A Good and Perfect Gift

I’ve said it before, but only because it’s so true. Being welcomed into the sweet newborn bubble is one of the best perks that comes with this job. When parents are still figuring things out and not letting just anyone through their doors quite yet, I get to come in and soak it alllllll up. The snuggles and the laughs and the questioning looks of “is this normal” and the yawns that come from being up all night and the “can you get me some water, I’m dying of thirst!!!” that comes with nursing and the dividing up the tasks between spouses as they figure out a system - I get to see it all. AND I LOVE IT.

Having gone through those first days 3 times with my own kids and having those kids grow up (against my strict orders to stay babies forever!!!), I both remember it like it was yesterday and also can’t believe I ever lived like that!!!

My morning with this new family of 3 (sorry Milo. I meant 4!!!) was so much fun. It was equal parts sweet and funny and tender. It truly felt like being with old friends even though it was our very first time meeting!! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to document this time of change in their lives. What a gift!

I can this for you too, by the way. CONTACT ME (here) to chat details and put something on the calendar :)

Moments like this of you and your family deserve to be documented!! CONTACT ME (here) to chat details and put something on the calendar :)

Sink full of Bubbles

We take photos for a million different reasons, all completely valid. My main two reasons are just to celebrate all things pretty and to remember the stories within everyday life. When I get to do both at the same time, WOAH!!!

This session was both to celebrate the beauty of this family, their home, their love, their baby girl, their pups, their humongous rhododendron bush hahaha - all things pretty! It was also to bottle up the story of Amanda bathing her sweet girl in that sink for the last time. After years and years with a sink full of bubbles, it’s nice to move on to the next step. Which is good! It’s great! The future is bright! We have so much to look forward to as our kids grow up!!!

But this time, right now, we can never get back. And it’s special and important and it matters, too. Knowing I have photos to help me remember always helps saying goodbye to the fleeting magic of childhood a little easier.

Just a little.

Due to the nature of sink bath photos, I’m not sharing those here, but I can tell you it was every bit as adorable as you imagine it! Thank you Amanda for inviting me to your home and into your family. It was an honor!! <3 If you want to bottle up a story of your own, reach out to me HERE!

How about we do this, but instead of it being someone else’s family, let’s do it with YOURS! Contact me HERE and we can chat about your very own session!

All of Us Together | Camp Hill Family Photographer

When asked where you’d go if you could go anywhere, do you ever just want to say “HOME”? Because that’s my answer. Time and time again. I could try to change my answer to be more cool and adventurous, but I can’t think of a single place I’d rather be than just quite simply, with my family. Even better if it’s in our home.

Call is sad or lame or pathetic or unworldly or unadventurous or whatever you may, it’s my answer. And I can’t change it. Nor do I want to…

I’m never happier than when it’s all of us together. Home is my happy place!

If I had to guess… I’d say home is this family’s happy place as well. Every inch of their home and every second of the time we spent together was bubbling over with pure joy, acceptance and love. See for yourself!

And maybe even touch base with me about getting photos of your happy family in your happy place :) Contact me HERE!

New One, Plus One | In-Home Newborn Family Photography

As a former member of the 2 Under 2 club, I can remember the way it felt to bring home a new baby while still caring for your first baby. Simultaneously exciting and wonderful and scary and exhausting and overwhelming… the fact that I remember it so well made this session very dear to my heart. Well, that and the fact that Lauren said to me at the very beginning how much she loved my relaxed approach to photography and had been looking forward to this session for so long. Yessssssss! Music to my ears!!!

I know we’re going to create awesome photographs together when my clients can tell me they’ve actually been looking forward to their session. Coming into the whole thing with excitement is key! I’m not saying you can’t also feel nervous and/or stressed because that’s certainly very common - hello wildcard little kids who can say/do/eat/destroy anything at any moment!!

BUT! If at least one of the many emotions prior to our session is excitement, we’re in really good shape!

I’m so happy to have been invited into this family for a morning and to have gotten to document the blossoming love for the newest member of the family. From personal experience, I know these first weeks home with a new one, plus one are a COMPLETE BLUR. It makes my heart happy to know we bottled up some of these early moments for the future. <3

If you want to bottle up some of your own family’s love and wonder and joy, CONTACT ME right here!! I’d love to do this for you, too!

Ok, gonna say it one more time, just in case :) If you want to bottle up some of your own family’s love and wonder and joy, CONTACT ME right here!! I’d love to do this for you, too!

When You Need It the Most | Mechanicsburg PA Family Photographer

Last year I started a project where I took a self portrait of me and my three kids together once a month. I will admit I didn’t finish out the year with my goal, but that’s not the point! The reason I share is that in the time I was doing those self portraits I learned something important.

The days I was struggling.
The days I didn’t want to be in a photo.
The days I felt like a bad mom…

those were the days I needed to be in photos with my kids the most. When I took the time to be creative (for me creative time is always soul-filling!), to be happy (forced or not!) and to focus on the kiddos (without any distractions), I almost instantly felt better.

But that’s not where the goodness ends, because later I actually SAW the photos.

I saw their little arms around me.
I saw their smiles.
I saw MY smile.

I saw how much they love me, imperfections and all. Not every individual moment of motherhood feels amazing, it just can’t! So, having tangible proof that I can look at and SEE THE LOVE… It’s priceless!

Often times we think the best times for photos is when the kids are perfectly happy and we’re in a great place feeling good about our weight and our hair and our home. But I don’t know. I think the best time for photos doesn’t actually exist. Every time is a good time for photos. It’s easy to agree to them and sign up for them when you’re rockin at life. But don’t count out the magical healing powers love-filled images to have on an open heart that could use a little TLC. Just sayin!

If you’re thinking your heart could use a little photo-magic-TLC, reach out HERE and/or check out my other family work HERE!