alyssa...DAHS senior 2019

i feel like i have watched her grow up.

i knew of her "story" for years...

her daddy passed away when she was just a baby...

her mom, brother and she lived through the task of healing..and learning to live.

and then, i was taking her portraits over and over...

and now here she is...

a strong...

beautiful...

empowered woman.

ready to face not only her senior year, but life to come. 

"all the art of living

lies in a fine mingling

of letting go

and holding on."

-havelock ellis

 

beautiful, strong alyssa.

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people i love...the dawson family

the dawsons are truly a one of a kind family.

they are the kind of family that gives in any situation that they can give.

they are the kind of family that has taken my london in, as one of their own.

they are the kind of family that sticks together, that make each other laugh, that build each other up, and that you can count on for anything.  

kassy, the eldest daughter was one of my CLICK girls this year, and this photo shoot that we got to do with the entire family was WELL overdue. 

so very many people love this family...

my london and i - we are lucky to be among them. 

love you dawson family!

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from a wedding to baby #3

i just love to watch families grow!

what a privilege it is, to have so many weddings behind me, that i get to see families come back for pictures... 1 baby, 2 baby, 3 babies - into their life together!

the EVEN MORE cool thing (sorry grammar fanatics), is that i have know erin, since she was her own little girl's age!  i have watched this beautiful, lovely, sweet as can be woman, evolve and grow through the years.  

certainly, the best part has been watching her life change, in front of my camera.

erin, danny and the kiddos were on a break home from south korea and we were fortunate enough to be able to get a shoot in with them (next shoot, baby #3 will be here!)

much much love murphy family.

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erin and danny, from this...

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to this :)))!

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the peterson family in erie, pa!

26 years.

when he opened the door, i looked up at him (he was always tall, and well, i was always short) and said..."oh my gosh ross, it's been 26 years since i saw you last!"

isn't life crazy?

ross, married my high school friend, eliza, and THEY were high school sweethearts. 

they each moved away from dubois as school and life happened, and settled down in erie...

like...one of my favorite places ever!

eliza contacted me to shoot her son's senior pictures, and i met up with the whole family at their beautiful home in erie for not only jack's senior pictures, but for family pictures too.

we shot our session, and then spent the most wonderful evening eating (thank you ross for your master grill skills!), talking, reminiscing, laughing, and just enjoying being back together.  

and because birds of a feather flock together, i even met a few of Eliza's beautiful friends, and were able to shoot with them as well. 

but this shoot, was all about the peterson's.

DAHS class of '91 and '92 hold onto your socks, because these lovebirds haven't changed a bit!

eliza, ross, and family...my heart is so full. 

i love your entire family!

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i told you they hadn't changed!!! :)))

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photography fail?

i always tell people...

i'm better at photographing real people and emotions than something that is not living. 

it's true. 

i'm a born and TRAINED portrait photographer...

BUT, at times i try outside my comforts zone.

it's not a secret how much i love erie, and lake erie. 

these are some photographs that i took while i was there...

instead of capturing other's hearts, i felt my own while i shot...:)

it might not be people...but it is still what moves my heart!

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the wirth's family

if one could reside in a vacation home, i've found the family that does. 

set on a beautiful spot on bimini lake, with majestic lake views from every angle in their home, the Wirth's house reflects the spirit that they, themselves carry. 

grounded, but care-free, always chasing light, and enjoying the simple things that life offers...

i've been photographing the wirth's family for well over ten years now. 

and even before the session, we walked around their house, looking at all of the photos and remembering the times that we had shooting them.  

it's funny looking at this new round of images.

they are filled with all of the same emotion and characteristics that the others held in years past, 

it's as if only the years have changed their children...and all else remains the same. 

i treasure this family, their spirit and their friendship!

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kassy...CLICK Student Ambassador and Senior 2018

working with my CLICK group this year, all of the girls decided to have their BIG photo shoot done in the spring.  this gave us little shoots throughout the year, and then a marathon of shooting once the snow melted here :))).

kassy is one of my CLICK girls.  

and just as with the other two, i have known her a very long time. 

she's the big sister, to one of my london's best friends, and even from an early age, i saw special moral and leadership qualities in her. 

coming from a large, giving family, kassy's heart is the very same. 

and although it may look like life is an easy ride for her (she was the STUNNING 2018 DAHS homecoming queen this year), the truth is, that it hasn't been.  

she has battled health issues, and is a teenager living with rheumatoid arthritis & psoraisis.  she has worked HARD (meet up with her at Eat 'n Park...and be sure to leave her a great tip! :)), and she also encountered some personal bumps in the road as well during her high school years...

but what kassy has done with it all, is not rocket science, just pure strength.  she's grown to be a woman who loves herself, respects herself, and it shows all over her.  she is funny and kind, and a straight shooter...no time for drama or nonsense with this girl!  but most of all, her heart to serve others and to love others makes her radiate from the inside out. 

as you will see...

there is no beauty like the beauty that comes straight from the heart.

kassy, i look forward to the years to come, and watching you flourish in your adult life just as you have in your young adult years.  

i love ya girl!

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