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!


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it started with these two!

and now they have this!!

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people i love...the dawson family

the dawsons are truly a one of a kind family.

they are the kind of family that gives in any situation that they can give.

they are the kind of family that has taken my london in, as one of their own.

they are the kind of family that sticks together, that make each other laugh, that build each other up, and that you can count on for anything.  

kassy, the eldest daughter was one of my CLICK girls this year, and this photo shoot that we got to do with the entire family was WELL overdue. 

so very many people love this family...

my london and i - we are lucky to be among them. 

love you dawson family!

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from a wedding to baby #3

i just love to watch families grow!

what a privilege it is, to have so many weddings behind me, that i get to see families come back for pictures... 1 baby, 2 baby, 3 babies - into their life together!

the EVEN MORE cool thing (sorry grammar fanatics), is that i have know erin, since she was her own little girl's age!  i have watched this beautiful, lovely, sweet as can be woman, evolve and grow through the years.  

certainly, the best part has been watching her life change, in front of my camera.

erin, danny and the kiddos were on a break home from south korea and we were fortunate enough to be able to get a shoot in with them (next shoot, baby #3 will be here!)

much much love murphy family.

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erin and danny, from this...

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to this :)))!

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standing naked…before & afters

in life, at some point you begin to realize that there is a process.

sometimes you get things right - like magic - right out of the bag, no adjustments, or maybe just minor tweaks needed. 

other times, you get the concept, and the big picture, but in order for it to be a winner, and to have all the right qualities to make it work the way it should, you need to put more work into it - more art into it - more time into it.

the same is true with photography.

as a photographer, the more you learn, the more you grow, and the tricks (for lack of a better word) that you learn, help you develop and stand on your own as an artist more and more. 

for instance, i used to say to people that if i let you see one of my images straight out of the camera, no editing involved, it would be like standing in front of you naked.


but again, just as with life, not only can i now show you my images socc (straight out of the camera), and allow you to see how i can nail something straight on WITHOUT much retouching, but  i can also show you how i am able to envision a concept, an ending picture, and shoot from the beginning in order to have the end result that i am able to obtain.  

does that make any kind of sense?

as you grow…in life…and as an artist, you are able to release fears in staying perfect, or in my illustration, staying fully clothed.  

you are able to show the imperfections because the imperfections are not always mistakes…are not always flaws…but a lot of the times, are just the process of obtaining the beautiful image and the masterful end result that you had envisioned from the very beginning. 

and what does this mean for YOU, this mid monday morning as i sit here blogging away, after a week of fighting illness and fatigue.  the monday before my baby sister gets married…the week i get to see family that i have missed for too long…the week that i'm sure will hold moments of wonderful memories, but crabbiness :), nerves, and still life, appointments, deadlines, and shoots as normal?

it means to remain focused.

to hold on to the foundation of what you know.  to keep growing.

to keep your eye on the vision and the dream you have before you.

to know that the bumps in the road, that if you remain focused, are tweaks and adjustments that will make your final goal even more beautiful than you could have imagined.

it means to go ahead and get comfortable naked.  that your clothes only hide what you think that they hide, and that there is freedom in showing your flaws, and beauty in revealing the steps of a process.

and before and afters?  they don't show the imperfections of an image, they now show the depth of my craft.

and now i love sharing the big picture.

enjoy ashley & cory's entire pregnancy photoshoot here...


Romans 8:28-29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

where is your family now?

i know so many of us are reflecting on this day. 

remembering where we were when we heard the news…unsure of what was happening…or why

myself, i remember that i was sitting at a women's gathering breakfast at what was the ramada inn, at the time, and i was 9 months pregnant with our first child, jonah. 

i had a cell phone, but had it on silent for the breakfast.  

i pulled it out to check for messages, and saw 2 messages form charlie...

"baby…you need to call me….a plane just flew into the twin towers in nyc.  call me."

then, the next..

"baby…why aren't you picking up the phone?  call me!"

i heard the urgency and fear in his voice.  

it was a tone i had never heard before.  

i ran to the hallway and called charlie.  he wanted me to get home quickly. 

and on my home, i remember checking off my list of where all of my family members were right at that time. 

i needed to call my mom, my sisters, my brothers, my dad in arkansas…dang why he did he have to be so far away? and where was my mother in law?

i quickly made the phone calls…making sure each of them was safe.

i'm sure this story, though different in ways, is one that many of you can relate to in terms of the feelings you felt concerning those you love most.  

this time of year always makes me think-

and i'll tell you, this is not a guilt dripping…get your photos down now post. 

this is a post about reality. 

this past year has held far too many deaths of those close to me or of those close to ones that i love most in this world.  i have found myself saying on more than one occasion - "this dying needs to stop!"

young people...

brides to be...

those just entering the retired years of their lives...

just old enough to see grandchildren….

the fact is, the dying doesn't stop. 

we have no idea what holds our tomorrows.

and just as september 11, 2001 shocked us and hurt us to the core, we are never guaranteed that feeling never coming again. 

this year, i have also had the honor once more of photographing individuals and families that i have for many years.  once small children, are now entering into adulthood.  my BABY sister just had her third child, and my other BABY sister will be married in two weeks.  

and just yesterday, the sweet infant that i walked the floors with as she screamed with her acid reflux, looked up to me and said…"mom, i think you waxed your eyebrows unevenly…you may want to fill in the right side a little more!"

time doesn't stop….

babies grow up….

families expand and unfortunately grow smaller because of circumstance too. 

my point?

dont' wait.

this is the time. 

stop for this moment. 

relish the moment and the blessings that you have right now.

and think about preserving them for all time. 

the moments will not come back, and lost memories will not have a price tag attached to them.

but a picture of the moment will keep its worth in gold.