Lehigh Valley Photographer | On-Location Family Session | Lehigh Parkway, Bogert's Covered Bridge | Allentown, PA | McCullough Family

It took us a while to make this session happen but it did and it was perfect! These girlies were flower girls in a wedding I shot and mom received a gift certificate towards a photo shoot! They've never had family photos taken but they look like naturals to me! This session was at the Lehigh Parkway/Bogert’s Covered Bridge in Allentown and it was just gorgeous there- I often say it’s like a scene from Snow White there! I just love these photos from their session and couldn’t wait to share them in a blog! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Twins First Birthday Pink & Gold Cake Smash | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Brynlee & Emerie Turn One!

Emerie and Brynlee had a fun time with their cakes! They were so funny together. I can't believe they're already ONE because I vividly remember their newborn session and it certainly doesn't feel like it has been a year! Happy birthday little girlies! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Easter Mini Sessions | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Happy Easter ~ 2019 Style!

Five busy days of Easter mini sessions brought 51 families to the studio… FIFTY-ONE! My goodness you guys- I’m so thankful you all chose me to capture your Easter memories this year! Wishing everyone a blessed Easter surrounded by everyone you love most. Happy Easter!!! Blessings, Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Sunshine Cake Smash & Candy Shop Theme First Birthday | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | "Rae of Sunshine!"

If you’re looking for a dose of sweetness… THIS, my friends, is as sweet as it gets! This little “Rae of Sunshine” came to visit me for her first birthday cake smash session! Raegan, your features are stunning and your personality makes everything 100 times better! Just take a look and I hope you’ll feel her sunshine radiating from this session too!

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Her outfit worked perfectly with my candy shop backdrop- add some balloons and her sweet little face and PERFECTION! Sweet as sugar!

Her outfit worked perfectly with my candy shop backdrop- add some balloons and her sweet little face and PERFECTION! Sweet as sugar!

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I love love LOVE everything about this cutie’s cake smash! I can’t get enough of this setup and color scheme! Yellow is my favorite color so I was instantly smitten and I love how unique her theme is too. Her gorgeous banner is from  Tickled Pink Party Shop  and her adorable little party hat is from  Kutie Bow Tuties .

I love love LOVE everything about this cutie’s cake smash! I can’t get enough of this setup and color scheme! Yellow is my favorite color so I was instantly smitten and I love how unique her theme is too. Her gorgeous banner is from Tickled Pink Party Shop and her adorable little party hat is from Kutie Bow Tuties.

Happy first birthday baby girl…. I’m counting the days to see you back in the studio again! Xo Lg

 

Lehigh Valley Photographer | Newborns, Birthdays, Cake Smashes & an Engagement! | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | March Madness in the Studio! 🍀

How LUCKY am I that I get to be surrounded by these cuties every time I step into my studio? Just take a look at the smiles that March brought to the studio! 🍀🌈

Sisters Dawsyn (turning one) and Emerson! Love the pop of yellow 💛

Sisters Dawsyn (turning one) and Emerson! Love the pop of yellow 💛

Baby Dawsyn is ONE!!! 💜 Loved her purple cake too!

Baby Dawsyn is ONE!!! 💜 Loved her purple cake too!

Hunny girl Kaydence is always so fun to be with! So expressive and full of sillies and sass! I love it 🌸 Happiest 3rd birthday little princess!

Hunny girl Kaydence is always so fun to be with! So expressive and full of sillies and sass! I love it 🌸 Happiest 3rd birthday little princess!

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Five year old Cary modeling one of my newest drops! LOVE this kid! So happy and easy to photograph 💙 Come back annnnytime little man.

Five year old Cary modeling one of my newest drops! LOVE this kid! So happy and easy to photograph 💙 Come back annnnytime little man.

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...and THIS, my friends, is as sweet as it gets! Raegan, your features are stunning and your personality makes everything 100 times better! Happy birthday sweet baby girl! Her “Rae Of Sunshine” cake smash was too sweet to not do a full blog...  check it out here ! 💛

...and THIS, my friends, is as sweet as it gets! Raegan, your features are stunning and your personality makes everything 100 times better! Happy birthday sweet baby girl! Her “Rae Of Sunshine” cake smash was too sweet to not do a full blog... check it out here! 💛

Baby Caroline was a doll! I love her sweet smile and precious little features! 💕

Baby Caroline was a doll! I love her sweet smile and precious little features! 💕

I can't remember the last time an older sibling was as smitten with their new baby as big sister Avery is with "her baby Emilia" 💗 I couldn't get enough of either one of these girlies! Emilia was an angel and slept through her whole session perfectly!

I can't remember the last time an older sibling was as smitten with their new baby as big sister Avery is with "her baby Emilia" 💗 I couldn't get enough of either one of these girlies! Emilia was an angel and slept through her whole session perfectly!

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How gorgeous is this set up with baby McKinley?!?! I LOVE everything about it! And how is she almost ONE?!? I vividly remember her newborn photos ❤️  The Bakery Nook  nailed it with this cake! One of the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen!  Custom By Candice  did a beautiful job on the banner as well! Happy birthday sweet girlie 🌈

How gorgeous is this set up with baby McKinley?!?! I LOVE everything about it! And how is she almost ONE?!? I vividly remember her newborn photos ❤️ The Bakery Nook nailed it with this cake! One of the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen! Custom By Candice did a beautiful job on the banner as well! Happy birthday sweet girlie 🌈

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This little stud muffin, Jaxson... I love his little smirk! He is just 11 months and basically running already! We brought out a wagon I used with his brother for his first birthday and he stood right up in it and laughed at us 💛 Boys are so busy... my son was exactly the same way!

This little stud muffin, Jaxson... I love his little smirk! He is just 11 months and basically running already! We brought out a wagon I used with his brother for his first birthday and he stood right up in it and laughed at us 💛 Boys are so busy... my son was exactly the same way!

Good's Potato Chips , you've got two big fans over here... One cheese curl loving two year old and one happy photographer who'd rather have cheesy fingers than tears for the final images 😉 Amelia, you are amazing!!!! Two is tough but it gets easier, I promise!

Good's Potato Chips, you've got two big fans over here... One cheese curl loving two year old and one happy photographer who'd rather have cheesy fingers than tears for the final images 😉 Amelia, you are amazing!!!! Two is tough but it gets easier, I promise!

Claire is as happy as can be! She loved playing with her balloons and running away from my camera 😉  Happy 3 years little lady 💜

Claire is as happy as can be! She loved playing with her balloons and running away from my camera 😉

Happy 3 years little lady 💜

Porter's TWO! He loves trains and baseball! He's come a long way since he was a newbie lounging and smiling in the crate. 💙

Porter's TWO! He loves trains and baseball! He's come a long way since he was a newbie lounging and smiling in the crate. 💙

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Emme went from a tiny newbie to a birthday girl in the blink of an eye! Love this family 💜

Emme went from a tiny newbie to a birthday girl in the blink of an eye! Love this family 💜

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Opal is so precious! She is such a pleasant little lady. She didn't like touching her cake but she liked when mom and dad fed it to her 💕

Opal is so precious! She is such a pleasant little lady. She didn't like touching her cake but she liked when mom and dad fed it to her 💕

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This gorgeous little girl... Kaidence is ONE!!! I had a lot of fun with her and her siblings and her coconut cake that I "accidentally" tasted during clean up was amazing! Happy birthday, princess! 🎂

This gorgeous little girl... Kaidence is ONE!!! I had a lot of fun with her and her siblings and her coconut cake that I "accidentally" tasted during clean up was amazing! Happy birthday, princess! 🎂

Nine month old Bella started my day out perfectly this morning in her gorgeous Baptism dress. So expressive and happy, I wanted to keep her!

Nine month old Bella started my day out perfectly this morning in her gorgeous Baptism dress. So expressive and happy, I wanted to keep her!

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I don't know if I can handle this! Emma is absolutely amazing! Those  Freshly Picked  donut mocs are the icing on the cake... pun intended! Happy birthday sweet baby girl! 🍩

I don't know if I can handle this! Emma is absolutely amazing! Those Freshly Picked donut mocs are the icing on the cake... pun intended! Happy birthday sweet baby girl! 🍩

When I see on my calendar "quadruplet three year olds" I think to myself, "......well this could be interesting....!" Let me tell you about this awesome family I got to meet 💚 Mom and Dad are patient and kind as all get out, easy going and had one goal which was to have all six of them in a photo and 'they all don't even have to be looking'. Left in the top right photo is Tucker, notice the cars in his hands... he scouted them out in the studio the minute he walked in! He was the toughest to get to smile because all he wanted to do was play with the cars but he couldn't resist my "Hot Dog Song"! Next in that photo is Grace. She's a dancer. She wanted to see the photos on the back of my camera and thought my "Baby Shark" was pretty spot on. Then there's Caroline, a little more reserved but still a little silly. She liked it best when she was sitting on the bench with her sissy and she liked my fake sneeze trick. And then there's Cole. He's the leader of the group from what I can tell and the class clown. The silliest of all with zero percent shyness. He was sneak attack tickling me every chance he got, sitting on my lap while I photographed his siblings and he was a pro at posing from the word go. I'd say this is pretty good for their first professional family photo considering no photoshopping was needed. To mom and dad, I'm so happy I could be the first one to give you a photo that you will look at forever with feelings of happiness that will only grow stronger as the days go by. Life is crazy... but it's so much more beautiful than crazy. These are the days. So happy I got to meet these guys. They brought me more joy than I can even describe in words 💕

When I see on my calendar "quadruplet three year olds" I think to myself, "......well this could be interesting....!" Let me tell you about this awesome family I got to meet 💚 Mom and Dad are patient and kind as all get out, easy going and had one goal which was to have all six of them in a photo and 'they all don't even have to be looking'. Left in the top right photo is Tucker, notice the cars in his hands... he scouted them out in the studio the minute he walked in! He was the toughest to get to smile because all he wanted to do was play with the cars but he couldn't resist my "Hot Dog Song"! Next in that photo is Grace. She's a dancer. She wanted to see the photos on the back of my camera and thought my "Baby Shark" was pretty spot on. Then there's Caroline, a little more reserved but still a little silly. She liked it best when she was sitting on the bench with her sissy and she liked my fake sneeze trick. And then there's Cole. He's the leader of the group from what I can tell and the class clown. The silliest of all with zero percent shyness. He was sneak attack tickling me every chance he got, sitting on my lap while I photographed his siblings and he was a pro at posing from the word go. I'd say this is pretty good for their first professional family photo considering no photoshopping was needed. To mom and dad, I'm so happy I could be the first one to give you a photo that you will look at forever with feelings of happiness that will only grow stronger as the days go by. Life is crazy... but it's so much more beautiful than crazy. These are the days. So happy I got to meet these guys. They brought me more joy than I can even describe in words 💕

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This girl! Her name is Chloe and she is too cool for school. She brought me a beautiful flower and she brought herself one as a prop. She's easy to pose and to be silly with! Love those blue eyes, too! It's been a joy watching her grow up over the last few years 💗 She'll be taller than me in two more birthday sessions... I'm calling it now 😉

This girl! Her name is Chloe and she is too cool for school. She brought me a beautiful flower and she brought herself one as a prop. She's easy to pose and to be silly with! Love those blue eyes, too! It's been a joy watching her grow up over the last few years 💗 She'll be taller than me in two more birthday sessions... I'm calling it now 😉

I love everything about this baby girl. Baby Peyton is perfection. New heart bowl and rainbow carpet seem like they were made for her 🌈

I love everything about this baby girl. Baby Peyton is perfection. New heart bowl and rainbow carpet seem like they were made for her 🌈

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I *WISH* you could all know these little girls. Sweetness is the closest word I can think of to describe them but it seems completely insufficient. Baby Adalynn is turning ONE and big sister Taelynn just had her third birthday. I want to stick that little Tae and keep her in my pocket! My face hurt from smiling so much after this session 😁

I *WISH* you could all know these little girls. Sweetness is the closest word I can think of to describe them but it seems completely insufficient. Baby Adalynn is turning ONE and big sister Taelynn just had her third birthday. I want to stick that little Tae and keep her in my pocket! My face hurt from smiling so much after this session 😁

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Ryan's dad is a fireman and we kept the tradition alive that we always have to do a fireman picture at Ryan's birthday shoot. Going strong since year one. He's now FOUR! Happy birthday to my little buddy and a HUGE thank you to all of the firefighters who risk their lives for us everyday all over the world. You're all my heroes.

Ryan's dad is a fireman and we kept the tradition alive that we always have to do a fireman picture at Ryan's birthday shoot. Going strong since year one. He's now FOUR! Happy birthday to my little buddy and a HUGE thank you to all of the firefighters who risk their lives for us everyday all over the world. You're all my heroes.

Logan! Once a year I get to get silly and crazy with this handsome little man. Newborn, one, two, three and now four! He's a professional at posing... I mean, look at that foot! He's beyond brilliant and he is so polite! I love when he comes to see me. I look forward to it every year 💙

Logan! Once a year I get to get silly and crazy with this handsome little man. Newborn, one, two, three and now four! He's a professional at posing... I mean, look at that foot! He's beyond brilliant and he is so polite! I love when he comes to see me. I look forward to it every year 💙

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Kaycee is turning SIX and Camryn is THREE 💕 Soooo much history between this family and I. Kaycee was just a little peanut in my basement at my house when we first met and since then, I've captured her birthday photos every year, mom and dad's engagement, wedding day, family photos, the addition of baby sister and then Cam's yearly photos, too. This right here is why I love what I do. It's families like this that allow me to say that I have the best job in the world. Love you guys ❤️

Kaycee is turning SIX and Camryn is THREE 💕 Soooo much history between this family and I. Kaycee was just a little peanut in my basement at my house when we first met and since then, I've captured her birthday photos every year, mom and dad's engagement, wedding day, family photos, the addition of baby sister and then Cam's yearly photos, too. This right here is why I love what I do. It's families like this that allow me to say that I have the best job in the world. Love you guys ❤️

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Gorgeous baby Vera 💗 Not sure how almost a year has passed since her newborn session but man did we have fun. She is also super smart. Mimicked my "ah-choo" and said a bunch of words like "uh oh" and "tickle". I just love seeing so many babies and celebrating their individuality. Vera. Is. Amazing. I wanted to take her home and snuggle her right up! I was singing baby shark all night after this one, too 😉

Gorgeous baby Vera 💗 Not sure how almost a year has passed since her newborn session but man did we have fun. She is also super smart. Mimicked my "ah-choo" and said a bunch of words like "uh oh" and "tickle". I just love seeing so many babies and celebrating their individuality. Vera. Is. Amazing. I wanted to take her home and snuggle her right up! I was singing baby shark all night after this one, too 😉

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This little darling, Cameran, I photographed her big brother and she is just as sweet. Her mama brought the pretty flower headband in the photo with the denim blue and it was from flowers used at her wedding 💙 It matched perfectly with one of the set up I had already pulled out for her before they got there!

This little darling, Cameran, I photographed her big brother and she is just as sweet. Her mama brought the pretty flower headband in the photo with the denim blue and it was from flowers used at her wedding 💙 It matched perfectly with one of the set up I had already pulled out for her before they got there!

We had to incorporate some green into tiny Brooke's session since she was born on St. Patrick's Day and she's got that wee tinge of red in her hair ❤️🍀

We had to incorporate some green into tiny Brooke's session since she was born on St. Patrick's Day and she's got that wee tinge of red in her hair ❤️🍀

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I ended the March newborns with Maverik... and he was such a snuggler! Those cheeks don't quit either ☺️ Try to tell me I don't have the best job... sigh... can I keep him??

I ended the March newborns with Maverik... and he was such a snuggler! Those cheeks don't quit either ☺️ Try to tell me I don't have the best job... sigh... can I keep him??

The last few days of March were filled with my Easter Mini sessions... you can check out the full blog of them HERE! 🐣🐰

Thanks for stoppin’ by... Xo Lg

Lehigh Valley Photographer | 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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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Indoor/Outdoor Studio Session + Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Schaffer Family

I can't believe how big Charlie and Lucas got since I saw them last <3 I love how adorable these guys are together. They have a whole gallery full of frame-worthy shots for their wall! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Indoor/Outdoor Studio Session + Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Truett Girls

These two girlies and their mama had a magical session at the studio. Their dresses are gorgeous so we did a lot of spinning and dancing and giggling! I might need to buy a couple of these in various sizes for my prop closet because I'm completely obsessed with them! Xo Lg

Dresses: Dollcake

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Lehigh Valley Photography | One Backdrop Studio Session | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Mackenna M. Turns 4!

I was telling someone lately about when I was taking maternity photos for Mackenna's mama while she was pregnant with her and there was a squirrel photobombing and posing with it's hands on it's belly just like Mackenna's mom. It blows my mind that I took that photo four+ years ago! I've been seeing this little lady grow up since before she was breathing air <3 That's what's up! Four year olds are such a fun age group! This gal was no exception. Happy birthday sweet girl! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photography | Candy Shop Themed First Birthday Session | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Ethan S. Turns One!

Ethan is ONE and pretty much the happiest little man of all time!!!! He loves to dance and the boy has moves!!!! So precious! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Studio Newborn Session with Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Stella T. Newborn Girl

That HAIR! Those EYES!!! So much sugar, I can't handle it! Baby Stella stole my heart at her newborn session. I also don't have many requests for mermaid newborn photos, but occasionally mom will bring one in, and every time, the baby smiles while wearing it!!!  Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Studio Newborn Session | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Hannah G. Newborn Girl

The greatest compliment for me is photographing a wedding and then photographing their baby. I have had four newborns from previous wedding couples in the last month!!! Best. Thing. Ever!!! I say it all the time but I am so thankful to be doing what I love everyday. Having said that, meet baby Hannah. She was an angel for me and I was COMPLETELY smitten with her and that gorgeous beauty mark on her arm <3 You are SO loved precious girl. Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Studio Newborn Session with Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Brianna G. Newborn Girl

Another adorable newborn girlie Brianna and her big sister Maci came to visit- I just love their sibling photos! My daughter made that purple layer baby Brianna is laying on in the photo of her in the bowl and it makes me love the photo so much more! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | One Backdrop Studio Session | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Natalie & Molly L. Turn 4!

I wish I could say Molly and Natalie are laughing at me because I'm super witty and because I tell awesome jokes... Truth is: I had a diaper on my head. My motto at the studio is, "whatever it takes". If sticking a diaper to my pants or my face is going to get a giggle, it's happening. These girls have been coming to me for years and it's so amazing to see them growing into little independent ladies <3 Happy FOUR years silly girlies. Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Indoor/Outdoor Studio Session | Gold Dots & A Hot Air Balloon | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Allie M. Turns One!

How adorable is Allie??? She has a full gallery of huge smiles!!! So adorable, just looking at her makes me smile so much! Happy Birthday little girl! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Indoor/Outdoor Studio Session + Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Abigail K. Turns One!

Last time I saw this happy girlie, she was cuddled up in my arms as a newborn! Abigail is turning ONE this month!!! She is seriously one of the happiest babies, EVER! She loved hearing silly songs her mom and dad were singing for her. She has lots of different smiles but the one of her in the last photo holding her dress up is my fave! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Studio Newborn Session + Family | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Selena & Everlee M. Newborn Twin Girls

Double the sweetness <3 Newborn twin girlies Everlee and Selena are just too adorable for words!  I love having newborn twins in my studio... these pictures say it all! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Nautical Themed First Birthday Session | LG Photography Studio | Coplay, PA | Logan S. Turns One!

My new buddy Logan! Turning one next month!!!! SO handsome and I LOVE the color and theme. Happy birthday little guy! Xo Lg

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | LG Photography | Coplay, PA | So You Want To Be A Photographer?

I get asked a few times a month about business "stuff" so I figured I would make a blog to reference it once and for all so I won't ever miss anything and can add on as I think of more things to add...

So you want to be a photographer? Awesome. I can say, it's pretty much the coolest job ever. For me personally, I get to snuggle A LOT of babies, help brides and grooms get through their big days, watch kids grow up right before my eyes and I've made many friendships through clients over the years. It's seriously the coolest job and most days I still shake my head in disbelief about how it all got started and where I'm at today. 

First things first though... you NEED insurance and a proper tax ID. I am an LLC. For me, it protects me the way I need to be protected if something were to happen. Sole proprietor is another option but from what I understand, most photogs are LLC. This is a non-negotiable. There are many resources online to help you set this up in your state, even I did it alone back in the day. Insurance is super important. Many wedding venues ask for proof of insurance before I can shoot there. I work with Megan Harper from Allstate, mention me if you  talk to her. I was using another company for YEARS and paying a lot more and then someone smashed a brick through my studio window and it wasn't covered. Call my girl Megan, she'll take great care of you. 

A lot of people ask me, "Did you go to school for photography or are you self taught?". The answer is "I'm somewhere in the middle." I started shooting when my kids were babies and I posted this photo online and a few people asked me to take their Christmas card photos.

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It all snowballed from there. I ended up taking some classes to learn how to shoot manually with my camera at Dan's Camera City in Allentown and they hooked me up with Creative Photo Workshops from Australia who occasionally come to the US. Glynn Lavender was and still is my mentor. He not only taught me how to shoot manual, he's been one of my biggest cheerleaders from across the world and we talk a few times a year about my business. Find yourself a Glynn. Someone you can learn from, who you trust and respect. Take some classes. Workshops galore. I've taken workshops with Rachel Vanoven in Indianapolis, Brigette Schaffarzick in Seattle and Meg Bitton in New York City. The cost of any of those workshops, especially including the very first one with Glynn at Dan's Camera City, have paid for themselves in a few sessions and 1,000 times over. You can't be afraid to spend money on learning. That wedding class at Dan's was $500 and I specifically remember standing at the counter saying to myself, "I can't afford this" and being deflated when I went home to talk to my husband about it, he said, "If you learn ONE THING that can help you be a better photographer, won't it be worth that $500?". So I went back and I put the class on a credit card and I hoped for the best. That money I didn't have in 2011 was HANDS DOWN, THE BEST $500 I have ever spent. I am not a good teacher so I'm not a great person to ask to mentor, but there are many people who are great photographers and teachers. Don't be afraid to ask the question. 

If you want to be a photographer, you must be okay with:

-Working LONG and HARD hours. I am pretty disciplined in my editing. Under promise, Over deliver. Editing for me is the "work" in my work. I hate it. It's part of the job. 

- People's reply to you saying you're a photographer, "Oh my (fill in the blank) sister's husband's cousin's dad's brother's nephew's mechanic's uncle is a photographer, too!" Just like when you get a new car, you see that car everywhere when you can't specifically remember ever seeing it before, everyone is a photographer or knows someone who is.

-Missing stuff. My kids are very active. Dance, baseball, horse back riding, softball, basketball. I miss A LOT of stuff. It's the toughest part of my job. Finding a balance is key. 

Must Do List

-Invest in lenses, not cameras. I started with a Sony SLR. Invested in lenses and then switched to canon. I had a Canon 7d, Canon 6d and now I shoot with Canon 5d Mark IV. I always refer people to Dan's for which cameras to buy to start. They are the best and know a lot more than I do but I'd say any entry level SLR will be sufficient. Especially since nowadays, their low light capabilities and megapixels are pretty awesome. As far as lenses, they depend on what you're shooting. My favorite portrait lens is 70-200mm and it's on my camera 90% of the time. I love my 35mm and my 50mm. But a great lens that is very versatile is 24-70mm.

- BACK UP EVERYTHING. From photos to your gear. I have all my photos backed up on my hosting site Shootproof and I have back up gear in my camera bag because I can promise you something will break. 

-Work with what you have until you can comfortably afford more. Not credit card comfort, cash comfort. I worked out of my basement studio until I literally outgrew it. Make do with what you have because if you try to go too big too quick, you'll find yourself with a closed up shop. I've seen it happen too often. Or share a space with a friend. Lots of options if you think you need a studio. 

- Join facebook groups to get your photos critiqued. Some are very mild and some are harsh. The only way to learn is to ask. 

- Learn to shoot manual before you call yourself a professional. A professional anything means you get paid to do it. Take on free jobs until you learn more and feel comfortable charging someone. 

... BUT DON'T let anyone ever tell you to stop or that you're not good enough. I had a girl message me anonymously saying that I didn't deserve to be a photographer and that my photos looked like I photoshopped everything and that I should be ashamed of myself because of me, she wasn't able to pay her bills. This was 2012. My cousin, a little computer genius, reverse searched who she was and it turns out she was jealous because my boss at the time of a restaurant she frequented, asked me to take some pictures that ended up on a billboard. There's always going to be haters and it's easy to say "don't let them get to you" but I promise they're not worth even ONE SECOND of tears. Imagine if I had taken that girl's words to heart. That same year is when I quit my serving job and went full time. God has provided for me every step of the way. 

Be real. Be you. Don't compare yourself to others. Be confident and don't let anyone walk all over you. When you don't know, ask. Never say "I'll fix that later in photoshop." Get it right in the camera. Stay organized. Never stop learning. Have fun and always remember that someone chose YOU to capture their loved ones, never take that for granted. Do your best and everything that's meant to be will be. 

Blessings, 

Lori

PS. If you think you want to sign up with anyone listed above, simply mention my name and we both get free goodies. Here's their contacts. 

Shootproof: http://shpr.ws/1G3

Megan Harper Allstate: meganharper1@allstate.com

Lehigh Valley Photographer | Jim Thorpe On-Location Family Session | Jim Thorpe, PA | Train Station & Colored Powder Session | Barnes Family

When this mama told me what she had planned, knowing her and her amazing kids... I KNEW it would be FANTASTIC!!!! We might have gotten caught in the rain walking to the car and got stuck in the storm for the whole way home but man was it worth it!!! This session was soooooo much fun- I couldn't wait to blog it for you all to see! Jim Thorpe is one of my favorite locations- the train station, my favorite teal door and just an amazing town... with a super fun ending to the session and my first time capturing anything like it- I just know you will be able to FEEL the fun we had just by seeing these photos! Xo Lg

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