So this is where I'm supposed to write about photography stuff, I guess? Well it'll be more about random things I do in my life as well as about my photoshoots and other "Sinannigans." Hope you enjoy!
Ever since I took up photography, I started
stalking following other photographers who inspire me, hoping to get good ideas on angles, details, and posing from them. While some people may have an Amazon wish list, I have a photographers wish list! A local wedding photographer I follow is Isabel March Photography. One day while browsing her blog, I discovered she was offering a free workshop called "It's All in the Details." I thought it would be a great experience to meet one of the photographers I follow and learn from her! Plus, I know my attention to details in pictures could use a little work, so what a great opportunity!
The class was full but Isabel was gracious enough to still fit me in. I thought I'd be the only one who didn't do wedding photography, doesn't do photography full time, or hasn't had years of experience. To my surprise, that was not the case! All the girls I met were friendly and excited to learn. Isabel was a fantastic teacher who kept us engaged and laughing the whole time! I want to get engaged/married just so I can book her... in two years since that's how full her schedule is!!!
I feel like I've been in a photography slump lately. While this class wasn't related to portraits or posing, it inspired me to want to pick up my camera more and focus on more than just faces! I can't wait to go out and do my next session!
Here are some shots from the wedding details that Isabel set up in her studio!
Last weekend, my friend and her family came to meet up with me for a morning of apple picking followed by lunch at Victory Brewing Company. Visiting the apple orchard with a couple of spunky kids definitely calls for few cold ones at the brewery! We started off at Highland Orchards in West Chester, PA as that was only about 10 minutes from Victory. This was my first time picking apples and I had no idea this gem of a location existed so close to me. The orchards were mostly picked through as it was late fall, but we were still each able to pick a half peck bag (and now I know what a half peck looks like AND what a half bushel looks like). The kids had a great time running through the VERY long aisles of apple trees and playing in the pumpkin patch. Below are just a few of the fun photos from this weekend!
Recently, I was asked to shoot an engagement party that turned out to be a surprise wedding for the guests. What a great idea! Lauren and Mike got engaged early this year and wanted to surprise their friends and family with a wedding that was more fitting of their fun and easy going personalities. The party happened at Southern Cross Kitchen in Conshohocken, so everything had a bit of a southern feel to it, including the extra warm July weather! The cocktails flowed with lemonade and bourbon while the hors d'oeuvres included lobster mac & cheese, fresh fruit, and southern spring rolls. Mason jars, hydrangeas, and touches of burlap added to the super cute and comforting atmosphere of the upstairs bar and restaurant area at Southern Cross Kitchen.
Needless to say, all EIGHTY-some guests were shocked and excited after they realized they were actually there for a wedding. It was intimate and perfect and to sound absolutely cliche, you could feel the love from everyone at that ceremony who were nothing but happy to be sharing in that moment with Lauren and Mike. There were huge smiles all around and definitely a few not-so-dry eyes!
While I don't know if I could ever pull something so huge like this off, I give them props for being able to keep it a secret for so long! This was one wedding no one will forget!
Yesterday I visited Longwood Gardens with my friend and her two blue-eyed boys. Although we've never selected a particular date to meet up, we've been meeting up at Longwood for three years now since her first son was a baby! So it's sort of developed into our little tradition. It's always nice to catch up with a friend and watch the kids get excited for new things. And it's even better when you're catching up at beautiful location! Longwood Gardens has their conservatory and outdoor gardens set up for Christmas now so everything is festive and lit! We got there a little after lunch so made it in before the mad rush of people. We stayed till early evening... long enough for the lights to turn on and for the boys' energy levels to turn off!
The first "tree" below reminds me of a fancy themed wedding cake...
And I had to do a montage because there were just way too many photos!
A few weeks ago, I went to support my friend while he ran the Philadelphia Marathon. It was his first marathon! Two years ago, he wasn't a runner. Now, 80lbs less and feeling great, my friend just finished his first marathon in 4:58 hours. Not bad for a beginner! We were so proud of him and I was happy to run around Manayunk and Philadelphia to cheer on his great accomplishment! Heck, I can't run a quarter mile without taking a break!
After a celebratory lunch of traditional Philadelphia cheesesteak, we said our goodbyes as our friends started back on their trek home to Brooklyn. We had someone else to visit... this time, smaller and peppier! Meet Amber... an 8-week ball of cuteness! Now say it with me.... "AWWWWWWW!"