Amelia + Dana: Wedding Preview 09.25.12

I first met Amelia while photographing one of her friend's weddings in 2008, and I was thrilled when she tracked me down to photograph her summer wedding in Lancaster, PA! Amelia and Dana thought of everything. Their wedding day was just magical -- I mean, there were even giant hot pink balloons! Need I say more? Here is the story of their day, as told through my lens. Enjoy!

I entered the bridal chamber...


And found Amelia getting her makeup done.


I knew it was gonna be a good day when I saw these babies!


And her gorgeous dress.




Amelia's Dad...


Seeing his little girl for the first time.


What a moment.


I adore this family!


Soon I was off to the groom's suite.




I found some really cute kids.


And Dana. How romantic!


He couldn't wait to see his bride!


But first, we did some casual shots of the guys.


Mostly, they were just excited about their socks.


Haha! They were having a good time...


But the ladies took the cake with these balloons.


Just awesome!


A few of the stunning bride.








Her beautiful broach bouquet...


And a very special locket.


Drumore Estate is just lovely!


Ceremony time.


Here comes the bride!


















Next it was time for portraits...family first.


Then the wedding party...


























And it's onto the reception...


A few details...


And food. Delish!








The new Mr. and Mrs.


And their first dance.






Amelia's sister Jana. Her toast made everyone cry.


Dana's brother. His toast made everyone cry -- from laughing so hard. :)


They really did think of everything.


A little cake.


And then some parent dances.




Later there was a little surprise for Dana.


A choreographed song & dance routine by Amelia and friends.




There was a photo booth...






Then it was just time to dance.






The last song of the night...


Everyone cheered...


And then sent the newly married couple off under an arch of sparklers.




Amelia & Dana, thank you for asking me to be a part of your wedding! It was perfection, and I know your life together will be just the same. Congratulations! With love and appreciation ~Kris

 

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Expressions 09.17.12

These photos are so much more than just pictures of what they look like. For Leli, Marc, and their 5-year old son Weston, they represent who they are. The expressions are priceless. They are so real, and they show such love! And such comfort in front of the camera. That makes my heart smile! Here are some of my favorites of this beautiful family. Enjoy!

Meet adorable 5-year old Weston.


And his parents, Leli and Marc.


We started with some "warm up" portraits.


Weston loved the camera!


And his beautiful Mommy!


I just watched and clicked away.


And away...


Just beautiful!


Next a few with Dad...


Love it!


And the whole family.


By this point we were getting more playful.


"Can you show me your scared face?"


"How about your scary face?"


"Surprised face?" :-)


"Where's your super cute face?"


So handsome!


Love the simplicity of this image.


Superman!




Later we did some running.


To Mommy...


And to Daddy.


The expressions captured here are priceless.


The kind of expressions that bring tears to your eyes.


And bring you back to that very moment.


Such love.


All of that running wore Weston out!


So we layed around on the grass relaxing. This is one of my favorites of the favorites.


Leli, you look gorgeous!


Some upside down family shots!


They were having too much fun.


We even got a few of Mom and Dad.


Love it!


Leli and Marc, thank you for asking me to document your beautiful family! Editing these brought the biggest smile to my face and I hope seeing them brings the biggest smile to yours! Hugs! ~Kristine

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Maternity Faves 09.14.12

Updating my maternity gallery...here are a few favorites from the past year or so! Enjoy!

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Baby Boat Shoes 09.12.12

I adore this family! I first photographed them last year before Christopher could walk -- and now here he is at 18 months!


Walking -- and running! -- everywhere.


Baby boat shoes...


By the boats. It doesn't get any cuter!


Adorable! I love capturing a few portraits...


And also those images that show personality.


Christopher definitely has that.


He knew exactly what he wanted to do...and it involved anything with the water. :-)


I knew we'd be heading to the playground...and the lake...but first we got some good family framers! Love!


A few with Mommy...




A fun one with Daddy...


And one for the wall!


Christopher had a little cold for our shoot, and Jenny and Matt didn't think I would be able to get any smiles.


I told them not to worry.


You'd never know he wasn't feeling 100%.


One for the playroom!


As Christopher ran in circles around us...


I got a few of Jenny and Matt alone.


Jenny, you are so pretty!


Love these!


As we were approaching the end, we got pretty close to the water...


And Christopher decided his baby boat shoes needed to go for a swim!


The look on his face in these says it all.


He is too too cute!


Jenny and Matt, thank you once again for asking me to photograph your beautiful family! I love working with you, and I hope you love the little preview. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Brand New 09.09.12

I love newborn sessions -- especially when there is a doting big brother like Timothy to include. As I was prompting him to interact with his beautiful new baby sister Elphaba, his parents said something like, "Wow, you are one talented photographer." That meant so much (thank you Sarah and Marc!)....because obviously they hadn't seen any of the pictures yet. To them, the talent wasn't about technical ability, but about "kid-ability". And I'm still smiling thinking about our antics that morning. Here are just a few favorites I wanted to share as I'm finishing the whole gallery. Enjoy!

Both kids looking! What a beautiful family!


First we did a few pictures outside.


Not so much for baby El...though I absolutely LOVE them!


The outdoor shots were more for Timothy.


So I could chase him around to capture those natural smiles. What a cutie!


Mommy's almost 2-year old. We did some portraits...


And lots of playful candids.


Back inside for a "break" -- Timothy wanted to play play play! I think he's going to be a really good soccer player.


Elphaba just slept through it all.


Laying on Mommy makes me smile. LOVE!


Candid family love.


And one relaxed portrait. Perfect.


Since Timothy had to go to school, and Marc had to go to work, I next focused on Timothy with his new baby sister.


He thought I was funny.


And he was just melting my heart interacting with Elphaba.


Precious!


And now...10 more of El. Could she be any sweeter?!


I love baby hands...




And feet.






"Hmmm, what shall I do?"


"Ahhh, stretch!"


These last two are my favorites. What a precious little beauty!


Sarah and Marc, thank you for asking me to photograph your sweet family, and congratulations on your new addition! Elphaba is gorgeous! And Timothy is just adorable! I hope you love the sneak peek as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Adrienne + Matt: Wedding Preview 08.29.12

As soon as I heard that Adrienne was having her wedding at her childhood home, my heart swooned. I couldn't help but think about "Father of the Bride" -- one of my favorite movies of all time. Upon meeting her and her family, my heart swooned again. Adrienne is one of 8 kids, and the first daughter to get married. Her entire family was just lovely. And so was Matt's. Their wedding day was filled with so much love and emotion -- not to mention perfect weather, a beautiful ceremony, and a fabulous necklace that Adrienne's mom found at an antique store. Here are just a few favorites from their day. Enjoy!

I showed up to find the beautiful Adrienne getting her makeup done...






Then I photographed a few details. Her dress...


Her shoes...


Her flowers.


I love a statement necklace with a wedding gown!


Just stunning.


I have no words.


She is just a beauty.


With the most beautiful heart.


Gorg!


Could these girls be any cuter?!!


This is Adrienne's youngest sister.


I adored her...and she obviously adored her big sister.


Precious.


Cute kids everywhere!


How special to have these pictures with your siblings on your wedding day.


I don't normally blog a bunch of family portraits, but I so admire Adrienne's parents and they amazing job they have done raising 8 beautiful children!


Off to the church. Matt was beyond excited to see his bride.


The moment of anticipation.


And there she comes.


Here is a little glimpse of the ceremony.


It was beautiful.










And they're married!


While waiting for the wedding party to arrive, we did a few "traditional" portraits.




And then a few with the wedding party. Something classic.


Something fun.


Love it.


Then it was time for some more modern images of A & M.








I love that their style is so timeless.




Cheers! Time to party!


The gorgeous setting.


A few more details...


And it was time for dinner -- and dessert!


During dinner, there were some amazing toasts, and Adrienne's little sister even recited a poem by E.E. Cummings.


Adrienne watched in complete wonder.




And so did Matt.


It. was. awesome.


The first dance.






Was followed by the father-daughter dance.


As a mom of 2 little girls, I can't help but get choked up during these. Especially when the emotion is so powerful.


I think Adrienne's mom would agree.


It was a perfect moment.


The dance floor was packed the rest of the night.


Adrienne and Matt floated around dancing with siblings, family, and friends...








And of course, each other!


Adrienne and Matt, thank you for allowing me to forever document your wedding day, and for making me feel so welcome. Thanks also to your beautiful families and friends! I'm so happy I could give you these memories. Congratulations! ~Kristine

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Home is Where the Heart Is 08.27.12

Pictures at home are special. As the saying goes, it's where the heart is, so the pictures are always a little more personal and sentimental. It's also a really easy place for a photo shoot, especially with three little ones. Ryan and Daniel are parents to sweet little Emerson, and 7-month old TWINS -- Henry and Andrew. Here are a few favorites (okay....more like a lot, and there are still so many more where these came from!) from our morning together. Enjoy!

What a gorgeous family and what great summer colors!


A bunch of frames later and we finally got it! Love!


Even the "outtakes" are precious. :)


Mommy took the boys inside to eat...so I focused on Daddy and his girl for awhile.


We played.


We did the things she normally does at home in her backyard.


We ran races...


And she loved it all.


That's the best way to get those real smiles.


Make sure they're having fun!


Those curls, those eyelashes! Emerson is just stunning.


Twin time! So so handsome!


I haven't photographed that many twins...but I have to say that it was really obvious how close these two are.


It was the way they held on to each other and the way they looked at each other. So so sweet!


Ryan took my recent photography workshop so she could take even better pics of her beautiful kids. That means, though, that she'll probably be behind the camera EVEN more than she already is...


Mom to mom, I get it. To have a nice portrait with each of your kids is so special. This is Henry.


And this is Andrew. Ryan you are beautiful!


A few candids...


I had such a hard time choosing which to blog...


A good problem to have. :-)


We took a little break inside to cool off...Emerson loved jumping on her bed.


And her brothers were loving the playroom.


Ryan, your color choices couldn't be more perfect!


This is so real life.


And so is this. Hehe!


The boys and their nursery. Love.


Back outside, it was time to play again...


I wanted to make sure we got some of Daniel and the twins since we got so many with Emerson earlier.


Precious!


Getting ready for his close up.


I could post and post and post.


They are all just that sweet!


What do you do when it's 98 degrees outside at 10 am? Put on your bathing suit!


And splash splash splash!


We had to make sure Henry and Andrew would be okay with the splashing...


And luckily, they loved every minute of it. Ryan and Daniel, thank you for allowing me to spend a morning at your beautiful home with your precious family! I hope you love the little sneak peek! Hugs, Kristine

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10 Years and 2 Beautiful Girls Later... 08.25.12

10 years and 2 beautiful daughters later...Sarah and Paul decided they wanted to do a lifestyle session at the University of Richmond where they were married. Such a great idea!

We first visited the Chapel to recreate their wedding portrait...only sweeter this time!


Such a beautiful family!


Madeline and Lauren -- and their Kelly's Kids dresses -- are just adorable.


And they obviously love each other so much.


Such a beauty.


Having fun in her twirling dress.


Precious girl!


My camera LOVED them.


They loved it back.


They had so much fun walking around campus picking spots.


I can still hear them, "Can we do one here Miss Kris?"


We got a few shots of mom and dad...and the girls were my silly helpers making them smile.


I knew they were ready to play. So we did.


Their faces in this series are just priceless.


They were truly having a blast.


Just priceless.




I could have done a whole blog of these.


They tell such a story...


Of love and admiration for their parents. My heart is melting.


A few more relaxed portraits of the girls...


No cheese face around here!


Just beautiful smiles all around.


These girls did fantastic...we did a little posing...


And a lot of playing...


And I'm so glad I had the chance to meet them!


Sarah and Paul, thank you so much! I had so much fun doing these pictures for you and I hope you love the little sneak peek. Hugs! ~Kristine

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Everything 08.23.12

She is their everything...and this session sums up everything I love about a lifestyle photography session. A few natural portraits, lots of real smiles, barefeet, eyelashes, playing at the park, laughter, love, a super cute dog, maybe a silhouette or two?! The list goes on. I really want to blog EVERY single picture...so I decided to make a slideshow at the end. To the song "Everything". It's one of my favorites and one that reminds me how we as parents feel about our kids. Enjoy!

Meet Nicole and John, their beautiful 4-year old daughter Ava, and their precious pup Brody.


Ava loves Brody.


And he loves her back.


Since this lake is pretty much their backyard...


A few silhouettes were a must!


Ava being a model.


Ava being a kid.


She is such a stunning little girl.


I told her we needed a few nice smiles...


And then we could go to the park.


She happily led the way.


These playful images are some of my favorites.


They'd be so perfect on a playroom wall...


And in a photobook.


It was definitely hard choosing favorites...


So there are so many more in the slideshow at the end.


I think she was having fun!


Gorgeous mommy! Love the portrait...


Love the candids...


Kisses for mommy...


Kisses for Ava.


Daddy's future sailing partner.


Love!


Love more! Could their matching Kelly's Kids outfits be more perfect!?!


Since Nicole is a Kelly's Kid rep herself, she chose a second favorite outfit for Ava.


I love this eyelash shot in black and white...


But for the rest, the color is just so vibrant and fun.


What a beauty!


So sweet and innocent.


Love her painted toes!


Our session couldn't have gone better.


Nicole and John, thank you for asking me to photograph your beautiful family! It was so good to see you after so many years since college and to meet your sweet girl and Brody too -- what a trooper he was! Hope you love the sneak peek as much as I do. Hugs! ~Kristine


Click on the play button below to see a musical slideshow with a bunch more images from their session...and make sure your volume is turned up. Nicole and John, thank you for EVERYTHING. :)

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Lindsay + Andy: Wedding Preview 08.21.12

Lindsay and Andy grew up just 100 yards from each other, but they didn't meet until high school. And now nearly 10 years later, they tied the knot. What an amazing couple, and what an amazing wedding! Here are a few favorites that sum up their beautiful story. Enjoy!

The photography began at Lindsay's parents home, where the gorgeous bride was getting her makeup done.


Some details...




LOVE the blue shoes!


After Lindsay's hair was finished...


It was time to get dressed...


And become a bride! So sweet!


Onto the ceremony.


Lindsay's Dad is so proud of his only daughter.


There is just a closeness in this family that would be obvious to even a stranger.


The rings.


The kiss.


And they're married!


And what a beautiful day it was to get married!


Next we were off to Merriweather Manor


Lindsay's wedding planner, Aimee, did a fantastic job. The place was stunning!


And so was the bride!


And so were the Holly Chapple Flowers


Andy was looking quite handsome as well.


A few shots of the wedding party...


The girls were just adorable!


And these guys...


They were cracking me up!


I'm pretty sure they had fun. :)


And their pictures have so much personality because of that. Hahaha!


Love.


A few portraits of the newlyweds...












Could they be any cuter?


Time to party!


We walked up to the party near the end of the cocktail hour....


And we found kids (and adults) playing cornhole.


I then snuck into the tent to photograph the awesomeness.


Details everywhere!










The favors...


Cutest caprese salad ever.


In true Hokie fashion, there was a football kind of entrance that started with the best man...


The excitement in the room gave me the chills.


I'm pretty sure the cheering echoed over the mountains.


As Lindsay and Andy went around giving high fives to their guests.


The first dance...


Was followed by some great toasts. The one given by Lindsay's Dad was so memorable. He had everyone crying.


He welcomed his new son into the family...


And then danced with his daughter to Jimmy Buffet's "Little Miss Magic".


Some cake cutting...


And then it was time to dance.


The couple married the longest amount of time...


And the one married the shortest....but with such a lifetime ahead of them!




Thumbs up!


And it was time for a sparkler exit.


Lindsay and Andy, thank you for asking me to document your perfect perfect wedding day. I smiled the entire time I typed this remembering all the fun and love. Congratulations! Hugs! ~Kristine

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