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.Read More
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.Read More
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/