Abbey, Tyler & Lex

I am a little late on this one, but 2 weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a session with Abbey, Tyler and their adorable little guy, Lex! Abbey is a good friend of mine, as well as my hair stylist. Recently when I was getting my hair done she asked if I would do their photos. She explained that she was having a problem capturing a good photo of the 3 of them because Lex is at that age where he is very active. I was of course very excited about it, as this gives me more practice and she was the first person to ask me to do their photos and was actually serious about it, ha ha! Now Lex was the first child of his age, under 2, that I have photographed. I must admit it was a little challenging getting him to look at the camera. I don’t have any kids so I am not the best at entertaining them or getting their attention. I sure did learn a few lessons that day. I will be taking bubbles on my future shoots with young children, and I will also be investing in a few camera buddies, as they call them. I kind of followed them around and tried to let Lex do his own thing. Like I said, I was a little nervous and unsure of how to work with a child his age, but I think it turned out well. I was just so honored to be asked to do their photos for their Christmas cards! Here’s a look at some shots from the session.

 

First Photo Session!

So last Saturday, October 17th was my first ever photo shoot with people, instead of just nature! Now of course I have photographed people many of times over the years, but this was the first real session with my camera since I have learned more about the settings and such. I was so very excited about my first shoot with Bobbie and her beautiful little girl. I was honored to have the opportunity to photograph them as well as excited to finally meet them in person. See, I have been friends with Bobbie on facebook for some time now through a mutual friend but had never actually met her in person until last weekend. I must admit that I was nervous at first because I was not sure how specifically I would want them to pose, if we would all feel comfortable, or if the whole thing would feel too staged. I bought a hay bale, some small pumpkins and some flowers and set out to meet them at a local park. Everything turned out great in my opinion! We all flowed well together, I asked Bobbie to get in a few different poses and the rest of the time we kind of just winged it, which was nice and I think helped it flow so well. All in all I feel like it was a great first shoot! Here are a few shots from our session.

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Anniversary Trip to Jim Thorpe, PA

Last weekend was our anniversary. We went out to the mountains to a small town called Jim Thorpe, located about an hour south of the Poconos. I have been excited for this trip since July when I started planning it. I was excited to get pictures of the gorgeous fall foliage. It was the perfect time of year to be out there. The leaves were absolutely stunning. So stunning that it actually made me cry a happy cry at one point! Yes, that beautiful!

First we drove out about an hour and a half past our hotel to make a special trip to Bushkill Falls in Bushkill, PA. The one thing I liked so much about the State Park was that they had different paths you could take to see different falls, and they showed the difficulty of each path. We chose the Yellow path which is the most popular and included the main falls, after all that is what we were there for was the main falls! It took about 45 minutes to an hour to make the hike, not too bad, the falls were gorgeous. We have already established how I have an obsession with waterfalls! The one thing I did not like was the fact that you had to pay to get in to see the falls, and nature should be free.The only downside was that it was an overcast day so the light was not the best. Here are a few shots from Bushkill……

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After we left Bushkill Falls we drove out about 20 more minutes north and went to Dingman’s Falls in Dingman’s Ferry, PA. Another gorgeous location! This was free which was nice and it was a very short walk, only about 10 to 15 minutes. On the way to Dingman’s Falls is Silverthread Falls. Here are the pics first of Silverthread, then of Dingman’s……

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On the way back from the falls I saw this old, abandoned barn and I had to stop and get some shots. At this point it was raining, so it made the barn extra creepy looking. I literally went out into oncoming traffic and stood on the non-existent shoulder of the road to get these shots.

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We left the falls and headed back south to Jim Thorpe, PA. The next day the weather was perfect. We headed out to White Haven, PA to go visit Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park. What a cool place! Boulder Field is a National Natural Landmark. Check out how the boulders formed here. Below are some of my shots from the field.

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Once we left Boulder Field we headed over to Hawk Falls, which is also in Hickory Run State Park. We parked the car and walked down the trail which is only about a half a mile hike to the falls. My husband made me very nervous but I got a great shot of him sitting at the top of the falls before we headed down to the bottom. Again, gorgeous falls, but really, aren’t they all?

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After we were done at Hawk Falls we headed back into Jim Thorpe to their Fall Foliage Festival. For such a small mountain town there sure was a lot of action for the festival. There is a train that runs out of town into the neighboring towns. I was lucky enough to be there at the perfect time right before one of the trains left and I was able to capture some really cool shots (or so I think they are, lol). Check them out……

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Once we were done with the fall festival we headed out to find the “100 mile view” we kept seeing signs for. Well come to find out it’s high up on top of a mountain (fitting, right?) and they are currently trying to sell the property, so there was a real estate agent hanging out up there. Great marketing, I tell you! Oh my was it a gorgeous view!

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Here are some of the random photos I took while there as well. There are a few great examples of how beautiful the fall foliage was. All in all it was a great trip!

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