wait to share a few favorites (actually I'm posting over 20 images but it's still just a small preview of everything we captured that day), so here we go! Enjoy!

Meet Shannon and Joey and their BEAUTIFUL twin daughters.

Brown eyed Peyton...

And blue-eyed Cameron.

These 2 are so obviously best friends...

Even at 15 months, they couldn't stop holding hands...

And giving each other kisses. It was the sweetest thing!

What was also the sweetest thing was the fun 3-generations pictures we captured that day. LOVE.

Grandma's little sweethearts.

Grandpa recently had 2 knee replacements. When he used his walking stick, so did his granddaughters. Precious!

Such love!

A future gymnast!?! Peyton loved hanging from the monkey bars...

And Cameron loved the swing!

A couple more of these little beauties.

They really look like baby models. Gorgeous!

Look at those lashes!

I have been taking sunset pictures on this lake for years -- since before I was a professional photographer -- and posting this one today makes me feel nostalgic and happy. I am so glad we kept attempting this until we got one with the girls in the air at the exact same height. Shannon and Joey - you rock!

Daughter in the water...does it get any more fun!?!

Look at that sweet face!

At the very end of the session, Shannon and Joey decided to let the girls splash in the lake because they are "water babies" and wanted to soooo bad. :)

I can still hear their laughter. Priceless!

To Shannon and Joey, and Shannon's parents, thank you for being so wonderful to "work" with. I had the best time taking these photos for you and I hope you love the little preview as much as I do. Hugs~ Kris

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Sweet Baby Hudson & His Beautiful Family 08.08.11

Heather is one of my best friends. I met her when I was 18 when we joined the same sorority in college. Not to date us, but that means I've known her nearly half of my life. She was my roommate in college and the Maid of Honor in my wedding, and she has always been someone I've admired more than words could express. I first admired her as a friend, daughter, and sister, and more recently as an entrepreneur, wife to Tib, and mother of THREE. She is truly an amazing person, and definitely an amazing mom, and I am so blessed to document her beautiful and growing family!

Here are a few favorites from her maternity session in the spring, and sweet baby Hudson's newborn session that we just did at the end of June.

Meet Heather. Her smile makes me happy.

She didn't have maternity pictures done with her first two, and I know she is so glad she did it for her third...supposedly her last?? ;-)

Her and Tib's oldest son Jackson is 4 and he LOVES his baby brother.

Their daughter Charlotte will be 3 later this month, and just wait til you see her with baby Hudson. My heart was melting!

According to Heather, I'm one of the few people that can get these great natural smiles from Jackson. Love it!

These kids are so precious.

I just love them!

Mommy's girl.

Jackson is such a little lovebug!

A couple of Mom and Dad...

So sweet!

And one of their beautiful family....THEN...

And NOW. Love. Look a those smiles!!!

And look at that sweet little bundle! Hudson is a doll!

I could look at that sweet little face all day.

Kisses for Mommy...

Kisses for baby brother...

Then, more flips on Daddy. So cute!

Sessions are always relaxed and and playful and fun -- because that is how you get kids to do pictures like the ones we got that day.

First we got this...

And then we got THIS - what love! I hope they make this one big!

Heather and Tib, could you be any cuter?!?! No wonder you make such beautiful babies!

Love. That's all.

Heather, you are such a glowing Mommy.

And Tib, such a proud Daddy.

A few more of Hudson and that perfect little face.

I am in love with newborn yawns...

And feet...

And back wrinkles. I can't get enough of them because they go away so quickly.

Once Hudson was really sound asleep, we got a little more adventurous. This basket hangs on their dining room wall, and soon, I bet this photo will too!

Heather and Tib, Jackson and Charlotte, congratulations on the newest addition to your family! I love you guys, and Heather, can't wait to see you again this weekend!!! XOXOXO ~Kris

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Luke-alicious -- and his Inspirational Family! 08.05.11

Since I started typing this blog about an hour ago, my youngest daughter has woken up twice, but thanks to Lori and the "Kitty Paci" she mailed to us after our photoshoot (Lori you are the best!), Emme is back asleep. At least for the moment. Being a parent can be hard, yet for some, becoming a parent is even harder. No one knows that quite like Lori and John.

If you are new to my blog and have never seen a post of Lori, John, and Luke, then you might want to start HERE, at Lori's award-winning blog.

Or, you might want to watch this 4-minute video of their family that was on the ABC evening news about 2 months ago. Either way, definitely have some tissues handy.

If you just watched that, or if you just read Lori's blog, I don't have to say any more. Hands down, I photograph amazing people. I know Lori from college, and I am beyond blessed that she has asked me to document her beautiful family.

I first photographed Lori last fall when she was about 7 months pregnant with Luke.

She and John were beaming with happiness...

But remembering big brother Matthew at the same time.

They are such a strong, inspirational couple...

And truly beautiful inside and out. Lori is one of the most gorgeous pregnant women I have ever seen!

Love it! They couldn't wait to meet their sweet Luke -- their "light".

He was born on January 4, 2011 and he was just PERFECT.

Seeing them with Luke in their arms made my heart so happy.

My job is so rewarding. Can you believe that in 6 months a baby goes from THIS --

To THIS!?!?! Adorable!!!

Luke used to fit in his Daddy's hands...

Now he is as long as his torso, and he loves being thrown in the air. He is all smiles and it just melts you!

Luke as a newborn in his "Aviator" hat -- Daddy is a pilot.

And now, as Lori called him on her blog, a little "pudgesicle" -- too cute for words.

Luke is a really expressive baby -- of course he smiles, like this (love it!)...

But he also has a bunch of "signature" faces, like this (kisses for Mommy!)...

And those hands are just too yummy.

"Really, I can't put my hands in my mouth for the pictures??"

"Alright, I will blow raspberries then!" :)

"Or maybe I'll just smile and wave."

"My Daddy is funny."

Luke loves to laugh.

Is this priceless or what?

He took a couple catnaps during our session, and Lori just cuddled and loved him. I could post about 10 of these, but this sums it up. Amazing Mommy.

Another adorable "face" -- upon waking up and seeing the camera. Hehe!

I might be getting carried away, but I wanted to post at least one that was totally undirected and just "them being them". The love is so undeniable.

And just a couple that were more directed by me. Luke always smiles when being lifted in the air.

Maybe he feels closer to his big brother Matthew. This image makes me cry.

Lori and John, thank you for being you -- and such a wonderful source of strength, inspiration, and positivity for everyone who reads this! You are a BEAUTIFUL family, and I am blessed to know you and call you friends. Love you, Luke and Matthew! ~Kris

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Mego is Prego, Again! 08.02.11

I recently had the chance to do a VERY special maternity session -- for my friend Meghan, her husband Ryan, their 2-year old son Chase, and Chase's little brother who is due in September.

I know Meghan from college, and I could write a whole blog on how much I adore this girl! But for now, I'll focus on her beautiful family, and I'll probably throw in a few personal remarks here and there -- because well, that's just how I like to blog! Making it personal and all!

I got the title of this blog from the "Sprinkle" invite I got in the mail about a week ago (Auntie Amanda and Grandma Logsdon - you are too creative). For those of you reading and wondering what a "Sprinkle" is -- it is a baby shower for a second baby. So it's less of a "shower" and more of a "sprinkle" -- but still a way to make the second (or third/fourth) baby feel showered and loved. What a fantastic idea!

Anyway, before I write a book, I just have to say a couple things --
(1) I have been photographing this family for almost 3 years now and as goes for all of my repeat clients, I couldn't be more grateful;
(2) Mego is due in September and we are doing newborn/family/Christmas card pictures then -- so stay tuned for another big and special blog soon; and
(3) Mego was unsure that she even wanted to do these "prego" pics -- but eventually she said she really did want them to remember Chase and how he loved his baby brother even before he was born. Sigh. With that...onto the pics...

This is Chase as a newborn...

And his beautiful parents, my friends Meghan and Ryan.

Chase was born in February, and the next time I photographed him was in the fall at 7 months old. Precious!!!

I love photographing babies at this age because they are all smiles!

Fast forward 1 year. Wow, what a difference. This was their family "Orvis Chique" session and it is one of my favorites ever.

Looks like an Anthropologie catalog.

Gorgeous family!

Fast forward again, and now Chase is 2 and a half, and he is going to be a BIG BROTHER! I can't believe how big he is! He is the cutest kid ever and I love that he has his Mommy's curls!

Even more than that though, I love that he already loves his baby brother.

The images we were able to capture are absolutely priceless and will be treasured by the "M" family forever.

Of course, it was a MATERNITY session so we made sure to capture some shots of the GORGEOUS Mommy-to-be. She looks like such a model!

Love the bump.

I made sure I got every angle possible. ;)

I mean seriously, Meg, the hair blowing in the wind -- could you be any more stunning?!! Almost makes me want to be prego again!

Chase is the cutest little guy ever -- he calls my older daughter "Salsa" (her name is Elsa). If that wasn't enough to make me swoon, he also picks flowers for his pregnant Mommy and baby brother.

As he ran around picking clover, Mego just glowed and smiled as if I wasn't there. Beautimus!

So sweet.

Even sweeter.

We made sure to capture a few cute shots with Daddy --

Check! One of my faves!

And a couple more of big brother-to-be, Chase.

Meghan and Ryan, thank you AGAIN for asking me to do yet another session of your beautiful family. I could never convey how much of an honor it is to take my friends' pictures, but I think you already know. Can't wait to see you in September for newborn pictures of your sweet little peanut!!! XOXOXO ~Kris

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"You Better Not Laugh" 07.28.11

How do you get those natural smiles (vs. "the cheese face")? This is a question I'm often asked by parents. The answer is simple. Sessions are fun. We play games. Lots of them. Depending on the ages of the children, they can range from anything to peek-a-boo to Simon Says to one of my new favorites (thanks to my genius friend Lesley) "You Better Not Laugh". More to come on that later.

I photographed Mady and Max last month in NOVA, and it is one of my favorite sibling sessions. I just adore them, and the pictures. This is just a sneak peek of the whole shoot, and I hope they bring a smile to your Friday. Happy viewing, and happy weekend!

Meet beautiful 5-year old Mady.

And her very handsome 7-year old brother Max.

I could post and post...

Because these kids are so photogenic...

And they love each other so much. Precious!!!

I think that being a parent myself has helped me become a better children's photographer. I know that capturing great portraits isn't just about what your kids "look like".

It's about their perfect little features, like their freckles (LOVE them!)...

And of course, their darling personalities. This is the game, "You Better Not Laugh". First it was Max's turn, and Mady had to try really hard not to laugh at him.

Obviously he succeeded in being silly enough for his sister. Priceless.

Then it was Mady's turn. Max is trying really hard. How cute is that face?!

Yep, she got him. :)

In the middle of all those candids, we managed to get some more really sweet this.

And this. Candids that become wall art (like a canvas) are my favorite type of pictures.

Could they be any sweeter?!

Courtney and Sam, thank you so much for asking me to photograph your little cuties! It was so much fun meeting your beautiful family and I hope you love these as much as I do. ~Kristine

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Engagement + Wedding + Lifestyle 07.20.11

I have done all 3 "types" of sessions for this beautiful family. First an engagement shoot, then their wedding on December 27, 2008, and most recently, a family lifestyle session last month. We actually did their family session in the same location that we did their engagement pictures 3 years ago (Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg), and as we walked around shooting and talking and laughing, I kept thinking about how much I adore my clients and my job. My "clients" are more like friends, and I am so lucky to be able to document their story through my lens.

First comes love...

Then comes marriage...

Then comes Antonio in the baby carriage. Kelly and Mike are the cutest and proudest new parents of ADORABLE 1-year old Antonio.

He is way too cute.

And he LOVES the camera! His parents trained him well. ;-)

First we did some portraits like this. Mommy's little boy.

And then we got some that were more candid like this.

And this. Kelly, you were a gorgeous bride, but you are even more so as a Mom.

Antonio had the best time during our session.

Literally, he just ran around and giggled non-stop.

His faces were so priceless...

But then again, so were those of his parents. Love it!

Just a couple more -- because I can't resist those perfect smiles!

I think this is "patty cake" - what a little ham!

Kelly and Mike, I am so glad I had the chance to meet Antonio and to see you both again too! He is so darling -- and what a personality! Thank you so much for asking me to do these pictures of your beautiful family. Hugs! ~Kris

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