Meghan + Eugene | Friedman Farms Boho Wedding | Dallas, PA

Where do I even begin with this picture perfect day? Meghan and Eugene's Friedman Farms wedding was absolutely stunning! They had a vision for their special day and they totally nailed it! Meghan, Eugene, and their team of amazing vendors effortlessly knocked the beautiful boho look out of the park!

Meghan and Eugene were nothing short of amazing throughout the entire wedding planning process. It's no secret I love to get to know my couples and often become real-life friends (shout out to all the besties I've made through this career path!). The moment I met Meghan and Eugene I knew they'd be no different. 

I immediately connected with Meghan over her impeccable taste and amazing sense of humor. I connected with Eugene immediately on his hate for having his photo taken...  I feel ya, Eugene! This is why engagement sessions are so important! Not only do they give us a chance to get to know each other better, but it gives me a chance to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Who wants to have a stranger show up and boss you around all day while you feel uncomfortable on your wedding day? NO ONE. 

I had Eugene and Meghan practice their first dance moves during their engagement session (view those here!). And they were gifted dance lessons so they could blow everyone away with a beautifully choreographed dance on their wedding day! 

Meghan and Eugene have been together for 17 years. SEVEN-TEEN Y'ALL! Any (mature) adult knows that relationships have their natural ebb and flows. But let me tell you guys; there wasn't a moment I didn't catch these two lovebirds smiling and giggling with each other. It made my heart so happy to see that after all these years these two cuties are still just as in love as the day they met. It was truly an honor to capture such a beautiful love story!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Friedman Farms
Wedding Planner | Cindy Condell
DJ | DJ Marquis
Rentals & Styling | Chippy White Table
Macrame Backdrop | Ropes and Roses Macrame 
Videographer | Le Moment Capturer
Catering | Grico’s
Bake | Electric City Bakehous
Florist | A & M Floral Express
Hai | Bridal by Courtne
Makeup Artis | Bobbi Jo Lorenzett
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse
Dress & Veil | POSH Bridal 
Heels | Target
Flats | TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Liz + Matt | The Old Mill Secret Garden Wedding | Rose Valley, PA

Liz and Matt's garden themed wedding was nothing short of stunning! The Old Mill in Rose Valley was the perfect backdrop for their special day. My assistant and I squealed with joy all day long about each and every little detail Liz and Matt planned.

Liz and Matt were so cute and snuggly it made my job a breeze. They're obviously professional models... or at least now they are! ;) I loved their playfulness towards each other throughout. There wasn't a minute the two of them weren't smiling at each other. Documenting their love was better than I could have imagined! Thank you for choosing to include me in your wedding day and I’m honored to have gotten to know you both better. 

Speaking of making my job a breeze; shout out to Liz's sisters Gina and Molly for all your help the day of! Y'all the real MVPs.

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Old Mill
Catering | Conner Catering
DJ | Bachelor Boys Band
Florist | Lynn Schultz, Green Meadows Florist
Videographer | Revelations Video
Tuxedos |  Varani Formal Wear
Dress | Sabrina Ann 
Shoes | Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid Skirts | ASOS

Sarah + Justin | Cameron Estate Inn Wedding | Mount Joy, PA

When Sarah and Justin wanted to set up a time to meet about their June 9th wedding I didn't really have high hopes of booking them. They were the third couple to meet with me about this date. I even had a couple back out on that date at the last minute. I was beginning to think that date might be cursed for me! But the second Sarah, Justin and I sat down and started chatting about their wedding day I knew it was serendipity! June 9th was not cursed, it was just waiting for the right couple to come along!

The moment Sarah started talking about her vision for the day and the style of photography she wanted I knew we were a perfect match. It definitely didn't hurt that Justin was completely on board with whatever his beautiful fiance wanted. Which was apparent throughout their entire wedding day. 

I get to see a lot of wonderful couples in love, but man... Sarah and Justin are madly, deeply and truly in love with one another. I don't think there was a single moment throughout their wedding day that the two of them didn't have a huge smile across their face when looking at the other one. It made my heart so happy to see two people so excited to spend the rest of their lives together.

I also adored Justin's proposal story, which Sarah and Justin told me was "lame."  But let me tell you it was anything but lame! The two of them were getting ready for a night out with friends when their friends had to cancel. Sarah made a joke about needing better friends as she was doing her hair and makeup in the bathroom. She turned around to Justin on his knee with a ring in his hand. He asked her if she'd be his best friend for life. No flashy dinners, no audience, just the two of them in their home they've built together. It was simple and sweet, just like them. 

Thanks again for choosing to include me in such a special day, Sarah and Justin!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Cameron Estate Inn & Restaurant
DJ | Mixed-Up Productions
Baker | Theresa Taylor

The Almodovar Family | Lifestyle Family Portrait Session | Wedge at Foundation Asheville, NC

To say I was excited when Marsha said she wanted to do her family portraits at the Wedge at Foundation would be a total understatement. The moment I visited the Wedge on my first trip to Asheville back in February I knew I had to shoot there. The Wedge is a neighborhood brewery in the River Arts District known for the large graffiti murals. Needless to say, it did not disappoint as a backdrop for this badass little family!

Marsha's son, Wyatt, is a cool little guy who loves to skateboard and shares my interest in Star Wars. Luckily the Wedge has both a skatepark and Star Wars murals! We bonded over wanting to be Rebel Scum (hello good guys!) and I let him make all the silly faces he wanted in exchange for some normal smiles and sweet snuggles with mom. Totally worth it!

The Donahower Family | Lifestyle Family Session | Elizabethtown, PA

Somedays I honestly can't believe I get the honor of watching so many wonderful families grow and expand their love. Capturing the Donahower family over the years has been a real treat! River was just a tiny little peanut when we first met and now she's a sweet, nurturing big sister to Sage!

We meet up for Christmas portraits each winter, so meeting in July was something new and fun for us all! Luckily for July, it was a beautiful, not-too-hot day. We strolled around the Elizabethtown College pond and I got caught up about their new life as a family of four. As always, it was a pleasure capturing your family!

The Haldeman Family | Lifestyle Family Session | SoWe Mural | Lancaster, PA

I had the chance to grab lunch and photograph one of my favorite little families last week, the Haldemans! Randy and Ashley are the husband and wife duo behind Haldeman Haüs. Haldeman Haüs is Ashley and Randy's love child (other than baby Rosemary...) of all things comics, pop culture, and hand-lettering for offbeat humans of all sorts. In other words, it's super fun and not to mention visually stunning artwork and stationery. Check out their Society6 shop (HERE), Etsy shop (HERE), and be sure to check out their Instagram for updates too!

Since Randy is an illustrator who loves making comics and well Ashley has been obsessed with comics from the moment I met her... we stuck with a superhero theme for their family portrait session. How cute is Rosemary's little Wonder Woman outfit! Of course, we needed an epic backdrop for this epic crime-fighting family and what better backdrop than the SoWe mural by Two Dudes Paint company?

Little Rosemary was a perfect gem through her whole session. Even after keeping her up past nap time and pushing dinner back a bit. She smiled through the whole thing!

Ekaterina Popova | Create! Magazine Lifestyle Session | Wilmington, DE

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with my boo, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, Ekaterina Popova. I was SO pumped when she reached out to me about having some updated photos done for Create!. Just being in her vibrant, color-filled studio gives me life. In a world filled with simple white walls and trendy neutral tones, Ekaterina's studio is literal magic. And she just signed a lease for a new even more magical (how is that even possible?!) studio that she'll be moving into over the next few months. I can not wait to see it!

Ekaterina started Create! Magazine not too long after I left my 9-5 to go full time with photography. She reached out to me when she was about to make the same leap that I had for some advice. I didn't have much to give her (other than yes, absolutely go for it!), but I did send her a quote that really resonated with me when I was in her shoes. That's below for anyone else who might be thinking about taking a risky leap to follow their dream!

We chatted about the joys and undertakings of being business owners and life in general over lunch and drinks at Corner Bistro. I always leave Ekaterina feeling so inspired, refreshed, and all in all just ready to take on the world! Thank you for being such an amazing soul and friend, Ekaterina. The world needs more badass boss ladies like you!

Check out Create! Magazine HERE and Ekaterina's beautiful paintings HERE.

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.
— Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek

The Herr Family | Extended Family Session | Elizabethtown, PA

A few weeks back I received a message from Kate saying she grew up with my sister and was looking to book an extended family session for her laid-back, crazy-fun, family reunion. I vaguely remembered the name Kate Herr from my childhood, but with my sister being 7 years older than me it can sometimes be hard to remember those kinds of things. 

So when I showed up to the Elizabethtown Fun Fort to photograph her family I immediately recognized her. Fun fact: Kate gave me my pet hamster, Quinn, when I was a little angsty teenager. I mean how could you forget someone that gives you a real life hamster?

Kate had a vision for their family session and the most important factor was to capture the fun-loving spirit of her family. Something I can definitely get behind! Since we had such a large group and a bunch of kiddos that wanted to get in the pool ASAP we stuck to the traditional poses and snuck in a few fun ones here and there. I think having the kids make a few silly faces helped make up for the fact that I was keeping them from a day of swimming. It was a hot one... I feel ya, kiddos!

And a huge congrats to the newest soon-to-be member of the clan! They recently had an engagement in their family, so of course, we had to sneak in a few couples portraits at the end to celebrate!

Kelly + PeeWee | Lancaster Engagement Session | Marietta, PA

It's not always great to start your engagement session off by being 40 minutes late, but obviously, PeeWee needed a little extra time getting fancy. Kelly and PeeWee didn't need those extra 40 minutes anyway, because they took to posing like pros. Of course when you're this cute and adorable snuggling up on each is pretty easy too... Kelly and PeeWee are so good at making each other smile and laugh, which made my job pretty easy... They're a definitely a dynamic duo!

It was wonderful walking around sweet little Marietta, PA with these two lovebirds. We strolled around front street around sunset and chatted about life and wedding planning. And PeeWee was a good sport when I made him slow dance with Kelly in public too. Good practice for the wedding day!

The Zahn Family | Hershey Gardens Lifestyle Family Session | Hershey, PA

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favorite little families, the Zahn family! Maybe you remember Miss Kate from my fall mini sessions a little while back. She was even tinier then! She walked right up to me to shake my hand and introduce herself to me. It was adorable, to say the least... So when her mama reached out about setting up another session for their family I was so excited! 

The Zahn family are members of the absolutely gorgeous Hershey Gardens, so what better place for their family session! We started in the butterfly room, which by the way is highly recommended by Miss Kate and Miss Emily... We enjoyed checking out the butterflies and doing our best butterfly impressions. Then we enjoyed a stroll through the gardens together.

Miss Kate is such a special little girl. She is so sweet and polite, but also headstrong and knows what she wants (and doesn't want). Her mom jokingly called it being stubborn, but we both know she's just an unshakeable, tough little girl. Plus when both your parents are talented actors you're bound to have a big personality! It also means you get to make lots of silly and fun faces during your portrait session!