New Hope Wedding Photographer | Jennifer and John

A stone farmhouse, orchids, fireworks, thunderstorms, donuts.  I knew I would have to prepare myself for the beauty of this stunning, at-home wedding.  If I told you how quickly this wedding was planned you would not believe me.  I met and booked with Jennifer just a few short months ago and this wedding was like a gift that fell into my lap from our very first interaction.  I don't meet too many couples anymore, with many folks opting to book over email or a phone call.  Having coffee with Jen and hearing about the details of John's and her day felt like getting together with an old friend.  Add to that all of the perfect decisions they made about the wedding; the sailcloth tent, her delicate lace dress and the beautifully manicured gardens at the house, getting dressed at the Woolverton Inn in Stockton, and the fact that the wedding took place on a gorgeous property right around the corner from my own home, it was perfection. 

The threat of thunderstorms may have dampened the mood a bit in the morning but I was thankful that John refused to get married anywhere but on the lawn, as planned.  I quietly love when a couple shares my vision for an outdoor ceremony, no exceptions.  Everyone was prepared with umbrellas but I think John and Mother Nature had a serious and threatening conversation and she actually conceded as the skies cleared right around 6pm, ceremony time.  What a gift.  The rains poured down later in the evening but glowing tent was so cozy and inviting that no one seemed to notice. 

If I could shoot this wedding three times over I would.  I truly enjoyed every minute of it.  Sage did a fabulous job with the catering and The Living Earth did a tremendous job making the flowers unique and beautiful.  By 11pm I had fallen in love my with my job all over again.

bridal bouquet on couch at the Woolverton Inn in New Hope
bride checking the weather on her phone
woman holds flower girl dress and purse
Mother of the bride looks out window
Pink bridal shoes on dark blue couch
Bride embraces mother on wedding day before getting into her gown
Bride gets dressed at the Woolverton Inn in Stockton, NJ
Backlit image of bride getting dressed while mother helps.
Bride looking excited while getting into her wedding gown
Portrait of bride at Woolverton Inn
bride looks at flower girl while posing for a photo, bridal bouquet also pictured
Bride holds onto veil while smiling in front of the Woolverton Inn in Stockton
Property with sailcloth tent set up for a wedding with grey skies
Groom looks at his watch while getting ready for wedding
Groom and stepmother share a glance before wedding ceremony begins
Groom relaxes in living room before the cermony
Bride and her dad share a laugh as they begin their walk down the aisle
Groom wipes a tear as he sees his bride coming down the aisle
Bride gets choked up walking down the aisle being escorted by her parents
Bride gives her groom an excited look as she reaches the front of the aisle
Father of the bride shakes grooms hand as bride looks on
Wedding ceremony at home
groom tucks hair behind bride's ear as her veil blows in the wind
Bride and groom share wedding vows at outdoor cermony
Bride laughs during wedding vow exchange
Stone springhouse alongside bride and groom sharing an embrace at the end of the wedding ceremony
Groom shares a laugh with his mother
Bride and groom embrace under clear umbrella
bride and groom walk away from camera under clear umbrella, looking at one another
Bride grins at groom during first dance
bride and groom share first dance under a tent
Newlyweds lift their glasses after wedding toast
Friends greet the bride on her wedding day with enthusiasm
Sailcloth tent with twinkle lights and a pink sunset
Father of the bride dances with his daughter
Bride shares a dance with her dad
Groom shares a dance with his mother
Mother and son dance at his wedding
Two girls get down on the dance floor
Sailcloth tent lit at night against a dark sky
bride and groom watch fireworks with excitement
Bride and groom react to fireworks with excitement

Wayne Family Photographer | The Thomas Family

I have been photographing the Thomas family since before they became a family.  Natasha and Deane hired me to shoot their engagement session many years ago while we were all living in New York and it feels like we have been scheduling sessions ever since.  I have photographed each newborn baby boy and the entire family twice yearly for as long as I can remember.  It has been an absolute joy watching this family grow, change, move to another state, add more babies and journey through life together. 

Each year the boys seem a little older to me, but I am especially reminded of why I became a photographer when I see my images of them on their walls and in frames throughout their home.  Seeing a photo in the foyer from their oldest son Severin's newborn session makes me feel like it was ages ago that I was photographing him as a tiny baby and I am reminded that these memories have a way of just slipping through our fingers to make more room for present moments.  Thank goodness for photographs and the people who trust me to make them!  Thank you, Natasha and Deane for so many wonderful memories and I am looking forward to many more!  I love how "real" these sessions have become capturing the beauty, love and choas that is life.

Young mother surrounded by four sons
Family of six showing off their muscles
Mother, father and four young boys pose for picture
two boys run away from camera into field
little boy sits at the bottom or slide smiling
father with four sons in soccer goal hugging
black and white of boy putting grass on brother's head
mom and dad snuggling baby
mom wipes son's nose
little boy holds mom's hands and laughs
youngest brother gets pushed in red car by oldest brother
boy walks away from camera holding mom's hand

Brandywine Creek State Park Family Portrait | The Burkhardt Family

The Burkhardts introduced me to Brandywine Creek State Park last month.  How lucky are they to have this 900+ acre park as their backyard playground?  The location where we shot their session allows you to see Mother Earth, undisturbed, for miles in any direction.  It was the kind of place that made me feel small, and I can imagine children getting lost in their own imaginations there for hours, letting the park quench their thirst for adventure and exploration.  After asking me for a shooting location, I have to thank Heather and her family for coming up with their own idea, far better than what I had offered since it is so meaningful to them. 

I loved working with these sweet kids, each with their own distinct personality.  It is amazing how much I can learn about a child in an hour, especially in the company of their siblings.  Burkhardts, it was a total pleasure photographing your family and I look forward to seeing more of you in the future!

Two young brothers looking at a bug on a rock
Family portrait of family of five with mother, father, two young boys and girl in a park
Family portrait of three young children, mother and father
three siblings, one girl, in a big bear hug
little girl smiling with arm across her knees
four year old sitting cross legged on rocks
children picking flowers for mom
little girl turned back looking over shoulder while walking down the road
black and white of nine year old boy standing outside
black and white of three children standing in front of parents
family of five standing in front of white barn outside in a park setting
black and white of brothers hugging
black and white of young girl smiling with arms crossed

Red Tricycle Feature

I was so excited to learn that Red Tricycle was interested in using two of my images for an article they wrote about first birthday photo ideas.  They mention ten ideas for photographing your one year old and among the two they selected was a photo of my little Silas at age one (with the silly expression.)   You can view the entire article here: http://redtri.com/bump-baby/must-take-first-birthday-pics/

Red Tricycle screen grab of article
one year old making funny face at camera
one year old boy wearing dad's blue tie and diaper for photo

Ambler Portrait Photographer - Charlie

Charlie's parents signed her up for one of my favorite projects, a baby's first year package.  I have always loved photographing newborns but watching them grow over the course of the year is just so fun to witness and capture.  Watching couples grow in their parenting journey is also a pretty neat thing to see.  Dan and Toni have a bundle of pure joy and happiness in little Charlie and ironically, they realize how lucky they are and what an easy baby she is!  She was sweet and smiley for the entire session and even as the temperatures dropped when the sun went down, she was happy to show off her all-star baby legs and toes for a few photographs.  I can't wait to see what the next six months brings.  See you in the Fall, sweet Charlie.

chubby cheeked baby being help up by dad
six month old baby girl standing in between mom and dad holding their hands
mother kissing baby girl while holding her close
mom and dad standing in wooded area while dad holds baby up and mom looks on
baby girl laughs while sitting in wooded area
six month old baby girl smiles while sitting in wooded area wearing blue headband
mom holds baby up in the air with dad standing close behind in a wooded area
baby girl lays on pink blanket in a field
baby clutches toes with her hand in a field
baby girl laughs on pink blanket looking up at camera
black and white image of baby toes up in the air
baby girl in pink blanket on the grass looking up at camera

Project 365 | March Favorites | Bucks County Photographer

I have successfully documented another month here at home.  I am still truly enjoying the process of picking up my camera each day and completely surprised by the fact hat I have not yet missed a day.  I get really excited about new things and ideas and it doesn't always last, but this time I think I am seeing the results of putting in the time and effort to really practice and make new work in a different setting than I am used to, and it has motivated me to keep going and see what else I can "see."  I hope you enjoy these images.  I have loved watching the seasons come to life through this project and when viewed all at once, it can really give a sense of time and change.  You will also see that my children love looking out the window for our resident groundhog.

Little girl looking at reflection
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boy with hand outstretched eating salt
boy on tiptoes laughing at dad in driver's seat of car
little girl blowing dandelion
baby toes and legs sitting in chair
boy looking out window with maui hook
little boy having a snack on windowsill
little girl closes window while little brother looks up at her

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center Family Portrait - Lindsay, Andy & Asher

It has been a long winter.  While I enjoy "busy season" in the Fall, which always spills over into December, the winter months offer a quiet relaxation from shooting for clients.  I have the opportunity to photograph what I choose to photograph and work on my own personal work at my leisure.  I have particularly enjoyed documenting my own family this past winter and the practice of having my camera out every day, and all the time.  But last night gave me a taste of what is to come this Spring and Summer and I could not be more excited.  It was so refreshing to get some new faces in front of my camera and Asher couldn't have been better.  This kid is completely obsessed with bubbles.  Blowing bubbles, splashing in the reflecting pool bubbles and pointing off in the distance saying, "bubbles."  He laughed easily and loved getting wet at the end of our session.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed photographing them.  It is always a pleasure, if not a little bit of a "pressure" shooting a fellow photographer.  Thanks for making it easy, Lindsay!

Greenville Family Portrait - The Kalamchi Family

Most of my portrait work involves families with young children. Parents want to savor those moments, the images of their children while they are young, wild, crazy, innocent. This session with the Kalamchis was a big change of pace for me with only one toddler and the majority or my portrait subjects being adults. I had a wonderful time visiting them over Thanksgiving break at their family home in Greenville and I could sense the feeling I get when my own family gets together for the holidays, that familiar buzz of everyone gathering under one roof for Thanksgiving and the anticipation of Christmas.  It was a pleasure and a privilege being there to make some family portraits for them.

Welkinweir Estate Wedding | Renee & Jordan

Sometimes I don't meet my couples until their wedding day.  I remember being on vacation with my family in Ocean City, New Jersey when Renee and Jordan and I had our first phone conversation.  They told me about what they were planning at Welkinweir and how everything was long-distance.  I can't imagine planning a wedding from far away, let alone hiring all of my vendors without meeting anyone but Renee and Jordan made wonderful choices based on reviews and internet resources and all of the details came together so beautifully.  I was in awe of the florals by Faye & Renee.  The combination of colors and blooms was absolute perfection and I could have looked at their ceremony arbor all day.  Renee and Jordan wanted to create a more intimate day with a smaller group of friends and family and you can really feel the difference when that happens.  Things don't seem to operate at such a frenetic pace with a smaller crowd and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and appreciate all of the finer details that went into planning the day.  Don't get me wrong, larger weddings excite me too, sometimes the fast pace and energy of a huge crowd is inspiring, but it's interesting how the size of a guest list is one more reflection on the couple and what they want from their wedding day.  I hope you enjoy the images of this sweet, laid-back couple.  It is always such a treat when I get to work with such nice people.  A big thank you to Annemarie Kopey who shot alongside me for this one.

Jordan brewed all of the beer that was served to their guests, including mead for the toasts.  This beautiful board described each different kind of beer and was located right next to the bar.  How cool is that?!

Jordan brewed all of the beer that was served to their guests, including mead for the toasts.  This beautiful board described each different kind of beer and was located right next to the bar.  How cool is that?!

Philadelphia Newborn Photographer | Rory

Rory was born just as the anticipation of the holidays was settling in last Fall.  I remember the crisp air in October and the leaves beginning to fall from the trees as I walked to meet them.  Siobhan and John had just moved into their new home in Philadelphia, the plastic wrap still on the chandelier.  They hadn't even had the opportunity to fill the rooms with furniture yet.  I remember thinking that it was such a momentous, exciting and fresh new beginning for them.  A brand new house, a brand new baby and a whole new wild world of parenthood about to begin.  Rory was a sweetheart, barely crying for me and completely awake and alert in his brand new nursery which was flooded with the most perfect light.  I can't imagine him 5 months older already, time surely flies.  I hope they are enjoying all of the beautiful moments a new baby brings and I hope you enjoy these photos of their precious boy.

 

 

Project 365 | February Favorites | Bucks County Photographer

It's been longer than I'd like to admit since I've worked on a personal project.  I have made excuses.  I don't have the time or energy to focus on one more thing.  I shoot so much for work that I can't find the motivation to get my camera out when I'm at home.  I can't imagine taking on more editing and post production work on top of my current client work.  But, things have both slowed down, in the off-season, and sped up, as my children are growing up before my eyes, that I felt it was the perfect time to focus on something for me.  I am only two months into my "photo a day" project but I am still really excited about the day to day images I'm collecting and the new way I am seeing my house, my kids, my light, my life and the world around me.  Most days are a blur and by the time 9 o'clock rolls around I could easily close my eyes and drift off to sleep for 12 hours if that were a possibility, but lately, 9 o'clock means I finally have an opportunity to open my laptop and pour over the images I've created from the day.  And more importantly, these images will serve to remind me of details I am bound to forget as the weeks and months pass.  If you've heard about the 365 project and considered trying it for yourself, it is not too late to start.  Whether with a point and shoot camera, an SLR or a phone, I would encourage you to give it a chance and see it changes the way you see the world.  I have been so pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed the process and the challenge.

Haverford College Family Session - Finn and Milo

I've been photographing this family since Emily and Ethan tied the knot in 2011.  They have since incorporated Emily's lovely parents into their sessions after adding two beautiful twin boys to their family. 

I say this a lot, but it is truly a pleasure to photograph this family each year and I am touched by the way that they value my work as art and express that to me year after year.  I feel a great connection with Emily and her parents and family and I think it is because they have just opened themselves up completely to me and to my lens during our session.  They are not wearing any masks and make no apologies for the chaos that accompanies two toddlers (a chaos with which I am already on a first name basis with at home.)  We've created images that are real and true and that reflect parenthood, childhood and grand-parenthood.

Creating images that capture the reality of your life is truly my purpose during a session and what I feel is the gift I have to share with you.  For you, I capture the images you might think you are looking for, the ones that tell your friends, and maybe even yourself that you've got it all together.  We all need those shots!   But for me, I capture the tufty hair, the chubby fingers, the playfulness and the joy of being a two year old.  I hope those become the images that you want too, if not now, down the road.  To all of the wonderful people in these photographs, thank you for letting me do that.  I hope these photographs fulfill you as much as they fulfill me

Brandywine River Museum Photographer - Bharti, Francis, Rithik & Vishal

Bharti contacted me about doing a photo session for her beautiful family near her home in Glen Mills, PA last Fall.  I had never been to the Brandywine River Museum of Art but it was such a beautiful location for portraits and I can't wait to have the opportunity to go back again this year.  Rithik and Vishal were such sweet and entertaining boys.  It was fun trying to get them to smile and they laughed easily which is always a great relief for me.  They are neighbors to one of my closest friends from the University of Delaware so while I had met them before, it was fun getting to know them better and watching them interact as a family.  It was obvious during the shoot that they have a lot of fun together.  To the A family, thank you for choosing me to capture your family and make new portraits of the the boys in 2016!  

Family of four sitting at the Brandywine River Museum

Brothers posing for photo in front of Brandywine River Musem

Boy posing on step with arms crossed over knee at Brandywine River Museum

Brothers sitting together at the Brandywine River Museum

Boy resting on his knee and smiling at Brandywine River Museum

Man and woman standing by fence holding hands

black and white of husband and wife holding hands and wife laughing at Brandywine River Museum

Older brother hugging younger brother around the neck

Brothers sitting at the Brandywine River Museum and laughing

Lehigh Valley Newborn Photographer - Violet

This sweet baby girl was born just before all of the excitement that Fall brings.  She couldn't have been more fun to meet and photograph, since I have been friends with her mom, Karen, from playing on the Emmaus High School tennis team with her way back in the 90s!  Wow.  I also had the pleasure of shooting Karen and Phil's wedding in 2014.  I have loved being a part of all of the major milestones in their lives and little Violet is certainly no exception.  Karen and Phil, thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home to meet your lovely baby girl.  I cannot wait to see how much she has grown and I look forward to photographing her again in the future!  

black and white of newborn baby yawning

New mother holding and kissing newborn baby girl

newborn baby girl smiling

newborn baby swaddled on a bed

closeup of newborn baby swaddled in white

newborn baby feet swaddled in white cloth

new dad holding and kissing baby girl

black and white of newborn baby in mother's arms

Crabtree's Kittle House Wedding - Shefali and Kieran

Now that busy season is officially over and I have more time to devote to sharing weddings and sessions, I am excited to share images of all of the wonderful people I photographed in 2016.  This post takes us back to a beautiful spring day in May at Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua, New York.  I met Shefali through her brother and his wife, whose engagement session I photographed in New York City in 2012.  Shefali was such a laid-back bride and it was truly an enjoyable day for everyone.  It is so refreshing to see a bride and groom relax and just enjoy the entirety of their wedding day.  After spending so much time planning,  I love when a couple can let go and enjoy the day they have been anticipating for so long.  I hope you enjoy the images from their day.  

bridal photo of bride applying perfume

Indian bride getting into white wedding dress

Portrait of Indian bride standing by chair by the window

Groom tying his bow tie getting ready for wedding

groom getting dressed with groomsmen in his hotel room

groom and groomsmen outside crabtree's kittle house

bride descending the stairs at crabtree's kittle house in chappaqua

groom seeing his bride for the first time descending the stairs at wedding

bride smirking at groom during outdoor ceremony

black and white of officiant at wedding ceremony

bride and groom at the altar

posed portrait of bride and groom outside in the sunset

indoor photo of room setup for wedding reception at crabtree's kittle house

waiter holding passed hors d'oeuvre

group of ladies laughing at cocktail hour

groomsman kissing his daughter, the flower girl

bride and groom first dance

groom twirls bride during first dance

groom picks up bride at the end of first dance

bride and groom give welcome toast

woman listens to bride and groom's toast

bride dances with her parents at wedding reception

couple dances at wedding reception

dance between bride and groom at the end of their wedding reception

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Philadelphia Family Portrait - Risa, Chris, Isla and Theo

I met Risa through a longtime client of mine, whose portraits I will also be posting shortly.  In a comprehensive list of referrals, Risa chose me, so thank you for appreciating my work in a sea of wonderful photographers, Risa!  She is the owner of a beautiful blog of which I've become a fan.  If you are looking to add to your blogroll, check out her beautiful page here.  She discusses all things style, kids, life, parenting and beyond.  I am sure that at least some of her posts will resonate with you, as they did with me. Risa and Chris live in Philadelphia with their adorable children so it was a natural backdrop for our Fall session.  The weather was unseasonably warm for October so I think a last minute wardrobe change was in order for the whole family.   Knowing how much time I spend planning the wardrobe for my own family sessions, it would have thrown me off completely, but everyone seemed relaxed and ready when I arrived at the Rodin Museum.  When you are trying to corral two toddlers for the perfect photograph, it is best to just let go and let the session take shape on it's own.  Risa and Chris did that perfectly and I think it shows in the images.  Thanks to the entire family for being so laid back and a special HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY to Isla today!!

 

little girl in white dress and boots standing amidst evergreen trees

black and white image of 2 year old girl sitting and touching her shoe

black and white of little girl running through two rows of trees outside the rodin museum

mother holding daughter and laughing

family of four walking by the Rodin Museum

mother holding up little boy about to kiss him

black and white of 2 year old being held by mother and walking looking over her shoulder

little brother and sister sitting side by side and amiling and laughing, looking up

one year old boy at the bottom of a big set of stairs outside the philadelphia art museum looking back at the camera

black and white of a mother comforting son at the top of a staircase outside the philadelphia art museum

family of four on the steps of the philadelphia art museum with the skyline in the background

one year old boy laughing and clapping his hands

father holding one year old son while he claps his hands

family of four with two toddler children standing in front of boatouse row in philadelphia

Happy Holidays!

It has warmed my heart this holiday season to open beautiful holiday cards made from photographs I've taken for you.  Thank you to my friends and clients who have given me the opportunity to create lasting memories for you and your families and taken the time to send me a card.  I have loved each and every card you have sent, including the ones that came after this photo was taken.  Merry Christmas to you and cheers to a fabulous new year.  I look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!  

holiday photo cards arranged on a table

 

 

Central Park Engagement Session - Mike and Kristen

I met Mike in ninth grade Spanish class and really got to know him over the summer when we both taught tennis at a club in Allentown, where I grew up.  I was so thrilled to learn that he had met a girl as lovely as Kristen and that they wanted me to photograph their wedding.  They live in New York City and wanted to have their engagement session done in Central Park, where they got engaged.  I always love going into New York to shoot, the city provides such an electric backdrop for images and it's easy to see things in a fresh new way because nothing stays the same in New York for very long.  It was a surprisingly cold Fall day but the sun was shining and I think the images convey the bright, fun time we had exploring the park and ending up at the spot where it all began, Conservatory Water.  I hope you enjoy these few favorites!  

girl in red coat and fiance in central park

black and white of engageed couple snuggling at Shakespeare's Castle in Central Park

girl in red coat and fiance in central parkgirl being dipped while dancing in central park in front of a fountain

engaged couple on picnic blanket in central park

girl laughing with fiance in front of new york city skyline in central park

engaged couple laughing by Bethesda fountain in central park

couple standing together under bethesda terrace

couple hugging at conservatory water in central park in new york city