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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?

Lauren and Brad: Engaged, Deep Creek Lake Photographer

This was an engagement session I’ll never forget. Beautiful lake house, glowy sunlight, and a waterskiing couple. All at 6:30 in the morning.

When I emailed Lauren to ask her if she and Brad would be up for some waterskiing pictures during their session, I was nervous. I’m a lover of unique and different things, so I knew an engagement session that included some waterskiing would be awesome and exciting. But who wants to be athletic in cold water during their engagement session? I was afraid they wouldn’t be up for it. BUT THEY WERE!!!

I was so excited when Lauren said YES to my waterskiing idea! She and Brad love to waterski and wakeboard together on Deep Creek Lake, so it was a very appropriate thing to include that in their engagement session. And for fear that we’d have harsh sunlight and a crowded lake, we met at 6:30am. These guys get big gold stars in my book!

Who else wants to go waterskiing for their engagement pictures!?! :)

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This is the front of Lauren’s family’s lake house at Deep Creek! The unique details were amazing!!

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Even though it was a gray, overcast morning, the sun did peek through the clouds for a few minutes…and we took advantage of every minute!

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Ahhh the glowy sunlight! Perfect for a summer morning at the lake. :)

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They had only had their cat a very short while…and Lauren requested some pictures. He was camera-ready!

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Let the waterskiing adventures begin! I was like a kid in a candy story on the back of this boat. :)

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They even held hands while skiing together!!

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And then a kiss!?! So cool…and so skilled. :)

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Lastly, for their grand finale, they held a sign while waterskiing! AMAZING!!

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Lauren and Brad, you made my summer with this engagement session! Thank you so much for being so willing and daring! This will definitely be an all-time favorite for JFP…and a session to never forget!

 

 

Sara and Rob: Engaged, Southwest PA Photographer

Fun fact: I went to school with Sara’s brother Billy for 13 straight years…from kindergarten to twelfth grade! Now I’m taking Sara’s wedding pictures…tomorrow! So cool how things work out. :)

I met with Sara and Rob over the summer for their engagement session. Sara confessed that she was totally taking advantage of being a bride and loving the wedding planning process. She also confessed that was she was even more excited to marry Rob after seeing their engagement pictures. They had her a little emotional and she couldn’t believe that was really her in the pictures. Huge compliment to me as their photog, but also encouraged my excitement for their wedding day. Not only do I already know Sara’s family (especially Billy!), but I know just how excited Sara and Rob are, and how important their photography is to them. It might be a little cold in Pittsburgh tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a good time regardless. Just like we did during their engagement session (even though it was warm and summer-y then)…

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Apparently these two always find a reason to drink champagne and celebrate. :)

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Is Sara’s look captivating to anyone else!?! Maybe she’ll flash me that smirk tomorrow on the wedding day, too. ;)

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A session favorite for me! Always have to give the camera a good smile!

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Another favorite! Cuteness.

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Beautiful sunset sunlight…

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We were at Sara’s dad’s cabin in the mountains for the session…so naturally, s’mores were appropriate! Sara and Rob were also considering a s’mores treat for their wedding at the time, which is awesome foreshadowing. I hope there will be s’mores tomorrow! :)

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I’ll see Sara, Rob, their family and friends tomorrow! Happy wedding day, you two!!

Birthday Trifecta

Today is the BIRTHDAY TRIFECTA! Us Fikes celebrate not one, not two, but THREE birthdays on December 11th! Brian, Ally and myself were all born today. Yep, you read that right! We’re a crazy, unique, 1 in 133,000 kind of family. :)

When I found out Brian and I had the same birthday, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Maybe it was because I thought he was cute and really wanted to get to know him more. ‘) Or maybe it’s because I knew it would be something we could celebrate together…for a long time!

And now we share our celebration with our little girl Ally! She was actually due on December 17th and I was convinced she’d be a Christmas baby. Your first always comes late, right? Ha! My water broke on the night of the 10th and she popped out the next day. The doctors and nurses all sang us happy birthday and we shared some cake in the hospital. After that, we were on the news and in newspapers! We were sort of like celebrities that year. :)

So here we are…another year of the Birthday Trifecta…and Ally is FOUR. HOW AND WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN!?!? We all know that time flies, but when you have kids, IT REALLY FLIES! Ally is definitely not a baby or toddler anymore…talking all the time and using bigger words. She dresses herself, brushes her own teeth and is a big help around the house, especially with Jack. She loves going to school and playing with her friends…and anyone that will entertain her in her room! She really enjoys “sparklies”, especially when they come on boots, and she’s usually wearing a couple different outfits a day, including her princess dress-up dresses. She’s definitely keeping us on our toes with her lively and spit-fire personality, and it’s exciting to see her grow. And boy, has she grown over the past four years. Enjoy this little mix of memories of us and our Ally girl. :)

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And Happy Birthday to this guy! Without him, we wouldn’t be the Fikes. Without him, Ally wouldn’t be here. And without him, we wouldn’t be a trifecta. Thanks for many birthdays together, honey! Here’s to many more!

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