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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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Omni Bedford Springs Wedding Engagement: Candace & Travis

A playful, holiday engagement at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort…  


Travis loves Candace’s joyful smile and she can’t get over his blue eyes.  You can see both captured in the image above!

Candace & Travis contacted me looking for a photographer they could trust to produce beautiful, personal photos that would tell their story.

Several friends introduced Candace to my work– a sorority sister, a photographer who has been my lighting assistant on a few shoots, and a friend from Penn State College of Nursing.   Candace had been following my blog for over a year before we met and was super-excited for her own photography session!

I made sure to get a variety of photos from them from candid photos like the one above to scenic images showing off the resort to more traditional portraits, like this:


Candice & Travis love the outdoors– they hike, bike, kayak & even trained for the Marine Corps Marathon together!

They also enjoy visiting charming, historic destinations and are planning an elegant, vintage inspired wedding.   I suggested Omni Bedford Springs Resort for their engagement photography location and was thrilled when they agreed that it was the perfect fit!

There were so many incredible settings there and the engagement session really only touched on a few–  here is a waterfall at the Iron Spring Wedding Grotto.


Candace and Travis arrived several hours before the session and enjoyed lunch together at the resort.

Travis explored the grounds while Candace had her hair and make-up done onsite at the Springs Eternal Spa.  What a fun day out!


Candace and Travis originally met in middle school and dated through high school and college.

You can tell that friendship is at the core of their relationship– they have a deep respect for each other and are up for anything together.

Travis is always surprising Candace and keeping her on her toes– she said she loves his spontaneity…


Travis shared that he is continually impressed with Candace’s ability to achieve anything she puts her mind to.  She is smart and incredibly driven and that has always attracted him to her.

Together they are able to challenge each other, support each other and push their own boundaries.  Team work is the name of the game for these two.


Candace & Travis enjoy exploring the great outdoors, here they are on one of the hiking trails on the resort grounds…


We moved from the expansive grounds to the exquisite indoors of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort for a wardrobe change and to capture a bit of the beautiful interior as well.

The staircases are impressive to say the least.  I like the perspective of this image and the way the lines lead your eye down to the place where Candace & Travis are standing together.


Their pool is absolutely stunning and one of the first indoor pools constructed in the United States.  In the early 1900s, musicians would serenade swimmers from the opera box that you can see above the happy couple.


I love using natural light in my photography.  I also enjoy capturing candid emotion in a beautiful setting from a creative perspective.

For those reasons, this is one of my favorite images from this engagement session.  I just love the atrium, it is so unique!


Black and white photos can add such dramatic focus to an image!  Here is a simple, elegant, high-contrast silhouette.  There is something so timeless and classic about this one…


Candace and Travis, thank you for sharing your afternoon with me!  It was such a pleasure to get to work with you and know the two of you better!

I’m so happy to have introduced you to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and am thrilled to hear that you can’t wait to go back.  I feel the same way– maybe I’ll see you there ;).

Hershey Wedding Engagement Photographer: Erica & Jay at Troegs

Fun, relaxed Troegs Brewing Company engagement featuring craft beer and lots of love…

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Erica & Jay contacted me looking for unique photographer who would tell their story through the use of creative imagery.  They wanted a photographer who could capture their fun, playful personalities and natural, candid moments as well as more traditional portraits.

Above you can see a more creative photograph where I used a shallow depth of field to focus on their craft beer and her engagement ring and give them a little privacy in the background, hehe.   I love the vibrant orange wall and how saturated all of the colors are in that photo.

Below is another one of their preferences, a more traditional portrait… I wanted theirs to have a more relaxed vibe.  I liked the simple color and texture of the wall and all of their lovely layers– what a cute couple!

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They chose Troegs Brewing Company in Hershey because they have never had a beer from Troegs that they haven’t liked, so naturally they needed to try them all on draft ;).

Doing this on thier engagement session was a fun experience and also helped to calm any “first time photo-shoot” nerves, haha.

They began with a brewery tour where they were both able to explore Troegs at their own pace…

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Jay was a beer enthusiast before craft beer was a “thing” ;).   When they first started dating, Erica wasn’t much of a beer drinker but has since grown to really enjoy it!

She was completely sold last fall when they traveled to Europe and made a stop at Munich Germany for their infamous Octoberfest.  They had the most amazing beer at every stop, what a fantastic experience!

I like reflections as they add depth and visual interest to photos, so I really like the background of the next photo.  Such a sweet moment!  What a beautiful smile you have, Erica!

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Erica and Jay were particularly interested in seeing me flex my creative muscles and use unique photography techniques that they haven’t seen before.

This next photo features Erica’s *stunning* engagement ring and utilizes back lighting, reflection and captures dramatic shadows that really make her diamond engagement ring stand out and pop!

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I used a similar technique to capture a photo of Erica and Jay together and used symmetry in my composition in order to capture part of their unique relationship.

They definitely both enjoy traveling!  Erica shared that she and Jay are pretty much the same person with wildly opposite demeanors.   They first met to discuss their travels together, as Erica had been to Africa and Jay had visited Nepal, India & Southeast Asia.

The symmetry captures their similarities and how they see eye-to eye in their values, morals and interests.   Visually, I like the vibrant colors and rim lighting and dramatic contrast.

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There are contrasts in their personalities as well.  Jay shared that Erica is level-headed, practical, organized and consistent.  He is more of an out-of-the-box thinker with big dreams and ideas.

While Jay is able to get Erica out of her comfort zone and help her to take life less seriously, she keeps him from getting lost in the wilderness (how most of his backpacking trips ended before they started dating), haaaa!

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Jay mentioned that even from the first day they met it felt like they had known each other for years.

He said that he appreciates Erica’s strength, intelligence and open-mind.  He loves to hear her sing and watch her interact with children.

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Erica shared that she and Jay are each other’s biggest fans.  She appreciates how Jay is patient, kind and could find commonality with anyone he meets.  He is intelligent and absolutely her soul mate!

I liked the soft layers that they wore throughout their engagement session.  The layers not only proved them with warmth but also provided a visual for the cozy, relaxed, romantic feeling and how comfortable and natural they are together…

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While the Troegs Brewery parking lot might not come to mind as a stunning romantic photography backdrop (people typically come to Troegs for the indoor amenities– great beer,  brewery tour and incredible tasting room), we certainly used it as one.

I thought it was the perfect location for these affectionate, nature-loving travelers and beer enthusiasts.

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Jay showed his romantic, adventurous side in volunteering to scale the hill with Erica.  The sun had set and twilight had begun.  I love capturing authentic, fun moments like this!

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I like this next photo because, for me, it symbolizes all that is unwritten and the many adventures that they will have together in the future.

I could see them enlarging this and pinning polaroids of thier adventures all over it and filling it up in time.  🙂

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Erica and Jay, thanks for choosing me to be your wedding and engagement photographer and opening up about your relationship & just being yourselves around me!

It was such a pleasure to get to meet you two in person and I am eagerly anticipating your Lehigh Valley Wedding at Lock Ridge Park and Bear Creek Mountain Resort this summer!

Creative Senior Portrait Photographer Central PA: Madeline

Sweet, cozy senior portraits for this reader, runner & pianist…

Madeline contacted me looking for senior portrait photos that would be unique, relaxed natural, and capture her interests and personality.  She loves nature, running cross-country and piano.  Academics are important to her and she is a veracious reader.  She also has a creative, artistic side.

Here she is all cozy with her hat, scarf etc holding her favorite scrabble mug (it says triple word score at the bottom, haaa!):

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We met at a beautiful pond that belongs to a friend of the family.  She has been going there since she was little.  Back then she would catch newts from this spot, but today she read a favorite book.

She loves to be out on the dock, surrounded by water and nature, very serene peaceful…  I wanted to frame her in the vibrant leaves and show their stunning reflection in that water…

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Madeline is beautiful kind person, beauty comes through sincere joyful, shows in her eyes.

Love this cute pic of her:


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Madelyn has such pretty hair and I really wanted to show it off in the photograph below.

She also has a little sassy-sarcastic side, which you can see a bit here:

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Madelyn’s favorite genre is fantasy and when she reads she gets completely immersed in her books.

I like the other-worldly feeling of this photo.  It’s almost as if Madeline herself is on the right and her reflection (which almost appears to be made of feathers) is who she becomes when she is reading…

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She’s very creative and artistic really wanted something unique.  I wanted to give her something completely surreal and love this photo:

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While I like capturing very unique images during senior portraits, I also make sure to get more traditional photos as well:

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She’s a thinker, and I like how this captures the way that she can get lost in her thoughts.

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I like how this image shows both her playful side, and gives a  dream-like quality with the lighting and movement of the leaves…

She is a huge Harry Potter fan, and I could totally see her being Hermoione casting some sort of charm in this photograph 😉

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Speaking of the playful side, here is a photo that shows just that:

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She has been playing the piano since she was 5 and she loves music, it’s a hobby that she likes to tinker with…

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Madeline in her natural habitat…

She really wanted natural, relaxed photos of her in her element.  Here she is reading on a tree stump out in nature.  It really is quite perfect.

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Madelyn likes all things that are sweet, fluffy and fuzzy.  Being that she wasn’t ablet o bring her cat to her senior portrait photography session, we settled for this…

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While many of the photos above show her soft, quiet, dreamy side, she can also be a fierce competitor when it comes to Cross Country and academics.

Madeline found her sport niche in Cross Country, she has been very successful in it.  She even went to districts this year!

I really like this photo of her because she almost looks like a lioness.  You can see how much she enjoys running:

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We were actually driving back home and Madeline remarked at how incredible the sunset was.  We pulled over and stopped quick.  I captured this silhouette:

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This next photograph is so fitting for this point in her life, many things come to mind, relating to her personal journey and path (even the road less traveled, ahem Sarah, Denise & Ginger).

In short, she is ready for the next chapter (like the book-loving pun?), future is looking bright….

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Madeline, it was a real pleasure capturing your senior portraits and has been such a joy to see you grow into such an amazing woman from the little girl that I used to see at the library.

I wish you all the very best in all of your future endeavors!!!

Creative DC Wedding Engagement Photographers: Alex & Matt

Creative, colorful fall engagement photos for a joyful DC area couple…


Alex and Matt first found out about me from their wedding venue, where I am a preferred photographer.

They were looking for an eclectic mix photos that would be vibrant, joyful and unique.  I love the opening image and I think it possesses all of those qualities.

The fall leaves seemed to be a perfect place to put Alex’s engagement ring.  They helped me to find the most vibrant and interesting leaves for this photograph:


While I focused on getting colorful, creative photography, I made sure to get some sweet, “traditional” portraits, too!


Matt and Alex are always up for an adventure and can have fun anywhere.

Here they are skipping stones in the stream…


I wanted to capture the fall folliage as well as her ring and wound up on the ground for this one haha.

It is a unique perspective though and I really like it.  🙂


Alex and Matt are both engineers and have a serious side, but are also very playful and light-hearted.  Here they are having some fun in the autumn leaves.

I wanted to capture motion in this photo and used a slow shutter speed to accomplish that.


Alex and Matt have deep roots and Clifton plays a special role for them.  It is where Matt is from and where Alex has been visiting him and his family for over *ten* years.  


This is probably my favorite shot from their entire engagement photography session!!!

The trees are actually bare and the leaves have fallen in the water…

It is so surreal that it really plays with your mind to look at it, right?



Matt & Alex are best friends before everything else in their lives.

I like this photo because I really think it gives you a feel for the trust and abundant joy they have in their lives.

I like how the sun is shining through the trees, creating orbs of light in the left corner of the frame:


Alex and Matt I had a great time working with you and out at dinner afterwards!  I wish you all the very best and eagerly anticipate your upcoming Airlie Center Wedding!

The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Donna & Nick

High school sweethearts, cloud-dancing and *lots* of sparkle…

A wedding at The Palace in Somerset Park is bound to have lots of sparkle with its dozens of Chrystal chandeliers.  Donna loves “bling” and I wanted the photos of their wedding rings to include not only the sparkle of the diamonds themselves, but also surround them with shimmering orbs of light, too.  I added some drama with modern, shadowy lines in the foreground.  🙂


Donna and Nick contacted me looking for creative, unique photos that would capture the emotion of the wedding day as well as traditional photography of their friends and family.  They wanted their wedding photography to allow them to experience the day for years to come.

I captured this photograph when Donna was opening her wedding gift from Nick.  She got teary opening his cards and gifts, yes he wrote *three* cards and he bought her all of the jewelry for her wedding day and a few other pieces as well.  She shared that he is always finding ways to surprise her and put a smile on her face and tears of joy in her eyes.  He really went way above and beyond!

Creatively speaking, I like the dramatic lighting capturing Donna’s genuine emotion and how you can sense the most feeling by looking at her reflection in the mirror.  I chose my camera lens and angle for this shot so that I could capture those elements as well as her cards, gifts & dog laying on the bed, her childhood bedroom complete with mirrored heart wall decals, old photos of her and nick tucked in the mirror, her zebra striped PJ bottoms & her sweet “I do” pillow.

You can tell a lot about Donna and what is important to her in this photo:


Nick shared that he loves and appreciates so many qualities about Donna– she is smart, outgoing, kind, and so much fun to be around.

She is his best friend and they do everything together.  He can always count on her and she always pushes him to do his very best in every way.

Not only is Donna Nick’s rock, but she is also remarkably beautiful…


Donna is surrounded by her bridesmaids as they help her with her veil, this finishing touch for her wedding day.  Everyone was in awe.

If this stunning chandelier looks familiar, it is because I photographed Donna’s sister, Christina’s wedding earlier this year.  Christina also spent the morning of her wedding day in her parent’s home.


Though the wedding was in late November, and Donna expected that there wouldn’t be much fall color left, I found this beautifully lit space in her parents yard with the prettiest orange leaves remaining.

The color was a perfect compliment to the ladies dresses!  (Yes that is Christina in the Navy dress, she was Donna’s maid of honor and Donna was hers in her wedding!)


Christina & Donna are only a year apart and have been very close ever since they were babies.   They have always shared the same group of friends, so most of Donna’s bridal party was made up of familiar faces!

Getting several traditional portraits was important to Donna and capturing one with her and Christina was of utmost importance:


Also included as a top priority was a photo of Danger, Nick & Donna’s dog.  I photographed a few more traditional images of Donna & Danger, but like this one best, because it is full of emotion:


Now it is time to meet Nick!  Donna shared that he is honest, caring, loving and always makers her feel safe.  He is her best friend and the one person that she wants to have by her side through everything in life.

They have so much fun together, no matter what they are doing and he is always her number one support.  She feels incredibly lucky to have found him and to have him commit to be by her side for the rest of their lives.


Nick with his parents and two of their horses:


Too cool for school!  Love the shades, groomsmen!!!


Nick says that Pete (groomsman to the far right) has always been like a brother to him, and the wedding officially made them brothers!!!  Yes, you read that correctly…

Donna and Christina are sisters, so now that Christina married Pete and Donna is marrying Nick, they will officially be brother-in-laws!!!

I love the colors and light of this photo, but Pete and Nick’s expressions as well as those of the groomsmen are really what make this photograph work so well:


Friends and family gathered together at Donna’s church for the wedding ceremony.  The most memorable part of the bridal party processional was when the ring bearer and flower girl were walking down the aisle.

I like capturing candid moments like this, they really give you a feel for everything that is going on…


The most memorable moment by far for Nick was seeing Donna walk towards him.

Nick rarely shows emotion, but when he saw Donna’s processional with her father, he couldn’t hold back.  Here he is looking away for a moment, getting his composure…

These are definitely tears of joy!


He couldn’t be more proud to have her by his side.  Throughout the ceremony there were several points when I’d catch him looking over at her like this:


“Go big or go home” is a motto of Donna & Nick’s.  With a bridal party of 22 they definitely couldn’t get a standard wedding limo.  Check out their ride:

Cheers, guys!


When we arrived at The Palace in Somerset Park, we literally had ten minutes of daylight left.

I captured a few naturally lit portraits of the couple and few more candid photos showing their emotion and the architecture surrounding the Palace.


When Visiting The Palace for the first time, Nick was immediately drawn to the exterior of the venue.  It reminded him of the White House.  More about his love of all things American and patriotic here ;).

I love the deep blue of the early evening sky and captured the stark contrast of it against the white exterior.  The sky almost matched the color of the bridesmaids gowns!

It is hard to tell how awesome everyone looks here on the blog, but this is a great photo to enlarge for a canvas, etc.  😉


While Nick was sold on the White House aesthetic of The Palace, Donna fell in love with  the chandeliers and detailed architecture on the interior.

I set out to capture a few of those elements here.


While it was very dark outside, I was able to use that to my creative advantage, capturing this beautiful couple under the vibrant fall leaves.

Donna and Nick stood under the tree as I had asked, but being that it was totally dark, really didn’t have any idea what I was planning for this photograph.

They were so surprised when I showed them this image on the back of my camera!


I was  also inspired by all of the different color temperatures of light present in that one space.

I know they like my creativity and vibrant use of color, so I amped-up my camera’s sensitivity and silhouetted them against the pillars of The Palace.

If you look closely, you should be able to see Donna & Nick in the image below.


Donna & Nick headed inside the Palace to enjoy champagne, hors d’oeuvres and all of the other elements of their cocktail hour.


I continued photographing the ballroom before the guests arrived inside.

This is one of my favorite photographs of The Palace because it gives you a sense of the for the grand scale of the room (though this is only roughly a quarter of the East Ballroom) as well as the color and room design.


Nick and Donna entered the ballroom via a floral archway created by their bridal party.


Dancing on clouds, literally!!!  Donna and Nick had dry ice added to their dance floor to create clouds for their first dance.

What an incredible fairy-tale moment!  I like how their guests are all watching them dance, Donna’s mother and father are watching in the background.


Nick’s dance with his mom was emotionally charged and incredibly sweet.

I caught them as they danced in front of the sweetheart table.

I  like all of the sparkle that decor brought into this photograph:


Their wedding cake and cake-topper were amazing!  The cake was among the tallest I have ever photographed and was incredibly detailed as well.

It was created in house at the Palace’s bakery and Donna brought in her own rhinestone ribbon and broaches to use to decorate the layers.

They said their motto was “go big or go home” 🙂


The cake topper was handmade by an artist and completely unique and custom-tailored to fit them!

The sculpture was incredibly detailed and incorporated everything– from Nick in his uniform to Donna’s tiara and wedding gown design, even to their dog, danger!


The party was incredible and everyone was out on the dance floor.  Here you can see the guests dancing to the Tarantella and Donna and Nick hopping up on the percussion set.

Haaaaa, this photo is to be taken with a grain of salt.  😉  They wanted to do something fun with their bridal party at the bar.

There have been a few occasions when Donna has out-drank the boys, so this was a fun photo to poke fun at that and to give everyone something to laugh about.  


At the end of the night, Donna and Nick felt so blessed and lucky to have such an amazing wedding.  Everything was even better than they could have ever imagined!


Donna and Nick, It was such a pleasure to work with you and your family and friends again on your wedding day!

I know you were looking for photos that would allow you to relive the day for years to come and I hope that these do just that for you :).

If you are still hungry for more photos of this lovely couple, check out their Baltimore engagement photos here.  If you woudl like to see more of my weddings at The Palace at Somerset Park, you can see them here.

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