Megan + Nate | Trexler Nature Preserve Engagement | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

I recently met up with Megan and Nate to create their engagement portraits.  They chose the Trexler Nature Preserve as their backdrop.  Not only do they enjoy spending time there as a couple, but it is also the spot where Nate proposed!

Mother Nature has been playing tricks on me all year, and this session was no exception.  It was a hot afternoon, and the winds were a bit challenging; however, Megan and Nate were troopers.   We drove around to some of their favorite spots in the park, including the bench where Nate popped the question (and Megan obviously accepted).  We even spied a few bison during our time there, but they were acting a bit camera shy that evening and wouldn't join Megan and Nate in any of their photos.

Here are a few of my favorites from our sunny evening together!  I can't wait to photograph their wedding next spring!

...And if you ever venture to the Trexler Nature Preserve to check it out yourself, note that the gates close at sunset (and not a minute after).  We found out the hard way.

Kayla + Colin | Berks County Winter Engagement Session | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Before I decided to follow my dreams of running my photography business full time, I was a high school math teacher.  As a teacher, you are supposed to make an impact on the lives of those you teach.  However, during that time, I met a a number of students who taught me just as much (if not more) than I taught them. I recently had the honor of photographing one of those students as she and her soulmate celebrated their engagement to each other.

Kayla, Colin, and I met up at Penn State University, Berks Campus for their engagement session.  It was windy.  It was cold.  I think the temperature was somewhere in the teens.  But you would never know it, looking at these photographs that we made together.  From the way Kayla and Colin looked at each other, smiled at each other, breathed each other in, and had a way of doing something at just the right time that would make the other one burst into laughter, I don't think they even noticed the chill in the air.  In fact, I think they hardly noticed me and my camera there at all - which is my goal at all of my photoshoots and weddings.  They were so into each other, and it was amazing to witness.  One of my favorite parts of this job is being surrounded by so much love, and this session did not disappoint!

Kayla and Colin, congratulations on your engagement.  I'm so happy that you found each other, and I'm honored that you asked me to photograph this milestone event in your lives.  Kayla, it has been an absolute joy getting to know you over the years, and watching you turn into the incredible woman who you are today.  Everything happens for a reason, and those reasons brought the two of you together at just the right time in both of your lives.

On a side note, I've been trying to introduce a new editing style into my work that has been really tugging at my soul.  It's difficult to time such an artistic change, but something about the light, the mood, and the energy at this session just made it feel like the right time to do it.  So, I took the leap.  I hope you enjoy these samples from our session.

Finally, I owe big thanks to my daughter Kaiya for braving the cold with us and assisting during the session!

 

 

 

 

Amy + John | Wyomissing Park Engagement | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

I met Amy and John a few months ago when we got together over dinner for their wedding consultation.  We immediately hit it off, and I knew we were going to make a great team!  They are about as real as two people can be - my favorite kind of people.  I was thrilled when they officially asked me to be their wedding photographer, because they are incredibly kind and over-the-top fun, and I know their wedding is going to be unique and fabulous in every way! 

Fast forward to October, when we met up at the Wyomissing Park (The Highlands) for their engagement session.  It was everything I thought it would be, and more.  I love how they make each other smile and how they make each other laugh.  Really, I just love how they love each other.  I'm guessing if you have the pleasure of knowing them in person, you already know what I mean.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our afternoon together.  My face hurts from smiling so hard looking at them all over again!  Congratulations again, Amy and John.  I'm so looking forward to your wedding next fall.

An Extra Special Engagement Session | Wyomissing Park | Berks County Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Last weekend, I had the honor of photographing Rachel and Mark's engagement session.  I was one of Rachel's high school math teachers more years ago than I care to share, and I was thrilled when she reached out and asked me to be her and Mark's wedding photographer.  I love how my education and photography passions continue to bring and keep amazing people in my life.

We had some extra special guests at this engagement session - Rachel and Mark's son Gavin and pup Venus decided to come along and hop into a few photos!  I'm so glad they decided to get their entire family involved, and I am so looking forward to photographing their wedding in just over one week!!  

Thanks again for this opportunity, and thank you for putting up with the extra-aggressive bugs that afternoon at the Wyomissing Park!  I love how your photos turned out, and I hope you do as well.

See you in a week!

Surprise Proposal at Struble Lake | Nikki + Ben

Nikki and Ben are both former students of mine, and last week I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting up with them for a photoshoot.  It wasn't just any photoshoot, though... Ben had reached out to me the week before and asked me if I would photograph their proposal!!  He had picked out Nikki's engagement ring and was ready to ask her to be his wife!  She had no idea this was in the works, and he wanted me to be the one to capture this moment for them.  Of course, I said yes!

We made arrangements to meet up at Struble Lake, in Honeybrook.  Ben chose that spot because it is one of their favorite locations to visit as a couple.  I needed to come up with a plan so Nikki wouldn't realize what was going on as soon as they arrived.  It wasn't going to be easy for me to hide anywhere and get a good angle, so I asked my youngest daughter to come along and pretend we just happened to be at the lake having our own photoshoot.  (I am not above bribing her with the promise of a Slurpee on the way home!  Hey, it worked!)  We got in place, and just as Nikki and Ben were supposed to arrive, a kid came by with his fishing gear and was about to cast out right at the location where the proposal was supposed to go down!  I chased him away (as politely as I could) just before Nikki and Ben showed up!  And then... well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Congratulations, Nikki and Ben!  It was an honor having you in math class a few years ago, and it was even more special that you asked me to capture these memories for you!  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.

And... thank you for helping me check "Photograph a Surprise Proposal" off of my photography bucket list!!

Scott's Run Lake Engagement | Ashlie + Eric

I recently met up with Ashlie and Eric to photograph their engagement session.  (It just happened to be the hottest and most humid day of the year, so far.)  They were such troopers in the heat and humidity, and we managed to capture quite a few great shots in spite of Mother Nature deciding to be a brat!  They are planning to get married in Maui next year, and I know that it's going to be absolutely amazing!  Congratulations, you two!!