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.

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!  

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! 

 

Christmas Mini Sessions | Carlisle PA Family Photographer

Are you sad about putting away your Christmas decor? The house always feels so different and so bare when everything gets stored away again. It's a little funny to me because we live our our home 11/12 months without the Christmas decorations, but somehow in the course of 1 month we get so used to the Christmas stuff that it becomes the new normal and we miss it when it's gone... in just 1 single solitary month! 

Anyway, I took down the last of my Christmas decorations today - the holiday cards on display in our kitchen. They're the last to come down every year because they bring so much joy to our day. Getting to see the beautiful, smiling faces of our friends and family each morning, afternoon and night? What could be better?!? 

I bet a lot of the photos on all those pretty holiday cards come from mini sessions (whether they're done with me or other photographers) so I wanted to share some of mine to help give you that Christmas fix you're missing now that the decorations are gone! :)

Ocker's Christmas Tree Farm was the most lovely spot for these sessions and I can't thank them enough. Not only were they welcoming to me and all the families, my family found the perfect tree for our home at their farm! Double win!

  

 I've written before about my mixed emotions regarding shooting mini sessions (which you can read about here!), but I will say, as long as those cards keep coming, I'm pretty sure I'll always find a way to incorporate mini sessions into what I offer... they're just too special!

Mini sessions are only offered once a year, but full sessions are offered ALL DAY EVERY DAY! Contact me (HERE!) to set up a session for your amazing bunch!