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Joel & Becca {Engagement Session Photographed by Haley & Victoria}

“I love you without knowing how or when or from where, I love you simply without problems or pride, I love you in this way because I do not know another way of loving but this.” – Pablo Neruda001-storyboardVictoria and I met Becca and Joel at Springton Manor for their engagement session. The weather was perfect and the rain from the past few days cleared just in time. Despite being a little nervous about being in front of the camera, Joel and Becca rocked their photo session. The chemistry and genuine deep friendship and love that these two have for each other was so evident. We loved their casual, easy style, and that they didn’t stop laughing or smiling at each other the entire time.

Joel and Becca met at Creation Fest, a Christian music festival, in 2013. Their common love of Spikeball brought them together, and they’ve been together ever since! Spikeball is still one of Becca & Joel’s favorite things to do together, and they attend local and national competitions, where, they humbly told us, have ranked extremely well. Aside from Spikeball, Becca & Joel name napping, food, and traveling as a few other hobbies. In fact they spent over 30 hours in the car together one summer road tripping from Lancaster to Pittsburgh, Nashville, Michigan, and back – and still liked each other afterwards, so I’d say that’s just a small indicator of how great these two are together. Joel admires Becca’s love of travel, experiences, and people over material things, and Joel’s love of people and willingness to go out of his way to help are a few of Becca’s favorite things about him.

We are so excited to see Joel and Becca again in just a few months for their July wedding!

- H & V
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Bob & Ariane {Engaged}

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy. It’s the noblest, most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”012-storyboardSpring has officially sprung in Philadelphia! The greens of the trees are just peeking their heads and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. I love everything about this city, but the changing to a warmer season is particularly magical. It is as if the whole place stretches, shakes off the winter chill and comes alive. Pairing this bit of magic with an equally amazing couple really creates something special.

On a cloudy Spring evening, I met Bob and Ariane at Washington Square. A particularly nervous groom-to-be took a bit of coaxing, but by the end of the evening he was crushing the shoot. You would have had no idea that these two NEVER take photos! Eventually, the clouds decided to break and with it the city was drenched in that warm golden hour light.

We concluded the evening in true Philly fashion, sporting Sixers gear (the two are season ticket holders).

We are so very excited to celebrate with Bob and Ariane this coming January!

- T

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Thom & Ginny {Engaged}

“I’m amazed
When push comes to shove what I’d give to you
Everything
I’m amazed
The hallways I wouldn’t mind crawling through
And I’d do it for days and days”
- Amazed by Poe
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Thom and Ginny met at The Community Theater production of “The Graduate” where Thom played Benjamin and Ginny played Elaine. They grabbed drinks at Iron Hill Brewery in Ardmore after they had completed the show together and spent the evening chatting, losing all track of time. Now, over the years they have performed onstage together six times. They describe their relationship as quirky, romantic and comfortable.

I met Thom & Ginny for the first time at their consultation at the studio and knew instantly I wanted to work with them. They are fun and bring out such a silly side from one another. I knew Haley and I were in for a treat when we met for their engagement session at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Shortly into their session Thom exclaimed, “We want to be your best couple yet.” And let me tell you, they may be in the running. The whole evening was flawless; from the weather, to the atmosphere to how easily Thom and Ginny interacted with one another. At several points, I just stopped giving direction and let them do their thing. We strolled the streets chatting about their relationship and their upcoming wedding and ended the night with a slow dance in front of a local theater.

Perfection.

Haley and I are so insanely excited for May 7th. I will say it again and again, we have THE BEST couples around!

- T

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Kamen & Nichole {Engaged}

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace…” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning006-storyboardKamen & Nichole met at, arguably, the best University around. You guessed it, Temple. They both had just come back from studying abroad together in Italy. And although they were there for 6 months, they spent that time forming a strong friendship. It wasn’t until they got back to Philadelphia that they realized there may be more to their relationship then just friends.

We planned to meet at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia for their engagement session the evening before winter storm Stella arrive. The bright sun that had been out all day, quickly was hidden by looming clouds as the weather completely shifted from the start of our time until the end. The overcast aided in creating a visually moody setting, which worked so well with the location. Both Kamen and Nichole laughed from start to finish. At one point I told them I was simply going to stop giving any instruction because they so naturally interacted, even with a camera pointed at them.

Slight sleet could be felt as we wrapped up their session. It was such a fun evening! The two plan to wed at The Logan Philadelphia this coming summer. Can’t wait!

- T
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Welliver Adoption {Hopes Arrival} – Photographed by Haley

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In the past few weeks I had the incredible experience to capture part of the Welliver family’s adoption story. They have been on the journey to adopt a child for the past three years. About a year and a half ago they matched with Hope, a now 6 year old little girl from India, and immediately knew she was to be their daughter. Two weeks ago, the family boarded a plane for India to bring Hope back to her new home in the U.S. I was able to tag along as the family left for their exciting journey, and meet them as they brought Hope home for the first time.

Leaving the airport was an exciting but quick shoot, and it was only a taste of what was to come. The anticipation was palpable as the Wellivers spent their last hours as a family of four, ready to meet their newest family member, and to return in a few days as a family of five. I had never met the Welliver family, except for a few texts and phone calls, but when I met them that morning at the airport I was welcomed so warmly as if I had known them for years.

A week late, and another early morning, we met again at the airport. I first met up with Michelle’s parents and the videographer, Jeff, and headed to the International Arrivals area. I couldn’t have imagined a better place for this reunion to occur, the area was bright and sunny even though outside the weather was gray and foggy – the perfect location for this happy occasion. More friends and family arrived at the airport with signs, balloons, and gifts, and we waited in anticipation for what seemed like forever until we got the text that they had landed. Everyone lined up excitedly waving their signs and balloons and watching for the family to come through the doors.

Finally we saw them walking down the hall and through the doors with the cutest 6 year old you’ve ever seen. Cheers exploded as the extended family members met their new relative for the first time. There was no shortage of love and open arms. Hope had a huge smile on her face the whole time, hugging and waving to everyone she met, she seemed to already be such a natural fit with the Welliver family. All of the friends and family that had come to the airport to meet Hope gathered around her to give her hugs and let her know how welcome and loved she is. It was incredible to see and despite only being introduced to the family and learning their story a few days prior, I definitely felt my eyes welling up with tears of joy at this amazing culmination to the Welliver’s three year journey.

We stuck around the airport for a few hours while everyone got a chance to meet Hope and spend some time with her and shower her with gifts. All in all it was an amazing morning and I feel so honored to have been able to play even a small part in this deserving family’s story and in Hope’s life.

- H

To check out more of their story, please check our their website at: www.togetherhope.com
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