The Strength of Women

I’ve always been on the “women are amazing” train. Mostly because I’m a woman and I want to believe it about myself, but also because HOLY COW have you seen what women do!? To summarize: everything.

Being part of a mini maternity session for the insanely sweet, funny, talented, STRONGER THAN STRONG Tina was an honor. If you are lucky enough to know Tina and her story, you know that she’s an inspiring example of love and strength. If you don’t know Tina and her story, make sure you’re ready for sad, happy and inspired tears when you get into it… just bring your tissues, ok?!

Tina, her husband and her daughter will welcome their newest family member this September with the help of their generous surrogate, Lindsay. Seeing these two women together was very powerful and moving. I’m in awe of them both!

And so thankful to be reminded that there truly is still so much good in the world.

This mini session will always be so special to me!!

If you missed out on my Magic Hour Minis, but still want to work together, keep your eyes peeled for my End of Year Mini sessions coming up. You can join my mailing list to get the dates before they’re public. Click here to sign up!

And It Was All Yellow

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called "Yellow"

So then I took my turn
Oh what a thing to have done
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah, your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
You know, you know I love you so
You know I love you so

-Coldplay

Those are not my words, but when I read them this session came into my head and I couldn’t think of any better words to pair with this beautiful family. They are so madly in love with their baby boy and I am so grateful to have gotten the chance to be a witness to it this summer.

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!

summer capsule | Carlisle PA family photographer

It was a gooooood summer. So many fun memories with friends and family fill my mind when I think about. But also, so many fun memories working lots of amazing people too. I know everyone’s always saying how lucky they are to have this job, but ya know what? It’s because we really are so lucky as photographers. Our job has plenty of hard parts, but it has so many perks. The people we meet, where we get to work (hello gorgeous summer sun!) and the service we get to provide to families - what more could we ask for?!?

This summer I tried out some Magic Hour Mini Sessions for the first time and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results if I tried. It was the best decision of the summer, without a doubt. And that’s saying something because my family did an ice-cream tour of Carlisle where we taste-tested ice cream from all the local creameries…

A few of my summer favorites are below. Thank you Summer of 2018, for all the goldeny delicious memories.

Just Relax | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

So here's the thing about getting family photos taken - it's a big deal! As a photographer it's easy for me to forget that YOU, my families, don't do this every single day. That having to figure out what to wear is hard and that because you haven't done this a zillion times already, you are stressed. You worry that the kids won't cooperate and that the pictures will be ruined and if they're ruined... well too bad because it's not like you'll be doing this again in a week or two. Family photos are an investment which means you really need to make each session count! 

Now, as the photographer I know that the really good photogs can get beautiful images no matter what kids are throwing at them. I know that outfits matter, but not THAT THAT much... it's not essential that everyone be in the same 3 colors in order to look good together. But you don't know those things like I know those things. 

So when we got our family photos taken recently, there was a little of this, a little of that. I waited til the last minute to figure out our outfits and wasn't 100% in love, but also didn't have the time/energy to rearrange them over and over. The kids were very tired and had had a busy day. I was worried about whether or not they'd cooperate. I was hungry. Let's just say it's not like I perfectly set myself up for success. 

Except I did. 

Because I chose a photographer to document our family that I knew could handle anything. I trusted her and her vision and her talent. Before the session it was my job to be in charge of the kids clothes, behavior, etc... but once we got there, I was practically off duty! Rather than micromanage them, I let go and decided I was going to be delighted by those little rascals no matter what. Photo sessions really truly can be fun for kids, but not if their parents are telling them no repeatedly while the photographer is telling them to do something fun. 

It's not hard to work with a happy kid even if they're not technically following all the directions perfectly. The photos of them will still look amazing. Stressed out, anxious, annoyed parents though? Ain't nothing making them look good!!

This mini session is a perfect example of parents who enjoyed their kiddo and each other rather than letting the stress take over. And it's the reason nearly every single shot from their session was a keeper!!