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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Florida Trip August 23-26, 2015

Well back in August my stepmom, my husband and I all took a road trip down to Alabama to visit my stepmom’s mother. We drove straight through the whole 22 hour drive, only stopping for bathroom breaks and to sleep for a little while. Our biggest stop was an hour long as we were parked on Interstate 81 in Roanoke, VA at 1am due to a horrible accident. Needless to say I did not get many pictures on the way down, and barely got any while actually in Alabama. Two days after we arrived, my husband and I drove over to Florida. We started out by going to the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum which was located on a Naval Base. The lighthouse has been there for a long time and there is a lot of history. I wanted to go to check it out because I wanted to get photos from the top. Well 177 steps later, I finally made it to the top. I felt like I was going to die, it was so hot! As I said in my previous post I am not much of an exercise lover, and I also don’t do well with the heat but I made it up all of those stairs because I was determined to get that view from the top! It was worth it, for sure! Here are a few images from the top of the lighthouse, and the beach right by the lighthouse……..

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After that we headed over to Pensacola beach and snorkeled there for a bit. We then headed to our final destination of Destin, Florida. We stayed at a really nice Holiday Inn right outside of Destin in Fort Walton Beach and we were walking distance to a pier that goes out into the ocean 1/4 mile. It’s called the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. This pier is so popular that it has it’ own website! We absolutely loved spending time out on the pier, and probably would have been happy to spend the whole entire day there if we had not had plans for all of the snorkeling, parasailing and dolphin tours we went on. The pier offered wonderful views of some awesome creatures and gorgeous sunsets! We even got up one morning to catch the sunrise. Here are some images I captured while on the pier. I actually captured two birds fighting over a fish on the pier! Too cool!

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All in all it was a really great trip and we saw a lot of stuff in the short time we were there. It was my husband’s first time ever going to Florida so we made the most of our time. Here are some other random images I captured along the way.

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And let’s not forget these photos captured while in Mississippi……

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Rickett’s Glen Trip July 3, 2015

So I know I am going back a few months, but since I am just starting this blog I wanted to share with you some of our trips we took over the summer. One thing I really love is waterfalls. When I say love, that may be a bit of an understatement! Obsessed may be closer to the proper word. Back in June I was telling my coworker how I would love to see, and capture as many waterfalls as I possibly can. I asked her if she knew of any local area waterfalls and she suggested Rickett’s Glen State Park. I googled it and I immediately wanted to be there. I wanted to be there yesterday! Rickett’s Glen is a national natural landmark. It is located in Benton, PA and the park features 22 named waterfalls. I heard 22 waterfalls in the same location and I was in heaven thinking about it! The park is over 13,000 acres and is located in three different counties. I told my husband that night that we were going to plan a trip there for 4th of July weekend. Now listen, we were not very outdoorsy people to begin with. Don’t get me wrong, we love the outdoors, but we are not active runners, hikers, or walkers for that matter. I know, I know, it’s good to get out and exercise, and exercise is what we did! I guess I did not take into consideration the actual time, energy and distance it would be to see 19 of the 22 falls. Phew, what a hike! I tell you what I am glad we at least went prepared like we were avid hikers, ha ha. We took a backpack with plenty of water, some towels, bug spray and some other necessities as well as some good shoes, my camera and we were off! It took us between 4.5 to 5 hours to make the hike. We hiked for about 7 miles I believe. Let me tell you, it was a hot day but thankfully there was a lot of shade from the trees. My husband kept asking if I wanted to turn around when I would stop to sit for a bit and I kept telling him there was no way. The last thing I was going to do was go back and see the same waterfalls again, I wanted to photograph them all, and I did! It was definitely out of our usual routines, but it was the best hike I have ever been on in my life, I’ll tell you that! It was worth every second! I hope you enjoy my images of the falls.

P.S. The next day we took a trip to World’s End State Park which is within 20 miles from Rickett’s, some of the images below will be of the lookouts at World’s End. The sprawling mountains were beautiful. It was a rainy day though. Check out more info on these parks out at the links below.

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World’s End          World’s End Images

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