On the morning of this session, the forecast called for a 30% chance of rain most of the afternoon. Liron and I spoke and she decided that they wanted to get the shoot done and we could take those odds. We figured worst case, we'd get a little bit of rain on and off. Well, it turns out that we completely underestimated the weather. It POURED the entire shoot. Luckily, Liron and Shreyas had a great attitude about it. We made the best of the circumstances and bounced around from covered spot to covered spot. This was a pretty challenging session for me, but it was actually a lot of fun. It forced me to step out of my box and think creatively. In the end, I think we got some great shots out of it (mostly because Liron and Shreyas were awesome). The umbrella shot in the rain was a nice little reward at the end. Also, how awesome is their dog, Jemma?
Calvin might be the greatest dog in the world, but Elizabeth & Jesse were pretty awesome too. I had a lot of fun exploring Andorra Meadow in Wissihickon Valley Park with these three. I didn’t stop laughing the entire time. Elizabeth was a total trooper for hiking through tall grass fields while 8 months pregnant. Usually, a large part of my job on any shoot is to help the couple pose. For these guys, all I had to do was point in a place I wanted them and they would set themselves up in the perfect pose. I really like how these photos came out.
I've been so busy shooting this season that I've been completely neglecting the website (sorry). So, to catch you up... I've been all over the Philadelphia area shooting families, newborns, engagements, maternity sessions, and even a few parties. I've met lots of great new clients, caught up with a few old ones, and even got to shoot some pictures of my beautiful niece. Here are a few of my favorites from the spring sessions.
I've been friends with Annika for a while so I was super excited when she asked me to take engagement photos of her and Mark. Shooting with friends is always a ton of fun because I get to relax and try some stuff I wouldn't normally try. Plus, it helps when the couple is fun and up for whatever! We decided on a very Conshy theme for the photos. First stop was the Conshohocken Brewing Company which was perfect because we all got to start the session with a decent beer. From there, we hopped around to a few scenic Conshohocken spots and had a cameo appearance from Lilly and Teddy. We even took one pic in the middle of Fayette Street and lived to show it!
These 6 (including the dog, Charlotte) were a lot of fun to shoot with. They were definitely the most relaxed parents of twins that I've come across. Besides a little incident while shooting without diapers, the session went pretty smooth. The bedroom light was just magical and created some awesome images. Take a look for yourself.
I was ecstatic when Andrew (my brother) and his wife Shani asked me to take maternity photos of them. We planned a fall session at Harriet Wetherill Park, which turned out to be a gorgeous day. As if having a baby in the near future wasn't enough, Andrew and Shani showed up to the shoot with a surprise... a puppy named Luna that they adopted the day beforehand. She had a cameo in a few of the photos.
Fall is starting to wind down, there aren't many leaves left on the trees, and I can finally catch my breath. This fall has been super hectic but a ton of fun! I'm a little behind on posting to the blog, so instead of posting a bunch of session updates like I normally do, I've picked a few of my favorite photos from the sessions that I missed.
Check out adorable little Layla! Mike and Kristen are right in the middle of completely renovating their house. Since it's November, and a little too cold outside for a newborn, we decided we'd figure out how to make their house work for the session. We did the entire shoot inside Layla's nursery. It was a lot of fun to figure out how to be creative with the limited space. Ultimately, I think we got some really great pictures. It also helps to have three great subjects!
Going into a session with a new family, I'm never really sure how the kids will do posing for pictures. They all have their own unique personalities and temperaments. Some are great in front of the camera, some are... well, not so great (like my own kid). Usually, the first few pictures are pretty telling. For this session, as soon as I pointed the picture at these guys, Robbie cracked a huge smile, and he didn't stop smiling for the entire session. It also didn't hurt that we had a beautiful sunny 65 degree October day as well. I love the way these pics turned out. I especially love the sunset silhouette from the end of the session.
This session had it all... A one year old in a fedora, a cake smash, balloons, perfect summer weather, and a spectacular sunset. While the session went off without a hitch, there was one issue.... Mason wasn't really too sure about this whole cake thing. Perhaps he's more of a chocolate guy.
What a fun quick session with these guys! I say quick because we made the mistake of taking the pictures about 100 yards away from a playground. Even an ice cream bribe couldn't keep Avery's attention for long. Also, note Addison's death stare in a few pics from the beginning of the set. Luckily, she warmed up pretty quickly and we got some great shots.
What a fun session! This was my second time shooting with these guys, so they knew exactly what to do. They're pro's at this point. Danny was in the zone and totally hamming it up for the camera. This was my first time shooting at Rose Tree Park and it was absolutely amazing. I'm definitely using this one again. The only downside for the session was the weather. It was about 600 degrees out with 150% humidity (I might be slightly exaggerating) but we forged on and got some great shots.
Sometimes we have sessions where absolutely nothing goes right... It's cold, dreary, the kids are miserable, the location is drab, the parents are stressed.... and then we have sessions like this, where everything is absolutely perfect. These ones are a lot of fun to shoot. It was 70 degrees, bright blue skies, a perfect location in Valley Forge Park, and of course a great family. Danny loved to smile and ham it up for the camera. My job was pretty easy for this one.
This session was freezing! Well, not literally freezing, but sub 50 degree weather is really cold for mid May. Kerri and Joe had a great attitude about the cold. Danny however was a little annoyed at first. We couldn't figure out if he didn't like the cold or just wasn't a big fan of having his picture taken. In either case, he warmed up (hehe, get it?), by the end of the shoot and gave us plenty of smiles. Check out the photos and sorry about the awful dad joke.
The first session of the season! I’ve known Steve for a while but this was the first time I got to meet his finacee Lydia. It turns out that she is super cool. I wonder what lies Steve told to woo her (kidding…. mostly). Anyway, the shoot was a lot of fun. We found some really cool spots all throughout Fairmount Park. We started at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, hit Belmont Plateau, and ended up on Boathouse Row. It was a nice little scenic tour of the city. Check out their pics…
This session was a ton of fun for a few reasons. First, because Jo and Toby were totally awesome. Second, because I got to tour Longwood Gardens for the first time with a PhD environmental scientist and an environmental engineer (sorry if I totally botched that). But third, and most importantly, because we got some amazing pics of Jo and Toby. There was so much great scenery at Longwood gardens. We could have shot the whole session in the entrance. I had to restrain myself since we weren't shooting for 3 days (Longwood Gardens is huge). Check the pics out for yourself.
World, meet baby Henrik, baby Henrik, meet the world. This session was a lot of fun! Henrik was alert and looking around the whole time. It's like he already knew how to pose for pictures. The only picture that he wouldn't pose for was the one single picture that Lelah requested. He had a meltdown when we tried it. Go figure.
This is my third time shooting with the Flora's. I love shooting with these guys. All five of them are somehow perfect models, and all at the same time. I'm not sure how they do it, but even their 8 month old was great at posing. All I have to do is put them in place, and take some pics.
The was my second time shooting with Marissa and Claudio, and they were just as awesome as I remembered. The first time was a family session with their adorable daughter, Gianna. This time, I had them all to myself. We explored Evansburg State Park and found some really amazing spots, including an awesome wooden bridge. Towards the end of the session, I kept telling them that we were going to make our way to the final location, but then I repeatedly got distracted by other amazing spots we came across. When we finally made it to the last spot we were greeted with a perfect golden sunset. Check out their photos...
Meet the Hamm family. These three were great to shoot with. Jason, Jasmin, and Julian were up for whatever, although I don't think Julian really had a choice. Jasmin suggested we shoot at Core Creek Park, which was an awesome location. Later in the session, we found this perfect little valley surrounded by foliage overlooking the reservoir. The leaves throughout the park were the perfect color! I think Julian was quite skeptical of the camera (or more likely, me), but it worked out in our favor because he kept staring right into the camera. Here are some of my favorite snaps from the day.
I really struggled with this session... or I guess more accurately, I would say I struggled with this blog post. I struggled to limit the number of pictures that I love to a reasonable amount. More to come on that, but first, the story....
For this location, Rachel, Scott, Zoe and I decided to explore Curtis Arboretum, which was a new location for me. It turned out to be a perfect spot. The Arboretum was really scenic, the weather was a perfect 65 degrees, and the leaves were nice and bright. The only frustrating part of the session was that a track coach was meandering around behind where we were trying to shoot. He took his good old time setting up his cones while the perfectly lit sky was fading. Despite his efforts to sabotage our pics, we got some great shots. My absolute favorite part of the session was Zoe's mesmerizing blue eyes. See for yourself in the pictures.
This session was about as smooth as it gets for a newborn session. Baby Isla is so incredibly easy going, which she definitely gets from her parents. I think they should enroll Isla in acting classes ASAP because she's a natural in front of the camera.
This was one of my favorite sessions... Partially because it was a blast to explore the town I live in, Conshohocken, but mostly because Julie and Mark are awesome! They thought they were bad at this posing stuff, but it turns out they were pretty darn good. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Meet Cody, Anna, and Matty. These three were a lot of fun to shoot with. They were about as easy as it comes, and cody was full of smiles (even after missing his nap). The October weather cooperated with a beautiful 70 degree sunny day and we got some great pics.
Meet the Lewis Family. We had a lot of fun shooting in Harriet Wetherill Park. The weather was cold and a bit gloomy, but they had a great attitude and made the best of it. Bennett's teeth were chattering, but he was a good sport, he didn't make a peep the entire time. Little did the rest of us know, Blair had her own agenda for the session. I think we got some great shots in the end.
Steve and Meg (well, really just Meg) are getting really close to their due date! We had a really fun shoot. They were both posing pro's, so my job was super easy. I can't wait to meet baby.... More to come in a few weeks when the baby is born.
Baby mason is a week old, and sleeps about 98% of the time... unless you're taking pictures of him, then he's awake and pissed the entire time. Despite his objections, we managed to get some great pics of him.