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I love finding beautiful locations to shoot – you can’t go wrong with family pictures by a lake. This adorable family introduced me to Marsh Creek Lake in Downingtown for our session. I’m embarrassed to admit I had never heard of it before, and it is only 40 minutes away! I can’t wait to go back with my own girls for a session. Plus, they have boats for rent, paddle boarding, fishing, and a waterpark!

This family session was also a bit of a maternity session. Mom is expecting number 2 in November. Hopefully, we’ll see a newborn session soon.
How cute is he? I love this age – everything is new and exciting. There were a few people fishing near us who caught a couple fish. He was so intriqued.
Ahh, innocent blue eyes. So sweet.

Do you remember the last two months of pregnancy? You’re feeling huge, uncomfortable, not attractive. These two were cracking jokes about something I couldn’t hear, but I’m pretty sure it had something to do with snuggling 😉

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Capturing 8 months. Visiting with Nolan since his newborn session was a completely different experience, as you can image. We were shooting at a local pond, popular with the geese. Little Nolan was so intrigued with them, it was near impossible to get his attention.

We had to break out my little bell. That only worked once. Then mom and dad had to start breaking out the dance moves. What I love about these sessions is looking back on the images. You can never tell how chaotic the session really was!

Family of three portrait
I love this shot. This little trick never fails to bring lots of natural smiles and giggles.
And sometimes the photographer has to get really silly for the smiles. That’s okay with me!
Grass! It’s green and new and itchy!

The magic of innocence!

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Booking a Portrait Session | Summer Calendar is Open | Main Line & Philadelphia

The summer goes by in a blink, always does. So, before your summer gets planned away, get your portrait session on the calendar now – whether it’s a session for the kids, a family session, a session for your parents or a Beloved session for you and your husband. It may be helpful to think about gifts you need for birthdays, anniversaries…Father’s Day is June 15th: grandparents album, an extended family wall portrait, a wall collage of the kids. Booking your session in advance guarantees you will get the date you want.

Available summer dates:
June 14, 15, 29
July 5-7, 12, 19, 20, 27
August 9, 10, 16, 17

Booking Your Beach Session

I know what you’re thinking. It’s not even Memorial Day weekend yet – the kick off of summer, but the beach trips are scheduled. So if you’re really wanting the beautiful ocean and sandy dunes in your portraits, now is the time to book it. I have very limited sessions so don’t wait.

Ocean City, NJ: June 22-23 (tentative)
Sea Isle City, NJ: August 3-5
Dewey Beach, DE: August 24-29

If you are within 20-30 minutes from these locations, I will be happy to come to you.

Email at with your preferred date or complete the Contact Form. A $100 deposit holds your date and time and goes towards your total session fee.

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You’re a busy parent and your kids are growing up way too fast. So, you’ve finally made the decision to hire a professional photographer to capture the family before the kids go off to college! If you’ve started searching for a photographer on the internet, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed with all the choices.  Photographers come with different specialties, styles and pricing. So how do you choose a family photographer?

Take a few minutes and look through family portraits on Google. Make note of the types of images that appeal to you.

  • Do you prefer in-studio or outdoors/on-location (at home)?
  • Do you like candid captures or formally posed?
  • Do you want portraits that tell a story and show personality?

As you’re looking through photographer sites, read their About page. Do you feel a connection with the photographer? Can you relate to them? Connecting with your photographer is the first step to getting great pictures. If you feel uncomfortable during your shoot, it will show in your images. You want a photographer you can relax with.

A few other things you should ask yourself as you look through their portfolio (here is an example):

  • Do you like how the images are edited? Timeless portraits are not heavily edited.
  • Is there a story in the images? Can you see personalities, relationships? Do you “feel” anything when you look at their images?
  • Do the images look like snapshots (you don’t want this!)?

Beautiful Fall Family Portrait

Lastly, are they priced within your budget? If this is your first time searching for a professional photographer, you may be surprised at the dramatic range of pricing. It’s important to note, this usually determines your overall experience from beginning to end. Typically, a higher-end photographer is going to spend the most amount of time working with you. These photographers will communicate with you frequently, consult on wardrobe and select thoughtful props (chair, balloons, etc.) if the situation warrants it. They will also be knowledgeable about the selected location and the best time for optimum lighting. Their products are the highest quality and are well-suited to withstand the ravages of time (or lots of little hands). If the investment is out of your budget, most photographers offer payment plans. It’s worth exploring!

Choosing a family photographer is a personal decision, and understanding what factors are important to you will help you make the best choice.

If you are looking for a personal photographer to work closely with you, I would love to talk to you about your family and preserving your memories. To contact me about booking a session, click the Contact link above or fill out the contact form. I hope to hear from you!


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