Sometimes the best medicine for a busy day is a walk in the park. Chris and Kelsey have a pretty amazing wedding story from their ceremony abroad to the time with their family catching up. I'm so happy I got to be a small part of their memories with their beautiful shots from their photography session. Taking a little inspiration from Up, this session was such a fun and relaxing evening with two totally awesome people that I know will have a long, amazing life together!
I had the pleasure of meeting John and Ann back in August when we did our first shoot together for their engagement. These are two of the most in love people I think I've ever met. Their wedding day was not short at all on smiles and laughing. Seriously. I don't know if there was a second that they didn't look explosively happy. I couldn't be more excited about being a part of their wedding at the Pearl S. Buck Estate. Tara Tyan and I had no trouble capturing all of the gorgeousness of the day.
This Christmas I got to spend some of my time with the gigantic Mashack family. They do Christmas eve right. A whole night of big family time, Christmas fun, and a whole lot of love. We even got a little snow to top it of. Not too fun to get to Christmas eve dinner, but completely beautiful to shoot in so I'm ok with it. In and out all night, we did portraits of everyone and their families...and let me tell you...there are a lot of them. I wouldn't have spent my Christmas eve any other way. Also, this family is seriously gorgeous. See for yourselves. =)
Freezing temperatures, wind, and blinding sun, this family was awesome. We picked a few spots at Valley Forge National Historical park and went at it. Michelle's family was so fun and nice! Her mother literally warmed my freezing hands at the end of the shoot. The true mark of an incredibly caring person. Also, I love it when people get super excited about a location. Her father (after a long time out in the cold where I'm sure he didn't want to be) found an awesome spot and we got a great shot of the two them. Such a successful day!
This summer, my first trip was to a little town called Clarion in western Pennsylvania with my buds Jino and Joshy. I figured now was as good of time as any to allow myself to wander into photos from the past year and work on some memories I’d like to revisit. Clarion served us well with omelets, trees, some river jumping, and a tad bit of rainy camping. There was also a bar somewhere along the way of our 3 hour search of the right campsite that had a big cowboy outside and 37 wing flavors…yes…37…that I will one day revisit. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stop, but there were so many awesome, nifty little roadside stops. One day I will revisit them. One day.
The time has come. Time to look back on the past year and see what I've done. I'm at that point in my life where I think 6 months ago was last week and I can't figure out where all of my time has gone. Well, this is what I have to show for it. A little look into my life for the past year will hopefully satisfy all of you that are there when I take pictures that you never see. When I started this post, I was thinking about how little I did in the past year. Then I looked through my catalog and felt completely different about it. I may not have traveled the world or jumped out of planes, but I'm proud of myself and all of my friends for what we've made it through in the past year. Hats off to all of you that finished school, completed your thesis shows, worked your asses off to get the perfect shot, started a business, got the perfect job, married the loves of your lives, and found the beauty in the world around you. Last year at this time, we got some not so good, completely unexpected news that turned my world upside down. Looking through my photographs from that time reminded me of all of the feelings that I felt then. So thankful that it wasn't worse, but so scared of what to come. Thinking back on it now, I couldn't be happier for all of the strength and support of family and friends. This year, we're all here. We're all healthy. I couldn't be happier and I couldn't be more proud. I have a kick ass family and an amazing boyfriend.
Looking forward to this year, I hope you all take some time to take long walks, breath in deep, change someones life, be healthy, be happy, and love like you've never loved before. It's a fresh start today. You can be who ever or whatever you want. Me? I can't wait to spend as much time with my family and friends as possible, have countless girls nights, dance my butt off, get strong, be healthy, laugh a lot, finish school, continue to be in love with my best friend, see the world, and make myself the best possible me I could ever imagine. Here's to you, 2014. Ready or not, here I come.
When I first talked with Kate, we were trying to find the perfect location for our shoot with her family. We went back and forth for a little planning and deciding. Then she sent me a picture of her father's amazing, awesome, totally neat vintage truck. Right there I was sold. It's a complete bonus that it was located on her parents' horse farm. When I pulled in, I was stunned at how beautiful their farm was. Complete with a big Christmas wreath on their barn doors and horses and dogs running around. Anything with animals (especially dogs) and I'm in love. This location could not have been more perfect! Even though poor little Brynlee was not feeling too hot, she managed to be completely adorable and steal the show. And we got to be there when she had her first candy cane. This shoot completely got me stoked for Christmas! It was also the perfect time to shoot with one of the new second shooters for this upcoming wedding season. Tara was great and I love the images she captured. So excited for this upcoming season!
This is my third time shooting with the Wehrs and every time it gets more and more fun. Kensie is seriously one of the funniest and most photogenic little girls I've ever met. And now there is ANOTHER little one! My first time meeting Colson was no disappointment. This little bundle of joy is adorable! And he has his hands full with a big sister like Kensie. This shoot definitely got the holiday spirits rolling. We got to decorate 3 trees..that's right..not just one, but 3..did I mention it was at a Christmas tree farm too? Seeing how excited Kensie was to decorate made this session so fun! Lesson learned...have something fun that you can promise little kids they can do while you're shooting. It makes the images better AND you get to have a fun time. Bonus on both parts. Sparkles and pretty dresses she wants to pose in help as well. Also, how gorgeous is this family, right???
"Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession."
I'm afraid the time has come my friends...time to talk about raising prices. It's time for me to announce that come January, session prices for Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography will be raised in order to keep up with the competitive pricing and endless talent found in Philadelphia photography businesses. I know many people don't understand the "high cost" of simply getting your picture taken, but there is so much more that goes into it than customers are aware of. I consider photography an art form. I take great pride in the images that I capture for you and your family and I put my heart and soul into it from the moment we start talking right up to the delivery of your images. I want to have the option to present you with a better product and a more personalized experience than my current prices allow. Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography is making the move into boutique wedding and portrait photography and I want all of you lovely people to come with me! In the works is a complete new website and branding that I can't wait to reveal. It will focus on the personal experience that I aim to create with my clients and include helpful items such as what to expect, pricing guides, what to wear pamphlets, custom slide shows for each client, viewing sessions, and much more that will help us get to know each other and create beautiful, honest photographs of you that capture your unique personality and love. I will be offering more products and stylized shoots as well as wedding collections that include two photographers, prints, and high resolution images. I will also be starting boudoir sessions for brides and lovely ladies to show off their beauty and drop dead gorgeous personalities.
If you're looking to book a wedding or a session with Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography and do so before January 1, 2014, all current prices will be honored. However, any booked after January will be subject to new pricing. So get your bookings in now! This includes all sessions: wedding, portraiture, and boudoir. If you'd like to inquire about a session and get a quote, please email me at email@example.com. I'd love to talk with you and plan out a shoot that fits you perfectly!
If you'd like to read a little bit more on the background of what goes into your photography, this article is pretty funny and sadly accurate: why is wedding photography so expensive?
There's nothing like finding new places and people that you find really inspirational and relaxing. Shooting with Caitlin and Ryan was just that. We met up in Manayunk right as the sun was going down for a warm and cozy engagement shoot stroll along Main St and the Manayunk Canal. These two are so great! It was so refreshing to just walk along completely relaxed and take in the new surroundings and the amazing love these two share. I can't wait for their wedding in August. I know it's' going to be a beautiful day!
The Campbell family is always a treat to photograph! Harrison is crazy and jack is completely adorable...what better combo could you ask for? Nothing like watching a kid run around like a maniac with no worry on his mind other than how he's going to escape the dreadful sentence "It's time to go". I love watching these boys grow up and having the pleasure of capturing it. Amazing =)
For a limited time only, the holiday special is back in action! Want some great images of you and your loved ones this holiday season? Let's book a fun, creative, and customized shoot to capture the love and happiness that exists in your lives! Need some extra holiday greetings? Add in some Holiday cards to send out to your friends and family. You'll be able to choose from 5 designs that can include 1-3 images from your shoot.
Choose from two packages:Package 1:
-1 hour shoot
-5 high resolution images on a disk
-5x7 inch print of your favorite imagePackage 2:
-1 hour shoot
-5 high resolution images on a disk
-5x7 inch print of your favorite image
Book your shoot now! Special runs through Sunday December 15.
I have to say, this was my first time photographing twins..and it was amazing! Double the cuteness! I first had the pleasure of shooting with Selena a few years ago when she contacted me for a head shot for her book, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask--and Stand Up--for What They Want. I'm so happy to have had the chance to meet Selena. She's an incredibly friendly and encouraging person, and I CAN'T WAIT to read her book and hear what she has to say about women standing their ground and getting what they want and deserve. She and her family were wonderful to photograph, and her twins were absolutely adorable and completely pleasant. Here's a few of my favorite from their session! Also, if you're a lovely lady looking to kick butt in your life, check out her book here!