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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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Creative Portrait Photographers: Opera singer, Lisa Turchi

Opera singer, teacher and liver-of-life…Meet Lisa.  A deep, creative, authentic musician with talent, personality and drive.  During this portrait photography session I strove to capture as much of Lisa as possible in camera.  It is my goal for you to be able to see the way her voice sounds; a tall order, but I tried my best!

I’ll begin with this dramatic, black and white image.  I like the timeless, surreal nature of this photograph– the sound of her voice as I hear it is elegant, nimble and smooth.   She moves with grace and ease among pitches and tones with a voice that is stirringly beautiful, haunting and inspiring.

What a treat to see (and hear!!!)!  Yes, this is intentionally slightly out of focus, I like it that way ;).

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Lisa wanted photos that were unique, creative and artistic.  She wanted photography that would capture who she was as a performer and person and not just what she looked like.  She wanted a photographer that could capture her true-self at her best in a fun, fresh way.  I believe this image does just that:

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Here is another portrait of Lisa, this time showing more drama and depth.  I love the stark contrast of deep black shadow against the warm light touching the side of her face and body.

It beautifully illuminates her features as well as the exquisite fabric of her gown!

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Light in the darkness…  We captured this photograph in a dark room with doors closed and all lights off.  I captured her reflection in an ornate mirror with rim-light illuminating her as she sings while her voice bounced against marble, mirror, plaster, wood and glass.

It is almost as if the light is inspiring her to sing in the darkness.  Such a powerful, almost spiritual image that captures her unadulterated joy and passion for music.

For me the hand-carved wooden accents on the mirror give hint to the timeless classic, personal, deep-rooted style of music that she specializes in– opera.    The rough grainy edges in the foreground give it an authentic, natural feeling.

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This environment was quite the opposite– a bright room showing blue skies, the dramatic pop of red and her broad smile and full-on energy.  It gives you a feel for her affable, buoyant nature– she is incredibly positive, approachable, friendly and certainly doesn’t take life too seriously.

She may have moved to singing musical theater instead of opera at this point in the shoot– I’m telling you I got a complete concert– so amazing!!!

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Lisa wanted a good variety of photographs that she could use on her website and social media as well as head-shots for performing auditions and PR.  Here is one that I believe would work well as a head-shot– how could you not book a performer with this gorgeous smile?  😉

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Lisa has an incredibly impressive resume, from touring Europe with two-time Grammy winner Robert Page, to giving private performances at intimate gatherings in Washington DC for ambassadors and other dignitaries.  She has performed diverse roles including Musetta in La Boheme, Rosina in Barber of Seville and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and many others.

Having all of these international achievements and such a sophisticated career and impressive education, you might expect her to be at least a little stuffy, but she is incredibly down to earth, honest and humble.

I like this photo because I feel that those qualities really come across:

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The gorgeous campus of Wilson College was the perfect location for her session– it has such a natural yet traditional feel, as faculty she had access to some pretty amazing spaces and it also holds so much sentimental value for her.

It is the place where she had her senior portraits taken years ago, it is the location of her first kiss with the man who became her husband and the father of her wonderful son, it is the place where she teaches.

At this point in the portrait session, the sun began to set so we took one last image before traveling outside to take advantage of that natural, golden light.

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Lisa shared that she is turning 40 this year, and that she has chosen to fully embrace it.  She said while is is not currently living in NYC and touring Europe, she has settled down and is taking time to enjoy her beautiful family while still pursuing her passion for music in a new way.

She is currently a music professor at Wilson College and conducts the choir there.  She also teaches voice at the Cumberland Valley School of Music and continues to perform as well.  If it sounds like a lot to do, it is.  But for her, music is a passion and all of the ways that she is involved with it give her more fullness in her life.

She said that she has been gifted with so many wonderful voice teachers over the years that have each left a unique stamp on her life.  As a voice teacher herself, she hopes to share the knowledge and love of music that they have imparted to her, and help them to develop their best voice; a beautiful means of expression that is just their own.

For me this image shows her passion, her heart, her ability to let go.

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So there is an incredibly creative, environmental sculpture on the campus of Wilson College right now.  It is part of internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty’s, “Stickworks” collection.  I began by just having it subtly in the background of this photo…

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Here you can see more of it– though I liked to keep it mysterious and dramatic here.  It is a collection of bent sticks and saplings carefully woven together to creative a one-of-a-kind environmental structure.  They are meant to be reclaimed organically a few years after they have been constructed.

I thought that Lisa’s red dress caught by the breeze along with the primitive, “moonlit” stick house construction gave such an interesting and almost haunting appearance.

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Lisa is actually the one who imagined the creative concept of this next photograph.

I previously shared that she conducts the Wilson College Choir and teaches voice lessons there at the Cumberland Valley School of Music.  She also has a love of oaktrees.

She mentioned the proverb, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”  She envisioned herself conducting the oak trees on campus.  I captured her idea in this way:

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I hesitated to end the blog post in this way, as I believe the shadowy subject against the late evening sky is a perfect ending to the story– but, I thought you, as blog reader (yes especially you Pennsylvania locals) might enjoy this part…

We also captured a little bit of her on the job– here she is teaching voice lessons at Cumberland Valley School of Music.  You really get a feel for how supportive and attentive she is here:

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Here she is with Kitt, her duet partner, who she sings with on a regular basis at the local Episcopal Home for Assisted Living.  Lisa said that she likes to think that she is assisting residents in living life in her own small way.  😉

She said she sometimes performs for people in dementia wards at other homes, and that while they may not recognize the names or faces of people in the rooms they remember the melodies and words to songs and sing them out and that it is a real pleasure for her to bring them such joy.

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Lisa you are beautiful on the inside and out and it was such a pleasure for me to capture you in your element in so many areas of your career.  I wish you all the very best that life has to give and commend you on all of your local outreach!

I hope that these photos captured your spirit and presented a visual representation for the way your voice sounds that will be useful on your website, as headshots, etc!

Hershey Wedding Engagement Photographers: Catie & John at Troegs

Bring on the hops with this fun, relaxed engagement session at Troegs Brewing Company

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Catie & John contacted me because they appreciated my creative eye and as John put it, saw my photos as “works of art” that capture the personalities and fun-side of people.

While they aren’t the biggest fans of getting their photos taken (even at during their recent trip to Iceland the photos were almost all scenery), they were open to seeing what I would be able to do to capture their relationship, make the experience enjoyable and hopefully make them look good, haha.  😉

Catie & John’s first date took place at a brewery and they liked the fun, casual environment at Troegs Brewing Company as well as the beer there, too– so it really was a perfect place to photograph their engagement session.

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I like the simple, relaxed, comfortable feel of this black and white image.  You can sense how comfortable they are together and how they just fit.

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We took the Brewery tour which was fun.  Here they are at the kegging line– while this photo looks very sweet you better believe their was a good deal of teasing and friendly banter going on as well, haha.  If you know them, this will probably not surprise you one bit!

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John and Catie’s personalities really compliment each other.

John loves that Catie is intelligent, independent and funny (but not as funny as him, hehe).  Catie loves that John is smart, laid back and funny (though not as funny as her, hehe).  If you don’t know them, now you are starting to understand that banter I was encountering and attemping to capture throughout their engagement photography session :).

They are both self-aware enough to know when to go to the other and draw from their strength.  They focus on each others strengths and lean on each other.  It is quite a nice arrangement.

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Troegs was kind enough to allow us to sit in their private tasting room for a bit among barrels of bourbon and whiskey.  I liked the personal, open, laid back  approach that they seemed to have as a independently owed and operated company– such a nice place to have in nearby Hershey, PA!

Catie & John shared that most of their deepest conversations happen over a beer, so this was certainly fitting.

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I was drawn to this location because it offered us shelter from the wind and I really liked the way the colors from the lobby reflected, bounced and became more intense through the window.

By the end of the session they were really getting comfortable in front of the camera and I love the expression on Catie’s face here and their body language, too.

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I used a macro lens here to capture the intimacy of this moment.

I was focused on a single strand of Catie’s hair blowing in the breeze.

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I like a photo with some edge and am a huge fan of shadowy silhouettes.   I captured this image through some chain link which provided interesting texture, as the setting sun illuminated their beverages of choice.

I like how they are both smiling and enjoying thier time together too.

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I’ll end with this photograph of Catie’s engagement ring hanging from the chain link.

I like the pattern and texture of it.  It is simple yet casual with a bit of pluck and spunk that seemed to fit these two so well. 😉

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Catie & John– thanks for inviting me to spend an afternoon with you at Troegs and for showing me a glimpse into both of your lives.  I am eagerly anticipating your wedding day and have my fingers crossed that even though you don’t like photos of yourselves that you will love these.  🙂

Shippensburg Senior Portrait Photographer: Lille

An avid reader & animal lover with a quirky side, you won’t want to miss Lillie’s senior portraits!

How soft does this horse look?  This photo makes me want to reach out and touch him 🙂


Whoever said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” never had a horse ;).

Lillie and her family contacted me looking for a senior portrait photographer who would capture her personality, interests and individuality while approaching the process with creativity.

I met Lillie at her family’s home for her senior portraits.  The long winding road that you see her walking on is the same one that her mom would sled down as a child!


I like this next image because it shows a more grown up side to Lillie.  It gives a nod to the fact that she will be starting college in the fall.

Our photo session was on a windy winter afternoon.  She wore a pink wool peacoat and a scarf that brought out the vibrant blue of her eyes.  The wind whipped her hair and brought color to her cheeks.


So from the more sophisticated side, here you get to see a totally different side to Lillie.  One that is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and “muck some stalls” haha!

Lillie is an animal-lover at her core and cares for the various animals that they keep on their property– they have a few horses, dogs, chickens and sheep…


I like this photograph because it really captures Lillie’s spirit– she is such an open person with bright eyes and a warm, joyful smile.

She is almost laughing in this photo and the sunlight is hitting her blue eyes perfectly.  We also worked with the wind so that it was blowing her hair at just the right angle.


One of Lillie’s favorite places is in her family’s library.  I love the orange walls and her mother’s artwork framed between the window and bookshelves.  It has so much character and really gives you a feel for the sort of joyful, loving environment that Lillie was raised in.

Whenever she tries to read, Milo and Otis hop up on her lap to join her!  I was beyond pleased to catch them in action!!!


Lillie is interested in all types of books and is Vice President of the local book club, “Fiction Addiction.”

She really enjoys reading post-apocalyptic books like The 5th Wave.

I like her thoughtful expression and the multiple faces reflected throughout the photograph of her reading below.  It makes me think of the different characters that she must be envisioning as she reads a dark tale about the end of the world as we know it.  😉


Speaking of multiple faces, while she has a serious side, she is also incredibly light-hearted.  This image shows her sending her “positive vibes” and allowing herself to totally let go and even show some sass ;).

The photo-booth inspired collage was fitting because she collects photos of her and her friends in photo booths together…


I want to end with a photo that gives you a glimpse of Lillie’s quiet confidence and thoughtful nature.

She is drinking from a teacup from Williamsburg, her family has many happy memories there.


Lillie, it was such a pleasure to meet you and see your family’s beautiful home and land!

Thanks for opening up and letting me capture so many different sides of your personality and show your interests and individuality.

I wish you all the very best at SU in the fall :).

NYC Senior Portrait Photographers: Central Park & Bethesda Terrace

Winter in Central Park with a sweet senior from Texas


Grace’s mother, Jennifer, contacted me wanting a unique senior portrait experience for her daughter.   While they live in Texas, Grace loves New York City as well as winter weather and the woods.  They decided to make a long weekend of it and travel to NYC, spend some mother-daughter bonding time out at shows and sight-seeing and have her senior portraits taken in Central Park.

Her timing was absolutely perfect as there happened to be a snow storm a few days before Grace’s photography session.  Jennifer said she was looking for a photographer that had unique, creative, eye catching images that looked fun and incorporated the surroundings.

Beyond that she enjoyed the way my photos showed more than just the senior and setting.  She said they seemed to have a voice of their own and tell the story of a person and the levels and layers of their personality.  Grace’s friendly, out-going personality is captured along with the gorgeous architecture here:


While Grace can be completely fearless and bubbly she also has a more sassy, witty, sarcastic side, too.  I think that this photograph really gives you a glimpse into that side of her.

Grace, you are drop-dead gorgeous, just saying ;).


We walked throughout Central Park, but spent the majority of our time walking along Bethesda Terrace.  The architecture has a classic NYC feel and has olive tones that really compliment Grace’s auburn hair.

She was so thrilled to have snow in this photo as she only has seen snow in Texas on a couple occasions in her lifetime.  I feel like she’s ready for a magazine spread here:


The bare trees and intricately carved stone passageway  were breathtaking.  I love all of the texture and contrast in this image!  The doorway presented the perfect frame and I actually like the people subtly meandering through the background…


Grace’s mom really wanted Grace to be able to let go and show her true colors so that I could capture all of those aspects of her personality that she loves so much.

She said that Grace can be so light-hearted and fun and has this spontaneous side that experiences life and always has a good story to share about her day when she gets home.  I believe that really comes across here:


One of the things that Grace loves about winter is being surrounded by cold but being cozy and warm.  The soft, blurred tree branches and cozy sweater wrapped over the fingers while the wind tossed her hair really captured that cozy feeling for me.


Just looking at this photo makes me feel cozy!


She loves snow and made a heart-shaped snowball here:


Grace is a real character and has a goofy side, too.  Though she kept it under wraps through most of her senior portrait session, when she playfully kicked up some snow, the wind blew her umbrella inside out and I got a little peek… hehe


Grace has a real depth to her and an appreciation for theater and the arts.  I wanted to capture an image that was almost surreal and super creative and artistic.

Rain began falling in a puddle on the black-top nearby.  I caught the lines and texture of the ripples the silhouette of the tree branches and Grace’s hand dropping the umbrella momentarily to take in the rain.

It is one of my favorite photos from her portrait session, because I think it really captures her love of life and her passion for NYC.


Grace it was such a pleasure to get to meet you and to try to get your larger-than-life personality to fit into a two dimensional medium.   I hope that these images allow you to re-live your senior trip with your mother for many years to come and affirm the young woman that you have become. 🙂

Thank you Jennifer for entrusting these once in a lifetime moments with me.  It was such a treat to meet both of you!

DC Senior Portrait Photographers: Nick

Nick’s senior portraits feature iconic Washington DC and have a modern, urban vibe…

Nick has always been drawn to politics– by first grade he had already memorized all the presidents(!) it was a real passion for him.  His love of DC and interest in politics has not changed, so what better place for his senior portraits than iconic Washington DC?

I’ll open with the photograph that I call the political trifecta– it features the Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool and Capitol building:

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Nick and his family reached out to me looking for a photographer that could creatively capture Nick’s interests and personality.  They had been impressed with seeing photos of Nick’s friends that captured who they were as much as they captured what they look like.

Our first stop was at the World War II Memorial.  His grandfather was in the Navy during World War II and Nick aspires to join the Navy after he earns his college degree.

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Nick is someone who is kind, optimistic and helpful, he likes to joke around, but has a more serious side. His parents couldn’t get over how “grown-up” he looks here:

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It was definitely cold during our January shoot.  Nick was tough and didn’t complain.  He even *literally* rolled his sleeves up for a few shots!

An up-side to the cold weather was that the fountains at the World War II memorial had been drained and we could get ridiculously close to the gold stars.

They made an stunning background, especially for Nick, who hopes to join the U.S. Navy after college.

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This photo gives you a feel for Nick’s pensive, thoughtful side…

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We moved from one monument to the next, this time visiting the Lincoln Memorial.  Not only is this a National and political icon, but is also is masterfully designed and dramatic.

Rather than having the monument dwarfed with Nick in the foreground, for this image I chose to show it’s remarkable almost imposing size…

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Move over Matt Daemon & Daniel Craig…

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Nick changed from his suit into more casual clothes.  It enabled us to really capture a whole different aspect of his personality.

He is drawn to a more modern, urban aesthetic and we found this large beam with steel rivets in Georgetown.  If you ever need an album cover, Nick, I think this will totally work 😉

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Nick is a huge coffee lover, so stopping in Malmaison, a hip Georgetown coffee shop, was a perfect fit for him.

I really like the visual interest that these shadows on the wall add to this photograph…

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While much of the emphasis of his senior portrait session was on capturing his surroundings and personality, we also made time to capture a few more traditional images as well.

When I captured this image, I was thinking it would be perfect for a print for friends or family members.  It almost has a 1960’s vibe, right?

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I got more creative with this photo– it is of his reflection through the coffee shop window.  I like the vibrant colors and believe it captures his pensive, introspective side…

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This is the portrait Nick’s father chose to display in his office.  I really like it, too.  Nick in his natural state– relaxed with coffee cup in hand.  There is something understated yet dramatic about it and I really think it captures him so well!

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Nick thanks for choosing me to capture your senior portraits!  It was such a pleasure to work with you and your family and I wish you all the very best with your future endeavors!

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