Excited... 03.12.11

At last. I am finally blogging. I know, I know. My blog has said "coming soon" for 3 days, and I really meant to do it sooner (sorry everyone!), but every night when I would sit down to do it, I would have like 10 new emails from prospective clients. Maybe it's the Facebook page, or the warm weather - who knows? But it's busier than ever. So of course returning those nightly emails took priority over this "personal blog post", which is probably my last one for a little bit as busy season is officially here. I just did 3 shoots (those blogs really are coming soon - hehe!), a workshop, and tomorrow I am photographing a 12-day old baby girl in Richmond. This is all so exciting.

Before I dive in, I just have to say what an incredible year this has been. It has been a time filled with so much growth, both professionally and personally, and my business has truly morphed into something beyond my wildest dreams. I also have to say that none of this would have happened without my amazing clients. I really like what I do, but my clients make me LOVE what I do. They rock. And I'm so glad I took that leap of faith to make photography my full-time career.

That's not to say that most days I don't feel like Superwoman. I am busy, but I am so excited about and so grateful for everything that is going on. For those who thought I was going to announce that I'm pregnant again...not so much. ;-)

But I did have an exciting first -- getting published in The Knot Magazine. It was only a "details" spread, but still. Next on my Bucket List is actual people.

I also finally have a Facebook Page. If you haven't already, can you "LIKE" it please??

Speaking of Facebook, after reconnecting with a friend from high school recently (J- thank you!!), I may soon start offering candid "day in the life" sessions for local nursing home residents and their families. I love photographing older adults, and I think that giving families some of the last images they'll ever have of their loved ones is just priceless.

In all of these new ventures I want to take on, I am excited to announce that I have someone to lend a hand -- my new intern, Jocelyn. She is a first-year at UVA, and she was referred to me by my friend Michelle, an amazing photographer in North Carolina. I am so excited to be working with her.

And speaking of amazing UVA women, I couldn't do any of this without our beyond wonderful babysitter, Abby. Abs, you are the best and The Pringle Family loves you.

While I'm giving credit (whoa I feel like I'm writing the acknowledgments section of my dissertation again right now), my husband and my parents have been so supportive of my dreams and I wanted to publicly thank them for all that they do to help out.

Okay, back to exciting stuff. The workshop. Saturday 3/12 was awesome - more to come and I'll be posting dates on Facebook and the blog soon.

I'm also expanding my commercial portfolio. I've had the opportunity to do some really cool projects for various companies lately, and it's something different that I really enjoy.

If you follow my blog, you might remember my friend and former bride Julie. She was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at the age of 30.

Well, after a year of having her life turned upside down and undergoing radiation, chemo, and surgeries, she was just given a clean bill of health. Truly, I couldn't think of more exciting news to share. Julie and her husband Client just returned from the trip of a lifetime -- to Singapore and Bali. Now that rocks.

Speaking of brides, I can't wait to kick off wedding season with Rachel and Peter on April 2nd. Woot woot!

Rachel is one of my sorority sisters, and doing her pictures reminds me how lucky I am that my friends are among the people who hire me to take their photos. I love my girlfriends. I wish I could dress them up and take their pictures every day. Can't wait til girls weekend again this year.

Somehow, in the midst of our busy lives, we fit in a playroom remodel this winter. It's still not done, but let me just say that my husband continues to surprise me everyday. He was like, "I think I'll paint a mural of the Blue Ridge Mountains". It turned out amazing, and I will share before and after pictures when the whole room is complete.

Despite all that has been going on, I have made spending time with my 2 girls my number one priority.

I can't get enough of them. I am immersed.

They are my world.

The way that they play with and love each other melts me.

And this warm weather we've been having....that has definitely made life easier. Winter is tough, and these days we've been planting flowers...

And playing in water tables...in March...I love it.

Emme thinks it's another bathtub. She climbs on everything.

Always have popsicles. My mom's advice. I love my Mom.

And I love Emme's new smile. She is so proud of it.

I had to end with these pictures...because I am trying to take more pictures of the everyday "imperfect" moments. Like when they "ride the train" in the box that their water table came in.

Before I might not have shared such "imperfect" images on my blog. I mean, they are in crusty-after-dinner-clothes and playing on a Little Tikes box.

But as I ALWAYS tell my clients, the background doesn't really matter -- great pictures are about the emotion and the moment. So I learned to take my own advice. I have grown. And for the first time since starting my business in what has been a whirlwind with having 2 kids and moving it from PA to VA, I have a plan. And I'm excited. XOXOXO ~Kris

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