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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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Haper’s Ferry Photographers: Brittany & Michael

Harper’s Ferry: 3 states, 2 rivers and 1 of my favorite places to visit– what a joy it was to photograph Brittany and Michael there…

Brittany shared, “I’ve been following you for *seven years.*  You have photographed my friends, my family and even Michael and I.  I am blown away by your ability to take everyday people and places that I’ve known for most of my life, and elevate them into some imaginary world that I’d never been to before!  That creative ability is why we chose you as our photographer.”

She went on, “There’s this photo you took of Michael and I when we were in Laurie and Mikey’s wedding and the color and clarity of the shot are just beautiful. We are so excited to have many more by the same artist!”

Brittany & Michael, It was great to see and photograph you two again, and thank you so much for following me for all of this time!  I opened with a shot that shows a unique perspective on downtown Harpers Ferry and here is a more traditional photograph, maybe an updated version of your bridal party one ;).

Harper’s Ferry is so incredibly beautiful!

Thomas Jefferson stood on this ground in 1783 and penned beautiful words about this view, “It is as placid and delightful as that is wild and tremendous…. inviting you, as it were, from the riot and tumult roaring around to pass through the breach and participate in the calm below. This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”

I have to agree!   And for me the colors are the most spectacular, I focused on the couple to make the color below pop…

Brittany explained, “I lived in Germany when I was a toddler and my parents always show me postcards of these castles built right into the cliffs. This church reminds me of those photographs.”

Michael shared, “Brittany and I are a great fit.  We are on the same page when it comes to most things– movies we want to see, places we go to eat, places we visit, etc.  I’m lucky to have found someone with so many common interests.  We have been together for a long time and rarely argue, it’s really great to have her in my life.”

I love architecture, color and texture as well as symmetry and balance, I think it captures the location and that aspect of their relationship– I really like how they are meeting in the middle here.

Brittany shared, “The leaves were changing and  created a sort of canopy above us. It was so magical!”

Michael shared, “While the two of us work so well together, most importantly, I cannot picture life without Brittany.”

Girl you are *loved* and that color, too, wow!!!

Brittany shared, “Michael is more quiet and reserved. I love this about him because it allows me to be the spontaneous, adventurous one!”

Her sentiment kind of reminded me of my husband and I and Ellie and Carl in the movie, Up, haha!

On our way down, Michael said “Brittany, all these years I’ve lived here, I never ventured out to find places like this, until I met you.”

Brittany explained, “We love taking day trips to historic places and Harpers Ferry quickly became a favorite, both for its beauty and its proximity to our house (a 30 minute drive). Who doesn’t love cobblestone streets, historic houses, ruins, and rivers?”

Interesting, photogenic, romantic, it really was the perfect place for them…

Brittany shared, “Since I’ve been following your photography for so long, I wanted a place that was new to you and meant something to Michael and me. We were both raised in Pennsylvania but we live in West Virginia now and wanted our session to be near our home. Harper’s Ferry has great views and is the location where two rivers (Potomac and Shenandoah) and three states meet (Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia).”

I had stayed in this awesome Bed and Breakfast following Allie & Max’s wedding (The Gayte House, managed by Air BNB SuperHost, Dean) and this was the view out of my bedroom window,  I just knew I needed to photograph a couple here and capture this dramatic scene. I really wanted to get a shot that gave you a sense of the location and all it is.

You can see it all, from the quaint historic downtown to the mountains, rivers, railroad, Appalachian Trail, it’s all here– oh yeah and Brittany and Michael as well!

Brittany shared, “Michael is the most reliable person I have ever met. It is truly the most comforting feeling to have in your life and I know how lucky I am for that.”

Brittany continued, “I trust him completely and would do anything with him.”

You can see how safe and loved she feels, here– I also like the climbing vines on the old church wall and the bare trees against the sky in the background…

It was fun exploring all of the historic ruins in town, so many interesting textures and colors and levels to work with… I loved it!

Brittany smiled, “Michael is incredibly smart (and handsome too). After 8 years together, there is nothing we don’t talk about. We do everything together and are rarely apart. He lets me hold his hand everywhere we go. One time we were out holding hands and someone said, ‘That will go away after a while’, but it hasn’t and I know it never will.”

Here I’m playing with frames and layers and textures and colors again.  🙂

Brittany shared, “I love the boutique shops in downtown Harpers Ferry. It reminds me of Europe and since our session was in late fall I wanted it to look like we were going to a European Christmas Market. I’ve always dreamed of going to Europe near the holidays and visiting the outdoor Christmas Markets. Being near the river, the winding streets, all the ivy, and balconies all support that European style too.”

I love layering in a photo, here you can see so many layers– the mountain, river, buildings, trees, couple and all through a window…  I love fitting so much into a photo!

Brittany shared, “A week or two before our session we decided to go to Harpers Ferry. I wanted to check out spots that we might want to show you on the shoot.  I knew if we found the right trail we could get some really great  views.”

She went on, “We climbed a somewhat hazardous rock staircase. It was dewy so the rocks were slippery and Michael was being extra cautious, haha.”

Brittany continued, “Lo and behold, we found Jefferson Rock! It’s on the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry and consists of several large masses of shale rock. The name derives from none other than Thomas Jefferson who stood there in 1783!”

While most of the evening was cloudy, the sky did open up a little bit to allow a bit of pink and the intense blues of coming twilight… woohoo!

Brittany & Michael, it was such a pleasure getting to know you better and learning that we share so many people, places, and favorite movies in common!  Now you have more than one Lisa Rhinehart original of the two of you, haha.  More coming soon!   And I can’t wait for your upcoming York wedding this fall!

DC Engagement: Katie & Zac at Union Station and The Capitol

A creative, colorful DC engagement session in Union Station and the Capitol Building

Katie and Zac shared, “We chose you to be our photographer because you excel at providing couples with a great variety of photos.  You are able to confidently work outdoors or indoors, you can get shots that are creative or traditional, you can capture everything from architecture to emotion and do it all with authenticity.”

They continued, “It was easy to work with you doing the engagement photography session. You provided us with help when we needed it, but it never felt awkward and we had a lot of fun.”

I opened this post with a creative, architectural shot, next I’ll post a colorful, emotional shot.  Both of them use framing to draw attention to the couple and their surroundings.

Katie smiled, “We opted to have a longer engagement  so  I didn’t have to compromise my busy schedule of juggling full-time employment and part-time graduate studies. It was humorous at a recent dinner with Zac’s extended family that his 6-year-old niece asked  why couldn’t the wedding come sooner, and if there would be cake at the wedding. Needless to say, Zac and I aren’t the only ones getting excited.”

Katie continued, “Living in the city is something  we both love and we wanted our pictures to capture that as well! We do travel through Union from time to time, including for a friend’s wedding in Philly. Zac assumed that the train wouldn’t leave on time, only to arrive to see it pulling off…with Katie, the punctual one, already on it.”

I love the vibrant fall foliage here…

Katie shared, “The day of our engagement session was surprisingly cold! We ended up changing some original outfit ideas, and had winter coats on for most shots.  I really love the vibrancy of my red coat and thought it would contrast well with the grey/white of Union & the Capitol.”

Zac clarified, “I always see other girls with the same coat on when I’m walking around Washington, but none of them look as good as Katie.”

I like the shadow play in the background with the blue shadow tones and the yellow sunlit tones, it adds a little extra oomph to this intimate shot…

Zac explained, “We had been through the long haul by the time we got engaged – we dated nearly four years and did long-distance for some due to campaign work. We had been through job changes, graduate school, and many moves. We enjoyed our time together, and living together, so knew getting married was the next step.”

I focused on the happy couple, the wind blowing Katie’s hair, but I like that you can also see the Capitol subtly in the background.

Katie shared, “Zac is one of funniest, most easy-going people I know and a little bit of a goofball. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but is devoted to his family, friends, and all Philadelphia sports teams. As he would like me to tell you  too- he’s utterly handsome.”

The colors and expressions in this shot are priceless…

Zac shared, “Katie began college as an architecture major and previous worked at a historic preservation non-profit, so  she really loves classic DC architecture. Union Station and the Capitol are so iconic, and with our wedding being held in Washington DC, both sites were great backdrops for our engagement pictures.”

Here the Capitol building and couple are framed in autumn foliage:

While I spend most of my time capturing creative shots or candid moments, I do make sure to capture several traditional photos, too during each session.

Zac shared, “Katie is a very giving person who is always willing to help anyone out, and she’s always willing to listen.  She’s intelligent and keeps me on my toes. She deals with me, which is a necessity. She and I enjoy doing similar activities (checking out new restaurants, traveling , sports, etc.) so we’re a good fit.”

I had so much to play with here– the architectural detailing, the shadows, Katie’s dimples, hehe…

Here the architectural detail is subtle in the background, but really amps up the sophistication of this shot…

In this shot I embraced the stark white architecture– a friendly photo-bomber joined us momentarily.

Shooting in Union Station has its challenges.  I like a very clean, professional background and to use a lot of framing in my shots, and Union Station is a highly trafficked area.

All of us realized this and were a little extra patient at times like this when it was particularly hard to get a clean shot.  I also used my camera settings to focus intensely on the couple and allow all of the pedestrians to fade into the background.

Katie shared, “Recently we enjoyed discovering that one of my graduate school classmates actually witnessed our engagement.  We got engaged Memorial Day Weekend  2018 while out for a nice dinner at the Wharf, which was pretty busy due to the holiday.”

Here I placed Katie’s engagement ring on vibrant ginkgo leaves…

She continued, “I remember during the moment  feeling like we were in our own little world and also surprised no one nearby seemed to put together what was happening. It was nice to learn that, unexpectedly, friends had happened to stumble across that special moment.”

Katie laughed, “We balance each other nicely, meaning I’m a terrible cook (e.g., I’ve burnt stuff in the crockpot) and Zac cooks for us every night. He also writes really great Valentines/birthday/anniversary cards if you can make out his handwriting.”

Katie shared, “We were so glad to actually still have some fall leaves in mid-November, after a few days of cold and rain! We really like the variety of seasons in DC, and fall is about as good as it gets – beautiful colors, crisp air, fun clothes. We also wanted our pictures to be done around a similar time of year to our wedding in late 2019.”

Katie smiled, “We definitely had an ‘uh-oh’ moment when walking into the central space of Union station only to find a huge carpet covering the nice marble floors for an event later that day. Although we were unable to get the floors in shots, Lisa creatively thought to highlight our silhouettes and some of the vaulted ceiling detail.”

Katie & Zac, I hope that these were just the sort of variety of photos that you were hoping for– indoor/outdoor, traditional/creative, architectural/emotional.

I am super excited to photograph your upcoming wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the fall!

Omni Bedford Springs Wedding Photographers: Kate & Joe

Classic romance with a pop of color you won’t want to miss this beautiful Omni Bedford Springs wedding…

Joe explained, “As we searched for wedding photographers, it became clear to us that the quality of Lisa’s photos were really the best.  During our engagement session we learned how to work together and she applied that experience to her coverage of our wedding day.  The engagement session was really a great added value for us and we are really looking forward to seeing the wedding photos.”

I learn so much during engagement sessions about the couple, their personalities, their connection, which light and angles look best on them.  This is why I include an engagement session in most of my packages.  One thing I noticed was how much Kate and Joe appreciate a traditional portrait.  I am *obsessed* with this bridal portrait of the Kate– you are absolutely stunning!

Kate shared, “We wanted a classic look to our wedding. I wanted something very simple and elegant. I chose the black, white and red for our colors so that we would have  some traditional colors with bright pops of red. This is also why we chose to use red roses for pops of color just because they’re so classic.”

Kate shared, “It was a tangled web that brought my bridesmaids and I all together– from college to camp to a forensics tournament, somehow we all found each other.  We are a bit spread out right now (DC, Nashville, Pennsylvania) so it was a real treat to have them all at my side for my wedding day.”

Kate shared, “They were absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t have done this without them–  they kept me calm and were there at every turn to help.”

She laughed, “Right before the wedding ceremony, I noticed that a part of my bodice had come undone and there was a stain on my dress. We had four minutes until we had to be out for the ceremony. Grace and Sam got out the sewing kit and used their expertise to fix my dress. I asked them if it could be done in four minutes and Grace replied with confidence, “I only need two.” Allison ran to the room to get chalk to cover up the stain. It was  team effort. They were the best.”

In short, these ladies are bosses 🙂

Kate shared about her classic style, “I was going for the “Kate Middleton” look with my dress. Sleeves were not optional.  The cathedral veil and really completed the look.”

Joe shared, “I had to choose my twin brother, Alex, as my best man.  He did an amazing job with his toast and was a great help throughout the weekend! ”

Kate shared, “There are so many qualities that I love about Joe.  He is incredibly smart. He  is funny, charismatic and honest. He is someone that has always been there for me and I know will always be there for me.  I am so happy to call him my husband.”

Kate explained, “We wanted  a classic feel to our wedding so the beauty, decor and style of Bedford Springs was a perfect complement to that vision.  Even though it rained our entire wedding day, there were many beautiful locations to shoot photos all around us without needing to go outside.”

Kate shared, “When I say Joe has been there for me, I mean that in the deepest sense of the phrase.  The day before Thanksgiving in 2014 I shattered my left ankle in multiple places and dislocated it.  Joe was there for me every step of the way in my recovery. He came to every single physical therapy appointment and doctor’s appointment. He supported me at every turn and always believed in me.”

She continued, “When I couldn’t walk for months, he was there to encourage me and make me laugh when the best thing I could do was move my ankle up and down. When someone does something like that for you, it isn’t forgotten. Although that was a big thing that happened, he shows the same kind of love and support towards me every day of my life.”

Wow, what a beautiful story!  I love the leading lines in this image, they start at the bottom of the frame and climb up– it seems symbolic and fitting for this inspirational story and couple and their journey together.

Joe shared, “Simply put, Kate is the most incredible women I’ve ever met. She’s helped me become a better version of myself, I could never have become the man I am today without her by my side.”

Kate shared, “Joe and I balance each other out well. He is always an optimist, enthusiastic and positive. I know I can to be negative at times, but we both pull each other to the middle ground which is a good place to be.”

I wanted to capture the balance and symmetry in their relationship.  I also love to play with stunning architecture (thank you Omni Bedford Springs) and tilt shift.

 

Kate smiled, “I am an only child, but I sometimes think I have a sibling because my dad is so attached to Jack. He is a very important member of the family. Although he is ten years old now, coming to our wedding was his first overnight stay away from my parent’s house. I think he had a deep seeded animal intuition that he was at an important event. He was absolutely perfect the entire time we were there.”

The royal wedding party 🙂

Kate explained, “Along with the classic red roses, I also wanted to incorporate pops of red in my own look, like with my red lips and nail polish.”

I really liked the intensity of the red-black-white color combination.

We capture all of the bridal party and family portraits before the ceremony so that Kate and Joe would be able to relax and enjoy cocktail hour with their wedding guests.

Here is a classic portrait of Kate and Joe with Kate’s parents.

The strings began to play romantic classics, such as “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.  It was a nice touch that really set the tone.

Joe was literally overcome with emotion watching his beautiful bride:

Joe’s vows were perfect.  He shared, “Kate is the smart, motivated, challenging titan of a woman that I always wanted as partner. She’s the fun, funny, goofy woman that I always wanted as a friend. And she’s the sweet, honest, unconditionally loving woman that I always wanted as a wife.”

They felt so personal and intimate and I wanted to capture that. I came close and used a macro lens that would capture Joe’s trembling hands and the gold letters illuminated on this book of vows.  I angled myself so that I would capture the pop of red roses in the background.

Kate’s vows were just as personal, authentic, and loving.  I love this moment when Kate clutched her heart and gathered her composure as she read them.  If you look closely you can see her maid of honor in the background looking very proud.

Joe watched, awestruck, proud and deeply in love as his best man watched on.

The wedding guests seemed to hang on their every word, tearing up, laughing out loud, their words were so beautiful!

High fives all around for the new Mr. & Mrs….

Kate shared, “I’m really decisive. I knew certain things about the wedding right from the get-go. I knew our venue would be Bedford Springs, the time of year etc.  I think I had pretty much all of our vendors booked within a week or two of the engagement. When it came to more intricate design choices for the wedding though Joe was often much better. He is more creative than I am and was really able to lead in that arena. He picked a perfect design for the menus, programs, etc. that really matched Bedford Springs and tied everything together beautifully.” – Kate

The wedding reception was decorated with classic white roses and hydrangeas…

Joe welcomed everyone with a heartfelt speech.

Kate spoke as well.  Here I wanted to bring the wedding cake into the shot as well, but keep the focus on Kate’s strong, kind expression.

The first dance:

Kate shared, “My maid of honor, Sam and I, went on a backpacking tour of Scotland in 2012 when I was studying in London. We drank an enormous amount of water from a waterfall on the Isle of Skye which was supposed to promise love for many years. Sam incorporated this into her speech. I guess it paid off because I met Joe the same year.”

Glow Sticks!  Getting creative on the dance floor:

Put your hands up!!!

“Reflecting” on a wonderful evening, Kate and Joe allowed me to snap one last photo at the end of the evening and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.  The golden light, Kate’s flowing dress, the sweet reflection.

Kate and Joe, thanks so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day!  I hope these are just the sort of high quality images that you were looking for!

Wedding Vendors (these are Kate’s sweet notes):

  • Hair – Kim Hughes  has been doing my hair for eight years. I couldn’t possibly have had anyone else do my hair for my wedding day. She is amazing. She even styles Joe’s hair and my mom’s hair now too.
  • Make Up – Claire Wesolosky for make-up and hair. She did a fantastic job doing my make up. She also did make up and hair for some of the bridesmaids.
  • Flowers – Peterman’s Florist
  • Bride’s Attire- Sorelle Bridal
  • Groom’s attire- Larrimour’s
  • Entertainment- Top Dog Productions Dustin has been a friend of Joe’s for a long time. He did such a good job to make the evening really personalized for us.

Central PA Engagement Photographers: Dani & Dustin

Summer camp sweethearts return to camp for vibrant, fun, unique engagement photos…

Dani shared, “Before Dustin and I were even engaged, we knew we wanted Lisa to be our photographer because of the previous sessions she has done with Dustin’s family. I actually contacted Lisa *before we were engaged* asking about her availability during our preferred wedding season. I was so nervous that she would be fully booked and my dream of having her photograph my wedding would be crushed. Thankfully, she had some openings and we were able to book her! We actually chose our wedding date around her availability!”

She continued, “Lisa is incredible at finding the most creative angles and reflections, turning simple pictures into pure art. After following her accounts and blog pages, I knew that Lisa would do whatever it took to get the perfect shot. We knew she would be able to capture our fun personalities as well as our love for the place where we met. I’ve had my picture taken throughout my whole life, but Dustin is a little more shy in front of a camera–Lisa was able to make us both feel completely comfortable during our session, which allowed Dustin’s goofy personality to really show.”

Dustin added, “Lisa took my high school senior pictures and my family’s pictures, so I knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding too. Lisa really is the best. Getting a different photographer honestly wasn’t something I even considered.”

Aw thanks for your votes of confidence!  It was such a pleasure getting to know your family over the years and it is such a joy for me to watch it grow!  I hope these are just the sort of creative, colorful, authentic, artistic, fun shots that you two were hoping for!  I *love* shooting in late fall because of the interesting light and colors– I still can’t get over the color of the mountain in this one, your expressions are also priceless!

Dani shared, “Camp YoliJwa was the perfect location for our shoot; it’s up in the mountains surrounded by woods, the lodge and property are absolutely beautiful, and it was where Dustin and I met! We had both decided to be counselors and were placed on the same team, which meant that we got to spend the majority of the week together with our campers.”

I was obsessed with the colors in this shot– the rust of the leaves and the cabin and the complimentary blues and greens of the roof, mountains and ever greens.  I love capturing a wide variety of shots that show both emotional connection (like the one above) and physical surroundings (like this photograph), I also used a tilt-shift technique to really draw attention to them:

Dani continued, “Dustin and I had an instant connection, which didn’t blossom into a relationship until 6 months later. We were able to continue counseling there together for the next three summers while we were dating, and it was always my favorite week of the summer!”

She concluded, “Now that we are getting married, we knew that we definitely wanted to be able to include this special place in our wedding somehow, and going back to camp for out engagement photos seemed to be the perfect way!”  Such a sweet moment– I love her hair and the forest and mountain backdrop.

Dani shared, “Dustin and I made the executive decision to not tell our campers that we were dating, so no one knew except the other counselors. We’d try to meet up once the campers went to bed if we could, which was really nice after being apart all day.”

I thought this really got across the idea of a “secret romance” at twilight haha…

While I love capturing creative images of a couple I also make sure to capture a few more traditional portraits as well.  I love this one– wow those smiles and wow those baby blues…

I like to play around with different camera settings, here all the attention goes to the classic wooden camp sign with yellow hand carved letters.  If you look in the background you can see Dani & Dustin holding hands.

Dustin shared, “From the very start I could tell we had a strong connection. Our personalities differ but I think that’s why we mesh together so nicely.”

Dani shared, “As camp counselors we would try to arrange an overlap of our free time in the afternoon to see each other and chat about our days. Most of those conversations took place on the rocking chairs on the porch. It was always so nice to rock and talk while watching the campers around us.

I love to play with windows, doors, reflections… they feel so ethereal and romantic and can sometimes convey the way things *feel*.  Here you can see the rows of rocking chairs, the string lights, the historic wooden wrap around porch and Dani and Dustin chatting together in the warm evening light.

Dani explained, “Camp YoliJwa is a church camp specifically connected to Churches of God, and each church that’s included has their own rocking chair with the town’s name on the back. I’m from Enola and Dustin is from Shippensburg… a distance of about an hour that has been keeping us apart for the past 4 years.”

She continued, “We typically get to see each other once a week on the weekends, and we’ve been doing that for our entire relationship. So, another bonus of counseling at Camp YoliJwa together meant that we got to see each other every day for a whole week! These rocking chairs symbolize us coming together at Camp YoliJwa, from our respective home towns, and falling in love!”

The craziest part is that when they went to find their rocking chairs (there had to have been 50 rockers on the porch) Enola and Shippensburg’s chair were *already next to each other* How cool is that!?

Dustin shared, “Dani and I enjoy different hobbies and have different interests, but learning through each other has brought us very close and has taught me to appreciate new things. I am excited for our future life together and all the fun it will bring.”

They were always smiling, laughing and just enjoying each other’s company.  Here I climbed up in a tree house on the playground to frame them in a way that you could see the child-like stick fence and the wooden panels of the tree house, as well as the lake and pines.  I think it captures camp and the playful side of their relationship well.

Dani reminisced, “Each year at camp we had a Dinner Theater Night.  They had a Titanic skit and I would be Rose and he would be Jack. We got to act like a couple and make everyone laugh, so it was always a highlight for me.”

This is actually a reflection in a puddle.  I loved the blue light and the reflective orbs in the water that almost look like sequins.  It felt like a Titanic moment for sure 🙂

Dani shared, “Dating Dustin is having to always be ready to get tackled, tickled, picked up, or have your knee knocked out from behind you… We are always joking around and messing with each other; we like to keep things light and fun.  We laugh a lot together!”

Dustin shared, “It was so nice to be back at Camp YoliJwa.  It incorporates the outdoors which is a big part of my life. I always enjoy the mountains and exploring.”

He laughed, “I would have even gotten pictures with my fishing pole by Lake Henrietta if Danielle would have let me!”

I love the colors and lines in this shot.  Even though it is very late fall, there are red tinted leaves on the ground, popping against white snow and green on the trees, ground and lake.  They are framed in vertical lines of trees and horizontal lines in the scenery.

Dani shared, “After we started dating, Dustin and I were never put back on the same team, so we didn’t really get to see each other very much throughout the week. So our solution was to write each other notes.”

She continued, “Each counselor has a mailbox in the main lobby. Dustin would get up before me, write me a note, and stick it in my mailbox. My favorite part of each day was going down to the lobby to “check my mail” and read a sweet note from my loving boyfriend!”

Dani laughed, “As soon as you told us to try to balance on the log, I immediately thought of the scene from Dirty Dancing!”

She went on, “Dustin, of course, had no idea what I was talking about, but I had fun pretending to be Baby with my own handsome Johnny!”

Dani shared, “We wanted our engagement session to capture one of our favorite places, our story and our love.  We wanted the vibe of it match our relationship, which is just fun and goofy and laid back.”

I mentioned Dirty Dancing was a movie from the late 1980’s and Dustin got up on one leg, Karate Kid style…

Dani shared, “Dustin is the sweetest, most kind-hearted man I have ever met. He cares for me with such a deep love and he is always willing to drop his plans to help others. He has such a fun and adventurous personality, always dreaming of the next grand experience for us to embark on together.”

While the sky was quite cloudy throughout the session, somehow we lucked out with an amazing sunset.

Dani explained, “At the end of the day, Dustin and I balance each other out so well!   I’m more introverted and shy, where he is more extroverted and ambitious. Dustin definitely brings out the best of me! He is my absolute best friend and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. He truly makes me the happiest girl in the world!”

Dani had brought along an umbrella because it had been raining most of the day and was quite cloudy.  While it miraculously did not rain during the session, I wanted to incorporate the umbrella in one night time shot.  I love how the colors and couple really pop in among the canopy of trees!

Dani and Dustin, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding and engagement photographer!  It means so much to me, especially to be able to have the privileged of watching Dustin and his family grow!

To see more of Dustin, check out his Senior Portraits or his Family’s Portrait Session. I actually photographed two of his sibling’s as well, Emilyn & Dillon.  To check out Dani & Dustin’s wedding venue, visit Heritage Restored.

Gettysburg Hotel Wedding Photographers: Connelly & Dominick

You don’t want to miss this romantic, joy-filled, fairy tale wedding at Mount Saint Mary’s Chapel and The Gettysburg Hotel

Connelly shared, “As soon as were introduced to Lisa’s work, I instantly fell in love with her style of photography and knew that we had to have her be a part of our day. All of her photos were so colorful and crisp and seemed to capture the style and personality of each individual couple. I have never seen photos quite like Lisa’s, truly timeless, classic photos that will be family keepsakes and heirlooms.”

She continued, “Lisa made what seemed like an overwhelming process become so easy and seamless. She has been EVERYWHERE and knew our venue and how our timeline should run after just a few minutes of speaking with us. Lisa truly cared about what we wanted and what we were looking for, which was so important to us. She is more than an expert and our complete trust in Lisa was confirmed after our engagement photo shoot, I have never been a fan of photos of myself and I loved every single one our engagement photos.”

She summarized, “Lisa put both Dominick and I at ease in front of the camera and that carried with us to the wedding day. Everything about her level of organization, personality, and experience just kept the day flowing and made the photos fun.”

Wow, Connelly, thank you so much for your very thoughtful and kind words!!!  I hope these are just the sort of timeless, classic, family heirlooms that you were hoping for…

For the detail photos I worked with the overall look and feel of the wedding, that timeless, classic look– I used Connelly’s mother’s scarf that had the navy and a classic design and brought in a sprig from the bouquets…

Connelly explained, “My overall wedding style was classic and timeless.  I wear a lot of things with bows (I LOVE BOWS) so my shoes had to have a bow on them in some way shape or form.”

Speaking of timeless, the painting behind this mother-daughter pair and all of the details come together and give just that vibe.

Connelly shared, “My bridesmaid, Angela, made each of us rosaries that we wrapped around the flowers and used to pray in the morning before the ceremony.”

Sometimes it’s the little things- here I captured Connelly’s perfume…

Connelly was so joyful and living in the moment, taking it all in.  I love brides who just trust me and let go and don’t worry about the photos, and just roll with the moments.

I *love* moments and authentic emotion.  Here Connelly giggles as her mother places her veil, such a “bride” moment:

Connelly’s friends were the sweetest and had the cutest reactions to seeing her in her wedding dress!

Dominick shared, “I fell for Connelly the moment I met her.  Connelly is one of the kindest, cutest and smartest people I’ve ever known. I was instantly drawn to her amazing personality.”

He continued, “When I saw her on our wedding day, I was in tears because of how beautiful she looked.”  I can see why…

Connelly’s parents were totally on the ball and ready for her big day.  The love in their home was nearly palpable.   How much does this papa bear love his daughter?  How loved does she feel?

It was awesome to see what a strong and supportive team Connelly’s parents were.  At this point they helped to get her in place for her bridal portraits.  As they smiled and walked away hand-in-hand, it was obvious how proud they both are of their daughter.

During her bridal portraits the sun was *intense.*  Normally people comment about intense sunlight being a bad thing, and it totally isn’t, you just need to know how to work with it.  It requires more photography knowledge and calculating for sure but has some really huge rewards.

Here I used it to bring out the blue of the sky, the green of the grass and illuminate her veil and cheeks… it almost looks like a painting:

Friends for life- Connelly’s maid of honor:

Connelly shared, “Our colors were deep jewel tones: Navy, Burgundy and Gold which we thought were romantic fall colors.”

How stunning are these ladies?  Wow!  I framed them with their bouquets and the tree line.

She continued, “We both also wanted all the elements of the wedding to be tied to things that were sentimental to us… We chose sunflowers because those were the flowers Dominick would always buy me.”

The air was cool and crisp and it was windy, but all the girls were so lovely, all smiles.

I love this show and took the idea of framing a little further incorporating a bough of a tree overhead.

Connelly explained, “The chapel at the Mount is absolutely stunning and is the reason why I chose to go to college at Saint Mary’s in the first place, so I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have my wedding there.”

The chapel was stunning and as I arrived guests were already filing the pews, some with heads bowed.

Dominick shared, “I’m told all the time that I always look calm, cool and collected, even under pressure. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth on our wedding day!”

He continued, “I not only wore my emotions on my sleeve, but on my entire body. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled or cried so much in a single day. Some of my friends and family have never seen that side of me before, and it took one amazing woman to pull all of that emotion out of me.”

Here even during Dominick’s portrait you can see the emotion in his eyes.

Dominick laughed, “None of us could fold a pocket square to save our lives. Two future pharmacists and a future PA in the room and we were struggling hard.  They are a great group of guys and I’m lucky to have them in my life.”

The Limo pulled up to the Chapel if the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the priest warmly greeted everyone and congratulated Connelly.

I captured that emotional-filled moment along with the reflection and stunning building and intense sky all in one shot.

Connelly’s father escorted her into the chapel, holding the train of her dress and offering her a helping hand.

I just love this photo, especially in black and white, it could have been taken 50 years ago or today, and is, I think just the look Connelly loves. 

The organ began to play…

Connelly started tearing-up, “Before walking down the aisle together at the start of the ceremony.  My dad told me how much he loved me, how proud he and my mom are of the woman I have become, and how glad he is that I found Dominick.”

I’m not sure, but I think it’s fair to say her father is holding back tears, too…

I get a ton of exercise on a wedding day– I’m on the move, quietly nimble like a ninja, ha ha, always seeking to get the most interesting angles and perspectives– this time it was all about the symmetry and graphic designs on the tile, the rhythm and spacing of the processional.  To me, you can almost feel the beat!

Connelly shared, “When I saw him on our wedding day, I was so happy just knowing he was there and that we could finally start our lives together.”

Dominick added, “Connelly looked absolutely amazing and I felt like the luckiest man in the world in that moment, and I still do.”

My second photographer, Jim, captured this image and I love his creative use of framing here as the groomsmen frame the speaker.  It is so creative, unique and one of the reasons I love to work with him.

Connelly smiled, “Dominick always would kiss me on the hand after every date, whenever we had to say goodbye. I guess it is fitting that he kissed me on the hand during the ceremony because we really will never have to say ‘goodbye’ again.  I think it was my favorite moment of the day.”

Connelly’s friends were each so beautiful, as this bridesmaid watched a single tear began to roll down her cheek– she almost looks like a painting to me…

Dominick shared, “I’d have to say that my favorite part of the wedding day was sitting with Connelly at the altar in front of all of our friends and family. It was so surreal, so much in fact that I was constantly looking back and forth at Connelly because I couldn’t believe that I was actually getting married to this incredible person. I had never felt so much joy and happiness.”

I love playing with reflections, gold looks so stunning…

Connelly shared, “The flowers before Mary is a Catholic Wedding tradition that was very important to both of us. We wanted to honor The Blessed Mother  by placing yellow roses before her during the ceremony (we chose yellow roses because those were my Nana’s favorite flowers).”

Dominick shared, “I knew for a while that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Connelly.   She always made me smile, even on my off days. She was somebody that I could tell anything and never be judged, and every day that I spent with her was a good day.  I love her for those reasons and many more.”

Dominick and Connelly were so sweet and affectionate throughout their wedding day, I captured this moment as they kneeled together on the altar.

Those sweet ladies again…

Dominick shared, “I’d have to say that my favorite part of the wedding day was sitting with Connelly at the altar in front of all of our friends and family. It was so surreal, so much in fact that I was constantly looking back and forth at Connelly because I couldn’t believe that I was actually getting married to this incredible person. I had never felt so much joy and happiness.”

Connelly reminisced, “I fell for Dominick almost instantly. I met him in high school and only about two months after we met, we started dating. I was instantly drawn to his sense of humor and his intelligence. He is so smart and I most admire him for his drive to succeed and his caring personality.

They agreed, “We are both so lucky to have both sets of our parents with us and married to each other. They have been such wonderful support systems to both of us individually and as a couple and they have provided us with such good examples in how to be married and stay married.”  How joyful are they?

Dominick shared, “Getting married at the Mount holds such sentimental value to us, and the chapel there is gorgeous. We would always go to mass there together when I visited Connelly on Sundays, so it was the perfect place for us.”

I couldn’t help myself, another reflection, I had to catch it and the richness of colors!

Connelly added, “My second favorite part of our wedding day was probably when he surprised me by dipping me during our first kiss!”

Connelly shared, “Our family and friends mean so much to us and we really prioritized making everyone know how much we valued their presence on this day. We had people flying out from California for less than a 15 hour visit and that means the world to both of us. I mean, when are you going to have every single person you love in the world in the same exact location? It is hard to not be so joyful, especially when you get to marry your friend on the same day.”

Celebrate!!!

While most of the photos I capture on a wedding day are candid moments, I also capture traditional portraits as well.

Here is an editorial inspired portrait of the full bridal party.  I used a tilt shift effect to even make it pop a little bit more.   This would look incredible blow up on a canvas for sure.

Here is another more traditional, classic portrait of the happy couple…

One thing I love about working with two photographers is how different our perspectives can be.

Jim captured this photo and I love how there are two separate benches and now they are joined together on one bench.  For me it is a great, symbolic capture.

About a minute later, in the same location, I captured this image, while shooting through a tree with interesting fruit.  The feeling of their expressions feels much more intense and dramatic.  Lining up all the tiny oranges(?) was tricky, but worth it!

Dominick shared, “Connelly and I work together well because we complement each other. If one of us struggles in one area, the other usually picks up the slack. We also have good senses of humor and know how to lighten the mood when things get tough.”

He continued, “She challenges me to be my best self, encouraging me when I feel down and always supporting me in everything I do. I support Connelly in all of her endeavors, and am always her number one advocate.”  You can really see how supported she feels.

Dominick explained, “The Mount has been a part of our relationship ever since Connelly started there. I would always make the drive up to visit her on the weekends, and it holds a special place in our hearts. “Our spot” at the grotto had one of the most beautiful views in the world, and that’s why I proposed to Connelly there.”

I have several photos at this spot, but in this shot, I adjusted my aperture and focus because I wanted to draw attention to the incredible view and allowed them to fade out in the foreground.

Connelly commented, “Dominick is so supportive of me and my goals, he puts me first and prioritizes me. I have been able to do so much more because he has been there giving me confidence in myself and cheering me on. Whether it is making dinner after a long night of school and work or just listening when I have had a stressful day, he is always there for me.”

Checking out those shiny new wedding bands at “their spot”…

We headed to the Gettysburg Hotel, a place I love to photograph.  I was happy to see Great Scott Productions there and ready to go upon our arrival, his up-lighting looked fantastic and I knew he’d get the party going for sure!

“We chose our first dance song to be set to Coldplay’s “Sparks” because it was a very emotional song and is connected to us because of our mutual love of Coldplay that we shared in and bonded over in the early stages of our relationship.”

I played with symmetry in this shot:

Here I wanted to capture the incredible architecture of the Gettysburg Hotel and the sentimental emotions experienced during the father-daughter dance.

Dominick’s mother wore sure a radiant smile throughout their dance!  I love color and bringing in those jewel tones in Connelly & Dominick’s palette was really fun.

Friends and family joined together and swayed during the parent dances, it was super cute:

Dominick shared, “Dipal was an awesome best man.  He knows how to make me laugh and calm my nerves, and that’s why I wanted him at my side throughout the day.”

I wanted to bring a little pizzaz to this photo and brought in some of the sequined background from the photo booth in the corner here, along with his beaming smile:

Happy tears…

They smiled, “We both promised not to shove cake in each other’s faces and (thankfully) we both kept our promises.  Though we might have gotten a little messy.”

Each venue I photograph has different special features and elements and each couple’s personal style seems to bring them out differently for me.  Here, at the Gettysburg Hotel, the ornate ceiling really caught my eye.  I wanted to layer that architectural feature along with the wedding guests and the joyful dancing and movement of the happy couple.

Here the ring bearer is showing off his dance moves– he was such a pleasure to photograph, this is one of many shots of him hamming it up:

Everyone was out on the dance floor!  Here several ladies formed a circle around Connelly’s mom:

One of my favorite things about photography is its ability to stop time.  Here I captured the flower girls’ gorgeous hair mid-air!

They shared, “We danced with our friends, our siblings, our parents and grandparents. The best moments were seeing the children and our grandparents and dancing!”

Dominick continued, “I married an amazing woman and I thank God every day that she came into my life. I’m looking forward to going forward in life together. We both graduate from our respective graduate programs in a couple of months, so I’m looking forward to having some free time together and going on our honeymoon in Rome this summer.”

I love to play with layers and framing, here I brought in layers of buildings to frame the couple and brought out my special radio transmitted flash to really make it pop.  This was my creative solution to not being able to see sunset since it was blocked by the tall buildings– to shoot from way above…

In summary they shared, “Overall, the day was more than we could have ever imagined or hoped for. We had such wonderful people surrounding us and we had SO much fun.”

If you’d like to see more of Connelly and Dominick, check out their Gettysburg Engagement Session here.

If you’d like to check out any of their wedding vendors, you can do so here:

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