How stinkin’ cute is this baby? Colin had the prettiest eyes and was all smiles up until the end of the session when he started to get tired. Being only six months old, he wasn’t sitting up on his own quite yet, but we did manage to get a few cute shots of him propped up. Colin didn’t mind being on his belly which made for some great photos as well. Getting a six month olds attention is a lot harder than it might seem. Most of the time when you finally do get their attention the resulting photo is them giving you a nasty look for distracting them from what they actually wanted to look at. Luckily his mom, Amy, came prepared with some of his toys to help get his attention, keeping the mean mugs I received to a minimum.
Andy and Amy were referred to me by Noah’s parents (thank you, Shireen and Juby!!) and I was looking forward to meeting them. They were both really easy to get along with, and so laid back, which always makes my job easier! I can’t wait to see this cutie again for his first birthday portraits!
I photographed this adorable little guy, Lucas, on the day he had been due to arrive. He made his entrance into the world a few days early and was born June 13th at 1:23pm. He was just 5 days old in these pictures. Lucas was a hungry boy, and wanted to nurse often, which gave me a chance to head outside with big sister, Gianna, and get some shots of her and their dog, Sammy.
I know I’ve said it before, but patience is key with newborns. After several feedings Lucas got sleepy enough to be posed. Some of my favorite shots from the day were from when his mom and dad took a break to have some lunch, and Lucas finally decided to cooperate, allowing me to get some cute shots. Ben and Lovely were also kind enough to order some lunch for me while I was there! Thanks, guys!!
After lunch Gianna decided she waned to show me her big girl room and was pretty excited to be having her pictures taken in there. Lovely was nursing Lucas at the time you could tell Gianna loved having the attention to herself for a few minutes. Oh, and her big girl bedroom…nicer than mine. I’m kind of jealous. We did a few family shots then called it a day. I am looking forward to working with the Geevarghese family again later this summer!
John and Amanda got married on June 11th. Both the ceremony and reception were held in a pre-revolutionary church on the grounds of The High Point in Malvern. I was beyond thrilled to see what great light there was inside since churches tend to have very poor lighting. Huge windows flooded the rooms with light which makes a natural light photographer (me) pretty happy!
I met Amanda at the Desmond where she had stayed the previous night to get some detail shots before the ceremony. She was FAR more relaxed than I thought she would be, especially since she had been at the venue tying up loose ends immediately before meeting with me. I knew when I originally spoke with John and Amanda that this was going to be such an awesome wedding. I would describe this as a DIY vintage wedding (I just take pictures, and am clueless about the “proper terms”, so forgive me if I’m way off). Amanda’s maid of honor baked all of the cakes served at the wedding, and her matron of honor did the floral arrangements and bouquets. Some serious talent between the two of them!
I loved every single detail, and you could tell how much time, effort, and planning went into their big day. They did a fantastic job making every detail personal to them and who they are. You can learn a lot about people through their wedding. John and Amanda had a beautiful self-uniting ceremony filled with readings from loved ones. The church (St. Peter’s) is on the small side which made the ceremony feel more intimate and cozy.
There were lawn games set up outside during cocktail hour. How freakin’ awesome is that!? John, Amanda, and I managed to sneak off for a few “formal” shots before dinner. Formal meaning chasing sheep, holding hands, and running through the cemetery outside of the church. They headed in for dinner and we all snuck out one last time to get some shots with the bridal party as well. I had a blast with these people! They had some great ideas, too! I’ve also been enjoying working on the photos. Amanda likes the high contrast images, over saturated greens and yellows, along with the antique sepia tones. I was able to step outside of my soft edits I typically do for weddings, and play around a bit with the formals we did, which fit in perfectly with the entire feel of the day.
After some dinner and dancing the night was complete. I think I loved their wedding so much because it reminded me of my own (minus the amazing flowers and kick a** shoes that Amanda wore). Goes to prove you don’t need $30,000 to have a spectacular wedding – just some love, dedication, and creativity into the details.
Congratulations John and Amanda! I wish you and your beautiful daughter, Madeline, all the best. Hope you enjoy!
Rob and Claire got married on June 4th 2011 at Dolce in King of Prussia. I met with Claire and her mom, Kim back in February and I knew I’d love working with this family right off the bat. Turns out Claire and I went to the same school. I’m surprised we didn’t meet sooner!
The thing that stood out the most to me about their big day actually was not the flowers, the food, or any other of the details (although all absolutely beautiful). It was the overwhelming amount of love the entire family had not only towards Rob and Claire, but towards everyone there. Claire’s side of the family is HUGE! Her mom and dad both remarried and she has 5 sisters. It was really refreshing to see that everyone was so very close. It really seemed like it was one huge loving family.
I had fun from the second I met Claire in her hotel room until the second I left that night. I was actually sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis and honestly forgot about how bad I felt while I was there. I spent the early afternoon with the girls getting some shots of them getting ready. Lovely Locks and Touch of Blush did stunning work on their hair and makeup as always! I also spent some time on detail shots. If you know this family you will understand the significance of some of the shots in this post. Such tasteful and beautiful reminders of her sister Megan. I left admiring this family in so many ways; persevering through the unimaginable amount of grief while always being there for each other. I’m truly humbled to know these people.
The rest of the day went off without a hitch! Perfect ceremony and reception. The food was amazing. If I were a guest I would have probably spent the entire night eating. The dance floor was packed pretty early on. Even Grandma made her way out for a song. Claire’s Dad asked me to dance at one point and I was honestly tempted to put my camera down for a few and take him up on the offer. I was too afraid I’d miss a shot though!
I have to admit…I cried…3 times. How pathetic is that!? It’s their fault though. 1) I can only watch so many people cry before I cry 2) For having their first dance to a Keith Urban song (my husband and my wedding song was a Keith Urban song) 3) Claire danced with her Stepdad to a James Taylor song (again with the music, my dad and I had our dance to a James Taylor song) and because of the genuine love even I felt while she and her dad danced. Wait… I also cried when Claire’s mom did her toast. Thanks guys.
Enough babbling and onto some photos! Thank you Rob and Claire for including me in such a special day and introducing me to such a wonderful family. Congratulations to the both of you!
I was wondering if people were still having boys since all of my newborn sessions recently have been with girls and 90% of my clients that are expecting are having girls as well. Needless to say, I was super excited when Christy contacted me letting me know she was due with her second boy the following week.
I literally could have walked to their place from mine if I didn’t have to haul all the stuff I bring along to newborn sessions. Talk about convenient! When I got there I was greeted by Jeff and their HUGE boxer, Cane. Why does the dog matter?
A) I love dogs B) Because I have a boxer, and he is my third child…fourth if you allow me to count my husband as a kid (which you should).
I knew that Christy and I had some mutual friends, but Jeff also looked super familiar. Turns out he is the banquet manager at the Downingtown Country Club and I recognized him from a wedding I had shot there last summer. Both Jeff and Christy were so easy to be around and made me feel beyond welcome in their home.
Gavin was probably the easiest newborn I’ve worked with! He nursed when I got there and slept for a majority of the session. Boys tend to be a bit easier for me. As long as they are kept warm and have a full belly they are (usually) happy. Girls can be very finicky and a bit more of a challenge. We tried for some shots of big brother Cameron with Gavin. Cameron wanted no part of it, but I managed to get a few pictures when he wasn’t looking.
Yet again, I left wondering how I get so lucky with my clients… Jeff and Christy were so easy to talk to, and I felt like I had spent the afternoon with friends, not working. I’m looking forward to working with them again!
Enjoy some previews!