Cora, Almost 2 – Beaver Train Station

Every 3 months, I get to see this amazing family because since they were pregnant with their first, they made the decision to capture the growth of their girls every 3 months of their life for the first 2 years. I so look forward to seeing how the girls change…and you’d think there wouldn’t be that much change in 3 months…but, oh, there is! It happens so fast! Their collection of albums from each session will be a cherished keepsake for the girls as they grow.

We started planning our January session a few weeks prior and to our surprise, the weather turned and we got to do the session outside! 65 degrees in western PA in January – amazing! We chose the Beaver train station as our location. A rustic cabin sits right across the parking lot and the sun seems to be perfect no matter what time of day you shoot.

Part way through our session, we changed shoes (although the weather was beautiful, the ground was still soggy) and it threw Cora for a moment, but mom saved the day with “squirrel lollipops” and we got right back on track. I love letting little ones explore during our sessions – it gives me the opportunity to capture their big personalities. Those are the moments you want to remember forever!

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Hannah is 5

Hannah’s mom, Amanda, always does her homework before our sessions. She sends me inspiration pictures and we go back and forth with ideas and locations, working together to have an amazing session. And when you see the images below, I think you’ll agree it was time well spent!

Hannah is growing up so fast – I swear she has grown 6 inches taller since last year! For the session, Amanda shared a lot of rustic, down-on-the-farm type images, so it made sense to have the session at her sister’s fiance’s farm in New Brighton, PA — my hometown. And I can’t be sure, but I feel like I was out near this farm before…like at a senior party or something… memory’s a little fuzzy.:)

The farm had so many spots for pictures that went along with the ideas Amanda had. Tall golden grass, a big red barn, a wooden swing tied up to a tree… farm girl central up in here!:) The weather was insanely hot that day, so maybe we spent some extra time under the shade of the barn, but again, time well spent – my favorite images were made inside the barn!

Can’t wait to see what we come up with for next year, Amanda! This year was a home run! No pressure!!:)

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Brady’s Run Park and Beaver River Sunset Family Portrait Session

It’s been over 3 years that I’ve been photographing this family and you’d think after awhile all our sessions would start to feel the same. Not true at all! Sure, we return to some of the same locations so we can see how the girls grow (this session was just for Cordelia’s 15 months – Rita got to spend the evening with Mamu and PopPop), but we always come away with something different. And I love it! The plan is always loose and we see what the 2 hour session will bring.

On this particularly humid June evening, we started at the creek (pronounced “crick”) at Brady’s Run. For one, it’s much cooler in the shaded creek, but how about that light? So magical! After the creek, we returned to a playground that we captured Cordelia’s big sister playing at around the same age. I love the different colors and shapes and Cordelia’s interactions with them.

And finally — I must say first that I am in love with rivers — we went down to the Beaver River in Bridgewater to catch a beautiful pale pink and orange sunset. When we arrived, the sun was working its way down, but was still a little too bright, so we passed the time by waving to boaters docking up for the night. Finally, the sun began to set and we headed down to the dock to capture the last few shots. Even the geese wanted in on it!

Looking forward to our session this fall!

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Bree + Wade Engagement Portraits — McConnell’s Mill State Park — Beaver County PA Photographer

One thing’s for sure about this winter – it was cold and we got a lot of snow! When Bree said she wanted romantic snow pictures for her engagement session, I immediately thought of McConnell’s Mill State Park. The old mill, the covered bridge, the rocky trails, and the pines – all perfect ingredients for a winter portrait session! Continue reading → Bree + Wade Engagement Portraits — McConnell’s Mill State Park — Beaver County PA Photographer

Chelsea + Dave — Engagement Portraits — Beaver County PA Photographer

Another stroke of luck – capturing a rustic fall theme in the winter. I can’t take credit for the amazing weather we had this day – the Big Guy upstairs gave us gorgeous sun that warmed everything up and made it look like September when it was really December. Ok, so maybe like late October in late November…but still! Great conditions! Continue reading → Chelsea + Dave — Engagement Portraits — Beaver County PA Photographer

Maci — Newborn Portraits — Beaver County PA Photographer

So great to visit with Tonya and Mike and their two beautiful babes! Sweet little Maci was less than 2 weeks old (the perfect age for being photographed!) and she was just an absolute doll! Towards the end of our session she began to wake up a little and watch me, but still not a peep. She was totally into the shoot. Continue reading → Maci — Newborn Portraits — Beaver County PA Photographer

Rita + Min + Andrew — Family Portraits — Brady’s Run Park — Beaver County PA Photographer

I so look forward to sessions with Rita and her mom and dad! I just love seeing how Rita has changed in just 3 months. Makes me realize my little Mary is changing too, though the changes don’t seem as apparent since I see her ginger face every day.:)

For our fall session, we went to Brady’s Run Park. It’s crazy how each fall is different. Last year at this time, the park was alive with color at every turn. This year, not so much. Continue reading → Rita + Min + Andrew — Family Portraits — Brady’s Run Park — Beaver County PA Photographer