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Hi! Thanks a million for visiting my blog! This is a place for my business, photography, ideas, inspiration, life stories and, of course, mounds and mounds of pictures. If you're looking for information about my photography services, i welcome you to view some of my most recent work here and then click on the portfolio link above. If you're looking for a place to have fun, relax, feel happy, and be inspired, stick around and grab something to drink! May I suggest the "what I'm sippin'" list of favorites to the bottom left?

Alexis: Three-Year Portraits, Garrett County MD Portrait Photographer

I first met Miss Alexis at Ally’s preschool. She and Ally quickly became friends and Alexis soon after became very interested in who I was. After she found out I was Ally’s mom, she greeted me every time I dropped Ally off at school. One time, she even brought me a book and tried sitting on my lap! Alexis is a cutie and a sweetheart and now wants a high five when she greets me at school. :)

Alexis turned three in June and her mom wanted to document her birthday with some portraits. Since they live close to us, I invited them for a session in our backyard. Alexis did so well during her session so we treated she and Ally to some playtime on our swing set afterwards.

Happy belated birthday, Miss Alexis! Thanks for being Ally’s good buddy at school! :)

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This girl was READY to smile!

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She was also happy to use Ally’s pink chair as a prop. :)

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I love these soft, innocent looks from Alexis…

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Time for a family portrait!

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Everyone knows little kids love to swing with mom and dad! :)

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Striking a pose. :)

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Alexis is THREE!

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Some portraits with Mom…

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Alexis was very serious when counting her mom’s beads…

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Love these big smiles!

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And of course, some portraits with Dad…

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Out to the field to pick some flowers! Made for a great distraction. :)

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A favorite for me. :)

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Haha striking another pose!

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This girl is serious about her counting! Whether it’s beads or flowers, she’s going to count them right!

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Such a pretty portrait. :)

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One thing I learned during my session with Alexis is that telling a little one to smile doesn’t always produce the best smile. Telling them NOT to smile might be the way to go. In the picture on the left, Alexis is smiling. In the picture on the right, Alexis is not smiling. ;)

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She blew us some kisses!

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Alyssa & Josh: Engaged, Washington PA Photographer

As I was waiting on Alyssa and Josh to arrive in downtown Washington, PA, I got nervous. The sun had gone away, dark clouds were moving in and the winds had picked up. There was a storm coming, but the hourly forecast predicted it would come AFTER our session. Well the hourly forecast was WRONG!

The rain came, the winds blew and it got dark. BUT thankfully it only lasted a short while! Whew! Mother Nature was looking out for us that day! :) While it did remain a little on the darker side with some sprinkles here and there, we were still able to complete a successful engagement session. Thankfully Alyssa and Josh were TROOPERS and the George Washington Hotel had some nice indoor options for us. It’s actually the venue where they’ll be wed next year, so it was nice to explore before the actual wedding day.

I started off nervous for this engagement session (because of the rain!), but ended feeling excited about working with these two…or three. :)

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Since it was raining when we started, we explored the inside of the George Washington Hotel and took some indoor portraits. This is the room where Alyssa and Josh will say “I do” next September. Isn’t it beautiful!?! Oh the ceremony pictures we’re going to get here!!!

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And this little guy is their son, Asher. He joined us here and there throughout the session. :)

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I think this needs reposed when they’re in their wedding attire!

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A session favorite for me!

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LOVE the unique colors and light in this one!

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We ventured outside and used any covered space we could find. I was itching for some outdoor light!

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Very moody! ;) And how about Alyssa’s hair here?? It’s so eye-catching and sort of Marilyn Monroe-ish!

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So romantic. :)

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Alyssa was a big fan of using the beautiful courthouse across the street and because it provided some covered outdoor space and some awesome architecture, I was happy to fulfill Alyssa’s wishes!

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See the rain?? It wasn’t coming down as hard as it looks!

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But I was standing in the middle of the street with oncoming traffic in the distance to get these shots. :)

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We moved back inside the hotel since the rain wouldn’t let up. Alyssa and Josh showed me the reception ballroom and boy is it unique! The hotel was built in the early 20th century and the original details still linger…

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And back outside! Time for a couple more pictures with Asher. :)

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Good thing they were okay with standing in the rain…with an umbrella, of course! :)

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More moody and romantic portraits…

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Another favorite for me!

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These next few are BIG TIME favorites! The architecture of the courthouse, the city street, the umbrella and Alyssa and Josh’s ability to make the rainy scene look GOOD! :)

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One more city landscape to close out the session…and to make sure I really gave Alyssa the “city feel” she desired in her pictures…

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I’m excited to get back to the George Washington Hotel and downtown Washington and photograph these two again! They’re going for a Great Gatsby theme for their wedding and I think it’s going to pair so nicely with the feel of their venue and the surrounding area. I’m so glad we got to get a taste for their wedding day during their engagement session…and I’m so glad we didn’t let the rain ruin our time together! Thanks for a great session, Alyssa and Josh! :)

Angie & Scott: Succop Conservancy Wedding, Pittsburgh PA Wedding Photographer

What I might remember most from Angie and Scott’s wedding was the overwhelming amount of photo locations at their venue. A red bar, a pond, weeping willow trees, an old mansion, a pavilion and plenty of greenery…it was a photographer’s dream! Every beautiful venue rolled into one! And thankfully, to go with the wonderful venue there was also good weather and an awesome couple. :)

I first met Angie and Scott at Mary and Tyler’s wedding reception last year (thanks for sharing my info with Angie, Mary!). We then did an engagement session last fall and I now consider them friends, not just clients. They’ve been friendly and excited throughout this entire process and that has made working with them so enjoyable and easy. Wedding photography was at the top of their priority list so we took full advantage of the Succop grounds and our time together. There’s lots of pictures to share for this one, folks! Enjoy. :)

I walked into the bridal suite and was impressed. Angie had everything waiting for me, so my mom and I went to work while Angie finished up at the salon. It was nice to photograph her bridal details with no one else in the room…

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Scott’s getting ready room was manly, sophisticated and so appropriate! It also had some great window light!

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Back to the bridal suite for more details…

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I love the colors in this one. :)

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The guys were ready first, so we went outside to take care of their fun and formals ahead of time…

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The “Flying V”…and yes, they started to quack! :)

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Back inside with the girls and their finishing touches…

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SO MANY awesome pictures of Angie getting her dress, jewelry and shoes on…

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I have my brides sit in a pretty chair next to some good light when she puts her shoes on…it always makes for some nice bridal portraits.

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A favorite for me! :)

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A ceremony in front of a weeping willow tree!? So picture-perfect!

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A few black and white portraits from my mom…

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Scott’s reaction to Angie walking down the aisle. :)

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The bridesmaids and their dresses and those flowers!? I couldn’t get enough!

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Laughs during their vows. :)

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Angie’s hot red lips ended up on Scott a few times that day. ;)

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MARRIED!!!

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BIG wedding party!

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And a group hug. :)

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One of my favorite portraits of Angie. :)

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LOVE bridesmaids that wear different dresses and brides that encourage each of her maids to buy their own dress. Angie gave them three color choices and this is what they came up with! LOVE IT!!!!

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The bouquets were put together by bridesmaid and former JFP bride Mary. :)

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They got married on July 3rd…American flags were appropriate.

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Angie and Mary! I get to see these two ladies AGAIN next month for Julia and Rush’s wedding!

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Angie picked out this spot for some bridal portraits and it was a good choice!

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Angie warned me about all the wonderful decorations at the wedding. She said she put her heart and soul into making her day pretty…and it really paid off! Wonderful job, Angie. :)

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Impressive cookie and pie table!

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The guests admiring the “advice from 5th graders” display…

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A closer look at the “advice”…

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The pavilion looked beautiful!

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Angie showing Scott his surprise groom’s cake…

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He was excited for his favorite, Funfetti!

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Angie and Scott wanted everyone to JUMP (literally) during their intro!

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Angie had no problem jumping! :)

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Angie wanted to take even more pictures before the sun went down and because the rain clouds were rolling in, we had to hurry!

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Doesn’t this look like a scene from a southern plantation or something??

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And then the geese swam by as Angie and Scott were doing this! PERFECT TIMING!

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Tons of pictures later and still smiling. :)

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And they were on the dance floor ALL NIGHT LONG!

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One final smile from Mr. and Mrs. Harris. :)

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Oh Angie and Scott, thanks for being you! For being friendly, for putting a high priority on pictures, for being fun and spunky, and for putting together such a beautiful wedding day. I am so glad I got to be a part of your big day and I cannot wait until we need to take pictures together again. :)