“Look at the camera and smile, sweetie.”
I hear it at the beginning of nearly every session from parents to their babies. I get it. It’s natural and they mean well. The first thing I do in front of a camera is look into the lens and smile, too. Most of us do. And those photos are great. We’ll get the classic Family shot. Everyone posed & looking.
BUT, LET’S ALSO
Let them run.
Let them show us how high they can jump.
Let them pick flowers.
Let them hold their favorite teddy or race car for some.
Let them make funny faces.
Let them be thrown into the air and flipped upside down by Daddy.
Let them be tickled.
Let them twirl in their pretty dress.
Let them be goofy.
Let them be quiet.
Let them be loud.
Let them explore.
LET THEM BE LITTLE.
Now that I have babies of my own, I realize they don’t sit still. Literally never. Until they pass out for bed time. And that’s the magic of children. Everything is an adventure. They find so much joy in picking flowers (even if they are weeds) or looking for bugs or showing a stranger with a camera how high they can jump or how fast they can run or how awesome their Hot Wheels race car is. Let’s remember them how they are in this moment. Because these moments go so fast. And then they’re gone. Before you know it, they will stand still and smile at the camera without you even asking and you will wish they were still running around you in circles. Let’s document them as the perfect little beings they are. All of the beauty and chaos and love that family is. That’s what I photograph. The moments you will want to relive for a lifetime, especially when they’re gone all too quickly
I. AM. SO. EXCITED.
to be sharing this wedding with y’all! JUST LOOK AT IT. From the first time I met Alyssa, I knew she was a cool girl. Not just like “oh yeah, she’s sweet” I mean the coolest girl you’ll ever meet. She’s got a heart of gold, a style any girl would kill to have, and a personality you just want to be around all the time, oh…and a love for rock music. See? She’s the coolest. Basically, you just want her as a best friend — and I feel sooo blessed to have her and her now Hubby, Evan as clients (now friends!)
She told me at one of our meetings she was going to have pops of red for their wedding day. I’m thinking, wow - that’s bold. I’m SO used to neutrals for wedding days. And don’t get me wrong. I’m a neutral girl through and through (like my whole house and everything I own is gray and my vehicle is black and white) - so I LOVE neutral. But, when I showed up to their venue that day I couldn’t pick my jaw up off the floor. I want to make everything in my life red now, basically. They KILLED it. She had a DREAM TEAM of vendors, the sweetest Mama who didn’t let any detail sneak by, and of course - Alyssa herself has the best taste in like…everything. Have fun scrolling, and drooling, and having the new favorite color of red!
oh, and while we’re at it…
Let’s take a moment to recognize the fact that this is my second consecutive week with a blog post. Heyyyooo! WAIT FOR IT, friends! You’ll see! I’ve got the goods coming for you in 2019 :)
The Vendors are listed at the bottom of this post. Take a moment to check them out!
brb ordering myself a custom leather jacket.
One word: beaming
I mean, COME ON. Look at this space.
They’re a dream & I love them.
Venue: Brick Gables
Coordinator: Alisa Marie
Photographer: Kenzee Myers Photography
Videographer: Hallelujah Films
(INCREDIBLE) Florals: Sweet William Floral & Event Design
DJ/Lighting: Klock Entertainment
Glam: Luxe Salon & Spa - Lancaster
Dessert: Zig's Bakery & Cafe
Rentals: Lovebirds Vintage Decor Rentals of PA & Stray Production Services
Sign Rentals: Signs of Hope by Bethany
Custom Leather Jacket: Mountain Lettering Company