Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ella, Ella, Ella (Chester County Children's Photographer)

When I was still teaching I had a student teacher named Abby. We hit it off right away and are great friends today. I was so thrilled when she told me that she was having a baby. Now, unbelievably that "baby" is ONE!
Last weekend we got together at Bellevue Park in Wilmington, DE to do Ella's first photo shoot. She has just started walking and was so cute toddling around the park. She desperately wanted to go swimming with the geese. Fortunately, we were able to find some other interesting activities to distract her.
It was great to spend some time with good friends and get some precious hugs from sweet Ella.

Abby, Luke and Ella...thank you for a beautiful afternoon and enjoy your preview! You guys did so well, that I had a really hard time deciding which shots to post.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"One" Cute Birthday Girl (Chester County Children's Photographer)

Little Miss Ella turned one recently and her parents threw her a huge party at Bellevue Park in Wilmington, DE. It was a beautiful day and everyone was enjoying great food and the fantastic surroundings. Ella seemed to enjoy all of the attention as people took turns showering her with kisses and hugs.
Cake time was a huge hit and she not only had a great time digging right in, she decided that her mommy needed to get a little messy too. So cute!
First birthdays are such a fun occasion and my family and I were so thrilled to get to celebrate with Ella and her parents.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Cossaboon Preview (Chester County Children's Photographer)

Lucky me! I got to revisit the Cossaboon Family again for another great session. This time we headed through the woods behind their home to a local park. The kids had a great time exploring, throwing rocks into the pond and playing on the playground. It was a fantastic day and with the leaves just beginning to change here and there, it was the perfect backdrop for a beautiful family.

Cossaboon Family....thank you for inviting me into your lives again. Enjoy your preview!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bossert Preview (Chester County Children's Photographer)

Last weekend I was again honored to be able to do a session for a friend and sorority sister that I haven't seen in many years. She and her family traveled here from the Pittsburgh area to take their precious daughter to Sesame Place, and while in town took advantage of the beauty of Valley Forge Park for their session.
Amazingly, the leaves were already starting to turn slightly and it was a gorgeous day to be in the park. Little "S" had a great time exploring the surroundings and was sharing all of her discoveries with her best friend.
It won't be long before she will have two new playmates since her mommy is carrying twins. I am sure they will be just as darling as she is.
Bossert Family...what a joy it was to get to spend some time with you. Enjoy your preview!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Birthday to Remember (Chester County Children's Photographer)

This little beauty is Amelia Eileen. She turned 2 last week and her family threw her a "pink" party.

But, this was no ordinary pink party. You see Amelia Eileen is the namesake of her great grandmother and her very brave grandmother Eileen who fought breast cancer for five years before losing the battle in July of 2004.

Her pink party was breast cancer awareness themed to honor a grandmother that never had the joy of seeing her beautiful face. In lieu of gifts (because Amelia has plenty of toys) guests were asked to donate to the Philadelphia 3 Day Walk in hopes that Amelia might be able to live in a world where she doesn't lose her loved ones to cancer.

No pink detail was left undone. It was pink perfection with a hopeful theme.

The kids were able to decorate breast cancer ribbon cookies with all sorts of pink and white sweets. Above Amelia is getting loved on by her great grandmother as she contemplates decorating and eating another cookie.

Her handsome brother enjoyed playing basketball and running around with his cousins and friends, and he wore his pink breast cancer awareness t-shirt well.

It was a rainy day, but there was enough of a break in the rain to blow bubbles...

contemplate what to do next...

and smash an Abby Cadabby pinata until the candy was flowing.

Then it was time for CAKE! Apparently Amelia had been practicing blowing out her candles, but when the moment arrived she was shy and needed help from her mommy and daddy.

She certainly wasn't shy when it came to eating her very pink cupcake.

Who doesn't love a frosting face, especially one as precious as this?

It was such a wonderful party and I was so honored to be a part of it and get to reconnect with Amelia's wonderful mommy, Gail, who is a dear college friend that I haven't seen in years.

A few months ago Gail created a sitting area and garden with memorial plaques for both of her parents who lost their lives far too early to cancer. It is a beautiful area and Amelia spent some time playing there during her party. As I watched her dance around I thought to myself, no child should have to grow up without their grandparents. And, cancer should not be able to rob anyone of treasured moments with parents, siblings, children or friends. We must find a cure!

I believe that Amelia's grandmother, Eileen, was smiling down on her that day and somehow she knew it.

Thank you Gail and family for including me in this beautiful day. It was great to see you again and I look forward to connecting again soon.

For more information on finding a cure or making a donation to help find a cure click here.