Authentic You Photography Blog

December 5, 2009

Just Because…

Filed under: Kiddos, family — Char @ 4:54 am

Just because they are too handsome to not show off….

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Charming the camera, Dylan is six and Raine is three.

It is Saturday and it is suppose to snow and I think I might start my Christmas shopping. Smile.

Okay, happy weekend!

December 1, 2009

My Friend…

Filed under: family — Char @ 4:47 am

She is my friend.

She pushes me. She asks me to “go there”. In other words, look into the deep corners of my heart. Maybe it is motives or mindsets or thought patterns I didn’t even know I had.

She encourages. Asks who I am and who was I created to be and tells me to go.

She asks me to live with my heart. To live with passion. Without fears and insecurities.

She is generous. It may be time. Or McDonald’s coffee and dark chocolate delivered to my doorstep. Or the willingness to clean my bathroom floor.

She is intelligent. She is a personal trainer, has experience in the police force, teaches CPR, has traveled to many countries, is her kiddo’s classroom mother, makes divine bread, and is my personal fashion adviser.

She serves God in a raw way…without pretenses.

I am so blessed to have a close network of friends that keep me on track and watch my back.

Angel is a dear friend.

We wanted to capture her family’s personality and spunk….


Angel is mother of four and pours her whole heart into her children.

Maya. Beautiful Maya.





Talon is my son’s best friend. They share a passion for anything that drives, shoots, and roars.




The following is a totally random shot where I was only checking my light. I almost passed over the image, but it grabbed me as a random shot Angel would like. And now I am starting to like it.

Awesome Cade.


Beautiful family.


Sassy Ara.



Oh yeah, working it!



Angel does not like being the center of attention. At all. But just for today, I am putting her there. Okay, I am out.

November 24, 2009

Family Day

Filed under: family — Char @ 9:33 am

Hey, families it is!

What a honor to meet and work with these beautiful  families.

The sun was shining as we walked the streets of Lancaster city.

Thanks to Coleen from Capture This Photography for working with me.

Let me introduce….

Walker and Eleanor and their gorgeous family.

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Maya is one. She was reserved, quite, and so pretty.

Meet Maya and her sweet family.

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Yes, indeed…twins. And so stink’n cute and  so full of life.

Cameron and Damien it is.

Meet this handsome family.

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She is perfect. She is almost two and her name is Katelyn.

Meet Katelyn and her wonderful family.

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I know family photos can feel like a lot to take on.

Will my kids be happy? Will it be over nap time? Is it worth the effort required? And then the biggie…what should we wear?!!

Thanks to everyone for coming out!

And that’s all for now. Smile.

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November 17, 2009


Filed under: family — Char @ 5:18 am

Picture perfect families.

Beautiful and genuine.

These two families are family and share life playing and working together.

Summer and Haley and family…


Baby Emma and family…


Thanks to these lovely families for having me.

November 2, 2009


Filed under: family — Char @ 4:30 am

And another wonderful family…

Really….could she be any more perfect?!!


I worked with them before….I love this family!

Meet Payton and her wonderful family…




Love the way Payton’s hair accessories framed her pretty face!


October 29, 2009


Filed under: family — Char @ 4:08 am

Hey, I get to post a few family and kid photos today!

It has been awhile and I was reminded again how photographing kids is pretty similar to life with kids.

Up the street and down the street, back and forth, monkey faces and puppy noises, conversations all about Curious George and Elmo.

Snacks. Snacks make the world a happy place.

Better yet, Simon Says works like a charm. Simon Says…stand next to your mom, Simon Says… give your daddy a kiss, Simon Says…smile!

Fun, crazy, and go with the flow. This is kids and this is life.

Thanks to Colleen from Capture This Photography for working with me. In addition to getting some shots, she had the tough job… keeping everybody’s attention and managed it all quite well!

Meet this beautiful family…

Paige is 5 years old and so pretty.


Sweet Paige is not even one yet.


“Simon Says…stand next to your mommy!”




Thanks Melanie…it was so nice to meet you in person!

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!

July 30, 2009

The Burkholder Family

Filed under: family — Char @ 3:17 am

Family. There is something about a family….a strong, solid family that feels so right. This mother put it into words perfectly…better than a warm sweatshirt on a brisk autumn morning. It feels good. It feels good to observe.

I mentioned coffee in an earlier post. Lynn  roasts and offers delectable coffee and I will witness, it is so worth the extra effort to get the real thing! I am loving my samples he shared with me. Try and you will see, I promise!

Speaking of families, I know many are waiting on the family day details. It’s coming, hoping to get details out next week.

I am going to let the sweet mother introduce her family. I believe she can tell you about them much better than me….

Burkholder’s and spending time together…We love sitting around at night drinking tea, talking over life. We love music and all of us are moved and affected by tight, smooth, sweet tunes. Laughing around the table at stupidity just makes life seem like it can’t get any better. We are an individualistic bunch and opinions are what we revel in. We offer them freely. We talk about authenticity a lot, it motivates us. What unites us is our love for each other that transcends our differences. Wrapping our arms around each other and a good snuggle is better than a warm sweatshirt on a brisk autumn morning.

Robyn, our oldest, is marrying her love. Everything that will be seen at the wedding has a touch of her hand and her creative mind, from the handmade wedding programs to luminaries on the reception table, it is all her. She will make a fine English high school teacher after one more year at West Chester University. Watch out students, sit tall because she’ll take no flack. She’s had practice mothering five siblings.

Chris, our oldest son, just loves meeting people and discovering their life. Music drives him and keeps him up at night. He is driven to jump off ramps, to do flips, to run up walls. He tells us it is what he has to do! Kutztown University’s jazz music department will benefit from the likes of Christopher Burkholder.

Kathryn lives in her own category, just hers. She’s quiet but she’s not. She loves honesty, her friends, running, doing. Philosophizing is what she does best and getting her deep thoughts is an honor.

Geoff is the guy who knows everyone and knows where everything is in the house because he can’t keep his hands off of anything! He wakes up every morning with a need for an agenda.

Nicole wakes up with an amazing amount of patience, she’s willing to wait, just wait. She loves coloring, talking to her small scope of friends, and being a silent observer, just taking it all in. She is a beautiful young girl.

Jesse, like the others, is a gift to our family. He is a packed little boy. He grabs his guitar or sits at the piano and plays his own songs that are the same every time. He runs outside and hops on his bike and zips around. His energy mounts. As Lynn and I move into old age, this is our little man who will be the fountain of our youth for us.

Meet the Burkholder family…


Lynn told me his family fits an urban location. So he choose good ‘ol Lancaster city!


It was clear this family loved Jesse!




A close up of pretty Kathryn.





This shot was their idea and it seem to fit them. Victory it is!


I can’t help it…big, huge, and old doors just make me happy.


And one last super-duper close up of Jesse that Tawanda caught!


Thanks for giving me a window into your family, guys….it was a privilege!

July 20, 2009

All my boys…

Filed under: Just Because, family — Char @ 6:43 pm

I met Jodi from Gehman Photography through email and internet. Rodney and Jodi are husband and wife photographers based in Iowa. I love following their excellent work!  Because they were coming in the area for a family vacation, Jodi asked if we would consider meeting them at the beach and trading family sessions. I was all like honored and nervous. Yikes, what if I totally screwed up their photos?!! But no worries, they were as nice as good be. It was a pleasure meeting them in person. And not only that, I walked away so blessed as they were so willing to share their knowledge and expertise with me. Stop by and say “hello” here.

Family. My family. Ever feel like your heart is going to burst ’cause you just remembered how much you love somebody?!!

These are my boys and they make my world complete.

Here is a few photos they caught of my family…


Jeepers, this feels weird posting photos of myself! Now I understand what it feels like to be on this side of the camera. Not a piece of cake!





This old bike was parked on the dock. The old man was very skeptical, but allowed us to use it for a dollar. This is how you will find Adler much of the time!


Riley and Adler made fast friends with Rodney and Jodi’s son, Jackson.

Rodney and Jackson…

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July 8, 2009


Filed under: Just Because, family — Char @ 8:09 pm

Buddies. Chums. Sidekicks. Soulmates. Cronies. Pals. Comrades.

Oh, it’s true! I love these guys more than warm summer nights. More than blueberry pancakes…totally loving these right now. And more than McDonalds free mocha Mondays. Free to good to be true? Apparently not always! Now I am looking for reasons to drive through town Monday mornings.

‘Cause friends, real friends are a treasure. They can’t be drummed up or thought up or dreamed up. They just kinda happen. And when they do, you know it is divine.

So when the suggestion came up to combine dessert and a spontaneous romp in the grass behind their house…it was a win win.

Here’s to friends…

Meet Ann and Clint.

Stop here to see their slide show.





Mischievous I am told. But so adorable. This is their Cheney.





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