Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Caden + Coaly

This blog is long overdue for introducing the cutest kiddos in the Verdine family! Older brother Caden just recently celebrated his fifth birthday, and sweet little Caden is walking, babbling, and practicing his football skills in hopes of measuring up to his big bro! These two were a hoot during their family session at Haines Mill in Allentown, PA. Parents Kiera and Ricky have roots in the Lehigh Valley, and it's always a pleasure to document their boys on their trips back home to visit family.

Did I mention that mom and dad are fellow Penn State alumni? It was absolutely certain that we were going to photograph the boys in their best Nittany Lion gear! I couldn't get enough of their boyish antics and adorable smiles during our time together! If I didn't know better, I'd say we have some future PSU football players in the making :-]

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 Family Photographer | Henshue Family

As a family photographer in the Lehigh Valley, I usually have all the words to express my feelings about a family photo session. I can accurately describe and relate to the mood and feel before, during, and after a session, and those feelings are usually evident in the images that I review in-camera afterward. The Henshue family left me downright SPEECHLESS, and you'll see why in a second.

Kim and I go way back, and I was completely thrilled that she chose me to take her family's photos this year. She and Matt have the most adorable little family, and I couldn't wait to meet their two boys (whom I've seen so much on social media - SO CUTE) in person! (cue the baby fever ;-] )

When I got home, I was nearly brought to tears with how many natural, loving interactions I documented from this family session. There's sort of an "out-of-body" experience I'm having during the time where I'm scrolling through images in back-of-camera. Lots of "Holy cats, did I really capture THAT!?" moments - in a good way, of course! I felt incredibly proud, utterly surprised of my own talent, and totally moved that there was so much love expressed between this group that day, and I was lucky enough to capture these precious memories for a long-time friend and her husband.

Family photography isn't always about posing the group and the 'everyone face the camera and smile' mentality. Out of all of the moments I capture, I hope to be able to show you more of the photos where you and your family are just being yourselves, rather than those images showing who you are trying to be. Life is crazy, messy, and unpredictable. But in that same breath it is absolutely beautiful, full of love, and perfectly imperfect, and that is exactly how I feel about the families and their lives that I'm so grateful to be a part of through photography.

Without further delay, please meet the Henshue Family!

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Wehbey Family

The Wehbey family was a one-of-a-kind group to photograph! This bunch sure knows how to keep the entertainment going. Jokes were flying left and right during the entire session, and there wasn't a moment where at least ONE of them wasn't laughing, including me! This group couldn't be serious if they tried!

Gina and her brothers share a congenial bond. The boys of this family may outnumber their sister, but they certainly place her at the pinnacle of their focus and protection, which I'm sure she very much enjoys!

The best thing about being a Lehigh Valley family photographer is that I get to work with the most loving families throughout the region from many different walks of life! I get to learn about where they come from, their backgrounds, their likes and dislikes, and most of all, who they are. And that just might be my bottom-line favorite thing altogether about being a photographer.  I get to use a piece of equipment to capture families in all of their realness, and I give them the gift of precious memories, preserved.

Thank you Wehbey family for choosing me to capture your family photos!

Lehigh Valley Family Photographer | Balash Sisters

As a Lehigh Valley family photographer, I get so much satisfaction when my clients approach me about surprise sessions, or sessions that will result in gifting images to loved ones. I love the "do for others" mentality and it truly warms my heart to see so much good going on in the world!

When MickiLee contacted me about setting up a family session with her sister, I knew their session would be so meaningful. Sisters, without a doubt, hold a special place in my heart (I mean, I do have three of them!) and I wanted to make this a very special ordeal for her and her family.

I met MickiLee and her sister Ashley at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This place is such a unique location with an industrial feel that contains the complex history of the Bethlehem Steel Company. We talked, laughed, and enjoyed the warmth of the day while exploring the iconic structures. These two ladies are too gorgeous for words! They care so much for one another, and their sisterhood reminds me much of my own with my very own sisters!

I know for a fact that Mrs. Balash probably cried when she received her birthday gift - MickiLee said that her mother always wanted portraits of her daughters in white shirts and jeans. I was more than happy to be a part of the process!