How great are these three (soon to be four)? It took Luke a few minutes to warm up to the idea of a photo shoot, which I totally understand. I’d imaging a stranger with a massive camera can be pretty intimidating. Anyway… he warmed up pretty quickly once I let him push some buttons on the camera… what kid doesn’t like to push buttons? Once he was ready, it was all smiles from there. Check out the photos…
Blog readers… meet Theodore. Usually, most newborn photo sessions are done in the first few weeks. However, for this session, Theodore was already a month old. It made the session super fun because he was alert, and a little bit expressive already. I love the range of expressions in these photos.
Sometimes you have a session where everything comes together perfectly…. this was one of those times. The location was perfect, the weather was great, the leaves all just turned, and most importantly, this family is awesome! I love the way the photos came out for this session.
Meet Anna, Marc and Dolce (the doggy). This turned out to be one of my favorite maternity sessions. Besides it being about a million degrees out, the session went really well. I love shooting at Harriet Wetherill Park in Plymouth Meeting. There are so many scenic spots to explore. Anna and Marc were super fun to shoot with. Anna told me before the session that they had no idea how to pose, but then the second I picked the camera up they were already in the perfect pose without me having to say a word. I think they've both modeled before and were playing coy. Also, how cute is this Dolce? I love when clients ask to incorporate their dogs into a session. Anyway, check out the photos.
Regular readers of my blog (all 3 of you, hi mom) might recognize Nolan from his newborn session. While he was really cute as a newborn, he only got better with age (at the ripe old age of 1). For this session we explored Hayley, David, and Nolan's new neighborhood, Fishtown in Philadelphia. I love sessions where we don't have much of a plan other than walk around and find some cool spots... and we certainly did. My favorite were the colorful angel wings. Also, how infectious are little kid smiles?
Meet this pretty little lady, Peyton, and her awesome parents. They had a beautiful home with a ton of natural light, which made for great photos. Peyton was super well behaved for the entire session. Also, how cool is that cork heart piece of art?
Meet the Ray family. They are awesome! They (now) have a 1-year-old daughter named Virginia who is super cute. I shot newborn photos of her when she was about 2 weeks old. This was one of the easier sessions I've shot in a while because they were all so easy to work with... even Virginia. I love sessions like this because we end up with tons of great photos. See for yourself.
Julie is a good friend of mine and I always jump at the opportunity to photograph her family because her kids are awesome! They listen to everything I tell them and they're super photogenic. Find a bad photo here of them, I dare you!
It's been a while! I've been neglecting my website for a bit and concentrating on photography and my family. Now it's time to get back on the horse and get some content up on the site!
I had the chance to photography this cute newborn! He was awake and alert the entire session and he was making the funniest facial expressions I've ever seen. I love it when a newborn's personality comes through in the photos! Also, how cool are these dogs, Bacon and Ham?
Sometimes during a session, I can tell the clients are getting tired of taking photos (or maybe tired of my bad jokes) and want to wrap it up. Kamila and Mike were the opposite of that. They were super adventurous, easy-going, and up for whatever. We shot to the last possible minute.... literally. The staff ushered us out at closing with us begging to take one last photo with the sunset.
It’s a lot of fun to shoot sessions like this because we can take our time, get creative, and make some great photos. I really enjoy the way these photos came out. It was hard to pick my favorites to post on here.
How cute is this couple? Dick has been a hobby photographer his whole life so he was always behind the lens (I can relate). For Dicks 90th Birthday, his grandchildren gifted him and Anne a couples session so that Dick could be on the other side of the lens for once.
The more I got to know these two, the more I liked them. They had me cracking up the entire session. They are avid gardeners so I got to tour their beautiful garden before the session. After the session, I got to see some of Dick's amazing photography. I wished I could have stayed a bit longer just to chat and hear some more stories. I can't wait to do the next session for Dick's 100th birthday.
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.