S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

It’s always exciting when one of your besties tells you that they’re expecting! I was beyond thrilled when Susanna told me back in September. Since we’re the creative type, we took to pinterest to find a fun way to photograph the announcement. I must say the mini blue pumpkin that Susanna came up with was such a darling way to do it! (even if it was a little sticky. :D) I’ve done Susanna and Jon’s pictures several times over the years. Click here, here and here to see their family grow.

Thank you for having me do your pictures year after year!

Congratulations to the cutest family around!

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

The moment the puppy realized the blue pumpkin meant an addition to the family and another competitor for the toys. 😀

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

Being big brothers is a very serious thing!

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

Daddy, Mommy, Big Brother, and Little Brother 2017 ❤

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

S Family Pictures 2016 & Baby Announcement | Lawrence County, PA Photographer

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Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

This has been a long awaited photoshoot! Phoebe and I have been buddies for over 15 years so she IS family. Ever since she started ballet, I would tell her that I would do a photoshoot with her one day. After a year or two things finally worked out and Phoebe and her sister (who also has a ton of ballerina experience 🙂 ) came over on a deliciously warm autumn day. Phoebe probably did the equivalent of 4 workouts posing for me! Thank you Phoebe for all of your hard work and giving me the opportunity to do this!! Love ya!!

In this blog post, you’ll notice that ballet shoes are one of my favorite things EVER to photograph. (And also that 90% of the pictures are vertical. How that happened, I have no idea. 😛 ) Since I had seen this post on one of my favorite photographer’s blog, I had been inspired to do something with ballet. We went to an old train station that also happened to have a little log cabin right next to it. It was the PERFECT location! I’ll stop talking and let you see for yourself. Here are some of my favorite pictures EVAHHH!! Enjoy 🙂

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

 

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

Phoebe Autumn Ballet Portraits | Beaver, PA Photographer

 

Around The Farm ~ Why I Take Pictures | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

(Pictured above: Fresh Apple cider… and obligatory fall leaf picture)

A while back a friend told me “Your pictures always turn out so beautifully! I would take pictures all the time if my pictures turned out so well.” Something about that comment struck a chord with me. My pictures never EVAH “turn out well” at least not on the first shot. Slowly I realized that I hardly ever took ordinary photos of family life anymore and most of my camera time was devoted to making my pictures look the best.

Curious now, I went back in the family picture archives to look at how I’ve taken pictures over the years. I’ve been the main “picture taker” in the family since we got our first digital camera in 2001 so I had a lot to look back on. All of the pictures until roughly 2009 were allllll candid happy family shots. Some were taken on holidays and birthdays but for the most part they were taken on normal days of no particular importance. 2009 was when I started really trying to make photography more professional and with that the normal family pictures slowly disappeared unless it was a major holiday or birthday. I missed all of the ordinary days. Since then, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring my camera out on regular old normal days.

Whether you’re a photographer or not, don’t let “good” or “bad” pictures prevent you from capturing the normal days in your life. You’ll never regret when, years from now, you’ll look back on how young everyone was, all those outdated styles, old friends, and even the decorations that used to be on the walls!  You’ll be happy and thankful for everyone of those pictures. 🙂

Whew, OK, with that said here are some of said normal day pictures!

While working on finishing up some photoshoots I’ve done over the past few weeks, I decided to post some farm pictures I’ve taken over the past few months. We’ve been quite busy!

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Waking up early to do chores and finding a surprise baby donkey in the field! I took my camera out after that to document the morning chores.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

farmy5Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

This is Roger the overly friendly cow.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Terisa a few days after she was born.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

The first frost.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Teddy Roosevelt the rooster eating out of the bucket of apple peals from making apple cider and Opie the kitten.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

The turkeys tanning before winter sets in.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

Not farm related but we went to D.C. for a few days this fall.

Around The Farm ~ It's Autumn! | Personal

To sum it all up, I’m leaving yinz with this picture of Bruce the overgrown calf and this hymn which is always my favorite this time of year.

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.