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!  

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New mother holding and kissing newborn baby girl

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newborn baby swaddled on a bed

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newborn baby feet swaddled in white cloth

new dad holding and kissing baby girl

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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.  

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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

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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

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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

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bride dances with her parents at wedding reception

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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!!

 

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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!  

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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!  

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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

 

Holiday Mini Sessions

I am thrilled with this year's holiday mini sessions.  A big thank you to all of my clients, old and new who came out to Doylestown to have their holiday photos taken.  This was the first time I photographed my mini sessions around a themed set and I think it worked out really well.  Getting all of this together was a real labor of love and I couldn't have done it without Jen Mitschele of LACE Vintage.  She made the incredible mantel and put the whole scene together for the sessions.  I couldn't have been happier with the way it looked.  In addition to the beautiful set, we had an unseasonably warm day in November on Saturday, note the bare feet, after which Sunday was a windy, frigid reminder of the winter months ahead.  Everyone dealt with the elements surprisingly well and I hope that all of these families will put a great holiday card together with some of these images.  Thank you again to everyone involved for making 2016 another "mini" success!  

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black and white of two sisters looking at each other and smiling and laughing

family in neutral outfits sit on trunk in holiday scene looking at daughter

little girl takes care of baby brother while dog sits alongside

family of four in front of bright red tree holiday mini session

baby boy in red and white stripes looks up to the sky in front of holiday mantel

mom, dad and twin boys pose in front of holiday mantel

family of six in front of holiday mantel

family of five pose in front of holiday mantel

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Brides, Brunch & Bubbly

I had the pleasure of being a part of the Brides, Brunch and Bubbly show this past Sunday.  The event was orchestrated by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine and brought so many wonderful vendors under one roof to meet newly engaged brides in the process of planning their weddings.  It was a great event to be a part of and I enjoyed meeting all of the wonderful women who made the event such a success.  I photographed the event as well so keep an eye out for the recap in the next issue of Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.  Below is a quick snap of my table, beautified by the lovely Tanti of Papertini.  Thank you so much Tanti for the lovely flowers.  I only wish they would last me through Thanksgiving!  

Free Library of Philadelphia in the Fall

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Silver Creek Country Club Wedding - Janelle and Sean

Janelle and Sean have a quiet love that becomes more and more apparent the more time you spend with them.  It was nice to witness such a sweet relationship that didn't put on any airs and was truly genuine and just for the two of them.  They were married at Silver Creek Country Club and it was a beautiful day for a truly perfect couple.  Thank you for trusting me to photograph this day, Janelle and Sean.  I hope these moments will last a lifetime and beyond. little girl getting ready for wedding at Silver Creek Country Club

Bride getting her hair done for wedding at Silver Creek Country Club

Tearful mother of the bride about to help bride put on her earrings

Overhead view of bride getting veil in place

Groom seeing his bride for the first time during a first look on a golf course

Photo of bride and groom embracing with a rainbow through the center of the image

Bride holding onto veil with fingertips and looking into camera

Father helping little boy button his tuxedo on a golf course

Bridal party with blue dresses

Father kisses his daughter at the altar on her wedding date

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bride and groom at the altar

flower girls looking on at ceremony

Groom and Dad giving thumbs up after wedding ceremony ends

Silver Creek country club set up for a reception with coral accents

Bride and groom embrace outdoors

Groom hugs bride outside on golf course at Silver Creek Country club

Venue shot of Silver Creek Country Club

first dance between bride and groom

Wedding guests dancing to the electric slide

Groom dances with his mother at Silver Creek country club

Groom slides across dance floor on chestgroup dancing shot at silver creek country club

bride and groom share last kiss on the dance floor at their wedding

Marlton Newborn Photographer - Baby Tess

Remember Maura?  She has a new baby sister!  I had such a great time visiting this family twice in one month.  The S family is just full of wonderful people.  Sometimes I feel like I am just going to hang out with friends when I go to work and it's people like these that make that possible.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to share in so many special moments.  I have encompassed the span of engagement, wedding, newborn and family photography with this family and I look forward to many more shoots in the future.  I hope you enjoy the images of this beautiful, new baby girl and her adorable siblings.  

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Mother holding newborn baby girl in nursery

black and white image of mom changing new baby while big sister looks on

new baby swaddled and laying in crib

toddler boy smiling in front of his crib

little boy snuggling with lovie

family of five looking fawning over newest addition of baby girl

new family of five relaxing on sofa in black and white

mom handing new baby gently to big sister

baby swaddled in pink on big white bed next to music box

family of five cuddling on bed

big sister smooshing little toddler brother's cheeks

black and white photo of three siblings, two girls and one boy

Wayne Newborn Photographer - Baby Jasper

Jasper is the fourth of four sweet boys that I have been photographing for years and years.  I think I have photographed this family longer than any other client beginning with mom and dad's engagement session in New York City almost ten years ago (is my math correct, Natasha?)  I have immensely enjoyed watching these boys and this family grow year after year and according to mom, their family is finally complete.  While I am sad there are no more newborn sessions in our future, I look forward to the privilege of continuing to record precious moments for this family for years to come.  Without further adieu, the final newborn session for from the T family is below for your viewing pleasure! little brothers hugging

older brother and newborn brother looking at each other

mother with newborn baby boy

father holding son smiling

family of six in living room posing for portrait

family posing for potrait looking at little boy who will not join

hands holding up swaddled newborn baby boy

Newtown Square Newborn Photographer - Baby Colin

Colin is already six months old so I'm slightly behind on my blogging efforts but let's forge on and appreciate how tiny his toes are!  Colin was born early so he was extra small, sleepy and cuddly.  My heart skipped a beat holding him, he was as light as a feather.  This newborn session was completed in record time because we did not take one break to feed, soothe or calm him.  He was truly amazing and such a sweet little peanut.  I have photographed him since, so stay tuned for a much bigger, and more cuddly version of this baby coming to the blog soon.  

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smiling newborn baby in crib

smiling, snuggly newborn baby

sleeping newborn on mother

closeup of tiny  newborn toes

new parents cuddling newborn baby

new dad holding baby boy wrapped in fox swaddle

tiny newborn baby in big crib

sleeping newborn in crib

Morris Arboretum Family Session - Chestnut Hill

I have been photographing Katie, Dan and their beautiful children for a few years now and this was the third session in their package of three sessions since Caleb was born.  The best part of my job is seeing my clients year after year and watching their families grow.  It is so fun to see a couple transform into parents, to a family of four or five and then to continue to watch the children grow each year.  This was our second shoot at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill and it was perfect capturing these images in the summer when everything was blooming so beautifully.  Our last session there was in the Fall so we were able to get a lot of variety in spite of being at the same location.  These are a few of my favorites, I hope you like them.  

little girl in green dress at morris arboretum

black and white of family smiling and laughing at Morris Arboretum

little girl puts hand in water fountain

black and white of mother and child playing in water fountain

sister in green dress looking at little brother sitting on steps

dad throwing son up in the air under tree

little boy walking along a field of flowers

black and white of mother cuddling son

portrait of family with little girl and boy and mother and father

little girl carrying little brother down a path

little girl carrying little brother down a path from behind

brother and sister singing sesame street song and dancing

one year old dancing and singing

de Seversky Mansion Wedding Photographer - Claire and Dan

I headed to Long Island to meet Claire and Dan for the first time on their wedding day.  They planned from afar in Miami and I am so glad they chose me to photograph their beautiful wedding day without having met with me about it prior to the actual event.  It was my pleasure to also photograph Claire's friend's wedding and her cousin's wedding so there were many familiar faces there which I always love.  It is such a wonderful part of my job being able to reconnect with past couples and see how their lives have changed and their families grown.  I don't get out to Long Island as much as I did when I lived in New York City but I always love an excuse to head back to New York and this day was no exception. I had photographed a wedding at the de Seversky Mansion once before in the cold of winter on a beautiful, snowy and romantic evening.  As you could imagine, July gave me a completely different set of photographs from the same venue since we traded in the snow for the heat of summer.  It was fun to see how different weddings could be in different seasons.    I loved the colors Claire chose.  The coral and light pink were soft and romantic and the pop of her sisters' brightly colored dresses really added interested to the color palette and the photographs.  Every detail was meticulously taken care of and it all added up to a truly beautiful event.

I hope you enjoy the photos from this lovely day!

 

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Marlton Children's Photographer - Maura

I photographed Colleen and Dave's wedding back in 2009.  I have loved catching up with them as they have added two beautiful children to their family.  This is Maura and she will be five in a few short weeks.  Colleen's family has a tradition of having a portrait made of each child when they turn five and I absolutely love the idea.  A portrait of each grandchild hangs in her parents' home and now Maura's can be added to the wall.  I really loved this session.  It took me back to my photography roots.  I had a huge interest in photographing children when I first took a serious interest in photography.  I did a lot of babysitting and the children became the subjects of the majority of my high school and college work.  I forgot how much I enjoyed photographing kids as the individual subject of a portrait.  So much of my work is relational, which I love, but getting to know a five year old as an individual is something I haven't had the opportunity to do in awhile.  I loved watching Maura from behind my camera.  Colleen and Dave, you are doing a wonderful job raising a sweet, funny, whimsical and loving girl.  Thank you so much for sharing this special age with me.  See you very soon for baby #3!  I can't wait. black and white portrait of a five year old

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five year old with stuffed bunny

five year old putting on eye shadow in her bedroom

five year old girl in front of fence in white dress

five year old dancing in the backyard in white dress

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Jersey City Newborn Photographer - Baby Luca

I traveled to Jersey City to meet the newest member of one of my favorite families.  Baby Luca was born almost exactly three years after his sweet older sister, Poppy.  I've loved capturing Josh and Jessica's wedding in New York City, newborn photos of Poppy, mini sessions each Fall and now more newborn photos of their adorable new son.  I couldn't see it the day I met him, but looking at the photos now, he looks exactly like his Dad!  I love seeing babies change over time.  I find it so interesting how one moment they can be the spitting image of one parent and the next time I see them, they look completely different.  I can't wait for the next time I see this sweet little soul.  Thanks, Josh and Jessie, for trusting me to capture another special moment in your life!  

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The way our scheduling worked out, Luca's newborn shoot ended up being on Poppy's actual birthday so we had to document the momentous occasion of turning 3 as well!

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Enjoy every "new baby" moment with your little guy!  Can't wait to see you all again soon.

A Bucks County Proposal - Shawn and Amy at Crossing Vineyards

The past two weeks have presented me with a full-circle moment after photographing a proposal, an engagement, a wedding and a newborn session.  I had to laugh when I realized I photographed each stage of a couple's lives over the course of a few days.  I love photographing all of these special moments and occasions but I have to say, I was most nervous for the proposal.  My heart was beating out of my chest while I waited for the exciting moment to happen.  Meet Shawn, a sweet and thoughtful guy who went to great lengths to make sure his girlfriend, Amy,  was surprised, delighted and overcome with emotion by his adorable, thoughtful and thoroughly well-planned proposal.  Shawn even arranged for the special moment to be photographed so that they can share these images with family and friends and remember the moment they took the next, and possibly biggest, step in their relationship, forever.  It's no surprise that Amy said yes.  Enjoy these images of their special evening unfolding at Crossing Vineyards Winery in Washington Crossing, PA. Dog surprises girl with boyfriend's proposalAfter Shawn and Amy had a wine tasting and toured the vineyards at the winery, Shawn led Amy down to an open lawn where there was a table set for two with a bottle of champagne.  He had friends bring their dog, Oliver, with a sign around his neck to run out and surprise Amy so Shawn could pop the question.  On cue, Oliver ran out of the little porch where he was waiting and Amy looked shocked and surprised as she figured out what was happening.

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Couple embraces after he surrprises her with proposal

Man gets down on one knee for surprise proposal

Newly engaged girl looks at new ring while fiance is down on one knee

emotional man hugs his new fiance

emotional man hugs his new fiance

Once they had a chance to enjoy the moment and make the requisite phone call to Amy's parents, we walked around the winery for a few photos with Amy and Shawn, a true engagement session!

black and white of newly engaged couple looking at new engagement ring

newly engaged couple smiles for the camera

newly engaged couple smiles for the camera

engaged couple cheers wine glasses at crossing vineyards winery

newly engaged couple embrace at crossing vineyards winery

engaged couple sit at crossing vineyards winery in an embrace

Shawn, thank you so much for including me in this exciting evening.  I enjoyed every moment capturing the emotion and excitement you both shared.  Now it's time for the fun part, enjoy the wedding planning!  Best wishes to you both for a beautiful marriage and wedding day.