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!

Farmhouse Fresh Newborn Goodness

When I pulled up to this family’s Hellertown farmhouse on this very warm Sunday I was struck by two things: how gorgeous the property was and how loud the cicadas were, especially since I live 20 minutes away and haven’t seen a single one in my own yard! Brood X must have gravitated to the farmlands of the Lehigh Valley. I quickly forgot about the bugs when I met this perfect family with their absurdly photogenic new son. You guys, I’ve never seen a baby work the camera so well so early in life! He was all pose and eyes for over an hour, and by the time he hinted at crankiness we had covered all the lovely corners of their nursery and property for photos. I had the best time capturing this tiny fellow and mom and dad’s absolute adoration and love. It’s truly an addicting type of session to do, and I hope baby A continues to give his parents good nights of sleep and all the smiles he can manage!

The Reeves Glow at Valley Forge

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!