Authentic You Photography Blog

August 29, 2009

Nicole & Reggie

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 10:43 am

She beamed….radiated little sparkles of bouncing light.  Overjoyed. So, so happy.

Reggie loves Nicole so evidently. Almost as if he holds her so carefully in the palm of his hand.

Their wedding day was filled with fun, joy, and gorgeousness….Nicole’s touches everywhere.

Reggie and Nicole, I was honored to document your wedding day! Thank-you for having me.

Stop here to see their slide show.

A few details from the day…

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Like I said, Nicole was beaming. This was her expression most of the day!

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Eternally beautiful!

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Like crisp, chilled watermelon…these colors popped.

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The reception was held at Cameron Estate Inn…so pretty.

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Ms. Mallory made an adorable flower girl.

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Attentive bridesmaids helping Nicole with her dress.

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Again, beaming. This time at her father during the father and daughter dance.

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August 28, 2009

Whitney

Filed under: senior — Char @ 9:57 am

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place and stand firm.”  -Abraham Lincoln

A quote she loves. Somehow it seems to fit her. Like she knows where she is going and how she is getting there.

Smiling as she goes!

Whitney…

The best way to pass some free time? A hammock with a good novel, of course.

Horse back riding, swimming, volleyball, the exhilaration from a good run, the smell of rain, outside, being random, and laughing…because it truly is medicine for the soul.

Tomorrow?!! She loves photography…so definitely expanding on this and maybe someday seeing the world on a mission trip.

Fun loving and ready to go! Let me share a few of Whitney….

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August 27, 2009

Sarah

Filed under: senior — Char @ 3:31 am

She is on her way…

Sarah graduated from Warwick last year and is currently at college studying for nursing. And loving it. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she told me about it. The future is big and open. She is going to work hard and conquer! It was written all over her face and words.

A huge smile, happy-go-lucky laugh, and gentle eyes.

She says, “I love meeting new people, goofing off with my friends, field hockey, going to the beach….and life, just life.”

She has the determination and attitude. I am certain she will conquer.

Meet Sarah…

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Penn State Berks this year and anticipating transferring to main campus next year!

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August 25, 2009

Jayce and Nicole

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 4:37 am

It is the way he looks at her, like he is seeing her for the first time. It is the way she smiles when he holds her tight, like she is safest in his arms. Nicole looks at the world with a  brilliant smile and a lightheartedness. Jayce nods, encourages, and grins at her. She says, “I love the way he is a mm…mmmm football player; sharp as a razor and all wrapped up in the most caring, charitable soul I have ever seen.”

They love just being. Curling up on the couch or on a picnic blanket next to each other. Dreaming about the future. Watching movies or football. Rambling conversations. Just being.

The past six months included “big” stuff…getting engaged, graduating from college, buying a home, getting new full time jobs, and planning a wedding and honeymoon. It is the little things that they are looking forward to now. Like going no farther than Home Depot on a weekend and sharing a living room. Nicole says she is looking forward to trying to prepare a hot dinner on time and Jayce is excited to get out his tool belt and fix up the house.

The wedding is coming up in a few short weeks. I am so looking forward to it…certain it will be gorgeous. See their slide show here.

Meet Jayce and Nicole.

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Nicole had several locations picked out in her home town…loved this! This gorgeous church was superb for photos.

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The next stop was a pretty horse farm. A pond with a canoe created an excellent prop.

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August 22, 2009

Family Days

Filed under: family — Char @ 4:44 am

Is it really near the end of August? In a way it feels as if this summer slipped through my fingers. The days rapidly dropped off the calendar into “goneness” and now I am looking back wondering how it happened so quickly. In a few short days, it is school. For the first time in my life, my little man is heading out the door to jump on the school bus. Yeah, I am trying to not think about it. So I am breathing in the warm air as much as possible, taking the boys swimming, allowing those ice pops that create red tongues and pleased smiles, driving with the windows down, sniffing the fresh cut hay smell, loving the thunderstorms, and reminding myself that life goes too quickly…every now and then I gotta ignore the clock and “should do’s.”

At the heart of life, at the heart of who we are, at the heart of almost everything…. is family.

I have been looking forward to scheduling a few family days this fall!

To offer more options and locations, there are several dates available this fall.  How about an urban location full of texured walls, great doorways, fun colors?  Or are you a grassy field and big sky family?!!  Locations are located in Berks or Lancaster counties. Because the absolute best attention for each family is priority, available sessions are limited.  Email here for additional info and to reserve your spot!

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I am out for the weekend. Smile! Emails will be returned Monday. Have a super Saturday!

August 19, 2009

Kaity

Filed under: senior — Char @ 6:56 pm

“With every strike of lightening comes a memory that lasts.”

A favorite quote of Kaity’s and oh, I like it. It has punch to it. And “punch” is an excellent word to describe Kaity.

Punchy, colorful, and vibrant….known as Kaity!

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First of all, she loves meeting new people. Anywhere, anytime…she will take the opportunity. In fact, Kaity gets along with almost everyone.

And it shows, all over her sparkly green eyes and huge smile.

She says, “I am a freak that loves Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus…but I don’t care!”

Her phone is crucial. All the time. Texting, of course is critical for life to continue.

And she loves to dance…. is very good. She says, “I could do it everywhere…all the time.”

Meet this wonderful girl so full of life, Kaity…

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Working those sweet boots!

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There is something I love about the simplicity of this photo. Love the contrast of the worn out door combined with Kaity’s bright orange top and beautiful hair.

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And just because this captures Kaity perfectly!

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August 18, 2009

Abby

Filed under: senior — Char @ 2:52 am

She is spunk, spice, sugar, sweet, smart, and certainly sassy all rolled together as one.

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“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abe Lincoln.

Abby’s favorite quote and it sums her up quite well. She says, “I don’t know, I just loved it from the minute I read it…I think everyone should live life to the fullest and take it day by day.”

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So what makes Abby happy?!!

Soccer, snowmobiling, hanging out with friends, yearbook editor, lifeguard job, and new job at TJMaxx!

And always, yes always…texting. She says…”I am so lame, but gotta have my cell phone!”

Abby is looking forward to going to college to major in Business Administration or Marketing.

She is outgoing, fun, crazy, and self-proclaimed…so ridiculous!

She says…”I put my family and friends before myself. I care about others more than I might show.”

I am certain wherever she goes and whomever she touches will walk away with a smile on there face and a soft spot in their heart for this girl!

Meet Abby…

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August 15, 2009

Grateful..

Filed under: senior — Char @ 4:21 am

Today I am greatful…….for Saturdays!:)

And better yet….pretty girls that smile at my camera.

Let me put into words who Stephanie is…

Good book, ipod, iced coffee…always.

Volleyball, playing the piano, and friends…. life is so sweet.

Music….enough said.

Future….hmmm, maybe a teacher.

Let me share a few of Stephanie.

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August 12, 2009

Kelsey

Filed under: senior — Char @ 8:37 pm

Hmmm…..so I am thinking delightfully refreshing, as sweet and classic as vanilla bean ice cream.

You see…. she is darling, serene, and radiant.

Talent. Yes, indeed. Kelsey is an excellent dancer…has been dancing for years.

Style. Certainly. She admits to shopping in many different stores…love her wardrobe sense!

Bright future. Absolutely!

This is Kelsey. Let me share a few…

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Color. Color makes my heart skip a beat. The punch of color in Kelsey’s dress is perfection!

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August 9, 2009

Daryl & Lindsay

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 3:10 pm

He says….”Her personality and then her smile….yeah, love it!”

She says….”He always treats me like a queen and has a gumption for life…..oh, I can’t help but love him!”

They make each other shine! His eyes crinkle and hers sparkle when they are together. Spending time together outside, watching “The Office”, long chats, playing games….simply being side by side.

So they met through friends. Normal. Yes, but life will never ever be the same. “Will you marry me” spelled in red roses….oh, and life just got so much sweeter.

They are wonderful and I am so excited for their wedding this fall!

See their slide show here!

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Lindsay and Daryl had several locations picked out in their hometown. Came across this tractor…

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Hey, cows make a great backdrop! Taken on Lindsay’s home farm….

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I told Lindsay to incorporate anything that represents them….loved their thoughts on this! Daryl has volleyball mastered…coaches and plays. Lindsay is always on the sideline rooting for her man.

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Daryl has been renovating this beautiful building. Lindsay, you will be a gorgeous bride…for sure!

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