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!

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!! 

VA is for Friends! | Pennsylvania Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of visiting my college friend and her family recently which meant I was also able to photograph them all together in their home! Our visit was short which meant there was no time to reschedule or move the shoot to a different day if the weather didn't cooperate. And it didn't. ha!

It kinda did in that it could have been worse (raining!), but it wasn't. So that was good! I was a little bummed because it got really overcast and dark which meant we weren't able to shoot inside a ton. But that's ok!!! We were able to shoot outside in their yard, on their porch and on their quiet street though - and I did love love love still getting to document them in those places. 

At home sessions, at least to me, do not mean we have to shoot the whole thing in your house. Shooting in yards, on porches, at favorite spots in the neighborhood - those are all AT HOME to me. They are places that mean something to you, places your family feels comfortable and places that you'll be happy to see when you look at your photos in 20 years. 

Also, "At Home" doesn't mean you need to get every last detail of your home in perfect working order before your session. Nor does it mean you have to have a million dollar mansion. Most homes have just a few pockets of good light and that's all I really need - those are the places we'll use!  Trust me when I say that every home has some magical spots just right for photos... 

and also trust me when I say that I understand that living with kids can get messy. NO JUDGEMENT! 

Interested in your own "at home" session? Contact me here. Or at the very least browse my other work (here!) so you can see how many different homes I've worked in and how each one is beautiful in its own way!