this is my second time photographing these lovely girls and we had so much fun! What isn't fun about a session that includes dresses, a leaf fight, and Halloween costumes? We met at one of my favorite locations, Clear Creek State Park, on a fabulous fall day.
Aren't they adorable? I loved the boots!
This is my favorite of Lauren! She is so beautiful!
Leah is so sweet! I just love her smile!
They might have enjoyed the leaf fight a little too much!
Thanks so much for letting me take your photos girls! It was truly my pleasure!
I love it when a plan comes together. When Jonathan's mom, Tabitha, contacted me about doing his portraits I was so excited! Tabitha and I have been friends since we were kids. Our grandparents attended the same church and we went to VBS and summer camp together. Getting to see Tabitha and take photos of her adorable son was a perfect combination. When I sent Tabitha the idea for the hot air balloon photo I was so glad she thought it was a fantastic idea. Of course, I lie in a small city (the smallest city in the USA to be exact). We have one small grocery store, two restaurants, and a couple bars. Finding a balloon big enough required a trip into the big city and a little maneuvering to get the three foot balloon into my car! It was so worth it. The photos were so much fun! It was great to catch up with an old friend!
In the nursing world we have a phrase. "Nurses eat their young." I heard this over and over again while in nursing school. My instructors used it to prepare us for the harsh reality of being a new nurse. It's a strange and somewhat unexplainable phenomenon. A new nurse heads out into the world of medicine excited and ready to make a difference and is immediately met by more experienced nurses who are determined to show the new nurse just how little he or she knows. But all nurses start somewhere. No nurse ever walked out of nursing school knowing everything. Nursing school is a spring board of sorts. It teaches the basics. The rest is learned on the job. It takes years for a nurse to develop a wide knowledge base. Some nurses forget this. They see a new nurse and for whatever reason they attack. Maybe they feel threatened. Maybe they are overwhelmed by their job and don't feel they have the time to teach and share.
I'm lucky. My nursing experience has been full of nurses who were willing to teach and share without ever making me feel less than.
I wish someone had told me that photographers eat their young. I wish my photography instructors had prepared me for the harsh reality of the photography world. The thrill of learning a new technique or mastering new gear can quickly get swallowed up by the harsh critiques of other photographers. Like nurses, photographers are not born. No photographer, despite what they claim, picked up a camera and knew everything about how to take the perfect photograph instantly. The honest photographers will admit that they are still chasing the perfect photograph and still learning. Just like nursing, it takes years of practice and learning to develop a solid set of photography skills. We all start somewhere.
I first met Bryan at his sister, Amanda's, wedding. He was a part of the most fun wedding part ever! I was very excited to take his senior photos for him. we met at Clear Creek State Park, one of my favorite locations. We weren't sure if the weather would hold out or not, and in fact he had to wait in the rain. He is such a good sport! He put up with this crazy photographer and her hilarious posing ideas!
Bryan, I hope you have an amazing senior year! Enjoy every minute of it!
It was a perfect evening for a wedding. Just as the sun set Kat and Chris met to exchange their vows on a deck overlooking the Allegheny River in Foxburg, PA. As I watched them exchange vows I imagined my own grandparents eloping several decades ago. I wondered if they had the same stars in their eyes, the same love struck look that Kat and Chris wore. There was an entire world around them, but all they seemed to notice was one another.
Congratulations Kat and Chris. I wish you many years of happy crazy love!
Her first words to him were "I want to kiss your face." That's all it took for Tessa to sweep Joe off his feet. Though she had seen him and knew of him it took her best friend and maid of honor, Joelle to finally bring these two together. He proposed on a winter day in Pittsburgh. She said "Yes!" and the rest, as they say, is history.
It's a history that hasn't been written yet. Often times at wedding I pause in the middle of my work and watch the smiling faces of people dancing and celebrating. I look at the bride and groom and can't help but be caught up in their moment. They don't know it yet, but this is the good stuff. Forever stretches in front of them and, despite their planning, the journey ahead is a complete mystery. But this day, surrounded by friends and family, is their starting point; the place they can always return to when they are missing the smile of a loved one, or when they need reminding of why they began this journey in the first place.
Tessa and Joe, I wish you every joy and happiness on the journey ahead. I hope that these moments from your wedding day will be a visual reminder of all the love that surrounds you.
There were so many great details I'll have to fill another blog post!
Josh and Amanda's wedding was one of the most fun weddings I've ever photographed! Don't let these traditional photos fool you, this bridal party was anything but traditional. They kept me laughing the entire time. Congratulations Josh and Amanda. I wish you many years of happiness and hope you'll keep laughing through all of them!