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Rebecca’s 30th Birthday Cake Smash | Fredericksburg VA

Happy birthday (a bit early!) to one of my all-time favorite people in the world, Rebecca! I feel so lucky that Rebecca asked me to be a part of her 30th birthday cake smash this year. It was so much fun to step out of my comfort zone and capture these fun, glamorous...

JMU Senior Portrait Session

  April 10, 2019 How is it possible that Ashley and Ian are graduating from JMU this spring? I feel like it was just yesterday I did Ashley's senior portraits for high school graduation! I traveled up to James Madison University this past weekend to capture their...

Tips for Lifestyle Sessions with VA Lifestyle Photographer

  February 6, 2019 So any families think that once the winter comes that we can’t get family portraits done because of the weather and the cold! And while it’s true we probably won’t be bundling up for portraits in the freezing temperatures, we can definitely still...

An Open Letter to a New Mom

  January 30, 2019Dear New Mom, Hi. It’s me. A new-ish first time mom to a little boy. Being a new mom is really hard. Which they tell you … they tell you in books, on blogs, in the hospital class. But if you’re anything like me, you figure it’s nothing you can’t...

Dear David, Happy First Birthday

  January 18, 2019 Dear David, How are you possibly a year old? I feel like it was just yesterday I was waking up at 4:30AM with contractions starting, full of fear and excitement. I remember them telling me they hadn't done a sonogram on a woman in active labor...

Downtown Alexandria Maternity Session

  January 16, 2019 I can't begin to express what Chris and Kristin mean to Ryan and me (and David) so I was thrilled when they asked me to capture their growing family this winter! These two are expecting their first baby boy in February. Spoiler alert.... he came...

Kirk Family Lifestyle Newborn Session

  January 9, 2019 It’s crazy how fast time really goes – when Jenna contacted me about photographing her new baby girl this fall, I said absolutely! And when I arrived? It blew my mind how tiny Sadie was – and it reminded me how small David had been! Does time really...

Fall Family Portraits at Government Island

  January 2, 2019Being a mom is really hard. But getting to go through and learn about motherhood with people you knew in college is something really special. Sara and Addy have a son, Jamey, about a month older than David – so I got to sneak a few peeks at what life...

A Look Back on 2018

  December 31, 2018 Is it really the last day of 2018? I know I sound like a broken record, but I can’t believe the year is about over. It’s been so crazy in our lives (I wonder why!) and it’s unreal how fast this year went. We’ve been working, raising our baby boy,...

Blandy Farms Family Portraits

December 12, 2018 Meet the Cummings Family! A few months ago, I saw one of my former professors posting about how the Concern Hotline in Winchester, VA was having a silent auction to raise money for their organization. Having worked for the Concern Hotline, I knew...


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"We love Kristina's work and appreciate her passion for capturing authentic photos of our family!"

-Rebecca Church

"Kristina is a Wonderful Photographer! I loved getting to work with her and take head shot portraits for each other! Not only is she a very talented photographer but she is also an amazing girl to be around! She is full of positive energy and makes you feel confident in every shot she takes. I hope to work with her again in the future!"

-Marie Murray

"Kristina is amazing!! She's incredibly sweet, very talented and does excellent work! If you're looking for a personable experience and beautiful pictures, look no further!"

-Kristin Sestito

"I had a great experience with Kristina! She made me feel so comfortable when I was so nervous/ excited about the session. I loved the dress I had the privilege to wear. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with her!"

-Kelly Ruano

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"I would highly recommend K. Dowler Photography. Her mixture of professionalism and artistry is exceptional, and she makes her clients feel at ease through what could have easily been a trying experience."

-Josh Colbert

"How lucky we were to win a session with her in a silent auction. She was so calm and flexible with my family, grandparent, husband, myself, 3 year old and 16 month old. She really captured our family's personality in all her photos. We can't wait to use her again! Thanks Kristina!"

-Claire Bolek

"I really enjoyed working with Kristina throughout this process. Graduating from college is something that only happens once, and I believe that there is no one better that I could have asked to take such personal pictures and capture such personal memories."

-Alaina Gerwer