The Miller Family | Lifestyle Family Portraits | Lancaster, PA

Sarah reached out with fingers crossed and just one day to accomplish family photos this year. The stars aligned and it was a day I wasn't booked (fall scheduling is crazy y'all)! And I'm so glad they did!

I wouldn't have had the honor of meeting them and their little man! Who was a total flirt by the way... He's just learning to walk, but that didn't stop him from hand delivering my pretty leaf after pretty leaf with a big grin on his face. I see you, buddy!

The Millers are new-ish to Lancaster. So having family photos done at their new home was a no-brainer. It was the perfect way to capture this moment in their lives and share the big move with family and friends. By the way, total house envy. And I only saw the outside! Stunning. Welcome to Lancaster Miller family! We' sure are happy to have ya!

Emma Elizabeth | Newborn Session Masonic Village | Elizabethtown, PA

I had the honor of photographing Dave and Danielle's Harvest View Barn wedding just a few years ago (it feels like last week though!). I didn't think Danielle could get any prettier than she looked on her wedding day, BUT DANG! Motherhood looks good on this girl! I'm pretty sure I complimented her hair and mommy glow 100 times. Totally not creepy at all...

And don't even get me started on the perfect little cream-puff, Emma. Not only is she a total cutie, but she was so sweet through the whole session. Not a single tear, whimper or cry through the whole session. And it was in the 40's the day we were shooting... If I was her I'd be throwing a fit! I do believe there may or may not have been a diaper blow out towards the end of our session together, but that's a problem for mommy and daddy to worry about haha.

Mermaid Dreams | Wedding Styled Shoot | Lancaster, PA

For a long time, I swore I'd never do a styled shoot. What's a styled shoot you ask? Styled shoots are organized for many reasons, but most of the time they are used to build portfolios, build relationships among wedding vendors, and inspire couples. I'm all good with most of those reasons, but the inspiring couples part is a hard one for me to deal with.

Often styled shoots are put together by wedding vendors for wedding vendors. It's the best of the best coming together to create their very best, incredibly creative, most elaborate work. Which is totally awesome! BUT I feel that they could be discouraging to the everyday couple.

Styled shoots can set unrealistic expectations. PERIOD.

It's easy to have everything cohesively come together when several talented wedding vendors have been planning a specific theme for months. It's easy to have the perfect tablescape when an event designer had endless hours to design ONE sweetheart table. It's easy to have gorgeous photo after gorgeous photo when you're a photographer working with models and endless amount of time to do so.

But the other side of things is that they help keep us wedding vendors creative and fresh. It allows us time to explore our talents and step outside our boxes a bit. So I knew that when I was ready to do a styled shoot it would have to be something so wildly out there that no couple could allow the comparison game into their head.

So when my lovely mermaid obsessed friend and often wedding day assistant, Melissa, suggested the idea of doing a mermaid styled shoot I begged her to let me in on the fun! Melissa was hands down the backbone of this project, which is kind of hilarious to say because she recently was on bedrest for throwing her back out... She spent HOURS putting Pinterest boards together, talking to possible vendors and rallying the troops. This shoot would not have been possible without her and all the AH-MAZINGLY talented vendors listed below.

We had a vague narrative in our head when we started this project. As the shooting day went on a much more detailed story began to unfold. I know what it is, but I'm curious to hear what others think. Comment below what you think the story of these two shipwrecked lovers tale is!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Other Photographer | Melissa Hess of Melissa Engle Photography
Models & All Around Badasses | Sirena Domino Hildebrand and Chris Juergen of Monsters and Lace
Florist | Kate Knapp of Glory Flower Co.
Jewelry | Realm and Reason
Canoe Rental | Lakefield Weddings
Geodes & Placemats Rentals | Keiser Rental Co.
Invites & Geode Calligraphy | Haldeman Haus
Mermaid Tail | Fin Fun Mermaids
Green Vintage Dress | The Scarlet Willow
Vintage Trunk | This is Dannis

Rooster Dirt Farm | Regenerative Agricultural Mushroom, Pastured Chicken and Eggs Farm | Cross Junction, Virginia

It's no big secret that I'm a little bit of a crunchy hippie... Between gardening, canning, fermenting, herbalism and all the DIY projects involving fun things like deer fat soap, it's safe to say I get pretty excited when I get a chance to visit a farm.

So when I got the opportunity to visit Rooster Dirt Farm in Cross Junction, Virginia I was super pumped! Then I found out they grow medicinal mushrooms (one of my favorite foods) and I was beyond excited to check out their farm set up. I can honestly say I've never seen such a pretty rainbow of mushrooms before! Blues, yellows, and pinks. They were gorgeous! You can check out some of their mushroom's health benefits here too.

We picked the perfect time to visit too because they just got Graceland the cow. A Jersey cow...my favorite kind of cows! Both my parents come from working farms, so milking is nothing new to me. However, I've only ever seen commercial dairy farms, so it was really fun to watch her get milked the old fashion way.

I've had the pleasure of visiting a good handful of permaculture and regenerative farms and I have to say... Rooster Dirt Farms animals are by far the happiest farm animals I've ever met. Between the tiny herd of goats frolicking behind me through the pasture to the odd romance between Graceland the cow and Leroy the pig. And I don't think I'll ever forget finding Prudence the pig taking a mud bath in the creek haha (photo below). A rooster did give me a dirty look when I was trying to take photos of his flock, but I understand...

Jess and Logan are two young, hard-working farmers trying to help put a dent in the genetically modified food industry. Helping people return back to their roots (literally!) and get more in tune with nature and the food it provides us. They work hard to feed their local community. It was an absolute honor getting to know them both better and enjoying their farm for a bit!

Follow along with their cute little farm on instagram here!

Stefanie + Matt | Millersville University Engagement Session | Millersville, PA

Where do I even start with these two cuties? I had an amazing time photographing their sweet love at the place they fell for one another, Millersville University. Stefanie is actually on the alumni board now that's how deep this goes, guys... So, of course, that's where we started our engagement session together! And I’m glad we did, because their campus is absolutely stunning.

It's always fun for me when clients proclaim "they suck at having their photo taken" and then totally rock their session without any of the awkwardness they said would happen. All I needed to do was put them in place and Matt took care of the rest. He'd look at Stefanie with some kind of goofy face, she'd burst out laughing and Matt would follow.

It was giggles the whole session with these two! They'd just look at each other and start smiling or laughing. Stefanie and Matt have one of the sweetest bounds I've ever seen. People always claim their partner is this best friend, but with these two I truly believe it! I can not wait to celebrate their sweet love with tons of laughter, happy tears and love at the Barn at Silverstone!

Kalen + Lizzy | Surprise Proposal | Tellus 360 Engagement Session | Lancaster, PA

3 dogs, 2 cats, a sweet little kitten, and 2 engagement rings. No, I'm not talking about Noah's Ark or some new aged Brady Bunch. I'm talking about Kalen and Lizzy's sweet, fur-filled, love story!

Kalen reached out to me a few weeks ago saying she wanted to propose to her girlfriend, Lizzy. Before we could even finish exchanging emails Lizzy beat Kalen to the punch. The sweetness of that could literally make my heart explode! Of course, every girl deserves to be proposed to so we went on with our plan for Kalen to pop the question to Lizzy.

Kalen told Lizzy she wanted to have family photos done with their pups (Y'all...how stinkin cute are they!!). We snapped a few with the dog-os and then Kalen passed the leashes off to their friend Scott while I distracted Lizzy. "I know it's weird, but look into the tree. The lights better that direction." Sure, light is better with a tree blocking it.... haha When Lizzy turned around there was Kalen down on one knee. In case you couldn't figure it out, she said yes!!

We preceded on like a normal engagement session from there. After I snuck a few more shots of the pups of course... I always like to make sure my photos reflect each couples uniqueness, so I ask Kalen and Lizzy where they'd like to have the rest of their photos taken. They knew right away they wanted to have them done at one of their favorite hang out spots, Tellus360.

After their session, we chatted about wedding plans, saving fur-babies lives and life in general over a beer. Capturing your love was absolutely wonderful and I'm honored to have gotten to know you both!

Christy + Sam | Beer Garden Styled Moonstone Manor Wedding | Elizabethtown, PA

If I had to choose just one word to describe Christy and Sam's gorgeous Moonstone Manor wedding I would choose love. Which I understand sounds cliche for a wedding day... But I don't just mean the love between Christy and Sam. Anyone who knows these two lovebirds are well aware of how much they love and care for each other. That much is obvious. 

When I say Christy and Sam's wedding day was full of love what I mean is every single person in attendance had nothing but love for the two of them. Everyone had nothing but wonderful stories and things to say about them throughout the entire day. Parents, bridal party, friends, and Bosco (the best dog) all worked tirelessly to make sure Chrisy and Sam's wedding dreams came true. Truly a testament to the amazing people Christy and Sam are!

It was wonderfully overwhelming to see how much love and support the two of them had on such an important day in their lives. Documenting their love, as well as their family and friend's love for them, was an absolute honor. Thank you to Christy and Sam for choosing to include me on such a special day in your lives. And thank you to their friends and family for making me feel so warm and welcomed on their wedding day!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Moonstone Manor
DJ | Tim Mercandetti of 30 West Entertainment
Baker | Cheryl Ann Walton
Florist | Lips "Tu" Lips Flowers
Hair and Makeup Artist | Amanda Rush of Anthology Salon
Bride's Dress | Arielle Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse

Karen + Chris | The Barn at Silverstone Bike Theme Wedding | Lancaster, PA

Where do I even start with these two? If you don't know Karen and Chris already let me introduce you to the sweetest couple I've ever had the pleasure of working with. All day the two of them just rolled with the punches with huge smiles and love in their eyes. From extreme humidity to a torrential downpour. The two of them just kept smiling!  Thankfully we had time to cool off before the ceremony and the rain held off until after the ceremony. Woot woot!

We wandered around The Barn at Silverstone and I'd ask them if they liked this location or that location. While of course I always have a vision in my head for portraits I love to involve my couples in the process. Afterall, they are their photos to cherish the rest of their lives! Karen and Chris always answered me with a "whatever you think is best! we trust you!" Again, they are just too cute!

The two of them made me feel like I was one of their old friends throughout the entire day. I think they just have that effect on people! Documenting their first day as husband and wife was truly an honor.

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Barn at Silverstone
Wedding Planner | Heidi Fittery of I Do Details
DJ | Roger Campbell of Top Hat DJ
Videographer | Obie Media
Catering | Legends Catering
Baker | The Flour Child
Florist | Tulips & Twine
Hair Stylist | Kristina Miller of Chignon
Makeup Artis | Melody of Blush Beautiful 
Musician | Mary-Grace Lee of Seasons Family Band
Bride's Attire | David's Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse

My Family Vacation 2018 | Lifestyle Family Session | Bethany Beach, DE

When you own a "big fancy camera" that you make your living with you rarely actually use it for your own personal life. For years I've been so worried about something happening to it I'd never take it anywhere. 

Well after a few years of being in the business and having a centerpiece full of water fall on my equipment bag, a person accidentally stepping on my lens, and someone actually stealing equipment out of my bag (there's a special place in hell for people like that...) I've learned accidents can happen any place, any time. That's what backup equipment and insurance are for anyway!

Now that my niece and nephews are getting older I want to make sure they have photos of their childhood to look back on. My parents were so good about documenting me and my sister's lives as children. We have albums and albums full of photos. Maybe that's even why I love documenting things now as an adult! Now that we live in the digital age where photos get taken only to die on phones I want to make sure that's not the case for my family. 

Our yearly trip to Bethany Beach is a family tradition, to say the least. I've gone just about every year since I was in my mother's belly. We spend the entire week decompressing, boogie boarding, and of course, riding the trolley around. Oh, and we build a lot of poop castles too. ;)

Hazel Margaret | Wild One Themed Birthday | Elizabethtown, PA

I can't believe a whole year has gone by since I was getting text messages from Hazel's parents (AKA my besties) that she had arrived. It feels like just yesterday I was driving to the hospital to capture your very first moments on this earth. I still remember you trying (and getting pretty close too!) to lift up your head up while in the hospital bed with your mom and your dad by her side.

That moment right there should have been an indicator of what was in store for everyone over this past year. Hazel, you are such a sweet, strong-willed, curious little girl. You definitely inherited both of your parent's best qualities for sure! 

Watching you develop into this inquisitive and kind little girl has truly been such an honor.  I'm still unsure about your kisses (she puts your whole nose in her mouth...), but I appreciate that you like me enough to try. Thank you for being my BBFF (Baby Best Friend Foreve