I could not wait to photograph Giancarlo! As soon as his little chubby smile began showing up in my social media newsfeeds, I knew I needed this little man to model for me. He has the most infectious smile! I have known his dad for years and I'm not sure I've ever seen a child more twin-like than him. The moments we captured in the studio are definitely some of my new favorites!
From the day I fell in love with photography, I would see the world through black and white film. Almost every image I create has the capability of transcendence when all that remains are the lights and shadows in monochromatic beauty. I've been hesitant to share a full wedding post in all black and white wondering who may not understand why. But I knew of all my weddings, Keeley would truly appreciate this; her being a fellow photographer and former college classmate.
So here I present to you, her wedding in Black and White! All of the beauty is held in the shapes and textures, light and dark; not how green the grass or blue the sky is, but in each pure moment.
Flowers: Williamsport Horticulture Program
Dress: Amber Rose Bridal
Rings: Bill Mahonski Goldsmith
Food: Smokey Pigs BBQ - Alan & Shelly LaForme
Tent: Pegasus Party Rentals
Entertainment: Kevin Head Entertainment
There's something very special about photographing every little detail leading up to the big reveal! The butterflies get more and more active as the moment approaches and I get to beautifully document all of those pieces until they all come together like a dream.
I felt especially compelled to present this blog in that exact same way. Holly spent so much of her time and heart creating this picturesque, Stone Harbor wedding. The colors, the dress, the shoes, the rings, the headpiece! All of it came together in such a warm and graceful way. Her details are definitely at the top of my list of favorites!
Venue: The Reeds at Shelter Haven
Bride's Dress: Bijou Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Rings: Stephen's Jewelers
Flowers: Blooms Florist
Newborn babies can be difficult to work with sometimes as they're sensitive to being poked and prodded and molded for hours on end; but Teagan was the exception to the rule. Over 3 hours of modeling and she was a perfect little angel! The love between her and her brothers and her and her mommy and daddy was almost too much to handle. This is why lifestyle portraiture is my specialty and pulls hard at my photography heart strings!
I have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months to bring some kind of balance to my life. From learning the ins and outs of being a mom, to buying my first house through the busiest of wedding and holiday seasons and now navigating the way to stand out in this industry!
So today... in one single solitary day... I completely revamped my website! I needed something fresh and new and (hopefully) easier to keep up with! I have so much amazing work to share and am really ready to commit to sharing everything I feel so passionate about! Enjoy!
Shamefully, over a year has passed since my last blog post. I suppose that's what happens when you have a baby of your own. But I felt compelled to pick back up my momentum with this insanely adorable lifestyle newborn portrait session. Baby Rita was only a week old to the day for this session and she was such a wonderful little model. Her energetic brother kept me on my toes and I captured some candid portraits of him as well but Rita stole the show! With her beautiful head of hair and rare but infectious smile... who couldn't totally fall in love!
I am seriously so lucky to have such great models every year. Ano has been a little star for me for 4 years now! His wide eyed smile and calming personality make for the perfect subject. Now that his little sister Mila is older, she definitely stole the show this year. She learned how to model from her brother but her personality is booming with energy! I chased her around the beach, never letting my camera leave my eye. Every moment was worth a click. My luck with them was matched by the perfect weather and the most beautiful sky! Lucky lucky photographer...
I've been photographing Zoelle since she was just a tiny 4 month old baby. This year, just before her 5th birthday, her portrait session was shared with someone else! Her baby sister Colette, at 10 weeks old, had her first photoshoot with me and Zoelle was as excited as I was. She stood next to me doing everything in her power to coax a smile or giggle out of her baby sister. We had such a great time together as we always do! I can't wait for Zoelle's 6th birthday when Colette is running around! Hopefully Zoelle will help me catch her :)
From their engagement session I knew these two would be a blast to photograph on their wedding. Boy did I underestimate that! From their adorable first sight to the energetic nonstop dance party, I was never lacking a moment to document. It was a blast and a complete honor to be involved in their wedding day!
Venue - Pine Crest Country Club
Flowers - Shannon Holland
Cake - An Occasional Treat
Dresses - Arielle Bridal
Hair and Makeup - Salon Chloe
Rings - Marks Jewelers
DJ - Cutting Edge Entertainment
Photobooth - Valley Forge Photobooths
Save the Dates - Wedding Paper Divas
Sparklers - Wedding Sparklers Direct
Bride/Bridal Party Robes - Comfy Clothing
Honeymoon - Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
Before I became the photographer I am today, my past careers have been quite all over the place. One of my favorites though was working at Rita's Water Ice in South Philly. It was there that I met a group of friends that helped get me through the awkward phase of not knowing anyone after having just moved to South Philly. Holly was one of those amazing friends that I am so happy I have reconnected with! She was and of course still is a beautiful girl with a great smile and warm personality. I was so honored she asked me to photograph her engagement to her amazing fiance Dave. They are a perfect match and we had a great time wandering around the WaterWorks!
It's hard to believe that my peanut of a little sister is officially a high school graduate. It's even harder to put into words, the emotions this moment brings me. She is all grown up and on her way to West Chester to study music! Boy do I feel old now... But I couldn't be more proud of her. She has come such a long way to the short and shy little girl in elementary school. Now she is a (still short) bold, beautiful, confident and talented young woman carving through the path to her next adventure. I can't wait to see what you achieve!
I've known David for the past 17 years! I have watched him grow from just the small little brother of my best friend, to this amazing young man. As a recent graduate from West Chester University, he is planning a big move with his girlfriend and pup to Ohio for a great job opportunity. I was so honored he asked me to photograph them together before leaving. I am going to miss David and I wish he and his little family the best!
April 26, 2015 my beautiful cousin gave birth to baby #2, Liliana Rose! Unlike her first, we didn't know if she was having a boy or a girl so the phone call was filled with excitement and tears. She is beautiful and petite and Nicholas is already showing how amazing of a big brother he is going to be to her. I couldn't be happier for Lauren and her growing family!
Since falling in love with photography, my main subjects were always my sisters. I have a fond memory of 2 particular images I captured of them on film. One of Rachel, now 23, when she was about 7. It was a close-up portrait with her hair in messy pigtail buns; her beautiful amber eyes were captured crystal-like in black and white. The other one was of Becca, now 18. She was about 2 years old. She has this cherub face, her lips so tiny yet plump and a button nose. Her hair was dark and full of baby curls. I had her hold a rose near her face and smile with her 2 cute little front baby teeth. She had on pajamas that were blue with yellow stars. I printed it and hand painted it and have never forgotten my love for that photo and that moment. Now she is 18 and stunning, graduating from high school and planning her college life at West Chester University to become a music teacher. How time flies...
17 families in 2 days! Is that a record somewhere? Probably not because Janie and Jack's all over the country host this amazing photographic opportunity a few times a year to their customers. I was one of the lucky photographers that had a mini studio set up to be the photographer for one of these events! In a small corner of the Janie and Jack in the King of Prussia mall, I was able to capture all of these adorable moments over 2 days. It was very hard to edit down for this blog post but that only means I had such great models! Maybe I will get the chance to do it again next time and see these adorable faces once more!
Today's the big day when Baby Cutri arrives! What a perfect day to share these amazing photos. We had such a wonderful time working in Baby C's nursery. Then we trekked our way to Manayunk for a beautiful studio session. I am so excited for Erin and Joe and I can't wait to meet Baby C!!!
From when he was just a tiny 6 month old, I have been photographing Nicholas. Now 3 years old, he is preparing to be a big brother! He loves his mom and dad and loves even more having all of the attention. But the more I talked to him, the more I hear how excited he is to take on the role of being a big brother. From checking his mommy's tummy to giving her a rose and a kiss because "mommy's beautiful"; Nicholas is ready to show his new baby brother or sister just how to win the hearts of everyone around.
I would never venture to call myself an expert in photographing newborns. But when you get to photograph the newborn baby of your friends, you know you can experiment and get creative. Zoe was awake for way more of the session than we anticipated but she was such a great sport. Especially when we surrounded her with flowers, or when we continuously attempted to have her balance her head on her cute little hands. Hopefully she doesn't grow up to hate me since she is stuck with me as her photographer forever.
To say I have the best job in the world is an understatement. I have had the amazing pleasure of photographing Kristiano since he was just a tiny big eyed baby. He has been a photographer's gem of a model from then on. Three years later, my little guy is now a big brother! Mila, now a year old, has her brother's eyes and her very own personality. She is full of love and laughter and the sweetest smiles. It's incredible to say that part of my job is to document these two munchkins as they grow.
Despite the freezing cold air and snow on the ground, Brandy and Kevin tied the knot in the cozy, rustic, 2nd floor room at the Northbrook Market Place. The low hanging ceilings and solid wood rafters draped in string lights and handmade nuances, made for a beautiful and quaint ceremony. Brandy's light purple wedding dress perfectly accompanied the laid-back, no-nonsense feeling of their special day. Add in a comfort food filled buffet, famous apple cider doughnuts and a ton of friends and family tearing up the dance floor; and I say you have one successful stress free wedding! Congratulations to you both!