Sensory-friendly holiday mini sessions

Over the past year, I’ve been working with Acres Project, a group of wonderful people in the process of creating a residential community in State College for adults with Autism and intellectual disabilities. I had the privilege photographing promotional images to jumpstart their fundraising campaign and was so overwhelmed with the passion and goals they have.

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In the process, I have made some wonderful friends and learned about some of the unique challenges families face when raising a child with Autism — gently introducing new experiences, dealing with crowds, transitioning from one activity to the next and public sensory overload to name a few.

So when Bellamarie Bregar, one of the founding members of Acres Project, approached me about offering quick, sensory-friendly portrait sessions for families who might not be able to go to a mall studio, I immediately loved the idea. What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.

I’m thrilled to provide a safe and familiar residential environment to families who otherwise couldn’t get professional portraits of their children. And, to top it off, the Acres Project is gifting these sessions to those in need.

There will be ten 15-minute “winter white” sensory-friendly sessions available on Saturday, Dec. 12 in my home studio. I will have a plain white backdrop, one studio light and no overwhelming distractions. These sessions will be quiet, quick, stress free and one-on-one.

If you are interested in being considered for one of the openings, please fill out the form below. All entries will be forwarded to Acres Project. Those selected for a session will be notified with available times and will be gifted three digital files with a print release.


Sensory-friendly holiday portrait session application


And, while we’re in the giving spirit, there are two ways YOU can give back too:

  1. Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel‘s wacky adventures are now chronicled in his first-ever wall calendar! Each month features a unique Sneezy photo and a “nutty fact” about squirrels. It makes a great gift for animal lovers, but be sure to get one for yourself, too. They are printed in the USA on paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Plus 10% of the proceeds go directly to Acres Project. Calendars are available for purchase here.
  2. This is the time of year many people give back to the community. If you would like to foster independence, self-advocacy and entrepreneurship for individuals with Autism and intellectual disabilities in Central Pennsylvania, donate directly to Acres Project here.

Merry Monday! {Rustic holiday sessions}

Just as retailers have you at your limit after a weekend of deep discounts, parking problems and long lines, I want to inject a little jolly into your holiday. My goal is to remind you what it’s all about — family, love, togetherness.

And, of course, giving. (More on that in a bit.)

There’s nothing better than a quick, zero-stress, loads-of-fun, ham-it-up photo session to start your holiday season off right. And this year we’re going to mix it up a bit! Instead of my usual studio Twinkle sessions, I lined up a private rustic red barn, scored an antique wooden sled on Craigslist, refused to walk away from a luxurious plaid wool blanket and pulled together some of my favorite antiques from my own personal decor. (I’m a sucker for vintage.)

Can you picture it?

Bummer I don’t have any example images to share, but since this is all NEW …  I did my best with a quick cell phone snapshot to set the scene.



Mentally subtract my gas fireplace and insert red barn doors and you’re practically there, right?


I will also bring along my tried-and-true festive prop favorites for those who want to spend a little time being silly.




Okay, so “Quit yammering and give us the details already!” you say?

Done and done.



BONUS with a charity donation???

Not only is my location new this year, but I’ve also decided to offer a little incentive to benefit the community. I will be giving everyone who books an opportunity to earn a little surprise bonus if they choose to donate to a charity dear to my heart, The Acres Project. They are working very diligently to create a welcoming residential community for adults with Autism and intellectual disabilities. I have met all of the founders, took some publicity photographs for them, and I can’t say enough what a beautiful group of people this is. They have hearts of gold and every donation counts.

I’ll be reserving TEN reservations for Monday. That’s it. These sessions have become a heavily-requested annual favorite, so they’ll go fast! It’s a great holiday activity in itself or stop by on your way out to eat, shopping, getting your tree, whatever!

Most area schools are off. Kiddos will be home, many of you will still be enjoying time off from work, so have FUN together! Families, couples … even bring your dog. The more the merrier!

These times are available. I will cross them off as they are filled. To book, email me at with your preferred time:

10:00-10:15     10:25-10:40     10:50-11:05     11:15-11:30     11:40-11:55

1:05-1:20     1:30-1:45     1:55-2:10     2:20-2:35     2:45-3:00

Can’t WAIT to make some memories together!

Kristina Whitaker - November 24, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Can we please have the 2:20 slot?

Jennilyn - November 25, 2015 - 2:25 AM

1:30 please!

Kacie & Mike {State College engagement photographer}

Rewind a few weeks and this friendly, down-to-Earth couple shows up at my home office looking like they’re ready for a portrait session.

“You guys coordinate perfectly!” I laughed while opening the door. “Do you always look this amazing together?”

I didn’t know it at the time, but they do. They really, really do.

Kacie and Mike are the type of couple that makes relationships look effortless and natural. We laughed and shared stories through their entire bridal consultation that afternoon. What can I say? Kacie and I were wearing the same Alex & Ani bracelet (lotus peace petals in case you’re wondering), so we declared it fate. 🙂

Much to my excitement, less than a day later, they hired me to photograph their State College wedding next fall.

In the meantime, we took advantage of their favorite season for their engagement session.

And you know what?

They wore the same outfits! Yes!


Happy Halloween!

No matter how hard I tried, I just can’t wait until tomorrow to share these!

Hilariously, our kids chose these costumes with zero input or direction. Evan picked the police officer, then Allie informed me she wanted to be a donut.

And oh my gosh, I lost it!

Even better?

When my husband told a cop friend about their costumes and asked whether it was a horrible stereotype, the officer said, “No way! We call them power circles!”

People were in hysterics while trick-or-treating last night, so feel free to share with anyone who needs a laugh.

Happy Halloween everyone!