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This fall I had so much fun taking maternity photos for one of my best friends and fellow photographer, Mary. We both really hoped it would work out that I could photograph the birth too, but since she and Jay live in Washintgon D.C., and since the baby was due over the holidays, we just weren’t sure if it would work out!

But, thankfully, I was home in Pittsburgh when Mary called me at 3:30am on January 9th and said “today’s the day!” So, I hopped in my car and made it there in plenty of time to be with Mary and Jay through this wonderful process. I must say, being part of a good friend’s birth is a very emotional, beautiful thing. And, I am so very grateful to have had this experience.

Here are a few photos from Harriet’s birth story.


I am proud to say that I was actually the first person in the world to know that Mary was pregnant. That is, besides Mary, of course! We were staying in England this spring when Mary came into my bedroom late at night with a pregnancy test and a big smile. We hugged and quietly squealed and the next morning she called Jay to tell him the news. Ever since then, she and Jay have been planning for the future with their little blessing.

Mary and Jay, you both are really special to me and I couldn’t be more excited for you. Astin, I hope your world isn’t turned upside down TOO much this January! :)

I love watching couples move from two people who met, fell in love, and decided to get married to a unit of three who loves and appreciates the blessing of family. I photographed Jenn and Todd’s wedding two years ago, and I was so excited to hear that they were expecting sweet Nathan this spring. Here are a few favorite photos from their session!

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These two people are some of my very favorites in the world… meet my wonderful sister Krisan and brother-in-law Casey! While on vacation in Cancun a few weeks ago, I talked to them about having some updated photos done and they were thrilled to wander around with me one evening and play with shadows and light.

Krisan and Casey live in Auburn and will be celebrating their 3-year anniversary in a few weeks. I love these two with all my heart and only wish we had more time with them.

Here are a few favorites!

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It’s rare to meet a family so head-over-heels in love with each other, but that is the only way I can describe the Mitchell family! Tana and Justin are crazy about each other and in love with their two kids, Ella and Jake, and I was lucky enough to hang out with them to document this stage in their lives.

One of my favorite places to photograph a family is in their home; at home, families can play and snuggle and be themselves while I capture that natural interaction. So, for this session, we started out at home and then went to downtown Pittsburgh to bundle up and enjoy the cold weather! Enjoy a few of my favorites from this session:

I met Johanna and Chad and their 5 children last week at Mellon Park for some updated family photos! They live in Garfield and pastor a church in the neighborhood, and I loved hearing a little of their story and documenting their family in this stage of life.

Here are a few favorite photos from their session as well as a slideshow at the bottom of this blog post.

Thank you all for being so wonderful to meet and work with. Your heart for people and ministry is so sweet, and it was a joy being with you even for a short time! :) Much love!


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I am so very excited because I get to show photos of one of my best friend’s babies!! Elizabeth Ann was my college roomate my freshman year at Auburn University. We had met once before we moved into a tiny room in the dorm called Owen Hall, and though I was from Florida and she was from Alabama, she soon felt like a sister to me.

Well, 10 years after moving in with Elizabeth Anne, I was fortunate enough to fly to Memphis, TN to take newborn photos for her and her husband Justin.

So, introducting Anabelle Hall. She’s beautiful, calm, sweet, and has a FULL head of hair!

Here are a few favorites from my time with Anabelle.

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Stephanie is a senior at Ringgold high school this year!

Steph is a beautiful, athletic, sweet girl who loves the city and wants to be a Pharmacist. So, for her senior portrait session we decided to head to the North Shore with the amazing skyline behind us and have some fun with a Chemistry book, high heels, and her letter jacket!

Here are some favorite photos from Stephanie’s session! A slideshow of her full session is at the end of this post.

Enjoy!


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When Melissa contacted me about coming out to take photos of she and Jason with her son and dog, I was thrilled. As you know, we love dogs like crazy. And, we also love spending time with families and children.

Here are some favorites from the Cujas family session. Thanks again, Melissa, for everything. Your family is precious, and I really enjoyed getting to know you guys a bit.


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Nina and Brian are past clients who contacted me recently with the happy news that they were having a second little boy! So… meet sweet little Sam and his big brother Jack.

Thank you, Nina and Brian. I so enjoyed spending time with your precious family.

Since it’s mother’s day, I thought I’d post a surprise mother’s day session I did a few weeks ago! A sweet friend of mine was surprised today by her husband and son with updated photos of her boys. I just love this little guy.

Here are a few favorites from this mother’s day session!

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Last week I had the sweet privilege of documenting the 1st birthday party of two sweet, wonderful twins: Madelyn and Nolan. These are two of the sweetest, snuggliest, happiest 1-year-olds I have ever met, and they were surrounded by family as they opened gifts, blew out candles, and ate birthday cake.

Thank you, Jessica and Brian, for welcoming me into your home for this special event. I was truly amazed by the love and kindness of your family.

And now, a few favorites from the party!

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Hello everyone! The sun is shining through my windows today, so I decided to edit sunny, warm Las Vegas! Actually… it wasn’t that sunny or warm, but we can pretend, right?

While I was in Las Vegas, two friends and fellow photographers (Mary and Caryn!) and I went out to the desert/canyon area to take some photos. It was really wonderful just spending time with these two girls, but in addition, we got some very fun updated photos to use on our websites/blogs/facebook/whatever! The first photos I’d like to show are of my friend and fellow photographer, Mary. I met Mary through a luncheon for Pittsburgh photographers, and we have been wonderful friends ever since. She was my roomie at WPPI, and we have been brainstorming ideas from this wonderful conference ever since!

And on a sidenote, for you photographers out there who see yourself in “competition” with others in your area, I can’t encourage your strongly enough to change that viewpoint – friends working in your field are such a wonderful blessing to have. We ask each other questions, we offer encouragement, we send each other work, we give each other new insight and ideas, we have delicious meals together, and we always provide each other with fun photos… :)

Here are a few favorite photos from our desert photo shoot! Photos of Caryn to come in a few!

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