This was my first session of 2017 and if this session indicates what is in store for me this year, I am so excited!! We spent the morning at Longwood Gardens, and it was one of my most favorite sessions yet. It was the perfect combination of lifestyle and documentary and I just loved meeting this family. Little kids don't like to sit still for long and this location is perfect for that. There is lots to explore and see and we don't have to "sit still" for more than a few seconds here and there. I love exploring the children's garden with my clients... and my own two little ones! <3
As much as I love doing tree farm mini sessions, it doesn't come close to as much fun I have at a storytelling session :) During this family lifestyle session with the S family, I documented them cutting down their Christmas tree! We started the moment they hopped out of their car and ended with them packing the tree to go home. We captured some lifestyle portraits along the way too. This year, I will be offering two packages for Documentary Sessions: a half day "storytelling" session and a full "day in the life" session. If you are interested in finding out more about these packages, feel free to send me an email or submit a question on my contact form :)
I spent a frigid November afternoon with the H family next to their cozy fire. I love in-home sessions so much. They work so well for all ages... not just newborns. When we initially were email about the session, Erin said that she wanted to have a session that captures a day in their regular life - no fancy clothes, no fancy posing. It was wonderful and we captured so many great moments.
Longwood Gardens is my absolute favorite place to shoot in the winter. It's always gorgeous and always changing so it never gets old. You also can't beat the weather :) I did a family session for the O family to document baby Prim's 6 month milestone. We took plenty of family shots too and had fun doing a mix of posed, documentary, and more lifestyle photos. Enjoy!
I did Evelyn's newborn session earlier in the year and I was so excited to see her again for her six month Milestone session! I love documenting the first year because they grow so much and go through so many changes. We did this session right at sunset and Evelyn was the happiest little girl. It was fun to catch up with her big brother too :)
We had a beautiful warm and sunny morning for the A family's session at Ridley Creek State Park. When we scheduled the session I was not sure if there would be any leaves left on the trees (this was in early November) but we ended up finding some pretty foliage :)
I am vowing to never get behind on blogging again, but I will say, I love revisiting these fall sessions and I am finding new favorites for each session as I look through the galleries again :) We had a beautiful night for the A family... perfect temperature (which was a nice surprise for November!) and a beautiful sunset. I absolutely love working with this family. I knew I could take them to this location and that they would be up for a little hike ;) They totally go with the flow and give their kids endless love. We captured lots of fun and lots of love.... which is always my favorite <3
I met the G family at their home for a family lifestyle session. They wanted to capture the kids playing and enjoying a Saturday morning together. It was nice outside, so we were able to play outside for a bit too. During my sessions, I don't stop shooting very often. While we were getting ready to go outside, I was taking pictures of Mom putting on her daughter's shoes. She said to me, "Why are you taking a picture of my mom tying my shoes?" And I said, "Because one day, you will tie them on your own." <3
I met up with the T family at Haverford College for a Family Lifestyle Session. It was a beautiful night with perfect weather. I especially loved some of the Mommy and Me shots we captured <3Little B sure was a snuggler with his mom but he loved flying high with his dad!
I had a wonderful time last fall with the R family. We started their session at home and took so pictures doing some of their favorite activities with their daughter: reading books, playing with their doll house, and being silly. They also love going to the park, so after we finished up at home, we walked the park and I followed behind to capture them hanging out as a family. I loved this session and I know they will love looking back at these images of their home and town when their daughter was young <3
I am so behind on blogging my fall sessions and I've been eagerly waiting to get to this session. I was so excited to work with the T family again. I did A's newborn photos and it was incredible to see how much she has grown. Valerie is an amazing local photographer (I can't get enough of her posed newborns!) and we spent a good bit of time deciding on the perfect location... we wanted lots of grasses and a gorgeous sunset. Beautiful light was a top priority. We ended up with a perfect night and I love the casual, lifestyle images we captured. Their gallery was HUGE and it was so tough to pick my favorites to blog :)
I love that I get to work with this family multiple times each year. This past fall, we met at Longwood Gardens and explored the conservatory. It was a hot, humid day so the conservatory was a perfect spot for a session. The girls were excited and we were able to get lots of fun, playful shots :) Stay tuned, because the next week I did an extended family session with this family. It's up next on the blog!
We were so lucky that we didn't have rain for this session! We had Longwood Gardens to ourselves this morning and had a wonderful time being silly and exploring. We even had an outfit change at the end to get into some of the cutest play clothes I've ever seen! :) I went to school with this mom and grew up in the same town, so it was fun to reconnect after all these years! Her daughter was the cutest toddler and I loved her giggles!
Our goal for this lifestyle/documentary session was to capture life at one! Making it through the first year is something to celebrate - both for the baby and for the parents! This sweet family wanted to remember what life was like with two one year olds running around because these ordinary, often simple moments are the ones that make life extraordinary. I arrived and the twins were waking up from nap and we captured everything from bath time to dinner time. I always like to include pets in my sessions... after all, they are family, too <3
I had a wonderful time with this family and their sweet little girl. We explored the park and tried to stay cool on a hot summer day! She loves reading The Hungry Caterpillar so we took a break to read for a bit part way through the shoot. It was so fun to wok with these three!
It has been awhile since I've blogged. I had to take a break to keep up with my fall sessions, but now I want to get back to sharing some of my favorite sessions from 2016. I did this lifestyle session at the end of last summer. Mom wanted the session to have a newborn feel to it even though their baby as about three months old. I was a little nervous about how it would go because I had not done this before, but it turned out to be one of my favorite sessions. Three months is such a great age. I feel like it's around this time that their personalities really start to peek through... and oh the smiles! I love them :)
I spent a beautiful night at Marsh Creek State Park capturing this amazing family to honor their daughter's first birthday. There is nothing better than a beautiful sunset, warm water, and lots of love. Happy birthday, sweet girl!
As I sit here sipping hot tea and debating about plugging in my space heater, I thought it would be fun to look back at a session from August. It was SO hot this day and the heat index was over 100. These guys were such troopers and we embraced the heat, enjoyed the morning, and cooled off at the end in the children's garden. I love working with this family each year! They have been with me since I first opened and am so happy to have connected with them. I've loved watching Dylan grow from a toddler into a preschooler, capturing Zooey when she first entered their family, and now her one year old pictures :)
I've known Vera's mom since we were seven. We did summer swimming together, went to school together, and now are moms together. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to photograph my friends - new and old <3 I don't take that lightly. I loved spending the afternoon at Ridley Creek State Park with these five (!) to capture some images for Vera's first birthday. Vera adores her big siblings and always has her eye on them. Pretty soon, she will be able to keep up with them too :) Thank you for trusting me to capture these memories and fleeting moments for you!
I love doing sessions that have a more documentary feel to them. For this session, we met at one of the family's favorite parks and played for a bit before taking some more posed photos. This family has three kids three and under and they had so much fun letting the girls take the lead. It was fun to get to know all of their personalities and get a few laughs here and there.