The Cloke Family | Family Portrait Session – Elmira, New York

Finally!! I was finally able to get the Cloke family, all three of them, in front of my camera for a portrait session! Amber and I have been trying to make this happen for a looooooonng time. I’m so glad it finally worked out!

Amber and I go way back. Waaaaayyyyy back. Her grandparents built the house I grew up in, the same house where my parents still live. My dad likes to tell about her running around the house in diapers when he was there for a showing. You can’t go much further back than that. And let me tell you, we have some stories.

Recently, what I have loved most, is watching one of my very best friends become an amazing mother. The transformation has been remarkable. For someone who was so scared she wouldn’t know what to do, she is a complete natural. I love hearing about all of the adventures they have, all the little things Noah is doing, and all the picutres she sends. I’m so proud of the wonderful mother and trully outstanding woman I have the pleasure of calling best friend.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff, now for the real reason you came to the blog today. Tell me this isn’t this one gorgeous family??

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And of course, one of this adorably silly little boy, hamming it up. Noah, buddy, I wish you weren’t so far away.

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Thanks for braving the cold for me, Cloke family!! And for totally rocking this session!

Barrett, 2 Years | Mommy & Me Portraits

This little man’s momma wanted some 2 year portraits with a similar look to the 1 year portraits they had taken last year; so the day after his birthday party, we decided to give Mommy & Me portraits a try. The reason I say, give them a try, is because we just happened to be shooting during nap time, after a morning of shopping, and a busy day the day before. We had no idea how it would work out but I’m always up for a challenge! We just needed to find a few distractions… 🙂

It turns out, golf balls and airplanes did the trick! Just see for yourself: the handsome 2-year-old and his beautiful momma!!

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Noah, 15 months | Impromptu

This little cutie’s momma and I have been talking about a portrait session for a looooooong time. I haven’t had the pleasure of capturing his cuteness since he was just one-week-new. Unfortunately, the logistics just never seem to work out, despite our best attempts. While the hubs and I were in Pennsylvania visiting my folks a few weeks ago, I was determined to get this little man in front of my camera, even if for a few quick images.

His daddy had to work late and Mr. Noah himself was on a nap strike but the few sleepy pictures we were able to get before he fully woke up and was back on the run are worth sharing:

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And then he was off!! Back to being a busy little boy. 🙂

The Making of a Family | From wedding bells to baby bliss

As I mentioned in the previous post on Monday, Angie and I were at Penn State together and it was there that we bonded over being “failed archies”. (Which has nothing to do with grades or failing but that we both started out in Architecture and then changed majors.) It’s been ten years this fall since we met and in that time we’ve shared some of the best times and made a whole lot of memories.

Senior year, while I headed to Rome – the Archies let me tag along – Angie had a little extra time on her hands to get cozy with Shawn. And we’re all pretty glad she did, because that was where it all started…

Summer 2010, we all headed off to the Dominican Republic for their tropical destination wedding, where I served as Maid of Honor and honorary photog. Angie can probably be credited with my start in portrait photography – she may not have been the first, but this was where something clicked. What could you expect when the bride is as beautiful as this??!

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Three years later, we trucked up to Philly to shower Baby Kostreva with everything a little boy starting out in this world could need!


And just last week, Angie brought her momma and her little man to the beach for a visit. While I was photographing her as a new mom, I couldn’t help but notice how much she glowed. Its a radiance very similar to what we all saw on her wedding day. Angie is a very beautiful woman, but as Audrey Hepburn said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls”, and as you can see for yourself, that is so true.


And here’s just one more of the little man himself. Congrats momma, you did very well.