Hannah is 4 — Hopewell Township Community Park — Beaver County PA Photographer

More personality with every year! I have been photographing Hannah since she was a few months old and I always look forward to our sessions. For her 4 year portraits, we went to Hopewell Township Community Park early on a Saturday morning. The park has a lake, wooded trails, and is just a pretty place for portraits. We saw another photographer and a family there, too! During the session, Hannah’s mom wanted to pay tribute to Hannah’s cousin, Isaac, who recently passed away. Isaac always loved balloons, so we incorporated a single white balloon for Hannah to hold and look up to.

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Karissa + Brandon — Small Wedding — Westmoreland County Wedding Photographer

Karissa and Brandon knew going into their big day that they would rather spend their money on an amazing honeymoon, not a big extravagant wedding, so when their big day came, they kept it small and intimate with a private outdoor ceremony behind their church, New Life Presbyterian Church in Harrison City, PA and their reception in the church’s social hall. Karissa is a teacher and as soon as school was out, her days were filled with making all of the rustic decorations for the reception. And what an amazing job she did! If you are considering a rustic theme, you may want to get some inspiration from Karissa’s creations! I first met these two outdoorsy Jeep-lovers at their engagement session, so of course we had to pull the Jeep around for some wedding portraits, too! It was such a pleasure to be a part of their special day! Best wishes, Karissa and Brandon!!

Beautiful day for an outdoor wedding in Westmoreland County A prayer before the ceremony begins Family members read scripture during the ceremony Brandon reads his vows to Karissa Karissa reads her vows to Brandon Sharing rings The first kiss followed by a hug The family who participated in the ceremony Wedding portraits Wedding portraits with bright sun and blue sky Unique features at the church Brandon and Karissa They share a love of Jeeps Karissa made all the rustic detail pieces for the reception Bride and groom changed into Mr. and Mrs. t-shirts for the reception Cutting the cake Off to the honeymoon in their Jeep

Libby — 2 year portraits — IUP Coop Park — Indiana PA Photographer

As a mother of a 2 year old year, I can certainly relate to the roller coaster session I had with Miss Libby. Such a sweetie – just look at that sweet smile and you can almost hear the giggles! But if Libby isn’t happy…look out!:) She couldn’t scare me off, though! My angry ginger, Mary, is the same way, so this momma knows how to work it out and get the shot. And bubbles always help, too.

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Cordelia — 3 Month Baby Portraits — Beaver County, PA Photographer

Sweet Cordelia is 3 months old! And check out that amazing smile! If that doesn’t melt your heart, you may want to have your pulse checked!:) The colorful ball rug was a surprise to me, but an inspiring surprise! Cordelia seemed to like it, too!:) And check out the Eric Carle dress inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar… so adorable! Looking forward to seeing this happy face for her 6 month session!!

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Diana + Broc — Pittsburgh and Beaver County Wedding Photographer

Happy 1 month anniversary to Diana and Broc! Has someone officially renamed June to Monsoon? Or Mon-June? The rain! The weather started out perfect…and it even held on until after the ceremony at the Ridgewood Church in West View. As they were exiting the church through a flurry of rose petals, the sun was beaming! Then, on the drive over to Edgewood for portraits, the skies got dark and it rained. And rained. And rained. Luckily, we had a bunch of umbrellas and a weeping willow tree for cover. The thunderstorm continued through the rest of the evening, but that didn’t stop the party at Center Stage in Monaca! What a great time at Diana and Broc’s wedding! Check out all the amazing vintage details that Diana put into this day.

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Jody + Dave — Stonebridge Farm Wedding — Ambridge PA — Pittsburgh PA Wedding Films

On a day with on-again, off-again rain and sporadic down pours, Jody and Dave were married outside at the beautiful Stonebridge Farm Nursery in Ambridge, PA. Stonebridge Farms Nursery is so beautiful, and such a great, unique place for a wedding. The rain didn’t scare away the bride and groom or their guests and it was a great day! I am so pleased to share with you the very first wedding video by Elders Ridge Photography:

Jody and Dave Wedding Video from Emily Smith on Vimeo.

Ian is 6 — Indiana, PA Photographer

I cannot believe Ian is 6 already! I have been photographing him since he was 2 and that feels like yesterday! This guy is full of character and loves his little sister, Ellie. Watching them play together makes me smile so big! Ian is also a huge Star Wars fan – look closely at his t-shirt in the light saber pictures: his mom made a “6” out of Star Wars patterned fabric. Towards the end of the shoot, we wanted to hit up the sweet light in a nearby grass field, but out of nowhere, the wind got crazy (there was actually a tornado a few miles north!) so if everyone looks a little wind-blown, that’s why! Happy Birthday, Ian!

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Cordelia Newborn Portraits — Beaver County PA Photographer

It’s been so wonderful to watch this family grow! I first met Min and Andrew when they were pregnant with their first, and last month I got to meet their second: Cordelia. Love her name and she is such a sweetie! Big sister Rita wasn’t sure what to make of the new addition, but is definitely warming up to the idea of being a big sister.

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Ellie First Year Portraits — Indiana, PA Photographer

I feel like I write the same thing in all my family portrait posts: “it’s so fun/amazing/wonderful to watch this family grow,” but that’s the truth! Ellie is turning one, and since April weather is not very conducive to outdoor portraits with little ones, we took these at Emily and AJ’s (Ellie’s mom and dad) house.

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