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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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Whispering Pines of Carlisle Wedding Photographers: Amy & Matt

Natural beauty– fields, mountains, sunshine and love…

Amy shared, “I am very into photography and Lisa was definitely my top choice.  I chose Lisa because her photos are very high quality and creative, which is very hard to find.  I was very familiar with her work, as she photographed several of my classmates’ senior portraits, and knew that her photos were amazing and that she would exceed all my expectations.”

She continued, “Lisa produced amazing photos in every single wedding and I knew I could rely on her.  I knew that I did not have to worry about photography at all, instead I would anxiously await them, like a child on Christmas morning.  I’m so excited to see her capture our unique story.”

One element that I really thought was unique about Matt and Amy’s wedding, was the role that nature played, it felt so beautiful, organic, authentic and joy-filled.  As I scouted out locations at their venue, Whispering Pines of Carlisle, I noticed this bee gathering nectar on wildflowers.  For me it was the perfect opening for their story.  How sweet it is 😉

Matt shared, “Amy’s natural beauty is what drew me to her, but it was her kindness, thoughtfulness, honesty, and strong character that made me fall in love with her.  She is a strong woman with a great moral compass and is compassionate towards others.”

Something about Amy’s loose curls, flowing auburn hair (worn mostly down) said “open field” to me.  I found this field at her venue and was so happy, I think both her strength and softness really come across in this image.

Matt continued, “Amy also is very creative and has a strong work ethic.  I love the most her big heart and her attention to details.  I feel like she knows me better than I know myself.  Seeing how we are very similar, yet complement each other in our differences is what made me want to spend the rest of my life with her.”

Amy shared, “Over the years I learned that Matt is a very caring, patient and non-judgmental person. He loves me for who I am, flaws and all. He is a kind, genuine person with a heart of gold.”

Matt’s upbeat, fun-loving nature were apparent from the get-go, his smile is absolutely contagious.  Matt is on the right and his brother is on the left.  I told you, contagious!

Matt explained, “My groomsmen were really people from different areas of my life, so the bachelor party was key, and we really bonded over that weekend.  We did a bunch of different things– paintball, an escape room, etc.  Everyone got along really well!”

Matt continued, “We all had a great time on the wedding day, we were all comfortable just being goofballs and you guys were there to capture it all, haha.”

I have to say my second photographer, Richard, did an excellent job with the photos of Matt and his groomsmen– love this one!

It was time for the first look.  Matt stood in the open field as Amy walked to meet him.  I love the anticipation of this moment…

Amy you are stunning!!!

Matt smiled, “When I saw her for the first time on our wedding day, I said “Wow!!!” but kept saying “she looks *AMAZING* in my head over and over and over.”

Amy’s smile says it all!!!

Matt said, “I am looking forward to all of the adventures and experiences that we will get to share together.”

With Amy’s gorgeous hair, my go to was color, but I added some black and white shots into the mix, especially this one with white wild flowers…

Haha, Amy saw an image on my Instagram feed maybe a year ago, and loved it, so I tried to do something similar for her.  It is a very tricky shot, but I think we did just fine– I’m shooting through Amy’s engagement ring.

I love to capture different aspects of my couples and their personalities throughout the day.  I thought this one was pretty sweet:

Amy noted, “I grew up with a family who loved spending time outside. A majority of family time centered around activities like hiking, biking, swimming in the lake and camping. It was a great way for us to take a break from our day-to-day routine. For me, time just seems to slow down when I’m surrounded by nature.”

Whispering Pines is in Carlisle and very close to my home, and one of my favorite aspects of Cumberland Valley is the incredible mountain views:

Amy smiled, “One of the first things that really stood out to me when I met Matt was his personality. He’s very down to earth and is comfortable being silly and making people laugh.”

I love to play with lenses and perspective and used a super wide angle lens way up high for this one– I love the lines and color, too!

 

We met up with the rest of the bridal party who were super excited to see the happy couple.

A few wondered why I climbed into the planting bed– it was to incorporate this gorgeous fall foliage 😉

Strike a pose…

 

Amy smiled, “Caroline and I have been friends for almost 20 years and the photo of us playing dress-up as kids at my house was something we did often. Since I had a photo of us playing dress-up with me in a wedding dress and her by my side, I thought it would be a great idea to remake that photo on my wedding day.”

Amy explained, “We used mostly burgundy, dusty rose, mauve, grey and rose gold for our wedding colors, I just love how they work together. Silver dollar eucalyptus was my top floral choice and I incorporated that into a lot of the décor. I enjoy being creative, and designing the décor for our wedding gave me that opportunity to do what I love.”

You can see all of the rose gold and other colors as well as that natural, organic look incorporated into her invitation.

I really wanted to bring nature in as much as possible– a tree literally “held” it for me as I photographed the wedding invitation, it’s colors complimenting those on the invite:

Time for the ceremony to start!

Matt shared, “The string trio was a suggestion my mom made when we were looking at music for the ceremony, since she had a friend that was a part of one.  After reviewing their music, we decided that it would be a nice change of pace from the ceremony to the reception and would create a nice atmosphere for the guests before and after the ceremony.”

The ceremony began with Amy’s father escorting her down the aisle…

Flower petals and strung eucalyptus lined the aisle.  Photographically speaking this was a *great* idea not only did it look really pretty visually and kept guests from accidentally stepping on the petals, too.

There is something so sweet and intimate about their hands here during the ring exchange:

Matt’s beaming smile and shiny new wedding bad took center stage, but I loved the gorgeous wisteria drapery that Amy chose:

Amy shared, “ We chose Whispering Pines because we thought the location was nice and loved that the ceremony area was next to the reception.”

The vibrant colors were incredible.  The sun shone brightly and brought out the most vibrant shades of blue and green.  I captured this shot from a distance so you can get a feel for the entire space.

Matt shared, “Since we both like to be organized and plan things way ahead of time, it helps us to be on the same page at the same time.  We also have a perfectionist eye on most things, especially as we were planning our wedding.  I think we butt heads sometimes when our perfection differs, which challenges us to accept the other’s “perfection.”

They are also able to smile when life gives you lemons, here Amy laughs as she tries her hardest to ‘put a ring on it’ 😉

Matt continued, “My favorite part of the wedding day was walking my wife up the aisle after we said “I do.”  It meant to me that we had officially started our life together.”

Nat King Cole’s classic song L-O-V-E caught Amy’s attention when she heard it in a movie as a kid.  She said to herself, “When I get married I want our first dance song to be L-O-V-E.”

Here she and Matt practice a few of their moves before the first dance.  I captured the reflection off of the window.  The double pained glass gave a cool effect…

Grace…

Toasts…

Amy shared, “I found a dance routine for the song L-O-V-E and thought it looked pretty straight forward. So I showed it to Matt and we decided to do it! Having a long distance relationship made it challenging, but we spent maybe an hour or so practicing the dance once a month, until the month of the wedding, when we practiced it more frequently with a dance instructor. Matt and I had a lot of fun with that!!”

Amy: “My favorite part about the wedding was our first dance. I wasn’t nervous or worried how it would turn out, and just had a good time; cherishing the moment.”

Sugar…

The shoe game:

Matt, the party animal 😉

I tried to capture the motion and emotion here– all that energy, support, love and laughs:

My favorite feature in the Whispering Pines ballroom was the chandelier– I played around with compositions, finding ways to work it in.

The wobble– love how Matt’s mom is leading the crowd, beaming, front and center:

The confetti exit– I wanted to capture the light, emotion and energy here as well.  If you look closely you can see lots of tiny pieces of confetti starting to fall…

Even more…

Lol, their hair!

After the confetti exit, Amy and Matt took some time alone, soaking in the sunset and the incredible day that they had just experienced.

As they stood in the sunlight in the open field, surrounded by trees and wildflowers, they prayed together.  When they did the sunlight was just unreal!

Amy shared, “We both want to make it a priority to build our relationship with God and therefore each other, which is something that is incredibly important to me.”

Amy continued, “I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life with him. I love that we can be goofy and silly with each other. I am a lucky girl to have such an amazing man to go through the ups and downs life has to offer.”

The end of the day and they are still spinning…

And laughing…

While I love capturing natural moments and getting creative, I also make sure to capture several more standard portraits as well.

I really like how the golden light of sunset looks in this portrait in particular…

After the sun had set, it was still reflecting on to this small wisp of cloud in the darkening blue sky…

And they lived happily ever after…

Amy and Matt, thank you for trusting me to capture your wedding day, and for following my work since you were in *high school,* it means so much to me!  I hope that these photos are just the sort of heart-felt, high quality, creative images that you were hoping for.  I hope you feel like a kid on Christmas morning seeing them :).  I have hundreds more coming your way very soon.

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Woodlawn Farm Wedding Photographers: Jackie and Steve

A romantic, charming, authentic wedding on the Potomac River for one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with…

Jackie & Steve shared, “We absolutely love Lisa’s photography. When first checking out her blog, we were struck by how creative and unique her style was. Every post had a different personality that really seemed to capture each couple and their venue. Once we worked with her on our engagement shoot, we knew we made the right decision in our photographer. Lisa was so fun and kind. She made us feel at ease in front of the camera and we were constantly surprised by her fun and unique ideas.”

They continued, “We got incredible feedback from our friends and family about our engagement photos…Steve’s dad liked the blog post so much he even quoted Lisa in his rehearsal dinner speech! When it came to our wedding day, Lisa and her co-photographer, Kenson were just incredible. They really went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and keep our day moving on time. In the end, we got all the shots we were hoping for and we can’t wait to see them!”

Balance is something that I really see in these two– both equally intelligent, generous, kind, down-to-earth, clever, bright…  I wanted a photo that showed this, and I knew this would be the perfect place, it almost looks like a scale to me and totally shows of the location, too.   This would look epic on a huge canvas:

Jackie shared, “Steve and I both have a special connection to Southern Maryland. I went to school at St. Mary’s College and Steve’s family used to own a home on St. Leonard’s Creek. When we got engaged, we both knew right away that we wanted a ceremony on the water and  I  thought of Woodlawn Farm from my time in college.”

Their venue was so lovely and authentic– it reminded me of New England…

As I approached the house, Jackie and her mother looked out to the ceremony space talking about decor I assume and the flower girl ran inside.  I love the lines and balance in this image and the symbolism the little girl entering in the bride and her mother looking out…

Jackie sat at the window reading her card from Steve and the flower girl balanced along the windowsill– I caught the reflection in the china cabinet…

More china and a huge smile from the bride to be…

I love to play with different angles and really give you a sense of space– a similar moment with a very different feel… I absolutely love Woodlawn Farm!

Steve shared, “Jackie is such an amazing person.  She is intelligent, funny, beautiful, and the most fun person to be around.  She always thinks about others and brings out the best in them.  All of these are reasons that I love her and want to spend the rest of my life with her.”

I loved all of the detailing here from the lace of her dress to the intricate fabrics and carvings in the background.  I love how the light kisses her cheeks!  Jackie you are so incredibly beautiful, inside and out!

My second photographer for this wedding, Kenson, hit it out of the park.  Here he photographed Steve getting ready– I love the vibrant colors…

As Steve collected his thoughts (perhaps for Jackie’s card?) the queen of hearts sat on the table next to him.  I love the lines in the foreground…

Steve shared, “When I saw her on our wedding day, everything was just perfect.  Perfect weather, a beautiful dress, and the person I had fallen in love with staring back at me.  I couldn’t wait to get married to her!”

Such an elegant entry…

Jackie explained, “I got very emotional seeing him for the first time on our wedding day, realizing the tremendous step we were about to take together, but I had no doubts or hesitations that I was taking that step with the right person.”

Over.  Joyed.

Jackie shared, “Steve is  truly incredible. He is kind, intelligent, generous, and thoughtful…pretty much everything you could ask for in a partner. Basically, I hit the jackpot.”

She continued, “He makes me feel loved and valued everyday, and always keeps me smiling.”

Jackie explained, “When we toured Woodlawn Farm, we fell in love the long dirt road, the rustic cornfields, and the stunning water view. It was like something out of a fairytale, and fit with our idea of a rustic, romantic, intimate wedding.”

Here they are on the long dirt road, the tall stalks of corn and long straight road drawing your eye in to Jackie’s hand and their kiss…

Jackie mentioned the view along the water, also worth mentioning, more water, generally mean more sky, too…

I really stopped down the exposure on this one to show off the incredible sky and clouds.  If you look closely you can see individual blades of grass too, I like to play with camera settings and perspective to capture something unique and interesting…

While I love creative photography, and capturing moments, I also enjoy traditional portraits as well and make sure my couples have a good, eclectic mix…

I love the perspective, contrast and detail in this shot…

Such a beautiful moment with these lovely ladies…

Jackie shared, “We loved spending the day with our bridal party and having them stand next to us on our wedding day. They were incredibly helpful and supportive.”

She laughed, “One of my bridesmaids was even seven months pregnant and posing for pictures  in heels! We couldn’t ask for better friends. (Side note – baby Aubrey came just two weeks after our wedding!)”

Cheers to the happy couple… and a little fun with tilt-shift 😉

Jackie’s father arrived, tears filled his eyes, seeing his daughter in her wedding gown.  I have several heartfelt images of this moment, but I love this shot of Jackie wiping her father’s tears away…

Ah family photos, I work with each couple to make sure that we set aside enough time for all of the family photos that they want.  For this one, Kenson and Steve even helped to bring this bench to this spot, where I loved the lighting and background, thanks guys!

Another thing I build in to my couples’ wedding photography timelines, is a little bit of downtime.  Wedding days are intense– so many moving pieces, so many deep emotions, it’s good to have a little breather and really take it all in, like this little guy 😉

Awww…

Steve shared, “My nieces, Savannah and Brooklyn, and nephew, Tripp, were so excited to dress up for the big day.  They talked about it for months in advance.  They certainly stole the show!”

It was so sweet the way Steve got down on Tripp’s level and welcomed him– for me, it really captured his openness and love for family and children…

Jackie shared, “My dad and I have always been incredibly close so walking down the aisle, arm in arm with him, was an incredibly touching and emotional moment for both of us!

Steve watching Jackie and her father process down the aisle…

I wanted to show the surroundings, the large tree with out-stretched branches as well as the simple grass walkway and white wooden chairs.

Yes, I totally laid in the grass for this one, haha…

Jackie explained, “We wanted our ceremony to feel personal and intimate.  Luckily, one of Steve’s close friends is an ordained minister who has a flair for officiating weddings.  Rob did an amazing job of working with us to put together a ceremony that felt like it truly represented our relationship.”

Both of them were so incredibly present during the ceremony, they were fully there feeling the wait of it, taking it all in…

With this ring, I thee wed…

The ceremony was intimate and organic.  They were the only people on the property, which was established in 1634, it felt as if time stood still!

I sought out to capture that feeling, the way it made you feel small and surrounded all at once…

They both shared, “We encourage and support each other.  It is amazing to know you have someone in your corner, no matter what may come.”

Kiss the bride…

They shared, “We are especially excited to see the big group picture from right after the ceremony.  I have never seen that done before and can’t wait to see how it turned out. Thanks for the awesome idea Lisa!!!”

Aw look who found me in that awesome crowd of people, it’s Will and Steph, one of my couples from 2017, friends of Jackie & Steve’s.  Thanks so much guys for sharing your pictures and your kind recommendation, it is the greatest compliment I can receive!!!

Wine, laughter, sunny skies and their closest friends and family– what a perfect cocktail hour…

Jackie and Steve shared, “Our favorite part of the wedding day was having them all there with us.  It is humbling when the people you love take time out of their busy lives and travel from all across the country (or across the Atlantic!) to celebrate you. We are truly grateful to each and every one of our guests for making our wedding day so incredibly special.”

I captured several photos of their first dance, but this one, that shows them surrounded by all of their closest friends and family is one of my favorites…

Daddy’s little girl…

Dance floor shenanigans…

Cake smash…

We kept an eye out for sunset, and wow, was it stunning!!!

And they lived happily ever after…

Jackie and Steve, thanks so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day!  My hope is that you can re-live this day for many years to come through these images– I hope that they captured, the emotion, the people and the places that came together to make your day unique.  And to Steve’s dad: thanks for quoting my blog in your speech!!  That has to be a first and is an absolute honor!  If you’d like to see more photos of Jackie and Steve, check out their engagement blog, here.

Thank you also to all of the people who worked together to make the event a success, a few of them being:

Venue- Woodlawn Farm in Ridge Maryland

Wedding Dress – Elegant Forever Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup – Rhona Lee 

Entertainment – Wizer Productions (Aaron Frier)

Photographer- Rhinehart Photography

International Photography Award for 2018!!!

I am so incredibly humbled and honored to receive an international photography award in 2018!!!

I am absolutely humbled to be included in the winners for 2018 Fearless Awards, along with photographers from France, India, Australia, Turkey, Belgium, China, England, Brazil, Morocco, Indonesia, Spain and many others!!!  I could not help but include a few thumbnails of their work next to mine as I look up to each of them and am so inspired by their beautiful photography!

My winning photograph is very simple.  An authentic moment that occurred as the bride’s family watched the limo pull into the driveway—things had just gotten real!

My image was awarded 16 points by a panel of 9 judges from all over the world!  I’m so grateful.  Someone pinch me! 😆

To see more of my Fearless Awards through the years (this marks number 14 for me, and has ranked me among the top 50 wedding photographers worldwide for 2014-2016!!!) click here.

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Joanna & Ethan

Turkeys, sunset, a rowboat, puppy and tractor… you won’t want to miss this romantic, fun, vibrant Lehigh Valley engagement…

Joanna explained, “Ethan and I wanted a photographer who would be able to capture our personalities well and also include an artistic approach. Lisa did just that and MORE! Romantic, serious, goofy, unique and colorful shots – she captured them all! I also loved how she was up for anything and had so many different ideas.”

Ethan added, “She understood our vision right away and made the both of us feel extremely comfortable. I don’t particularly love have my photo taken but she made it easy. Choosing Lisa was hands down the best decision! ”

I love giving my couples an eclectic mix of shots, and opened with an intense romantic sunset over their lake and will follow with this playful shot at the orchard… I love to use a variety of lenses, angles and techniques to capture different emotions during the session…

Joanna shared, “We realized when trying to decide the location for our engagement photos that we couldn’t choose just one or two that meant a lot to us. The both of us knew that we would look back on these photos for the rest of our lives and it’s nice to know that in the future our children will be able to look at them too! We had to include the lake at our house which is where we’ve shared so many important memories, at my family’s farm where we both work and at the location of one of our first dates.”

Joanna laughed, “When taking photos on the farm we definitely wanted to include turkeys in some of the shots because our lives pretty much revolve around them!”

I photographed Joanna’s brother on their family’s turkey farm, too and I have to say it was just as much fun the second time around being surrounded by thousands of turkeys!

Joanna shared, “Ethan was adamant about getting photos with the tractor he uses (which he nicknamed Cheryl) and I was all about it!!”

Those two climbed up on this giant wheel like the pros that they are 😉

Joanna continued, “I have to say though – The fact that my soon-to-be husband made the decision to join my family and work with us every day is truly a dream come true. Ethan also comes from a farming family background and is one of the hardest-working individuals you will ever meet! I give all the credit to his amazing parents for raising such an incredible man.”

Ethan shared, “The first location we wanted to capture was our home on the lake.  It is our first home, where we watch the sunrise together, and where we spend many Sundays hanging around on our floating dock with good friends and beer over the summers.”

I like to play with reflections and noticed the trees and blue sky reflecting in the water…

Joanna shared, “Ethan is one of the most loving and easy going people you will ever meet. He’s the type of person who could walk into a room not knowing anyone and end up leaving with a bunch of new friends. His loyalty, big heart and personality is extremely genuine. Ethan’s sense of humor is what keeps me going and his way of understanding brings me so much comfort. As cheesy as it sounds… With Ethan, I am home. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else. ”

Sunset over the lake…

Their pup:

Ethan shared, “I think that Joanna and I are alike in so many ways. She’s not only my fiancé but also my best friend.  We both agreed that it was important for our engagement photos to tell our story and we felt so lucky to be working with you because you totally understood our vision.”

Row row row your boat…

In the rear view…

A-Treat Soda, a total must!!!

Ethan shared, “I love Joanna’s smile, sense of humor and her nose is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The second we met… it immediately felt natural. It just felt right. After only a week or so of dating it had already felt like I knew her my whole life and after 3 years it feels like I just fell in love with her yesterday. She has a way of making me happy by simply being herself and trust is a big part of what makes us work so well together. There’s no one else in this world that I love or trust more then Joanna.”

Joanna laughed, “About a couple days after we matched on Tinder… yes, Tinder…  Ethan asked me out on a date. I was SO nervous but had a gut feeling that there was something special about him. He insisted on taking me to a fancy restaurant but I said I was more in the mood for a beer. I can still remember the smile on his face when I said that. We ended up going to a local bar and it just so happened to be “Bring Your Own Instrument Night.”  It was so loud and we couldn’t hear anything, so we had to yell into each others’ ears the whole time!! Needless to say, we both realized then and there that it didn’t take much to please us and that we could have fun doing whatever – as long as we were together.”

I make sure to take a couple of traditional portraits along with the more creative ones…

Ethan shared,” I knew from day one that Joanna was going to end up being a big part of my life.  After a countless amount of amazing times we’ve spent together, I decided it was time to ask her to spend the rest of her life with me. With her dad’s blessing and her mom’s advice on helping me pick out the perfect ring; I was as so excited!”

He continued, “Joanna was asked to compete in the Lehigh Valley Dancing With The Stars so I knew she would never expect a proposal because of how distracted she was from preparing for the dance and her nerves!  I like to keep her on her toes”

I love how they can go from seriously posing (in the photo above) to being total goofballs in like 2 seconds flat:

Ethan adds, “I decided to ask her in front of all of our family, friends and hundreds of other people! I’ll never forget the look on her face when I walked out onto the stage to greet her after her performance or the how my heart was literally about to jump out of my chest!”

Ethan smiled, “I’m so thankful she said yes!”

Joanna added, “I’m so thankful he asked.”

Joanna smiled, “On our second date, Ethan took me out to a field on his friend’s farm to look at the stars. You could literally see every single star in the sky! We actually ended up falling asleep laying on the bed of his truck. I remember waking up and wanting to pinch myself thinking this was all a dream! Ethan really knows how to work his charm!”

Ethan laughed, “Haha!  I am a charmer!!”

I knew that these two love color and I really wanted to bring out the blue of the sky at twilight and still get all the gold of the field.  I worked a little magic for this last shot…

Joanna & Ethan, thank you so much for opening up and allowing me to capture your story!  I am so excited to photograph your Lehigh Valley wedding next fall!

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