It wasn't that bad... | Camp Hill Family Photographer

Maybe one of my best reviews ever - "It wasn't that bad!" :) 

Ya know, it's easy for me to go on and on about how fun it is during my sessions and how it's a great opportunity to just love on your people, but the truth is: not everyone loves it. Some people actually dislike it. And I know they aren’t bad people - it’s just that we all like different things. (I mean, I've even heard rumors that there are people in this world who don't love chocolate. WHAT?!?!?!?) I guess it just goes to prove that you could offer up the sweetest, most delicious and creamy chocolaty treat in the world, but you'll always have people who don't want it. (And FYI: I’ll take theirs, is that’s the case.)

So, getting a "It wasn't the bad!" from a really kind guy, who loves his family but doesn't love family photos was a total win! And I know he wasn't trying to be rude when he said it. I couldn't have asked for a more cooperative model actually! He was just being honest. He probably dreaded family photo day, but after an hour or so with me in the house, he could happily report "It wasn't that bad!" - victory!! 

As soon as he told me, we all laughed and then I said I was going to put his review on my website. And I did. Because it really is one of the best compliments I could ask for :) 

Even though I slightly tortured some members of the family, it wasn't totally awful. In fact, for at least 1 of us, it was a freakin' blast!!! Because this family loves one another so big and they didn't hold back on any of it for even one second while I was there. Because of their amazing hearts, boy did we get some gooooood stuff from their session! Like an ENDLESS BUFFET OF DELICIOUS CREAMY CHOCOLATE good. 

Want some better than chocolate photos of your family?! CONTACT ME and we'll get right to it!! You can also see more of my delicious family work over HERE :) 

The Grass is Greener | Harrisburg PA Family Photographer

"THE GRASS IS GREENER WHERE YOU WATER IT"

Not sure who said it, but if you're ever looking for wise words, look no further. I do best when I find short and sweet mantras to help remind me of simple truths that help focus my mental energy in the right direction and that's what this saying is for me. This family not only has this very quote hanging in their home (quote twins!!!), they're living proof that it's true. And ya know what? I think they've got the greenest grass in all of Central PA. Especially in the age of social media, it's so easy to look into other people's lives and covet what they have. What's not easy is remembering that behind every picture-perfect smile is a story. And most likely it's a story that includes some sort of struggle and hard work in addition to the shiny version of happy we get to see from the outside. It's good for me to remember that everyone has to work to get what they want, even if the instagram post doesn't talk about it. 

Basically, your neighbors' grass is green FOR A REASON. And sitting around wishing yours were green isn't going to change a thing. 

You've gotta water it! You've gotta do something. Anything. 

For me, on this busy day of motherhood/entreprenuership, that something is blogging this session that's been so patiently sitting on my hard drive for months and months. (How did I let that happen?! I mean, this family is just outta this world amazing in a million ways. And this session makes me smile so big!) No, this post won't change the world or turn me into the biggest, baddest, most famous photographer in the world, but it's something. And that's good enough for now! :) 

Interested in seeing your family on my blog several months after our session? (Just kidding! Or am I?) CONTACT ME and we'll get started chatting about all the deets! And get the scoop on my family work HERE while you're at it!  

No words | Camp Hill PA Family Photographer

I think I've been putting off this blog post for so long because I felt like I'd never find the right words to do justice to the love of these people and to how honored it has been to document their family. So even though I loved this session (both while shooting it and also the end results!), it has been sitting on my computer waiting for me to blog it for MONTHS. How terrible!! 

Today I finally decided that the right words aren't going to come to me. Maybe because I'm too tired from doing the mom thing or maybe because there just aren't any words that will actually ever be good enough. If you know this family, you know what I mean. 

So, no more words. I'll let the photos do the talking... <3 

THANKFUL | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

In their kitchen was a sign that said "thankful" - it was the first thing I noticed after I finally quit staring at their baby's chubby little cheeks. Oh mannnnnn those cheeks were amazing.... I wanted to eat him right up. And I told him so at least 30 times in the course of our hour together. So stinkin' cute! 

Anyway.

I loved the sign. My biggest desire in life is to be thankful and to be surrounded by people who are thankful as well. To be fair, I knew these guys were my kind of people before I saw that sign because every step of the way leading up to their session oozed thankfulness. They were so appreciative of our schedules lining up and me taking the time away from my family to come to their home for the session. They were thankful for one another and for their beautiful baby. They were thankful for the nice weather and for the pretty light throughout their home. They were so genuinely thankful for all of it.  

I was thankful to be with other people who get it. People who get that all the beauty and wonder and awesomeness of life is available to all of us at any given time. Yes, it's an effort: we have to open up our eyes, look for it and work for it. But it's there. 

And we should be grateful for every single bit of goodness we have in our lives. It's a waste of energy to feel anything other than gratitude, if you ask me. Not because it's "the right thing to do" or because it's easy (it's not!), but rather because it just feels better to look around your home and think "I'm so freaking lucky!!!!" than it does to think anything else. 

Speaking of feeling lucky: I feel so very very lucky to have gotten to spend an afternoon with this trio making some art together. I'd love to do the same for you and your crew! CONTACT ME if you're thinking about some family photos of your own :) 

If you want to see more family work, CLICK HERE. If you want to contact me about your own session, CLICK HERE. If you want to know what real humans have said after working with me, CLICK HERE. If you want me to stop saying CLICK HERE, just click on something already!! 

Hands Full, Heart Fuller | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

There are at least a million reasons to love the Walker family and this is coming from someone who only met them for a few hours one afternoon... I can only imagine what their friends and family think!! They were so warm and inviting and fun and relaxed and open to whatever I had cooking in my brain... not to say they were robots who just did what I told them. Oh no! You'll notice they also had personality coming out their ears... another thing I happen to love.

I've said it before that I know I'm not the photographer for everyone. If you're looking for a dozen options of a posed, everyone looking at the camera smiling, perfectly perfect photo - click on outta here cause I'm not your girl. Those photos certainly have worth, but I've learned over time that that just is not what I excel at. And that's ok! I'm ok with not being good at everything! So no, I'm not always going to have technically perfect composition and tack sharp focus, but I will have emotion and connection and personality and when it's alllllll just right, your photos will have that thing you can't quite put your finger on that makes your eyes tear up. Helping people feel comfortable enough to be themselves and teasing out the magical little gems hidden inside each and every family is what I enjoy most. And ya know what? It's the thing I do excel at.  

(Side note/Spoiler alert: That thing I'm talking about that makes you tear up in your photos is YOU. Ya know, the essence of you and who you are as a family. But more on that another time.... )

 Anyway.... while I'm talking about loving things, can I just mention that one of the things I love about family photography is getting to dive into a great big bear hug with a family I've just met. I still feel the hugs and high fives and laughs from these awesome people when I look through their photos. I hope they feel as happy as I do when I look them!