Dora + Tim | Rainy Day Engagement Session | Marietta, PA

I've said it once and I'll say it again... having an engagement session done before your wedding is so important! Not only does it give us a chance to go over posing, so that on your wedding day we can work quickly to optimize portrait time, but it also allows me to get to know you as a couple so much better. Dora and Tim's engagement session was no exception!

When I first met Dora she was all "wedding planning business." I was beyond impressed by her binder full of wedding day info, checklists, and questions to ask vendors. It made my OCD heart skip a beat! Haha but seriously, she came prepared and I appreciated it. I was expecting all business just like our meeting with this engagement session. Instead it was one of the most fun engagement session I've had!

I didn't get a chance to meet Tim until the day of their engagement session. But after getting to see Dora and Tim together I now know why they're choosing to tie the knot. They balance each other out SO well. I'm sure anyone who knows Tim knows what a funny guy he is. He does a wonderful job of bringing out Dora's playful side. I loved watching him make her laugh throughout their entire session. Actually, they both do a wonderful job of bringing out each other's playful sides! I can't wait to photograph these two goofballs on their wedding day at Cameron Estate Inn!

Morgan + Ryan | Lititz Spring Park Engagement Session | Lititz, PA

It's always a bit nerve-wracking showing up to an engagement session when you've only ever met the couple via a phone call or video chat. I don't know what it is about meeting in person that allows me to really get to know a couple better. Probably when they don't run from all my crazy hand gesturing I know they're my kind of people... But just minutes into Morgan and Ryan's engagement session at Lititz Spring Park I KNEW they were my peeps. Maybe it was Ryan declaring his love for System Of A Down 🤟🏻 or maybe it was Morgan's quick-witted humor. I don't know, I just know I had a blast working with them!

Morgan and Ryan have the cutest banter back and forth with each other. It's playful yet sweet. I wanna say it's sassy, but no one's feelings ever get hurt. It's a sweet sassy. Swassy. It's adorable whatever it is! And I loved every minute of it!

They've been doing long distance for a bit now, so making them look cute and cuddle in these photos was no problem for me! I taught them all the silly names of the poses we'd be doing on their wedding day, showed them where to put their hands and feet and they did the rest! One look in each other's eyes and they'd get all giggly and smiley. Ya know... like young love is except they've been together for a while now! It was adorbs.

Ryan even said the engagement session was fun. FUN, guys! I can't believe it. BEST compliment I've ever received from a groom-to-be. Making sure everyone is comfortable and having fun are my two biggest priorities with any session. It only means the wedding at Whispering Pines of Carlisle is going to be equally if not more fun!

Camila + Mike | Greenfield Corporate Center Park | Lancaster, PA

Sometimes a couple makes my job so easy it almost seems wrong that they're paying me... And Camila and Mike were definitely one of those couples. Posing them was a breeze! Like all engagement sessions, we went over the core poses (cheesy names and all!) so that on the wedding day we'll quickly be able to get into poses. As soon as I had their feet and hands in place and out of the awkward "what do I do with my hands" stage the rest of magic.

All they had to do was look at each other and they couldn't stop smiling and giggling. Any photographer's dream! I typically give my clients prompts and sometimes even games to play with each other so they feel more comfortable, relaxed and are able to laugh with each other naturally. But with these two they just didn't need it!

We went back to the exact gazebo that Mike proposed to Camilla at at the Greenfield Park. It was the perfect backdrop for lots of snuggles, practicing their first dance, and of course all the giggles. I can’t wait for their wedding day at The Hershey Country Club!

Matt + Chris | Longwood Gardens Engagement Session | Kennett Square, PA

This fall I had the pleasure of exploring Longwood Gardens with Matt and Chris for their engagement session. It was the perfect fall day for a photo shoot with just the right amount of fall colors still on the trees. It was a little chilly, but luckily Matt and Chris had each other to keep warm.

When shooting any couple it's important to listen to them as well as ask them the right questions to make sure you're reflecting their true personalities. And not just shooting them the same way you'd shoot any and every couple... This is especially important when shooting same-sex couples. What works for some might not work for all.

I explained this to Matt and Chris and we were quickly able to figure out which poses worked and didn't work for them. Like super "cutesy" poses just didn't feel like "them". However, snuggling and uncontrollably laughter was right up their alley! Then on their wedding day, we won't waste any time on poses that just don't reflect them. And who doesn't like more time to celebrate your marriage with your family and friends?!

Butterflies + Blooms Photo Shoot | Lancaster County Central Park | Lancaster, PA

What's the best way to shake the winter cobwebs off your camera before wedding season? A quick "just for fun" shoot pulled together the week before by three stir-crazy creatives! Since Melissa (of Melissa Hess Photography) and I had a gig cancel for April 12th I suggested we just get out and shoot since she already had a babysitter lined up. Plus the spring flowers have been blooming like crazy here in Lancaster, PA and I couldn't wait any longer to get out and shoot.

Of course, we knew we needed to include our magical, unicorn, sunshine spirited friend Sirena (of Monsters and Lace) after our mermaid photo shoot together! Click here to see Sirena and her partner in crime make the little mermaid look like shark bait...

All three of us showed up to Lancaster County Central Park in our brightest, most colorful outfits and cameras in hands. Melissa had purchased a pack of plastic butterflies off Amazon a while back for a project but never got to use them. She had the genius idea of incorporating them into our shoot and the result is stunning! And thank you, Sirena, for snapping a couple of me on my camera too!

Tina + Adam | Founders Hall Couple Session | Hershey, PA

Tina, Adam and their two pups Arrow and Jack are adding a new addition to their family! When I got the inquiry about having photos taken for an adoption profile (a first for me!) I was overjoyed at the idea of potentially helping a little one find their forever home! Tina and Adam are taking the first steps in their adoption process and needed professional photos taken for their profile. That's where I came in!

We spent the evening wondering around Founders Hall in Herhsey. It was great getting to know Tina and Adam and hearing about all their adventures over the years that have led them to where they are now. They grew up around Jim Thorpe, PA, but end up in Cali after Adam enlisted. After a few sunny California years, they landed back here in my hometown, Elizabethtown.

It was so nice getting to know the two of them during their session. And of course their puppers too! I am so glad to know we have such a wonderful couple choosing to raise a family here in our small, but awesome community!

Kelly + PeeWee | Cameron Estate Inn Wedding | Mount Joy, PA

Kelly and PeeWees beautiful Cameron Estate Inn wedding can be summed up in one word. FUN. When I met with Kelly before her wedding she told me she wanted everything to be laidback and fun so that they and their guests could enjoy the day. Done and done! Even when Kelly was running a little behind on getting ready (sorry for calling you out Kelly, but after hearing your toasts I know this isn't a big surprise for most haha) her and all the girls were still laughing and having a great time while scrambling to get dressed.

And that's pretty much how the entire day went. No, not the running behind part. The laughter part! There wasn't a single moment without someone belting out into laughter. Even through the more serious moments and tears there were still huge smiles on their faces. It's pretty obvious that Kelly and PeeWee are pretty fun people to be around and they surround themselves with equally fun and awesome people. And isn't that how a weddings suppose to be? Then Kelly and PeeWee nailed it!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Cameron Estate Inn
Wedding Planner | Victoria of Cameron Estate Inn
DJ | JD Tucker
Florist | Sharon Hess
Hair and Makeup Artist | Kellie Hossler of Salon 717
Bridal Boutique | Renaissance Bridal
Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux

Kelsey + Tim | Wyndridge Farm Wedding | Dallastown, PA

Oh gosh, where do I even begin with Kelsey and Tim's Wyndridge Farm wedding? Grab the tissues, guys. But seriously my heart feels so full just thinking about their wedding day even now! Kelsey and Tim are some of the sweetest people I've ever met. The kind of people who would give you the shirt off their back as they drop the f-bomb and burst into laughter. They are seriously the perfect match for one another.

I mean let's just start with their wedding day gifts to each other. The first thing Tim gave Kelsey is a little box of tissues along with some cute gifts and the sweetest love note in the world. He knows her well... But Tim didn't stop there he also wrote Kelsey's parents a letter to read on their wedding day. Yup, pack it up guys cause Tim wins best boyfriend/partner/husband for life. And Kelsey's card to Tim that read "You're My Person" pretty much sums everything up.

Even through their crazy fun reception (the photos speak for themselves guys...) I'd catch Kelsey happy crying. Shout out to her makeup artist, because the girl looked flawless the entire day! Literally, one minute the two of them would be moshing to Flogging Molly and the next hugging someone as their eyes flooded with tears. It was the sweetest thing! It was truly an honor to be able to capture such a special day in the lives.

Ceremony + Reception | Wyndridge Farm
DJ | Provolve Entertainment
Baker | The Flour Child
Florist | The Flower Shop
Hair Stylist | The Unicorn Suite
Makeup Artis | Yashira Rivera

Laura + Robbie | Downtown Lancaster Maternity Session | Lancaster, PA

Maternity photos are probably one of my favorite types of portraits to take and yet one of my least booked sessions. I figure parents are probably running around trying to prep for their new arrival or saving for newborn photos. Which is totally and completely understandable, but it still makes me sad nonetheless! I imagine this is one of the happiest moments in a couples life (who choose to have children) and the calm before the storm. That's worth capturing in my opinion, folks!

That's why I was so excited when Robbie and Laura reached out for a downtown Lancaster maternity session! Lancaster city is one of my favorite places to shoot since there are endless photo opportunities there. And Laura's gorgeous pre-mommy glow didn't hurt either!

Maternity sessions are the perfect excuse to love-up on each other while it's still just the two of you. And Robbie and Laura did just that! There wasn't a single moment where they didn't look at one another and just start smiling from ear to ear. Which makes any photographer's heart happy...not to mention their job pretty easy too! I loved exploring the city with the two of them. Congrats again on your perfect little one, guys!

The Robinson Family | Elizabethtown Family Portrait Session | Elizabethtown, PA

I knew right away this family session was gonna be fun! Meggan is a fellow "crunchy" person like me. Which means she shares the same love of making everything from scratch, DIYing and dreaming of homesteading. Even though Meggan and I went to the same high school I didn't really get to meet her till she was a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed. And I've been following all her homesteading adventures on Instagram since!

Meggan and Dan recently added a new addition to their homestead... Dutch! He's the tiniest, little creampuff cutie I ever did see! And FULL of some of the best facial expressions ever. From the jolliest little laugh to a raised brow of "no you didn't" sass to the crazy lady with the camera (I’d probably do the same, Dutch…). He had me dying of laughter. I can't wait to see where all that personality takes him!