Silly Moments

Kids are so much fun. The life and spirit and goofiness they bring to photo sessions is simply the best. The family session I did a few days ago had three kids all with great personalities! I feel like I was able to capture who they were in the pictures in this one. It was a lot of fun.

For more photos from this session, check out the Family Portraits album.

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 400 105mm ƒ/4 1/60

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 400 105mm ƒ/4 1/60




Re-Do

A quality of myself is that I am a perfectionist. When things don’t go the way I had planned them to, it bothers me. But it bothers me even more when it involves other people. At my last newborn shoot, I had gotten a bunch of great photos. But when it came time to take the photos of the baby and daddy, I left the camera on manual focus and thought it was on automatic. Whoops. Rookie mistake. So the whole lot of baby/daddy photos were useless, in my opinion. Just totally out of focus.

LUCKILY the family is super awesome and understanding and let me come back and get a few more shots in. I am so happy that they gave me a second chance to correct myself because the next round of “re-do” photos came out beautifully and exactly how I meant the first ones to go. Thanks guys!

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 1250 50mm ƒ/2.5 1/100

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 1250 50mm ƒ/2.5 1/100


Wild Little Miss

This little peanut is only a little over a week old and already a super strong willed little lady. She refused to sleep for us, but in the end it was a good thing, because I was able to capture her bright and curious personality. Her mommy came up with the idea to use the dress she wore for her maternity shoot as a blanket for this sweet little thing to lay on. It was such an awesome personal touch to tie the two moments in life together!

I used a large bean bag poser with a backdrop of blankets and sheets to create the posed/lounging effect. And I loved the softness the lighting created. She was such a great little model! Welcome to the world, baby girl.

A few more photos from this session can be found in the Babies album.

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 200 50mm ƒ/2.5 1/100

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 200 50mm ƒ/2.5 1/100



Shine Bright

Well this was fun! We did some creative hair and makeup ideas for this headshot session. I set up a whole background and lighting set up in my friends little kitchen as is shown below. (Although, I ended up not liking the background so we switched gears and used her black comforter instead.)

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The makeup was very sci-fi mermaid-esque. And the Newer ring light made the perfect lighting for this look. The results were amazing and it was such a fun experience!

Check out some more of these creative photos from this session in the Portraits album.

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 250 50mm ƒ/2.8 1/160

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 250 50mm ƒ/2.8 1/160

Creamy Bruley

It is always nice to have people get in touch with me from the past and to see where they are in life now. A friend from college wanted to do a ten year anniversary/family photo shoot with her husband and her two young kids. First of all, I can't believe it's been over ten years since college. Second, it was so fun to see her and the mini people she and her husband created! It's just crazy how times change so fast.

Fun fact: you need a permit to shoot at Penn's Landing. The security guard was nice enough to let it slide though, I think because it was early and there wasn't a whole lot of people around. Just another situation to chalk up to learning from my mistakes! I'm just glad it all worked out. I loved the sign I found for them "we still do," and hope to use it again!

A few more photos from this shoot can be found in the Family Portraits album.

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 640 105mm ƒ/5.6 1/1000

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 640 105mm ƒ/5.6 1/1000

For Their Special Day

An old friend of mine recently got married in a small ceremony to the guy she's been seeing for forever. Congratulations again to them! It was just a small gathering and they didn't really do the professional photo thing, so she asked me if I would take some post-wedding photos. And of course I would! It was a sweet little session and I was happy to give them a few pictures to remember this important time of their lives.

I'm one of those people who love the little detail photos like the flowers and the shoes and the jewelry. The couple let me arrange their rings in the flowers that Jaime so thoughtfully brought with her and I love how the shot turned out.

Though it wasn't technically an engagement shoot, I still put some examples of their photos in the Engagement Album only because I don't have any post-wedding albums. Enjoy!

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 250 105mm ƒ/4 1/200

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 250 105mm ƒ/4 1/200

It's Still Summer!

And boy is it hot out. There was actually a heat advisory later in the day when I did this session! But the girls were troopers and hung in there till the very end. They were both very sweet and full of spirit. This location was a big local farm with so many beautiful options for photos and I was so happy to have gotten the chance to explore it with them.

This photo was one of the last ones we took and was so sweet. The youngest girl was shy at first but just started to show her loving curiosity for flowers and animals towards the end. It made me happy to have been able to capture that.

For a few more photos from thus session, visit the Family Portraits album.

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 100 105mm ƒ/4 1/125

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 100 105mm ƒ/4 1/125

'Morning!

Not going to lie, waking up before the sun comes up is hard. Very hard. But it was totally worth it to get that amazing golden sunrise light. A local sunflower field is very popular this time of year (when they first bloom) to the point where it's hard to get pictures without a few families in the background. I still wanted to go though and see it for myself as I've heard so much about it. I figured the only time there was any hope to have some area to myself would be early morning. VERY early morning. But who would be willing and crazy enough as me to wake up that early? Well my friend Julie would be! haha. Always game for a new photography adventure, I collected some coffee, she met me there and we got some really amazing shots with beautiful backlighting from the rising sun. Definitely a great experience. 

This is one of my favorites, but to see some more shots in the sunflowers, go to the Portraits Album.

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO 125 105mm ƒ/3.2 1/320

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO 125 105mm ƒ/3.2 1/320

Oh, Baby!

I've had a few newborn sessions here and there, but got to do my first maternity shoot last night with an incredible couple! They're having their first baby - a little girl! And asked me to capture this short (though sometimes painfully long) time in their lives. I know too well what it's like to feel pregnant and want to freeze that wonderful, powerful time, but also want it to end like yesterday. Michele looked like a beautiful glowing goddess at her session, and I just hope I was able to capture that feeling for her to remember forever.

The weather was clear (though hot - thanks summer!) and it was beautiful out and the lighting was gorgeous and I'm not sure I could have asked for a better day to do this : ) This photo was taken in the evening with an external flash. Notice the awesome out of focus greenery in the foreground!

Some more photos from the maternity shoot can be found in the new Maternity Album.

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 200 105mm ƒ/3.2 1/500

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ISO 200 105mm ƒ/3.2 1/500

Rain or Shine!

Or a whole lot of rain. I was asked to shoot a small wedding in a park today. Seemed pretty straight forward. Rain was in the forecast. But I thought it would be the sort of hit-or-miss rain that could hold out for a half hour. Nope! It was very very wet. But really really sweet at the same time! The bride and grooms family all met in a gazebo for the ceremony as a very real symbol of the two families becoming one under the same roof out in the middle of nature. I was very happy to have been the one to capture it.

So, flash photography is different. I'm more of a natural light gal, so this was literally my first time using a flash in any kind of event or session. There was really no way to avoid using a flash either because of the weather. But I made it work! This one (no flash) was one of my favorites. Not so much one I would pick to hang on your wall, but I love the artistic element I was able to create with it.

More can be found in the Wedding album.

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 200 50mm ƒ/4 1/40

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO 200 50mm ƒ/4 1/40

Flower Child

A friend and I planned this shoot out for a while. It was a fun portrait sort of shoot. And it turned out to be just that! The location we agreed on was beautiful and completely empty - so no dodging various pedestrians. Julie was fun and had lots of great ideas that we incorporated in to the session. Definitely something I'd like to do again.

I've recently been loving my 105mm lens for most portrait shoots. It can have a really wide aperture, so that's always important for that background blur. But for some of the shots where I couldn't stand too far away, I used my 50mm lens, which is weird because it has the same aperture abilities. But I still prefer the 105mm. To each their own I guess?

I loved how this shot turned out! To view more of this shoot, go to the Portraits album.

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO500 50mm f/4.5 1/160

NIKON D750 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ISO500 50mm f/4.5 1/160

Sitting Still is Hard

Kids move. That's what they do. And the younger they are, the more they move. I did a shoot for a family who have 3 kids under 4 today in the hot hot heat. Even in the morning it was hot. But that didn't stop them from running all over! It was great thought because it gave me an opportunity to catch those candid, happy moments of silliness that make them who they are and it really let their personalities shine through. A great day and a beautiful family.

More photos from this session can be found in the Family Portraits album.

 

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO400 105mm ƒ/5 1/320

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO400 105mm ƒ/5 1/320

Photo Friends

I think it's so important to have friends in the photo world that speak the photo language. There's only so much that you can bounce off of friends and family who don't fully understand the ins and outs of a DSLR and lighting and white balance etc etc.

That being said, my photo-friend and I went out to a site this morning with our kids to see what the area had to offer. And it was so much fun! Not only did we get a bunch of awesome shots, but we were able to discuss what and how we were getting the pictures while we were getting them. It was a really great time  and I feel really lucky to have people like this in my life : )

I put some of the photos that I took in the Family Portraits album.

 

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO 320 105mm ƒ/3.5 1/160

NIKON D750 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ISO 320 105mm ƒ/3.5 1/160

Location Location Location

I made plans with a family member to take family pictures for them. We settled on a location - a beautiful preserved land in our area. We set a time. All plans were in order. A few hours before I needed to leave to meet up with them, I thought to myself, "maybe I should check the hours of this place." You know. Just to really solidify all the plans and ensure there would be no surprises. I do not do well with surprises. I figured it would close at sun down or something like that. Like a normal park. But no... it closes at 5:30. A good hour and a half before our set time.

So I pivot. There is a park that I know well just down the street that I KNOW doesn't close till sun down. The family is flexible and agree to meet there instead.

Crisis averted.

And the shoot went beautifully. Their little boy, just over one year old, was a wanderer. I know his type well. It was a joy to watch him just want to see and touch and be everywhere. And those curls! Gotta love 'em.

For a few more photos from their shoot, check out the Family Portraits album.

 

NIKON D750 Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR ISO 1250 30mm ƒ/4 1/640

NIKON D750 Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR ISO 1250 30mm ƒ/4 1/640

Business and Family

I spent a gorgeous evening this past weekend with a family, taking family photos as well as business shots. It was great to be able to break out in to the field of business photography while still being able to squeeze my love for family photos in to the same day. Their little two year old was a ball of spirit and reminded me so much of my little guy that I felt completely comfortable with the random and unorganized paths that she took and was able to capture her love of adventure in this stage of her life.

You can find more from the family shoot in the Family Portraits photo album and some of the business shots in the Business photo album.

I love this shot with the golden long grass and sun flair.

Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR  ISO 1250 44mm f/8 1/400

Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR  ISO 1250 44mm f/8 1/400

 

 

Over the Rainbow

I was never a Girl Scout, but I was asked to photograph the Bridge Ceremony for a local Girl Scout troop over the weekend. It was raining all the morning before, and it was sort of amazing that the clouds sort of opened up just long enough for this event. I was worried! Anyway, the Bridge Ceremony, from what I could gather, was a transition for the group of girls from one level of Girl Scouting to another. So it was sort of a big deal. It was a really sweet ceremony and nice to be able to be there to document it for them and their parents. 

There were many sweet moments, but some of my favorites were when the girls stopped at the bridge after receiving their brownie uniform. They were all so happy and proud : )

Here is an example (oh that background blur. love it!) A few more can be found in the Bridge Ceremony album.

Nikon D750 Nikkor 24-120mm lens ISO 2000 120mm f/4.5 1/1250

Nikon D750 Nikkor 24-120mm lens ISO 2000 120mm f/4.5 1/1250

Also, notice I made a new watermark!

We are Gathered Here Today...

What a weekend! I was asked to shoot a friend's wedding - my first wedding! It was a beautiful day on a ship/restaurant in Philadelphia, and the couple was able to complete the ceremony literally minutes before it began to rain. Talk about lucky. A friend of mine came with me to help get different angles and the outcome was exactly as I had hoped. I was able to put together the photos in a way that told a story from my perspective and his. The couple was so nice and easy to work with and the wedding coordinator was cool and super helpful and I don't think the day could have run more smoothly than it did. Thanks to everyone for their help! and a special congratulations to the happy couple! <3

I've added a new album labeled "Weddings." Check out some of the new photos and see you next time!

ISO800 120mm f/5 1/800

ISO800 120mm f/5 1/800

More Engagement Fun

I got to photograph another engagement session the other day. More of a family portrait/engagement shoot in one. It was a lot of fun! I've known this couple for a few years now, and have been able to watch their two little girls grow up. So this was very special to be a part of this day. Though it was quite humid out, the lighting was really awesome. So much so that there were two other photographers doing their own thing in the same area. We had to wait for certain spots to open up. This has never happened to me before! But we were able to get a lot of really great shots. The kids were great to work with and the couple was just a lot of fun. Check out some more new pictures from this shoot in the Engagement Sessions gallery page.

Have a great rest of your summer everyone!

ISO800 80mm f/3.5 1/320

ISO800 80mm f/3.5 1/320

Love is In the Air!

It's spring time and spring time means weddings and flowers and love and all that fun stuff. The other day began a new chapter in my photo adventures with my first engagement shoot! (and a new photo gallery in my wedsite: Engagement Sessions). The couple was great and it was not hard to tell that they loved each other, which made taking their pictures that much easier. The setting was Valley Forge Park, my go-to, but we tried out different areas of the park that I found translated in to photos very nicely. Overall, it was a great time and I think the resulting pictures turned out even better than I had hoped! Until next time.

ISO640 50mm f/5 1/4000

ISO640 50mm f/5 1/4000

Taking it to YouTube

I braved the cold the other day and went to Valley Forge to take some pictures. It was a gorgeous (however cold and windy) day. Lots of clouds and landscape shots. All good things. You can check out the new photos that I added to the Valley Forge album.

It was suggested through a friend to try and put my photos on youtube in a movie form. I am not a stranger to youtube and thought that would be a lot of fun. In hindsight, I would have liked to make the video longer, but I don't think it's too bad for a first shot, right? Check it out here and let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more of that sort of thing or if I should just stick to my day job : P 

And here's my YouTube channel if you'd like to check it out. There's not much on it so far. But there it is. Oh, Shutter Up Photography.

Anyway, can't wait for some snow. It's been either too warm and raining, or too cold and dry for snow. So no snow pictures yet this season.

ISO 800, 27mm, f/9, 1/2500

ISO 800, 27mm, f/9, 1/2500