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    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

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    My work is creative & thoughtful. My goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your surroundings.

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Ranked “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!

I am delighted to share that Fearless Photographers has listed me as one of the “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!  I share this honor with fellow photographers from  Indonesia, France, Romania, England, China, Italy and Brazil to mention a few :).

It is humbling to be surrounded by such amazing photographers, literally in this case, haha– see me in the middle?

2016 Top 50 worldwide

Awards are given by a rotating panel of judges from all over the world.  They look for innovative photographs that creatively tell a story.  They want to be stunned, amazed or feel like your images are redefining wedding photography.

Fearless Photographer rankings are based on the number of international photography awards given by several panels of judges throughout the course of the year.  Winning photographs are chosen for showing creative imagery, bold storytelling and consistent vision.   Narrowing the top wedding photographers across the globe takes time and there are several steps in the year-long process.  In the interest of keeping the judging as impartial as possible, images are anonymous, the panel of curators changes for each collection, and there are rules/limits (especially on photo-shopping etc).

In 2016, there were 689 photographs that earned Fearless Awards worldwide.  I received 4 of those awards, which placed me of the “Top 50 Photographers of 2016 list.”  If I would have earned one more award this year, I would have made the “Top 10”, that can be a goal for next year, haha!  Here are my award-winning images for 2016.  I am surprised by how many are black and white!

This one requires a closer look ;)…

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Alessia & Tim’s surprise engagement guest:

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Cheerleader, Sarah’s wedding morning:

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A fondue-loving flower girl at Lauren & Dan’s Lehigh Valley Wedding:

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This is my third year being listed in the top 100 wedding photographers internationally by Fearless Photographers, as I was on the top 100 list in 2014 (top 50), 2015 (top 100) and 2016 (top 50).  This is also my second year on the “Top 100 Photographers of All Time” list due to my 13 international award winning images over the past three years.   Here are my 9 other award winning images from previous years:

Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Geri & Nick’s timeless Philadelphia Wedding:

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Khoa & Tina’s elegant Harrisburg Wedding:

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Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Lori & Thomas’ fabulous New Jersey wedding:

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Eileen & Kevin’s artful Hoboken wedding:

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Max & Julia’s sophisticated beach Wedding:

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Angela & Sean’s Harrisburg riverside Wedding:

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Ashley & Jake’s turkey farm engagement in the Lehigh Valley:

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Thanks to the support of my family, friends, fans, colleagues and amazing clients I am able to have a career that I am passionate about and absolutely love! Congrats to all of the others on the top 50 list, your work inspires me!!!

To see the full top 2016 list visit here.  If you’d like to see more and even give little hearts to your personal favorites please visit my Fearless Profile here.

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Gramercy at Lakeside Manor Wedding Photographers: Gisella & Steven

Vibrant sparklers, romantic candle light, a classic church ceremony and an adorable, authentic couple who just shared the best day of their lives (so far)…

Gisella shared, “Rhinehart photography came highly recommended by close friends and family . We loved their style of photography. They were very relaxed and accommodating. The photographers were both attentive to our needs.  We’re hoping to see a lot of candid shots that captured the moments of our special day.”

It was great to see so may familiar friends, family and guests in attendance at this wedding!  More on that later, but I’ll start with a more stylized shot showing them at Our Lady of Fatima in Newark, New Jersey.

A classic portrait of this stunning bride…

Getting a little deep with this one– how time passes!  Here Gisella prepares for her wedding day in her mother’s bedroom.  You can see her parents wedding portrait in the foreground, Gisella in the center of the frame on her flower girl reflected in the side mirror.

It rained the morning of her wedding, everyone said it was good luck…

I loved the color and lace detailing of the girls dresses, that tree perfectly matched them!

The flower girls looking out the window waiting for Gisella…

Steven’s turn in the spot light 🙂

His mama…

Family traveled from far and wide to be there– Portugal, Brazil and so many other places… here they travel smartly, umbrellas in hand 🙂

Keeping dry and looking handsome…

Catching a ride to the church…

When I arrived, I was thrilled to see Sofia and Paulo’s son, walking around the church.  I had photographed their wedding and engagement several years ago!  I caught this reflection of him…

He was the ring bearer and presented the rings to his uncle Steven with a smile…

I wanted to show the tiny girls, the beautiful church and the guests reactions to them in this shot…

Gisella’s parents look so proud:

Steven shared, “When I first saw her on our wedding day, I couldn’t believe that I was lucky enough to be marrying my perfect woman.”

Steven wipes a tear away as he watches his bride approach:

A kiss to her father…

The moment he “gives her away”– her father’s expression is priceless…

Gisella laughed, “The first thing I thought when I saw him on my wedding day was , HOT DAMN . HE LOOKS GOOD, haha!”

She added, “But seriously, Steve’s made me the best version of myself and I am so incredibly grateful to call him my husband.”

I love to play with reflections, here is a colorful one that I captured…

I love to capture candid moment and expressions like this…

And unique angles, reflections and colors like this…

Kiss the bride…

It’s official!

We traveled from Our Lady of Fatima in Newark to The Gramercy, Lakeside Manor in Hazlet, New Jersey.

Steven helped Gisella with her train.  He shared, “There is no one else I would rather spend my life with. ”

While I love capturing moments, I also enjoy photographing more traditional portraits as well: 

Gisella stated, “We were looking for a classic and romantic, yet modern look.  I loved how the blues of the guys suits and wine bridesmaids dresses complemented  each other.”

Strike a pose…

Gisella shared, “We liked that The Gramercy was a modern blank canvas, it allowed us to create our own style. We liked the dance floor and more than anything else we wanted to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.”

Gisella shared, “We added candles throughout the venue to make it feel more intimate.”

So happy together:

Steven shared, “Gisella is my best friend. Her personality compliments mine perfectly. We share the same interests and make each other try new and exciting things together. Each new adventure we take together is somehow better than the last.”

I love bringing in architectural elements too, windows, wall detailing and chandeliers in this case…

Gisella shared, “It was easy to just enjoy the day. worry free, stress free. And much of that is because of the friends and family we have in our lives.”

Gisella shared, “Steven has helped me and pushed me into succeeding in things I didn’t think I was ever able to do. I somehow feel like anything is possible when I’m with him.”

I love this shot, so intimate…

They came in a little early to check out the ballroom and practice their first dance…

More reflections, I really had so many interesting places to find them in this venue!

More candlelight…

Their ballroom…

For the first time as Mr & Mrs: 

Their first dance, so much joy…

Dancing on clouds:

Such ambiance…

Steven’s dance with his mother, I framed them in sparkling chandeliers…

I really wanted to capture the joy and emotion between Gisella and her father, here:

Opening the dance floor in style 🙂

Dance lessons for all the wedding guests were provided by DJs Unlimited, here they learn a few Michael Jackson moves…

Gisella smiled, “Our favorite part of our wedding day was seeing our families together and seeing how they were enjoying themselves.”

Born to hand jive, babay…

The flower girl was a real fan of the glow sticks!

These ladies used theirs to battle, haha!

I played with a few different techniques during dancing, this one was panning with a slow shutter 🙂

Cake time!

OMG!

Steven smiled, “Everything was perfect.  Our wedding day could not have gone any better.  We are both so happy.”

Gisella seconded this, “I agree!”

Sparklers!

Gisella laughed, “I don’t know how we got so lucky. It was pretty much the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding. And I’m not saying that because it was mine,  but because I really did have the best time of my life!”

Happily ever after!

It is such a treat for me to see so many familiar faces at a wedding!!!  I photographed Nathalie and Michael back in 2011, Sofia and Paul starting in 2014, Monica and Dave in 2015, all of these couples are amazing and I feel lucky to know them and have been by their side for their weddings, engagements and those of their friends, referring me to their loved ones is the highest compliment I can receive and means so much to me.  Many thanks and much love to each of you, and a huge thank you to Steven and Gisella for entrusting us to capture their wedding day :).

Entertainment: DJs unlimited

Florist: More Than a Gift

Ladies hair &  make up: Vida Artistry

Wedding gown – Jefre Bridals

Bridesmaid dresses – Hollywood Bridals

Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Susan & Ross

An intimate downtown Harrisburg wedding, followed by a sentimental stroll along the Susquehanna and six course gourmet meal and wine tasting at Bricco….

Susan shared, “We had initially been referred to you by another photographer and were blown away by your work!  We fell in love with your style of photography, your use of color and especially the way you can capture emotions in your photos.”

She continued, “When it came to working with you on our wedding day, you were extremely professional, you showed up early, were very friendly and were able to put us at ease when taking photos which is neither my husband nor my strong suit!  Plus you were always happy to experiment with poses and from what you showed us on your view finder I can’t wait to see them. I am most looking forward to just re-living the day through your photography.”

Susan thanks so much for your kind words!  I’m so thankful that you were referred to me!  Helping to put couples at ease and capturing natural emotion is one of my favorite things to do and I love to play with color and  get creative too!

I started out with a softer, emotional shot that incorporates the iconic Walnut Street Bridge and will share a colorful silhouetted shot of your wedding rings at the church…

The stained glass was stunning as was the golden light streaming through the window.  Here Susan bows her head in prayer prior to her wedding ceremony…

Susan shared, “The veil that I wore was the same veil that both my mother and grandmother wore on their wedding days.”

Here Susan’s mother helps Susan to adjust the family heirloom…

She continued, “I remember being in elementary school, visiting my grandmother’s house, and trying on her veil. ”

I love capturing a unique and beautiful portrait of brides on their wedding day.  I loved the way this angle looked on Susan and how comfortable she was in front of the camera when I snapped this image.  I made sure to show off the veil, too.

The stained glass windows of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Harrisburg are so pretty, if you look closely you can see Ross silhouetted in the window…

Susan shared, “Ross is one of the happiest, kindest people that I know  always willing to go out of his way to help his friends with anything they need.”

While I love getting creative, I also enjoy capturing classic portraits of the groom, too and work on finding just the right angle…

The gold light filtering in the stained glass, again was stunning– it is the same window that Susan stood before earlier!

Susan shared, “Choosing our ceremony location was very easy.  I had asked one of the priests I worked with at the Diocese of Harrisburg to perform the ceremony and so we knew that his parish is where we would have our wedding.”

Ross shared, “Seeing Susan in the church on our wedding day stunned me. I actually forgot to thank her father for escorting her like the priest said I should do! Seeing her then hit me with the reality of it all!”

The marble floors of this church are so pretty, I played with the reflection here a bit…

Ross explained, “When we first started to discuss wedding plans, I didn’t think I would enjoy the small ceremony and reception that Susan wanted so badly, but it really did work out great. The intimacy of the whole event made it really special.”

Kiss the bride…

Man and wife!  Their expressions here are priceless!

The wedding was intimate, with only a couple of family members in attendance.  Susan’s grandma was one of those guests!

After getting married their next step was to call people and make the announcement.

Here Ross plays with his brand new wedding band as they both talk on speaker phone!

I captured a quick classic portrait with all of the pretty golden lights and details in the background…

And Ross took Susan for a spin 😉

Then we headed out for a walk in downtown Harrisburg— the happy couple was all smiles.

If you look closely you can see the capitol building in the background…

Something about this part of the day totally reminded me of Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast…  maybe it was her long ringlets and blue cape or the winter scene or colorful, historic town, but I loved it!

Here I really showed off her cape and framed Susan and Ross as they walked together along Front Street.  I framed them in the trees and hedges and used the background of downtown Harrisburg.

Ross shared, “Susan’s personality fills in mine in many ways. Where I’m more of a sedentary person, she wants to go on adventures. Where I try to contain my excitement about things, she lets her excitement known. Saying that “she completes me” sounds so cliche, but I do think that she fills in the parts of my life that I lack in, and that I do the same for her.”

I focused sharply on the couple also including the Susquehanna River and bridges subtly in the background…

In this photo I really capture all of the bridges and the river… it almost feels like Paris to me here– I liked the black and white feel:

Susan explained, “Ross and I luckily both share a favorite color, blue, so when it came time to decided what color we wanted to be our main theme for the day it was an easy decision to make. ”

Their wedding attire and florals had blue accents.  Here I played a bit with perspective as they crossed below the bridge I was standing on.  I love playing with framing like this…

Ross reminisced, “I realized I was falling in love with Susan during Thanksgiving week 2013. At the time, I was teaching her how to play the trumpet (with mixed results) at school, but as time went on our lessons became less about music and more about just talking for an hour. I planned on texting her maybe once over the Thanksgiving holiday to say hello, but I ended up talking to her every single day, and I loved every minute of it. We started dating a week later.”

Susan added, “I first met Ross during the early morning workouts we had to do for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets but it wasn’t until the end of freshman year when I decided to learn trumpet and a mutual friend suggested Ross as a teacher that I actually started to talk to him on a regular basis. I was horrible at remembering to practice my trumpet so during every lesson I would try to talk to him to distract him from asking me to play for him an I slowly fell in love with his personality, specifically his very sarcastic sense of humor.”

I’m not sure what Ross is saying here, but my guess is that it’s pretty sarcastic!

Susan explained, “It meant a lot to me to take photos in downtown Harrisburg because I some of my earliest and my favorite memories take place in Harrisburg, from  visiting the capitol when I was in kindergarten, to walking along front street attending all of the different street fairs that get put on every summer. Harrisburg just reminds me so much of my past, so it was fun to start my future there as well.”

Here they slow danced a little,  talking and smiling surrounded by the water, bridges and a flock of geese…

Ross shared, “After being together for five years, we’ve never stayed upset with one another for more than a day. We understand the value of communication and the importance of having unique opinions on certain things.”

He looked so pleased to have Susan by his side…

Susan shared, “I’m happy to report, even after being together for several years, Ross is the same person I met then, always willing to go on adventures with me, continuously putting up with how messy I can be and always quick with either a sarcastic remark or bad joke and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.”

I loved the lines and contrast of the bare branches against the fading sky.  I also thought the leaves on the ground were pretty and interesting to play with.  I may or may not have laid down in the middle of Riverfront Park to capture this shot…

Susan explained, “My cape was originally a part of the uniform that I wore when I was in the corps of cadets and it was so warm!”

I love how the wind caught her cape in this moment!  As day faded into evening, there was a very subtle sunset…  there is something about it that is so soft and sweet…

Susan smiled, “While the church was easy, choosing the reception location was a little harder, we knew we wanted to have a sit down dinner because of how small our wedding was. My husband came up with the suggestion of Bricco which I loved immediately as my family had been going to the restaurant for years and always had a great experience.”

Bricco was within walking distance of Front Street.  It was charming, elegant and had upscale Mediterranean fare… it was located off of third street in Harrisburg and I loved the buzzy downtown space.

Their private room was decorated with pretty wooden wine boxes and a clever culinary themed chandelier.

They were greeted by a sommelier who introduced them to a new wine between every course…

Here I focused on the wine and let the bride and groom fade into the distance– there was so much delicious food and wine!

The menu was quite extensive…

A candid moment with Ross and his mom, haha he peeked over at me at the last second…

The chef also came in and talked about each course, too…

Everyone shared stories and chatted, it really was a very sweet experience!

The kitchen was open as well and I was able to capture the chefs hard at work!

Ross stated, “The staff at Bricco did a very good job making the dinner so special. It was literally the best mean I’ve ever had!”

Ross smiled, “The dinner was fantastic and a real highlight for me.”

Here Susan’s father joked with the rest of the table…

Everyone burst into laughter…

A peaceful stroll along the Susquehanna at twilight…

Susan & Ross, I am so honored to have spent your wedding day at your side.  I hope these are just the sort of colorful, beautiful, emotional images that you were both hoping for!  Please share this blog post with all of your friends and family!

JenniferMay 12, 2019 - 10:03 pm

Absolutely stunning and beautiful photos

Senior Portrait Photographers: Jon’s Industrial Senior Portrait Session

A steam plant?!?  Yes please!!!  You won’t want to miss the intense shadows, colors and light in Jon’s modern senior portrait session…

When we first met, Jon shared, “You did such a great job photographing my brother, Nick, a few years ago, so I really knew you’d do a fantastic job with my senior portraits.  You are very versatile as an artist and offer high-quality work, I also really appreciate how you are willing to go anywhere to capture a person authentically.”

While I love to capture a full scene, in the case of the photo above, one full of intense shadows and vibrant colors; I also really like getting up close and personal and photographing more traditional portrait like this…

I will go pretty much anywhere and thought with him wanting a more urban, industrial look, and wanting to stay in Shippensburg that finding some way to incorporate the old University steam plant would be really cool.

We hopped inside and it was a total playground for me– so much interesting light, texture, shadow– such a treat!

Jon shared, “There are really two different sides to me– one is very casual and laid back, enjoying art and nature.  The other side of me is more academic and serious, going to business school.”

He continued, “You really brought both sides out throughout the session, putting on the suit jacket really helped, too.”

Jon said, “Going into this, I knew that I could totally trust you, and that something really cool would come out of whatever inspiration you found.”

Here I saw this intense light streaming through the window, catching on the dust and creating cool rainbowy orbs:

Jon continued, “Even if I had no idea what you were seeing at the time, I was up for trying whatever, and am so happy I did.  It didn’t feel like I was changing up my poses or expressions enough to be all that different or interesting, but the photos are so creative!”

Here I noticed the snow melt creating interesting reflections and bokeh– this is actually Jon’s reflection:

Jon shared, “I just committed to studying marketing in college.  I’m so excited for the future and to see what it will bring.  Change is always good.”

For this photo I shot through a hole in the wall from a level above– I liked the dramatic look of that framing and the shadows, even how the American flag was illuminated.  When I mentioned something to Jon he commented about his brother, who has a real interest in politics.

Jon explained, “For me, this series of images captures my growth in Shippensburg and all the facets of who I am today.”

He continued, “I guess it’s that I’m growing up, maturing, I feel so different, almost like a different person.”

I snapped this photo of him adjusting his jacket in the mirror– I joked if he ever comes out with an album this would make a great cover…

I love the intensity of this image.  I like the saturated colors and the cool tones and reflections on one side with the warm tones and shadows on the other.

If you look closely you’ll see Jon, a set of stairs and even some of Old Main through the window.

Again, intensity…

I thought it’d be fun to write something in the session.  We first tried writing Jon with an extension cord, but found this chain to be more flexible.  He created a letter J.  I like how well this plays to the industrial aesthetic.

Classic:

When I showed Jon this shot, he thought it was cool, but when I shared that I used a John Deer tractor to create it (you can see some of the signature green) he laughed out loud!

He smiled, “John Deer, yep, that’s my home town!”

I played with depth of field and compression here as well as perspective.

I shot through a grated metal floor allowing me to have this levitating sort of perspective.  I used an 85mm lens here, it gives is that soft structure that surrounds Jon.

I also kept his eyes and the colorful lines from the stairwell in sharp focus.

I like how soft this shot is as well, again, more snow and snow melt.

All business… 🙂

Jon explained, “There is a part of me that is really outdoorsy and adventurous.  I like that you caught that, too.”

Jon cleverly shared, “Tunnel Vision” about this image:

Jon concluded, “I think the steam plant really worked perfectly for me.  I’ve always into mechanics and engineering, and it will soon be the home of the new engineering program at Shippensburg University.  I’ve always been so curious as to what is inside there and now I finally know, haha!”

The vibrant blue of the sky, the intense golden sunlight casting the tree’s strikingly clear shadow onto the steam plant… this photo could look incredible blown up on a canvas.

Jon I hope these were just the sort of modern, creative, industrial photos that you were looking for and that they captured all the many facets of your growing personality!   I feel lucky to have photographed you and your brother, and can’t wait to see what the two of you achieve in life.  The sky is the limit!

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