Rockford Plantation and Lititz Historical Society | Lancaster County, PA
I can remember when this now grown-up, beautiful and mature young woman was once 5 or 6 years old when we became friends with her family. It’s amazing how time flies. She’s now ready to graduate high school at the end of this school year! Time flies so fast. I can’t wait for what’s ahead of her. Moriah, you have such an awesome heart for Jesus, keep that at the center of your life and you will always have a bright future wherever you go. Here are some of my favorites from your senior shoot:
Meet Erin! Erin is a super sweet senior at Hempfield HS and we spent a couple hours together a couple weeks ago capturing her senior photos. Erin was so much fun to work with and did a fantastic job in front of the camera, despite her nerves, she was a natural. I am so excited about how her senior pictures turned out and I hope that she and her parents enjoy them for years to come. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot. Hope you enjoy them!
Now that I’m officially back in season with the photography, I thought I’d let you know that over the winter office we secured some NEW OFFICE SPACE in Downtown Lancaster! We are located at 32 McGovern Ave Suite 1, right across the street from the Lancaster Train Station. As soon as the bridge construction is complete this summer it will be a breeze to get here. If you are familiar with looking at the building above, turn around and you’re at our office building. If you’re familiar with the Comic Store in Lancaster, (a Lancaster landmark), we are located right above them. It’s a small office space but it’s perfect for meeting clients, small commercial shoots, and simply getting out of the office to do work. Please feel free to stop on in anytime, would love some visitors!
Landis Valley Museum | F&M College | Lancaster, PA
I am so excited about this blog post (and yes it’s way overdue). Kiley is a Senior at Manheim Township in Lancaster (my alma mater). The reason I was so excited and honored to take her senior portraits and share them with you all is because Kiley was the first baby I ever held. I remember around the time she was born I must’ve been in 5th or 6th grade maybe even younger. I grew up with her uncle all through grade school and have been family friends with her family as long as I can remember. Not only that, but when Lauren and I purchased our home in Lancaster in 2009, we moved in just a couple houses down from Kiley. It was such an honor and fun experience remembering holding her as a little newborn and then capturing her as a beautiful young woman. Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your smile in this season of your life. I’m so excited for all the roads ahead of you as you enter into adulthood!
It’s not often I get to do senior portraits. It’s simply not something I’ve pursued doing so it’s not really something I’ve booked often. Abbey is the younger sister of one of my brides from this past December. After a successful wedding her parents wanted to book me for Abbey’s senior portraits and I was definitely honored to take them up on the offer. Abbey has such a fun and bubbly personality and absolutely loves being in front of the camera. Honestly, it was SO easy to do this shoot – Abbey did all the work – I just showed up, got in the right spot and hit the shutter. Beautiful young girl with a bright future in front of her, I hope these photos capture her personality and this time in her life well and that her family cherishes them for years to come!
Big shout out to our friends at Aussie and the Fox in Lancaster who allowed us to spend a chunk of time in their cafe to get some super fun shots with their orange couches. They even made Abbey a GIGANTIC cappucino to pose with. GREAT cafe and restaurant – if you’re in the Lancaster area, please check them out! Here’s their page on Facebook.
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2012 was no easy year – it was a complicated one. For years I had dreamed and talked about being a full-time photographer but just couldn’t get around to pulling the trigger. Lots of things kept stopping me but mostly it was doubt. Doubt that I could ever really do it or “make it” and doubt that I would be able to provide through those means for my growing family. And to a large degree I still suffer from those doubts today. I think about them every day when I wake up and every night when I go to bed.
The transition came like a mighty hurricane – one I couldn’t stop and one I wasn’t ready for. In July I was laid-off from my full-time job. It was a messy lay-off that resulted in a lot of internal emotional and professional struggles, but in the end, it was the best possible thing for me. That job, not the work I was doing, but the company culture and poor leadership was like a cancer eating away at me. I needed to be set free. God knew I wasn’t going to break the shackles; so He did.
Since July I picked up the pieces and began the balancing act with my time, focus, and energies – working to find that comfortable rhythm of life – not only with photography, but also with our music and freelance print and web design. I’m not there yet and I dont know when I will be. It’s the best thing and the most difficult thing all at the same time. Every day is filled with it’s own set of challenges and joys and I’m constantly learning, failing, and fortunately – succeeding.
In all of it, I couldn’t have made it through such a difficult transition without the support and encouragement of my incredible wife, parents, siblings, friends, and especially – my clients. I made this video more for me than for anyone else. I wanted to stare back into the eyes of a year that presented me with a terrifying and stressful life-changing challenge…and I wanted to smile right back in it’s face.
I am blessed in so many ways – This video is for all of those blessings – it features every one of them.
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.
When I was in high school, my life was changed through an organization called Young Life. It wasn’t necessarily the organization as much as it was the leaders and relationships I created with them that transformed me so much. One of my dear friends, Jason, who was my Young Life leader in High school, has a brother Matt who leads an incredibly successful Young Life ministry in York. So when they were raising money for Young Life in their region, it was a no-brainer to us to give back. So a portrait shoot was auctioned off and I couldn’t be happier with who ended up getting their senior photos with it. Everyone, meet Alex! Ladies, I believe he’s single. ;-) From the time we got to spend with him we could tell he was a class act, great kid – the kind you just don’t come across that often. Was a blast to get to try some new things and try out some new locations in the Lancaster area. I’m pretty sure some illegal trespassing occurred, in so doing, we also discovered some squatters! Here are some of our favorites from the shoot.