Isaac and his family didn’t expect to have to create a more intimate setting for his bar mitzvah on March 14, 2020 – but that’s exactly what they had to do, because of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic – which placed Montgomery County, PA in State of Emergency. It was an intimate setting -without being in close quarters – and made the bar mitzvah that much more special. The ceremony was held at Kol Ami Congregation in Elkins Park, PA.
Tom and Amber are a very happy, fun-loving couple who celebrated their marriage at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on November 2nd. It was an intimate ceremony with a small guest list of their closest friends and family. The night was lit up not only by their love, but also by the gorgeous glow of many candles, which made a warm atmosphere.
Congratulations, Tom and Amber, I wish you the very best <3
Ida recently turned 60 and held a sweet garden party to celebrate at her East Mt. Airy home.
When I talked to her on the phone prior to the event, I got off the phone extremely excited – this woman has such a light about her. She has a lifetime of experiences and an absolutely FANTASTIC attitude about life.
When I arrived, her backyard was transformed into the most romantic garden party setting – with lavender and flowers everywhere. As her friends came one by one, Ida’s face lit up even more.
Before all the guests arrived, I was able to capture a few portraits of Ida herself and some of her and her gorgeous daughters. These are some of my favorites of the evening.
Happy 60th, Ida ~ you make 60 look fantastic!
What defines the perfect photo?
Is it one that is styled to mimic Pinterest, or is it one that embodies emotions of the day?
A perfect photo is uniquely personal. So, when you hire a photographer to capture your wedding, event, or family portraits, how do you ensure that you will get your very own perfect photos?
The answer is communication.
Clear communication with your photographer leading up to your shoot can make the difference between good photos and perfect photos. Communication is key to relationships – and why wouldn’t you want a good relationship with your photographer, the one who is capturing precious memories of a big event or special moments with the ones you love?
Okay, communication. But, what do we talk about?
When you first shop around for photographers, certain styles of photography stand out to you more than others. You may find yourself falling for the high fashion style with lots of lighting techniques, or more drawn to lifestyle photography which focuses on relationships of the subjects within the photographs.
Once you find your top few photographers, reach out to them and let them know what drew you to their photos. That’s the first key of unlocking the potential for the perfect photographs. There’s a connection between you and the photos, and if you can explain what you like about them – the photographer will be sure to listen.
Make sure you hop on a call with your top photographers of choice for at least 15 minutes– just to chat about what (again) drew you to the photos, and what you hope to have captured within your own.
Once you have selected your photographer, set up another time to talk – either on the phone or face-to-face, about your relationship between you and your significant other or with your family. I don’t mean laying down on the sofa and spilling your guts out, but I do mean:
- What makes your relationship work?
- What’s your personality like and your significant other’s?
- What are your favorite hobbies together?
- How have you grown as a couple/or family?
Giving the photographer this information helps them build a file about you and what you are expecting to see in the photographs. The more you can let them in on your relationship, the better they can capture it for the few hours they are with you.
Rachelle and Gordy’s wedding embodied their personalities to a tee. Rachelle, a nature lover and advocate, was so excited to find the venue along Deer Creek in Street, Md. When I arrived the day of the ceremony, I knew right away it was the perfect location for her and Gordy to tie the knot.
The wedding was a flawless and stunning DIY wedding with their touches in every single detail including an amazing Cheese & Charcuterie Board and a fantastic New Orleans-themed reception.
The love they have for one another is so sweet to watch and it just glows through the photos captured during their special day.
Congratulations, Rachelle and Gordy! <3
After putting Meacreations Photography on pause for a few years as I moved back to the Philadelphia area and pursued communications in other forms, I’m super excited to say that Meacreations is back to photograph weddings, events, and portraits in the Philadelphia area – but I’m not opposed to travelling, either 🙂
After 10 years, Meacreations was due for a branding refresh. “Made with Love” – my new tagline – embodies what I believe makes my photos touch people’s souls. The love is already there, the photo just captures it in its purest form.
I also want to give a shout out and a big thank you to those who have continued to support my photography throughout 10 years – it has meant the world to me, and I truly couldn’t have made it this far without you.
When I first started Meacreations, it was just after my own wedding, and it was quite by accident. Friends and family had trust in my photography hobby and started to ask me to take photos for them – and soon other people started. I accidentally had fallen into my very own photography business, and it was my very first baby. I nourished it, as one nourishes a child. I put hours of love into marketing myself, building my brand, shooting, and working on presentation afterward. I spent countless hours on my photography – and the hard work continued to pay off.
When I had my first child, Audrey, I was thankful for the opportunity to stay home with her and watch her grow and spend that one-on-one time with her.
Now, 7 years later, Katelen has arrived and I am excited to spend this time with her watching her grow – and capturing it on film (well, mostly digitally) just as I did and continue to do for Audrey.
Here’s to new beginnings!
The fun continued with Lisa and Shane after their wedding a few days later at Leaming’s Run Gardens… we had so much fun!
I love Lisa and Shane so very much. I love their personalities, I love their style, I love their love. As soon as we started talking, I knew that their big day was going to be absolutely gorgeous and stylish. It finally arrived, and it was absolutely amazing. Lisa and Shane got ready at the Abbie Holmes Estate in Clermont, had portraits at Woodland Village, the ceremony in Avalon on the beach, and headed back to the estate for the reception. Lisa spent lots of time planning the little details and it really showed. Everywhere one turned, time,love, and effort were shown. My favorite part of all was the amount of time Lisa carved out just for portraits. It really makes all the difference. There was plenty of time for portraits, perfect lighting due to timing well in the evening hours, and amazing backdrops. We even had a post-wedding session after (see next post!)
These two can’t possibly get any cuter, and I wish them the very best ahead.
Congrats again, Lisa and Shane!
Suzanne and Tom are a fun couple. I mean, pulling off a surprise wedding definitely puts you at the top of the list for being a fun couple. The day was gorgeous, extremely windy, but otherwise absolutely perfect for the couple. Somehow the couple was able to not mention a word about the wedding until just hours before! Everyone was very delighted when they found out they were going to be attending a wedding! I loved every moment of this wedding.
Congrats again, Suzanne and Tom!
Suzie and Jim wed in an intimate ceremony in Sea Isle City. The day was gorgeous and calm, and seemed to match their style. I always enjoy intimate ceremonies because it allows me to spend more time with my clients and their families when documenting the big day which makes even better photographs.
What a wonderful,sweet, and stylish family! I loved their colorful outfits, and I think it matched the background, Congress Hall, beautifully. We had a great time, and enjoyed laughing through out the session.
I love these two. They are so sweet and really are a friendly couple. I also love that they live close to where I grew up- so I felt an instant connection. And, I love,love,love Sue’s dress! Together they are a relaxed couple and make you stop and enjoy the moments you spend with them. I can’t wait to see them again!
Congrats, Don & Sue!!
It was a tad on the cooler side, and very windy, the evening of the Moncrief family’s shoot, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. Their little boy enjoyed exploring in and around the lifeguard chair as well as the sand and water. I love watching kids explore and have fun, and it is those kinds of images I tend to like most.