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Wedding Photographer… To Be or Not To Be?

Ever since I became a professional photographer I have avoided weddings. Just plain avoided them. A few would-be wedding clients have inquired and I've just always simply said "nope! I don't do weddings."     I rationalized this aversion for all sorts of "good" reasons. I didn't like the idea of working with fussy brides or their picky moms. I didn't like the idea of being on my feet for 10 hours. But most of all, I HATED the idea of endless hours post-processing 3,000 pictures that (in my mind) would all look about the same. I mean, that white dress is gorgeous but if I have to see it in one more picture I'm going to gouge my eyes out. Honestly this might seem harsh but I don't even usually like looking THROUGH an entire image set of wedding photos. I can't imagine having to be the one to sort out and edit them all!     {side note - editing is one of my least favorite parts of my job. I hate being in front of the computer for

Event Photography | Vince & Eleanor’s 65th Anniversary

If these photos don't melt your heart then it's made of stone. This is the kind of event where my face gets sore from smiling so much!     I met this wonderful couple very briefly as their children situated them for their party to begin. So I didn't really know much about them. But what I learned about them through the course of the morning's event photography brought tears to my eyes.      First of all, you can tell a lot about a couple by the smiles of their friends and family.     I mean, it's downright contagious!  I feel like I'm missing out on a really good joke or something... but I think the punchline is something like "Vince and Eleanor, we're just so excited to be here celebrating this big day with you!"     The toasts were a fabulous mix of stories and praise of this wonderful couple. Tales of a fiery redhead getting herself set up on an awkward first

171 Cedar Arts Center | Spring Recitals

I'm really enjoying my first steps into the adventure of teaching photography at 171 Cedar Arts Center.     I love the energy and excitement I find whenever I walk in the beautiful buildings. The Cedar Arts family has such a diverse offering of classes that every day has a completely different feel. Sometimes during photography class we have the background music of an exciting tap class, or the amazing smells of a cooking class to tease us ;-) Or there's a new exhibit being set up across the hall in the gallery. (Check out Laura's work this week... it's a fabulous exhibit and it ends the 16th!)     It's a joy to be on staff and contribute my art to the mix by teaching and empowering my students!  The longer I'm here and the more I learn, the more in love I am with the mission and passion of 171 in this community.     So I was extra excited to work photographing the Spring Recitals this year. As a

Newborns at Home | Baby Ellie

I had the privilege of meeting little miss Ellie in the coziness of her home a few days after she was born. She had plenty of happy smiles and sweet snuggles to share. It was a blast watching her two big brothers show off how proud and excited they are. The whole family is certainly blessed to be adding some more pink to their world. Congrats to the Hyrnkiws... Baby Ellie is just lovely!      Like this post? Contact me today to book a relaxed in home newborn shoot for your

Amazing Headshots | Don’t Take My Word For It

A couple weeks ago, I bumped into a former headshot client. I remembered her because her first interaction with me was one I hear often... something like: Good luck taking a good photo of me. I'm not photogenic. I'm only doing this because the team wants me to get a headshot done. Sorry. I still have a hard time believing that people walk around thinking such depressing thoughts about themselves. But I also love the challenge of getting them outside of their head for those 15 minutes I'm pointing my camera in their face. My goal? To show them a glimpse of the powerful amazing person they are.  It's not always easy. And maybe some people still walk away from headshots with me feeling "blah" about themselves. But it's always my goal to empower people. I want you to see what I see when I look into your eyes. I want you to understand the intensity and the beauty of your one-of-a-kind face! Well Susan came up to me and thanked me again for the headshots I had taken. She said

A Valentine’s Day Question for You

So I have to ask... When's the last time you and your sweetheart had professional photos taken together?  If the answer is your wedding day I'm going to reach through the computer and pop you in the forehead.     I get it though, so I'll try to be nice here. But it's true - everyone needs to get photos taken together. REGULARLY people, regularly! You need to remind your significant other that they matter to you! We get professional photos of things that matter to us. Weddings, babies, special events and milestones. You should look at these photos as a way to commemorate another year of your love!        A lot happens between the cute engagement photos of your passionate youth and the deep love that only years together can bring. And a lot of what is happening isn't something you think to record often. But if a picture says a thousand words, then that's why I work so hard to show as much emotion and

Newborns at Home | Baby Jade

  Here's sweet baby Jade! One week after her amazingly fast birth. She was just so petite and pretty in pink for her newborn photos with me. A thousand congrats again to the Ingles Family. Your newest addition is just precious!     Like these photos? Book me now to document your baby's yawns and tiny

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Jade

I can't really think of any better way to celebrate the fresh start of a New Year than to witness the birth of a baby. And Jade's story was even more exciting than usual because when she decided she was ready, she was ready NOW! Her Momma and I were going back and forth over text the whole afternoon. Angela didn't want me to rush over to the hospital and end up waiting for hours and hours. But I just had a weird feeling that I needed to get over there. Birth photographer's intuition? I should probably add that to my credentials! ;-) So Miss Jade was born less than an hour after I got there... at first all was quiet, Mom was trying to rest and breathe, and then she got in the tub for a change of scenery and surprised everyone with some really strong contractions and pushing! So cue midwife because it was showtime! Grandma was calling for Dad to hurry up and get here but unfortunately Baby waits for no man. She was so beautiful and sweet and the tiniest little thing I've

Headshot Photography | Corning Area Chamber of Commerce

This post is an example of how I see a story in everything. Every job I do gives me the opportunity to meet new people... I get to give them something (great photos) and I almost always get to learn and grow from my interactions with them. When I moved back to Corning a year and a half ago, it wasn't under the best of circumstances. To say that starting over as a single mom and relaunching my business after four years in Germany was daunting would be an understatement. Sure, I was back in my hometown and surrounded by family and friends who were supporting me, but I was scared out of my mind. I remember poking around the internet and looking at the Corning area... thinking about who was taking what kind of photography, brainstorming my dream business, thinking about the best niche for me... and I remember thinking about joining the Chamber of Commerce. But I didn't because I didn't think I was good enough. Fast forward a year, and I'm gaining a healthier mindset

Family Photos | Dunbar Family + Baby Troy

The Dunbar Family and I had a really neat moment of star-alignment a couple weeks ago. Not only was the schedule free and the weather nice for a last-minute photo shoot, but it was the last weekend there were still leaves in Canfield Park! I'm always sad when the City does the Great Leaf Clean Up every fall ;-) But we got to sneak in our photos really quick that Sunday and it was extra special because it was Baby Troy's first family photo session with the crew!  And he was pretty much a pro,