Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Neff Family {Butler, PA}


    Meet my friend, Lorrie, and her amazing family!  Lorrie and I went to nursing school together.  We all waited patiently one morning in class when her first grandson, Elijah, was born.  It's hard to believe that was almost two years ago!  Since then we've graduated, taken and passed our boards, and gotten jobs. She and I have been talking about family portraits for two years. This photo was worth the wait! I was so excited to photograph her family for her.  We met at her house in Butler, PA.  The weather had been so beautiful all week and then on the big day it was overcast, cold, raining, and windy.  We didn't let a little bad weather stop us.


    This is her oldest son, Jarod,  with his wife, Pam, and their son Elijah.  We took these just as Elijah was getting ready for a nap.  He still managed to look adorable! As is always the case with babies, he ran the show!


    Here is Lorrie with her sons.  I'm not sure how she survived having three boys! I have one and he's enough for me!  As I type this he's chasing the dogs through the house with a toy gun! 


    Lorrie with her boyfriend, Tom.  Aren't they a cute couple!  I took portraits for Tom's family with his horses a few years ago.




    And this last one is just for Nate, because when you are a BOSS you show it.  This portrait makes me laugh every time I look at it! If you know Lorrie, you know how hard it was for her to not smile for the portrait!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

So Thankful {The Creativity Project}

I watched her pick beans that day in the culottes she'd had since I was a kid.  She was methodic in her gathering.  No bean went unnoticed and none were picked too soon.  She taught me to be diligent and patient.  We had bags of green beans that summer.  We cooked them with bacon and parmesan cheese.  I didn't know it was the only summer we'd have a garden.  I thought there would be many more summers and bean plants, but there was no time for that.  It's easy to be greedy with those that we love, to want more and more and more of them.  It's easy to feel jaded when they are taken from us, to feel that the world owes us something in return.  I felt this way at first.  Slowly and without much noticed the anger has given way to peace and the memories that so easily made me cry, now make me smile.  Sadness has been replaced by thankfulness that she existed, that I knew her, that one summer we had a garden full of bean plants.

    For more from the Creativity Project visit Pink Ronie.  You can also join in the fun at The Creativity Project.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

h Lolli Lollipop {Western PA Photographer}

This family is so full of cute!  I have been lucky enough to photograph them three different times and they just keep getting better! We met at Alameda Park in Butler, PA.  Luckily we made it just before hurricane Sandy took all the leaves and brought in colder temperatures.

    Do you know how difficult it is to get four children to look at the camera at the same time?  We had to resort to bribery! It worked.

    Of course you can't give just one kid a lollipop! Isn't this the cutest out take you've ever seen?Isn't she a cute cheerleader?!

    Isabella is so full of spunk and sweetness!

    Rocco is all boy, but he was also kind enough to help me out by holding my reflector!

    Madison was so happy to be modeling! She is great at it too!

    Easily one of my favorites!  I just love this family so much!!

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