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Zeena & Felix: Harrisburg Engagement Photographer

A fun, vibrant Harrisburg Engagement session for two world-travelers exploring Harrisburg’s Susquehanna River

Photography wants: crisp, high-quality, documentary-style photos & a few portraits…

Zeena laughed, “Funny story– Felix and I had actually already chosen a wedding photographer right before we met with you, but I felt rude canceling our meeting!  Then when I saw the full galleries of your work, and we saw your documentary style and high-quality, crisp photos (we both knew we didn’t want that light-airy look) we ended up pivoting & hiring you.  I liked how you captured emotions and I also loved your vogue type photos, too.”

A little documentary style for you…

When we first talked, Zeena explained being drawn to my use of color, saying if the sky is blue, I want it to look blue in my photos.  She also mentioned wanting a good mix of traditional portraits and candid emotions as well as the importance of having a tangible wedding album.  Their package includes a wedding album, and they had the most incredible blue sky evening mixed with golden hour, it was like shooting in a rainbow, an intense blue storm behind us and beautiful golden light in front as the sun set, and fun pops of pink in the space between!

While I opened with a more fun/emotional shot that showed off their personalities and the location, this next one is a more traditional portrait, but modern with the crisp focus, and with that blue sky pop! 

Connection in vibrant color

Speaking of color…  honestly, these are just a mix of wildflowers and weeds growing along the river bank, but the wildflower blooms combined with the light of golden hour were so magical!  Combine that with the love of these two and, wow…

City Engagement Session

Zeena explained, “Our venue is barn-style so we wanted a different look for the engagement shoot.”

The Walnut Street Bridge was another really cool visual element.  It’s the pedestrian bridge that connects Harrisburg to City Island.  The lines of the bridge combined with the blue sky and incredible light on the couple and their wardrobe and emotion– everything just came together so well here!

He fell for her in anatomy class…

Felix explained, “We were in anatomy class together, she wore sweatpants and a school-spirit hoodie every day– I thought she was beautiful.  She would ask if she could play with my phone while we sat in the back of the class, and I obliged.  She didn’t know it, but she had me when she asked for my phone the second time.”

Awww all the joy…

Color explosion, literally:

Zeena brought some chalk bombs to amp up the color, I really loved them!

Rainbow Light

With golden hour in front of us and a storm behind, it was like shooting in a rainbow, all of that was magnified by the water!  Add in the lines of the steps and ripples of the water, a beam of light shining right on top of her ring, it was pure magic!

You can feel the connection…

Long-distance relationship…

Felix continued his story, “She moved away to Pennsylvania but somehow we connected after some time apart. I would visit her traveling several hours each way, long-distance made it hard but also made you feel it was worth it.”

Foot massages

Felix added, “During our long-distance relationship, I made her laugh and massaged her feet, I think that’s when she fell for me.”

I noticed this cool artwork when I parked and when I saw Felix’s socks my mind was a little blown, we went back there at the end of the shoot and got this:

Trust Fall!!

Felix shared, “Our most trying time was when she studied to become a nurse practitioner. It was a hard three years and I would stay up late helping her studying or helping her with her papers. Towards the end of her studies, I told her I had done most of the work lol. In fact during her honors ceremony, where she was top two or three in her class, when they called her name I stood up because I felt they were calling my name too (true story).”


Felix smiled, “Don’t tell my friends this, but I actually kiss Zeena nearly a hundred times a day, sometimes much more.”

Honeymoon-Phasing it after 9 years…

Felix shared, “She is always laughing and smiling even after 9 years together we still have the same attitude towards each other, we are still in that honeymoon phase and hoping it will never change.”

With this photo, I was trying to capture the way love *feels*

Sunset: two are one…

Felix explained, “I would say I’m the thinker in the relationship and she is the social one, we improve the worst parts of each other and enhance the good parts too. We travel the world together and enjoy each other’s company.”

I love how you have to look close to find them, and when you do it’s hard to make out who is who.  This would look awesome on canvas!

Thailand: The Proposal Story

Zeena shared, “We spent 3 weeks in Asia-Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. I had planned most of the trip and right before we went, a friend of mine was like you probably are going to get engaged and I replied “definitely not, I planned most of this trip.”

Zeena smiled, “I’m usually the one with the surprises, but Felix really got me with his proposal.  Between all the flights, amazing adventures, intense heat, I never, ever thought of getting engaged! We were both just so focused on all of the activities we had planned, at least I was.”


She continued, “Three days before the end of the trip, we were snorkeling on the Phi Phi islands, a trip Felix planned.  The boat driver mentioned he was going to take photos and a video, which seemed odd.  But I soon became distracted as I’m not a strong swimmer, Felix helped me navigate the whole snorkeling thing.”


A few stops later, the guy was taking a photo of us, and then I turned to look at Felix and he was proposing!”

Also surprising, these color bombs– they were fun and added a lot to the shoot!  Highly recommend 🙂

Traveling companions…

Felix smiled, “I would say I’m the thinker in the relationship and she is the social one, we improve the worst parts of each other and enhance the good parts too. We travel the world together and enjoy each other’s company.”

They both have the most beautiful smiles!

Their Style

I LOVE their style!  The colors were neutral enough that we could use so many backgrounds, but the poops of color in the socks and shoes added some fun.  Zeena’s fitted dress had interesting details and Felix’s tailored suit jack dress hit the perfect note of sexy, sweet his jacket was just the right look and weight for summer.

They literally got compliments from several passers-by on how cute they were, haha!

They embraced the photo-session, I had their backs 😉

Zeena and Felix really embraced the shoot and allowed me to capture a full range of emotions.  They laughed and smiled a lot, flirted, they’d also be more serious and quiet sometimes, they trusted each other and trusted me with any ideas I wanted to try and visa-versa.”

I made their engagement session easy

Zeena shared, “To me, the engagement shoot would allow us to feel of what it would be like to have a camera follow us around on our wedding day.”

She continued, “You made the process super easy, it just flowed.”

Insense Sunset? Yes, please!

I love how their silhouettes show off their connection.  It’s had to tell where one person starts and the other begins!  Also, their expressions shine through!

Sometimes it’s the little things…

I love all of the textures in this phone from Zeena’s beautiful hair to the tweed stitching in Felix’s jacket… and are those goosebumps, I see on your shoulders, Zeena?  Love it!

Laughter is the best medicine

Hehe, I thought that was a good caption for a doctor-nurse couple ;).

This is probably my favorite shot of the two of them on the bridge– all the color, light, and architecture, yet they are the two that are clearly in focus.

Rainbow of Color

And this, my friends, is why I love shooting in golden hour– wowza!  That rainstorm provided the intense blues in the foreground, too so we really got the full-color spectrum.

Sunlight and Storms… conveying emotional concepts in an image

(I’m diving deep, folks, put on your snorkels, haha)

A lot of what I do as a photographer is trying to capture an emotion or concept that is more in your heart or mind and showing it to you with your eyes.

For me, this photograph shows balance– that they are together and separate and meet in the middle.  It shows that in life there are all kinds of moments in life– intense storms and romantic sunsets, marriage is a crazy ride that they are committing to each other.  It shows them looking out at what is to come with smiles on the faces and looking towards each other, Felix with his more serious face and Zeena with her beaming smile, each bringing their own strengths to the relationship.

Zeena and Felix, I’m so glad that you met with me, even though you were already pretty decided on another photographer, haha.  Thank you so much for being all-in during your session from the get-go with your cute outfits and color bombs and your openness to my location suggestions ahead of time and ideas on the day of.  You are such interesting people and so in love (after 9 years!), I feel lucky to have been there to capture it all!

Shippensburg Wedding Photographers: Sophie & Luke

A simple church and back yard wedding celebration for a creative, generous, kind couple… what started out as a full-on 350 person wedding, due to Covid-19, ended up being a small family gathering in the church, and an intimate backyard picnic with cake as well as a portrait session with yours truly…

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. My dear, there is a light that fills you when you enter it. There is a warmth in that light, not a normal sort of warmth that hovers on the outside– but a deep sort, that penetrates and soothes as it does. There is a remembering of all the goodness, and a forgetting of all that isn’t. There is a taste of heaven in all love.” –Karen Sunde.

Why Rhinehart Photography?

Sophie & Luke explained, “We chose Rhinehart Photography for many reasons. Lisa has taken photos of Luke’s family for several years and on many different occasions. Also, Mr. Rhinehart taught both of us history, so we were both very familiar with our photography team going into our wedding day.”

They added, “We knew we could trust and work with the great creative process of Rhinehart Photography while also having our own creative voices be respected and heard.”

Capturing natural, authentic, candid moments…

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” –A.A. Milne.

Sophie is a photographer herself, and finds that she’s most comfortable behind the camera.  For that reason she asked me to keep the photos as authentic, natural, and candid as possible with minimally posed or forced moments– yaaas, that’s my thang!  Luke on the other hand amitted that he loves being the center of attention, haaaa, but agreed that authenticity is the way to go.

I had such an amazing time with them exploring the fields behind her family’s home…

Sophia shared, “As far as the look and feel, Luke and I wanted simple.”

They chose an elegant emerald green palette green along with whites.  I loved incorporating a few of the bronze statues in her family’s 1700’s farm home to really bring the look full circle.

Incorporating antique cameras into the photos for this photographer/bride:

As I mentioned earlier, Sophie is a photographer herself.  She collects antique cameras and this one is a polaroid-95 and still has the original filters.  I used it to display their wedding rings.

Fisher’s Florist has lovely flowers, they actually created my wedding bouquet when I married Kris years ago :).

Sophie explained, “We bought all of the flowers from fishers florist in Shippensburg. And Amy (Luke’s mother) and my great aunt and cousins put them together for us.”

White flowers with varying shares of green perfectly complemented her look, I set them on cigar boxes I found in the family’s sitting room.

My next international photography contest award-winning photo?  I hope so!

I am obsessed with this photo.  In many ways, it’s just a simple photo of a bride getting dressed, but I was captivated by all of the layers.  It is a reflection in a mirror, with lots of business in the foreground and background with photos, jewelry, and artwork.  For me, it’s like she’s being surrounded by all of those memories, literally…

A window illuminates Sophie’s gown as her friends help her into it,  her back is in shadow and such a similar color to the wood of the mirror’s frame, so I waited for the perfect moment when Sophie’s shoulder seemed to mimic the shape of the mirror from my angled vantage point:

Sophie and Luke were married on a bright blue sky day, which gave me so much interesting light to play with!

Emerald, navy and white– what a lovely palette & wedding gown!

What a beautiful balcony, and look at all of the emerald and blue, it all fits Sophie’s look so well with all the green & white and pops of navy!

Sophie’s dress is from Anthropologie’s wedding line, BHLDN, one of my all-time favorite stores and wedding gown lines.  This timeless classic is “Sawyer.”

Something special about Sophie…

Luke shared, “I first met Sophie in 7th  grade.  I immediately realized that there was something very different about her. What that meant didn’t really ‘hit me’ until a couple years later.”

Speaking of popping blue, wow, Sophie your eyes and that Mona Lisa smile, I love it!!  Something different indeed:

Sophie is stunningly beautiful, elegant, and pulls it off with such grace and ease.  If she were an animal, I could see her being *this* cat, straight down to the coloring and lean build, haha.

I love the balance of Sophie in the mirror and the cat on the stairs.  I was waiting in hopes of him grooming himself with the water bowl but no luck.

Simple pearls amount the antique mirror and emerald green leaves of houseplants seemed to fit perfectly:

The Wedding Party:

Sophie shared, “I have beautiful relationships with all of the girls who are in my bridal party and I love them all dearly.”

She continues, “My relationship with my friends is a wonderful part of my life. I am so happy they were there with me. Forcing me to put on makeup and sit still as I had the largest amounts of bobby pins of all time shoved into my head, haha– they are definitely supportive.”

Their support is almost visible here:

I love elegant portraits like are seen in Vanity Fair, I love posing bridal parties for these…

Vogue called, they want their models back!

She added, “I also have a very close relationship with my sister and I am beyond  happy that she was there for me as she always is.”

The vibrant sky and her parent’s beautiful farm was in a colorful display.  I love all of the textures at play here, too.  The clouds, lines of the barn, brick, and stone, and how it all plays with the textures and lines of Sophia’s dress:

The groom’s turn in the spotlight, Luke was made for this moment 😉

Sophia smiled, “I fell for Luke because he challenges me unlike anyone else– we complement each other so well– while I sometimes struggle to find the right words to say (like now) Luke is able to communicate almost effortlessly and with such confidence.”

She continued, “We have already been through so much together.   Marrying Luke was the easiest decision I have ever had to make.  I look forward to a lifetime of decisions with him.”

A little tilt-shift magic from my partner in crime, and better half, Kris Rhinehart.  Somehow he pulls off being an incredible teacher while also assisting me with weddings in the summers, and taking some incredible photos, too– the dude’s got game :).

Shippensburg Select Diner:

I knew it was paramount to include the Shippensburg Select Diner in Luke’s wedding photos from the moment we started planning.

Luke explained, “Select has fulfilled many different roles throughout the years for both of us.  A place for Sophie and I to go for a date or a late-night talk, we’d also go there to meet with friends, it was also a place I could go to work late into the night on projects and stuff.”

He continued, “I’m glad we got the photo there as I have had a meal at some point or another with every one of my groomsmen at select.”

Preparing for the wedding ceremony (in the same church Kris and I were married in)…

This shot really brought back memories for me, as I also got ready for my wedding day in the same room of the same church.  I love all of the hustle and bustle of the day and how everything is framed in this shot.  I also know Sophie has a soft spot for black and white photos:

Guests began arriving, sitting in family groups, this little guy enjoys a lollipop:

The wedding ceremony begins…

Organ music began to play… I know Sophie loves black and white photos and hope she likes this one:

All of the wedding nerves, I remember this feeling, Sophie!

The masked groomsmen arrived, among the beautiful pipe organ, woodwork, vaulted ceiling, and stained glass…

Luke smiled, “Sophie and I have been together for five years and have been through so many adventures together. When I saw her walk down the aisle it seemed like every moment we had shared together flashed through my mind. I knew at that moment I couldn’t wait for moments and adventures both good and bad.”

The beautiful church: 

On a wedding day, I try to get a wide variety of perspectives, this one, like the black and white of the men’s entrance really shows off the beauty of the church.

Sophie shared, “My aunt, Karlin, owns the wedding venue, Heritage Restored, and loaned us the ferns for the inside of the church.”

Sophie smiled, “I have always loved my church and I love the stain glass windows and the history of such an old and beautiful church.”

Here is the same scene but captured with a different lens to get a different perspective and really show off the stained glass:

More candid moments:

Awww I love capturing moments, especially when kids are involved:

The Unity Candle

Their two individual candles really did join to create a huge flame:

The kiss– I love her sister’s joyful expression!

As soon as it was official, they looked at each other with tears in their eyes, so beautiful:

A moment alone before heading back to her parent’s farm…

Back to Sophie’s family farm…

Color, lines, textures, and the sweetest couple… how can I ask for more?

Alistair showed up to make a cameo appearance…

Sophie smiled, “Alistair is wearing navy because *he is* my something blue.

Sophie grew up riding horses, and one of her family’s horses strolled towards us, probably stopping to see what we were up to…

Wandering in the fields together, talking…

Luke shared, “We have always loved spending time walking together and talking about everything together.  Sophie’s family farm is an important place for us.  Many times we have talked while wondering the fields, this time on a very special occasion.”

I may be a little biased, but Shippensburg has to be one of the prettiest places on the planet, no?  Add in all the love here, too:

And belly laughs…

Sophie’s photographer’s eye noticed the top of this hill right away.  She was like, do you want us to go there?  I was like yaaaas!

I backed up so that the leaves of this old tree framed them, too.


I really love reflections, and pulled out my cell phone to play with this one…

I don’t know exactly how it did this, as I’ve only tried this technique a couple of times before, but somehow clouds showed up through their silhouettes.

For me it had this surreal, heavenly, soul-mate feel:

Let them eat (wedding) cake!

The authenticity kept flowing with the naked cake surrounded by greenery…

Sophie and Luke had an even smaller gathering in their parents’ back yard.  The key component of which was the cake cutting…

I wanted to tell a story with this shot– to get the cake and the couple eating and the crowd, especially that cute kid as well as the setting of the string lights and tent all in one shot…

OMGGG that cake, though!!!  All those layers of raspberry, I’m getting hungry just looking at it!

A make-shift navy and white apron feeding Alistair seemed to be the perfect ending to the feast!

Romantic sunset portraits to end the evening…

We hopped back out to catch the last few minutes of golden hour and sunset…

While I know formal portraits were last on their list, I did make sure to get a few here and there, this is one of them, sitting in a field of wildflowers:

Swept off her feet…

This feels like an old school polaroid to me– and so we come full circle…

Luke and Sophie, I am so happy for you two and feel so fortunate to know you and have both of our families intertwined for such a long time!

I would have never thought, back when Luke was 12, that I would be photographing his wedding day, that seemed even too far away to imagine!  Now, after all the years of Lyman family portraits, and the museum worth of my photography in Luke’s parent’s house and all my time working with Karlin at Heritage Restored, and both of you having Kris in class– we find ourselves here :).

I am so thankful and can’t wait for your upcoming reception!!

Bonnie LeachJuly 17, 2020 - 7:30 am

These pictures are amazing. You have captured the beauty in Sophia!!!

Gettysburg Engagement Photographers: Natasha & Robert

Love letters in Paris kicked off these world-travelers’ relationship, these Gettysburg College alums re-visited campus together, stopping at Robert’s proposal spot and the beautiful countryside that was the backdrop for the start of their love story, you need to check out Natasha’s ring and custom manicure, both are seriously stunning!

A friendly, encouraging photographer who creates vibrant, unique photos that capture authentic emotion

Natasha shared, “We chose Lisa as our photographer because of the emotion that she is able to capture in her photography & her use of vivid colors. Both of us tend to gravitate towards unconventional and unique styles, so we liked the personalized nature of her work.”

She continued, “We also are going to have an interesting mix for our bridal party of 9 men and 3 women, and her vogue style photos of the bridal party really appeal to us because they are non-traditional and unique.  Once meeting Lisa we found her to be personable, friendly, encouraging, and funny and we can’t wait to see what she does for our wedding.”

How cute are these two?  The chemistry!!

A Gettysburg College alumni (Robert) & junior (Natasha) meet through mutual friends…

Robert explained, “Gettysburg made sense for us as a backdrop for our engagement photos because we met and graduated from Gettysburg College. I came back to visit friends as an alumnus, Natasha was a junior at the time.”

Natasha added, “Because we both chose to attend Gettysburg College, and our ‘friend groups’ happened to overlap, we are where we are today, soon to be married!”

I considered the campus almost as if it were a third person along on the engagement photography session.  As you look through my work you will notice me incorporating different buildings throughout, for example, the clock tower is silhouette along with the couple in this image:

Penn Hall proposal– a meaningful symbol on Gettysburg College’s campus:

Natasha shared, “Our wedding story began by Rob proposing on the steps of Penn Hall.”

She went on, “The steps of Pennsylvania Hall signify special meaning to us both in our relationship and as alumni of Gettysburg College. On your first day at Gettysburg, you attend a Convocation Ceremony which concludes with all of the first years walking up the steps on the north side of Penn Hall and entering through the building as a symbol of entering the college. It is considered bad luck to walk up the south side steps until graduation day where you come full circle by literally and figuratively exiting the college and returning to your family and friends as a better version of yourself.”

She concluded, “Having you capture a recreation of this moment brought us full circle and was just perfect.”  They were all smiles and giggles.

I used a tilt-shift effect her to allow the American flag and cupula to be in sharp focus, as well as the windows, columns, and couple, including Robert on one knee… I wanted it to look like a miniature, almost like a little scene in a snow globe, a significant moment, paused at the peak…

Robert’s passion for travel and clever, kind, loving nature drew Natasha in…

Natasha explained, “We originally connected because of a shared interest in foreign cultures and languages because at the time Rob had just returned from studying abroad in Russia and I was about to embark on my semester abroad in Paris.”

Natasha smiled, “Rob has an innate kindness that draws people to him, he is clever and curious and has a wealth of random facts tucked into his brain that fascinates me. He is also a very loving person and I feel very lucky that I am the recipient of his love and he makes me laugh.

Sometimes it’s the “little things” like a unique engagement ring and creative nail art that makes the biggest impact…

I complimented Natasha’s impressive nail art and wondered where she had it done…

She smiled, “I started doing nail art while pursuing my Masters at American University as I found for the first time I had enough downtime to let my nails dry because I would paint my nails and complete my readings for class between coats and now it has become a signature of my look.”

She continued, “I love jewelry, I first went to my family jewelers at the age of 7 where I picked out my first ring with my parents for my 7th birthday. Ever since I have loved sparkly things, evidenced by not only my jewelry, but by my shoes. Thus, it made only sense that Rob knowing me would make sure that we went ring shopping together. I wanted something that no one else has and something unique and one of a kind. I technically let Rob pick between 2 rings, but there was really only one correct answer, and he picked the right one, haha!”

I have lots of lenses in my kit and carry them around in a simple backpack as I shoot on location.  Each one is specialized to do a unique job, this 100mm Canon L-series macro lens specialized in getting detail photos, and man, does it help me to really nail these ring shots.  it’s worth the extra weight for sure!

Their love of adventure has taken them around the globe…

Robert smiled, “Our love of traveling has taken us all over the world to France, England, Germany, Austria, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina and we can’t wait for our next adventure, our honeymoon.”

I like to play with perspective, here I am low enough to almost stretch the columns while exposing the vibrant green of the summer leaves and the vibrant blue of the sky:

Natasha’s talent makes him feel like he’s living in his own Broadway musical…

Robert explained, “I really love Natasha’s passion, hopefulness, and bubbly personality. She views the world in such a positive way and appreciates the small things in life.”

He continued, “Natasha is a musician and sings, plays the flute and piano so life with her is never dull, but more like living in my own personal musical.”

Newsie’s, West Side Story, 42nd Street, etc if you are looking for a leading man… 😉

Mostly, they just love spending time together

Natasha added, “We both know that life is meant to be enjoyed and always strive to find something to be positive about and find humor in situations.”

She concluded, “More than anything we just like to be together and we are lucky in that we like to spend our time doing similar things and share a love of similar places.”

I loved the intense gold color of this open field in Gettysburg National Park.  Robert and Natasha were game and just pulled over on our way to the top of the battlefield.  It’s very subtle, but if you look closely you can see that I used a slow shutter speed to show movement as the wind blew through the field.  It takes a lot of math and science to over-ride the camera’s auto settings, and I’m constantly doing those calculations in my head as I shoot.

A gift from Florence, Italy

Natasha smiled, “Rob’s belt has been a mainstay since the beginning of our relationship, as I bought it for him while we were just talking while I was on spring break at the Italian leather market in Florence, Italy. This is because previously Rob had what I deemed the ‘pilgrim belt’ which he immediately threw away after I gave him this beautiful, Italian leather belt to wear as soon as I was back in the US.”

Traditional engagement portraiture:

While My main focus is capturing authentic moments that tell a couple’s story and capture their emotions and significant places in the most beautiful light, I also make sure to capture a couple of more traditional portraits as well.

What a stunning couple, right?

‘Reflecting’ a little on the ‘perfect’ time of day for an engagement session…

For people who love vibrant colors, I often suggest shooting in mid-day where we will have bright blue sunny skies, or near the end of the day where we will have intense yellows at sunset.  I know most photographers lately seem to say “overcast is best” and it is if you want flat light and specific locations, but in this instance, where we wanted campus, in general, we could push the time of day to be intense midday sun that brings high color and high contrast, that really gives the photos some pop that fit these two perfectly!

I love it when I notice a really cool reflection… look closely and you’ll see Natasha & Robert in it, along with an artistic take on one of the buildings on campus.

Seeing eye-to-eye:

Natasha added, “We had gorgeous blue skies with some clouds in the mid-70s so basically perfect weather.”

Robert agreed.  He brought up the way that they tend to agree on the important things in life.

Natasha agreed, “We both have similar values and backgrounds and enjoy spending time together, learning, wine, and of course, traveling.”

6 months of love letters, addressed to Natasha in Paris…

Robert shared, “We met and were initially just friends,  and a few months later, Natasha left for Paris.  I was determined to keep in touch and hoped to woo my friend into hopefully being something more.”

Natasha smiled and added, “My ‘friend’ sent me about twenty letters to Paris and flowers on Valentine’s Day, too.  My girlfriends were like, friend(?) our boyfriends don’t even bother to do that, haha!”

Robert explained, “I have a master’s degree in history, and was working in the national archives as an archivist at the time.  I was sorting through so many historical documents, and am partial to having actual letters.  There is something about having that piece of paper that will last the test of time that makes it more meaningful.”

An incredible shot that had us communicating from 50 feet apart…

I know how much Natasha loves color and dramatic lighting, and I really wanted to silhouette them against the bright blue sky while seeing the vibrant greens and intense shadows of the leaves.  I asked if they were game to try something different and they were 100% in.

I stood downhill and in the bushes (haha) maybe 50 feet away, and tried to explain to them the exact place to stand to be perfectly framed by the shadowy tree limbs as they swayed in the breeze.  It took a few minutes for all of the stars (or leaves in this case, ha) to align and we ended up with this beautiful portrait:

Just because her engagement ring is *that stunning*

I noticed the perfectly lit, emerald green leaf with interesting lines and dark shadows and knew it was ‘the spot’ to place Natasha’s engagement ring to really show off the intricate lines and detailing and bring the vibrant greens and blues from the rest of the shoot full circle.

I pulled out my macro lens and here is the result.  It might look easy, but imagine balancing this with the wind and trying to get it in sharp focus while getting the sun to catch it just right… totally worth it!

Natasha and Robert, thank you so much for sharing your story with me and trusting me to capture the emotion from such a significant time in your life.  When you look at these I hope you see your personalities and favorite places shine through as well as the deep love that you share.  I am over the moon excited to capture your wedding day at The Bond in York, Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg Wedding Photographers: Tia & Andy

A sweet Gettysburg engagement session for a couple that shares a passion for music, literature, games, evening strolls.  They share the exact same “weirdness level” and a love that is deep, authentic, relaxed and 100% home-grown…

Tia has followed me since the start of my career– her home is a mini Rhinehart Photography museum!

When I first met Tia she was a teen, an avid reader at our local library, where I was the children’s librarian. I captured her family photos, her senior portraits (her sister’s too), and now her engagement photos!  What a treat it is to watch this incredible girl become a strong, inspiring, amazing woman right before my eyes!

Tia explained, “I have had the pleasure to watch and be a part of your professional photography journey, too. I’ve got copies of the senior photos you took for me, my sister, and Wolfe Family Photos all around my house. I’ve followed your blog for ages and always dreamed that when I got married, you would be my photographer. ”

She continued, “I love how original and fun your shoots are, and how much time you take to incorporate people’s personalities and styles into the photos.  I’m always in awe of how you can step into any room and instinctively drawn to the most creative, beautiful shots. During our shoot, you noticed a reflection in the frame of a portrait my sister made of one of my senior pictures that you took, you caught such a beautiful photo there!”

It was unreal for me to walk through Tia’s home, I joked that it was a Rhinehart Photography museum with all of my different pieces from over the years, haha…

Tia’s sister is an artist and created this piece based on one of the senior portraits I captured of Tia several years ago.  I noticed their reflection in it and thought it was an interesting tie in…

100% authentic, relaxed, natural, homey vibe…

Andy stated, “We wanted our engagement photos to feel natural, something a little more relaxed, that reflects our personalities and interests well.”

Tia, “Agreed, some may think doing their engagement session around their house and down the street is a little boring, but those are the things we like to do together and there’s beauty and love in that.”

I’m all about authenticity, and I love how well these two know themselves and each other!

Tia sang “I can’t help falling in love with you”…

Andy, “I didn’t think that Tia was going to sing a song during the photos, but I’m glad she did.  She has such a beautiful voice.”

Tia laughs, “We really should have tuned the guitars beforehand.”

Bringing the whole family along to the wedding and engagement…

Tia shared,  “When I was young I started a collection of lockets. My grandmother noticed them and took me to her back bedroom where she had an heirloom locket that originally belonged to her grandmother. It has a picture of our namesake Irene (both my grandmother’s and my middle name) inside.  She told me that she wanted me to have it someday.”

She added, “When she passed away, it was passed on to me. I wear that locket to all my special occasions and milestones in life. It makes me feel like my grandmother gets to be there for them. I know I’m going to wear it on my wedding day, so I wanted to wear it during the engagement photos as well.”

Gettysburg, Water Street is home…

Tia shared, “We chose Gettysburg because Andy and I have lived together here for four years. Some of my favorite memories of us are in our little house on Water Street. We’ve filled our house with plants, art, games, and musical instruments – all things we love. ”

Andy added, “We love to sit out on our front porch together when it’s nice outside, and take walks through the neighborhood.”

I love capturing couples in their element!  If you look closely you can see the water street sign and the neighbors’ roses:

Traditional engagement portraits, too:

While I spend most of the session capturing a couples’ personalities, interests, style, favorite places etc, I do take some time to capture a few more traditional portraits, too.

Here is one of theirs:

Aloe’ve You (get it?): the engagement ring

Andy laughed, “I spent hours at the jewelry store looking at SO many rings to try and find the one that fit Tia’s personality and style the best. I knew she didn’t want anything too flashy, or too plain, I wanted one unique like her. The diamond was my great-grandmother’s.”

(note I used Tia & Andy’s favorite aloe plant for this shot)

Consider your weirdness level matched!

Andy shared, “I think we work so well together because we compliment each other’s styles and personalities so well. ”

Tia laughs, “To be honest, I never thought I’d find someone as weird as me. We match each other’s weirdness level.”

Andy explained, “Gettysburg has paths along the battlefields that are great for taking evening walks together.”

Guitar string bracelet for this music lover

Tia smiles, “The flower bracelet is so cool because it’s made from guitar strings, and was a gift from my parents. I grew up in a house filled with my dad playing guitar, and my parents and siblings singing. I always wanted to grow up and play guitar just like my dad. I love that Andy is musical too, and we get to share that.”

I love their body language here– see the strings?

The wave.  Such a fun mural…

What they love most about each other:

Andy noted, “Tia is a kind-hearted, beautiful woman, inside and out. She always thinks of others before herself. I love how driven and goal-oriented she is, too.”

Tia shared, “Andy is one of the most fun loving, like-able people on the planet. You cannot be in a room with him and not smile, laugh, and have a good time. One of the first things I noticed about him was that he never stopped smiling through our whole first date.”

She added, “What I love most about him is how loyal he is to his friends and family, and I’m lucky to be included in that group. He has supported me through hardships, and celebrated me through successes. Even when I don’t feel like I deserve his loyalty, I still have it.”

Getting a little creative with shadow play…

Their first Valentine’s Day as a couple…

Tia explained, “The first Valentine’s Day we spent together I was overly determined to make it grand, and we planned this romantic overnight stay in DC. We booked the cutest little boutique hotel, and made dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant. Andy bought me a beautiful dress I mentioned I liked at the store.”

She continued, “We hadn’t been dating very long, and it was our first trip together, so we were nervous and I desperately wanted everything to be perfect. I picked Andy up and we drove to DC and I had a complete panic attack over finding parking downtown. The GPS wasn’t loading fast enough, it was snowing, I didn’t know where to go and I just freaked out. I definitely thought Andy would think I was a freak for having an anxiety attack over parking, but he was patient and helped me get where we needed to go.”

She went on, “When it was time to go to dinner, we both got all dressed up and Andy realized he forgot his dress shoes back home. He was so upset with himself, and he ended up wearing his dress clothes with moccasins.”

Tia laughed, “We got such a good laugh out of that.”

I love the distortion here and see it as symbolic, when you are first dating and you try to be so perfect, haha!  It also happens to be at the Old Waldo’s a super cool Gettysburg hang out.

The moral of the story…

Tia concluded, getting a little sentimental, “Regardless of parking lot panics or moccasin mishaps, we had the absolute best time together in DC. We ate great food, drank more than we probably should have, and learned quickly that things weren’t going to always be perfect in our relationship or just the way we planned them, but even so, we could still have so much fun together and get through it. ”

Sunset on the Gettysburg Battle Field, a few minutes from their home:

I snapped my last photos as the sun set on the horizon.  We shot inside Tia & Andy’s home, and as they took their evening stroll.

Nothing fancy or over the top, just them being them and doing their thang.  I love this so much guys!

Tia thank you for following me and believing in me from the very beginning.  I’m honored to see my work all over your home and to hear you say that you always dreamed that I’d be your wedding photographer.  I’m so happy that you and Andy have each found someone who shares your passion for music, literature, games, walks, and shares the exact same “weirdness level.”  I can’t wait for your wedding this fall at the Gettysburg Lodges!

Shippensburg University Graduates: Louis, Cameron & Alex

Hats off to 2020 Shippensburg University graduates Louis, Cameron & Alex…

Louis (center) reached out to me about photographing him and his roommates, Alex & Cameron to commemorate this special time and make it feel real for them, since Covid-19 had prevented them from having the graduation ceremony that they had anticipated.

Louis said, “I could tell right away that you would be the right photographer for us.  Your pictures feel alive and I could tell you take time to work with your clients and help them to be comfortable in front of the camera.”

Individual Headshots of each graduate:

They wanted a nice headshot of each of the roommates…

Candid photos of a few celebratory moments:

To capture them popping a bottle of celebratory champagne…

To show a few of the historic buildings on Shippensburg University’s campus more subtly in the background…

A little nostalgia…

Louis shared, “We all met during orientation, we are so different but just clicked, like they say opposites attract.”

He continued, “My favorite memories with them mostly involve food, haha.  There was a good amount of late night pizza and a time that we all went out to a restaurant together and I forgot my wallet!  I was embarrassed, but Alex stepped up and said, ‘Don’t worry, I got you.'”

Haha, we have a little literal stepping up happening here… a fun pic in front of the dining hall…

When I asked about locations, Louis said, “Meeting at Old Main is perfect– that fountain is magnificent!  It is my favorite part of our campus.”

Louis continued, “Now that I’ve graduated, I have plans to attend graduate school and eventually start a career in the health field.”

Favorite places on campus:

They laughed, “We need to include the big red chair, it’s a Ship classic!”

Louis explained, “At the end of the day, I’d like for our photography session to be relaxed, fun and nostalgic.”

I hope these photographs hit all of those markers for you!

Thanks for reaching out to me, it was a pleasure to work with the three of you, and I wish you all the very best with all of your future scientific endeavors 🙂

If you’d like to see more, check out some more of my full senior portrait sessions, here, or reach out to Louis or his friends to see their full set.

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