Authentic You Photography Blog

September 29, 2010

These days…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 11:53 am

My baby belly these days…

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Is growing. This is good, right? I am now counting the days. We are down to only 3 and a half weeks. Can somebody tell me where summer went? It feels bizarre to realize that later today is my last shoot for this year. I look at September’s schedule and there is “things” jotted everywhere. I flip the page to October and see a month of mostly empty little boxes.

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My “to do” lists now includes editing, fulfilling orders, always emailing, organize nursery, applesauce day, coffee dates friends….but no shoots.¬† I am hoping baby dear gives me three weeks to tackle all this. =) It felt a little sad to say “no” to lots of seniors this fall, but it is good. It is time. My boys are anticipating “new baby’ and have started asking how many days left. I am anticipating also. I love my boys…cannot wait to add another baby to the mix. I am ready for a quiet winter. Ready to refocus. Look ahead. Reflect. Plan. Dream. Snuggle. Okay, along with lots of dirty diapers and sleepless nights…I am not naive. =)

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So looking forward to my shoot later today. I feel blessed that my last shoot will be one I know I will love. Soft clouds today. It is suppose rain and rain tomorrow. Prefect.

September 28, 2010

Claire

Filed under: Kiddos — Char @ 11:17 am

Sweet something….

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Her name is Claire Elizabeth.

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Don’t you love the way a child’s eyes sparkle? It’s like life’s heartaches have not touched them yet….

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Each day is a new adventure….something to experience to the fullest.

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Claire is beautiful. Loved her outfits! Thanks to her sweet mother for patiently waiting until this summer for the shoot.

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September 24, 2010

Kirsten

Filed under: senior — Char @ 9:48 am

Kirsten is a sweetheart!

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Kirsten is outgoing unless meeting new people, then she can be a little shy. She laughs easily. She tells me she gets hyper when she is tired and this brings out the giggles! =) She thrives on hanging out with friends and going to movies or out to lunch with her girls. She absolutely loves to swim and being around water. Someday you may find her living at the beach.

What makes her happy? People magazine. Shopping lots of places but especially Forever 21 and Franchescas (I gotta check out this place. I have never been there, but I have heard rave reviews from lots of my senior girls.) A must have? Hair straightener. Something she never did? Visit NYC, but will someday.

After graduation, Kirsten is hoping to attend West Chester University to major in nursing. Her dream job is to work at Womens and Babies Hospital in the NICU. As sweet and genuine as Kirsten is, I know she would make an excellent nurse!

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September 22, 2010

Ben & Rachel

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 10:09 am

Ben and Rachel’s day began at beautiful Speedwell Forge Bed and Breakfast.

Under big Oak trees next to the stone cottage was the perfect location for the small, intimate ceremony. Family and close friends surrounded them and the only sound was birds chirping as they said their vows. It was perfect. Later in the day many more joined them at the reception to celebrate Ben and Rachel.

I loved getting to know Rachel as we emailed back and forth planning for the day… always so kind and expressing appreciation, a humble and beautiful heart, anticipating the day and future.

Thank-you Ben and Rachel for inviting me to be part of your day.

See their slide show here.

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Rachel’s wedding ring was so beautiful. I LOVE detail shots.

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Sweet Emmy…

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Adorable Marshall…

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September 17, 2010

Devin

Filed under: senior — Char @ 2:11 pm

Devin.

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Today you get to meet a musician, actor, and just a super-duper nice guy.

Devin loves musical theater, dancing, acting, and singing….even writing and recording his own songs.

If he had extra cash, he would spend a weekend in New York City….seeing Broadway shows of course.

Plans? He got them. After high school he will be attending a liberal arts school for Musical Theater. After college, Devin plans to make the big move to New York City where he plans to live for most of his life! =) See? Has plans. And I love this about him…focused with goals and determined to put his all into reaching them.

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Devin rocked his outfits and worked the camera with ease. My job? Find the light and snap the shutter. =)

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September 15, 2010

Jade

Filed under: Uncategorized, senior — Char @ 3:14 pm

So pretty…

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A little about Jade…

Free time is spent hanging out with family, friends, shopping and eating. =)

She is a girly-girl that loves to shop. H&M, Delias, Forever 21, and JCrew. However, when it comes to sports she is far from girly-girl.

Her favorite magazine is the tabloids. Gotta love following the celebrity world!

Got the munchies? Jade loves slim jims. She says, totally unhealthy but so worth it.

If she had an extra $1000, Jade would be flying to LA to see her brother and then go shopping with the left over cash.

Camera and cell phone are with her at all times…texting and taking pics are essential.

After graduation, Jade will be attending college for speech pathology. Her dream job is to own a practice in speech pathology.

This is Jade, dear…

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September 10, 2010

Jeremy & Grace

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 4:38 pm

Beauty…

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One of my favorite aspects of working with a bride is getting to know her. Who is she? What makes your heart happy? What is her vision for the day? How will my photos reflect that? I love how each bride is unique. I adore when she plans the wedding based not on what others do, but based on who she is and what life means to her.

Grace walked down the trail softly with a gentle smile and a light in her eyes. Jeremy came with a huge grin, laughter, and buoyancy…treating her with utmost respect and kindness.

The ceremony held in the outdoor chapel, the array of colorful wildflowers at the reception, the mismatched china dinner plates, and barefoot bride and groom …

their day reflected them and it was perfect.

Thank-you, thank-you Grace and Jeremy. It was an honor witnessing your day.

See their slide show here.

Thanks to Larry from Weaver Images for working with me!

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Beautiful Grace…

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Full of fun-loving personality, Jeremy…

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Grace designed her wedding dress herself! Loved it.

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This is one of the first times I worked surrounded by woods for the day. Heavy woods tend to be really dark, but the sun was totally working with me for this day!

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One of my personal favorites…

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Love the clean simplicity of this shot by Larry. Clean, simple shots always get me.

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Outdoor chapel where the ceremony was held.

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Grace’s reaction as Jeremy sang solo “All I want is You”.

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Just a few more we grabbed after the ceremony…

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Larry’s shots. Love’em.

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Grace did an excellent job with the details. So many gorgeous details pulled together the vintage, earthy, eclectic  theme..

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All the guests were served dinner on mismatched antique plates.

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September 9, 2010

Jenessa

Filed under: Uncategorized, senior — Char @ 6:29 am

I love the heels and city street combo…it has a punch I love…

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Jenessa pulled it off beautifully. =)

Some of Jenessa’s favorite things to do? Going to a good concert, driving with the windows down listening to country music, and creating good times with family and friends. After graduation she is planning to go to college for communications and would love to become a journalist. Her dream job is to be a host on the Travel Channel. =) If you need a little “pick me up”, Jenessa recommends an iced latte from Dunkin Donuts and a muffin from Giant. Random, yes….yummy, I am sure!

This is Jenessa. I loved working with pretty her and her adorable outfits!

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Jenessa loves photography and does quite a bit of it…

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September 7, 2010

Morgan

Filed under: senior — Char @ 1:10 pm

Morgan, dear. =)

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A beautiful personality with a heart that shines. And gorgeous eyes.

She says, “I always try to have a smile and compliment others. “

Hanging with family and friends is the best. American Eagle and Maurice’s make her happy. A cell phone and makeup are essentials. College is coming up after graduation. She rocks volleyball and soccer. Her brownies are to die for. She never had a broken bone. Loves being involved in High School Spring musicals. And my favorite…her dream job is to be a stay-at-home mom.

This is Morgan. She is a sweetheart.

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Morgan requested that we shoot at a playground and this photo turned out to be one of her favorites. =)

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September 3, 2010

Tim & Alison

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 8:35 am

She says….He makes me laugh. Alot. I adore spending time with him. Friday nights are movie nights and we love to travel….Cape May, Disney World, Stone Harbor. Tim is easy-going, hardworking, and ambitious. He makes me so happy and I cannot imagine life without him!

He says…Alison is one of the kindest and most caring people I have ever met. I love her sense of humor….she is the perfect compliment to me. We enjoy spending as much time together as possible. Even if we are just running errands, she makes me happy when she is by my side. I am looking forward to our future together….starting new traditions, traveling, and living life.

See their slide show here.

Tim and Alison are planning a wedding for this winter in Florida.

Thank-you,thank-you Tim and Alison. All the very best as you prepare for your big day!

Meet this beautiful couple, Alison and Tim.

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Looking back over the past few years, there are certain folks that played and continue to play an important role in my photography journey. Alison’s father, Bill is one of them. I purchased my camera bodies from him at Lee’s Camera Center. He answered my naive questions such as….what does this button do, anyway?!!” Depth of field, ummm?!! I was honored (and quite nervous) when he asked if I would be willing to take his daughter’s engagement photos. =) It was an honor and delight to work with this kind family.

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