We were so honored to do this photo shoot for our good friends, Lenny and Erin. We went to college with them both at Eastern University where Lauren lived on the same hall as Erin during Erin’s freshman year – the same year that Lauren and I met. Lenny and Erin had a beautiful baby girl, Olivia, a little over a year ago. Olivia, as we discovered, is such a beautiful ball of happiness. She and our son Andy have very similar personalities. So much so that we kind of think that if they were next door neighbors, lots of mischief would go down…lots.
I love my clients. No really, like I LOVE them. First off, they are all incredibly loyal, encouraging, and supportive. Andrew and Kelsie have been no exception. I shot their wedding back in 2010 and ever since they have been some of our biggest advocates. We always love getting to catch up with them and when they asked us to do some family photos with their BEAUTIFUL little girl, Adelle (who, by the way, has the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen.) Their family shoot was a blast and I was so happy with the pictures. The only hiccup in the whole thing was one of the most awkward moments I’ve ever had when trespassing on property to get a good shot – glad Andrew and Kelsie got to witness me being about as awkard and unprofessional as I could possibly be. Man that was uncomfortable.
I’m really excited about sharing this blog because of the personal connection I have with David. I met David and his family in 2006 when I was helping with the youth group at our church, then in Elverson. At the time David was in Jr. High so to even be taking his senior portraits is somewhat scary since it just goes to prove how much time has passed in what seems so short. David is an incredible musician and a talented athlete who loves to run. It’s been an honor for me to watch David grow and mature in his faith in the time that I’ve known him and to be just a small part of that has been a privilege as a youth and bible study leader. His heart is genuine and humble and I have always appreciated the role he has played in the lives of his peers. He and his family are very dear to Lauren and I and I know I speak for all of us when I say that we can’t wait to see where God is leading him as he begins the next leg of his journey.
Believe it or not this was my first time doing an official shoot at the beach and it was a blast! We were so lucky the rain held off the whole time we shot. Joe and Jess were a blast to work with and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding next year in downtown Philly! This was fun for us to shoot because we got to take the ferry from Delaware that day into NJ to meet Joe and Jess in Avalon. Then our dear friend, Dale Pagenkopf, helped us out with by assisting on the shoot. Was the last time we got to see her before she moved across the country to Colorado. Anyways, here’s a few of our favorites from their session.
There’s cute. There’s adorable. Then there’s little Lily Shoemaker. Sorry folks, she’s been spoken for – she’s already betrothed to our son, Andy. Is that weird? We thought so, too. In all seriousness, Lily and Andy are not betrothed, however, the four of us have joked about it as parents enough that one might think they actually are.
Andy and Laura are two of our dearest friends. Andy and I spent a semester of college rooming together in an apartment while at Focus on the Family’s Leadership Institute in the spring of 2005. They live in Chicago and we are only able to visit with one another once every 2 years, but they remain two of our most trusted and beloved friends. We were soooooo excited when they told us this spring that they were going to make the trip out east to visit us so we could all meet Lily and they could meet our little Andy.
Andy and Laura will be heading out of the country as missionary’s to Ecuador in the coming year so it made for a bittersweet reunion as we will probably not get to see them again for another couple years unless we can make it down to visit them – which we hope and pray we do! OR if plane tickets all the sudden plummet in price – then maybe we’ll get lucky! To find out more about what they are doing with their ministry in Ecuador please go to the website listed here. If you feel God tugging on your heart to give to their mission, then please do so. http://www.theshoemakers.blogspot.com/
The Crystal Tea Room, Love Park, Museum of Art | Philadelphia, PA
This past Friday I got to ditch out of rural Lancaster, PA and head for the big city. Dan Smith in the city would make for a solidly entertaining reality show. Mostly I just get really anxious. slightly sweaty, and very confused. Needless to say I was a little nervous about making it through the wedding day without getting lost. Fortunately for me they had a trolly we could ride in all day! This was the first time I got to shoot a wedding spending all day in downtown Philadelphia within a block from City Hall. Justin and Katie planned their day perfectly and we had plenty of time to take the trolly around downtown for some awesome photos at Love Park and the Philadelphia Art Museum where we did their engagement photos. To top it all off their reception at The Crystal Team Room in the Wannamaker building was absolutely stunning. The cocktail hour alone was astounding, not to mention the dessert room that topped off the night.
Nevertheless it was a fantastic day to spend with some really awesome friends on their wedding day. Katie was stunning and her smile lit up the day – while Justin and his groomsmen’s sense of humor made for a lot of laughs. Thanks so much for having us be part of your wedding day and tell your friends in Oklahoma about Dan Smith Photography so I can come visit!
Here’s a couple of my favorites from their wedding day…
There are so many good things to say about this couple that I don’t even know where to start. Not only are they just incredibly adorable, but they are also two of the kindest and most genuine couples I’ve been blessed to befriend. Really, clients are not clients to us, they very quickly become friends. I felt this way about Andy and Sam immediately. We met with them at Rock Bottom Brewery almost a year ago to discuss the possibility of shooting their wedding and I remember leaving that meeting with my fingers crossed really hoping that would choose me as their photographer. SO THANKFUL that they did!
We did their engagement photos a couple weeks back in downtown Philly and on June 2nd I packed up and drove from Lancaster, PA to shoot their wedding in Camden, NJ. After a long morning on 76 /676 through Philadelphia, we finally made it out to the camden area. We were hopeful to be shooting at the Camden waterfront that day, but unfortunate for us there was a free country music concert happening at the Tweeter Center – so instead we sat in some unexpected traffic. We made due and ended shooting at the reception location at The Camden County Boathouse – a gorgeous venue right on the river. The night was a blast and we really hope to get to shoot again there soon!
Here’s a couple favorites from Andy and Sam’s wedding day!
I really love shooting weddings, don’t get me wrong. But what I typically dislike about wedding days are how time-crunched and quick you have to move on your feet with creativity. You really have to think on your feet fast and work with your surroundings. This is why weddings can be so stressful for the photographer. However, there are those bridal shoots I’m lucky to do a couple times per year where time is not an issue and I can be as creative as I want. The only time you’re racing against is light.
Mara is a friend of ours who we attended Eastern University with in St. Davids, PA. She since married her best friend, Shane, and they moved to downtown Lancaster, Pa and have two adorable sons. Mara was feeling like her wedding dress was collecting dust and didn’t have a use for it anymore. So she thought, “I don’t have any girls, so I’m not going to pass the dress on. Why don’t I wear it one last time, get all dolled up, and completely destroy it?” These are questions that more brides should ask themselves. We love Trash the Dress shoots and typically they end up being a cross between a Flaunt the Dress and Trash the Dress shoot which is even better. So Mara, who is a professional organizer, threw out her predicament on FB offering her services in exchange for a photo shoot. Naturally, the very disorganized and messy Smiths jumped right on this idea.
So we booked the shoot, and got a brand new organized basement out of the deal! Thanks for your awesome skills and time, Mara! Here are some of our favorites from your Trash the Dress/Flaunt the Dress shoot.