Tim, Laura & Henry | Lake Nockamixon

It's that gray and dreary time of year in which we all are dreaming of sunnier days.  I thought I would stop by and share a few photos from a very special and fun little fall session, and we could all take a moment to enjoy a taste of what now seems so far away.  With the transition into motherhood and returning to work, I didn't have much time to do photography in the fall but this family who is near and dear to my heart was in town and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to shoot their last session as a family of three!  In December, Laura, Tim and big brother Henry welcomed a little sister to the family, but for now, here they are as a trio for one last hurrah!



Hilary & Roman | Anthony Wayne House Wedding

It feels like every time I blog I'm apologizing for not blogging but REALLY I'm really apologizing this time.  I have a good excuse, I swear.  Eleven days after my last post on here, I gave birth to our son, James.  I have been pretty busy momming, maternity-leaving, and returning to work, and sadly, I've taken a bit of a hiatus from photo work.  That said, I was looking through some of the sessions I have done since James was born and I realized a) I've still got it because these photos are pretty good and b) I should thusly be sharing them!

The wedding below belongs to Hilary and Roman -- theirs was the first wedding I shot after the birth of our son and I won't lie, it was a little intimidating to be back in the saddle.  But the minute I arrived to shoot for them, I knew this day would be just beyond. It ticked all the boxes -- incredible venue, stunning details, an emotional first look and home-brewed beer!  It was truly a magical day.  I hope you enjoy these images, and that they bring you even a fraction of the joy I felt while shooting Hilary and Roman's big day! 

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Kayla & Dan's Maternity Session | Bethlehem, PA

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best part of photography for me is the connections I make with other people.  You might recall that back in June, we shot a gorgeous wedding for our friends Dan and Kayla at the Glasbern Inn.  At the end of the summer, Kayla announced she and Dan were expecting and, coincidentally enough, she and I share a due date!  Pregnancy has been a fun, sometimes difficult, and mostly surreal experience.  To have someone to share it with (I'm talking like fifty texts a day) has been a total blast.  To say I've appreciated having this girl to bounce things off of, to laugh with, to whine with, and to celebrate with is a huge understatement.  

When it came time for shower gifts, I asked Kayla if she'd want to do some maternity photos in lieu of something off the registry. Admittedly, I'm a bit shy about bump shots of myself, but I enjoy photographing couples for just about any reason, and maternity shoots are no exception.  They really are a special thing to look back on when this fleeting time in your life is over.  They document your pregnancy, sure, but also your love as a couple, which I can say with full confidence really blossoms when you know your family is about to grow.  Without further ado or sappy commentary, here are some shots of this lovely soon-to-be family of three.


Matt & Sarah | Sunnybrook Ballroom

Since winter decided to show its face again after taking February off, I thought I'd take the opportunity to do a little catching up on blogging!   

Sarah and Matt's wedding was such a perfect November day.  We had an insanely busy fall full of photos and other commitments and this day was such a breath of fresh air as well as a great way to end the season.  First off, the details of this wedding were really fun -- I loved the way Sarah was able to incorporate that bold red in such a gorgeously subtle way.  A November wedding can sometimes run the risk of being a little Christmassy, and Sarah and Matt's was SO not!  Also, note how great Matt's family's antique Milk Truck is!  These two were so fortunate to have such an amazing little piece of their heritage as a part of their day.  We loved photographing them with it and can only hope our shots did it justice.

More important than all of that though, was just the love Sarah and Matt share and how perfectly their wedding expressed it.  Sarah's dad gave such a lovely toast at the wedding.  He talked about how Sarah and Matt came from the same place in life.  They each had a strong foundation in their love for their families, for God, and for each other.  I thought this really summed up their relationship perfectly -- these are two of the sweetest, most generous people you'll ever meet and we really had a great time documenting their day.  I hope you enjoy this little peek at their wedding!


Nesting & Our Nursery

My last few posts on this little blog have all been weddings and work I've done with clients.  I thought I'd take minute to blog something personal.  As many of you know, my husband Dave and I are expecting our first baby at the end of March.  I feel both surprised at how quickly these past 35 weeks of pregnancy have gone, yet I also feel like I've been pregnant forever!  Needless to say, we're getting antsy to meet our son if not a little nervous for how much life is going to change.

Anyone who knows us well knows that this baby was a big miracle of science and faith on our part.  I've been hesitant to talk too much about my pregnancy on the internet because sometimes, it still feels too good to be true.  Like I'll jinx it, or I'll get too confident.  I also have a funny hangup about over-posting when it comes to pregnancy.  I realize that while the news of someone's pregnancy is joyful for the someone who's pregnant, it can be hard for others who are struggling.  I've weighed my pregnancy posts carefully and tried to stay away from saturating my social media with bump shots and all the hoards of cute clothes I've been buying.  That said, though, this is a happy time for us, and we have experienced only love and support from our friends and family throughout this pregnancy, so it's high time I did a little sharing of our joy. 

My favorite part of being pregnant (besides eating peanut butter like four times a day) has easily been the nesting.  I have loved preparing for this baby with all my heart.  The nursery was extra fun, since it started out as a terribly crowded "guest room" which was more like a closet with a bed in it.  I had a lot of different visions for this space, but I knew I wanted to keep it boyish without an overwhelming amount of blue.  I also wanted it to be playful without an overwhelming amount of baby animals, namely monkeys which I have an inexplicable issue with.  Not every single detail is finished, but I wanted to photograph the room itself with simplicity.  That said, we started with a gray room and now have a nursery we adore.  Here's a little tour!

As with everything in our house, the furniture is mix-and-matchy.  I'm not a fan of furniture sets and I'm really not a fan of spending a zillion dollars on furniture sets so the furniture is from just about everywhere.  The white bookshelf was trashpicked and painted.   The dresser/changer was a thrift store find.   I painted the knobs gold to go with the other gold accents in the room.

I'm just in love with this whole view.  The walls in this room were already gray (when we moved in they were the most purply purple) and I despise painting so we had no plans to change the color of the room.  Plus, who doesn't love gray?  It's such a good neutral.  I ordered the hand-drawn dot decals from The Lovely Wall on Etsy.  They came quickly, one order covered the whole wall, and they were super-reasonable in price.  The mountain and moon paintings above the crib were a joint effort by Dave and me.  We kept seeing prints we liked but not in sets of two, so we painted these ourselves.  The crib is Olivia by Babymod.

This little corner came together so nicely.  I'd registered for some lamps for the nursery (but no one really wants to buy you lamps when they know you need diapers) so I ended up getting the gold floor lamp as well as the other lamp in our nursery at Goodwill.  The ugly, gold "old-man-chair" was a find from a dealer on Craigslist, and I adore its midcentury-ness.  The side table was also a Goodwill find that we honestly have probably had in every room in our house at one point or another.  The lamb print is from Etsy and the paper garland on top was a decoration from my baby shower made by my friend Katie. 

The ugly chair again.  The faux-sheepskin is from Hobby Lobby.  I'm not sure I'm feeling that pillow, but I'm also not sure what else to put on the chair so... there it is.  In the bottom of the side table is a quilt that was given to Dave's mom when Dave was a baby, as well as our baby book.  I'm hoping the close proximity of the book to the chair will remind me to fill it out!

Here are some pillows in the crib, not that they'll get to stay there!  I made the cloud and raindrop one (and thank GOD you can't see them any more closely because I cannot sew to save my life and they're terribly misshapen).  The shaggy one in the back is from Target.   The blue striped afghan hanging over the crib was a gift.

The pic on the left is just another view of the far wall of the nursery.  The rug is from Overstock.  The right is a closeup of baby's toy basket, which is shaping up to be a good mix of new and old.  I'm obsessed with those old Zoo-it-Yourself Tupperware elephant/dog/giraffe toys, which I thrifted. 

These little wall pockets were from Hobby Lobby, which is dangerous if you're feeling creative.  I painted them gold (they were kind of a brownish color when I bought them) and filled them with cute little goodies from friends and family.  A client sent me that little bear blankie and the wooden sunshine is from my favorite baby consignment shop.  

I was returning some rented photography equipment a few blocks from work and saw this adorable bookshelf on the curb so naturally I jammed it in my car and then it sat in my garage for a while.  I painted it white a few months ago and I think it's just perfect for the nursery.  Some taller books don't fit into it, hence the basket off to the side.  The little boots are from Target and if you don't remember that toy record player from your own childhood, sorry, but you didn't have a childhood.  Or you're really young and I hate you.  The lamp is from Target via Goodwill.

A closeup of the shelf above the book corner.  The previous owners had these Ikea shelves ev-er-y-where in the house and we took them all down.  When Dave and his dad painted, they filled in all the anchor holes but for some reason, there were still anchors in the wall in this exact spot so we just hung one of the shelves we'd kept in the garage.  I painted the brackets and shelf itself to make it blend with the room.  The print on the left is from Etsy.  The print on the right is a note Dave wrote as a kid that we think is funny, so it got a frame of its very own.

Thanks so much for taking a little look at our nursery!  We really enjoyed putting it together, and I'm sure we'll enjoy adding to it (namely adding a baby to it) in the months and years to come. 


Katie & Sean | Brooklyn, NY

When I woke up this morning it was snowy, cold and windy.  I spent today doing a ton of stuff I've been putting off around the house and (in a very pregnant, nesting way) made about a million meals to put in the freezer for after our little one comes in March.  I ended the day running errands, and there was the most gorgeous sunset on the way home.  The day reminded me a bit of a winter version of the weather we had for this October wedding.  It was so rainy and wet when we arrived to photograph this couple.  Our bride, Katie, was nervous because she had planned this epic first look at Jane's carousel in Brooklyn.  Up until the last second we were deciding if we should risk the damp (and chilly) waterfront to do the first look and we decided to go with our gut and do it.  Just like that, I swear the weather cleared and Sean and Katie ended up with the perfect mix of moody overcast skies and a golden hour later on.

This wedding was just intensely gorgeous.  When I first talked to Katie I knew she was going to throw a hell of a party and it didn't disappoint.  From the Bride's one-of-a-kind silvery-blue dress, to the sexy venue filled with the most perfectly curated centerpieces, the day was perfection.  The music, played by anyone and everyone the groom holds near and dear was beyond measure (see what I did there?) and the heartfelt vibes of the couple's friends and family made this event so perfectly "them." Without further ado, here's Katie and Sean's INCREDIBLE Brooklyn Wedding.

Event Coordinator: Lindsey M. Events Venue: The Bell House Caterer: Buttermilk Channel  Florist: Beespoke   Hair & Makeup: Glamsquad  Bridal Gown: Samantha Sleeper  

Ashley & Nadim

Hi Everyone!  Another big gap in my blogging, I know, but things have been hectic as we prepare for baby Gibson to come!  I thought I'd brighten up a really rainy winter day with a little peek at our September wedding.  Ashley and Nadim had one of those weddings that ran so smoothly it was like a dream.  The weather was lovely (not too hot or cool for September) and any and all rain held out until after the photos were finished.  Their ceremony was at St. George Orthodox Church in Allentown, which is a total landmark of a building in the Lehigh Valley, and the reception was a total blast complete with tons of Syrian music, money throwing, and pie!  These two make such a great couple and I hope you love taking a look at their day!


Chelsea & Ian | Stonebrook Farm Wedding

Now that the weather's getting a bit chilly, I thought I'd drop in to warm you up with one of our lovely summer weddings.  

Ian and Chelsea and their family are very special to me.  When they met, I remember telling Ian's stepmom Jackie that she'd better make sure I photographed the wedding if the time ever came.  Well, it came and I photographed it and it couldn't have been more perfect.  Chelsea's beauty is radiant from the inside out and Ian's love for her is just so genuine.  I absolutely loved working with this couple, especially at the gorgeously low-key Stonebrook Farm.  Without further ado, here's Chelsea and Ian's incredible day!



Dan & Kayla | Glasbern Inn Wedding

How is it August already, guys?!  I'm here to share one of my two June weddings with you today and I know you're going to love it.  

Dan and Kayla are a really special couple.  Dan and my husband Dave used to play in a band together, and have remained friends ever since.  From the moment I met Kayla, I just really liked her.  She was fun, beautiful, laid back, and just had the best personality.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when she asked me to shoot their wedding at the Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville.  This place is such a hidden gem (we're talking minimal cell service!) in the hills of the Lehigh Valley.  I had never shot there before but the place was a dream, and fit the couple's vision for their rustic, softly-colored wedding so perfectly.  From the first look to the surprise sunset at the end of the day, this whole entire wedding - top to bottom - was the kind of wedding that leaves a photographer itching to go through her images!  Enjoy checking out their day!


Katie & Sean | Brooklyn Engagement

Oh, sweet, wonderful summer.  How I adore sipping a coffee and catching up on sharing photos with all of you.  I've been desperate to buckle down and blog this awesome Brooklyn engagement we shot last month with Katie and Sean.  Guys, you're going to love this.  

Engagement pictures are one of those things that you really can have a blast with because there are so many options to get creative.  I always think the more personalization my couples integrate into their session, the better the photos become!  Rather than picking "that park" in your hometown or trying to choose ten different places with waterfalls and trees (this is Pennsylvania -- there's a lot of those) I think it's really important for couples to pick places they feel at home.  I was thrilled when Katie wanted to go the extra mile and appeal to her man's interests by shooting at a tiny favorite spot of theirs, Van Brunt Stillhouse in Brooklyn.  While I never drink and shoot (blurry pics, anyone!?) I did have a sip of one of their incredible cocktails.  Moreover, the friendly staff here was incredible and the photo-ops were plenty.  After that, we stopped for lunch and continued shooting in some of the couple's favorite waterfront spots.  I hope you enjoy this montage of gorgeous shots as much as I freaking LOVED taking them!  I'm so psyched to shoot Katie and Sean's wedding (also in Brooklyn) this fall.


Troy & Christine | William Penn Inn

I could apologize for a very long pause between bloggings, but I won't!  I'm not apologizing because I've been that satisfyingly good kind of busy and I just haven't had the time to comb through these images and share them until right now!  That said, I want to share Troy and Christine's wedding with you because it was gorgeous.

Everything about this day was just straight up fun.  Troy and Christine and their son Matthew really brought the party.  The colors of the girls' dresses and the flowers mixed with the bright greens of early spring just added to the joyful feel of this couple's day.  It was no surprise that their reception even featured Matthew doing a full on Michael Jackson dance routine.  I hope you enjoy peeking into their day as much as we enjoyed shooting it! 


Photograper Crushes, Personal Style, and Katie in the City

Something you may or may not realize about being more-than-a-little obsessed with photography is that it comes with "photographer crushes."  Ask anyone who takes themselves even remotely seriously when it comes to creating photos and they'll likely be able to rattle off about five photographers whose work or business prowess inspires them.  Some of mine?  Jordan Voth, Lauren Scotti, and Grant Daniels.  Recently, though, I've been in love with the words and philosophies of Lissa Chandler, who writes amazing tutorials and is an avid blogger in addition to being a wildly good photographer.  Lissa recently compiled a series of tutorials on one the forums I'm a member of.  The tutorials focused on communicating your style as a photographer.  One of my favorite lines Lissa wrote was "show what you want to shoot" and I really took it to heart.  

This year, I've done a lot of "free" work, or work for product trade.  While I (of course) need money, taking it out of the equation in some instances has allowed me to slow down, hone my style, and take control of sessions where I sometimes might have felt obligated to follow a vision that wasn't my own.  The funny thing?  I've gotten so much positive feedback on my pro bono work!  To me, it speaks volumes.  It means that my voice is coming through in the photos I create and I'm producing honest, organic, heartfelt work.  The love I'm pouring into each photo is communicated back out to the viewer, and that's the biggest goal I could ever have when I raise a camera to my eye.  When I share anything with anyone, it's because I want the people I photograph in the future to choose me because they love what they've seen coming from me all along.  

That said, in the spirit of "showing what you want to shoot" I'm adding a few personal photos to the end of this blog.  These photos are of yesterday's adventures in the city with my best girl Katie.  Each year on spring break, we have a girl date, and yesterday we just had brunch and wandered the streets of Philly.  I took a series of portraits and I'm just in love with them.  They're exactly the kind of shots I love to do -- quirky, filmy, and authentic.  They make me excited about spring and summer, excited about photography, and excited about life in general.  As always, a big thanks to Katie, who is forever patient with being my model and never complains when I saturate the internet with her photos!  

Becky & Cliff

It's finally spring, guys!  Ironically enough, spring feels like winter and winter felt like spring.  What gives?  I thought I'd lighten this day up by sharing some of these dreamy images of Becky and Cliff.  If you saw my last post on Nicole and Morgan, you'll know I was offering some mini-type engagement/couples sessions for free recently.  Becky and Cliff were my other couple, and I was so into their laid back style.  Becky wanted them to look as natural as possible and I couldn't have agreed more.  We chose to shoot at Nockamixon State park and I think our images really show off this couple's natural, woodsy style.  Enjoy!

Nicole & Morgan

Long time no blog, friends!  As you'll see, I'm posting a little something on my blog which is on this snazzy new website I've been slaving over (and still is a massive work in progress).  I took a little blogging break for most of the winter and thought I'd come back with a bang and share one of my favorite sessions as of late.  

Recently, I took a wedding photography course with Bre Thurston through my beloved Clickinmoms.  I had an assignment to photograph a couple in love.  I had to really focus on capturing emotion an connection.  Since I like a good challenge, I figured I would try to work with a couple that was new to me.  It would be easy to pose and evoke smiles from a couple whose buttons I know how to push, so I put out a call on my facebook page and offered a free session to a willing couple.  I was thrilled to see a message in my inbox from Nicole, who I went to school with for most of my life!  Nicole and I have a lot in common (beyond a really embarassing third grade soccer team picture) but I hadn't seen her since high school graduation.  I of course jumped at the opportunity to see her once again, and to meet her beautiful girlfriend Morgan.

We decided to shoot in downtown Quakertown, which is our very quaint little hometown. It turned out to be this amazingly warm and gorgeous February day, and we were really able to make the most of the hour we spent together.  I'm so grateful to have had Nicole & Morgan volunteer their time, and I'm so psyched to share a few of our images!