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Snow day on the Mountain!

Posted on March 14, 2017


Today’s snow storm in Philly makes me think back to one of my favorite shoots with this theme in mind. If only the snow were as pretty today as it was that day! Amanda & Matt invited me to spend the day with them at Bear Creek Mountain Resort where I got to capture them doing one of their favorite activities together. I meant to blog this forever ago, and today inspired me to do it! Photographing their engagement session snowboarding on the mountain was one of the first things we talked about during our first phone call about wedding photography and engagement pictures. When I mentioned that I was up for anything, and started listing some of my favorite adventurous shoots, she threw out this idea and my response was immediate and overwhelmingly, positively, yes! So if you’re wondering if I’m willing to hike a mountain, ski down one, paddle down the river, climb a tree, get on a boat or a plane to come photograph you and your favorite person, the answer is always always always, yes!



Yours truly behind the scenes having fun. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Things that MATTER.

Posted on January 21, 2017



“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” This quote has really stayed with me throughout the election. It’s by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I haven’t blogged in about 8 months. I’m a wedding photographer. I love what I do, and I think showing off my clients wedding photos is awesome. I love sharing my work. But after not blogging for almost all of 2016 (I think many can agree it wasn’t the best year?) I am inspired. (Disclaimer to all my 2016 wedding clients, I love you guys and there is still hope now that I’m back on the horse with this.) I’m gonna steal Michelle Obama’s line in a way here by saying, being a wedding photographer is the greatest honor of my life. And I mean that. Showing the love and beauty in the world. And that’s what this is about too. That’s why I’m freaking EXCITED!!!
I knew I was going to go to the women’s march since approximately 3am on November 9th, 2016. I knew I wanted to be part of a revolution, part of a community of people that could join together and raise each other up in the midst of something so heart breaking to deal with.
This matters. It was incredible to be part of my city’s march today. I have lived in Philadelphia for 11 years, and the connection I felt today with my fellow Philadelphians was incredible. I’m happy so many people were in Washington, but I’m really glad I was in my city. I saw so many people I knew! I think maybe 10 or so previous wedding/portrait clients, old friends, new friends – lots and lots of new friends. Thanks to my boom boom (kick ass speaker that is the best present I ever received ever in my life that is an instant dance party and the best idea ever to bring today). My room mate and I both wore our New Orleans wigs and danced like no one was watching, even though EVERYONE was watching to our special playlist of march songs. We felt like we were the personal dj’s of the march. The boom is pretty loud. And awesome. The music, wigs and my uncontrollable urge to jump up high on things to get a better view/shot also gave me some spotlight today. Thank you everyone who gave me a shout out! I felt so cool!
I brought my camera with me today because a photographer friend in DC asked that I participate in a portrait project photographing men at the women’s march. I happily agreed, which you will see here, but something about when I have that camera in my hands and I have a job to do, that’s it – it’s on. I not only wanted to capture portraits of men at the march, but everyone. And I want to climb a tree to do it. I want to capture all the inspiration. All of the signs. All of it. Every single awesome person who came together today in solidarity for something better. We are stronger together. Yes we can. * high kicks the air.
So many great signs. So many happy, peaceful strong faces. Full of hope. Not giving up. Not even close. We are full of love. And we’ll change the world if we want to. Okay? Okay. Let’s some phone calls. Show up. Participate. It matters.


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Charlotte & Brian’s Wedding at the Philadelphia Racquet Club

Posted on June 22, 2016


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Charlotte & Brian gave me so many amazing opportunities to take unique and beautiful photos every time we were together. From their engagement shoot in Hickory Run State Park, to an amazing day at the Philadelphia Racquet Club and a stroll down to Rittenhouse Square , to their sweet and emotional vows,  photography has always been really important to them, and of course, that makes my heart sing! It was a beautiful day, and they were just so so so so so so happy. I’ve never seen a dress move like Charlotte’s – it flowed through the air like a dream, so dancing throughout the day served the purpose of amazing photos and practicing their epic first dance. But I think my favorite dance of all them was the one they did at the end of the night on Broad Street! Holy amazing you guys!
Charlotte and Brian, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your story.


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Tai & Chris – one of my favorite days.

Posted on December 3, 2015


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This one is really fun. 🙂
It was one of those days, where you sit back and think….I have a really cool job. I remember trailing behind Tai and Chris passing back and forth the bottle of Champagne in their canoe… beer lodged in between my feet, and long lens in my hands. There were so many amazing moments, I just needed my trusty canoe captain (Chris’s best friend, who generously offered to be the sole paddler) to steer me in the right direction.
I met Tai in my first year shooting weddings. She was the maid of honor for one of my most memorable couples that year, Emily & Clay.  Sometimes you really connect with people, and you are like…um, can we please be friends? Friend crush.Truth be told, that happens with a lot of my couples, and it’s one of my favorite things about my job. Actually, scratch that, it is my favorite thing about my job. Granted, I like that I found a way to use my creativity to do something meaningful, and make awesome images…but I love so so so so much the connection with new people. So a few years later when Tai & Chris got engaged, I was over the moon with excitement when she reached out.
Imagine how much that excitement doubled, no tripled (!) when she told me the plan. Her wedding would be split into two days, one small intimate day with their immediate family near her grandparents home, followed by an afternoon canoeing down the river. With beer, and champagne, and music. “So, in your wedding dress?” “Yes! I think I might even get in! Omg Omg…. coolest bride ever. “Is that going to be okay for your camera equipment?” She asked. “Like, getting in a canoe on the river?” My answer every time to any couple wanting to take it to the next level, is YES!” Every time. If you want me to ski down a mountain or get in a canoe I will do it! High risk, high reward. And there’s nothing more exciting to me than a couple who is into that.
Before the ceremony we were climbing trees (amazing!), and after the ceremony we were in the river. And as you can see….I mean IN the river. Tai brought this gorgeous little parasol and the light was perfect and she was perfect and I was having one of those experiences, like is this really happening? Am I really shooting a beautiful girl in the river with these colors and this light? Wow. “Yay for this day….yay that is my job!” I’ve included some behind the scenes shots of me, just because I want to share how much I love what I do, and was particularly loving it with Tai and Chris. Baby turtles taking flight, and family laughing the day away to the sounds of Led Zeplin and Bob Dylan on a sunny, summer day floating down the river in Princeton, NJ. Yes please and thank  you.
A month later, the larger celebration began for these two adventurous souls, and they surprised me once again with their positivity and happiness. It rained most of the day, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the swinging, volley-balling, and face painting fun. It was exactly what they wanted. I had to strongly suggest that Tai wait until we took a few pictures to get her face painted…she was so excited about it. Chris was excited to take his shirt off. I think that’s my favorite part about weddings these days…people are not afraid to do what fits them. And I am just so incredibly thankful that they ask me to come along and document their awesome story.



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Megan & Brenden’s Philadelphia wedding on the Moshulu

Posted on October 23, 2015



Megan & Brenden’s gorgeous wedding day was jam packed with non-stop adventuring with one of the most off-the-hook parties I have ever photographed. I had an incredible team with me that day (thanks Annie & Dan!), but even with three photographers, we were put to the challenge to cover all the energy and happenings going on. I was literally hanging from the rafters swinging out into the crowd to capture the insane energy as the dance party roared on. It was a beautiful day, and Brenden picked Megan up about 84749585 times out of sheer joy and excitement. Also, when you are a rugby player that can easily pick up your girl with ease, I will likely encourage that as much as possible. 🙂
Megan & Brenden exchanged vows at Philadelphia’s historic Old St. Joseph’s church, and then after adventuring all over Queen Village and Spruce Harbor Park (with a quick game of skee ball!) we headed to their epic, legendary landmark party spot. ‘The Moshulu is the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat. She is in fact the one and only restaurant venue on a Tall Ship today in the World.” You can read more about the history of the Moshulu here: http://www.moshulu.com/history.html. I should also mention the Moshulu is also comes with some of the nicest staff most impressive offering of delicious food and drinks I’ve seen in a long time. The sun sparkled off the water and streamed onto the deck as the dances and toast began…and it was pretty much magic.
As the party rolled on, so too were some special on site hand-rolled Cortez cigars… a present from Megan to Brenden, it was a special touch to the top deck goers who were taking a break from the non-stop dance party below by their fantastic band, Chico’s Vibe. It gave us a chance to grab some special sunset/evening shots, and a sweet moment setting off a special lantern into the sky for Megan’s Mom. Guests were offered Philadelphia water ice and soft pretzels for late night snacks as they grabbed a sparkler to see off this couple off style. It was quite the wedding folks. I needed to sleep for about 4 days after this one. But it was incredible, and I personally consider the awesome team of planners at Eastern Shore Events and my amazing photo team top dog rock stars for the non-stop party ship we sailed into the night. Check out it for yourself!




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Laurel & Dan’s Wedding in the Catskills

Posted on September 24, 2015



Laurel & Dan’s wedding is too lovely not to revisit, and this time of the year is so incredibly beautiful….I wanted to remember it too. Like many of the weddings I shoot, I just wish we could do it all over again and go back to that awesome, magical day. Set in the beautiful Catskill mountains at a private home with a sweet little lily pad pond, these two celebrate their love with all their favorite people. Their ceremony was one of the most heart-felt, emotional ceremonies I have ever witnessed. Everything was so personal, so sweet and so special. I felt so special to be a part of it. I also really enjoyed taking all these beautiful pictures. I hope you like them too.


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