In-Home Lifestyle Session - {Villanova, PA}

Stunning. Laid Back. Dancing. These are the 3 words I would choose to describe this session. The session was designed to really just capture their 2 daughters at this age and the 4 of them as a family. Within minutes of walking into their beautiful home, their oldest was ready to DANCE. Like get down, turn up the music, and boogie the morning away. So we did just that. Her favorite jams of the day? Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and “Roar”. =)

But on a more serious note - this family was just so welcoming and laid back and everything a photographer could ask for. They were dressed to perfection and ready to get down for anything. Some of my favorites from this session were actually the “down time” while we were waiting for others to join or the “getting ready” shots. Those are real life moments. Unplanned and unposed. <3 <3 <3

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Winter Wonderland Maternity Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

I have a confession to make. I LOVE shooting in the snow….but I HATE the cold. Yeah, it’s quite the problem considering I have to brave the cold in order to shoot in the snow. I try to tell myself it will be worth freezing my fingers off. And that isn’t a joke. My fingers literally freeze during winter sessions while clicking the buttons but it’s always worth it in the end. Always.

So when this momma reached out about wanting to do an outdoor winter session (with hopefully some snow), I was pumped and yet a little “ohhh man, it’s going to be cold.” So we blocked off 2 weeks of “weather watching” for snowfall and sure enough, snow fell within the two weeks we needed, but BRRRR were we FREEZING our butts off. It was in the 30s and the winds, oh the winds that morning made the temp feel like it was in the negatives. We shot about 8, maybe 10 minutes outside. Our numb fingers were worth it, don’t you think?

Here’s to hopefully having another snowy winter shoot this season. <3

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Baby Twins Laila and Alani Newborn Session - {Gladwyn, PA}

This is an extra special blog post because these gorgeous twin girls, Laila and Alani, were my first EVER twin newborn session! I’ve had sessions with twins before but never a newborn session. So this was my first and even though I had a moment of “omg”, I was also beyond excited! Like BEYOND. And thankfully I also had some help - their big brother. =) He was taking pictures beside me with his camera which I absolutely LOVED.  I called him my little assistant for the morning. =)

The session was a dream and it will always be extra special to me. So without further rambling, check out my first go-round at a twin newborn session.

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Baby Penelope Newborn Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Penelope Mae.  What a gorgeous name and a gorgeous little girl.   We had such a laid back session with her and her little furry pal, Philbert, the couple’s French bulldog.  I think I exhausted Philbert more than Penelope.  

Funny thing about this couple is we were practically old "neighbors" and didn't even know it.  They lived right around the corner from our previous home in the city.  It was a pleasure working with them and meeting their little girl.  

One thing I always ask my clients is whether there is anything special they want to do or incorporate - dad said, "I have this Eagles jersey...."  Done.  Enough said.  So a favorite of mine from this session is dad with his little girl in her first Philadelphia Eagles jersey.   And before he knows it she will be big enough and want to go to a game.  =)

 

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Maternity Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Wow.  What a night we had.  We had planned this session for that golden hour and the light beaming in, but mother nature had other plans.   It started to thunder when we started the session, then 20 minutes in, it started to rain so we sat in our cars praying it would pass.  When it finally did, we were left with a crisp creamy air with a touch of sky.  It was glorious.  And peaceful.  

I'm in LOVE with everything about this session.  From their outfits, to a new spot I choose at Valley Forge National Park, and them of course.   I can't wait to meet their little boy arriving this Summer.  <3

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Baby "F" Newborn Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Where do I start with this family?  I love them.  They have been with me since the very beginning of my business when their oldest was maybe a year and half old.  At that time, I only shot on weekends when I wasn't working my desk job.  When they had baby #2, I had the pleasure of doing their newborn session and have seen them a ton with all my minis.   I can honestly say that when I hear from them for any session (mini or full) I get beyond excited because they are awesome.  

I truly adore them.  

They are the kindest, most down to earth people you will meet, so when she called about baby #3 I was overjoyed for them and couldn't wait to meet the newest addition.   And let me tell you, party of FIVE never looked so good.  How they pull it off with such ease is beyond me.  =) 

Baby Finn, you have the best older sister and best older brother a kid could ask for.  And your parents, well you are one lucky boy to call them mom and dad.  <3

Here's to Finn, baby #3.  

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Meet Lizzy. Puppy Session - {West Chester, PA}

Yep, this happened.  I officially did my first puppy session and I'm not going to lie, I LOVED it.  If I had to guess, I think this beautiful young lady, Grace, loved it too.  

A little back story, Grace is the daughter of one of my besties.  For her 13th birthday she wanted to have her party at the Brandywine Valley SPCA, which any mom knows that if you’re hosting your kid’s party at an adoption center, it's safe to say you are coming home with an animal.  It didn't take long before Grace made eye contact with this sweet 11 week old puppy and the "Mom, can I have her?  I promise I will take care of her." started.  I was standing right there watching this ALL go down.  I gave this look to her mom like "You are screwed.  You’re getting a puppy - omg, I can't believe this."  HAHA.  So, for her 13th birthday, this puppy got a forever home. 

Meet Lizzy.  Named after Grace's late grandmother.  <3

Then comes my brilliant idea… After drinking a glass of wine (or two) with her mom, I said "let's do a puppy shoot!"  Once that was said out loud, Grace and her mom, said "YES!"  A week later, they came to my home for a mini session and for my little ones to meet this sweet little thing. 

Grace, you are blessed.  You have a new best friend for life and the coolest, BEST mom ever for this birthday gift.  Happy 13th Birthday Grace.  xo

"Can you tell me the story about how you rescued me again?" - Lizzy 

 

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Baby "A" Newborn Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Austin. Oh baby Austin.  You have the coolest nursery.  The coolest sidekick (aka Tag).  And the coolest parents.   I met this mom and dad back when I did their maternity session.  If you want to read why Austin's sidekick, Tag, is the coolest definitely check out their maternity post here.  

Their newborn session was laid back, so laid back that Tag gave the most hilarious look of "Yo, what's with this baby getting all the attention?"   (See below - the one with the dog looking in the camera)

But I can't believe it's been almost 6 months since meeting Austin!   Time goes by way too quickly, but luckily I get to see this family again for their milestone mini and I'm SO excited about it.  I'm sure they are still the coolest family on their block.  =) 

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Baby "C" Lifestyle Newborn Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Remember the maternity session from the other week I blogged about?  You know, the one with the message in a bottle during our session.  Still can't remember?  Click here to see.  

Well, when it came time for their newborn session in Philly I couldn't wait because after having a maternity session like theirs I knew once again it would be amazing.  Baby Cole was a sleepy little guy and no complaints from me or mom about that.  =)  

And funny thing about this mom and me that we didn't figure out until after the END of their newborn session…  We went to college together....in OHIO!  We spent the entire maternity and newborn session not even knowing we are both University of Dayton alumni until I was packing up my stuff.  I don't know about her, but my mind was blown and to have taken pictures of a fellow UD Flyer was a dream come true.  I would love nothing more than to have sessions with my fellow classmates, but that is a little hard when I went to school so far away.  It was an early Christmas present.    

Anyways, enough of my side track ramble...cute baby Cole is below and you don’t want to miss out on it.

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Maternity Session - {Malvern, PA}

Hmm...what shall I say about this session?  Should I talk about the beautiful weather?  (And by beautiful I mean we were sweating our butts off.)  Or should I talk about how these two are the cutest couple ever?  Because they were.  Or should I talk about their dog, Tag, and how he was the most obedient and smartest dog I have EVER met?

Tough decision - so maybe I should just show you the beautiful images from this maternity session that we did late last summer and tell you about how amazing it was from start to finish another time?  Ok, ok.  I will do just that. 

Enjoy.  <3  

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Maternity Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Sunrise in Center City Philadelphia is a magical time of the day.  I am not a morning person by any means (just ask my husband) but there is something about sunrise sessions.  The sun is beaming through the buildings while the city is just waking up.  It is peaceful and beautiful.  Then let's add this couple to that mix and the morning becomes that much more beautiful.  

The love and excitement of waiting to meet their baby boy were beaming from their faces.    I couldn't help but smile behind my camera during this session just watching them.  <3

And how to do you top off a perfect session at the end?  You find an empty bottle next to their feet with a message inside.  Yep, that's right!  I thought we were going to read a real life love story when we were opening the message but turns out they won a free bottle of booze.   Solid end to their session.  =) 

"S" Family 1st Birthday Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Fun fact.  This family use to be our neighbors!  =)  I saw this little guy and his parents practically every day, whether it was walking into the house or just chatting on our back porches to pass time while our dinners cooked on the grill.   Either way, I felt like I kind of got to see him get older each day until the day we moved.  I have to admit I was sad with a few things about moving and this was one of them - leaving familiar faces that I enjoyed getting to chat with on a daily basis, plus seeing this little guy.  

When we moved Colin was just crawling around, so when I got the call about planning his first birthday session, I was shocked.  How could he be turning ONE already?  I felt like I just did their newborn session (click here to see).  

Dear Colin,   Keep being your sweet curious self and don't forget to keep your parents on their toes for me, ok?  =)   Happy 1st Birthday!

Miss all of you.  

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Baby "A" Lifestyle Newborn Session - {West Chester, PA}

I first got a call about sweet baby Alijah when he was first born and in the NICU getting stronger.  I remember his parents telling me that they didn't want to miss an opportunity to have pictures done but they weren't sure when or how it would work since he was born 6 weeks early.  After weeks in the hospital, they finally got to bring this sweet baby boy home and we began to plan right away.

During the time of their session,  Alijah was a month and a half old, but as you will see we still had the most perfect day shooting.  There was one part of the session that stuck out the most to me though and that was when Alijah was getting a little fussy and his dad said "can I lay down with him for a minute?  It calms him and we do it every afternoon together."  Of course, I was all "ummm...YES, I would love for you to do that because that is what these sessions are all about".  The moment was so peaceful.  So special.  And so quite.  They just laid there together, like they do every day and one day when his son is older he can show him just how much he was loved and how they spent their early days together.  <3

"When I look at you, I can feel it.  I look at you, and I'm home." - Finding Nemo

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Baby "C" Lifestyle Newborn Session - {Fort Washington, PA}

Meet baby boy, Cameron.   A super chill little boy which made perfect for our simple, sweet and relaxed session in their Fort Washington home.  But let me tell you, Cameron wasn't the only star of the show....enter Bailey.  The couple's boxer, who wanted to make sure she was also the star.  

I have to say, Bailey and Cameron sure make a cute duo.   Don't you think?  I also think Bailey might have put on 5 lbs of dog treats I gave her to get the posed family photo, but it's all good.  Better her than me.  =)

Update since my session with them:  Just a few weeks ago, I got a heart breaking email about their sweet dog, Bailey.  Bailey who was undergoing treatments when I met them sadly got sicker this late Fall and they had to say their goodbyes.  It broke my heart to hear and yet I was happy I was able to give them some keepsake images of Cameron and Bailey meeting.  THIS is why I love shooting in clients' homes for newborn or any lifestyle session because you get to incorporate your pets, aka "the other kids".   I always get asked "soooo, I have a dog.  Do you think we could maybe get a shot with them during the session?"  And the answer is YES, YES, YES!  

RIP Bailey.  You were a little sweet heart.  <3

 

 

 

"B" Family In-home Lifestyle Session - {Fort Washington, PA}

There is no secret that I love a good lifestyle session and I'm not just talking about newborns, but with sitters, crawlers and toddlers, and even older kids!  There is something so amazing and so real about shooting in a home of a client.  I did an entire post on lifestyle session and why I love them so much (click here to read).  So when I got a call about this little doll turning ONE and her parents wanting to capture her at this age, I couldn't resist.  But when I found out they didn't want your typical fashion cake smash, I fell in love with their idea and basically jumped all over this because how fun, right?  

It did not disappoint and we had a ball....sang a lot of songs, gave lots of kisses, took many airplane rides, calling her boyfriends (check out the phone picture), and even a little outdoor time.  The bonus in this session for mom - they never had to leave their house.  WIN. 

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Baby "D" Lifestyle Newborn Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

This family.  I love everything about them and I might just be a stage five clinger when it comes to them.  Their warm hearts and positive energy they give off, I just love being around them.  You can read more about my love for them on their maternity session blog by clicking here.   

When it came time for their newborn session, I wanted it to be perfect.  Not because I was forcing them to practically be my friends, but because this sweet baby boy, Declan that you are about to see, means more to his parents than he will ever realize.  After a rough few years they were blessed with this perfect rainbow baby.  And let me tell you - he was perfect.  

Oh and the bonus to their session -their kids had red hair.  Just like me.   =)  

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"M" Family 1st Birthday Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

Oh Emilia.  This girl's mom probably hears this all the time, but her daughter has the most kissable cheeks.  When you see the photos below you will agree.   I was so excited to see this family and especially this little girl again after I did an in-home lifestyle session in Philadelphia a few months before this session (that session can be seen here) just to see how much she has grown.   And just like I suspected, she looked older but that happy, easy going personality of hers was still there.  And if you're wondering...yes she loved to eat her cake but she also may or may not have wanted to eat a flower or two from her arrangement. =)   How can you not love that?   

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Maternity Session - {Philadelphia, PA}

You ever meet someone for the first time and you feel like you have known them forever?  Well, that is how I felt when I first talked to this mom-to-be.  Within 2 minutes of our initial phone call, I felt like I was talking to an old friend.  I'm not exactly sure what it was, but I felt this connection with her and her family before even meeting her.  And the bonus - her daughter sounded like my daughter's twin.   So the session couldn't have come soon enough.   

Then came the day of the shoot.   I pulled in and met them for the very first time.  It was like meeting up with old friends.  And you know what her daughter said to me within a minute of meeting?    "When my mom and dad told me I was going to be a big sister I was SO SO excited."  And THAT my friends is how I knew this session was going to rock.  Which it did.  

A beautiful night with a beautiful family.