I felt like it was just yesterday I was tossing Tori around in stunts and tumbling when she was the youngest kiddo on my cheer team. Here we are 15 years later talking about our career moves during her Graduation Session. It was so fun catching up and meeting one of her sorority sisters last week while they showed me around campus. I'm so proud of this pretty lady and am still in denial that she isn't 12. Congrats Tor!
A wise professor of mine at Penn State once warned me that "it's not a question of IF you're going to lose your files, but WHEN." I always took this advice seriously because it had already happened to me and sadly, I expect it to happen eventually happen again. This week, I wanted to share some advice on how to lower your risk of losing your images and protect yourself in case you do:
1. Take care of your memory cards. As simple as this sounds, it's an easy one to forget! These little chips are the keeper of our product, so keeping them safe is one of the most important things to handle with care other than our camera/lenses.
2. Back up your files as soon as you can. I dump my photos onto my computer as soon as I get home from a shoot. It's been recommended to me to bring my computer and download my files before leaving the site (especially at weddings). I will admit, I need to be better about this because having all of your eggs in one basket is not a great idea...
What a dreamy wedding this one was! I loved being a part of this intimate, romantic wedding at Hunting Hill Mansion in Newtown Square last Saturday. Gail and Glenn were smiley and smitten all day long and their vows were just the sweetest! We were a bit nervous about the weather, but the misty fog added to the mystical vibe of this majestic venue. I was honored to make the trip to Pennsylvania to capture this timeless love story!
So, let's talk about lighting. Something that I find interesting is that my clients are always shocked to hear that I am not a fan of shooting in bright sunlight. In theory, sunny days seem like a great vibe for a photoshoot, but in reality, bright sun = Stronger shadows, squinty eyes, and unwanted sweat. Not sounding so glamorous anymore, huh?
Have you ever seen a photo of yourself and cringed because of the contrasting shadows on your face or the amount of unflattering detail caused by harsh light? As much as we love our sunshine, the big ball of fire in the sky is often to blame for many photos that we typically "untag" ourselves out of. So how do we fix it? Here are a few tips that I swear by:
1. Avoid High Noon - When the sun is directly above our clients, the shadows fall on their face/body instead of in front of or behind them. Not to mention the direct sun really heats things up quick which is no fun for anyone. On a hot sunny day, the farther f...
On Monday, I got to enjoy some sunshine with this rowdy bunch! These families reunited in Baltimore just for the weekend and I'm honored that they glad they came across my Facebook page. We squeezed in a Mini Session near their AirBnb to capture the memory of these families being all together in Maryland. We enjoyed a beautiful evening at Canton Waterfront Park and they got out of town before this crappy week of weather started. Happy to be a part of capturing these memories!
It was a true honor to photograph Brandon's graduation photos! I got to see The Naval Academy from a new perspective and spend time with two of the most genuine people I know. Graduation Sessions always spark a bit of nostalgia in me. My college years were some of the most special memories that I have in my life. This session felt a bit more full circle considering Brandon will be serving as a United States Marine after graduation. I could relate to where Brandon and Samantha have been and also to what is on the horizon for them as they enter the months ahead. Wishing them both the best of luck and sending all of my prayers! On another note... How adorable are they?!
I meannnnnn come on! This family is the absolute CUTEST! It was such a pleasure meeting Sharon, KJ and their daughter, Mila this past weekend. These cuties live in the same neighborhood as some of my other clients, so we felt like we already knew each other when we met. I just love that! While we adventured around Centennial Park, we joked about getting everyone together for a huge group session. But I actually think it's a fantastic idea! Your move, Fieldstone friends!
This past weekend was full of the adventurous Spring Session's that I've been waiting for! We are back to barefoot sessions in the woods and my wanderlust senses are tingling big time. I was honored to capture Walton and his brothers for his first birthday cake smash on this perfectly golden afternoon! Work just doesn't feel like work when you get to spend it encouraging kiddos to play in the grass and eat cake on a tree stump.
Okay, so I think I found my new favorite location in Maryland! Seriously though, a Mini Session was NOT enough time for Keely and I to explore last weekend! We were both in awe adventuring around Patapsco Valley State Park for her headshots and we were already talking about coming back in the future. If it wasn't for her gown being brand new, we would've been hiking into the wilderness (any takers?!) I had so much fun with this talented girl as she sang in the forrest and we got to know eachother. It was super enchanting and I love meeting other artists who are chasing their dreams. This session was a great way to kick off a busy weekend! It got me feeling inspired!
So guys, this location is legit 9 minutes from my house but somehow I have never shot a session here.... Like, what?! I'm still mind blown that I haven't utilized this local awesomeness, but anywhoooo, I had so much fun exploring this spot with this precious fam and can't wait to return in the future! The Fenton Family was so genuine and their children were just beaming with sweetness and personality. The boys' matching t-shirts melted my heart and Jessica & Johnny's love made my soul smile. Mini sessions like these are my absolute favorite!