Portraits

Lehigh Valley Photographer | Meghan's Portrait Session

I'm going to go out on a limb and give my unpopular opinion. Ready for this? Here goes; I, being a girl, did NOT grow up in the Lehigh Valley loving horses. They always intimidated me because of how large they were, and like any animal, no matter how tame or trained they may be, they still have an underlying animal instinct to behave the way they want to, and that was always such a scary concept for me to grasp. When I was younger my grandfather bred horses, and my sister and I learned to ride and tried to gain the horse obsession long ago. I remember falling off horses much more than I remember actually riding them, so who knows, maybe I have this underlying bitterness because I never really learned to "get back on" after each failure!

Meghan had a much different experience growing up with horses - this is evident in every move she makes while handling them. Meghan is all of five-feet some-odd-inches tall, yet she confidently exhibits this natural control and authority, especially with her best bud, Leo! Meghan makes it a point to take photos with Leo every year, and I think that's just incredibly adorable. We take photos with our family members, even our pets, so why not photograph our other four-legged barn friends? My photographer heart sang when I edited these images. I mean, come on - just LOOK at that lighting! Meghan and Leo looked like something out of a movie. The weather was oddly warm for October, and golden hour couldn't have been more perfect.

Check out my favorites from Meghan's portrait session below!

Lehigh Valley Portrait Photographer | Kascelia

Kascelia is as unique as her name, with a style that's sophisticated for her age and a poised, classy demeanor. I was completely thrilled when she contacted me for her senior photo shoot. I've known this girl since she was a baby (our moms were very close friends), so it meant a lot that she wanted me to preserve these memories of her last year of high school for her!

This session was also special in that Kascelia's family lives in the farmhouse I moved into when I was twelve years old. There have been lots of great childhood memories made at this home, and seeing her family and her siblings make memories of their own in the same space totally warms my heart.

Kascelia radiates beauty, both inside and out. She is soft-spoken, but their is power and confidence in her voice when she speaks. I'm convinced she cannot take a bad picture! The lighting couldn't have been more desirable for this session. Warm summer sunset light was filtered by the mix of evergreen and maple trees that border the hay field, creating the most stunning spotlight beam in which she just nestled in perfectly.

Kascelia, I completely enjoyed venturing out of the Lehigh Valley to be your senior portrait photographer! You definitely rocked this session and I hope you are enjoying your time in college!

 

Lehigh Valley Portrait Photographer | Trisha and Nicole

There's something magical about being up before the sun. Being awake even when the world itself is still asleep is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but I find it to be so calming and tranquil (once I blink a few times and had a cup of coffee, of course.) I felt this very same soothing feeling overcome me as I drove Trisha and Nicole to the large oak tree on the outskirts of Parryville, Pennsylvania. This town is just as sleepy as the earth before sunrise, but there is farmland tucked away at the edge of town that will knock your socks off with its views.

Parryville is actually located in the Mahoning Valley, in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. I mainly photograph within the Lehigh Valley, but every now and then I like to explore new locations. This particular area is very familiar to me, and I've been blessed with the opportunity to shoot a maternity session here last year. This oak tree just speaks to my soul, in volumes only audible to me. It has been an iconic landmark to me since my childhood. I can recall my mother driving all of us kids to church on Sunday mornings, and as we took the back way into town, I was always dazzled by the enormity of this tree and how it has managed to withstand the test of time so gracefully.

I decided one hot July morning that this farm with the oak tree would be the perfect location for a sunrise session. my sister, Trisha and my friend, Nicole, were more than eager to hit the hay early the night before just to be ready to go first thing the following day. They turned out to be the best models for this session. Trisha has the wildest sense of humor and can relax any situation she finds herself in with a few crazy comments. Nicole's laugh is genuine, robust, and comes directly after my sister's crazy antics with impeccable timing. This was a lethal combination, both for my camera and my belly muscles - I could NOT stop laughing the whole morning, and I captured some genuine happiness from both girls through my lens!

Take a look for yourself and tell me these ladies aren't the best models. I love being able to photograph such true beauty and so many real moments of laughter. Thank you Trisha and Nicole for allowing me to bring my ideas to life and for always being up for any adventure!

Lehigh Valley Portrait Photographer | Alex

There are some people in our lives that we consider our "yes" friends; the friends who are always up for an adventure, regardless of the circumstances. The friends who are inclined to commit to literally ANY crazy idea we may have, despite the fact that they might not gain anything from their involvement. The friends who will undergo uncomfortable conditions just to make you happy. Alex is that friend in my life, and let me tell you, I hit the "yes" friends jackpot with her. 

When I am inspired, I am motivated. When I am motivated, the execution process needs to progress quickly in order for me to be satisfied (thank you, Zodiac Sign Capricorn). When I got the idea for this session, naturally, I called my "yes" woman, and we got together and made things happen. No questions asked, no hesitations, no stipulations for her to comply. She said yes as if she was agreeing to a coffee run and was completely eager to model in almost subzero temperatures WITH a wind advisory.  She truly is a godsend and I could not be more thankful for her friendship.

We froze our toes off for this shoot, but it was so satisfying. Alex fulfilled my craving to do a winter-inspired senior-style session at one of my favorite locations. The fresh dusting of snow added just the right amount of contrast against the gray-blue creek and dark stone lining the creek banks. The overcast day was such a great suit for providing the most subtle, illuminating light that captured my idea perfectly. 

Alex, thank you for being such a good "yes" friend, and an even greater "everything" friend.