This photo has been sitting in my head for a while, I sketched out the idea last year and forgot about it until recently. Originally, it represented the feeling of being on the outside looking in, not quite fitting. Given current events and the Stay at Home order in effect, this photo feels a bit sarcastic now. I’m so thankful for the ways God has provided during these strange times but I’m also ready to leave the house and not look back.
The day of Anna’s session came with a couple of curve balls… Despite all of our planning and a steady eye on the weather forecast, we had spots of rain and dark clouds. We also had to work around an annual art festival and the crowds that came along with it. Looking at Anna’s photos though you would never be able to tell! She lights up every single one of her photos with style and grace!Read More
Hello, hello! It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have blogged. I’m shaking my head at myself as I write this. For those of you who do not know, I moved from North Carolina back to Pennsylvania at the tail end of April and then got married in May! It’s been a busy year to say the least but as things calm down I am finally getting back to photography which makes my soul sing.
These are some favorites of sweet Grace. She was about to turn 16 and her mom wanted to freeze this moment in time! This session took place in the fall of 2016 on Little Pisgah, a mountain top in North Carolina. As we were planning the session much of our beautiful mountains nearby were under threat of wildfires that were blazing out of control. We had to reschedule this session because there was so much smoke hanging in the air during the first date that we picked! Thankfully all of the fires were put out shortly after this session took place.
The day of the session was a gorgeous but bitter cold one! We had to take a few breaks in the car to get warmed up before braving the cold for more portraits. Despite the weather Grace was a trooper and looked stunning the entire time!
“Loved you then, love you still, always have, always will.”
I love going to the Asheville Arboretum for family portraits because of its relaxed feel and gorgeous views. Prior to this session, I had only gone to the Arboretum during the week and each time was pleasantly surprised to find that my clients and I were some of the few people there. I was pushing my luck to think the same thing would happen for this beautiful family’s session. When I pulled into the parking lot the entire thing was packed! There were people everywhere! I was so worried that there were simply going to be too many people to take the photos I had planned for. I said a few nervous prayers and walked in to do my best. Once again, God provided and despite the number of people the Arboretum did not disappoint! We had a wonderful time basking in the sun and laughing throughout the session. I can honestly say that all of my clients are so much fun to work with but these kids were such a riot! They kept us laughing the entire time!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m so excited to be gearing up for the holidays and equally as excited to be planning this year’s Christmas Mini Sessions!
These sessions are for anyone looking to share a little holiday cheer with their loved ones. They’re open to everyone so come one, come all!
Contact me HERE with questions or to schedule your session!
Contact me HERE with questions or to schedule your session!
Rachel is my soon-to-be sister-in-law and I couldn’t have been more excited when I found out Cameron had proposed to her! These two have such an incredible engagement story, it’s the kind that makes your heart swoon. Cameron spent the summer working at a camp out west, all the while he was cahoots with Rachel’s family planning the perfect proposal. It was so much fun for the family to help plan everything but so incredibly hard not letting the secret slip! Cameron decided to surprise Rachel by coming home a day early… in a tux… with roses. It was all very romantic! And of course Rachel said yes 😉
“You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.”
Tons of fun was had at the Asheville Arboretum during this session and somehow we managed to have the place to ourselves! It was a gorgeous evening filled with sunlight and laughter.
The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of family.
Fuel to the Fire
I’ve been struggling with my creative process lately. It’s been about a month and a half since I’ve created a conceptual image but I think that I really needed that time to get recharged. I started this photo a couple of months ago and it sat on my computer until I could figure out how to finish it. It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned it but finishing this image is motivating me to finish the other ones that I’ve started!
On the Up and Up
So far, this is one of my favorite images created this year. It was so much fun to put together and I’m realizing that strange lighting is becoming a big motivator for me. I’m all about that light! Much of this photo was about me trying a new editing technique. I really do love putting together levitation images because I have always loved the idea of flying and dream about it often. Because of this though, levitation photos are a fallback for me when I’m feeling uninspired. Almost as if, “I can’t think of anything new and exciting… where’s a place I haven’t levitated before???”. With this image though I was transforming my comfort with levitation photos and turning it into something completely different for me which felt good. This year has been full of so much growth for me and my conceptual photography!
This image has personal significance to me because of the events that have transpired within the past couple of weeks. Since I was recently in a car accident things have been messy and getting my life back to normal has taken time. I’m at the point now where the worst is over and I’m moving forward again. It feels good!
Rain, Rain, Go Away
A few weeks ago I bought a car from my grandma, it’s a great car and one that my grandmother was sad to part with but she was in need of something different and the car she had was perfect for me. This past Friday, on my way home from work, a guy blew a red light going 65 mph and ran right into me and my grandma’s car. By the grace of God I wasn’t hurt and my car is fixable which is a relief. It was a bad situation but it turned out to be an incredible story. Through that accident I met a handful of amazing people who sat with me, hugged me, and encouraged me for an hour and a half until the entire ordeal was over and I could drive home.
Our sermon at church a couple of weeks ago was preached on Romans 8:28-39 and it tells of God’s never ending love for his people, the perfect plan he has, and the wonderful ways he works in the lives of those he has called to him. Despite what happens in my life I know that God is on his throne and is being glorified through whatever path he has set out before me. Often times I pray for God’s blessings in my life and while I can clearly see them I can also see the struggles that he allows me to go through. This past weekend has reminded me that though we might not like the rain, it’s what brings growth. Likewise, the struggles we go through are often what refine us. Sometimes I get so caught up in hoping that the rain will pass that I forget to look for the good that will come from it.