Nicole + Rob | The Barn at Stoneybrooke | Atglen, PA

Somedays I just can't believe I get to spend one of the happiest days of couples lives with them. Little ol' pretty-much-a-complete-stranger ME. Like how is this my job? That's how I felt the whole time with Nicole and Rob at the Barn at Stoneybrooke. Let me tell you I was one lucky wedding photographer getting to work with them!

First off, they're just the stinkin sweetest! I don't think there was a minute of that day Nicole wasn't smiling from ear to ear. Or asking others if they needed anything... Ah, Nicole, it's your wedding's the other way around today! Even when our photo time got shorten and pushed to later they both just rolled with the punches with huge smiles on their faces. I think it's safe to say they were just happy to be married to one another...

When the ice cream truck rolled out it all made sense. Ice cream people are just better than non-ice cream people. It's a scientific fact... The ice cream goes straight to their brain and makes them happier people. Again... science. They also mentioned during their ceremony that one of their first dates was at an ice cream shop! So having Lickity Split at their wedding was just another reason for me to weep behind my camera when no one's looking...

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Barn at Stoneybrooke
Wedding Planner | Jeremi of The Barn at Stoneybrooke
Wedding Officiant | Darrel Martin of Petra Church
DJ | Complete Weddings and Events
Caterer | Stonehill Catering
Florist | Pearls and Petals Designs
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist | Brittany Burkett of Youphoria
Wedding Dress | Lititz Bridal Boutique
Decorator | Lindsay Martin of Caroline's Rentals
Ice Cream Truck | Lickity Split

Tyler + Chris | Chesapeake Bay Engagement | Annapolis, MD

Have you ever met someone and like 5 seconds in you realize they're your kind of people? It's a very Step Brothers moment… "Did we just become best friends? YUP!" That's how I felt when I sat down with Tyler and Chris at Mean Cup to discuss their wedding day at Foxchase Golf Club.

While walking around Annapolis for their engagement session it was easy to see why. Is there anyone these two aren’t friends with?! Even the bar tenderer at Tsunami where they had their first date enjoyed photobombing their photo haha. Needless to say, it was one of the most fun engagements sessions I've done!

Chris even announced at the end of our engagement session together "this was awesome!" Hearing that the groom-to-be actually had fun having his photo taken is one of THE BEST compliments I get. And as if I didn't already love these two enough Tyler has repeatedly told me she wants it to rain on her wedding day. Laid-back brides like her make my heart skip a beat! Hello, gorgeous rain photos! I've got my rainboots ready!

Artist Katya Popova | Create! Magazine Spring Branding Shoot | Philadelphia, PA

I swear every time I link up with my sweet friend Katya I leave her ready to take on the world. She is the living, breathing inspirational Pinterest quote you needed at the exact right moment. Okay, cheese aside Katya is an inspiring, badass businesswoman. Every time I leave her I have a fire under my butt to get sh*t done as well as the confidence to punch the fears of entrepreneurship in the face. She's constantly pushing other artists to follow their dreams just like she has. Myself included!

Katya is the founder and owner of Create!, a contemporary art magazine that highlights the work of artist, makers and creative entrepreneurs. Create! is working hard to create a community of both working creatives and up-and-coming artist. Create! highlights the stunning works of fresh, unique artists as well as offers advice on the art world from some of the leading professionals in the industry.

If that wasn't enough for ya Katya is also a very talented working artist (Ekaterina Popova) as well as the host of the popular podcast Art and Cocktails. Is there anything this girl CAN'T do?! If you get the opportunity to ever chat with her you'll quickly find the answer to that is a HARD NO.

Katya and I meet up about every 6 months to photograph the latest issues of Create!, update her gorgeous headshot, create media for her businesses, and of course catch up and uplift each to keep pushing forward. To say I was excited to check out her new pink studio would be a total understatement…Be sure to check out all of her creative endeavors below!

Ekaterina Popova
Create! Magazine
Art & Cocktails

Karla + Brittany | The Assembly Room Wedding | Baltimore, MD

Karla and Brittany's wedding at The Assembly Room was the ultimate way to kick off wedding season. Tacos, a badass bridal party, a churro bar, the most gorgeous industrial wedding venue space ever, and of course, two amazing, beautiful souls becoming one. How the rest of the season will live up to their incredible celebration is beyond me!

Not only do Karla and Brittany know how to throw a kickass party they know how to love each completely in the most amazing way. Their ceremony was so lovely and sweet. I'm thankful I get to hide my teary eyes behind my camera at weddings... Their unconditional love and ability to love each other absolutely is truly a rare and beautiful thing. It was an absolute honor to be able to capture that love and their special day for them!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Assembly Room
Wedding Planner | MJM Events & Staffing
DJ | Chris Styles Events
Caterer | Hoopla Catering
Florist | We Do Event Design LLC
Hair Stylist | Aiise Styles
Makeup Artist | Glam Empire Studio

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!