Recently, I was able to do a shoot in a local junkyard. Fun, fun. However, the rules had to change a bit in order to do so. First, had to show up hours earlier than I normally would have shot due to the junkyard’s business hours. No problem, I can work around the blazing California sun. Second, with the hot sun and cloudless sky, factor in hundreds of reflective old windshields and semi-rusted metal car parts and what you get is a perfect storm of even hotter temps and subjects who can’t help but squint their eyes due to the light bouncing from surface to surface. Very little mercy from the light! Lastly, the safety factor — a junkyard can often be thought of as a “tetnus shot waiting to happen”, but these kiddos were older and respectful of the rules. (Those who know me know I’m a stickler for safety at sessions.)

All in all, we got through it just fine and had a lot of fun doing it! These girls were so polite and helpful, as was their Mother (thanks again).





So, you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging lately. Well, I’ve been a busy woman … preparing for MY wedding! Not only planning a wedding, but planning from California for a wedding to be held in Pennsylvania.Thankfully, my son’s school has a program like homeschooling for kids who need to miss school longer than five days – so he was able to head out with me to be with family and help get things ready three weeks before the wedding. The rich autumn colors and cooler temps can really spoil you!

My husband, Gary, and I both have a love of the country so we thought we’d incorporate a country look and feel into our special day. Especially for me as I miss the lush fields and run down barns that I am used to back East. For the most part, quite a different world here in SoCal (not hating on CA as I can shoot outdoors here all year long – nice!). Our ceremony was held in a historic mennonite meetinghouse and our reception was down the road in a big red barn. Both were built in the early 1800’s and needed a lot of cleanup beforehand, but we had a great crew to get things done (thanks to Gary, Josh, Carrie & the folks at the museum).

Getting ready for the details of the wedding … well let’s just say I actually need a break from antique shops (did I just say that?) because I hit up so many looking for the perfect elements to add. Now that our big day has passed, we have more quilts, candles, apple crates and the like than we know what to do with. Don’t even get me started on the mason jars (which we used for drinking glasses). Also, I couldn’t have done it without Etsy – tons of farm-inspired treasures there!

Major props to our fabulous photographers Leigh Taylor and second shooter Beth Armsheimer – working with them was so much fun. Even when my veil was left behind at the hotel (and arrived literally as I was headed to the ceremony – thanks Holly!) they were there to calm my ¬†nerves and tell me “this is normal” and they were right …all was okay, more than okay … it was a dream.

To view all the preview images from our special day, please head to Leigh’s blog.


Here are a few favorite images …. images below copyright Leigh Taylor & Beth Armsheimer.


Don’t worry, once we receive all the files I’ll be sure to post a few more. { wink }

I’ll leave you with a portion of a favorite quote we included in our wedding programs:

“When you make a promise, you tie yourself to other persons by the unseen fiber of loyalty. You agree to stick with people you are stuck with. When everything else tells them they can count on nothing, they can count on you. When they do not have the faintest notion of what in the world is going on around them, they will know that you are going to be there with them. You have created a small sanctuary of trust within the jungle of unpredictability: you have a made a promise that you intend to keep.” – Lewis Smedes

Be blessed.
- S



This year I was able to spend almost two months in my home state of Pennsylvania. These images are from the first visit earlier in August. A highlight was going to the Steeler game with Isaiah. Steelers beat the Lions (yay), but a severe thunderstorm rolled in mid-game and Isaiah and I spent the rest of the game crammed inside with thousands of our “closest friends”.

Below are some images of my little brother (we are 21 years apart) and my son together. We try (and usually succeed) to get images of them together every year. Of course, you know how it can be photographing boys …especially boys who know you well (you know what I’m talking about). And especially on a stinky farm with lots of cows that make all sorts of sounds and noises. Fun times.

Seriously though. I’m bummed I didn’t get much of my son alone this year in PA as his ones from last year are some of my all time favorite images of him, but there’s plenty of warm weather here in California for another shoot.

For this first shot, I’m showing you the version before I edited out my “oops!” moment. We all have them, though thankfully, I have them much less. I left the plastic clothing sticker on his shirt. That will be edited out before printing. {wink}