We are slowly creeping back into the warm weather! Nights are longer, and Golden Hours are upon us! I love doing outdoor photo shoots, and this one with Kelly and Bennett was my first of 2019. It is best to do outdoor photography early in the morning or an hour before sunset. Contrary to what one may think, a sunny day is not ideal for photography, and the mid-day hours aren’t either. I met Kelly and Bennett in the morning to capture a few “mommy & me” style shots to commemorate the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. The love these two have for one another was evident through their smiles.
Nothing like a fall photo session on a sweltering, humid 80-some degree day! Lucky for us, there was a cool breeze coming off the water, and a light sprinkle in the air. Miss Ava and her parents were such troopers with their beautiful smiles - you’d never know it wasn’t actually “sweater weather.”
Happy Half to sweet little Louie! I last photographed him as a newborn, so it was great to see him return with his mommy and daddy (and his Wolfie) to celebrate his half birthday! He has grown so much, but one thing that continues to stay the same is his love for the camera. He was such a cute, happy guy!
Family Mini Sessions are a great option if you want to quickly update your family photos without spending a ton of money or time at a busy, crowded photography studio chain. I love getting to know the families I work with, and seeing their kids grow as they come back for different sessions. Family sessions can be done at my home, your home, or a public park, allowing lots of opportunity to get creative with the background and do whatever color scheme you'd like! I absolutely love the color palette in these photos. Grey, navy, and coral look awesome together, and definitely say "spring" without the typical pastels.
This session was so much fun - and my first ever in the snow! This mother son duo were dressed perfectly for the weather, and were so much fun. My favorite part was seeing how much this little boy genuinely loves and admires his mama, even giving her a kiss on the cheek without being told!
The Y Family was excited for their session at the Cranberry Schoolhouse, all decked out for Christmas. The kids were full of energy, which luckily for me, came through in their photos with some sweet smiles.
It was a pleasure working with this adorable family. They had an unusually warm December day for their session at Blueberry Hill Park, which was perfect for little Miss Teagan to practice her walking, and show off her baby blues.
This beautiful family looked perfectly festive for their Family Mini Session at the Cranberry one-room schoolhouse. Not only are the children adorable, but they were well-behaved and sweet, as well. Santa will surely be making a stop at their home.
It finally feels like Fall with crunchy leaves on the ground and cool breezes in the air, so my requests for Family Portrait sessions are stacking up! I was so excited to capture this adorable family during their Family Mini Session last week. I loved the cool colors they chose for their session! I've known this momma literally since she was her son's age, so it was wonderful to see her again and meet her husband and sweet baby boy.
I usually photograph young families; babies and young children really make you work for the shot, and I enjoy the challenge, but every once and while I get the pleasure of photographing older kids or young adults. As much as I love the little ones, it's refreshing to give direction to older kids who can understand it.
I've known this mama for many years, and I so enjoyed reconnecting with her to take photos of her beautiful family! You can tell these kids were raised with a lot of love.
It was great to meet the Stirling Family for a winter Family Mini Session at their beautiful home. Belle was so sweet smiling and sticking her little tongue out for the camera. Poor thing wasn't too thrilled when we brought her outside for a minute, though. Belle will be celebrating her first birthday next week, and then on to Christmas! What a fun month for this family.
After a week of non-stop rainy days, we lucked out with a beautiful Mother's Day weekend for Liam's Family Mini Session with his mommy and daddy. I had heard that little Liam is a perfect gentleman with the cutest smile, and he certainly lived up to his reputation. The two-year-old was sweet and well-behaved with no tantrums, even though he came straight from his first ever soccer practice! He was pleasantly smiling and playing with his parents for his photo shoot, earning his reward of fruit snacks in the end. It was a pleasure meeting you, Liam! Congratulations, Mommy and Daddy on such a sweet, little guy!
At my church, St. Ferdinand in Cranberry Twp., I have always admired this amazing family of three perfectly behaved girls who bravely sit in the front pew at mass. That's a lot of pressure for a little kid, especially with such a huge congregation, but they always appear to be listening to their parents. Of course, it made perfect sense that when the weather threw us a curve ball for their photo shoot, they were able to reserve the church as our backdrop.
Sweet, little Kaye was featured as a flower girl in the Austrian American Debutante Ball in Pittsburgh. She was a perfect angel in all white for her portraits. It was quite a blustery day outside, so we chose to move the session indoors. Kaye was also photographed with her beautiful older sisters and parents.
From the event pictures I have seen, Kaye was a perfectly well-behaved lady for the ball, which came as no surprise to me.