Newborn Session | Baby Autumn

This sweet family, who has gone through some difficult times with some health issues, kindly welcomed me into their home to move their furniture around, bribe their kiddos to sit where I wanted them to, and worried about their tiny baby girl who suddenly didn’t want to sleep for hours (yes, it happens all the time in newborn shoots). Fortunately they like to read stories together, so we got the busy little guy interested and ‘in’ the shots at least, and got some beautiful and realistic images of them as a family, doing what they like to do.

At the end of the day, it is delightful to see the images that we, as photographers, are able to capture, to remember the people and stories behind them, and to forget about all the hard lighting, the bribing, and the fast thinking that it took to get those images. But most of all, it is gratifying to know that this family will enjoy the story of their busy, crazy, but blessed lives at this moment in time.   newborn session_autumn-1newborn session_autumn-2newborn session_autumn-3newborn session_autumn-4newborn session_autumn-4bnewborn session_autumn-5newborn session_autumn-5bnewborn session_autumn-6newborn session_autumn-6-3newborn session_autumn-7newborn session_autumn-8newborn session_autumn-9newborn session_autumn-11newborn session_autumn-12anewborn session_autumn-12bnewborn session_autumn-13newborn session_autumn-14

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Editing Images with Pretty Presets

As a photographer…as a human…choices are endless, right?!  Just look at how many coffee drinks you can pick from! Emails and ads giving you choices, asking you to buy products, and telling you what you “need” are endless! And things on your to do list “seem” endless {hey, I need a coffee!} So, in the editing process, finding something that helps cut down on my time in front of the computer, making this perfectionist photog more effective, and giving me the look I want for my images is a time-saver and something I want to share! I use the editing program, Lightroom, which I love as a wedding photog editing lots of images. And I also love Pretty Presets {take a look}. These basically are collections of “adjustments” that you add to your images to get the look you want. So instead of manually making adjustments to every image, I hover over a “preset”, see the adjustments it would make, and then apply it to an image {or 20, at once!}. I love Pretty Presets and have some favorites I use to get my own look. I don’t use every preset in every collection–in fact, I probably only have 2-3 presets I use from each collection that give me the look I want, but it is a great time-saver and I love them and encourage you to give them a try. So…do I want to make every change manually? brightness/contrast/bring up highlights/increase blacks/sharpen? or do I want to pick a favorite preset, apply to my images and then tweak if needed? Take a look to see some of the BEFORE and AFTER images below using some of my favorite Pretty Presets {disclaimer–getting your manual settings right “in camera” makes for much easier editing and use of presets}: presets used include golden age/sassy/tutti fruity/all in one cleaner/boho chic/sherbet-from different collectionspretty presets (1)pretty presets (1)bpretty presets (2)pretty presets (2)bpretty presets (3)pretty presets (3)bpretty presets (4)pretty presets (4)bpretty presets (5)pretty presets (5)bpretty presets (6)pretty presets (6)bpretty presets (7)pretty presets (7)b

NEPA Newborn Session {Joey}

These tiny babies, only 14 days old, run the whole show during a newborn session! If they are unhappy or fussy, or not willing to settle down into a deep sleep for at least 10 minutes (heck, I’d take two minutes!) despite the 75 degree section of studio we’ve heated, lavender lotion, patting, being fed by mama, and anything else we can think of…, then we just do the best we can and shoot while mama is trying to comfort them. Fortunately, we cover this all beforehand, so everyone knows what “may” happen (but secretly hopes it doesn’t)! So, even in these “look peaceful like he is sleeping” photos, Joey wasn’t really settled (we did wonder if he is stubborn, like his dad, ha, ha). But I keep shooting, and we get images that can never again be recaptured (like the image I love and call “adoration” with Joey and his four siblings), and we celebrate life and God’s gift of babies! Enjoy the images, but you won’t find my usual “sleeping newborn” photos in this session…because this is Joey’s story!newborn photographynewborn-photography-4newborn-photography-5newborn-photography-9newborn-photography-13newborn-photography-17newborn-photography-16newborn-photography-18newborn-photography-20newborn-photography-22newborn-photography-54

NEPA Wedding at Irem Clubhouse {Alyson+Jimmy}

We met Alyson & Jimmy at Ricketts Glen for their engagement shoot, and it was of our favorites (well…maybe I say that about every shoot) but we had a great time with them and could not have asked for better scenery  or a nicer couple. Everything came together for their wedding day, too-beautiful fall weather, gorgeous colors, all the bridal party (24 or 25…I really couldn’t count them all!), and a great day to celebrate these two tying the knot–and celebrate they did! We loved being with them and getting some great shots of their special day. Alyson & Jimmy-we wish you all the best and a big congratulations to you guys!a-1a-2a-3b-1b-2b-3bridal-party-1bridal-party-2bridal-party-8wedding-ceremony-6wedding-ceremony-12wedding-ceremony-18wedding-photography-3wedding-photography-16wedding-photography-20wedding-photography-33wedding-photography-35wedding-photography-37wedding-photography-43wedding-photography-47wedding-photography-51wedding-photography-64wedding-photography-86wedding-photography-92wedding-photography-96wedding-photography-113y-1y-2y-3y-4