Fun, Family, and Smiles | Northern VA Family Photographer

*While I am home on maternity leave, I'm posting some sessions from this past year that are near and dear to my heart!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for photos of our sweet boy and updates on my return from leave!  My newsletter subscribers are also the first to hear about important news so don't forget to sign up!  I'll be back soon!*

What is it with kids with dimples?  They are just so darned cute!!  The little guy in this adorable blended family was the apple of everyone's eye and had the most enchanting little dimples when he grinned!  His big brother and sister were so beautiful/handsome and incredibly polite and mature.  They were patient with their little bro and were just all around awesome to work with!  This family was originally from Alaska and their grandparents on mom's side were in town visiting.  It was so much fun being able to get them all together for some really special family portraits and we had a really fun and relaxed session together!  

The Kelly Family is All Smiles | Ashburn Family Photographer

*While I am home on maternity leave, I'm posting some sessions from this past year that are near and dear to my heart!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for photos of our sweet boy and updates on my return from leave!  My newsletter subscribers are also the first to hear about important news so don't forget to sign up!  I'll be back soon!*

The Kelly family and I go wayyy back!  Their children are Mountain Lions, the school that I formerly taught at and that John is now the principal of!  In fact, their oldest, Jacob, is a happy, confident middle schooler and their youngest, Riley, is now in her final year of elementary school.  I get teary-eyed thinking about my girls doing new milestones...I can't even imagine thinking about moving on from elementary school.  Nope, can't go there yet!!  

This is one of the nicest, kindest families you will ever meet.  They are active in the community and love to volunteer and give back.  The kids take after their parents and are smart, respectful, and sweet as can be.  It was a pleasure being able to do a family session for them so that they could have some updated family portraits!  We had a wonderful time walking through the woods, catching up, and chatting about school, life, work...you name it!  We even had a little dance party, too!

Thank you Kelly Family for the fun times during your session!  It was such a pleasure!!

To ALL the mommies... | Ashburn newborn photographer

*While I am home on maternity leave, I'm posting some sessions from this past year that are near and dear to my heart!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for photos of our sweet boy and updates on my return from leave!  My newsletter subscribers are also the first to hear about important news so don't forget to sign up!  I'll be back soon!*

Mother's Day is a weird day for me.  It is a natural day of reflection on what being a mother means to me.  I am so blessed to have my beautiful children to celebrate with...but my heart hurts thinking of my sweet angel in heaven who I cannot hug and squeeze on this day.

Today is a day for celebration, to be sure.  But I just want anyone who is reading this who feels a little (or a lot) sad today to know that I am thinking of you.  

Here's to the mothers (and those that have a mother's heart).  All of you.

And cheers also to one of the best parts of my job... capturing the special bond between mother and child!  There is nothing more beautiful in the world.

Happy Mother's Day!

A Fun-Filled Family Photography Session with the Chverchkos | Ashburn Family Photographer

*While I am home on maternity leave, I'm posting some sessions from this past year that are near and dear to my heart!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for photos of our sweet boy and updates on my return from leave!  My newsletter subscribers are also the first to hear about important news so don't forget to sign up!  I'll be back soon!*

The Chverchko Family was one of the sweetest families I have ever met!  They are originally from PA and are Steelers fans so we chatted a lot about that during the session since my husband, John, is from the same area and is a Pittsburg-everything nut!  Their son, Nathan, was absolutely ADORABLE and was a bundle of fun-filled boy energy.  We played, laughed, ran, laughed some more, and oh, yeah!  Took photos!!  It was a gorgeous day and we had the best time.  We made some time to get some special portraits of just mom and dad because so often the last time parents have had their picture taken- just the two of them!- was on their wedding day.  My clients always thank me for these loving photos (and they make special gifts on anniversaries, etc!).

I'll never forget how the session ended.  In the fading light, I hugged everyone goodbye and let them know when their images would be ready and started walking to my car.  Before I could get there though, little Nate was running after me asking me if we could play some more the next day and gave me a giant bear hug.  MELT ME!!  I was tempted to take him home with me, but I just know his mom and dad would miss him WAY too much ;-)  

I just love being able to capture families having fun together and making memories.  Best job ever!

Shoot and Share Contest Results | Ashburn Newborn, Maternity, and Family Photographer

A while back, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and enter the 2017 Shoot and Share Contest for the first time.  This contest is a really unique one in the photography community because anyone can vote and all entries remain anonymous until after voting concludes.  As you vote, you are shown four images at a time, you choose the one you like the best, and then it will generate four more images and so on.  

Let me tell you, this contest is ADDICTING!  There were so many times that I would say, "Ok, 5 more minutes!"  Boom!  Twenty minutes later, I was still clicking away.  The talent and creativity from photographers all over the world blew me away and was completely inspiring!  There were a mind-blowing 332,768 entries overall in the contest.  I wish I had been able to see each and every one of them, but that would have been impossible.

Today, I am excited to finally able to share my results with you!  

Woohoo!!  Two of my images were chosen as 'finalists' which means that they were in the top 3.5% of all entries.  YAY! 

Finalists:

7 images placed in the top 10%:

Five images placed in the top 20%:

And two placed in the top 30%:

Thank you SO much to my amazing clients who have welcomed me into their lives to document these special moments.  And a big thank you to any of you who may have voted!  I truly appreciate your support!

Much love,

Kristin