On The Up And Up

As I sit here on this lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon I'm reminded of why I'm writing this in the first place.

It was about this time 7 years ago that I posted the picture to Facebook that, I consider, kicked off my career in photography. The picture is of Katie at just 2 years old and Rocco, just shy of his first birthday. They're standing in my backyard. Happy. I had been fed up of the studios in the mall with kids working there who didn't:  1. Know me or my kids at all. 2. Care about their minimum wage job 3. Care about the outcome of the photos and 4. Consider my current theory of "whatever it takes for smiles". They were just there to click a button and I was fed up. Fed up of waiting for my turn with two kids who were past their happy time when I finally got to sit them down under the lights. I had a "nice camera" so I began to play with my kids as my subjects.

Photography has evolved in the last 7 years. When I first started, there weren't nearly as many people practicing outdoor photography as there are now. Newborn photography like I offer now, I didn't even know that was a thing. Cake smashes, either.  People just didn't do them or at least I didn't know about it.

So seven years ago, I was a stay at home mom. With two kids. I was looking for a hobby or a part time job and that's where it all started. After I posted that photo to Facebook, I believe I took three family's Christmas card pictures that year. And the rest as they say, is history.


My family has been the building blocks of my business. My job, as always, revolves around my kids. When they were little and I had a shoot to go to, I would take them to my mom's house. When I started, I only had a couple of shoots a month... If that. A few years later, I was working many hours a week, running kids to preschool and picking them up two hours later. Shooting non stop. Editing all night. Then, I couldn't wait til they were done with half day kindergarten so I'd have full days to work uninterrupted and edit during the day and not have to be awake all night. Well, that didn't happen either. The emails kept coming, and I got busier. This past year, I was busier than ever. I even cut back. And somehow I was busier than I've ever been. I go to bed at 2 or 3 am most nights. I'm never fully caught up. The guilt I feel if I take a night off from editing...? It's ridiculous and if I tried to describe it to you, you'd call me crazy.

My point is, I always thought, "once the kids are bigger, things will be easier!" Not sure what I was thinking but now that they're older things are harder than ever. Baseball, basketball, karate, dance... No consistent babysitter, so it's usually: RUSH as fast as humanly possible to make it from the studio to my driveway to get them from the bus (many times it involves me chasing the bus down the road to the last stop on the route and waving like 'that mom' at the bus driver because I missed the bus, AGAIN!!!), rushing them to my mom's so my dad can take them to whatever after school activity while I go to my evening shoots, the hubs calling me to see where he's picking them up from, coming home and again, rushing, trying to make it for bedtime prayers before the kids go to bed. Eating dinner for myself. Then around 9 I head downstairs to edit til 2 am (ish).

Even though I write a version of this blog, every year at this time... I somehow revert to my old ways. After much thought and consideration, scratching my head and saying "how did this happen again".... I've chalked up my busyness this year to one thing...

"The List".

Ohhhhh, the list. Last year, I posted about the list. How if you needed a session anytime throughout the year, contact once and we will contact you when I open booking for that quarter, and before I open it up to the public. It was a very awesome way for you to get it done once, and it was perfect for me and Tanya when booking the current quarter. Although we never promised being on the list guaranteed a session, I always accommodated everyone to the best of my ability. Well, two weeks ago when Tanya and I met up to go over the schedule and choose my work days for the next few months, I realized my stress and crazy scheduling issues stem from the overwhelming list. I would have people on the list that "need a Tuesday evening in fall" for example. Well, now to accommodate that Tuesday evening in the fall means I'm probably going to miss one of my son's baseball games. That's just a random example that might not even be accurate but some variation of that request covered the list. I left the dinner meeting with Tanya sick to my stomach and crying. I realized something had to give.

The number of people needing a fall session outdoor this year, who are on the list, who do not include my brides and grooms needing engagements or the 14 weddings I'm shooting in the next 3 months, total over 50! Fall colors are only in their prime in the last two weeks of October and if we're lucky, the first week of November. It is physically impossible for me to do it all. So, after much thought, I have decided I am only going to offer outdoor half sessions this fall. Typically my full sessions are 45 minutes long. The half sessions I'm offering are 20 minutes. Booked every 25 minutes. They're being offered up at some of my favorite fall locations on different evenings throughout October. It's the only way I can figure out to accommodate the amount of families needing me this year. And not sure if there'll be any left for anyone not on the list but please contact us if you are interested.

Needless to say the list is no more. It's just become too much. From now on we will be using the newsletter approach. The day before we open up booking for the following month, we will send out a newsletter with booking information and all the details and promos for the month including minis and giveaways. This will be around the same time every month and will begin in late November or early December for January booking. And it will be like that always. Booking for the following month will be booked the month before.

Then, perhaps the biggest change is the way EVERYTHING is being booked. If you've booked with me in the past, you've probably been in contact with Tanya to schedule your session. Initial emails, back and forth with available sessions, need to knows about your session, reminders and then retainer invoices. All of which were done with Tanya sitting behind her screen doing that all manually. We are moving on up and have decided to book everything with my online scheduler. It's a program that we've used in the past for mini session bookings. We have all of my available dates in the calendar. Once you get the link, you will see indoor or outdoor option, you'll click on which you prefer... You will see only the sessions I'm offering at the current time and the dates and times I have open. We booked studio indoor for fall with this method and it's been incredible. You will need to pay a $50 retainer upon booking. This is saving Tanya an unbelievable amount of time and energy and freeing her up, too. When I'm busy, she's busy too. We are both overworked and it's not good for anyone.

Please don't think I'm complaining. Or bragging. It's the furthest thing from the truth. I desperately need you to understand that change is hard for me. It's unbearable at times. Especially when I receive backlash from you guys. Disappointed emails because of my new schedule. Or see snarky comments on posts about "how full of herself" I am because I write blogs like this explaining my reasoning.  My only goal in this business is to make you happy. If you're not happy, then I've failed. I'm not bragging. I'm not doing anything but trying to explain to you that I'm maxed out... As a photographer, as a mom, as a wife. It's not fair to my family. So please understand, if there's no evenings in the studio, it's either because I'm sold out of them or there aren't any being offered up right now.

These decisions were not made lightly. I can promise you that. I believe it is what's best for my business and for myself which in turn trickles down to you guys. A happier me will be a happier you.

Phew. That was tough guys. Thank you for still being here and still reading! Enough of that hard stuff, let's talk about Christmas and the holidays!

Santa save the date is coming at you tomorrow night. Get ready for that. It will also include BOOKING DATE AND TIME. ****BOOKING IS NOT TOMORROW EVENING. THIS IS SIMPLY SAVE THE DATES AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS****

SESSIONS BEING OFFERED THIS SEASON:

-FALL OUTDOOR HALF SESSIONS-

~Monday, October 10th- Trexler Park

~Tuesday, October 18th- Lehigh Parkway

~Wednesday, October 26th- Kreidersville Covered Bridge

~Thursday, October 27th- Walnutport Canal

-HOLIDAY SESSIONS-

~Kemmerer's Tree Farm: October 15&16 (booking date will be announced soon)

~Studio Christmas mini sessions: late November (booking date and session dates will be released soon: weekday and evening appointments available)

~Santa's WORKSHOP & AWESOME SANTA sessions: dates being released Monday August 22 at 9pm.

I'm very excited about all that is happening this year and especially this fall. I'm excited to capture your family and children and to see you all once again. I hope you can embrace these changes and stick along for the ride.

To be added to the newsletter mailing, please join here: bit.ly/LGNewsletterSignUp

Thanks for reading this everyone. I love you all so much. Check back tomorrow for all things Santa!

Stay blessed.

Lori

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway!

I feel like every time I'm on vacation I decide to do a giveaway... Haha. Yay for all of us! I want to start by saying thank you! Thank you for being your amazing beautiful self. For picking me. For trusting me. For loving me and my passion. You've supported my dream and helped me build a business that I am proud to own. 

As I've mentioned before, small business is in my blood. My parents have owned a small business since 1980. At their store, I was working the cash register standing on a milk crate at the age of six. We lived above the store in an apartment and I watched my mom go down to work every day about 10 minutes after 8 (she was and still is perpetually 10 minutes late) and work til 8:30 pm as my dad headed off to his corporate job to cover our health insurance and such. My mom taught me compassion, kindness, how to be a business woman, how not to be a business woman, how to trust my instincts and listen to that little voice inside my head. She was robbed at gunpoint, twice! She chased a man out of the store who was pointing a gun at her belly demanding money as she yelled at him to "get lost" and telling him how he wasn't about to get her hard earned money. (She's still the talk of the town 11 years later as people reminisce about that day) My mother is without a doubt in my mind, THE HARDEST WORKING WOMAN I will ever know. I owe my work ethic to her and my father who lead by example and didn't give my brother and I an easy ride. We worked. We had nice things because we worked. Worked in the store, helped my dad at his apartment buildings. They taught us how to work. My brother has a very successful tree cutting/landscaping business and here I am with mine as you well know since you're reading this right now. 

I love doing giveaways as you might have already figured out... So this one is no different. But it kinda is. I'm including some of my favorite small businesses in on this one! 

So... You guys know Tanya. LG Photography's behind the scenes, emailer, scheduler, bring-sanity-back-to-Lori-er??? She is also a wife, mother, preschool teacher and most recently, she has become a LuLaRoe consultant. LuLaRoe = most comfortable leggings, EVER. (In a nutshell) but they offer a whole line of clothing, from dresses, skirts, t shirts, kids clothes and so much more. Let me tell you, I'm seriously so over the moon about this clothing. The prints are awesome and fresh and the thrill of trying to snag a pair of leggings before someone else does is actually addicting to be honest. LLR is similar to other direct sales companies so you can host a party or buy directly. Every time I'm wearing a pair of fun or funky leggings, someone will ask me, "is that Lu-la-roooooo" and I say "yes it is but because I used to say lularooooo too, it's actually lularoe like "Monroe" and if you don't have some get yourself some tomorrow!" So because of all the sacrifices and commitment Tanya has given to my small business over the last almost two years, I wanted to be the first one to support her and host a party. I'm not in it for the free stuff, although let's be honest, it's a major perk... I just want to let her know that I support her and appreciate all of her hard work she's put into my business and I want to be able to share it with all of you! More on this in a bit...

My best friend since day one, 9th grade Spanish class, Danielle, has also opened her new business. It's official. The Splintered Owl. She has been one of my biggest supporters over the years. She can make just about anything you can imagine. Literally. We built a tree house in my yard for my kids, she built me kitchen benches, custom signs, banners and props like whoa for my photo shoots. Custom mugs, bags, Christmas decorations... You name it, I'm pretty sure she can make it! I've been encouraging her for years to make it official and run with it because it would be a waste of talent otherwise! She did it! She's official and I'm here to tell you, I support her 100% and I would love if you did too! 

So the giveaway?? Or giveawayS I should say...  Up for grabs are some LG Photography gift certificates, free stuff from my LLR party including leggings, and some cool one of a kind things from the Splintered Owl. And MAYBE the most exciting of all, ONE person will win a FREE GUARANTEED SANTA 2016 spot! 

How to enter and how to win??  In order to win any of the giveaways, we ask that you "like" or "follow" our pages (links below).  That way you can actually be ready for the giveaways. You may already have our pages liked, that's awesome! 

On Thursday August 4th at 9pm, I'll be doing a live video post done on my Facebook page announcing all giveaway winners except for two bonus giveaways during this week, which will be in my LuLaRoe party page. I'm going to give away two pair of leggings before my party on Sunday and Monday. So make sure you're actively playing along on my party page for your chance to win! Part one is an in-home party on Sunday, July 30th from 4-6pm. You can come to Tanya's house where she has a store set up and you can try things on, see what styles you love the most and actually get to feel things. Part two is my online party at 8:00 pm on Monday, August 1. Albums will be posted of her inventory and you can purchase right online, and choose to have your items shipped right to your door or local pick up at her home in Northampton. Anyone who shows up to the party Sunday and anyone who makes a purchase Monday online is going to be entered to win a FREE 2016 Santa Session with a guaranteed spot, and ONE person will be selected to win! This is in addition to ALL of the other gifts we are giving away. From the Splintered Owl, we have a custom made "Always stay humble and kind" sign which is probably one of her most popular items right now! Also, a double insulated LG drink bottle... It's seriously THE BEST, my drink is still ice cold as I'm sitting in 100 degree weather for the last 7 hours! 

I know this is a lot to take in and read but PLEASE, follow the links below... Leave a note on our walls if you're a new fan or if you're just here for the party if you'd like! We can't wait to have so much fun this week! 

After you've completed "liking" our pages, please fill out the Form below so we have your contact info! 

Love you guys. Thank you for your unending support and love! 

XoLG

**AFTER You have liked the pages, please come back and fill out this form: bit.ly/LGFavoriteThingsGiveaway

Links to our pages are just below!

LG Photography Page:
https://www.facebook.com/photography.by.lg
Instagram: @logenerose

LuLaRoe Tanya & Trisha | VIPs:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoetanyatrisha

Instagram: @lularoetanyatrisha

Lori's LuLaRoe Party Page:
bit.ly/LorisLuLaRoeParty

The Splintered Owl:
https://www.facebook.com/splinteredowl

Instagram: @splinteredowl

John & Lauren | The Barnhouse Village | Wedding, June 2016

Lauren and John and I met last year when I showed up AN HOUR LATE (I'm so embarrassed writing that) to the engagement session at The Allentown Rose Gardens... it was all my fault, I take full responsibility. They were so easy going about it and knew I felt terrible. 

Their wedding day was so great. We did their getting ready photos right on location at The Barnhouse Village. This was my first time shooting a wedding there so I was excited since it was so close to home and had such a pretty garden for photos. The little cottages are perfect and so close to the ceremony and reception locations.

Lauren is such a sweetie. When the officiant announced them "husband and wife",  she covered her mouth and bent her knees in a form of GLEE and then they kissed one heck of a first kiss! It was a joy to capture. John is a trooper, he didn't mind the heat too much and never made a peep about the photos!

It was a lovely day guys. I'm so grateful to have been there to capture it for you. Thanks for not giving up on me when I misread my calendar last year ;)

 

the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg
the_barnhouse_village.jpeg

Kyle & Mary | Woodstone Country Club and Lodge- Danielsville, PA

Mary and Kyle.. how do I even begin. 

I first met these two at their maternity photo shoot for their oldest daughter Adalyn. I loved them right away and we clicked! I've since photographed every milestone they've had together. From newborn photos times two when they added Alivia to their family, to engagement, now their wedding and everything in between. These two have a love... it's very special. They are awesome parents, hard working and they have an extraordinary love that I adore capturing.

Their big day was just as awesome. From the first look, to the sparkler send off. Perfect weather, fun guests and as always Woodstone Country Club always does a bang up job. Amazing food, such helpful and friendly staff.. not to mention, it's just gorgeous there! 

I love the connection I get to make with people being in my profession. This family is the perfect example of why I consider myself so blessed. I get to be there in people's lives, on the BIGGEST moments they have experienced thus far, capturing every second.

It's a great honor.

Kyle and Mary, Adalyn, Alivia and baby number three who's on the way, I look forward to many years watching your family grow more and more. I love you all so much!

xoLG

 

woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg
woodstone_country_club.jpeg

Dan & Christina | Northampton Country Club | Wedding May 2016

Dan and Christina, I feel like I waited forever to shoot your wedding day! And you guys didn't disappoint. Your day was beautiful, full of love and I am honored you chose me to capture it. 

I photographed their engagement session at Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA two years ago. They set the bar high with that one, it was so gorgeous there! Thankfully, Northampton Country club is just as great!

The church they married in, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bethlehem, PA is just lovely inside. We made a pit stop at Lehigh University for some bridal party photos and romantics. These two were surrounded by love and happiness and all but a little bit of rain, the day was perfect.

I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Thanks again for choosing me.

 

lehighcountryclub.jpg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg
lehighcountryclub.jpeg

Justin & Julie | Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA | One Year Anniversary |

My heart. Oh, my heart.

Every year, I fall in love with my bridal couples at their engagement session. Then when it comes to their wedding day, I'm so happy and excited to be there and capture their day.  I have a beautiful connection with them already and the day runs so perfectly and they know exactly what to expect from my crazy self. 

Julie and Justin are one of those couples... you know, the kind of couple that make your heart soften a little and make everyone believe that true love really does exist. They are honestly two of THE sweetest people I have ever known, like ever. Julie is the kindest soul. Her genuine heart and kindness surround me when I'm near her. She leaves me wishing we were neighbors and besties. Justin is the lid to her proverbial pot. In other words, they couldn't be a more perfect match! 

Not only did they choose me to capture their engagement and wedding day at Riverview Country Club in 2015, they asked me to capture their love aged one more year. 

One year anniversary photos are SO fun! I can only hope they continue the tradition as the years go by! 

I love you both so much. Thank you for choosing me again... and lets go for wings soon ;)

xoLG

lehigh_university_engagement.jpeg

Twins First Birthday Nautical Cake Smash

So Colin and Shane and I .. we have this awesome relationship where they come to my studio.. they woo me into a trance with their incredible smiles and absolutely beautiful personalities... and then it gets to the point where I incessantly text their mama saying how obsessed I am with them. They have gone from babes who've needed to be propped up and spotted to cruisers ready to take their first steps! It's been a beautiful thing to witness. Their mom usually does their hair differently but this time they were identical in every aspect of the word. I couldn't tell them apart. 

Mom and I had been talking about this for a while now. When she said "I got them pleather harem pants" ... I knew she wasn't messing around. These guys are too cool and I so look forward to seeing them grow over the years :) Lucky for me, this family loves photos so I get to see them often! 

Colin and Shane, you two have a smile plastered on my face now for hours! 

Happy Birthday Boys! 

xoLG

Cakes by: 2 Sweet Kate

Raft Prop: Danielle Vitushinsky #DIYwDV

twins-cake-smash.jpeg
twins-cake-smash.jpeg
twins-cake-smash.jpeg

To see my most recent cake smashes from 2016, click HERE!

First Birthday Cake Smash | Lehigh Valley Children's Photographer

90% of my first birthday milestones involve a cake smash. I have always said, I wish a formal "cake smash" was a thing when my kids were babies because I would have done it with both of my children. 

Some kids LOVE it, roll around in it, smush it in their hair, eat the entire cake... and some despise it. They won't touch it and they cry the whole time. Either way, it makes for good photos. 

Here's some highlights from my cake smashes so far this year! They are usually photographed around 11 months so there's time for printing and such before the child's first birthday party! 

Contact me if you'd like to book a cake smash in my studio or on-location :) I'd love to chat!

Thanks for stopping by! 

xoLG

studio cake smash

studio cake smash

studio cake smash

studio cake smash

Spenser & Shayanne | Wedding | Terraview, Stroudmoor Country Inn - Stroudsburg, PA

Shay and Spenser are some pretty awesome people. They're local to the Lehigh Valley and I officially met them last year at their engagement session in Lockridge Park, Alburtis during the bluebell season. We had a great time then and I knew their wedding would be nothing short of spectacular. Not to mention, I knew so many people at this wedding. MANY of my clients, a former bride and groom (Scott can be seen doing a midair straddle jump in the reception shots.. nice form Mr. Symons) and many guests who've been bridesmaids and groomsmen in other weddings I've shot over the years.

Rain was in the forecast all week before and just like I always tell my bridal couples, I told them not to worry because at the end of the day, rain or not, you'll be married and I can make some pretty fabulous rainy day wedding photos. The rain held off until literally, 10 minutes before the ceremony so the ceremony was brought inside last minute. After the ceremony, the rain cleared up as they walked out the door and we were able to do all the formal photos and bridal party then, too!

Stroudsmoor does a beautiful job. That was my first time at Terraview and I think it just may be my favorite venue there. 

To the Beck's, I hope these hold you over for a bit til I finish up the rest of the gallery! Thank you for choosing me to capture your day.

Thanks for stopping by. 

xoLG

Hair Stylists: Kristy Desrosiers, Jessica Grief, Holly Plank

Florist: Stroudsmoor Floral

Make-up Artist: Tia Jones

DJ and Uplighting: Holiday Sounds, Tony D.

Cake: Stroudsmoor Country Inn Bakery

Gowns: Bridals by Sandra, Alfred Angelo

Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse

Venue: Stroudsmoor, Terraview Stroudsburg, PA

stroudsmoore-terraview
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg
stroudsmoor-terraview.jpeg

Family Photo Shoot | Jim Thorpe, PA

When you think of family photos, you might not think of city life. Especially us "country folk" around here, we all want fields and whimsy light, tall grass and wildflowers. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that setting and actually tend to prefer it but my heart is full of color! Jim Thorpe is the perfect place to satisfy my thirst for colorful photos. And it is such a great place to capture a family... not to mention senior portraits, head shots and milestone kids sessions. There are so many nooks and cool spots we find along the way and each time I go, depending on the light, I capture something different. 

When these guys got there that day, they came with their smiles and they were ready for action. The kids did great and it was one of my favorite family sessions of the year so far! 

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

 

Tyler & Kortney | Engagement | Lehigh University/Steel Stacks- Bethlehem, PA

Tyler & Kortney were such a fun couple to be with. We had such a great night together. 

We started our night at Lehigh University and roamed the campus hitting all of my favorite spots. They couldn't believe how gorgeous it was there. Lehigh is a place you can capture in spring, summer, winter and fall and you are going to have gorgeous photos. 

Next we snuck over to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem and ended with a gorgeous sunset. It felt like summer in May and we made some magic. 

I CAN NOT WAIT for the wedding at Bear Creek Resort next year! 

Enjoy your peek and thanks for sharing your story with me <3

xoLG

Eric & Cortney | Wedding| Capriotti's Catering | April 2016

Back in my restaurant days, I worked with the lovely Cortney and that's how we met. The minute she and Eric got engaged, she contacted me and hired me over the phone to capture their wedding day. 

Last year, I met them in downtown Bethlehem, PA. to do their engagement photos and I knew how epic their wedding day would be based on that. Their love is so fun and REAL. It's evident all over the images.

The wedding day was perfect. Weather was great. Beautiful people, surrounded by love and laughter. Their gorgeous daughter Lillian was loving dancing and being such a huge part of the day. We even made a pit stop to the place they met many years ago, Tamaqua Area High School and did some fun photos there, too!

After we changed the Mrs. into her reception dress, we got the party started with a choreographed dance they planned as a surprise for the guests and it didn't disappoint. 

Capriotti's service and food was top notch. I should have known it would be since everything related to food gets better (in my opinion) the closer I get to Hazleton! We capped off the night with beautiful sun setting photos and a little Cupid Shuffling.

Overall, a perfect wedding day. 

Thank you Eric and Cortney for trusting me with your most priceless and precious memories.

Enjoy your sneak peek :)

xoLG

2015 In Review... {Forgive My Tardiness}

I am sitting on a towel on a beach, on a beach chair, in white sand, under an umbrella, on Disney's own private island, Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.... IN FEBRUARY! My skin is tingly, my toes are sandy, and I'm gloriously browned from a week of sea cruising on the Disney Fantasy. I opted out of wifi on board and decided to embrace a tropical family vacation free from incessant face booking, email checking and insta-scrolling. Let me tell you, it was incredible. Along with eating more food than should be allowed by a human of my stature, I swam, sunbathed, napped, laughed and cried many happy tears. I even read 4 books. Two love stories written by my absolute favorite author Amy Harmon, one incredible book by the lovely Candace Cameron Bure about her experience on Dancing With The Stars and how much she loves God and isn't afraid to show it. And I'm nearing the end of a business book called The Fire-starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte. It's ignited a fire inside of me and is driving me to write to you right now. 

I'm incredibly blessed. I say this often. I know that word gets thrown around all the time, but I assure you when I say it, I know exactly what I'm saying when I do say it. I'm blessed by my talent of being able to work a camera with creative flair. I'm blessed by you who let me use that creativity to make memories for your family. Because of all of this, I can take my family on a winter getaway for the last 3 years. 

Whenever people find out we are going away, the thing I hear first is: "enjoy, you deserve it!" February is the month we choose to go away each year, simply because it falls in a convenient time of year for us. Winter is looming overhead, relentless and seemingly never ending. I've finished up my Valentine's Day sessions and haven't yet begun my Easter/Spring sessions. It just works for us. Surprisingly, it's not because of lack of work for me. Every time Tanya and I set my schedule for the quarter, we always think we are overreaching and providing more times than we will actually need, and every quarter we are shocked that we actually still have to turn people away. It's unreal to me. 

Since I didn't do my end of the year blog... (Slacker I know)... Here's some 2015 stats Tanya crunched up for me in hopes I might find some time to write while sitting under a palm tree somewhere in the Caribbean. 

550 Mini sessions including Santa, Valentine's, Easter, bluebells, summer and all things Christmas like tree farm, backyard milk and cookies, and studio Christmas. (um, writing that makes me think I need another week under the palm trees)

71 Newborns

41 Weddings

84 Outdoor or on location sessions including engagements, families, children milestones, boudoir, maternity and seniors. 

151 full Studio sessions including milestones and cake smashes. 

I literally just let out a sigh. My goodness. 

If you want my honesty, it's too much. And it's significantly less than last year in every area. And next year's blog will show significantly less again. 

I've often thought about where I can cut back. What part of my job doesn't set my soul on fire? But I love it all! I just limit the amount I take on and this year, like I said before, it will be even less. 

What does that mean for you?  It means, if you want me... Book me. Like... Yesterday. 

With my assistant Tanya's madd organizational skills, she has implemented a system that makes scheduling easy for you. It's called ... "The List". Very aptly named, it keeps your names and requests in order of the way they were received. All you have to do is decide what type of photos you need, when you would like them done or when you need them by, your availability and you're on "the list". For example, We've had people contact once and say, "I'm pregnant! I'm due at the end of April. I'd like maternity photos done in March. Newborn when they arrive. We know we will want 6 month photos, too! And a cake smash around 11 months." Tanya will schedule what she can (what I'm currently booking) and put the rest of the requests in where they fall on the calendar. It's pretty awesome. As I've mentioned before, my calendar fills up awfully quick. PLEASE don't wait to book. ANYTHING!

There is one exception to the list.  MINI SESSIONS. They are first come first serve. It's the only way we have been able to come up with a fair way to book them since they book so quickly. So we typically use an online scheduler and announce a release date and they become open for booking. I have always used Facebook as my only advertising vehicle, but have realized many of my clients are moving away from Facebook and have strictly been using Instagram. Though, I am on Instagram more than most, I don't tend to "advertise" there. So again, with Tanya's help, we are going to organize a monthly newsletter of sorts. It will either be an emailed newsletter or a blog linked to an email, but email with be the way I reach everyone. It will have info pertaining to mini sessions, Santa booking, how to's and what to do's. It'll have the low-down and the down-low and everything in between on all things LG. Most importantly, it'll feature any promotions or giveaways I'm doing. 

Which brings me to the thing I'm most excited about in all of my ramblings here. 

CLIENT APPRECIATION. Let me explain. 

April marks one year since I got the keys to my studio. (Writing that sounds unbelievable to my ears). May 3, 2015 was my grand opening. I really want to celebrate that milestone this year. And every year to come for that matter. During my vacation, I had time to think about how grateful and APPRECIATIVE I am for all of you. Literally, I've photographed thousands of faces in the last year. I NEVER take that for granted. I know what a blessing that is. (There's that word again!) "Busy" is the understatement of the century if you look at the numbers listed above. "Busy" is a word I am very fortunate is in my LG vocabulary. So I want to thank you for your support and patronage and give you a little something to let you know I appreciate you. 

Raise your hand if you like free stuff... (I just did) How does a FREE photo session sound? So good, am I right!!? THE FIVE MINUTE PORTRAIT. One day only, at my studio, come one come all. It'll be a simple set up, a plain backdrop, perhaps a chair or a couch but it's going to focus on the people. The people I'm most thankful for. The people who've supported me all these years. YOU! Sessions will be 5 minutes. I know you may think that's not enough time, but I assure you it is. Enough for a few awesome shots. Think intimate and timeless. I'm picturing black and white amazingness. Think nose to nose and big hugs. Who's allowed? Really anyone. If you are pregnant, it's a great time to capture that belly in all its glory. If you're that mom looking for "just one good shot of all of you together", this is for you. If you want a great gift for your wife or husband for Mother's Day/Father's Day... This is it! Unfortunately due to the time restraints, please leave four legged family members at home. You will receive a $15 print credit just for coming out. You can order prints from any of the photos in the gallery putting your coupon code towards it and you can also order a digital photo package should you wish. 

When???? Saturday MARCH 19, 2016 from 9am-2pm. As always, when they're gone, they're gone. 

What's the catch?? You know there's always a catch, right? There is none. It's just my way of saying thanks. 

Booking will open up Sunday March 6 at 9pm. The link to book will be on my website. A link will be posted to Facebook and sent out to the email addresses in the newsletter. So please be sure to sign up for the newsletter and mark your calendars for March 6 (booking) and March 19 (sessions).

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER  

I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and I hope you're as excited about this as I am. 

I love you guys. So so much. 

XoLG 

May 16th, 2015 {Greg & Raelene} Reading, PA Wedding - Lincoln Hotel

Raelene and Greg met me two years ago at a wedding I was photographing on an excruciatingly hot summer day in July. They liked my work and booked me for their wedding! (Have I mentioned lately how much I love referrals??)  Anyway, I'm so glad they did. They are so great. Rae looked so gorgeous and her smile can light up a room. Greg is the quiet one and very sweet. The museum was a perfect spot for the first look. The Lincoln Hotel was a perfect reception spot, too. Charming in every direction you looked. Great day with fun, genuine people. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your sneak peek! 

~LG

Getting ready: Lincoln Hotel, Reading PA
First Look: Reading Public Museum
Florist: Sherry's Lakeside Florist: sinking Springs
Hair and makeup: Lord & Ladies, Exetor
Bridesmaids dresses: Sweethearts Bridal, sinking Spring
Brides Gown: Lila's : York, PA
Limo: Infinity Limousine
DJ: Party Express

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

May 9th, 2015 {Rodney & Emily} Sunbury Wedding- Front Street Station, Northumberland, PA

Emily and Rodney are so fun. Their wedding was huge! Guests and bridal party. Definitely one of the biggest I've photographed. Large bridal parties are sometimes tricky to pose but these guys were great. They had a lot of ideas for me to use and so I went with it. We had gorgeous weather and the venue was pretty and unique. One of the coolest and funniest things I've ever seen at a reception happened here after dinner where Rodney and all the groomsmen and bridesmaids all came out with one of the best choreographed performances I had ever seen! Emily was beyond surprised. What a gorgeous day for a tremendous couple. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it! 

Thanks for stopping by. 

-LG

 

 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

May 2nd, 2015 {Matt & Cassandra} Bloomsburg Wedding- Rolling Pines Golf Course & Banquet Facility

Matt and Cassandra are incredible. The day was gorgeous! Absolutely perfect. They were soooo in love and Cassandra is absolutely stunning. She was reminded how much she looked like Carrie Underwood at least 5 times. She does, right? To end the night, we took a wild golf cart ride to chase the sunset and we got there just in time to see some of the most beautiful colors I've ever seen in the sky! Overall, great day. Many congrats to The Archeys and thank you for trusting me with your precious memories!! 

Thanks for stopping by.

-LG

 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

April 25, 2015 {Dave & Shelby} Country Wedding, Lehigh Valley, PA

This couple holds a special place in my heart. I went hunting once or twice when I was twelve with Dave's dad and I've watched Shelby grow up at church and fall in love with Dave. They booked me before they even had a venue. (This always blows me away) the venue was brand new and this wedding was their first ever! Also, of all things... A BALD EAGLE graced us with its presence during my shots with the bride and groom. It was truly spectacular to one in the wild. Let me just tell you... If you're looking for the perfect country wedding spot.. Look no further! It's incredible! Tell them I sent you! Congrats to the Zeravskys! Excited to see what the future holds for you!

Blessings xo LG

 

Venue: Evergreen Hideaway | New Tripoli, PA

Catering: Dickey's BBQ Pit

DJ: Slammin Jamz Entertainment | Chris Triola 

 


image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

April 4th 2015 {Brandon & Lauren} Sand Spring Country Club Drums, PA Wedding

I met Lauren and Brandon last year at their engagement session in Bethlehem! I knew their wedding would be a blast! They were so fun. The dancing was just like I like it.. Crazy awesome! It was a chilly windy day so we were limited to doing outside photos but thankfully Sand Springs has some gorgeous indoor locations! Here's to many happy years for the Metzgars! Many blessings!

Thank you for stopping by. LG

 

Hair & Makeup: Christy Alexander | hair and make up by Christy
Venue: Sand Spring Country Club

 

 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

March 7, 2015 {Craig & Megan} Silver Creek Country Club -Hellertown, PA Winter Wedding

I fell in love with these two last year at their snowy engagement session. Some of my favorite photos ever! Their wedding day was nothing short of perfect. Well, except for when the priest came over the microphone in the church and announced that he can't start the wedding until the best man has the rings! As I look up, I see one of the bridesmaids dash to the party bus!  Otherwise, Awesome bridal party, snow on the ground and they are so in love. Plus, I love a couple who isn't afraid to let it rip on the dance floor! I'm so excited for your future! Mr. And Mrs. Ball everyone! Blessings for happiness always! 

 

Thanks for stopping by. LG

Venue: Silver Creek Country Club Hellertown
DJ: Gruuvin Enterprises 
Videography: Cole Kresch
Hotel: Courtyard Marriott, Bethlehem 
Cake: Granny Schmidt's
Makeup and hair: Gina Kay Osborne

 


image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg