i'm not a jeweler, i'm a photographer :)

i have wanted a watch for about 3 years now.

but i knew the kind i wanted, and i wanted to find a good deal on it.



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i found it yesterday,

AND it was on sale!

i hesitated…like 2 seconds…

then i pulled out my saved birthday money :) and without hesitation now, handed the money over.



i was giddy!

i could hardly wait to get it on my wrist. 

but my wrists are tiny…i used to be too, but that’s another story. :)


i took my treasure home, and promptly googled how to take links out of a watch. 



i found this sweet, bubbly, little korean girl who was giving the most upbeat demonstration.

literally, her dad had bought an eyeglass repair kit at the dollar store (’tis what she said!)

and she popped out those watch link pegs like nobody’s business!

she took the links out, inserted the pegs back in, and 



WAAALLLAAAHH!

her watch fit perfectly…in like 4 minutes. 



so, i got to work…or i tried to. 

i tried a pin, a tiny screwdriver…

she told me to hit the screwdriver on top of the top of it, with another screwdriver head…it was so easy!


it wasn’t.


i bent two pins.

the screwdriver head couldn’t make enough force on the other screwdriver, so i used a meat mallet…


do you get the picture?



i gave up last night…

and had a plan to go to the dollar store to get that eyeglass repair kit today. 



and i did!

i also got a mini screwdriver set…

i couldn’t fail now…



i tried by myself again, and impaled my finger with a pin (bc ummm…the dollar store eyeglass repair kit AND mini screwdriver set were BOTH too big).

i got my blood on my watch AND in a public place ( i was waiting on some take out and was trying to make good use of my time!)



i went to my mom’s…

we tried together…



doesn't sheer determination mean something?

it should!



after trying way too long on something that i actually HAVE a jeweler FRIEND who could do this for me, 

i gave up.



i went to dave rossi’s jewelry tonight, and his brother bob helped me…lickity split. 



i tried explaining how the cute korean girl did it so easily, and how my mom told me that you tube video was not to be trusted…

and he laughed, as he worked with his SPECIAL watch fixing tools!!!  imagine that!



he knew how many links to take out…

he knew how my watch should fit…

no blood was spilled…

and i now am proudly wearing the watch i wanted so badly!



yes, there is a story…

a meaning…



the internet, pinterest, fb, google and you tube ALL make us feel like we should be able to do anything!

and a heck of a lot of us try.



but there are some things that we try, that we aren’t meant to be able to do. 

i guarantee you that mr. michael kors did not have his watch designing team, assemble his watch so i, the consumer could fix it myself. 

and that wasn’t even one of the reasons i wanted the stinking watch!



i wanted it, because i need it, and i waited for the one that i knew i wanted…

and it was worth it!



i love to teach photography…

but it takes time to learn. 



i love to shoot in my studio.

but i have studied photography, posing and lighting, for years and have spent thousands upon thousands, learning to do just that.



i love to interact with people, and to shoot memories for them at PRECIOUS, irreplaceable times in their lives…

family pictures, newborns, senior pictures and more…



you wait for these times…

they are important!



you can look for a sale, but don’t sell out on quality. 

do what you can yourself…

take as many pictures as you can of those that you love…



but when it come down to the real thing, 

recognize the real thing.

save for the real thing, 

understand the value of it, and hand it over to the real professional that can do that real thing for you. 

and you know what?  embrace it.



you won’t regret it…

Quiet Creek Herb Farm / Mini Sessions 2018

quiet creek her farms is one of the most special places in pennsylvania. 

although, i have to admit, i am overcome with love and appreciation for our beautiful state over and over over)...but STILL, quiet creek is THAT special. 

on top of that, i photographed over 20 families on the grounds of that farm back in august. 

this past week, i met with almost every family, revealed their images...cried with their preserved memories, and proudly handed these families their images to treasure for ever more. 

i always say...i fall in love with my clients.

some of these clients are new...some are treasured loyals...

but every single one...

i treasure...

i am grateful for...

and quiet creek...KNOW that your beauty was a huge part of the memories to be printed, displayed, treasured for a lifetime...no...for generations to come!

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two schoolhouses joined together...and one beautiful family

this family is so special!

i met them when i photographed ashley and mom's wedding a few years back...

we became instant friends.

they asked me to come out their home (ashley's mom and dad's house) for family pictures.

the house used to be two brick school houses, joined into one, and now they live there!

i had so much fun, hearing and seeing the history of this school, now home....

but mostly, i loved just being around this beautiful family that is so full of love. 

i said it once, i'll say it again...

i adore you all!
xoxoxox

 

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it started with these two!

and now they have this!!

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alyssa...DAHS senior 2019

i feel like i have watched her grow up.

i knew of her "story" for years...

her daddy passed away when she was just a baby...

her mom, brother and she lived through the task of healing..and learning to live.

and then, i was taking her portraits over and over...

and now here she is...

a strong...

beautiful...

empowered woman.

ready to face not only her senior year, but life to come. 

"all the art of living

lies in a fine mingling

of letting go

and holding on."

-havelock ellis

 

beautiful, strong alyssa.

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