It doesn't take much to distinguish yourself from the run-of-the-mill person. That sounds harsh but the truth of the matter is that there are people who are content to live a life of averages. Average amount of happiness. Average level of extended kindness. Average friendships. Average job. Average hobbies. Average everything. I'm not totally knocking average either. Sometimes average is all we can do and that's ok. However, I feel that living in average is not. You want to s
For you, I will do my best to make this experience the most memorable, the most unique, the most pampering, uplifting, and beautiful photographic experience you've ever had. You will get the best service.
You will get loved and adored.
You will get genuine praise and guidance. You will get the best I could ever give anyone. But I'm just a photographer. Of course I want you to choose me so I'll promise big things . . . but do I actually deliver? Read Maddison's mom's experie
Maddison showed up in sweats, workout shorts, and a t-shirt. You could say this is typical senior attire. I'd say you were right. She was the picture of a young woman whose life is dedicated to sports and the activity of life while also dealing with the demands of being a senior in high school. But then she pulled out a frilly soft blue dress as if to say, "I'm more than what you see." And that's been Maddison. She is tough. I first met her via facetime while she and her mom
Can I show you something? I've been passionately working on a project for over 3 years. And some components span back to 2017. Since most of you aren't photographers I'll spare you the tiresome details involved in the editing process. But instead, I share with you my love of stories. I love drama, passion, heartbreak, loss, heroism, and triumph. I love normal people doing extraordinary things. I love an everyday person doing the harder right and becoming a legend. I love a si
**My neighbor has not been photographed by me but her story touched my heart. I felt it needed to be shared sooner than later. Despite these images not being of her I still hope her story will serve and uplift you**
"We're all survivors," my new neighbor told me this afternoon as she looked out over our property. She'd just told me that she'd been in foster care since she was 6 months old and while she occasionally met her mother her relationship with her, and what it could
Your pictures are about how you want to be seen. There is no trying to fit into the ever-changing beauty standards or wondering about what others will think- it's about you. What do YOU want to see? What story do YOU want to tell? Laura's senior pictures are a tribute to her uniqueness. Every look was brought together because she loved it, because she felt beautiful and confident and herself. Laura is a young woman who can do it all. She can be rough and tumble and work hard
Both mine and Shea's (Shea is my incredible makeup artist that everyone always wants to become best friends with) life is in a time of change intermixed with the chaos of heavy emotions. We've spent time talking about how we're dealing, coping, learning, and, hopefully, growing. Shea isn't just a positivity fairy who flies in, sprinkles positive words over your troubles, and then flies out. She sees purpose in the pain. She sees it as progress brought about by the experiences
"You. Are. A. Magician! So impressed on all levels!" Chris, Dawn's husband, said to me when he saw her pictures. You know what's really cool? It wasn't so much what I did that blew Chris's mind, it was the beauty he saw in his wife. It was the confidence he saw her carry, the unhesitating smile, that edge in her gaze, and that spark of light. Chris was romanced by his wife through her pictures. Ask any man and they will tell you that given the opportunity to look at the woman
Good things take time.
When it's meant to be it will be. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Time is the wisest counselor of all. All these words of wisdom apply to Dawn Krug. We waited over a year and a half for Dawn's photoshoot . . . and goodness was it worth the wait. "I just feel whole," Dawn told me a few days before her shoot. "I feel like things are settled. Before things felt out of place and heavy. I needed to take care of some things in my life t
"She's the one I want to tell everything to. When stuff happens at work, I want to tell Eryn. When something good happens, I'm excited to tell Eryn. I trust her and I want her to know everything," Jesse said as we carved our way through the back hills of New York. "I knew she was the one because I trusted her from the start. I trust her more than anyone. I've never questioned that. It's always been there." Then Eryn looked at Jesse and smiled. Life is in constant commotion. T
Sometimes, even I forget how much of a gift pictures are. In the times between handling pictures and photoshoots, I forget. But then I touch a print or I open one of my children's books or I stand back and stare at my walls . . . and I feel it. Don't ask me what the 'it' is. I don't have the words.
It's something similar to reverence, wonder, and incomprehensible gratitude. Reverence because I'm so grateful for the person I got to photograph. I'm grateful for their beauty, t
"I am no longer allowing less than I deserve." It sounds so basic. But how often do we just accept the crumbs that fall from the table of life? I don't deserve that. That's only for special people. I can't have that. How often do we simply accept our own destructive habits, our own belittling way of thinking? We write them off by saying 'this is just who I am' or 'that's just how it is' or, worst of all, 'that's just how it's always been.' It doesn't have to be that way anymo
Creating things doesn't always go the way I plan. Sometimes it's an absolute mess and doesn't work at all. It will often look like an explosion of fabric, glue, glitter, and flowers with a few odd bits strewn about for good measure. Other times, it works . . . this always leaves me pleasantly surprised. This newspaper dress just came together. There was no mistakes that caused me to have to restart. No crying in anguish because something broke. No feeling heartbroken because
This desire to love yourself and honor who you are is an all-in-game. You stake your future happiness on this idea. You create a future goal of self.
It’s serious. So why not go all in?
Why not love who you are now- right now!
What have you got to lose . . .
that right there is actually a loaded question . . . I’ll tell you what you’ve got to lose- if you don’t choose to actively love and value who you are you lose everything.
Your sense of self.
What about the failure part from my last post? What if I fail? That question has sat like a rock in my gut for years. Failure. The red X on every test. The F the sealed my fate for summer school. The empty checkbox next to my name telling me I did not get into choir. The 'sorry to inform you . . .' letter saying they would not publish my book. F A I L You feel it too, don't you? That tightness in your chest, that squeeze of embarrassment, that hot shame that you fell short. I
Years ago I had this idea to create a dress made of newspaper. It's not really the most creative idea I've had and others have definitely done it before, many with more skill and success than I. But it was an idea that has been rolling around in my head for years. And this is my year of Daring Greatly. This is the year I get out of my own way and do the big things I have dreamed of doing. But that doesn't make doing the things easy. My dreams seem to always be accompanied by
Allyson's photoshoot came to her as a gift from her husband, Brett. He lovingly planned the whole thing including a weekend trip after the shoot. Brett sent me this message a few hours after he and Allyson left on their mini adventure: "Proud husband alert coming through... "Thank you so much for your work with Allyson. I've only seen a few tidbits of the work, but Allyson couldn't stop talking about it, and she exuded confidence in every syllable, not embarrassment, regret,
"If I don't do this now, I won't do it," Allyson said from the comfort of her home in Elmira New York, as we talked via FaceTime. This wasn't the first time Allyson and I have jumped face first into deep conversations- when you go the gym with someone in the midst of the whole world going nuts you tend to cut right to the chase with those who are of a smilier mind as you (shoutout to Journey Fitness in Elmira NY and Journey Fitness in Sayre PA). That's one of the things I app
Do you ever have those ideas that sit with you? You know, the ones that even after years you can't shake 'em? You dream about it. You see how it could come together. You see chances to do it but you never do. That was this project- A Newspaper Dress. It's not really the most original thing. Plenty of people have done this and more with far more dazzling dress results. But I wanted, no, I needed to give it a go.
I wish could tell you there was deep meaning to it.