Scott, Christen, Avery and Sunny.. the sweetest little family nestled in the most stylist house in Philadelphia. Seriously, I cannot get over the tall ceilings, white + brick walls, and allll of those long windows and dreamy natural light! It also doesn’t hurt that these two are interior design wizards. Scott actually does general contracting as a profession and I am all about having him come spruce up my home some time in the future! *Insert praise hands*.
I was beyond excited to photograph this lifestyle/newborn session! I have been photographing newborns and in-home lifestyle shoots left and right and I am LOVING IT. Nothing beats the authenticity that these types of sessions bring to the portraits. A fun fact about this session is that literally 45 minutes before I left my house to head to Philly, I found out that I was pregnant! It took all I had to keep it inside and not burst at the seems over all the baby talk Christen and I were having. Best way to kick off the baby fever-mama to be glow!
Avery Alder was born May 3rd, at 12:57am, 5 pounds 13 ounces, and 18.5 inches long. SO. TINY. He was just the cutest little thing to photograph. I am going to let these images speak for themselves, because sometimes, there’s just nothing that’ll beat it.
Drew and Tucker are two of the cutest little boys, and I’m not just being biased because they’re my cousins! I love when I get to photograph them and how they’ve grown each year. They’re so adventurous and silly. Drew has a pocket full of funny faces he likes to whip out, and Tucker is obsessed with digging in the dirt, picking grass and eating sticks. We had such a fun afternoon playing at Longs Park. Enjoy some of my favorites from our time together!
Two of my close friends Jeff and Darcy recently grew into a family of three! Little Addison is just the sweetest. I had such a great time swooning over her and photographing her while she was just two weeks old. Try to look through these and not smile ear to ear over the cuteness.. just try.
I had such a fun time photographing Tom and Lauren right in my very own backyard! Speedwell Lake was recently put back in which makes my heart so, so happy. We explored all around the woods and ended right in the lake. Here are a few of my favorites!
Photographing births can be completely up in the air because each birth is different and you just never know what you’re going to get! Our goal was to photograph the delivery of little Charlotte, but her mama Alissa was such a champ with quite a different birth experience then she was expecting, so we wound up nixing the delivery photos and did a day after session instead! To give you some insight into how different little Charlotte’s entrance was from her parents expectations, the doctors had told Alissa and Alex that they were having a boy! So a blue nursery, and all the cutest little boy clothes later, much to their surprise, they had a girl! Enter sweet, sweet Charlotte. I love each and every birth story so much because there isn’t one that is alike. Each family has their own experience and story, and being even just the tiniest part of that story by getting to document the moments through out is so, so awesome.
Everyone, meet Charlotte!
I am so eager to share this session with everyone! In April my husband Caleb and I had the amazing opportunity to go on a missions trip to Gaborone, Botswana (in Africa). We had such an amazing trip and time of growth while there. We made so many special connections and new friends. I will be sharing all of the photos from our trip later on, on my personal blog as well as videos I put together from each day.
But until then, I wanted to share this sweet family session I got to capture while I was there! Our host family Pastor Tshepo, Thato and little fikki immediately felt like family. They opened their home and hearts to us and we truly will never be the same. On one of our last evenings there, I asked if I could photograph them near their house. Thato had mentioned to me previously that she longed for some family portraits to decorate their home with. I immediately felt God thumping my heart with the opportunity. It’s been a life long dream to 1. go on a missions trip and 2. photograph people in a different country and 3. do a professional session in a neat country. My heart couldn’t even contain all of the warm, sunny goodness that happened on this beautiful evening. I am amazed by all of the opportunities the lord brings our way when we take the back seat, and let Him do His thing within us. It’s incredible!
This family was such a breeze to photograph! They were all smiles and giggles. Their natural interaction with one another was priceless. Also, Thato MADE her dress. Handmade. Does it get any better then that?
Seeing all of these photos again make me so anxious to get back to Africa someday and to visit all of our family and friends we made while we were there! Until then, I will cherish these photographs always.
Tyler and Tina were such a fun pair to photograph! We risked getting caught in a crazy storm for their photos and we’re so happy we did! They were so easy to get along with, were willing to do anything for a great shot, and brought ICE CREAM. I’m especially glad they brought along their canoe. It’s always the best when couples bring an item or prop that’s true to who they are as a couple or that represents them and/or their relationship well. I am so excited to photograph their October wedding!