Tom & Amber – Philadelphia, PA Wedding <3

2nd Wedding, Intimate Weddings, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Philadelphia, PA, Small Wedding
Tom & Amber | 11.2.2019 | Estia Restaurant Philadelphia, 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.

Vendors:
Estia Restaurant
Carl Alan Floral Artistry
Sophy Curson
Meacreations Photography

Congratulations, Tom and Amber, I wish you the very best <3

Ida Celebrates 60

Birthday Party, Event Photography, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Ida makes 60 look amazing (AND she made this stunning dress!)

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!

Getting the Perfect Photos

Couples, East Falls Bridge, East Falls, PA, Engagement Portraits, Lifestyle portraits, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Philadelphia, PA, Portraits, Small Wedding, Weddings, Wissahickon Valley Park, Wissahickon Valley Park
Kat and Josh chose a background that means a lot to them and their relationship – the East Falls Bridge in Philadelphia is where they used to run while dating.

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?

Amanda and Shrey’s relationship is so much fun – just letting them be themselves helped to create their beautiful engagement photos at Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Valley Park, PA.

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.

Jeanine and her father’s relationship is so close – I was told there may be tears. There were <3

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.

<3

Rachelle + Gordy <3 Deer Creek Overlook - Street, MD

DIY Wedding, Maryland Wedding, Nature Wedding, Outside Wedding, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Uncategorized, Weddings
Rachelle and Gordy during their first look

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

New Beginnings

Meacreations Updates, Personal, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Portrait Photographer, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Uncategorized
New branding for Meacreations Photography

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.

Sisters, Est. 2017

Here’s to new beginnings!

Lisa & Shane

Abbie Holmes Estate, Avalon, NJ

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!

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Suzanne & Tom

Cape May, NJ, Small Wedding, Surprise Wedding, Weddings

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!

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Don & Sue

Cape May, Intimate Weddings, NJ

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!!

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The Moncrief Family

Cape May, Children portraits, Family Portraits, NJ, Portraits

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.

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The Davis Family

Cape May, Cape May Point State Park - Cape May Point, Family Portraits, NJ

I love my repeat clients. I enjoy building a relationship with them and know what I can expect each year, and I am sure it is the same with them. I have worked with the Davis family for almost as long as I have owned Meacreations- so, about 6 years, and always look forward to their visit. This year we returned to Cape May Point State Park (one of my favorite locations for sure) which is where we first met years ago. I can’t believe how fast the girls are growing up, and they only get more beautiful each year.

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The Hohf Family

1 year old portraits, Cape May, Cape May Point State Park - Cape May Point, Family Portraits, NJ

I first met Trent and Abby a few years ago when I shot their engagement photos at the Cape May Lighthouse. Yesterday, I got to see them again and meet their beautiful baby girl, Jocelynn. Though the skies looked threatening all day, as soon as we started shooting, they cleared. Every once in awhile there were some sprinkles, but nothing we couldn’t handle. I enjoyed taking them around the grounds to parts they didn’t know existed at the lighthouse. Jocelynn was super sweet the entire time and was interested in everything! I loved my time with them!

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The Ramos Family

Children portraits, Family Portraits, NJ, Ocean City

This is the third year I have photographed the Ramos family, and this year there was a new addition, Lucas! I love watching families grow each year. Ari is such a good big sister to Lucas, as you can see in the photos. We met in Ocean City and did some shots on the beach and had fun on the colorful boardwalk. Fun times!