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Scott & Megan {Engaged}

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Spend a few minutes with Scott and Megan and it is clear, they simply adore one another.

The two met at Liberty University, a Christian college in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia. There was no first date, or love at first sight moment. Rather, their connection was developed through years of friendship.

They’re goofy in the most charming way and describe their relationship as trusting and uplifting

The couple both continues to reside in Virginia; where Megan is an elementary school teacher and Scott, a graphic designer.

I was beyond excited to work with them both on their engagement session and they made my job a breeze. Knowing that they were traveling 6 hours for their shoot I knew we had to create something epic…and epic it was.

For their wedding, they’ve decided to come back to Megan’s roots in PA and will be tying the knot at The Stoltzfus Homestead and Garden.

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My Mini Palace {Personal Post}

I started my photography business as a sophomore in college (2011). This required a lot of late nights and an endless amount of trips to Lancaster from Philadelphia. As my business grew, I also grew in my knowledge of photography. I had the fantastic experience of studying this

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art in college while, at the same time, applying what I was learning in the real world.

This past July I came to a crossroads. My current lease was up, and I had just recently graduated with my Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in photography and minor in business from Tyler School of Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. Up to this point, I had continued growing my photography client base in Lancaster with a studio nearby my parents home while also acquiring new clients in the Philadelphia area, being able to take advantage of the fantastic studio and office spaces that was provided to me at Tyler School of Art.

After I walked in May, I was no longer able to use the resources at my art school, leaving me with a decision. Do I return to Lancaster and grow my business there or do I take a leap of faith, stay in Philadelphia and attempt to balance both markets?

It is an understatement to simply say, I love Philadelphia. I went from a scared little country girl, my freshman year of college, to now; an independent city dweller. I still love the simplicity of Lancaster and the peace the place holds but my heart is in Philadelphia.

I then debated moving in with a few friends and renting out a studio space in the Philadelphia area. After some thought and internal debate I decided the wisest decision would be to combine the two in a space that I could work from home.

This past August I moved into a space in the Manayunk area, allowing me a quick home commute to continue to work with all my Lancaster based clients but also providing the space to continue to grow in Philadelphia. Because I am living on my own, I have been able to convert the space to fit my business needs. The living room is now my client meeting area, and the entire third floor, my office space with plenty of room for my assistant, my intern and myself.

I know Philadelphia is where I’m called to be, beyond business there is so much potential here. I am increasingly involved in my amazing church, Epic as well as surrounded by quality friends.

I will continue to work in the Lancaster area, commuting back and forth but will be based out of Philadelphia.

I love my new little palace and can’t wait for the future dinners, catch up coffee in the kitchen, meetings with my wonderful clients and hours of productive editing ahead. Growing up is a bit scary but more than that it is exciting and I can’t wait for what it to come!

A huge, huge THANK-YOU to my amazing and supportive parents who not only helped with the moving process but provided a TON of furniture from their fantastic store in Intercourse, PA (The Smucker Village). Blessed to say the least…Check out the renovations below! Pictures of the completed office space to come:

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Alex & Jen {Engaged}

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A love birthed from a dinner at Texas Roadhouse and a night under the stars…

Alex and Jen met through a mutual friend, now the Matron of Honor at their upcoming April wedding. They are country through and through, sharing a love for the outdoors, star gazing, mudding, hunting and fishing. Alex taught Jen to shoot bow and was the one directly beside her when she shot her first deer.

Their original session was postponed due to the off and on rain we have been getting all summer. But the weather was worth the wait. You could almost taste Fall, with the slight breeze and crisp air.

I can’t wait till they tie the knot next Spring!

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Evan & Kim {Wedding}

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Last weekend, all over Lancaster County, weddings were getting rained on. But somehow we found ourselves amongst the few areas staying dry. The rain held off just long enough for a precious first look, the fancy cars getting a spotlight, and the groomsmen trekking through an open field.

There is nothing sweeter, more pure, than young love. Evan and Kim said their I Do’s at Weaverland Mennonite amongst 200 friends and family. The sweet ceremony involved a harp, gorgeous harmonies and a simple worship service. The blessing upon this marriage is so evident and powerful. They entered into their marriage with prayer and above all a focus on Jesus Christ as their center.

It was an honor to witness such a precious day! Congrats to the new bride and groom, Evan and Kim.

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The After Wedding Session

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The After Wedding Session:

It isn’t a secret; a wedding day can be stressful. Months and sometimes years are spent planning and preparing for one day. And then it is here and it happens and somehow everything falls into place.

My favorite time to capture during a wedding is the short time we get to whisk away the bride and groom. Away from the crowd, they are able to bask in one another’s presence. Their glow is undeniable, as they get lost in the moment. They are married. They are husband and wife and it seems no moment could top the one they are in.

But things happen, the wedding day gets crazy and the timeline sometimes gets scrunched. It is my job to help move things along as quickly and as smoothly as possible. We always have those moments with just the bride and groom, but at times it gets cut shorter than expected.

So the After Wedding Session was born.

When someone hears about this they question the necessity of it. Obviously, a wedding can happen flawlessly without an After Wedding Session planned. But here are the top five reasons why I love them:

1. Less stress on the wedding day

An After Wedding Session typically takes place the next evening or a few days after the couple returns from the honeymoon. This means, during the actual wedding day, there is less stress on needing to get every epic portrait of the couple. Obviously, many images are taken of the two but an after wedding session allows for so much more.

2. An excuse to wear that expensive attire once more

A wedding dress, and a tux for that matter, are expensive. In most cases you wear it once and only pull it out to show the kids twenty years later. An after wedding session allows for you to get back in to that gorgeous gown and show it off once more.

3. Location

An After Wedding Session can literally be anywhere; from an epic rooftop overlooking the city or the pond where the couple shared their first kiss. Didn’t have your wedding on the beach? Well, we can still make those gorgeous images happen. The possibilities are endless.

4. More time for creativity

Because there is no time limit and no restriction on location, there is no limit to the creativity that can happen. It allows for us to push past the typical and take our time to create something amazing!

5. Lights, Lights, Lights

It isn’t a secret, I LOVE off camera lighting. It adds a whole other dimension to images pushing them far past the usual. Depending on timeline, I will pull out the lights during a wedding, but we are almost always under some type of constraint. An after wedding session allows me to pull out all the stops, resulting in some jaw dropping images.

*Take a look at some examples from my most recent after wedding session with Matt and Nicole at Stoltzfus Homestead and Garden! You can view their wedding gallery as well: Matt & Nicole {Wedding}.

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