I love working in the home of a family welcoming a newborn baby. I especially love to see the dynamic when there are siblings involved. There is a carefully orchestrated dance that all parents quickly learn in order to keep their new baby safe from their young siblings while also trying not to make the first-born feel displaced. It is such a delicate time for both children and the balancing act is one you will adopt quickly if you find yourself in the same situation. In this case, Jackson was the perfect big brother, both interested in and so gentle with his new baby brother. Carter was so alert for the entire session and endured outfit and location changes really well. Second children are always so tolerant, it's almost like they come prepared for the fact that the world will revolve mostly, but not only, around them alone. Enjoy these photos of sweet, tiny Carter. I bet he is inches longer and pounds heavier by now. Katie and Ryan, thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home and trusting me with these special moments with Carter!
I have spent a lot of time in Hoboken during the early years of my relationship with my husband and 2017 gave me a few opportunities to go back and photograph there. I always love going back and I'll happily go almost anywhere if it gives me a glimpse of the New York City skyline. A simple view of the Freedom Tower or the Empire State Building can transport me back to 34th Street and 6th Avenue, my feet shuffling down the sidewalk, surrounded by the hum of commuters, blaring horns and exhaust rising from subway grates. It is the energy I miss. People rushing around or just passing time in a place so rich in culture, so vast and diverse, that it felt like it's own country. Any opportunity to work in New York or Hoboken will be met with a definite, "yes" from me.
Stephanie and Andrew are getting married in New Jersey this Spring but I was thrilled that they wanted to have their engagement session in Hoboken. The waterfront is beautiful and the sunset was perfection. They even treated me to a falafel from Mamoun's after the shoot. Stephanie and Andrew, you speak my language. Thank you for such a fun evening. I can't wait until May!
I love finding new places to explore in Bucks County. I have lived here going on six years and there is still so much of this beautiful area that I have not seen. Tinicum Park was one of these places and I am so happy that Heather and Spencer introduced me to it. The weather and light could not have been more amazing and when we were about to wrap, the sun broke through the clouds in such a way that I felt like I was in a massive, outdoor studio with the perfect lighting. It was truly breathtaking.
Heather and Spencer have one of the more interesting stories I have heard from a couple who met online. So many of my couples do meet online but the funny thing about this story is that even though they lived miles apart, Heather had seen Spencer at a Home Depot well before they even met virtually and he caught her eye. She spotted him on a snowbank outside the store while she waited, sick, in the car for her mom to come out. He caught her eye and then, if I remember the story correctly, he fell down the snowbank and she lost sight of him. I thought it was so interesting that their paths had "crossed" coincidentally long before they found one another. They say timing is everything but the universe definitely seemed to present them with more than one opportunity to meet. I wonder how many other people that has happened to without them even being aware of it. Don't you wish there was some kind of log book you could look at and review the different "coincidences" and fateful moments that happened in your life?
These two will tie the knot in March at the beautiful and intimate Golden Pheasant Inn. Heather and Spencer, I can't wait to see your vision come to life. See you in a few months!
Grayson's nursery is such a sanctuary; light, bright and shades of pink. She was calm and snuggly and I loved photographing her smooshy face and thick black hair. She wasn't bothered at all by her two wild brothers who lovingly held and hugged her and jumped on the bed while she slept. She was so longed for and is so loved, she is the perfect addition to this family and dare I say, the last piece of the puzzle. I can't wait to watch her grow and change, but please, keep all of that beautiful hair.
Rory was as delightful as his big brother was about a year and a half ago. Both several weeks early and both as sweet and sleepy as they could be. I have learned over the years that preemies are the easiest babies to photograph. It's as if they think they are still in the womb and just pass the hours being swaddled, fed and snuggled. I'm sure parents of preemies might disagree with me, but for the few hours I get to spend with them, they are just heaven.
I love this moment between big brother and little brother. They are just beginning to learn what a special person the other will be to them.
I have so many shots of this next series that I love. Something about the perspective and remembering how a newborn can just fit right on your legs like that, as light as a feather, both squirming and content at the same time.
Witnessing the mother and child relationship is indescribable, especially at the newborn stage. To finally see the tiny person you have carried for (almost) nine months, there in your arms is too big for words.
Jim and Kristen, thank you for sharing your beautiful new baby and your beautiful new home with me. I just loved photographing both boys.
We kissed summer goodbye last month. But I don't mind because we filled up on beach days in the Outer Banks, festivals, bubbles, catnaps, our friends' pets, the zoo, the eclipse mania and Lake Wallenpaupack. I hope your summer was as eventful as ours and you are as excited as we are for Fall!
Where do I begin with this fairy-inspired and meticulously detailed, gorgeous wedding? Alyssa is an artist and it was evident right down to the smallest details in her and Alex's wedding. She was also surrounded by some seriously creative ladies, one of whom made her gorgeous crystal crown. It truly transformed her into a wedding Goddess.
We managed to sneak out before the raindrops to a beautiful secluded spot at The Stroudsmoor for some portraits of Alyssa and her bridesmaids. She perfectly coordinated three different dresses from BHLDN for a soft palette of blush, cream and light sage. You would have never guessed that the wedding day was her first chance at seeing them all side by side!
As soon as the rain started we had to run for cover! Thanks to the clear umbrellas, Alex and his groomsfolk were still able to have some outdoor portraits. I actually think the umbrellas made the images even better. If you're worried about rain on your wedding day, stock up. A clear umbrella lets all of the beautiful, diffused light in on a rainy afternoon.
The ceremony was warm and intimate amidst the falling raindrops. Alyssa's brother, James, married them and brought the perfect mix of love and humor for a thoughtful and sincere meditation. After marrying two of their other sisters, I think he has perfected the art of ordination.
The original ceremony location was a labor of floral love and I was so thankful that the skies parted after the ceremony allowing us to take advantage of the amazingly decorated altar. The storm provided some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen at a wedding in my ten years photographing them. The fog in woods and the sun beams that shone through were just magical and beyond what we could have asked for. Alyssa and Alex's portraits in the woods are some of my all-time favorites. It was the perfect silver lining and a great reminder that sometimes you take the good with the bad and in this case, it was definitely worth it.
The reception started with a bang in the form of an exploding beer, and once the dance floor opened up the whole crowd was ready to get down. The final, amazing touch was the Game of Thrones inspired cake cutting, complete with the GOT theme song and a real sword. It was spectacular. Alyssa and Alex, you are funny, sweet, witty and kind with a genuine and quiet love. It was refreshing to witness and I truly felt honored to be photographing your day. Thank you.
I worked alongside Annemarie Kopey of Blossom n Bloom photography on this outdoor wedding at Historic Stonebrook Farm. The venue is just around the corner from me but it is situated on a sleepy little street and by the time you get to the grounds and the fields of Stonebrook, you feel like there couldn't be a neighbor for miles. It is the perfect destination for a laid-back, lazy summer afternoon soiree. Here are a few of my favorite images that I captured for Will and Beth.
Seven months into this project and I am tiring, just a little. I am still making pictures every day but I think I am excited for the seasons to change, and the opportunity to shoot on a new backdrop. C'mon, Mother Nature, I'm counting on you. For now, here is my collection from July. We watched fireworks, spent the day in NYC, canvased playgrounds, splashed in creeks and pools, danced, explored and tried to pilfer fruit. Another summer month is in the books, so to speak. What keeps me invigorated about this project is imagining these images in an actual book that we will page through and pull memories out of whenever we like. So here's to the last few weeks of Summer and all of the boundless energy we've yet to expend, making use of each and every hour of daylight she has to offer.
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.
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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.