Kelsey and Aaron had an outdoor wedding on a beautiful Summer day at the Chetremon Gold Course in Cherry Tree PA. This was my first time shooting at the venue and I loved it! They had a lodge where youcould get married, the perfect patio area for your ceremony, lakes and the reception lodge had huge windows that allowed for natural light, my fav!
Kelsey planned & designed a boho wedding using blue, coral and gold accent colors. The details were perfect!
I had the pleasure of photographing Danielle & Chad's wedding a few years ago, fast forward to now...they're going to be parents! Amazing ones at that. Danielle's bestfriend purchased the maternity + newborn package as a gift for her. Hopefully her little girl will look back someday on these images documenting the beginning story of her and smile. :)
When is best? Within 5-10 days. There's also the “Fresh 48” lifestyle hospital session.
We recommend that you keep your home a bit warmer than normal during the session. (Like a toasty 80 degrees or so.) Newborns are used to being all bundled up,warm + cozy…and then we come in and yank off all their clothes for those adorable naked baby shots. They tend not to like that too much! Pushing up the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more smoothly and help them sleep better.
When should I feed my baby? Within 30 minutes or shortly before your session time.
A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby. We’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed.
Relax. We'll take the baby’s lead; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. In fact, we’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. Sometimes that best photos happen when baby isn’t doing exactly what we want.
Sleepy Babies Rock. Most of the images we’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, we recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. It'll be worth it.
We ask that you open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to our arrival. This enables us to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that we can set up in the best possible location. Nothing flatters like natural light, so we prefer to use it whenever possible. We can document some lifestyle newborn portraits in the nursery and move to a bigger window afterwards if needed.
Do the parents have to be in them?
No but you'll treasure the images if you do. I know, I know..you just had a baby! You probaly don't feel like getting fixed up. But take some time to care for yourself.
What should we wear?
Neutral colors without patterns or logos work best. You don't have to be all matchy matchy with your significant other. :)
Do we have to think about props or do you provide them?
We do have some fuzzy warm blankets, wraps, and headbands! You may want something special, a cute hat or to include something a family/friend made. Think about things that may tell your story or have sentimental value such as a book, blanket, verse and ect.
The majority of our newborn sessions take place in your home/nursery. If the weather is warm enough and you’re comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors. (Baby being all pose-y and cute in a big, open field or at the base of an old tree?YASSS!) Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t even stress out! You just had a BABY! If you didn’t have dishes piled in the sink, dirty clothes and baby items strewn all about, we’d think you were weird (just kidding). Clutter is definitely expected! We’ve shot in-home sessions on coffee tables and rocked them! We really don’t need much space and can shoot around any problem areas.
Making a floral wreath with fresh florals, outdoor greenery/evergreens is totally my jam! It's muhh favorite!!
Your dog/cat may have felt like your baby before you had one. Include them! They're part of the family.
Stella and Nick had their ceremony at St. Sylvester's Church in Slickville and a beautiful, elegant reception at the Westmoreland Country Club.
I absolutely love it when I get to see Ashley and her family! I photographed her and her husband Andy's wedding a few years ago and their beautiful baby boy that came after is growing up to be SO. DARN. CUTE!! I always thought he looked a lot like his Dad but I can defiantly see his mom in him as well!
I kind of lucked out having a beautiful trail so close to where I work. I punched out at 4:30 and had to drive less than a mile to be at the Saltsburg River and Trail for their portraits.
Jamie and Kenny got married on April 29th 2017! The morning started off super rainy but the sunshine came through for us!
Jamie and her bridesmaids got ready at Embassy Suites in Moon PA. After everyone got all jazzed up they headed to the Crossroads Church for a beautiful ceremony. It was during the ceremony that Kenny's love for Jamie became very evident to me. It was adorable the way he looked at her! We took some portraits afterwards at Robin Hill Park then got our party on back at Embassy Suites!
I had a blast with Kayleigh & John during their maternity session! We started in their nursery which I absolutely looooved! Kayleigh has an amazing eye for details when decorating and she refurbishes furniture to fit a shabby chic style! Their nursery is a "Be Brave little one-adventure" theme. Dad is a big hunter so some of his horns give the finishing tuoches as well!
After doing lifestyle portraits we headed out to round Hill Park for a more Boho-Whimsical feel.
If you know Kayleigh & John you know how much of a dream come true this little one is and I couldn't be happier for them!
CorbinView Farms is a gorgeous, recently renovated farm in Reynoldsville PA. It overlooks the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, had a large charming pond with a dock, and a room for the bride to get ready! It's the perfect location for a laid back, gorgeous rustic wedding in a country setting!
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corbinviewfarms1/
- Address: 5200 Allens Mills Road Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
- (814) 541-7664
Burnhead Grazings is a sheep farm located in Indiana PA, owned by some amazing people! I got married on Burnhead Grazings land in 2015! Their home has such charm and their love for Jesus shines through them.
April 1st we took portraits in a Spring House with some of their baby lambs! The lambs were only 2 days old actually! Randy was incredibly helpful in letting us use their lambs for portraits and making sure the animals were safe.
As Wedding Season 2017 will be shortly approaching I began to think about the goals I want to set for myself and my business this year. It's so important to give yourself something to work towards and look forward to. What are some of the goals you've set for yourself this year? Here are some of mine! I'm sure I could think of a million more! My mind feels like having 30 browser tabs open at once! haha!
- Get published on the wild collective
- Get featured on Babetown Collective
- Get featured on WHIRL
- Get featured on Burgh Brides
- Shoot my first out of state wedding
- Capture more raw emotion and genuine smiles
- Learn how to compose double exposure images
- Experiment more with prisms
- Renovate my office with new walls and flooring
- Refurbish a vintage desk
- Look into offering photo albums as an add on option.
- Hang out with 2-3 photographer friends!
- Shoot an engagement session in a canoe
- Take more images of my own family and PRINT them!
- Explore more!
- Shoot a dark & moody boudoir session
- Be more organized with my business management software Tave
We started Kyleen & Jason's engagement session by meeting at the Point in Pittsburgh. Even with the water fountain off this is a gorgeous location in which you can see the surrounding yellow bridges! After Point Park we met at Station Square to get some pictures on one of the bridges. I loved the arch of the bridge and when they turn architecture into an art! We finished up their engagement session by riding the trolley up the incline to Mount Washington! The view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh is voted the second most Beautiful view in America!!!
Some of their engagement pictures are probably my favorite ones yet. It was such a breath of fresh air to go somewhere new and they were so much fun to be around.
Cory & Natasha got married on Sunday, March 19th at the Point in Pittsburgh! With only their immediate family as their witnesses they exchanged vows with the city landscape behind them.
Pittsburgh is where Cory proposed to Natasha and it's their favorite place to go to have fun, so what better location to have their wedding?! I had so much fun chatting with the two of them as we walked around Point Park taking their portraits!