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!

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


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!  

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! 


Wild Child | Carlisle PA Family Photography

I have always been a saver of good quotes - even back in high school I would write down lyrics that I heard on the radio in a notebook to look over later. Back then the lyrics to songs didn't just pop up on my phone while I was streaming them. Mostly because I didn't have a phone sooooooo it was impossible.  

Anyway.... in the age of pinterest I now have my own board of quotes that speak to me. Heavily favored on that board are words of wisdom by Dallas Clayton. I have cried more times than I care to admit reading his books to my children and am constantly inspired by the messages he sends to the world.  

A recently found and newly favorited one that makes me feel all the warm fuzzies about my children: 

You're a peach
You're a poem
You're a piece of the past
You're the perfect position
You're the glistening
glass of the beach
Turned and tumbled
by the swell of the sea
You're the best bit of beauty
a being could be



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