Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Kristine Pringle Photography

Today, we are so thrilled to introduce you all to our most recent cover photographer, Kristine Pringle!  Once we got our light, airy, bohemian vision, we knew Kristine was the perfect choice!

Tell us a little about your company!

I started my business 9 years ago, and it has grown into something beyond my wildest dreams. Right now, I photograph about 20-25 weddings per year with the help of my awesome associate and second shooter Bethany.

In addition to weddings, I photograph new babies (many of them for my former brides) as well as kids and families. I love being a photographer that my couples can “grow with.” It’s so much fun and many of my clients’ children refer to me as “Aunt Kris!”

Lastly, I strongly believe in “Community Over Competition” and love teaching and mentoring new photographers. I do monthly photography workshops at my home and have taught hundreds of people how to shoot in Manual mode and take better pictures. Teaching has always been a huge part of my heart.

How did you get started in this business?

It happened by accident. I didn’t plan on becoming a professional photographer, but I believe the best things in life aren’t planned. I earned my Ph.D. in health policy and spent 5 years in the corporate world doing health outcomes research. One day, a friend asked if I would photograph her wedding, and my life suddenly changed. After that wedding, my passion for photography was noticed by other couples, and I quickly realized I was doing what I was meant to do. My life took an unexpected turn, and I now have the privilege of documenting life’s sweetest and most genuine moments. I couldn’t imagine anything more rewarding.

When our first daughter was born in 2008, I made the decision to make photography my full-time career, and I haven’t looked back since. I am truly blessed to make a living doing what I love.

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What’s your favorite wedding story??

I have so many, but I will always remember Christina and Shane’s wedding. It was a ZERO percent chance of rain and SUNNY when she walked up the aisle. Then, out of nowhere, a tiny cloud came and it rained during their vows. No one had an umbrella (not even me), so the groomsmen quietly took their jackets off to offer protection for the bride. Christina’s sweet bridesmaids stood there getting soaked while Christina and Shane promised to love each other unconditionally, even when life threw the unexpected at them. It was beautiful! Ten minutes later, it was sunny again for their portraits.

Why do you like working with weddings?

Capturing the day that two people in love pledge their lives to one another is the greatest feeling. It’s like watching a romantic movie in person, which is why I cry (behind my camera) at every wedding! From the engagement session to long after the wedding, I love forming a friendship with my couples, which I believe translates into portraits that look comfortable and relaxed. I also love capturing the beautiful and creative details that make each wedding unique — and of course, the candids! Moments in time that can never be duplicated are my absolute favorite.

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From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?

When doing your wedding-day timeline, build in more time than you think you will need. If you think it will take 2 hours for hair and makeup, maybe plan on 2.5 hours. If you think it takes 20 minutes to drive from the ceremony to the reception, plan on 30. It’s probably because of the number of people involved, but from my experience things usually take a little longer at weddings, which can end up cutting into your photo time making your portraits feel rushed.

How far in advance should couples book your services?

Most of my couples book with me about a year before their wedding date, but that is just an average. Sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less. As of now, I’m booking into summer of 2017 and so grateful for all of the couples who are trusting me with their memories.

What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?

I am inspired by…
God. I believe it was His plan for me to discover and share my gift with others.
My husband. He is the hardest worker I know.
My daughters. They remind me to focus on what matters most.
My parents. We are really close. I hope I can someday have a similar relationship with my girls.
My friends. They are so steadfast and loyal and successful yet humble.
Pinterest. Who isn’t?!

What do you like to do when you are away from work?

My husband Scott and I have two young daughters (6 and 7) who keep us busy with soccer and lots of other activities. They are my world. They will tell you that I love running, decorating, cooking, planning birthday parties, traveling, arts & crafts, and anything that has to do with being outside. Except bugs.

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What would we be surprised to learn about you?

1. My 7-year old’s name is Elsa. She was 5 when “Frozen” came out, so we like to say that Disney copied us.
2. My husband and I used to live in a converted barn in rural PA, where I started my company.
3. I’m a nerd. I always loved school and I love that photography pushes me to constantly learn new things.
4. I was a Delta Delta Delta at Virginia Tech. Joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I ever made because of the lasting friendships I’ve developed.
5. I grew up in Midlothian. After living in several other places for school and jobs, we are so excited to be back. I love this town!
6. I used to go by “Kris” instead of Kristine. But, when I got married to a Pringle and the holidays rolled around, everyone kept asking if my name was really Kris Kringle.
7. I can talk a lot. Maybe that doesn’t come as a surprise?

Thank you, Kristine!  We can’t thank you enough for being a part of our cover, and we love having you in the RW family!  To learn more about Kristine, please visit www.kristinepringle.com.

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