At Home Family Lifestyle Session

When Ginny reached out to me to schedule an in home family session with her husband and kids, I was so excited! So often, these sessions take place outside of the home, and I totally understand why. But home, that's where you are you. That's your everyday, your reality. It is pretty darn special to capture you in the place that is filled with the details that make it yours.


I arrived at the Krise's home to find the family hanging out, having a pretty normal morning at home. Sam showed me his playroom, his collection of trains, and was quick to snuggle on his sister, Nora. She stuck close to Mama for a few minutes before jumping in to play with Sam.


Sam had a birthday in a few days, so on our list of things to do that morning was decorate his birthday cake. It was so fun! 


Sam is so full of personality. He is so full of thoughts and questions, and made sure I always knew what was going on and why. He is definitely not shy! He is smart and fun and sweet, and I loved chatting with him.


Nora is this great mix of laid back and fiercely independent. She was so easy going, so sweet and quiet. But she was not afraid to do exactly what she wanted, when she wanted. She is such a happy kid, and she and her brother compliment each other so well. 


I love sessions like this, because I get to spend some time with you and your family where you can truly be yourselves. Time is fleeting and these moments turn into memories in the blink of an eye. The days are long, but the years are short, right? I have photos like this of my own family, and I treasure them so much. 


And here is a short film of our time together for you to enjoy!

If you are interested in booking a lifestyle family session for your family family, click here to contact me!

In-Home Newborn Lifestyle

Have I ever mentioned that newborn sessions usually top my list of favorites? Because, they totally do. Can anyone really resist the sweetness and love that radiates from these sessions?!


I arrived at the Czerwinski home on a chilly March morning to spend some time with baby Juliana, her brother Lincoln, and their proud parents for a newborn lifestyle session. Stepping through the door, it takes only seconds to sense the love and connection between this family. Homemade artwork hangs all around, reminders of their love for each other. Their home is warm, and welcoming, and a happy place. 


Dad was downstairs with Juliana, and it didn't take long for Lincoln to come bounding down the stairs, eager to talk about his favorite color, and what he does at school. He told me all about his baby sister, and let me tell you, if there is one best big brother in the world, Lincoln is it!


We moved around the house throughout our session, spending some time in the living room, the nursery, and the master bedroom. Juliana settled in for a little nap, while Lincoln took short break to play with Mom, and then Dad, in his playroom. I spent some time capturing photos of Juliana with her Mom and Dad, and it was a beautiful thing. Watching parents bonding and connecting with their new baby is an incredible experience. And it was a such a joy to see how excited Lincoln was, to hold his sister and sing a song to her (the abcs, of course!). 


We wrapped our time together with the family snuggled up in the master bedroom, and I said goodbye a couple minutes later, after Lincoln asked if I could come back again soon. 😊 I had such a great time getting to know this beautiful family, and I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with them.


If you are in the Erie area (Northwestern Pennsylvania) and are interested in an in-home newborn photography session, feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

I'll leave you with a short film of our time together. Enjoy!

Unraveled Academy

Let me start by saying that I am writing this review of my accord, simply because I love this new found online photography community, and don't hesitate to share it with my friends looking for a new place to brand out.

Last year, while wasting entirely too much time on Facebook, I stumbled across a mention of a new online learning community for photographers. Unraveled Academy. It was fairly new at the time -- in fact, I have watched it go through several changes since I first joined all those months ago. But a few minutes looking into the work of the founders, and seeing their obvious passion, I decided to give it a try.

I am so glad that I did. 

I have been a part of several online communities during my photography journey. Some I have loved, some... not so much. Currently, I am only part of two, and Unraveled Academy is one of them. 

One of my favorite things about the Academy is that the courses aren't just about photography. I know, I know. That's why you joined, right? The photography courses they have released are SOLID, and so informational. But the courses on watercolor painting, healthy lifestyles, yoga -- those are such a welcome addition for someone with a creative spirit. 

There are full courses released once a month, and mini courses released once a week. And, you guys, they stay active for TWO YEARS. When you join, you have access to all of the courses in that timeframe before you joined. And since the courses aren't available for a very limited time, its easy to sit down and indulge when the time is right for you.

If you are interested in checking out Unraveled Academy, you can do so here. It's inexpensive and continuously being added to. The value is unreal! I highly recommend giving it a chance and seeing how it can help you along with your journey. 


Flash and Me

One of the biggest differences in our lives now vs. one year ago is the number of overcast days. Here in Erie, with the snow and winter rain and clouds, the number of sunny days in our lives has plummeted. And don't get me wrong, the weather is a HUGE reason that we moved. But ditching the it's-so-hot-I-can't-function everyday temps has resulted in a lot of flat, low light around the house. Enter, the flash.


Speedlights seems so simple in concept, but lets be real, I am pretty sure they are written in a foreign language. I searched the internet up and down and sideways for the best low cost lighting set up for a variety of uses. I am indecisive my nature, and I hate to make new purchases for fear of regret, is this took me a while.

 Me, laughing at former me, that thought OFC would be easy to learn. 

Me, laughing at former me, that thought OFC would be easy to learn. 

I finally settle on a Yongnuo 568, highly recommended for its quality at a much lower price than its name brand counterparts. I also ordered a wireless remote and FlashBender softbox kit. I am loving the first two things, but the jury is still out on the softbox kit. I am sure with some more use I will put it to good use, but right now it's not constantly attached to my flash.

 Me, celebrating the fact that I hit the order button.

Me, celebrating the fact that I hit the order button.

The funniest thing about a flash is the being so excited about using it to make it look like you didn't. I don't want my flash to look like a flash. That was the hardest part to figure out, I think. How do I use this seamlessly with my existing shooting, adding to what I already know about light. It's coming along. Practice makes perfect, right?


I'll keep plugging along with this. This year I am hoping to explore some more creative portraiture, and I have a feeling this little guy is going to come in handy for that!



ps... can you tell which of my children is always willing to be my model? 

Snow Day(s)

So, I am not sure if you have heard, but we got some snow.


Kind of a lot.


If you haven't seen Erie on the news, then you might be in for a shock over just how much!


In the past 24 hours, 18 inches.

In the past week, 83.8 inches. Yes, you read that right.


We have had some friendly visitors outside our door, nibbling on the bird seed we put out.


We keep joking about how this is our fault, because after so many winters in Florida, we were "ready for a real winter!" So, to the folks in northwestern Pennsylvania, we wholeheartedly apologize. Sort of. We are enjoying this a bit, after all!

Well, most of us. 


Oodles of Noodles

Oh, noodles.


Is there anything prettier? No? So you certainly understand why they deserved their own little photoshoot.


In all honesty, though, it's these simple things that I strive to document more. Moments of my life, of things I am going with my kids while they are young (and still like hanging out with me 😁).


I know these are probably not the desired noodle crafting tools, but hey, I am working with what I've got right now. 


We ended up with this beautiful bowl of carb loaded yumminess that was the perfect addition to some homemade chicken soup. Yum!