Continuing Education -- With my Daughter! 01.28.12

Squeezing in a "personal" blog post real quick...

It's been awhile since I've posted any photos of our family. I have been BUSY, and I'm so thankful for that.

These pictures were taken last fall. This is my 3 year old in 3 minutes flat. Literally. Sometimes I grab my camera just to practice. Okay, a lot of times. I like to challenge myself. I love to learn. I love to keep getting better. In this case, we were heading out to dinner, but the light was gorgeous, so I couldn't resist.

I sang Elsa her favorite song and tried to snap as many "keepers" as I could in 3 minutes. This is what we came up with. The BEST form of "continuing education" I could ever imagine. I am blessed. xoxo ~Kris

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Happy 2nd Birthday to Our Daughter Emme 12.16.11

Today our baby turns 2. Our sweet little Emme, who we welcomed into the world during the blizzard of 2009, is now two. It hardly seems possible.

Emme is such a miracle, and she has blessed our lives in ways we could have never imagined. She is our little athlete, and she loves to learn and talk talk talk. Just like her Mama! And her big sister. Scott and I are completely in awe of her, and we wanted to share a few photos that sum up who she is at this very moment.

Emme Ann Pringle. 7 pounds 8 ounces. This is how I still think of you.

My sweet little tiny baby who liked to sleep on my chest. Actually, you still do and that just melts me, even if I don't get much sleep at night.

As much as you are still a baby, you are getting so big. You love to get "horsey rides". (thanks to my intern Jocelyn for this amazing photo and the one at the end too!)

You melted Daddy's heart from day 1...

And your sweet little laugh still does. Even more.

How you go from this...

To this...

To this is just beyond me.

It really seems like yesterday that I first fell in love with you.

And now I love you so much more, my little jumping bean.

This year, you and Elsa played indoor soccer. You are SO good!

You love to climb. On everything. It keeps me on my toes.

And if you're not climbing, you're jumping. No wonder they call you Nadia Comaneci.

This fall you started school. You are doing so great and learning so much.

You're learning your letters...

And soon you'll be a "Super Reader"...

Just like your big sister.

Emme you are beautiful.

And you have such a zest for life.

You remind me to enjoy the simple things.

Thank you for that.

You also remind me that anything is possible. Ride a dinosaur - why not!?!

And that all you need is love. You LOVE animals.

Santa, not so much. Only from a distance.

The snowman had you smiling again.

Happy birthday baby girl!

You completed our family and we are so thankful. Love, Mommy and Daddy

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Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours 11.24.11

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving from the Pringles! ~Kristine, Scott, Elsa, and Emme **ps - we've been taking advantage of the nice weather and taking lots of pictures today so maybe I'll post more later. Depends on what time my kids go to bed after eating pies and cookies! :)

So it was a wonderful Thanksgiving, but my kids went to sleep LATE, as expected. I promise to post a ton of pictures during my winter slow-time, but for now here are 2 of my favorites of our girls. We are blessed. xoxo

Emme will turn 2 on December 16th...I will definitely be doing a special birthday blog for her that day.

And Elsa is 3 1/2. Time sure does fly but we are enjoying every minute. More pics coming soon. :)

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Happy Birthday Mom 10.12.11

Saturday 10/15 is my mom's birthday, but since I'll be photographing a wedding that day (YAY Kathy & Thad!) I wanted to post something special a few days early.

Last month over Labor Day weekend, my family took a vacation to the Outer Banks, and while there we decided we were finally going to get a nice family picture of EVERYONE (meaning my brother Mark and I and our families). Something my mom has always wanted.

So...I started planning way ahead. As I know (and as my clients know), picking out clothes is not an easy task. But neither is getting 3 wild girls to sit still, especially since I wanted them to sit "independently" for this photo. How could we resist those darling pint-sized rockers?? But as I arranged chairs, I knew I had my work cut out for me to get this photo. Whew.

The girls would much rather dance around, and/or run towards "Miss Amanda" -- my wonderful friend who was willing to stand behind the tripod and click 200+ times to get the photo I was hoping for. Love you A! And thanks to Uncle Ben & Aunt Shawna for being helpers too. :)

Close...but not quite. Emme is not looking. Elsa's feet are up in her chair. My niece Viv is being soooo cooperative.

And then it happened...PERFECTION!!! I think this was frame 191 or something like that. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that is "Grammie and Bo" in the middle. Isn't she so pretty!!!

After we got a shot on the front porch of our OBX house, we headed to the beach of course.

Love this one. I wish I had time to edit more right now, but it is BUSY season as my mom knows, so the rest will have to come as Christmas presents.

Even though I won't be home to celebrate my mom's birthday on the actual day, I know that her present (this 4 foot by 3 foot canvas of the winning shot, now hanging in her family room!) will remind her every day of every year how blessed we all are. Family is everything and I thank my mom everyday for teaching me that. Mom, I love you and happy birthday!!

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Ben & Shawna: A Sexy Anniversary Session 09.22.11

During my recent trip to the OBX, I did a mini-session for my wonderful brother-in-law Ben and sister-in-law Shawna. We did these in about 5 minutes -- actually it was pretty impromtu with a little encouraging from yours truly. ;-) Now I wish we had time for more! I wasn't really planning to do a blog, but the images were too pretty not to share, especially since today is Ben and Shawna's 4 year wedding anniversary.

As a wedding photographer, it is so nice to see married couples even happier than they were on their wedding day. Definitely the case for these two love birds.

So they started their session wearing some clothes, and we got a portrait or two...

But, we were on the beach. And Ben and Shawna look pretty darn good in bathing suits, so we figured -- you're only young once. Go for it!

Our little session started out really playful. Look at that proud hubby!

And since we were losing light quick (we did these after our family picture session), it quickly got a little sexy.

What I would do for a picture like this with my own husband (pre-kids of course).

Hot. No, Hawt with a capitol H.

Could be an Abercrombie ad.

Love it.

Had to end with a funny one. Love it. Happy anniversary to an awesome couple. We love you and we're so happy you're moving to Richmond so we can see each other a lot more often! Thanks for being such great friends and a wonderful Aunt & Uncle to Elsa & Emme too. XOXO ~Kris

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A Very Memorable Birthday 08.28.11

Just last week it was my husband's birthday, and the weather was BEAUTIFUL. Finally a break from the 100 degree temperatures we'd been having. While he was at work, and in my last-minute frenzy of trying to figure out what to get him, I gave my girls a sugary snack and took them outside to take some pictures of them. When he got home, we watched a slideshow, and the girls were so proud of their gift to Daddy.

Somehow though, he managed to do even better (yeah, Scott is way talented). I often take silhouette pictures for my clients, and I have always wanted one of my own kids. Love this. This was the night before the storm...

On my birthday, we got an unwanted visitor named Irene. We had originally planned to go to Busch Gardens with my entire family, but Mother Nature had something else in mind for us. My birthday was yesterday, Saturday the 27th, and it was pouring rain starting early in the morning.

I knew I wasn't going to wish away the rain and wind, so we really made the most of our indoor family bonding time. We played dress up.

And we made various homemade birthday hats. Notice Elsa is wearing a "flip flops" dress. That's because we also spent some time packing for the beach, and Elsa was trying on clothes (which she does non-stop anyway).

We are heading to the Outer Banks in a few days, and we are so fortunate that our house is in Kill Devil Hills (and not one of the flooded cities) so we can actually get there. Side note - my mom and I spent a good 2 hours trying on outfits because we are going to do some family pictures while we are down there. It's not often that I'm on the other side of the camera and oh my goodness, picking out clothes is definitely the hardest part. Now I know what my clients go through! :)

Emme wasn't too into dressing up. She'd rather feed her retro cabbage patch kids.

Later we played with crafts and stickers...

Sister liked putting them on her legs.

So of course Elsa thought it was a great idea too. Monkey see, monkey do.

Eventually though, we made more birthday crowns and used the stickers to decorate them.

Elsa thought she should put on a little "lipstick" for Mommy's party. It was brown marker, thankfully washable.

Around 3 pm, we lost power....we were at my Mom's house in Richmond. That's okay though, the girls gave us the latest storm updates from their macs. ;-)

My mom is an amazing cook, but thanks to no power we resorted to industrial sized cans of tuna. Ha! No really, she made an amazing salad with tuna on top. With wine and candles. It was perfect.

After dinner, we continued our "indoor camping" by reading stories by brother and his family were there with us too...and the girls loved seeing their cousin Viv.

We used flashlights to make shadow puppets and animals on the walls.

The highlight of my night though, was this. Birthdays are so special. They are the anniversary of LIFE, and the older I get, the more I want to celebrate them better and better. Thanks to my entire family for making this birthday one I will never forget. And thanks to everyone who left the sweetest notes on my Facebook wall.

Today was a beautiful day, so with that I just want to say goodbye, Irene. You were not invited to my party, but you ended up making my birthday VERY memorable, in ways I didn't even expect. I just hope I don't have to hear the words "batten down" or "hunker" for a very long time. XOXO ~Kris

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Three Years Old 05.29.11

Today is the 3-year anniversary of one of the happiest moments of my entire life. Our oldest daughter Elsa's birth. Today, she turned 3 years old. I've made a point to blog about every birthday for both of our girls, so even in the midst of a very busy spring, I am so thankful that I'm taking some time to do this, as it forces me to edit a few personal photos that otherwise might not get done til Elsa is in college. ;-)

Three years ago today, I had no idea how much my life was about to change for the better.

The other day, I told Elsa the story of her being born for the first time. She listened so intently to every little detail.

I told her how she liked to suck her thumby, even as a tiny new baby.

Then she told us that she was 3 now and that she wasn't going to suck her thumby anymore. While I know that probably isn't true quite yet, her statement reminded me once again why I love forever documenting these memories.

Our little girl is getting so big.

She really knows how to love.

Her smile can light up a room.

She has such a zest for life.

And she is quick to introduce herself to new friends.

I am so proud of her...but I have to say that her turning 3 is hard.

Last year at age 2, she was still a "baby".

Now she really looks like a little girl.

A little girl who loves to skate...

to ride her bike (her new padding is her favorite thing!)...

to do gymnastics...

and to play at the beach...

and of course the pool.

Last weekend we had a party at our house.

Thanks so much to everyone who came to help Elsa celebrate.

Then today, we spent the morning in church and the afternoon at a polo match at King Family Vineyards...

With who else?? Family! Elsa loves her cousin Vivienne.

She has really found a best friend in her, and of course her sister, Emme.

It is just pure awesome to watch.

I am so in love.

I've been making a point to leave my camera laying around so that I can easily capture some of the every day moments. Like the girls brushing their teeth in the morning...

Or Elsa writing words with Daddy...her favorite nightly activity.

Whether we want her to or not, Elsa is growing up.

I can't believe she'll start pre-school in September.

I hope she's never too big to cuddle with her Mommy.

I am blessed and I am so thankful.

And I was hoping to have an updated family photo, but for now, this one from last fall will have to do. Happy 3rd birthday to our beautiful sweet girl! Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back a million times over. XOXO

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Happy Easter 04.24.11

Happy Easter from our family to yours! We are so blessed!

Blogs from my recent Pennsylvania trip starting tomorrow (Monday) so check back soon.

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The Workshop 03.17.11

On Saturday March 12th, I taught a photography workshop that helped people better understand their SLR cameras and all of the features. It was a blast, and I wanted to share a few photos in case you are thinking about signing up for one of these in the future. To stay in the loop, you can click HERE to follow me on Facebook, or just send me an email or follow my blog. I am going to announce more spring and summer dates soon. Thanks to everyone who has already contacted me and expressed interest.

This workshop sold out in a few hours, and I was so excited that many of the people who attended were friends and clients of mine. My intern Jocelyn (bottom left) also attended, and she brought along her super adorable niece to be our child model.

Since I was mostly teaching, Jocelyn also took a bunch of fun behind-the-scenes shots of everyone learning and shooting. Thanks so much J! You are the best.

Brooke was a total ham -- I love this shot that Jocelyn captured.

Everyone loved taking her picture and practicing some of the new things they had learned.

Including me. Sometimes I shoot from above...

...So I can get shots like this. What a gorgeous little girl. I only took a few pictures of Brooke, but this one is a definite favorite.

And this one. Beauty!

We also had a maternity model, my friend Heather. At the very end of the workshop, we all took some photos of her and her beautiful baby bump.

I took a few too, but for now this is all I'm going to share...because before the workshop started, I did an actual session with Heather, her husband Tib, and their 2 little ones, Jackson and Charlotte. That blog is coming next week. :)

I always say that blog previews are somewhat arbitrary because it is so hard to choose favorites. Case in point. After everyone had left, I spent like 3 minutes flat with Brooke. So glad I did! Thanks again to everyone who came to this workshop and for making it so much fun. ~Kris

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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 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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