Evolve’s THON fundraiser {No Hair Don’t Care}

As if I didn’t already rave enough about Evolve Studio, they’ve given me even more reason to be proud to be affiliated the salon.

They shaved more than 200 heads yesterday as part of a THON fundraiser — including Penn State head footballcoach James Franklin who donned a wig for the cause — raising $2,600.

Incredible!!!

Cudos to the entire team of stylists who always give my portrait clients star treatment. You rock my world!

 

1557204_10152873495525663_1882198819_o

Photo credit: Kelly Tunney/TDC

SHARE ON FACEBOOKTWEET THIS POSTPIN ITSEND TO A FRIENDCONTACT ME

A brief step into Disney’s “Frozen”

My daughter is amazing. She takes my breath away.

After two snow days this week, nature finally provided the perfect backdrop for Allison to let her inner-Elsa shine. She’s been singing “Let It Go” since Christmas, knows every word and performs it for us daily. With as frigid of a winter we’ve had this year, it was wonderful to have a reason to celebrate it. 

For a brief moment, she let her imagination fly.

 

Frozen

 

SHARE ON FACEBOOKTWEET THIS POSTPIN ITSEND TO A FRIENDCONTACT ME

Damien {State College, PA portrait photographer}

Meet cutie patootie Damien who just turned 2. He made quick work of getting into his cake smash. In fact, he dug in face first!

This session was meaningful for me because his mom is a photographer and does gorgeous work. But phew is it difficult to photograph your own children! And it’s always high praise to be hired by someone else in this line of work.

Plus? How cute is he???

cake smash

SHARE ON FACEBOOKTWEET THIS POSTPIN ITSEND TO A FRIENDCONTACT ME

A very special engagement session {State College, PA wedding photographer}

I’m going to take a second and get all sappy and say that it is such a gift to photograph people you love.

To my brother Joe and my soon-to-be sister Irina: Thank you so much for trusting me with such an important occasion to commemorate. I’m over the moon about your engagement and I can’t wait for all the joy ahead.

Love you both.

 

blog2-1

blog1

SHARE ON FACEBOOKTWEET THIS POSTPIN ITSEND TO A FRIENDCONTACT ME

Altoona Mirror newspaper column {January}

“This year, my resolution is not to sneeze!” my husband announced minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve. “And I bet I maintain my resolution longer than everyone!”

I couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of his statement, but I also wondered whether it was true. It’s insanely hard to break bad habits, overcome challenges and change in general.

Then, less than 3 minutes into 2014, I sneezed loud enough that it stopped a roomful of conversation and everyone erupted into laughter.

Good thing it hadn’t been my resolution, yikes.

It made me wonder whether I had made a dent on my goals last year. Truthfully, I couldn’t remember what I had promised myself at the start of 2013. The usual? To get more organized, eat healthier and spend more time with the people I love? 

Rinse, wash, repeat?

As I’m rapidly approaching my late 30s, the years do tend to feel a little cyclical and it’s easy to fall into a routine. But you know what? I’ve decided that maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s true comfort. Maybe, just maybe, I’ve gained the ability to be okay with who I am and how I live.

Maybe it’s okay that there’s a pile of clutter on the kitchen counter near the fridge no matter what I do to tame it. Maybe it’s okay to enjoy the heck out of a cup of coffee with entirely too much sugar. And maybe it’s okay that I solely use my running sneakers for walking my daughter to the bus stop. (Although some mornings it does feel like a race.)

Sure, there’s always room for improvement. And things would be a little boring without setting goals and personal challenges. But instead of swearing off ice cream, vowing to finish a marathon or planning to spend less time responding to emails — all of which I’d be doomed to fail — I think I’ll just try to do the best I can, embrace challenges when they arise and savor the moments that matter.

So this year you won’t find me pouring over magazines to “kick clutter to the curb” or joining a gym. You won’t find me depriving myself of the things I love or beating myself up for having to work. Or even making excuses.

This year I’ve decided to embrace me and everything that comes with it. My house that sometimes has popcorn kernels on the floor around the couch. My kids who are usually too loud at restaurants. And even my unorganized closet because I can’t possibly keep up with Pinterest.

You’ll find me lingering longer in pajamas on the weekends, holding hands with my husband while we’re walking our kids to the park, occasionally indulging in an overpriced calorie-laden dessert, and deciding to walk past a dryer full of clean clothes when it’s time to sit down and fire up the DVR.

Resolutions are great, but so is being comfortable in your own skin. Maybe we’re all okay just the way we are — flaws, weird habits and all.

For the record, my husband lasted an impressive 5 and a half days. Despite his most valiant efforts, he came to the conclusion that sneezing is sometimes inevitable. 

So I’ll be the first to say, “Bless you.” Don’t change a thing.

SHARE ON FACEBOOKTWEET THIS POSTPIN ITSEND TO A FRIENDCONTACT ME