Laura and I have talked about getting their family session done about 4 years ago, and now we were finally able to make it happen this year. Where else would be a better place to do a family session for their christmas card no other than their own city that they live in, Bethlehem PA. Laura is also another artist who’s very familiar using brushes and paint with oil and Acrylic, and now getting into Photography and Graphic Design, the moment we had the chance to sit down and chat, we could not stop talking about art and our passion for what we do. During their family session, it was cloudy and a bit chilly but the girls still had a blast, with big smiles on their faces and enjoyed posing for me! I think they’re a bit more experienced since they have been posing for their mom growing up. There were a few other photographers in the area also having their photo sessions with families but we were able to work around them and finished pretty quickly, as it was a great location for photos. It was an honor and privilege to photograph the Neiman family!

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Meet my childhood friend, Cynthia Pate. We’ve been friends since we were in diapers… Yup! Diapers! We’ve been through thick and thin with our drama and good times as kids. We rarely see each other since we live far apart but we were able to keep in touch over the years. I remember we used to play Atari at her house, we would play pac man, E.T., Centipede and Space Invaders! (Sigh! Remember those? Those were the days…) Rewinding a few years back here, we also used to play with paper dolls, changing their “paper” clothes and placing them in their paper houses with paper furnitures and so on, and now as grown women we get to decorate our own house and go shop and buy our own stylish outfits and learn a few make up tricks. I never thought I would be strolling down the streets of old historic downtown Annapolis with my childhood friend and what’s more fun is I get the privilege to be behind the camera and photograph her! Good times, good times! So here are a few of her photos as we create new memories and hopefully many more to come…

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Ashleigh and Christopher welcomed a new addition to the family, Nora. Along with their other “children” Magnus and Reggie, the two dogs… and a cat, they all welcomed her with a lot of love. Such a pleasure getting to know the Lawrence family as we spent some time to do their session, the dogs were so friendly, they listened very well and posed nicely for pictures, smart dogs! So glad we were able to include them in the photos. Towards the end of our session as we headed back to their house, Nora started to shut her eyes as our walk back made her sleepy, she didn’t even cry or get cranky, she was such a good baby! As the couple tried to put her to sleep in her nice bed I was able to get more great images, that was a great way to end the day.

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Meet Aaron Pickard, majoring in Music at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro,  he’s very passionate about music, he would listen to a song and be able to play it by ear. He is also interested in photography, shooting portraits in his spare time, he is definitely a true artist at heart, I believe that if he explores another area in art he can thrive in it as well. As we were using the theatre of UNCG for this photo session, there was a professor preparing to hold an audition for an operatic play at the school that was scheduled right after we used the facility, as Aaron was playing the piano while I was photographing him, the professor was listening in… “that was beautiful!” he said, “what song was that? Did you write it yourself?” Aaron smiled and said, “No, I didn’t, actually I just made it up as I went along just for the pictures…” The professor was amazed how he can just come up with notes off the top of his head for giggles. As we were wrapping up to head out, a pianist for the audition came in, the professor introduced him to his pianist and bragged about Aaron. I thought that was big, such a huge compliment for Aaron coming from a University professor who’s musically inclined and presumably very much exposed to all kinds of professional music. Just a few more months and he’s done with school, such an accomplishment! So this is well over due, being photographed next to a beautiful piano, in a gorgeous University theatre… Keep it up, Aaron!

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It turned out to be an awesome day for a family session, could have not been better, not too cold-not too hot, it was just right, they actually just got back from their vacation to Southern California so I guess I would definitely say they brought back some California weather! Tyler and Jessica won a gift certificate for a session a few years back, they contemplated when to use it for quite sometime but then after they had their second child Titus, they finally decided that it’s about time to get their photos taken (insert smiley face). With their two beautiful kids and a great couple with perfect weather, it turned out to be an enjoyable time for everyone at the park and I got to know them a lot better, it was such a privilege to photograph their family!

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