#FlashBackFriday

As I pack the car today for what’s going to be any number of descriptive words that could be used to describe the next few days as we attend New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department’s Community Days festival….I’m feeling kinda reflective.

Perhaps it’s the lack of sleep from stress and late nights trying to get everything done for today.
Or maybe it’s just the overwhelming amount of love and support from my family and friends.
But either way I’m there.

As I tried to fall asleep last night while making my last mental check list of things to accomplish today, I kept thinking of this old photo of myself.

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This is me in 2008 shortly after being hired at my first professional photography job literally days after graduating college.
I had no idea what I was doing. I had taken a few photography classes. I knew I had  gift for for taking great photos. I knew I was good at “finding the beauty” in things. But I had NO idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to pose. I didn’t have any confidence in my photography. I barely could talk to customers about my photography without my face turning 9 shades of red. (I have a feeling it still does but at least now it’s with confidence)

But boy did I learn and quickly too!

And here I am. After a lot of hard work, late nights, long hours of  being bitten and pooped on by animals and children alike. I’m here.
And I’m about to let a small portion of the population that I’m here as well.

But before I do so I feel like I need to say a few thank yous…

Thank you to my Mom & Dad for giving me my first pink Mickey Mouse 35mm camera with the disposable flash on the top. Thank you for constantly buying film and flashes and always encouraging me that the 98,000 pictures of our cat Tigger and the other random stuff that I photographed was all part of me being creative and not just a phase.

Thank you to my teachers, co-workers, employees for teaching and having patience with me while I got my sea legs. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use a pose that one of you taught me or sneeze a duck off my head to encourage children and adults to smile without thinking of all of you.

Thank you to my clients, future past and present for sharing your special moments with me. It’s an honor and a pleasure getting to work with and alongside of you. Without you I wouldn’t have the beautiful ever evolving portfolio that I cherish containing the kaleidoscope of life’s greatest moments that I hope you treasure as much as I do.

Thank you to my friends & family who pose, ‘like’ every photo I post, promote and enthusiastically encourage me through all the ups and downs. I love you all and I don’t know what I would do without you.

Thank you to my Father-in- law Kevin for “not breaking a sweat” while working super hard on the peep through board for our booth.

Thank you to my Sister Wife Rachel for keeping me company over the next few days and being willing to tackle a few of your students to show them how cool I am. Also thank you to my brother in-law Ben for giving me the idea and courage  to take this crazy chance, along with loaning me his and Rachel’s  beautiful children (who’s portraits are featured in my booth) whenever I need them.

Last but not least thank you to my husband who as always puts up with my crazy and sometimes unorganized dreams. You are always there for me and help make my “what ifs” and “how abouts” become realities because you love me and believe in me and that is the best feeling in the world. I know going to craft stores and being asked a million and one times ‘how does this look’ are two of your favorite activities in the entire world to do but I wouldn’t want to do them with anyone else. Your my best friend and I love you.

Alright enough sappiness! Let’s go have some fun!
See you at Community Days New Kensington!

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Sophia’s 1st Birthday: Watermelon

Like many photographers I have a Pinterest board full of wish lists.
Of props I want.
Of sessions I want to do someday.
Poses I want to try.
Equipment I’d like to own.
You name it I have a board for it.

So when I started planning Sophia’s watermelon themed first birthday shoot..I had a prop in mind!
A watermelon stand! Originally it was a lemonade stand but the idea was too cute to pass up.

And the proof is in the photos.

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Between the cutest outfits Mom planned and Sophia’s fantastic smile I couldn’t have wished for a better session!

Thanks to Gram and Mom for blowing bubbles and singing Sophia’s favorite songs to make her dance and smile! I look forward to working with you again!

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Happy June!

I have been looking forward to June for a very long while because….

We’re doing our first fair!
Kensington Photography will be at New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department’s Community Days during June 20th-22nd!
I’m so excited and yet very busy all at the same time because June came far to quickly!
So if you’re coming to community days please stop by and say hi!

Also coming up this month I’m planning on doing a lot of “how to” blogs about weddings photography and the fair so keep an eye out for those!

If you have a  upcoming event or would like more information about Kensington Photography portrait sessions please contact us for more information. 

Posted in How To, Kensington Photography, Penn Hills Senior Portraits, Photography, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Lifestyle Photography, Pittsburgh Photography, Pittsburgh Senior Photography, Pittsburgh Wedding Photography, Wedding Photography

Neil 3 months session

Guess who’s 3 months already?
This guy!

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It is hard to believe that he’s already 3 months old!
It feels like it was only last week that I was holding him for the first time mere hours after he was born. Time really does fly by!

So to capture this moment in time before it too goes all to fast we had some fun along with big brother Liam and did Neil’s 3 month portrait session!
Enjoy the preview!

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Wedding Season 2014!

It’s here! It’s wedding season!
And boy is it going to be a busy one!
I’m so excited!!!!

Tomorrow is our first wedding of the season which is with Luis & Nikkina!

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Looking forward to spending the day with this wonderful couple and all the other couples I have the pleasure of working with this season!

Wanna know more about Kensington Photography weddings?
Contact us for information!

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The Wedding Season

I feel like that scene from that Disney movie you know the one. It has the two princesses who are sisters and there’s the talking snowman. You know that one.

Anyhow, there’s a scene where the one princess is awakened by a knock on her door causing her to stir. She sits up in her bed, still half asleep, hair disheveled, and just not in any hurry to leave her bed when the person who has awoken her from her slumber reminds her it’s coronation day sending the half-awakened princess into song
This is EXACTLY how I feel about the first day of wedding season. From about December through April I feel like I’m half awake. My creative neurons slightly go into auto pilot awaiting the quite knocking on the door from May that revitalizes me.

Hello Wedding Season 2014!

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Prom Season: 2014

It’s that time of year again!
For cray-paper and taffeta, glitter and puffy dresses all to be muttered with the phrase “in season” and it to be accepted for one night and one night only!
It’s Prom!

I love prom!
I love the big dresses and sparkly eye-shadow.
I love the slow jams and the twinkling lights!
It was one night. But it was the night where anything could happen in my mind.

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(Me on the right at my Junior Prom)

And while nothing really out of the ordinary happened at Prom for me I guess my most cherished memories from this time of year are the things that happened while getting ready for Prom…
Being part of the decorating committee.
My parents allowing me to skip school to go with my friends to the nearest large town (Altoona) for dresses.
The arguments I had with my Mom over what she and what I thought I should wear.
The stress over just asking a guy to the Prom. (Asking a person to prom was stressful enough without the addition of flash-mobs, glee club serenades and whatever else you crazy youngsters do now a days!)
And finally there was the excitement of the day itself!

But enough about me and my cheesy nostalgia.
Let’s get to the pictures!

Prom 2014!
This year I had the pleasure of capturing two different proms!

First up was Shelby and Jonah for Apollo Ridge’s Prom!

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(After years of my begging AND pleading AND whining AND annoying – Shelby finally got a puffy dress!!!)

And then we had Stevanakelly and her date  Mike for Plum High School’s Prom!

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(This is Stevanakelly’s blog debut! Yay!)

It was so much fun getting to share the evening with both of these wonderful girls!

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I hope their proms were as magical and memorable as my proms were.

Coining up: Neil’s 3 month portrait session with big brother Liam!

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Spring Portrait Session Special

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Book your session today!!

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Jacob – Penn Hills High School

Is it spring yet?
As much as I love winter shoots I am sooo ready for the colors of spring to start appear!  Especially after the random 60 degree day we had in the middle of February! (Crazy Pittsburgh weather!)

Jacob was my first senior of 2014! He along with his family were such a pleasure to work with. We chatted about the many activities that Jacob loves doing (like stage crew and marching band just to name a few) Jacob plans to attend my alma marter the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt) in the fall and join the marching band there as well.

Enjoy some previews from Jacob’s session!

It’s never to late (nor early – I’m looking at you class of 2015) to book your Senior session!
Contact me for more information about booking your Senior session.

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Neil New Born Session

As you might remember from my previous blog my sister and brother in-law were expecting and since then baby Neil has arrived making me an aunt to now two fantastic little boys!
Enjoy the preview of Neil’s first photo session.

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