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Shutter love {Behind the scenes}

It is so wonderful working with all families, but it’s a special kind of love being hired by another photographer. I’ve had the honor dozens of times over the years and, in many ways, it invigorates me. It reminds me why I pour so much into it. I want everyone to have photos that are worthy of what I would give to a peer in the same industry. I want everyone to get my absolute best.

This image was taken by fabulous photographer and friend Heidi Lewis while I was working with her three beautiful daughters. Trust me, as a photographer with children, sometimes it’s better to have someone else behind the lens. Kids behave differently with their parents. They just do.

Plus, as Heidi pointed out the day of their session, “It’s good to experience what it’s like being on the other side of the camera once in awhile.”

She’s absolutely right. It’s important to know what our clients go through — selecting outfits, getting ready, feeling excited and nervous.

But the end result? Seeing your beautiful photos and getting a glimpse of what others see?

Priceless.

I’m going to cherish this portrait forever.

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Top 10 Images of 2015

I think most creative types tend to be their own worst critics — especially those of us who always see room for improvement. But every January I strive to review my body of work from the previous year and take stock of the beautiful moments I captured for people. Making these incredible connections is what it’s all about for me.

It was nearly impossible to narrow down thousands of images to my favorite Top 10. I went back and fourth, oh, too many times to admit. I guarantee if given the same task and access to my annual archives, not a single person would come up with an identical list. So these are solely personal preference … for today. Yesterday I might’ve settled on something entirely different.

As a portrait photographer, obviously I adore creating stunning posed imagery. Those comprise probably 90 percent of my shutter clicks in any given year. But there’s something really special about a fly-on-the-wall moment. Emotion. Evoking a feeling that anyone can connect with — not just loved ones of the people in the photograph. So perhaps it’s no surprise I gravitate toward them, too.

Without further ado, in no particular order, here are 10 images from 2015 I’m proud to call my own.

 

Image 1: Josh Willson & Melissa Greenberg
Reacting after seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day

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Image 2: Olivia Bosar
Taking a break after dancing en pointe in an alley during her senior session

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Image 3: Mike Rudy & Kacie McClintic
The exuberantly happy couple who swore it would be impossible
to get a quality serious portrait during their engagement session

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Image 4: Finley Geyer
Laughing at her mom during her 1-year milestone session

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Image 5: Tim, Heather & Jack
Stealing a kiss before sunset on the lake

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Image 6: Joe Tyler & Emily Lape
Anticipating the arrival of their little girl

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Image 7: Erin & Greyson Bard
Quiet moment between mother and son during a family portrait session

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Image 8: Ashton Henry
Relaxed lifestyle shot at a century-old barn during a senior portrait session

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Image 9: Alexis Passerelli
Sitting on the counter for a styled pinup-inspired shoot at Baby’s diner

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Image 10: The Mandel family
Celebrating the first sweet moments at home as a new party of four

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And just because … here are my Top 5 personal photos of 2015.

Image 1: Breakfast of champions
Evan, the day after his fourth birthday, feeding his superheroes pancakes. Or giving them hats.

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Image 2: Recital rehearsal
Allie tapping with her class the night before her spring recital.

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Image 3: Summer in February
I love this image of my kids in Florida so much that I have a giant canvas of it in my entryway.

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We are a host family with the Fresh Air Fund. Chrissy came to visit over the Fourth of July.

4Image 5: Friends
When I asked the neighborhood girls if they’d like to do a mini photo shoot that day, there were many squeals.

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Merry Christmas!

I was so lucky to have Santa stop by my home studio during the free mini sessions offered by The Acres Project. My kids were VERY excited to have a personal visit during such a busy season. Their smiles say it all.

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Every year I try to send out a personal Christmas card to friends and family, but this year Christmas somehow snuck up on us! Since we didn’t have a lot of free time to schedule our own family portrait session, we decided to do something quick and easy and fun in the studio.

And you know what? I was told repeatedly that this was our best card yet. Easy and fun is always the way to go.:)

 

Front of our Christmas post card

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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Mini session sneak peek PART I {State College, PA family photographer}

Looking through all these photos just makes me smile. It was a busy day photographing 10 families, but wow did I have a great time. I left with cheeks sore from laughing all day and even better? We had great weather. It started to rain JUST as I was packing up the last of my things.

I think it was a little Christmas magic. Enjoy!

 

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