I had my wedding business in New York City for 5 years before I moved to Bucks County. I shot several weddings on Long Island while I lived in New York and even after I left, but I never had the pleasure of shooting at Oheka Castle. It was on my wedding venue bucket list for a multitude of reasons, but the obvious one being that it was a hugely impressive and beautifully manicured estate that I had seen in the pages of celebrity wedding magazines.. I am not the type of person that dreamed about my wedding at length throughout my childhood but when I hear my five year old talk about weddings, brides and grooms, this is the classic fairytale location of which, I’m sure, she’s imagining. Everywhere I turned was another beautiful location, idyllic light streaming through the windows, and European influenced decor. It felt impossible to make bad images at Oheka Castle and it was purely delightful photographing Jennifer and Jonathan on their wedding day and working with their families, some of whom we’d had the pleasure of working with before. When lovely people intersect with a stunning location and beautiful weather, magic happens. I hope you enjoy these images of one of my favorite weddings.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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. After 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.
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!
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.