This storytelling session has long been on my heart. I first met Diana a few years ago when we visited her Bucks county in-home Waldorf school one September day. I fell in love with their lovely land, their quaint, cozy home, and the beautiful simplicity and intentionality of their family life. I was delighted to return earlier this October to capture a small snippet of their life at home together. We spent from afternoon into evening together and I observed as they went about their activities: watercolor painting, kneading dough together for the pizza, gathering goldenrod to make homemade fabric dye, feeding their fluffy bunny, playing in their forest, picnicking pizza by a campfire and dying fabric, and playing guitar together before heading in for bedtime rituals. What a joy to tell their story of family life.
This documentary newborn session with one of my favorite Hellertown PA families was all about capturing life at home with three children 4 and under. Parenting at this stage is busy, tiring, silly, colorful and full of laughter. I love how this family embraced a truly documentary approach and dressed as they usually would for a Sunday morning at home. We did do a few simple newborn portraits as well like we did with their second child, and a few family bed snuggles because it's nice to be all be in the frame together. It's been such a joy watching the E family grow since their oldest was about a year old! I'm grateful they've trusted me with yet another milestone in their family life.
Did you miss their birth photography session? Go back and have a look at this incredible mama's birth story.
Are you expecting and considering newborn photography? I'd love to talk with you about a relaxed in-home session to capture your family's story!
What do you want to remember about your weekend mornings while the kids are still little?
I walk into this family's Sunday morning to find their oldest son making pour-over coffee, dad busy in the kitchen cooking up homemade waffles, the kids wrestling on the family room floor and reading stories with mommy. After this family of five gathers together to enjoy breakfast, they spend time doing "Family Church." Listening to worship music together, learning about Scripture, and praying together. After Family Church time, they play board games and daddy puts the youngest up for his nap. What a beautiful winter Sunday morning, cozied up at home sharing a meal, prayer and activity time focused on each other.
I adored every minute of this documentary session and long to tell more of your family routines. These days pass too quickly, and as wonderful as beautiful formal portraits are, there is something so meaningful in preserving the everyday.
I went back to reveal the gallery slideshow with the family a week later when it was ready. It was SO much fun to see the expressions on the children's faces as they recalled real moments from their day. "Look at S making the coffee all on his own!" "Remember how high M jumped off the couch?" "That was my best game of Yahtzee ever!"
Documentary sessions connect with us because they are memories of childhood, parenting, and celebrate the beauty in your everyday. Sometimes it's really hard to find joy in the daily grind of parenting. But I promise you, these sessions reveal a love and connection in your home that you may not be able to see yourself on those difficult days of "just getting through it."
Do you do mini sessions?
It's that time of year where I get a lot of inquiries from families looking for "just a Christmas card picture." I understand that need and desire, I really do! But shooting for the one or two posed images doesn't fulfill my visual voice and doesn't allow me to express all that I see in a family in the way I so very much long to. So at the moment I am not offering fall mini sessions. I find them stressful on me, stressful on the families. We miss out on the candid, in-between moments that mark my work. I need time with a family for everyone feel at ease and when we are all relaxed we make the most beautiful images. I may change my mind in the future, but for this busy fall season I am choosing to spend more time with each family that comes to me so I can provide them each my best work and service. Thank you for understanding and valuing me!
This gallery gives a glimpse of why I don't prefer mini sessions. There is so much variety and so many sweet expressions of love and personality that we wouldn't have had time for in 15 minutes. This was my first fall Lehigh Valley family portrait session of the 2017 season and it was just beautiful!
I have worked with this adorable family for a few years now, and I just love watching the girls grow. We just had a session in the spring, and it's amazing how much they have changed since May. Jillian is now in 4th grade, and is turning into a little lady. She is just as beautiful as her mama and I swear in some of the walking pictures it's easy to confuse her with mom! Little Lily is the same age as my daughter and I loved her growing independence. She wanted to run circles in the fields which was just fine with me!
Isn't this location beautiful? Goldenrod is my favorite early sign of fall- it comes on in such splendor in mid-September and fades right around the first week in October. I am so glad we were able to catch such beautiful light in the meadow the other night (despite the ever=annoying battle with GNATS!- WHY do they have to come out just in time for fall sessions?!).
I still have 2 openings for full family sessions at this Lehigh Valley PA location this week before the flowers fade to October's beige (just in time for the trees to take a turn with color!). You can view my pricing and get in touch if you'd like to book a session! Perfect timing before it gets too cold!
When this family first contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a Lehigh Valley documentary session with their three-year old and 4 month-old boys, I was beyond excited. They are moving this week to the midwest for work and wanted a candid way to remember their Coopersburg home where their boys have grown up.
I think documentary sessions are the perfect way to keep that story of early childhood alive. A keepsake album of pictures from your home, their toys and favorite books tell such a rich story that traditional portraits leave out. My boys moved from Maryland to Lehigh Valley Pa when they were just 4 and 2, and their memories are already fading from that house where they grew up and the surrounding neighborhood. But they still talk about their favorite park and remember certain features of it. I wish I had though to make an album of our daily life there before we moved.
If you are interested in a documentary photography session in Lehigh Valley PA or surrounding areas, please reach out! This is a fabulous way to bring to life childhood milestones and all the upcoming holiday traditions.
Are you interested in my pricing for a documentary session? Please have a look at what I offer and let me know if you have any questions!
September.. the month where summer and autumn collide. People always want to book sessions in October but I have to say September is just as lovely a month for portraits. The air is sweet and warm.. it's crisp and fresh in the morning, warm in the afternoon... and most importantly the gnats aren't out in full force quite yet LOL.
We enjoyed the last weekend before the fall busy season of me being home, present to the kids, and after church we went to the orchard to pick our favorite Honeycrisp apples before they are done for the year. We usually go apple picking 2-3 times each fall and make loads of homemade applesauce to freeze for the winter.
I love creating family and child portraits in the apple orchard and have one late-September date left during apple-picking season. If you'd love a Lehigh Valley PA or Bucks County PA apple-orchard portrait session please get in touch!
Do you worry that a sunset session would be past your child's normal bedtime?
It's normal to worry about your children's normal routine when planning a portrait session. After all, who wants a cranky toddler for picture day? I appreciate the investment, time, and effort involved in planning for family portraits so I wouldn't ever suggest something that would be uncomfortable for one of my family's. BUT-
There are a few reasons I suggest booking a sunset session, and in my experience both as a photographer and as a parent, I find that most little ones do just fine! Let me explain why I always prefer to shoot as close to sunset as possible :)
1. Sunset timing allows me to work in the most flattering light. You might think that 10am on a Saturday is the best time for your family to have pictures taken (post-coffee, breakfast, time for the family to get dressed at a leisurely pace- I get it!!), but I assure you we wouldn't get the quality of work that I am known for if we shot at that time. We can choose to shoot in a fully shaded spot during the hours of high sun, but that type of light is not as interesting or beautiful to me. It is also rather limiting to have to encourage children to stay in the shade instead of running out into the bright sun.
2. Squinty eyes and raccoon shadows in full sun. Need I say more??
3. Not only is sunset light more flattering, it adds depth to the images and creates a mood we just can't replicate during full sun. (Of course I love shooting in full sun in certain situations- it can be fun to play with deep shadows and colors pop in a whole different way- but to me it's not as pleasing for portrait work.)
So what do you think? If I've convinced you about the quality of light, what about the bedtime routine??
What I've found after many years photographing families is that when little ones are outside enjoying the fresh air, getting all those extra snuggles and attention from their family, they usually are so content they don't even notice it's close to their normal bedtime. In fact, older toddlers and children feel excited like they are doing something special to be out a little later.
I still have a few more dates open for sunset sessions. With all the colors of autumn it will be splendid!
I just love the light and the peace at Lake Nockamixon. This sweet family from Buck's County PA wanted a relaxed family portrait session to celebrate their baby boy's first birthday. Most children just love being close to the water, and are so happy to be outside on a warm night splashing in the lake, skipping rocks (or trying to put them in their mouths as with this sweet one-year-old boy!) If you'd like to book a session at the lake please contact me to get on my calendar!
My client contacted me about a childhood session in Frenchtown NJ with her 5-year old girl and asked if it would be ok to include her french bulldog puppy, I was super excited. I love the documenting the connection between children and their pets, their lovies, and their families, so including her new best friend was a fabulous idea! Penny + Mae made for the cutest duo ever! We walked the canal trail together, picked wildflowers, and then walked over to the creek and played on the playground. Such a fun and relaxed Sunday morning child session in Frenchtown. I can't wait to go back to explore that adorable town!
Her expressions never fail me.
This magical session kicked off the Spring season and reminded me just how splendid spring blooms can be after the drab of winter. Magical sunset light and the warm rosey glow of the cherry blossoms made for such a soft, lovely session.
This beautiful mama and daughter spent a cloudy spring evening with me last week enjoying this delicious golden yellow field. I just adore little Natalie's pigtails and her dark hair amidst all the bright flowers. So much tender connection between the two of them as they wait in anticipation of baby brother's birth this summer. I am so excited for my motherhood session marathon coming up this weekend! I can't wait to capture your children's spontaneous affection for you :)
I am so excited for this to be the Motherhood Sessions Event month! We mothers are often the ones behind the camera, and we often get uncomfortable being IN pictures. But these images of us being with our babies and big kids are so important. The kids only see the woman who makes every day brighter, not the extra 5-10 pounds we'd rather not be carrying, our tired eyes, or any of the other features that we stress about daily.
I had 2 slots open for my motherhood sessions on April 29th and I would love to capture your love through my candid, relaxed portraits with your littles.
Valentine's Day was one of those days this year that was just nonstop action in our house. Every time I turned around, my youngest darlin' was getting into something. She is fighting naptime in a major way and that is just one battle I am not ready to stop fighting yet. This mama needs her downtime to regroup in the afternoons.
I keep my camera handy at home because when I enter a room and see the children at play or in beautiful light, I enjoy capturing that story on the fly. Here's a little peek at a few highlights from our crazy day.
SUN! At long last! My kids acted like it was summer. My boys came home from our errands and put on shorts and t-shirts even though it was only 50 degrees. They ran for hours at the park while Josephine did her best to ride the giant hand-me-down scooter that she's been dying to learn to ride. I chatted with one of my besties and we made pictures because who could resist that light after weeks of fog and clouds.
Do you love my work? I am now booking storytelling sessions to capture the beauty of your family's day-to-day. I'd love to plan a session with you!
When it's 50 degrees out in January, I declare that we head out for a treat from Yum Yum Bakeshops in Quakertown, and then spend some time burning off the winter energy at the playground that my kids affectionately call, "The Castle Playground." (I have no idea what it is really called, but I know that it is across from the Quakertown Library!)
People might think we photographers are just so obsessed with our own kids that we have to take a million pictures wherever we go. Actually, the truth of it is (for me, at least), is that the art itself is the addiction and you just feel a release when shooting. You see colors, patterns, angles, repetition, lines and light all around you all the time. And on a day like today when my kids just ran and played for over an hour, I got to just play too. I don't ask them to pose and smile, and they just ignore me anyways lol. I just get to capture them being THEMSELVES on a gloomy but warm winter day :)
And can I just say that as much as I LOVE me some dreamy backlighting, shooting on a cloudy day is so fun! The colors just pop!
When you can't rely on interesting light to make photographs more visually engaging, you have to see things from different perspectives and angles. I am drawn to really balanced and simple images with few distractions. I am drawn to lines and shapes in my imagery. And I just love working with a Sigma Art 24mm lens. Today I left the house with just this lens, and I love how it helps me to capture what I see.
We've made it a week into this year's 365 project! It's that time of year for lots of shadows and isolated indoor light. I'm hoping we get some more snow soon so we can really get out and play! This week I challenged myself to get IN the frame and start practicing self-portraits. It is HARD. Harder than I ever imagined. Now I know how all my mom clients feel when they see themselves in pictures. Even the most beautiful mamas are critical of themselves. It is so hard to see ourselves despite the million selfies people take daily. Anyways, I'll be playing around more with self-portraiture in our daily life here and there. Here are a few peeks a our week. It's kind of a fun change (and challenge!) to return to documenting my family life after such a busy fall season of client work.
This was the most wonderful way to close out Fall... it was late November yet we ended up with a 70 degree afternoon. The perfect day for an outing to the Lake at sunset. I loved this light, these three beautiful little people, and their baby brother on the way.