Carmine is 1

Little Carmine has such a big personality — and he hammed up it for me during his 1st birthday portrait session!
Carmine is the nephew of a soon-to-be Elders Ridge Photography bride, Bethany. I was flattered when a friend of her family loved Bethany and Nate’s engagement pictures so much that they hired me to take Carmine’s portraits, too. Yay!!:)

Carmine’s parents, Tom and Andreana, live out of state, but they were all in town for his 1st birthday celebration at his grandparent’s house in Indiana, PA, so we decided to do the portrait session there. The house is beautifully landscaped, making it easy to find backdrops for the pictures. And with a little help from Uncle Anthony holding the reflector, the scrim, and handling giggle patrol with funny sounds and faces, we had all the ingredients for a successful session!

Looking forward to catching up with everyone in this family in October at the wedding!

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Owen is 1 — First Birthday Portraits — Indiana County Photographer

Everyone wish this sweet little peanut a happy first year of life! Just look at those big baby blues – what a handsome guy! We took Own’s 1st year portraits at his great-aunt’s house in Avonmore, PA.
The gazebo was the perfect cover for the light rain showers that were lingering. Owen was such a little trooper considering a few days before it was nearly 80 degrees and today it was chilly in the 50’s! Owen is all boy – I loved how he threw his letters each time we set them up. They’re just toys, right?:) Happy birthday, sweet boy!

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Kayla + Josh…and Bane — Indiana, PA Fall Portraits

Kayla is a family friend and in the top 3 of my kids favorite babysitters. She and her boyfriend Josh are just wild about their doggie, Bane…and you can see why! Bane is full of life and just a sweet dog!

Fall was also in full swing at our session and the colors were A-MA-ZING! The cloudy morning made the colors pop that much more! I often bike or walk out at IUP’s South Campus, so I’ve been scouting out good spots for photo sessions for a while. South Campus has deep woods and wide trails where the IUP Cross Country team runs, but also rolling clear fields that I was looking for to do a little silhouette action.

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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. Continue reading → Ellie First Year Portraits — Indiana, PA Photographer

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

Family Portraits in the Snow — Flemings Christmas Tree Farm — Indiana, PA Photographer

It’s not every day that we get snow in Western PA! I mean, don’t get me wrong, we GET snow, but it is oh so unpredictable – certainly not predictable enough to schedule a photo session around! However, on this day, we got lucky! What a beautiful winter wonderland! Continue reading → Family Portraits in the Snow — Flemings Christmas Tree Farm — Indiana, PA Photographer

Devon — Senior Portraits — Indiana PA Photographer

When Devon’s mom saw the portraits of Devon, she gave me the greatest compliment a photographer can receive: “you captured how handsome he is!” As a mother of a boy myself, I can totally relate to what she meant: boys aren’t really into getting their picture taken and often act goofy or silly, or just plain don’t smile and give you that “stare” begging us to stop “torturing” them. Capturing how we as mothers see our handsome sons growing into men right before our eyes is probably one of the reasons I love senior pictures so much!

To get a closer look, click on any image below for a larger slideshow.

Like many good country boys, Devon is into hunting. I look out over this gorgeous valley every day and the sunsets have just been amazing here, so I was super excited to photograph Devon and his hunting gear looking out over Elders Ridge.