Tinicum Park Engagement Session | Heather & Spencer

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!

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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/

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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.

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

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

wideangle image of wedding ceremony

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

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