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Yearly Archives: 2013

Peddler’s Village Family Portrait • Lahaska, PA • Whitfield Family

Peddler’s Village Family Portrait Session

I adore shooting in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA, especially for a family portrait session. The area is always so nicely decorated and there are so many different places to shoot within their grounds. The Whitfield Family contacted me for their annual photo session and we immediately decided upon a Peddler’s Village Family Portrait Session. Since it was fall the leaves were the perfect color and the weather was just right for beautiful fall clothing. Their son, Benjamin, had a wonderful time running around Peddler’s Village while his mother and father chased him about. I’ve photographed Benjamin quite a few times and boy oh boy does this kid LOVE to run! I think he may be a track star in high school haha.

Looking for a Peddler’s Village Family Portrait Session? I’ve shot here and at dozens of other locations in the area. Please feel free to email me any time at [email protected]. I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. For your convenience my full pricing is available here on my blog and on my website. I look forward to hearing from you!

Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - For the Whitfield Family portrait session you can see them posing together while the sun shines through the trees behind them.I tend to photograph my subjects later in the day because I love the late afternoon sun. It’s golden in color, very direct and creates the most beautiful hair light. For this image, all I had to do was place my subjects in front of a beautiful fall tree and ask them to hold their son Benjamin.
Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - Here in Lahaska, PA it was a perfect fall day. Their child Ben runs in front as the parents walk hand in hand behind them through the streets of Peddler's Village.With a family portrait session it is always wise to give your subjects something fun to do together, instead of just asking them to sit and pose for you. Children almost never want to sit in one location for very long so I simply asked The Whitfield family to walk through Peddler’s Village while I snapped away. Having a long lens such as the Canon 70-200 gives you the ability to be quite far away from your subjects, letting them interact naturally. This also gives you ample time to get several good photographs before the family reaches your location.
Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - A loving mother hugs her first born sun in front of cute fall decorations at Peddler's Village.Kimberly has the most wonderful smile and you can tell her son Benjamin is the light of her life. Here they are in front of a local toy store. I frequently like to use the surrounding architecture and foliage to my advantage. So by asking them to kneel and relax together I was able to give this shot some bursts of color.
Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - A mother and son play together on a chilly fall day with tons of cute decorations in the background.Since there was so many colorful flags and decorations around Peddler’s Village it was easy to capture the tone of this beautiful fall afternoon. When photographing fast moving children you have to be sure to use a very fast shutter speed, in order to stop any motion. If you don’t your photographs will come out very blurry and you will have unhappy clients.
Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - Here the family sits together as their son Benjamin waves to people on the street.Benjamin is such a polite boy. He always waved to other children and said hello as we adventured through Peddler’s Village.
Peddler's Village Family Portrait Session - As the day comes to a close the family hugs each other tight in front of some shops in Peddler's Village.You only have one shot to get that perfect photo of a child looking directly into your lens. When photographing a family I always make sure to tell my parents and adults to always look at me the entire time they are posing with their child. I’ve figured out through experience that the child will only look up for a split second and I have to catch that shot. If I have my parents looking down at their child, trying to get them to look at me, the moment he looks up, I have parents looking down. This little tip has helped me countless times to capture a perfect family portrait.

New Hope/Lambertville Engagement Session • Mercedes & Sal

New Hope Engagement Session

I have lived near Lambertville, New Jersey and New Hope, Pennsylvania my entire life, so I know the area quite well. I’ve visited there countless times so when Mercedes and Sal contacted me to shoot their engagement session and told me they wanted to use the area I was happy to oblige. We started off on the streets of Lambertville and then ended their engagement session right before sunset on the New Hope, PA side. If you’re looking to have your very own New Hope engagement session please feel free to contact me at [email protected] and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

new_hope_engagement_session01Normally I always shoot my couple with their backs to the sun, however the sun had set just behind the buildings but there was still plenty of golden light illuminating the trees behind my couple, providing a gorgeous background. Since the sun had already set behind the tree line there was no shadows to deal with on my couple’s faces. I asked them to cuddle together for a quick series of images.
new_hope_engagement_session02What New Hope engagement session would be complete without stopping to shoot on the bridge between Lambertville and New Hope? Just make sure there aren’t too many people crossing the bridge when you’re trying to get your image.
new_hope_engagement_session03Just because the sun completely disappeared over the horizon doesn’t mean you have to stop shooting. A silhouette shot at the end of the day is an easy image when you know what you are doing.
new_hope_engagement_session04Mercedes and Sal had no trouble cuddling up to each other for their photographs. Using the leading lines of the small bridge was a simple and effective way to draw your eye towards the subject.
new_hope_engagement_session05Using the architecture to your advantage is something a good photographer should always do. Here i simply asked Mercedes and Sal to sit together on this stone wall. The light was even on their entire bodies which means I could shoot from any direction and any angle I please.
new_hope_engagement_session06You don’t always have to photograph both couple’s reactions at the same time. Here I told Sal to whisper something funny in Mercedes ear so that I could get a great laugh from her. He definitely succeeded. I photographed them in front of a dark backdrop to make them really pop off the image.
new_hope_engagement_session07Sun flare can be absolutely gorgeous when photographed correctly. For this image, I used very shallow depth of field to give this shot an intimate feel. Mercedes and Sal’s New Hope engagement session was a huge success!

Newtown, Pennsylvania Photographer • Pet Portraits • Melvin the Cat

Newtown PA Photographer

I don’t get inquires for pet photography very often, but when I was contacted to photograph the adorable Melvin the Cat, I couldn’t resist. He was a total sweetheart and followed me around the entire time I was trying to photograph him haha. His owner even sat with him for a few shots. Their pet parrot even joined in on the fun! I had a great time getting to photograph this little fury guy.

If you’re looking for a Newtown PA Photographer please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be honored to photograph your family, pets or any of your special events. You can email me at [email protected]. For your convenience, my full pricing is available on my blog and on my website. Let me know if you have any questions about what is included and how you can book your photo shoot. I look forward to hearing from you!

Newtown PA Photographer - You can see her pet parrot sitting on her shoulder posing for the camera.Boy was he a talkative little bird. Photographing them against the dark green background really made the bird and my subject pop.
Newtown PA Photographer - As she sits with her loving cat the sun beats down on them from a window behind them.Using a window as your main source of light is a great way to add emotion and drama to any image.
Newtown PA Photographer - Melvin the Cat and his owner sit together in their home in Newtown, PA.Again nothing but simple window light was used to create this image.
Newtown PA Photographer - During a warm summer day, Melvin the Cat enjoys a nap with his owner.Melvin and his owner laid outside together in the warm fall sun.
Newtown PA Photographer - Here Melvin the Cat found a nice warm spot in the sun to take his afternoon nap.When Melvin was finished following me around, he found a nice little warm patch of sun to take a little nap in. I used my Canon 70-200 zoomed all the way into 200mm so I could keep my distance from him and not to disturb his little nap.
Newtown PA Photographer - The sun gave Melvin a nice warm bath as he took a nice nap in the leaves outside his home in Newtown, PA.Shooting with extremely shallow depth of field allowed me to really focus on Melvin and showcase the beautiful fall foliage.