The summer is such an awesome time – the days sitting by the pool, chasing the kids around the yard as they run barefoot through the grass, eating out on the deck with the smell of barbecue lingering in the air. Get the whole family together and capture it all while it lasts! We love to do extended family sessions. The whole group, each individual family, all the grandchildren. It is a time to gather, to remember and to capture the summertime.
If you love moments with your family, ask about our extended family session package. Think about taking a day for gathering. Make a family reunion out of it, or make the pictures the whole event. Make time for family time!
Congrats to Derek Mosteller and all the other graduates that are embarking on their new journeys in life this month!
We photographed his older sisters when they were senior’s – check out one of those shoots HERE.
This time, it is Derek’s turn. We were so honored to celebrate Derek, his high school years, and his life through these photographs. He overcame great obstacles in his high school years. Derek was in a serious accident a few years ago that nearly cost him his life. Not only did he make it through the long journey of recovery and come back to graduate from Blue Mountain high school, but he pushed himself to physically regain and surpass his abilities in the sport that he is passionate about – track and field. Congratulations on all you have accomplished Derek! What a blessing for your family to see you reach your goals.
Read more about Derek’s incredible story in the article the Republican Herald published about him HERE.
Christmas Mini Sessions 2016!!! This event was a blast – thanks to everyone who came out!
Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
Don’t miss the baby announcement in these photos! One huge highlight from this year’s Christmas Mini Session Event was finding out that our long-time clients and friends the Vogels are having another baby! They said they were bringing a “surprise prop” – what could have been more exciting than this surprise? Congrats to the family and especially to soon-to-be big brother PJ!
Brooke amazed me. As soon as she got in front of the lens, her confidence and poise started to shine. She is an Irish Step Dancer and has a love for mythology and the outdoors. We started her senior photo session with formals at the Life Story Photography Studio and then ventured over to Blue Marsh Lake Recreation Area. Over bridges, through fields and across the sand, we had so much fun showcasing Brooke’s personality and her modeling talent in front of the camera. Congratulations Brooke! Thanks for choosing Life Story for your senior photos!
What a privilege to be part of this family reunion! The Sensenig family celebrated Jake and Ella’s 60th wedding anniversary – that’s right! Their SIXTIETH wedding anniversary with an extended family photo session and a picnic at Blue Marsh Lake’s Hillside Pavilion in Bernville, PA. We were able to capture the family that has grown out of Jake and Ella’s love over the past 60 years. Their son and daughter with their spouses, along with 7 grand kids and their spouses, plus two great grand kids and a third on the way!
One of those grand kids is Crystal – she is a talented graphic designer whom we are blessed to have on our team! You can see her on our about page, and she is fourth from the left in the first image below…
So sweet! We have been super excited for this since the end of last year when Paul contacted us about this SURPRISE session for his wife, Ren. This June marks 5 years since they were married at the Stone Mill Inn. We returned there for their anniversary session – his gift to her – just one day before their actual anniversary. Paul let her know a few days ahead and she was thrilled!
One thing this couple loves to do is dance! We captured them dancing, sharing their 5 year anniversary cake, and of course – standing at the exact spot where they said their “I do’s”
Congratulations on 5 years Paul & Ren!
Standing at the exact spot where they exchanged vows 5 years before!
Standing in front of the fountain, they are holding one of their wedding photos taken in the same spot 5 years before!
We wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season! We had so much fun doing Christmas sessions at the studio this past month. Some familiar faces came to the studio, as well as some new. We had the privilege of photographing a few little boys – all around one year old – whom we first photographed when they were just a week or so old for their newborn sessions. It is amazing to see how much they have changed and grown over the past year!
We can’t help but smile ear to ear looking through this collection of holiday cheer. Hope you enjoy it too!
And to end the post, a few photos of one of our primary photographer’s children (these are Jennifer’s kiddos, Evan and Ella) – Merry Christmas from our families to yours! (yes, they get tired of having their photo taken too, hehe)
John and April live on a secluded property with sites and sounds that remind you of a campground. It was the perfect location to capture photos that highlight their relationship and their love for the outdoors. They both enjoy hunting, fishing and hiking in the woods with their two dogs – Macy and Ruger. We think they could be in an advertisement for a hunting gear company 🙂
Taylor’s senior session was on one of the most beautiful days this fall. We took advantage of some great locations for photos in the Berks County area – we visited the Reading Public Museum, then drove up to the Pagoda for some scenic shots overlooking Reading City. Next we ventured on to Daniel Boone Homestead for a rustic touch and finished up at Reading Country Club. We were able to capture some family photos during the session – Taylor is the family’s first to graduate! She plays Bass (string and electric), works at the Reading Country Club, and plays golf in her “spare” time. Congratulations Taylor!
Mike & Joy recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary and we helped commemorate that with photos to capture their growing love together. But their darling three year old daughter stole the show before the night was over, modeling for the camera a tricycle that her daddy rode when he was little. We were on location at a beautiful 18th century estate owned by Mike’s family and ended the night at the Goggle Works, a center for the arts and a gem unique to Reading, PA.
Megan’s senior session started at our studio, and then continued at Blue Marsh Lake where we captured her love for the sun, sand and outdoors. She is a talented young lady with a bright smile and a bright future. Her choice sports are swimming and field hockey. Megan comes from a family that is super genuine and thoughtful – we did her brother’s senior photos before he graduated – it was a pleasure working with them again!
He SURPRISED her! Corey knows how meaningful sunflowers are for Katie – but when we did their engagement session in April, it was too early for them to be ready. So, he secretly arranged to have us take a few more at the end of the summer. We planted the seeds outside the studio, and as the summer days passed by – and the countdown for their wedding date continued – the flowers grew, and grew…and finally they were ready for the photos!
Sunflowers were a favorite of Katie’s Mum Mum who passed away when she was in 9th grade. Since then, Katie, her mom, her sister, her cousin, and other family members have gotten a sunflower tattoo in memory of her. So here are the photos – a tribute to Mum Mum, to the value of relationships in their family, and to the way that Corey knows and loves Katie.
This was such a fun shoot! From down in a stream, to a trek in the woods and a walk out in a field – to some final images in the family’s barn, we found a plethora of photo opportunities. On top of all the great locations, we got to capture some of Brooke’s talent. She is an accomplished ballerina with over 14 years of dance experience…and it shows! It’s exciting to think about what is ahead for this bright, beautiful and talented senior. Congrats Brooke!
In the middle of February, we said goodbye to a family who is very close to my heart – as they said goodbye to the snow – and headed off to warmer temperatures. 100 degree warmer temperatures (literally). My sister and her family traveled across the globe to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, where they are volunteering 3 years of service. They went through MCC, a nonprofit organization whose tagline is “relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.” Before they left, we were able to capture some moments in the snow for them to hang on the wall of their new home. There was no need for Photoshop – Pennsylvania provided plenty of snow for winter photos this season!
In this season of giving, as I think on all that I have been given, I am grateful! Life Story Photography would not exist without the support of many people. I share the sentiment of Eric Carle, found on the back of one of his famous children’s books, that “this book had hundreds of co-authors” (speaking of the children in all the schools he has visited). All the work that I do has hundreds of co-authors.
From the beginning – the support of my parents in my pursuit of photography (my mom pushing me toward the front the first time I photographed a wedding when I was 15). To Chris Millette, the photographer I shadowed in high school who encouraged me at a turning point in my career making decisions. To my photography & art professors who helped develop my vision and gave me a technical foundation. To my friends and family who were subjects for countless photographs for my assignments. To all the assistant photographers who have been a crucial part of Life Story’s wedding photography – they are named on the blog and appreciated. To Crystal, the designer who has been an essential part of the team this year. To my husband (and best friend) who has always respected my passion for photography, even when it was taking more from our bank account than it was making. To the accounting class I took and the business mentors who helped change that so we can continue to improve what we offer, meet more people, and tell more stories. To my kids who have captured my heart beyond what words can describe. The amazing gift of having them and watching them grow has given me a passion for newborn photography and the meaning it holds. To the caretakers who spend time with them the days I am working in and out of the office. I could go on and on…
And, I am grateful for my awesome clients! Their kind words are a constant motivator. I am grateful that they share their stories with me and trust me to capture them. I am privileged to get to know each of them better as we brainstorm ideas, shoot their images and hang photos on their walls.
Take this family, for example, who are clients of mine (hugs!) They are co-authors of the photographs we create together. They bring excitement and ideas to every shoot. For this session, they gathered all the props to create this scene for their Nana’s Christmas present – a shoot with the great grandkids! It was a joy.
And to top it all off – a magical snowstorm blew in at the end of the session! (okay, just kidding…having some fun in Photoshop).
John and Linda have been married for 49 years – and have a beautiful family to show for it! I had the privilege of photographing them, their kids, kids-in-law, grandkids and…their granddogs. We took studio lights outside to get a group shot on the back porch after everyone arrived – and a couple by the “bonsai” tree that John grafted in the late 60’s and replanted on their current property in 1970. His tree is still going strong – and so is the love between these two amazing people.
Class of 2015 Hamburg, PA | Hannah is a senior at Hamburg High School this year. She is a calm and collected young lady while her life is full of activity. Among other things – she is involved with at Hamburg High School, Hannah is a member of the chemistry club, the wilderness adventure club, and plays cello in her school’s orchestra -which she has been refining her skills in since 3rd grade. Congrats Hannah and best wishes in the rest of your senior year!
Angela and Mitch are getting married! Friends and family came to celebrate at a burlap and lace themed bridal shower. Angela knew when it was happening, but did not know about any of the details. She walked in and was surprised with a burlap and lace themed shower, complete with exquisite cupcakes, an awesome salad display complete with recipes, and – of course – a mountain of gifts. She couldn’t stop smiling.
Entertainment while gifts were opened included bridal shower bingo and humorous comments from the groom-to-be. (He has quite the voice – I think he could make money recording radio announcements). “This is udderly adorable” he said as he admired the cow creamer they opened. After Angela handed him a set of owl mugs they received he kept on rolling “what a hoot.” I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with this crowd and am looking forward to seeing everyone again at the wedding in November – it is going to be a blast!
We thought it might be nice to add a little bit of cool weather to the blog amid all the mid-June humidity. Here is a flashback to a family photo session with my sister-in-law’s family this past winter. Remember all the record-breaking snowstorms we got? You might remember it fondly, or you might be glad it’s over. Either way, here is a family who loves it and knows how to have fun in it!
Anayeliz. Isn’t that a gorgeous name? I had so much fun taking photos of this pretty little girl. Her eyes are so expressive and don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks? Anayeliz came with her loving aunt and mom. They brought along fun outfits and accessories that added to the colorful cuteness of the session. Happy Spring!
Lots of adventure with the helmet on, and lots of smiles with it off – Grant is an impressive senior. We had an awesome time hanging out with his family and getting these photos! I was at the SAME property on the SAME weekend of October just last year making engagement photos for Grant’s cousin, Alyssa. AND we were riding four wheeler that day too. Love coincidences 🙂 That post is here: http://www.lifestoryphoto.com/engagement-photography-session-reading-pa/
Thanks to Lauren Rothermel for assisting at this session – and can’t forget to say thanks to Grant’s dad, Steve, for holding an external flash in the danger zone to get the lighting right on the last jumping shot in this post!
While they were in Philly the day before this session touring – and of course stopping by Geno’s/Pat’s – it was POURING back at Lake Wynonah the entire day. To cancel or not to cancel…so glad they decided to go for it! We ended up with a beautiful, clear morning after all, with gorgeous light pouring through the leaves! The session was close to home for their family in a place where the kids grew up enjoying summertime fun in the water and leaf piles in the fall. So happy to be able to document these moments with this beautiful family!
Had a great session with the amazing Danae who is a senior this year with lots of talent. Her sister Drew came along for the session – I did her photos when she was a senior – time flies! The three of us had a blast hanging out and getting these photos. Congratulations Danae and best wishes in your final year of high school. It will be awesome to see what God has ahead for you.
We had a blast at this combo family/engagement/senior session. Doesn’t it seem like that is the way it happens a lot of the time? Where a lot of transition and change happens at the same time? Well, Tim is graduating, and Sam & Krista are getting married. We started at the Olzewski home with some shots of the gang with their trucks, and the extended gang on the porch, then headed to a grandparent’s farm across the street. We finished off the evening at a farm down the road where Krista and her dad run a horse boarding business. Beautiful light, and a beautiful family made for a spectacular set of images.
Thanks to the Rodig Family for an awesome photo session at Gring’s Mill in Reading, PA! The joy and connection they share as a family is so apparent – even just spending a little time with them to make photos. I’m sure anyone reading this who knows them can agree!
I got to know Alicea while serving together as leaders at AWANA – a kids club at church. She is also our children’s librarian and we have fun joining her for Storytime at the Bernville library (you should check it out!)
So honored that they asked me to be part of creating something for them to treasure from this chapter in their story. Alicea said the photo above their mantle was from the last time they had a custom photo session – and Philip, their son, was only 2!
Alicea’s Mom and Dad came along for the shoot too! Here are a couple mother & daughter photos:
Executive portraits in Reading, PA. Wex Marketing of Myerstown, PA asked me to create executive portraits for their website and marketing materials. They wanted fresh photos that reflect the professional experience their clients can expect, but they also wanted to them to communicate something about their fun and creative personalities – which is the reason I love working with them for my marketing needs (along with the fact that the president, Johnny Weixler, is my brother) 🙂 Had a blast working with all of you!
Note: Post processing of photos by Wex Marketing to harmonize with their branding