Let me tell you a story…   On Christmas morning I woke up groggy after a weekend spent in bed coughing & fighting a cold.  My teenagers slept.  My dog slept.  My husband slept.  My five-year-old danced around the Christmas tree singing, “Wake up, wake up, wake up!” I heard her thump down the stairs to go rouse her tall brother with more singing.  I heard the coffee pot trickle when the hubs got up.  The first thing I did… Read more »

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Not MY backyard actually – their backyard!  But I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while now & this session was like the last piece of the puzzle.  I will make an announcement about these special sessions soon!   I was invited to come photograph the whole awesome family as a Mother’s Day gift.  Elyse is a treasured friend that I’ve kept in touch with in spite of moving hours & hours away & big job changes for both… Read more »

My family is getting ready to move! The husband landed his dream job & we will be relocating to the Trenton/Philly area.  We just signed a lease on a cute house with a big back yard & finally have a move-in date. -Whew- But I will still be here in the Williamsport area til early August 2015. Til then all portrait SESSION FEES are $75 That’s more than half off I hope we can squeeze in some time together Let me know!… Read more »

        Stuff like using flash or not, informing your doctor or midwife about me, when to call or text me to come over, when you’ll get your images or album, whether I’m allowed to use YOUR images online will all be discussed long before your highly anticipated labor finally begins. But what do I do while you’re in the baby-birthing zone?   Well.  It’s not about me.  Its about you.   As you wish, I will: blend… Read more »

    Let me tell you a story…       On a warm almost-summer’s day I got a message that a baby was coming.  By late morning I arrived at their home, a house in a neighborhood that bumped into a big green park, and was let inside amid whispers of welcome & anticipation.  I readied my camera. There I found a blue pool, a great-grandma knitting, a doula soothing & supporting, a midwife reading a book with watchful… Read more »

Was it cold? Well, yes.  But my in-laws from Portland, Oregon were visiting & I think the coast there is always a little chilly so we bundled up babies & hit the inlet in Manasquan, NJ for pictures of a new family.  And for me, crisp air that tastes like ocean & fills my lungs with nostalgia: I love the beach in winter.  Its empty & bracing & gently reminds me that warmer days are coming.   The sun was generous… Read more »

They say red hair & blue eyes is so rare its only 1% of the population. So how is it I get to photograph them ALL the time?! Just lucky, I guess.   I get the feeling Ben’s parents feel pretty lucky too.   He had just turned One & look at this confident charming gaze.   There is this lovely park near the Susquehanna River on the outskirts of Williamsport.  Ben’s dad brought his guitar, I brought a blanket… Read more »

You now its been a good day of shooting one-year-old twins when you can smell the sugar in the birthday cake because its so close, its in your hair.   It was a good day.  About that … Dessert first: Boys.  This is very important.  Its your 1st birthday and since your mom & dad are already gasping (ONE!?!)  let me be the one to introduce you to CAKE.  Oh yes, cake.  Whipped cream icing.  Chocolate.  Vanilla.  Candy sprinkles.  Caaaake…. Read more »

This is such a fun age, caught between babyness and toddlerhood.  The littlest Miss McDaniel was shy at first, clinging to her mama’s knees earning tender hugs, but as you can see, by the end of her family’s session she’d shed all inhibitions, especially when the hem of her dress got wet.  They are only so small for so brief a time; I aim for little hands, baby curls, and bare shoulders.    Here are a few:

These boys were so tender and new – and creeping up on their one-month-old birthday!  Their mom was game for anything, so we played with blankets on the living room couch, headed outside under the shade of a low tree for some baby skin shots (which take my breath away, they look so fragile and womb-like), and learned new ways to hold the babies.  Its a tough job being so sweet, they slept through the whole shoot.   Here are a… Read more »