Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Ashley's Maternity Session

I’m not sure how this breathtaking mama missed the blog! My apologies for not showcasing Ashley’s maternity session sooner.

Last January, Ashley and I braved the cold temperatures and ventured out to Beltzville Lake, just outside of the Lehigh Valley, to photograph her maternity session. Maternity sessions are an excellent way to preserve these precious moments in time before the newest addition of your family arrives. Just like belly casts and month-by-month photos of your growing womb, maternity sessions embrace the beauty of motherhood, and encapsulate that classic pregnancy glow.

Come on, how gorgeous is Ashley? The red dress was the perfect color to compliment the duller hues of the winter landscape. Although the day was overcast, the lighting was soft, subtle, and provided just the right amount of light to highlight the joy and excitement of becoming a mother.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Ashley, thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer! I’m so happy for you and your little family, and congrats on the birth of your son, Wyatt!

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Caila + Jay Maternity

One of my fondest childhood memories involves playing house with my oldest sister Caila. We would create these pretend families with our cabbage patch kid baby dolls and give them our favorite names. We loved visiting each others’ “houses” and “babysitting” each other’s dolls. As a child I often imagined what our lives would be like in the future when we would grow up and build families of our own, and I always pictured Caila as the sister who would have many children.

Caila and by brother-in-law, Jay, have endured a difficult journey to becoming parents. Their pathway to parenthood has included both miscarriages and spontaneous abortions, several broken hearts, and many tears and sleepless nights. My sister began to doubt and resent her body for not being able to do its unique job. My family cried with them and prayed with them that they would soon see better days and be able to share the joy that comes along with a pregnancy announcement.

In February 2018, I received a text from my sister. It was a video of her dumping a jar of jelly beans. Behind the jar, a note read, “We’re spilling the beans! Jayden Rose Bower, due June 2018!” I cried so hard and called her right away. My sister was finally going to be a mother. I was going to be an aunt, and all of our dreams were coming true.

Of course it was no question that we had to document this beautiful milestone for this little family! Jay’s family owns a farm near Williamsport, PA that has beautiful rolling hills and amazing landscapes. It’s one of my favorite spots, especially since it’s the location where I shot Caila and Jay’s wedding portraits. We were blessed with gorgeous late Spring weather and a dreamy sunset for their session. I’ve never seen my sister look as beautiful as she did for her maternity shoot. She was truly a glowing expectant mother. We enjoyed every minute of our time together as we talked about Jayden’s arrival and how excited but nervous they both were to become parents.

They say nothing worth having comes easy. For Caila and Jay, their road to parenthood has been very difficult to say the least. But it’s important to know that without storms, there would be no rainbows. This special little rainbow baby will bring so much joy and purpose to their lives, and finally make their hearts feel complete.

Jayden Rose Bower was born on June 9th, 2018 at 10:26am. Perfectly healthy, happy, little blue-eyed baby girl who is already the center of her parent’s universe. Welcome to the world, Jayden! Aunt Sarah loves you very much already!

Jayden Rose Bower was born on June 9th, 2018 at 10:26am. Perfectly healthy, happy, little blue-eyed baby girl who is already the center of her parent’s universe. Welcome to the world, Jayden! Aunt Sarah loves you very much already!

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Weiss Family

Last November before the cold set in, I had the pleasure of working with one of the sweetest families in the Lehigh Valley! The Weiss family consists of Dad, Adam, Mom, Becki, and two very handsome and polite sons, Trent and Owen. This group was full of enthusiasm despite the windy weather!

It's easy to be the photographer when a family looks this good. Just look at those faces! It's uncommon to come across children, especially boys, who actually enjoy having their picture taken. The usual scenario is Mom begging and pleading with them in the car to behave and crack at least ONE smile so she has some good photos to put on the mantel this year or to hand out at Christmas time. These two kiddos made effortless grins the entire session AND (dare I say it) might have had fun during our shoot!

Scroll down for more great shots of the Weiss family!

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Hrbek Family

Did you wake up today and look out your window to find a big white blanket of snow on your lawn? Most Lehigh Valley families did this morning, and I'd think it's safe to say that most were certainly not happy about it. I mean, come on, Mother Nature! April Fools day was YESTERDAY. Pennsylvania does not think snow in April is funny!

Anyway, in honor of this big ol' pile of white stuff, I thought I'd throw it back to the day we shot the Hrbek Family Christmas photos! Mike, Lindsay, and Chloe are members of the Hrbek Family - one of my most favorite families to document as a photographer. The Hrbek's are a gorgeous bunch, and sweet Chloe has more personality and spunk in her pinky finger as a toddler than I do in my whole body! Chloe was absolutely infatuated with the snow all winter. She kept eating fistfuls of snow while yelling, "noooee! (snow)" during our session, and we shared tons of laughs as she let out audible grunts while trudging through the deep areas!

I also took some photos of just Mike and Linsday embracing each other. It's important to steal away Mom and Dad during a family session to capture where the love originally started! These two were just adorable. They acted like the camera wasn't even there. Their chemistry is impeccable, and even after 9 years they are still crazy about one another!

Here's to hoping this is the LAST snowfall of the year until December (looking at you, Old Man Winter - be GONE!)

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Amanda + Brad

As a photographer in the Lehigh Valley, I deal with all sorts of weather issues that can sometimes affect my photography sessions. Eastern Pennsylvania has some of the craziest forecasts, and the day of Amanda and Brad's November engagement session was no different. The morning promised beautiful rays of sunshine without a breeze in sight. By mid afternoon when our shoot was scheduled, there were reports of freezing rain and wind gusts! Although I was eager to get behind the camera, I decided to postpone the session to another day.

After an hour of sitting around with absolutely NO weather changes whatsoever (typical, PA!) I called Amanda and to my surprise, they were still on as well! So, even though the impending rain almost called off this engagement session, I'm happy I trusted my gut and followed through with the shoot anyway. The blue-gray skies contrasted nicely with the woodsy backdrops and farmland at Amanda's family's property. She and Brad were incredibly comfortable and natural in front of the camera, which made the session run smoothly and resulted in some gorgeous photos!

Check out some of my favorites from this adorable engagement session!