I love being able to share my talents to capture ands share the love and joy of my friends and family. From simply capturing time we spend together, or engagements and weddings, and today a baby announcement! I was thrilled to hear two of my friends are expecting and when they mentioned they had a few ideas for photos I jumped on the opportunity. With their fire place creating a warmth in the room we laughed to capture their love and joy for the little one to come.
It was an exciting Thanksgiving weekend for a friend of mine from high school after her boyfriend of several years proposed. They traveled to State College for the final Penn State football game of the season and on Sunday we met up on campus to take a few photos to commemorate their special weekend. They are an outgoing and silly pair which led to some of my favorite photos from our stroll.
The first thing I said to Qian in Talleyrand Park was how gorgeous she looked and how beautiful her dress was! Then her fiance John rounded the corner in matching attire to take photos before their justice of the peace wedding ceremony. We enjoyed the afternoon taking photos in the park before walking to the court house, with a stop for a bouquet of roses on the way. They were such a fun loving couple full of laughter and excitement on their special day.
Right after I broke my clavicle I was crushed to realized that I wouldn’t be able to photograph a wedding I’d had planned for months. Luckily I have a good friend who is a photographer who was available to step in and cover the wedding for me. I rode along for the day to assist and was able to capture a few photos from a tripod or on the ground. Bri did a great job capturing the love of Ian and Jenn.
The wedding was a laid back gorgeous outdoor ceremony and reception. With so many family connections through the day and so much love in the air! Here are just a few of my favorites as I continue to sort through all the images.
Over the three years I’ve been at the CDT I’ve covered a lot of sporting events at Bald Eagle Area, with two names the stick out, Bryce and Bryan, the Greene brothers. The twins spent their senior year competing in four sports, football, basketball, baseball and track. Whatever I was covering, they were playing, running endless yards for touchdowns, going in for the baskets, and hitting home runs. This afternoon I met up with the boys in the garage at their families home where their Dad has hung up all their team photos through the years. Outside of their athletic ability they were a fun pair, joking around as we created some portraits. They both agreed, no smiles.
Fall foliage is a perfect settings for photographers throughout the northeast. In the last weeks I’ve had several family portrait sessions using mother nature as our backdrop. A family of four had a laugh filled leaf fight, and my friends with their 6 month beamed with love as they soaked up the sun.
As I headed to the office today I got a call to run to campus to take a photo of a Penn State professor who had helped in the making of the summer cinema World War Z. All I knew was that the movie was hitting the theaters today and that it was about zombies, I wasn’t sure how a professor of entomology and biology could be involved.
I met professor Hughes and asked him what his role in the creation of the film was. As he started to explain the scientific information he shared with the movie team I was pulled into story. Hughes works with zombie ants from around the world and studies their behavior that is part of the fungus. A lot of the scientific information went over my head, but I knew that we had to do the photo in the lab with these ants.
The first set of ants he showed me were alive, and roaming their space.
In fear of being attacked by zombie ants I suggested we take a portrait with the preserved ants he studies.
I was intrigued with what I learned in our short session and amazed how individuals in our own back yard are helping to create big time films.
Earlier this week I got to spend some time with Janni, my friends’ absolutely adorable newborn. He was 7 days old, awake and moving around for our photo session. We were glad he was awake so we could capture some images with his beautiful blue eyes and some of his expressions.
This may have been the first portrait session I just couldn’t stop smiling while I edited, so precious!