I wasn’t quite sure what to expect weather wise at the Reeves’ maternity session at Valley Forge on Friday, I was bracing for jackets and wind, but it was an insanely gorgeous and warm late fall day at the famous Revolutionary era landmark. We took full advantage. Mom to be Jaclyn absolutely radiated in a flowing scarlet dress. We started at the National Memorial Arch for some architectural interest, and after walking through some foliage, we snuck into the beautiful arched walkway at the National Memorial Cathedral and ended our session with a sun-drenched view of the park. I am so excited for these two to become parents, and I look forward to a third Reeves smile in the future!
A Car, a Pumpkin, and Seven Smiles
Returning after a sweet nuclear family shoot last August, this family brought the grandparents and one lucky uncle to take some extended family photos at Trexler Memorial Park in Allentown. To my surprise they also brought a very cool old (but looking sparkling new) car! We just had to get a couple shots with it to start the afternoon. As we wandered the park, we had fun with leaves, a perfect little pumpkin, and the occasional stick or two (if you’re a four year old, you know!) But despite two very active little fellas, we managed to wrangle a bunch of adorable images before sending them to the next stop in their day: Trunk Or Treat!
A New Home for the Figueroa Family
This very photogenic foursome wanted to celebrate moving to their new home in Northampton with some family photos on the property, which was a fantastic idea. The weather was right, the landscape perfection, and the kids? Too adorable for words. We had fun exploring all the right places to shoot, getting smiles out of the kids, and we didn’t forget to give mom and dad a few photos of just the two of them. At the end, we even included the family pupper. All in all, a picture perfect Saturday afternoon.
The Wonder of Trees in Downtown Bethlehem
Monika, Tim, and their new addition: adorable cutie Henrik, are gracing the blog this fall after an adorable family session around the Bethlehem Library and Moravian buildings. Henrik is having a major tree moment, and spent most of the time pointing out their majesty in wonder, even signing “tree” with his hands! He was a fantastic participant, and Monika and Tim were as gorgeous as ever. I can’t recommend this area of Bethlehem enough for portraits, there are so many lovely corners and as Henrik would tell you, the trees do wonderful things at this time of year!
Mr. and Mr. Fox
I am so lucky to have had this small and lovely event as my last wedding shoot of 2020. These wonderful gentlemen had their engagement shoot (which I forgot to blog, and will have to add later!) in the same area that we shot their wedding portraits, which was really fun. The Bethlehem Library is always a terrific location to snag pictures.
After portraits and group photos, the group reconvened upstairs at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub for a short and sweet ceremony, heartfelt toasts, loving first dances, and an excellent meal. (there were masks for everyone on the tables amongst the picturesque autumnal decor)
I wish these two nothing but the best as they continue their journey as husband and husband, and I am grateful to have gotten to shoot this intimate journey.
Jaclyn & Cody Tie The Knot!
I met Jaclyn briefly when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin’s wedding last fall, which I was photographing. We reconnected last winter when she booked her own wedding, and we shot some lovely engagement photos at Longwood Gardens where I got to know her and Cody, and what a fun, laid back (and low-key kinda gorgeous) couple they were. Since then, a pandemic took the world by storm and I started expecting my second child, factors that moved dates out, and made changes to our plans! Luckily, these two were able to salvage a beautiful small wedding, and my super talented associate DeAnna stepped in while I recovered from birth to photograph the event. The result is just as darling as any large wedding I’ve witnessed in the past, and I’m so happy these two were able to celebrate in style and get their happily ever after!
August 24 marked what is probably my last family session of the summer, which I say with some sadness because I really love shooting and editing in the lush green and golden afternoons. However, I couldn’t be happier to have this family to wrap summer shooting up with. As a mom of a toddler, I sympathized with some apprehension mom had about how a longish shoot would go with a 3 year and a 5 month old, I know that you get what you get with the littles, and smiling pointedly at a camera is not really in the wheelhouse of the average child and baby. However, we gave the boys moments to let their crazies out, and cajoled the cutest faces out of them when we could, and it resulted in more great captures than I even planned for. Behold these cuties in all their glory! 🙂