Blue Mountain Vineyards | New Tripoli, PA | Engagement Session | Meghan & Matt

Meghan admitted that she started following my photography when she heard about how crazy people would get about my Awesome Santa photos. She grew to love my work and said I’m really the only photographer she follows. She admitted that she isn’t really a big picture person so as soon as she was ready to do engagement photos, she had no doubt she wanted me to do them. She said “I don’t really care enough about pictures so I knew I wanted you because I’ve never met you before but I KNOW you will care enough for both of us.” That made my heart so happy. Typically I reserve engagement sessions for wedding clients but given the time of year and the back story, I figured I could make an exception. We ended up going to Blue Mountain Vineyards and we explored the property that chilly morning. It is gorgeous there and they have quite an impressive wine selection. Matt makes the wine so he was very knowledgeable and taught me a lot as we went along. These two are awesome. Their Cinco de Mayo wedding is Mexico will no doubt be one for the record books! I wish you guys nothing but happiness to last a lifetime and I’ll always be ready with my camera when you need me! Xo Lg

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Will You Be My Valentine? | Valentine Mini Sessions | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA

I just loved seeing all of my littlest friends for our Valentine mini sessions this year! The sequined heart pillows were a huge hit and the setup turned out super cute! Thanks for being my Valentines this year! ❤️ XOXO Lg

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January Studio Sweetness! | Newborns | Cake Smashes | Birthday Sessions | LG Photography | Coplay, PA

Check out all the sweetness in the studio that kept my heart warm in the cold days of January! ❄️ Xo Lg

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Sitter Milk Bath | LG Photography | Coplay, PA | Stella 9 Months

Stella steals my heart every chance she gets. Her sitter milk bath session at my studio was messy but fun. We listened to Baby Shark and she bopped happily along! I can’t wait for her cake smash session in a few short months! Xo Lg

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Parent Wedding | 10.27.18 | Glasbern Inn, Fogelsville, PA

Joe and Jessica 💜 last wedding of the year. When I got there, Jess was nearly in tears because it looked like the rain was going to be hitting right when the ceremony was supposed to be. If you’ve ever been to the Glasbern Inn for a wedding, you know the highlight of their ceremony spot is overlooking a valley and huge hill and add in end of October color and it’s a bride’s dream. Thankfully they had planned a first look and we were able to do all of their photos outside prior to the ceremony and still have lots of beautiful leaves highlighting their album. They had their pup Argos along and ever had some photos made with him. In true Halloween spirit, a “pumpkin spider”, also known as a marbled-orb weaver, decided to join in on their wedding day and exploded on Jess’ dress when Joe when Joe tried to get it off! I have been photographing Jess’ nephews since their birth and it was so fun to spend a day with them, which even included going to the farm down the street to pet the alpacas and the cow named Yoshi. The kids also sacrificed their trick or treat night, so they trick-or-treated around the reception after dinner. Overall it was the perfect day. Rain and all. Joe and Jess are two people in love and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Thank you for asking me to be present during your big day. I had sooo much fun and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for both of you!!! Xo Lg

Ceremony & Reception: The Glasbern Inn, Fogelsville, PA

Event Coordinator: Amber Grace from The Glasbarn Inn

DJ: Sound Factor

Videographer: Bar None Weddings

Flowers: Kim at Weis Markets in Fogelsville

Dessert Bar- Cupcakes, Mini Pies & Pie Bars: Vallos Bakery

Hair & Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co

Suits- Groom: Indochino

Suits- Groomsmen: Black Tux

Wedding Gown: Bridals by Sandra

Bridesmaids Gowns:  Azazie

Limo: Bella Limousine

Wedding Song: “Can't Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli

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Huertas Wedding | 10.19.18 | Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville, PA

Monica and Ariel were such a fun couple. Laid back and go with the flow which is always my favorite kind of bride groom. Plus, It’s no secret that Friday weddings are my favorite. People are off all weekend and ready to let loose and have a blast. I remember specifically commenting incessantly about how gorgeous the weather was. After a long year of rainy, dreary wedding days... their October sunny day was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively. Monica looked like she stepped out of a magazine with her gorgeous curls and stunning blue eyes. She is emotional just like me and I found myself crying along with her several times throughout the day. Woodstone Country Club knows how to do weddings. They never disappoint. We had an amazing meal and ended the night with a gorgeous display of fireworks. To the newlyweds, sorry it’s taken me so long to blog this but better late than never! I wish you all of life’s happiness and I can’t thank you enough for including me on your special day! Xo Lg

Ceremony & Reception: Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville, PA

Event Coordinator: Brenda Hess at Woodstone Country Club

DJ: Appalachian Entertainment - Dj Keith “Lazykid” White

Flowers: Miller’s Flower Shop by Kate

Cake: Custom Cakes by Adele

Hair & Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Gown & Bridal Jewelry: Christina’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: Lulu’s

Wedding Song: Then by Brad Paisley

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Vandenberg Wedding | 10.6.18 | Riverview Country Club, Easton, PA

Julia and Steve, where do I start. A few weddings in my career have stood out to me as ones I know I will never ever forget. Ones that I’ll forever look back on and wish I could redo. Ones that remind me why I shoot weddings and how blessed I am to be a part of something so monumental, intimate and beautiful. This wedding is one of those.   In typical 2018 wedding season fashion, it rained on their big day. It was a constant foggy drizzle the entire day. Honestly, it was the perfect type of rain because it didn’t affect anyone’s hair or makeup and made for some moody and intimate portraits. Riverview Country Club was the perfect host for such a day with their picturesque hills and dynamic grounds.   I find a lot of my favorite weddings are influenced a lot by the ceremony itself.  Their priest, Father Peter Donohue, the President of Villanova University, delivered one of the most uplifting and beautiful messages I’ve ever heard. I found myself crying along with everyone else during the ceremony.   After formal photos, the new Mr. and Mrs. delivered their first dance outside on the boardwalk for all of their guests watching from the patio. They all danced the night away and they traded in their sunset for an unforgettable rain photo. I highly recommend their videographer, Through Shallow Depths, and their preview wedding video is just gorgeous. Be sure to click the link below to check that out too! Julia and Steve, thank you for allowing me into your perfect day. I hope you can relive it through your photos forever and ever.   Love and Blessings,   Lori

Ceremony: St. Ann's Church, Emmaus, PA

Reception: Riverview Country Club, Easton, PA

Event Coordinator:  Erica Peters at Riverview Country Club

Videographer: Through Shallow Depths

Wedding Video Preview: A Foggy Day To Remember | The Wedding of Julia + Steve

DJ: Rockin' Ramaley

Flowers: Tropic Ardens

Dessert Bar: Bittersweet Bakery

Hair: Desiree Gonzalez Danas

Makeup: Daneene Jensen and Associates

Suits: Top Hat Formalwear

Wedding Gown: Christina's Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: Kennedy Blue

Bridal Jewelry: Etsy

Limo: J&J Luxury Transportation

Wedding Song: “Latch (Acoustic)” by Sam Smith

Lodging: Hampton Inn, Easton, PA

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Breznitsky Wedding | 9.15.18 | Capriotti's Palazzo, McAdoo, PA

Tom and Nicole are about as sweet as they come. One of the few weddings of 2018 that didn't have rain AND had a beautiful sunset that I stalked so hard to be sure I didn't miss it. It was a beautifully emotional day and I was grateful to be able to there to capture it. I will never forget how gorgeous the flowers inside of the church were. I've never really been the biggest flower fan but after seeing the way the church looked, I'm sold. Capriotti's Palazzo is one of my favorite venues to shoot north of the Lehigh Valley! Tucked away and so fresh, clean and great food! I warned these two and their limo driver that if I saw any pretty photo ops on the way to their reception, that we should pull over, grab the flowers and hop off the bus and sure enough, those yellow and white “weeds” were calling my name. We did some poses in the flowers and and then I made them walk down the middle of the road which ended up being some of my favorite shots from their formals! All around it was a beautiful day and an amazing wedding. To Tom and Nicole- I wish you all the best and a lifetime of happiness! Xo Lg

Ceremony: The Shrine of Saint Therese, Nesquehoning, PA

Reception: Capriotti’s Palazzo, McAdoo, PA

Event Coordinator: Cortney Knadler at Capriotti’s

DJ: Harry C Productions

Videographer: D&P Multi Media

Flowers: Kunkletown General Store

Cake: Pamkakes

Hair: Selena’s Salon

Makeup: Jessica Warg

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding & Bridesmaids Gowns: David’s Bridal

Bridal Jewelry: David’s Bridal

Limo:  J&J Limousine

Wedding Song: “You Make it Easy” by Jason Aldean

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Lutterschmidt Wedding | 9.8.18 | Olde Homestead, New Tripoli, PA

Will and Megan are just the cutest couple ever!!  Megan is so tiny but her personality is larger than life. Will is as quiet as a church mouse and I can tell he’s completely smitten with his wife. I had fun with them at their engagement session so I knew that their wedding would be a blast. The girls were so fun when I got there and so eager to help get things in order. My former bride Shayanne from Hairitage Salon did hair and makeup and of course did a fabulous job. The girls makeup and hair lasted all night. I’ve mentioned that I’m sick of the rain and this wedding was no exception!  Even though it rained for entire portrait session outside at Olde Homestead Golf Club, we didn’t let that stop us and we made the most beautiful photos. Thankfully my bride and groom were “go with the flow” type of people and embraced the drizzle and made the most of it! I am so happy that I got to be there to celebrate with these two as they start their life together. As always Olde Homestead nailed it with their take on rustic elegance. The food was outstanding and I’ve been craving the roasted veggies and mac and cheese ever since. The church up the street was having a bonfire that night, so we got some cool photos on top of the hill with the fire behind which made for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and certainly something I’ve never seen at a wedding before! To Megan and Will, I wish you the best of everything life has to offer- thank you for letting me be there at the beginning! Xo Lg

Ceremony: St. Joseph The Worker, Orefield, PA

Reception: Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli, PA

Event Coordinator: Ginger Horsford at Olde Homestead

DJ: DJ Jimbo

Hair & Makeup: Shayanne Beck at Haritage Salon

Wedding Gown: David's Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal, Marine Blue knee-length dresses

Wedding Song: “Then” by Brad Paisley

Lodging: Holiday Inn, Breinigsville, PA

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Williams Wedding | 9.2.18 | The Architect’s Golf Club, Lopatcong, NJ

Nick and Taylor are so adorable it’s kind of ridiculous. Taylor has one of those faces that I could just photograph for days upon days. Taylor’s dress seemed like it was made just for her! There was some rain in the forecast for this wedding day, but it held off and we had the most perfect cloudy awesomeness for their first look and portraits. Once the ceremony came time to start, the sun had come out and the humidity really picked up. However, there was no chance anyone was complaining because we got to do the wedding outside which is what everybody wanted! The Architect’s Golf Club has a great spot for outdoor ceremonies and we were under the tent outside for the reception too, which turned out to be absolutely perfect. The humidity and heat didn’t stop us from having an amazing time and I loved getting lots of pictures of people standing in front of the fan to cool off. We ended the night with the most gorgeous cotton candy sunset and I got a minute to talk with the bride and groom to tell them how much I enjoyed their day! To the Williams’, I wish you nothing but happiness and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer for you!!! Thanks for choosing me to spend your day with! Xo Lg

Ceremony & Reception: The Architects Golf Club, Lopatcong, NJ

Event Coordinator: Julie Hill - Director of Catering at The Architect's Golf Club

DJ: Dice Productionz

Flowers: Mycalyn Florals

Cake: The Architects Golf Club

Hair & Makeup: ANF Hair & Makeup Designs

Tuxedos: C.E. Roth Formal Wear

Wedding Gown: Christina's Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal

Bridal Jewelry: Earrings - Old Navy

Wedding Song: "Golden" by Lady Antebellum

Lodging: The Grand Eastonian, Easton, PA

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Christman Wedding | 8.31.18 | Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

Last fall I had an amazing session with Angela and Ryan for their engagement, so I knew their wedding would be absolutely perfect as well. This was one of the many many many wet rainy wedding days that I’ve had this year, but as per usual, we did not let the rain stop us from making great portraits. These two people are both so sweet and they both rolled with the punches that the weather threw at them! Bear Creek has lots of covered options for photos so we embraced it and then went in the rain for a little bit as well because if it rains on your wedding day you have to have some pretty umbrella pictures! I know these two are going to have a wonderful, long and happy marriage and I’m excited to see what the future holds for them! Ryan and Angela I hope you know how much I loved your day and I can’t thank you enough for choosing me to capture it! Xo Lg

Ceremony: St. John the Baptist Slovak Church, Allentown, PA

Reception: Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

Event Coordinator: Lisa Geiger at Bear Creek

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Elysium Quartet

DJ: Holiday Sounds - Tony D.

Flowers: Rich Mar Florists

Cake: Louie's Bakery

Hair: Richard Kroll Total Image Salon

Makeup: Makeup by Roxy

Tuxedos: C.E. Roth Formal Wear

Wedding Gown & Bridal Jewelry: Christina's Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal

Limo: Limo Today

Wedding Song: “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton

Lodging: Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

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Parham Family | Springton Manor Farm | Glenmoore, PA | Family Session

I don’t always blog regular family sessions, not because I don’t want to, but simply because I don’t usually have time. Every now and then though, a session comes along that steals my heart from the word “go” and I know that I have to blog it.

This family has been coming to me for years, even before their youngest was born. I knew they had a long ride but I don’t think I ever realized just how far they come to see me a few times a year. While I was in Philadelphia for an engagement session, I made the trip to their neck of the woods which was about an hour from Philly and about an hour and a half from home! Mom sent us up at the most beautiful park, Springton Manor Farm, I knew as soon as I pulled in we were going to have a good time. It was absolutely stunning, the light was beautiful and the girls were dressed amazingly well. When you have four little children, it is always an adventure for family photos. This family makes no exception to that rule. But for every crazy moment there are a million awesome moments and lucky for me, I get to be there to capture it all.

I hope they plaster their walls with these images! Heck, I want to plaster MY WALLS with these images! I love every single one.

Thank you for always traveling to me from so far with your babes, guys! I appreciate it so much!

Can’t wait for Santa with you!

Blessings,

Lori

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Yurasits Engagement | Philadelphia, PA | Engagement Session

Josh and Courtnie are two adorably in love people. We FaceTime consulted to book their wedding but it was pretty much a done deal when I got a phone call from Josh’s dad a few months ago... Let me explain.

Josh’s parents were at several weddings I photographed in one particular year and every time I saw them I had to laugh because I said that they were the most popular people I knew. I was shooting one of my last weddings of the year at Normandy Farms in Bluebell, PA and after the ceremony as I was coming in to get set up for reception, who do I see? None other than Sherri and Gary, “The Professional Wedding Guests”! (We named them that and I even put Gary in my phone as that when he sent me a photo we had taken together). We laughed so hard since we were so far from home but there they were, guests at another wedding I was shooting! Gary promised me “when my son gets engaged, you’re going to be the very first person we call!” I laughed it off and threatened that I better be! Fast forward almost two years later, on a particularly stressful and busy day, I get a voicemail that made me forget all of my worries and stress and that made me laugh out loud! Gary The Professional Wedding Guest called me (and yes he referred to himself as that) and said, “My son got engaged and here’s the date, please tell me you’re available!”

I knew without a doubt that the engaged couple would be awesome people. How could they not be?!? We roamed Philly and stopped at some of their favorite spots and a few that jumped at me! I got to climb the “Rocky steps” for the first time since my ACL surgery which was something I was so looking forward to since the Rocky theme song is my ringtone and was a major motivator in my rehab.

We laughed through the whole session and I couldn’t stop raving about how excited I was for their wedding! The wedding will be at Folino Estates Vineyard which is stunning and it will be my last wedding of the year since I no longer shoot weddings during my Christmas season. I feel like it will be the perfect send off to my 2019 season!

Courtnie and Josh, thanks for trusting your parents and hiring me to capture your big day. I promise we will have the best time! I truly can not wait to spend the day with you all!

Blessings.

Lori

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Cocco Wedding | 8.17.18 | Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville, PA

Andrew and Jeanette are one of those couples that are just gonna stick with me for a long time. Besides the fact that I want to go out dancing with Jeanette because she is so fun and crazy, they are totally in love and so sweet together which is an energy that just draws you in. Plus, I mean, any couple who can nail the dirty dancing routine during their first dance is my kind of people!

I make it very clear, Woodstone weddings are usually my favorites simply because I absolutely love Woodstone Country Club, the grounds, the staff... really everything about it... and it’s also just over five minutes from my house so when I’m driving home late at night it’s just a quick drive. Weather was on our side that day because just as we finished up all of their portraits outside, the sky let loose with a torrential down pour. I was so grateful that I was able to get all of their portraits in before the rain.

The dance floor was hoppin’ all night and I loved every second of it!

Andrew and Jeanette, you two are a once in a lifetime kinda love. Hold on tight to it. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

Blessings,

Lori

Ceremony: St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Allentown, PA

Reception: Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville, PA

Event Coordinator: Brenda Hess at Woodstone Country Club

DJ: Mark Drunkenmiller at Dream Weaver Entertainment

Flowers: DIY

Cake: Custom Cakes by Adele

Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates

Tuxedos: Top Hat Formalwear

Wedding Gown: Jon’s Bridal by Suzanne

Bridesmaids Gowns: Etsy

Bridal Jewelry: From her Mom

Limo: J&J Luxury Transportation

Wedding Song: “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

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Gmelch Wedding | 8.11.18 | Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton, PA

Jena and John had a very unique wedding day. First of all, it rained so hard they were forced to have their ceremony inside. Thankfully, Blue Mountain has an amazing indoor option. But the rain stopped right before the ceremony and we started drying off the chairs to only have it continue to rain more. The skies were blue all around us except right above the ceremony site. So strange. Right after the ceremony started inside, the rain stopped and the sun began to peek through. So we took advantage of the nice weather and ran outside and got as many pictures as we could before the rain started again.

Jena and the girls were so sweet together and we had a lot of fun during getting ready. Becky had fun with the guys, too! I think overall, it was a fun day and they certainly didn’t let the rain ruin that.

Jena’s dress was gorgeous and soooo her! John said he hit the lottery with her but I think they both are pretty lucky to have one another.

I hope you guys will remember this day forever. I hope you can always look back on these photos and remember it vividly.

Blessings to last a lifetime.

Lori

Ceremony & Reception: Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton, PA

DJ: Rockin' Ramaley

Videographer: Moments Remembered

Flowers: Mycalyn Florals

Cake: Blue Mountain Resort

Hair: Adam Mitchell Color Studio

Makeup: Elaina - Instagram: @laina_b

Tuxedos: Anderson’s Formal Wear

Wedding Gown: Stephanie's Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: David’s Bridal

Limo: George's Transportation

Wedding Song: “Head Over Boots” by Jon Pardi

Lodging: Hampton Inn, Lehighton, PA 18235

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Demarest Wedding | 7.21.18 | Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

Rich and Lauren made a joke saying that they knew it would rain on their wedding day because every time they try to plan something big, it rains. Like parties, concerts and apparently weddings. These two get the trophy for rainiest wedding of the year which actually proved to be a difficult trophy to win this year.


Rich had me laughing a lot of the day. He’s a gentle, loving man who loves his kids and his wife with all of his heart. Lauren was calm and collected even though inside I know she was disappointed by having to have the ceremony inside. They didn’t mind doing some photos outside despite the weather but once we brought it back inside, everyone let loose and had a great time.

I recently saw them again for their youngest son’s first birthday photos and I can’t believe how big he is already. 

Bear Creek is a great place I love to shoot because the staff is awesome and I have a great track record for wonderful wedding couples who book it as their venue. 

To Rich and Lauren I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness and I think you’re set for no more rain on your special days! Xo Lg

Ceremony & Reception: Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

Event Coordinator: Lisa Geiger at Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

DJ: Rockin' Ramaley

Flowers: Pondelek's Florist

Cake: Piece ‘a Cake

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Roxy

Tuxedos: 

Wedding & Bridesmaids Gowns: Jon's Bridal by Suzanne

Bridal Jewelry:

Wedding Song: “Amazed” by Lonestar

Lodging: Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Macungie, PA

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Everyday Heroes

He•ro: noun.

1. a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

I titled these free photo shoots Everyday Heroes because every day these people leave their families to go out and protect us and that makes them heroes to me.

These sessions were of no cost to the families, I donated all of the sessions with my time. They will be able to purchase prints and digitals through their galleries. 100% of my profits will be donated to Camp Cadet and Troopers Helping Troopers. So if you know any of these families, you can buy a print for yourself or you could gift a print to that family and know it’s going to a great cause.

I am so incredibly happy and proud of these images. I hope you love them as much as I do.

To our heroes, thank you! We love you so much! My prayers are with you all every single day.

Xoxo

LG

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Sensinger Engagement | Blue Marsh Lake, Leesport, PA

Josh and Brittany. Ahhhh. Ok, so I met Josh at a wedding he and Brittany were guests at a couple of weeks ago and he told me he had some ideas up his sleeve for their upcoming engagement session.

Brittany was a bridesmaid in one of my favorite weddings last year and she said I was a non-negotiable, she wanted me for her wedding! They are getting married on the beach next year at Seacrets in OCMD and having the reception there, too! It’s going to be a glorious weekend I get the pleasure of being a part of! Seeing how they were together for the engagement, I can’t wait.

They come to Blue Marsh Lake almost every weekend during the summer to ride jet skis and paddle boards or kayaks. So naturally, they wanted lake engagement photos. It was one of my favorite sessions to date! These two are amazing. I can’t wait for the big day guys, thank you for choosing me to capture it!

Xo Lg

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Younis Wedding | 7.14.18 | Silver Birches, Hawley, PA

Alex and Dayna. Everything about their wedding was amazing, they have a love for each other that shows in every touch. Dayna has been a bridesmaid in several weddings that I’ve photographed over the years and as soon as she got engaged she came to find me. She is one of the most pleasant and nicest people you will ever meet. Alex is her perfect compliment. They’ve been together forever and I know they always will be.  They love their pups and their family is number one. They had a beautiful wedding day at Silver Birches and JUST as soon as dinner service started, it began to rain! But we were able to get ceremony and all of our photos in beforehand! I wish you guy nothing but love and happiness! I have no doubt life will be great for you! Thanks for stopping by. LG

Ceremony & Reception: Silver Birches, Hawley, PA

Event Coordinator: Ashley Erhardt at Silver Birches, Hawley, PA

DJ: Frankie Carll Productions

Flowers: Honesdale Greenhouse & Flower Shop

Cake: Catered by Silver Birches

Hair: Tracie Saunders

Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Gown: Christina’s Bridal

 Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal - Color: Regency

Wedding Song: "You're Still The One" By Shania Twain

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All Things Christmas at LG 2018 style!

Here we go again! Can you believe it’s time for Christmas booking already? And I’m late to the game this year. With my home remodel taking up my whole summer and my ACL surgery and recovery, 2018 has been a blur and before I knew it, school started and we started negotiations with the man in red! I appreciate your patience and understanding and I’m asking you to read through this slowly and carefully if you plan on booking something Christmas with me this year. 

Things I plan on covering in this post: 

-SANTA!!!!! Indoor and outdoor. Types of sessions available, costs, procedures, booking and day of stuff and changes from last year! 

-Studio mini sessions: options and cost, dates and procedures. 

-Christmas Tree Farm! Dates and price and such. 

-Ways we'll be paying it forward! 

Here’s a refresher for new clients and returning since it’s been a while since we did this. 

What is "Awesome Santa"? We used to have a session called "Workshop Santa" and then we had "Regular Santa". While trying to compare the two, I was tired of saying "regular" when our Santa is anything but regular and everything awesome. So somewhere along the line the word "Awesome" started getting thrown around and I officially changed the name to Awesome Santa sessions and it stuck. If you've had the pleasure to meet the big guy, you'll agree that name is appropriate. All Awesome Santa sessions are held in my studio in Coplay, PA. 

What is Outdoor Santa? Outdoor Santa is just as it sounds. Awesome Santa out in the elements. We did a day of Outdoor Santa last year- you might remember the sessions with the blue truck- and they turned out better than I could have imagined. I’m hoping to be able to use the same blue truck this year but with some differently wrapped presents and a few other new touches. Outdoor Santa will be held one day only November 15th, snow or shine, in the back yard at my studio. If it were to rain, the sessions would be moved inside to my Awesome Santa backdrop. For this session, you MUST BE ok with weather, no matter what that means! If it's a blizzard (I'm knocking on every wooden surface there is around me including my head right now) then we will discuss that as the day gets closer. Santa brought his magic from the North Pole to make it "snow" last year and it was gorgeous! We intend on doing that again this year.

More on Santa in a bit. 

What does a Tree Farm session entail? Tree farm is my jam!!  It's a huge part of the success of my business and I treat it just as that. Kemmerer's Christmas Tree Farm on Valley View Drive in Bath, PA allows me to come there as I please and grants me exclusivity as the only photographer that they will allow to shoot on the farm. They are so supportive of my business and I return that sentiment. I have gotten my tree there every year for the last 6 years now and I love it every time. They just built their new building last year and this year's sessions will be held at the newer field.  Every session at the farm gets you a $10 off your fresh cut Christmas tree at Kemmerer's for this season. It's a win win! 

What are Studio Christmas sessions? Studio Christmas is just that. Christmas and winter themes at the studio. No Awesome Santa in attendance, just me and lots of fun sets and props. I typically offer 4 backdrops. One is usually somewhat colorful, one is more rustic, one is wintery and one is my Awesome Santa backdrop. The biggest one is the set I use for Santa so if you're doing family photos, that backdrop is definitely one you'll want to use. All of my backdrops can fit children comfortably and sometimes families can squeeze in on the other ones but just more limited. You will be able to choose from 1, 2 or 3 backdrops upon booking and you can upgrade or downgrade at anytime, even during the session if your child is behaving better (or worse) than expected. 

Prices for all of these sessions are discussed later in this blog. Please note: ALL HOLIDAY THEMED SESSIONS ARE PRICED PER FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD! No exceptions to this rule. What does this mean? Many people like to make a cousin photo for the grandparents. I love this and encourage it but price is per household. When there’s lots of eyeballs I have to get to look at the camera, it turns into a lot more work. I also photograph each child and sibling/family as well, this is why I’ve always done it this way. 

So now that you know what I mean when I talk about each session, you'll be ready to soak in the info! 

I mentioned Santa changes above... changes this year are: 1. Retainers. 2. Galleries. 3. Amount of sessions. 4. Getting a spot. 5. Digitals. 6. Awesome Santa vs Outdoor Santa booking.

1. Retainers/Deposits will be collected upon booking for all sessions including Santa. $100 retainer will have to be collected in order to book Santa and a $50 retainer will be collected in order to book tree farm or a studio Christmas mini. So please budget accordingly if you're planning on booking any of the aforementioned sessions. 

2.  We are no longer doing flash drives. If you didn’t get a session last year you might be saying, “NOOOO!”… but let me explain a little more.  We are doing galleries. Flash drives, although 95% effective still left 5% for error. If you've had a session with me in the last 3 years, you've had your session delivered to you in a gallery link where you can log on and download the images. You will still have the images the same day as the shoot (this is for Awesome Santa only, outdoor Santa, the images will be enhanced in post production so the gallery will be ready to view in a day or two) but they will be sent to your email with a link to your gallery! Each gallery is private and only viewable if you have the link to do so. This eliminates the congestion in the waiting room and most times last year by the time you were home from the shoot, you had a gallery full of Awesomeness waiting for you in your email. 

3. Santa is a busy man and we are SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED to have had him as much as we have over the last seven years. He has very much more limited availability this year than ever before. About 1/3 the amount of sessions to be precise. About 100 less than last year. {I think I just heard a gasp!}… We are still booking the same as always as far as time with Santa goes, but giving a little extra time for him to recover between those screamers. But giving him that cushion leaves a lot less sessions to be had. Which brings us to getting one of these coveted spots.

4. Our new procedure for Awesome Santa Booking last year had some mixed reviews. Mostly good but I know there was a lot of bashing me going on in other forums for the way I did things. From the price, to how I book and everything in between. Over the years, I’ve heard everything you can imagine. It makes me sad to an extent because if they truly knew me and knew how much of my heart I leave on the table at each session, I don’t think I’d be sent those comments on the sly. When we counted our Santa sessions this year, I actually cried. Not for any other reason other than me imagining all the families that won’t get a spot this year. But I have to do what’s best for Santa and myself and pray that everyone who truly cares, understands. We are going to do the first 60 names on the google form list get a guaranteed session.  The rest of the sessions available will be drawn by a lottery. So we will open booking at 8pm and leave the form open for 90 seconds OR until we get 350 names on the list. The first 60 will get a guaranteed spot. The rest of the names will be chosen by a random number generator. As in previous years, the form will ask for your Name, Email and Phone Number. We have a little over 100 spots available so really, it’s all a lottery. If it’s anything like previous years, 500+ people will be attempting the same thing at the exact same SECOND as you. Don’t be discouraged, I hope you still try for a spot! Please don’t hate me, I love you.. :)

5. We used to give all of the digitals and attempted to keep the cost lower last year and sell digitals separately. But with the price increase this year, we are once again giving all the digital images to you for the cost of the session. 

6. Last year we booked Outdoor Santa on a separate booking night prior to Awesome Santa. This year we will be booking all Santa sessions on the same booking night. Whether you would prefer Outdoor Santa OR Awesome Santa you will try for a spot by submitting the google form we mentioned above. If your name is one of the first 60 fastest fingers or drawn in the lottery for the remaining spots, when it is time to choose your date/time is when you'll be able to choose Outdoor Santa or Awesome Santa. More on that below in Question #7. 

Price, dates and booking times and dates. 

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A: OUTDOOR SANTA (extremely limited sessions)

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Address: 2354 Old Post Rd, Coplay, PA 18037

Session Date: Thursday, November 15th

Booking: Tuesday, October 2nd, 8pm

Price: $175 includes tax. $100 retainer due at booking/ $75 cash due the day of the session. 

Includes gallery of all digital “keepers” with print release and the option to buy additional products. Each session will receive a $5.95 discount coupon code for free shipping on a print order or off of a canvas or album order. $5 from each session will go to justembrace.org, my cousin/Santa's daughter's non-profit organization in Chicago. 

B: AWESOME SANTA

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Address: 2354 Old Post Rd, Coplay, PA 18037

Session Dates: Friday, November 16th, Saturday, November 17th, Friday, November 23rd, Saturday, November 24th, Thursday, November 29th, & Friday, November 30th

Booking: Tuesday, October 2nd, 8pm

Price: $150 includes tax. $100 retainer due at booking/ $50 cash due the day of the session. 

Includes gallery of all digital “keepers” with print release and the option to buy  additional products. Each session will receive a $5.95 discount coupon code for free shipping on a print order or off of a canvas or album order. $5 from each session will go to justembrace.org, my cousin/Santa's daughter's non-profit organization in Chicago. 

C: KEMMERER'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM

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Address: 3266 Valley View Dr, Bath, PA 18014

Session Dates: Saturday, November 10th & Sunday, November 11th 

Booking:  Sunday, September 30th, 8pm 

Price: $250 plus tax. $50 retainer due at booking/ $200 plus tax the day of the session. (price hasn’t changed from last year)

Includes your choice of 8 digital images from your gallery of all of the "keeper" images from your session with print release, the option to buy additional digital images and products, and a $10 off a fresh cut Christmas tree at Kemmerer's.

D: STUDIO MINI SESSIONS

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Address: 2354 Old Post Rd, Coplay, PA 18037

Session Dates: Sunday November 18th, Monday November 19th, Tuesday November 20th, Tuesday November 27th, Wednesday November 28th & Saturday, December 1st

Booking:  Tuesday October 9th, 8pm

Price: $100 (1 backdrop)/$125 (2 backdrops)/$150 (3 backdrops) plus tax. (price hasn’t changed from last year)

$50 retainer due at booking- $50/$75/$100 plus tax due the day of the session. 

Includes your choice of 5/7/10 digital images from your gallery of all of the "keeper" images from your session with print release and the option to buy additional digital images and products.

 TWO WAYS WE BOOK SESSIONS

Google form and our online scheduler. To give you all an understanding of how this works and why we choose what we do, here is the quick rundown. 

~For the Google form we have you put in your name, email, and phone number to give you a chance at the fastest fingers. Those submissions come in time stamped down to the mili-second and are numbered in a list. We can then go down exactly in order of submissions to count who gets the spots based on how many we have to give. This is how we will be booking Awesome Santa and Outdoor Santa AND tree farm. 

~ Online scheduler, which has the dates & appointment times all right there to choose from. Sending mass amounts of people there at once can sometimes cause minor glitches and just can't handle the sheer volume of traffic that Santa and tree farm draws. Say Tanya & I are booking a session and we click on the same date/time at the exact same mili-second. This happens rarely, but it actually could let us both in to start filling out our name & info like we got the spot. You're given 10 minutes to complete the info and click submit, and whoever submits their info first actually gets the spot and it will tell the other person that spot is then taken. You're session is NOT CONFIRMED until it's submitted and says you've got the spot and you've received a confirmation email. If someone clicks on a time but changes their mind and exits out, that time is held for 10 minutes and the scheduler will remove it as an option for others trying to book. This is why it's VERY IMPORTANT when booking with our online scheduler to commit to a date/time and follow through with your booking. If you got a spot but realized after you're in it doesn't work for you, continue your booking anyway and we can *try* to see if there's someone to switch spots with you (no promises). The spots that become held by mis-bookings will then become available again after the 10 minutes, so if you've tried for a spot and don't see one, continue to refresh, as one might become available again that you can grab. This is how we will book Christmas Studio Mini Sessions this year as there’s not nearly as many people initially trying for these as there are for Santa and they have much more open availability. 

Now to answer a few questions you might have:

7. Question- If I am chosen for a Santa spot in the lottery or I'm one of the first 60 who submitted their form to get a guaranteed spot, how/when will I choose my Santa date/time and whether I want Outdoor or Awesome? 

Answer- Those who made it in the lottery or fastest fingers were given a specific date and time that they were able to choose their time slot and date for their Santa session. That scheduling date will only be released to those who made it on the list and have received the spot. Once we determine our final list, you will receive an email that lets you know either way if you made it or didn’t and what day and time you will be able to book your specific time slot. Please add lgenerose@gmail.com to your email address book so you don't miss an email from us. 

8. Question- Can I still book a cousins back to back Awesome Santa session if we all get on the list in time or get chosen in the lottery? 

Answer- No, I'm sorry. We can no longer promise this, it becomes too hard to work around with the amount of sessions being scheduled. 

9. Question- Can I book both an Outdoor Santa session and an Awesome Santa session? 

Answer- No, we want to allow as many families to be able to come as possible. Please try for the one you want the most. However, if you get a Santa spot but outdoor has filled with people before you in the random order, you would be offered an Awesome Santa spot and you choose to take it or pass.

10. Question- Can we bring our pet dog, cat, fish, hamster, rat, snake, etc. to our Santa session? 

Answer- Umm, no. We'd love to be able to allow you to bring your dogs but with allergies and the safety of so many kiddos being around I must say, sorry, but no. 

11. Question- How soon will we know if we got a Santa Spot? 

Answer- No more than 24 hours after booking opens up. Maybe sooner. 

12. Question- Is my retainer refundable or transferable to another session? 

Answer- Unfortunately, no. Unless I can find someone to fill your spot, I can not give it back. For Santa, we will most definitely be able to fill your spot if you give us as much time as possible. 

13. Question- What if my child wakes up sick on a Santa day? 

Answer- Please cancel. We don't want anyone getting sick. We will try our best to get you in another day.

14. Question- What if I have very limited availability? 

Answer- If you are trying for a Santa spot this year, please try to be extremely flexible with your availability if you receive a spot and try to accommodate any date/time that you can. After Santa is booked, we will post a thread for anyone who got a spot that is 100% flexible to any date/time who would be able to switch should someone need to, but there will be no promises we can make switches or rescheduling work. We understand kids are in school so we try to be sensitive to this. 

15. Question- What if my child is afraid of Santa? 

Answer- If you're child is afraid of Santa, choose one of the later date sessions for your best chance at them not being afraid to sit with Santa. We tend to have the most success with non-screamers the last weekend because the children have been surrounded by Santa Claus for a longer amount of time versus beginning of November when he's not really everywhere. It's just a theory but I think it is a legitimate thought.

16. Question- Is Outdoor Santa longer? Can we have outfit changes?

Answer- Outdoor Santa is the same as indoor Awesome Santa. No outfit changes. We want to get as many kids in as possible to see Santa so we're keeping the times the same across the board this year. Especially with cutting back on the amount of sessions. 

17. Question- Can we use gift certificates on Santa or holiday minis? 

Answer- Gift certificates can NOT be used on Santa sessions. They can be used on tree farm and Christmas Studio minis.

18. Question- Why such a huge price jump for Awesome Santa this year?  

Answer- Honestly, I have to make it worth my time and Santa’s time. I know there will be families who’ve been coming for years who might not be able to swing it this year and it truly breaks my heart. Two years ago, we did 350 sessions and sold out in seconds. I have less than half of that available this year but I’m still putting all my time, effort and money into making the set something magical for your kids and something you will treasure forever. I hope you understand. 

19. Question- How do I get on the waiting list?  

Answer- The waiting list is reserved for those who made it in on time on the initial booking night on 10/2 at 8pm. 

20. Question- How will you be posting/sharing the link this year? Will it be posted in one place or two and how will the link work?  

Answer- We will always post to Facebook, website and newsletter BUT we put the link to the deactivated google form out the day of so you have it and you can just refresh from there. We actually did the same thing last year that we’re going to do this year. We will post a deactivated link to the Google form the day before or the morning of- not sure which yet. Everyone will have the link and if you click on it before it’s activated, you’ll just get an error message that says, “this form is no longer accepting responses.“ Everyone will have the link to the Google form prior to booking and all they have to do is keep refreshing when the clock strikes 8pm to the second.

DONATIONS AND PAYING IT FORWARD OPPORTUNITIES.

Every year during the holidays, I like to help people pay it forward and give back to the community. Since last year was such a great success and we made such a huge impact, we've chosen to work with The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley again to make #HolidayHopeChests. They're wrapped shoe boxes filled with goodies and necessities for boys and girls ages 2-14. We pledged to donate 500 Holiday Hope Chest boxes during our Christmas 2017 season and I’m hoping we can pledge 600 this year but I definitely need your help.  Each one you make, you have the chance at a $500 LG GIFT CERTIFICATE! We will be collecting these boxes until November 30th at several drop off spots in the Lehigh Valley to make it more convenient for you. To make sure we have them split them evenly for the children receiving them, we have created a sign up for you to pledge how many boxes and the age group/gender you will be making them for. You may sign up for multiple boxes!!!! We know that with all of us coming together, we can reach or even exceed our goal of 600 boxes this year. 

I’m happy to report, we will continue to collect PB&J from now until forever! For every pair of peanut butter (or other types of nut butter) and jelly you bring to the studio, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. I’ll do the drawing once a month during the busy season and once every other month during the winter months. This is an easy way to give back to local food banks in our area.

Follow this link to sign up on our list for the boxes you are pledging to donate: 

Bit.ly/LGHolidayHopeChest2018

For more info on what the Holiday Hope Chest and these boxes are all about, you can watch this video here:

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Here is a link to a gift suggestion by age group list and dos/do nots for the Holiday Hope Chest shoeboxes:

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Link to Pay-It-Forward LG STYLE for tips and tricks and such! 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/payitforwardlgstyle/

I believe I might be the most long-winded person on the planet but there is just sooooo much information!!! If you have any questions, please let us know. Don’t forget to get signed up for the Holiday Hope Chests and spread the word. You don’t need to have a session booked to be entered into the drawing! I love you all so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Please stay tuned to Facebook where I will be sharing a daily Santa tip each night for the next five days ‘til Santa booking.

God bless us everyone. Xo Lg