Just to try something new, I’m going to break up this wedding into a few blog posts. We’ll start with the beautiful Holli.
Holli and her girls got ready at the Holiday Inn in Indiana, PA, so we got a few shots there, but waited to do her formal portraits at the Indiana Country Club.
Holli was very adamant about not being seen by anyone, so to stay hidden, we did the portraits in the bathroom. Ok, ok, it sounds worse than it was – the country club bathroom has a “waiting room” that has striped wall paper, vintage leather love seat and a beautiful mirror, so with a little rearranging, we got the shot. Well, I’d say we MORE than got the shot, the shots of Holli are just stunning! Beautiful!
It is such a pleasure getting to see Andrew, Marianna, and Rita every few months! I love seeing Rita grow and especially love seeing what adorable outfits and hair clips this girl has!:) Rita’s hair is amazing. So long and thick already at 3 months (and wait until you see her 6 months portraits: even cuter and longer!!) Such a doll!
My favorite portraits from this session were right at the end when we were upstairs getting some pics in their bedroom. As most parents experience, at 3 months, that baby is still in your room (my Mary sure was!) and many mornings/afternoons, you find yourself just staring at that sweet peanut in your bed. Sometimes they’re awake and staring back or cracking their first smile or sometimes they’re just sweetly sleeping. The light was streaming in on the bed, we tried to just capture the moment of mommy and daddy playing with the baby – nothing fancy, no cute outfit or props, just love. Last two pics are my fav. <3
This past weekend, I was down in Beaver County and had two sessions – an engagement session (part of a wedding package for a September 2014 wedding) and a 6 month baby portrait session (part of a “baby’s first year – every 3 months” type package…well, no package, but just what we’re doing!).
Here are my two favorite shots from the weekend: The first is Kim and Chris at Brady’s Run Park. Their first date was at Starbucks and Kim wanted to work that into the story. The second pic is sweet Rita who is 6 months old. Her mom styled the shoot and wow, just a beautiful pic! The red hair bow, the fluffy red diaper cover, the red mirror, the wood floor, the light, the look on Rita’s face, her little fingers…hello, perfection!! LOVE IT!
Full blog posts with more pics of each will be shared later…but I just couldn’t wait!:)
“I’m so looking forward to getting my senior portraits taken!” said no guy ever.
But seriously, c’mon guys…it’s totally painless and it’s my job to make you look like a stud, not a corny dude in the “thinking man” pose. (which just happened to be Lucas’s go-to “silly” pose! He was quite entertaining throughout our session!)
Chances are, if you’re looking at this blog, you either know Lucas, are a fan of me (yay! thanks!!) or you’re a mom doing photog research for your son’s senior pics. If you’re number 3, rest assured: I’m here to help. I’ll ask what you think your son’s style is, what kind of things are important to him (sports, activities, etc), and then I’ll ask about how he wants to look in his pics.
Lucas is an athlete but didn’t want to be photographed with anything that said so. And that’s fine! His mom identified his style as “Abercrombie but with a shirt on”, and that gave me all the info I needed. I picked the location and we shot the studio shots and the outdoor stuff in less than 2 hours.
Piece of cake! And here are the results! Handsome and not corny at all! Best wishes to Lucas!
Was it just me or was this summer pretty spectacular? Sure, there were humid days and sure, there were rainy days, but overall, I’d have to call this one of the best summers we’ve had in a while.
But maybe I’m not the best judge because I was either super-pregnant or over-weight from just being pregnant for the three before this one, so yeah…that probably skewed my tolerance level toward the low end of the scale. But I digress.
Amanda and G and there two model-beautiful children (seriously, though, these two could be in magazines or at least have a show on the Disney channel!) Griffin and Isadora are BFF’s to my two kids since they all go to daycare together. Griffin was 2 when Max started and Isadora was still in Amanda’s belly…she later appeared a few days later, so she and Max are about 4 months apart. So needless to say, I hear a lot about these kids from my very chattery 3 year old. And don’t worry, it’s all positive.
Amanda and I work at IUP and she suggested this location when we talked about where we’d like to do the shoot. I’m super-glad she did as I had pretty much wrote it off in my mind since there is no shade and it’s a compact maze of tiny plants and flowers. But in the early morning sun of July, this place looks like a lush garden with amazing light and color.
Such a beautiful family!
“The pictures are a mix of lovey and silly, which is exactly how I felt the day was.”
This was the reaction of the bride, Lauren, when I shared these pics with her. There is no greater compliment than when a client sees and feels the story you were trying to tell. Awesome!
Lauren and Josh were married on June 8 in Apollo, PA and had their reception at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, PA. We ventured out to Thomas Covered Bridge and Blue Spruce Park for their portraits.
Other must-get pics included some portraits with Josh’s Harley. Oh men and their bikes! But I always love doing portraits with “props” that are special to the client …although I’m sure Josh wouldn’t appreciate his Harley being referred to as a “prop”!!:)
It was a beautiful day, a super-fun bridal party and family, and a killer party! Best wishes, Lauren and Josh!
I don’t know about you, but I love babies! So photographing newborns is just tops in my book! (yes, I said “tops” like this is 1920 or something). I love their little cries, their crazy hair (or bald heads in some cases!), and how they can just snuggle up and pass out anywhere. Makes me want another!
I was so stinkin’ excited to meet Rita since I had the pleasure of taking her mom, Marianna’s preggo pics a few months prior. At the time, no one knew if Rita was a Rita – they chose to be surprised (LOVE that! We were surprised with both of ours!). Marianna and I exchanged pregnancy stories and I became convinced that we were “pregnancy soul mates”…pregnancy treated us about the same…although if you’d see her pictures, she had the “glow” and I just had the “grow” (as in fat!). haha!
When I got the text that Rita had arrived and she was a Rita, I was super-excited! Girls are so much fun! Although only days old, Miss Rita’s wardrobe puts mine to shame! Cutest outfits ever, plus the added bonus of that precious thick mohawk to add clips to – we’ve got a fashionista on our hands!
Looking forward to visiting Rita and her awesome parents in two weeks for her 3 month portraits! Yikes! It goes so fast! Enjoy the pics of this sweet little peanut!
Early Sunday morning a few weeks ago, Brittany and Garrett met up with me at this river-front park in Bridgewater. When we started talking about where to do the shoot, I brought up this park. I had done a few portraits for a maternity client here this past February when it was, like, 20 below and gale force winds…results were still beautiful despite the ridiculous conditions! Brittany and I both love the rivers in Beaver County, so she liked the idea and we went with it.
We would have different light than I did for the maternity shoot since that session took place at 5:30 p.m. and this session had to happen before 1:00 p.m., so we met up at 8:00 a.m. Luckily this location has many options no matter the time of day.
The morning sun was shimmering on the Ohio River behind this train bridge – perfect! And luckily, all the trains that came did not cross this bridge…funny story though: the switch track is right in front of the bridge, so more than once my heart nearly stopped as I heard the train whistle and then saw the engine coming straight at us…and then the train diverted left. Whew!
A fun coincidence: the tracks here run P&LE (Pittsburgh and Lake Erie) trains…and Garrett is from Erie and Brittany from Pittsburgh (well, the Pittsburgh area! Close enough!!). Their destination wedding will happen this fall. Best wishes, Brittany and Garrett!