It’s February. Still winter I suppose… There may not be too many birds and bees buzzing around just yet, but I do know two of them and they’re bringing the best sign of life into the world into a few short months! I am truly so happy for these two. They are not new at the parenting game, but they have been waiting for this new little bundle for a long time, and I am over the moon for them! We had a lot of fun with these history lovers this afternoon traipsing around one of my favorite hidden historic gems in Bethlehem, and I learned all over again how great the winter light can be. (of course the love shines brightest of all!)
New Beginnings at the Year’s End
It was a rainy, cold, unpleasant day in PA, as I set out for my client’s home. I was wishing for sunshine as I pulled up to my clients’ home, but it turned out that sometimes the glow comes from INSIDE the house! We did not need any more light than we had with this beaming new family of four.
This newest little guy decided he was not about waiting another week and appeared early, exactly one week ago! It has been the most magical experience to visit with these two, three, now FOUR beautiful humans in their growing family year after year, and make memories together. This session was the perfect send-off to the holidays. Merry merry!
Giving Thanks for Family!
The extended family of one of MY favorite families gathered over this Thanksgiving weekend to document their growing brood with the matriarch and patriarch that started it all! We took over the lovely Fox and Finch studio and snapped away, giving the kids some snack breaks and then attempting to keep all eyes on yours truly! I’ve learned over the years to fire off rapid-burst style in the hopes of getting that ONE photo where toddlers are all looking 😀 I’m honored I had the chance to hang out with this bunch, and start the holiday season right!
Rain Date Magic
Sometimes it happens: you schedule a shoot, and it turns out to be a school event, you reschedule, and kids are sick, reschedule again and it rains! As we know, that is just how life goes sometimes, but rolling with the punches almost always works out! Just check out what a gorgeous, sparkling afternoon we got for the beautiful Craig family. None of our previous plans would have resulted in this light, so sometimes you just have to be grateful to fate. A wonderful afternoon hour was spent with this growing, glowing pack of 4.5 at Illick’s Mill Park here in Bethlehem and I’m so glad it finally materialized!
Lehigh ’22 Part VI
This young woman is, I believe, a 4th generation Lehigh Grad! Her proud parents joined us for a reminiscent stroll around the grounds, stopping at all the best spots for her portraits. I love it when parents/family are involved because you can just feel the pride and joy about this momentous occasion, and one of the best parts about my job is getting to join folks for the happiest moments in their lives. Big congrats for carrying on this legacy!
Lehigh ’22 Part V
For my last and final Lehigh graduation session, this gorgeous family ran all around campus with me under the impending threat of storm! This session and the session prior featured women who were carrying on the legacy from their fathers of graduating from Lehigh U, which was really cool, and make each location even more special and memorable. I loved this session, and I really truly loved every hour that I was able to spend on this campus this spring, even when we were sweating. I want to wish everyone a happy graduation day today and a fabulous journey ahead!
Running Away with the Newest Reeves
The title of this post is not about me running away WITH my new tiny subject here, (I totally would, look at her!) but rather the four of us scampering off the grounds of the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park when they sent someone to shoo us away from a wedding. Turns out, we did just fine in the surrounding fields and walkways. LOOK AT THESE CHEEKS. I get to see these beautiful folks year after year. First there was engagement, then there was marriage, then there was maternity, and now the princess is here! She’s super loved, already making amazing eye contact with the camera, and hamming it up. There were no tears… (only dinosaur noises, as one does) I count myself so lucky to have spent a perfect October afternoon with one of my favorite families.
Sublime Grace on Campus
So my youth has officially become vintage throwback material, and I am an OId, but how can I complain when yesterday’s client made it all so cool again? (Peep the tank in outfit #2) We had a great senior photo session on – you guessed it – Lehigh University campus yesterday, and although I’ve spent a lot of time there this summer and fall, I did discover a sculpture I hadn’t seen before and a couple other angles I hadn’t gotten to, and it was super fun. This multi-talented beauty wowed with her style and grace (en pointe no less!) and I am excited for her journey! I love seeing what this generation is bringing to the table, so many good things co
Running in Circles and Catching Crickets
For their third family photo session with me, this awesome family returned to the scene of last year’s shoot at Trexler park in Allentown. It has been a few minutes since I did a family session and it’s just crazy how the light has already changed so much since the height of summer. The foliage is transitioning into warmer colors, and with it my editing. It’s a big park, which is good for those kid bursts of energy, but can also turn into “I don’t want to walk anymore” around the end of the hour. The trick is to capture all the cuteness in between! We did some fish spotting and bug hunting. We ran in circles and had a jumping contest, we may or may not have all left sweaty. It’s been fun to watch these boys get bigger every year. (Oh, and if you are a cookie connoisseur who loves a theme, I have just the professional for your next party favors!)
Here Comes Number Four!
Yesterday, I welcomed back some of my favorite clients for a beautiful maternity/family session. The lesson of this photoshoot? PIVOT! Allow me to explain…
Originally we were going to try to use the super cool and instagrammable sunflower field at the St. Luke’s Anderson campus as our canvas for the day, but when I arrived on the scene I realized the season had abruptly ended and all the flowers were face down and absolutely done blooming. Oh no! When the family arrived we used a corner of the field (sans-blooms) and then we relocated to a nearby spot that my clients were able to brainstorm last minute. It was SO great that they were willing to fly by the seats of our pants and take a chance on an unknown spot because now I think it should have been our first pick all along! Or maybe I’m just obsessed with arches, you’ll have to weigh in!
Soon this adorable family of three will be an even more adorable family of four! I can’t wait for them to experience this growth, and see them after little sister makes her appearance. I always walk away feeling so good from basking in the glow of their affection, and I wish them smooth sailing in a few months!